This Christmas, Get Our Best Value Offering Ever

Join me this December for a live presentation of a dozen interpretations of a Christmas floral design celebrating the festive Star.

It is  a fantastic opportunity to see high level floral design analysed and discussed through the lens of the Principles of Design. 

And it's only AUD $35!

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The Main Event

Join us live at 6pm Monday 12 December, as Mark presents and discusses a dozen different contributions from a select group of designers.

Can't make it on the night?

You can also watch the recording for up to a month after the event. 

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Two Instructional eBooks

The video tutorial is accompanied by two eBooks to download and keep:

- Festive Thinking: Shooting Star

- Festive Thinking: Star Up High

Each eBook provides instructional information to assist you in creating your own version of the demonstrated festive designs – inspiration to create your way into the festive season.

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Video Inspiration

When you sign up for this webinar you’ll receive the following immediately:

- a prerecorded video tutorial showcasing two different Christmas design concepts and four designs in total (available to stream now)

- Two eBooks - Festive Thinking: Shooting Star & Festive Thinking: Star Up High - showing you how to create your own interpretation of the designs featured in the video tutorial.

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Behind the Scenes

A small invited team of Guest Designers is working right now to each produce their own festive composition - inspired by the star symbol and the design styles Mark has presented in the video tutorial. 

Each contributing Designer will offer their individual perspective - these will be at the centre of the presentation on 14 December.

All this for AUD $35
  • The most enjoyable part was seeing all the participants' designs and getting together in the meetings when you would give your feedback.

  • The actual analysing of the students' work and in particular the way you describe why and how you achieved your challenge in the chosen design.

  • I loved Mark's feedback - I think it was detailed, I loved the written report.

The demonstrated compositions are freestanding, bound or tied designs, with most fresh materials arranged directly into water.

They are variations on the idea of 'hand tied standing designs' or 'laying bouquets' and incorporate structural components and shallow containers or dishes. 

This contemporary focus is a side step away from regular hand tied, spiral-stemmed bouquets.

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Design Discussion

In the live webinar on Monday 12 December, join Mark as he analyses and discusses the designs submitted by our Guest Design Team. Join the focused and revealing discussion live, on at 6pm on Monday, 12 December (AEST - Sydney time).

If you can't make the live meeting, sign up anyway and watch it all later at your convenience.

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In his characteristic, measured style, Mark will discuss each of the works submitted by the Guest Designers, viewing them through the lens of the principles of design, offering his thoughts and constructive feedback on each.

This is a tremendous opportunity to experience the critical thought process that Mark's teaching is known for.

- Video tutorial

- Two instructional eBooks

- Design discussion webinar

- eBook of Mark's Detailed Design Notes

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Another eBook: Mark's Detailed Notes

Access to the recording of the analytical discussion will be accompanied by the release of detailed notes, outlining thoughts on possible design adaptations and alternate design decisions that would evolve the submitted designs.  The notes will include images and sketches illustrating some of the suggested changes.

These notes will be a valuable addition to your floral design reference library.


The video tutorial and two accompanying eBooks were released on Monday 14 November.

Mark the date - Monday 12 December – the date to join Mark and his online symposium where he gives a detailed analysis of each of the works of our Guest Designers.

Access to video recordings is available until 30 January 2023.

There is no obligation to participate in the live session.  Both workshop parts will be accessible in formats that can be viewed and accessed at your convenience. 

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Flexible Access

With our flexible format and easily accessible content that can fit within your personal schedule, you can register in the program anytime up until 28 January 2023.

Join today and watch and read when it suits you. Download and keep the eBooks and meeting notes. Access to the recordings in available to you until 30 January.

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Plenty of Inspiration, Low Investment

We've designed the program for easy involvement.

Just register, watch, read, learn and be inspired.

Of course, we fully expect that the workshop content will kick start your creative energies and inspire you to make your own festive designs – compositions crafted with our shared know how and advice, and made with your own personal style.

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Is this workshop for me?

Festive Thinking will take a contemporary approach to floral designing.  It is suitable for anyone who creates with flowers and plant materials and has some foundational skills and knowledge in the areas of:

• Floristry

• Floral Art

• Flower Arranging

• Floral Design

No matter your experience - student, intermediate or advanced - there will be inspiration, techniques and knowledge to take away at all levels.

This promises to be a fun and enriching learning opportunity with lots of takeaways:

• Video Tutorial

• Two eBooks

• Online and recorded design discussion

• Another eBook of my detailed design discussion notes

Numbers are strictly limited to the first 120 registrants.

• AUD $35 secures your place and all these extra benefits.

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Some Frequently Asked Questions

What skills do I need to do this course?

Most of our programs are created for participants with some hands-on experience with flowers and a basic understanding of the elements and principles of design.

But not this one! This event is open to all skill levels and levels of experience.

Think of Festive Thinking as an event in three parts.

In the first part, Mark will present two design concepts and execute them to completion in a pre-recorded demonstration. This recording, along with the two accompanying eBooks, will be released on Monday 14th November at 6pm.

Next, ten invited guest designers will get to work creating their own interpretations of the one of the concepts presented by Mark.

Then, in Part Two, you join Mark as he goes through the guest designers' work, analysing them critically through the principles of design. You receive the same comprehensive analytical notes as the guest designers, making this a tremendous opportunity to learn from others' work.

Are there any prerequisites?

There are no prerequisites at all to participate in this course. This is a great way to get a sense of how our online courses operate, as you get to observe the feedback process that is central to how we operate, without the time investment associated with doing a full length course.

How much time do I need to commit?

It's anticipated that the first session, where Mark demonstrates the two Christmas design concepts, will run for about an hour. As it is prerecorded, you can watch it at your leisure any time after it is released on 14 November.

What sort of tools do I need?

You don't need any tools for this course.

What sort of materials will I need, and what would they potentially cost?

As this course is a tutorial and design analysis of ten guest designers' works, you don't need any materials.

What time zone are the online meetings run in?

Live course content is delivered on Sydney time - generally GMT + 11 hours. Sydney time can vary by one hour according to the time of year - standard or daylight saving time. Times are noted and confirmed in advance and referenced as:
AEST - Australian Eastern Standard Time (GMT+10)
AEDT - Australian Eastern Daylight Time (GMT+11)

Can I still participate if I can't make an online meeting?

Yes! Just catch up and watch the online sessions at your leisure!

Are there deadlines?

In this course, no. You don't need to submit any work to participate in this course.

What happens if I can't make a deadline?

There are no deadlines in this course.

The first part is a prerecorded tutorial (which comes with two eBooks) and the second is a live online discussion. You can join the discussion in realtime or, if you prefer, stream it later.

I have other questions I'd like answered.

We'd love to hear from you. Just contact us and ask us anything. We're here to answer your questions. No sales pitch, no pressure. Just answers.