We chatted with John Tabari about ClassBento
Tell us about ClassBento
We’re on a social mission to improve the wellbeing of Australians one workshop at a time. We do this by empowering makers and artisans to teach their passion and connecting them with thousands of students across the country who are looking to try a new hobby or just find something fun to do on the weekend. On our platform, you can discover and book hundreds of creative workshops like Ikebana, cocktail making and flower crown classes all taught in person by local makers.
Where does the name come from?
We wanted our marketplace to encapsulate this fun and playful idea that you can try a little bit of everything and keep coming back for more quality, handmade experiences. Just like a bento box!
Why are the classes all face-to-face?
Our society is becoming increasingly overconnected and this reliance on technology is causing isolation and burnout. Art and craft workshops are one of the most rewarding and effective ways to combat stress and help people to switch off and disconnect from their phones. We’re all about getting people out of their homes and into creative spaces so they can meet like-minded people and embrace mindfulness through making.
What type of classes are available with ClassBento in Brisbane?
Everything from terrarium making to brush lettering, paint and sip classes, travel photography, macramé and pottery classes. We’re growing our community and adding new classes every week so keep an eye on our Brisbane page: classbento.com.au/workshops-brisbane
What’s the most interesting class you have taken?
I really enjoyed working with all of the textures and layers in a terrarium making class. Just as special was being able to share the skills I’d learnt in the workshop with my toddler and help her to make her own terrarium at home.
What’s the next class you want to do?
One of our new classes in Brisbane!
How does your company give back?
Dementia is one of the greatest social and medical challenges of our generation. We want to encourage people to stay socially and mentally active through creative activities as this can help to decrease the chances of developing dementia. To promote this message of wellbeing we donate to Dementia Australia with every paid booking.
Who or what inspires you?
My grandma, my wife and my daughter.
How can I book a class?
Head to classbento.com.au and start exploring! Depending on the teacher there will be the option to book into a workshop with a specific date and time, or you can request a custom time to suit you.
What are your plans for the future?
Bringing on board more undiscovered artisans so you can be inspired and attend a class near you!
ClassBento is a marketplace which helps people to learn hundreds of new skills and fun activities. It connects skilled artisans and teachers to people of all ages who would like to try out anything from origami and brush lettering to pottery or juggling. It aims to help people get away from everyday stresses and have fun, whilst keeping their minds active, which is proven to help reduce the risk of Dementia and stress. https://classbento.com.au/