Have you ever wanted to learn how to change a tyre, jump start a flat battery, shoot a gun or work with horses? Then the Real Country Farm Skills Workshop is for you!
Experience the real, rural New Zealand by learning a range of handy farm skills!
Have a go at a range of awesome practical activities that will build your confidence and skills in a safe and fun environment. Our professional instructors will help you become competent in each activity regardless of your ability or background.
$180 per adult (age 15 and over) $100 per child (age 10 to 15)
Minimum 4 people required to book
The Southern Girl Finishing School was a passion project that was first launched by Laura in 2019 and was the original farm skills workshop. Traditional Finishing Schools taught young girls how to become ‘proper ladies’ by learning how to walk with books on their heads, how to mind their p’s and q’s and how to use the correct cutlery at a formal dinner. Laura’s finishing schools teach slightly different skills because Laura’s definition of a ‘proper lady’ is one that is practical, confident and capable and walking with books on your head isn’t very practical!
The aim of these workshops is to build confidence in young girls aged 11 to 16 by teaching them a series of practical farm skills like changing a tyre, cracking a stock whip, fencing, clay target shooting, working with horses, jump-starting a tractor and learning how to secure loads with strops and tie-downs. Laura believes that confidence can be earned and she helps her workshop attendees earn confidence in their abilities by showing them that just because they haven’t done something before, like shooting guns, doesn’t mean you can’t. If people can develop confidence in their abilities to execute in even unfamiliar situations and then apply that confidence to all areas of their lives, then all new jobs, ventures, moves or changes will suddenly appear achievable.
Activities included in the 5-hour workshops are
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“My daughter did Laura’s farm skills/Southern Girls Finishing School workshop yesterday. Had an absolute blast learning some great life skills and gaining confidence alone and in front of a group. Laura inspires and empowers these young girls and sends them out into the world full of confidence and ideas for their future. Love, love love what she does!” – Google Review
“I took six girls down to do the ‘Southern Girls Finishing Course’ programme and it was such an amazing day! The girls learnt so many new skills and Laura was really good at reflecting what the girls were doing into real-life situations which I found so key for them to take away from this experience! Overall such an awesome experience for the girls to try new things that they may never have had the chance to before” – Trip Advisor Review