About Us

The Learnary is a intergenerational space for learning and making together.

We offer drop-in meet ups where folks share what they know and learn from each other, on a variety of topics from repair to knitting to home brewing. You can also register for Workshops on any subject anyone wants to teach. These might be things such as how to make a tiny book, everything you ever wanted to know about bats, beginners weaving, how to dress like a “gentleman” and more. In our new space, we’ll be offering all kinds of other making and learning opportunities. Stay tuned for more soon!

The Learnary was first co-created by Helen Hughes and Surya Govender. It has now grown into a non-profit society co-managed by Surya Govender and Sam Mills, and Helen has joined the board. We are all educators, of one kind or another, with a strong streak of curiosity, a love of the creative, and a high tolerance for chaos.

Like the idea? Have suggestions? Join our mailing list or can get in touch with us here.



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  1. Congratulations Surya and Helen!!! This is extremely exciting news. The Learnery has been gestating for a while and I am delighted to hear of its imminent birth. Breathe deep…


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