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“Best thing we did in Hoi An and possibly in Vietnam”

Lifestart Foundation Workshop
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Owner description: The non-profit Lifestart Foundation Workshop is a not for profit charity offering visitors to Hoi An art and craft classes as well as the opportunity to find out more about the charity. Join us for a special half-day experience to learn more about the Lifestart Foundation and to enjoy our traditional art classes! Your half day includes participation in both classes, a brief video about our workshop and an opportunity for one-on-one dialogue with our members. All proceeds fund Lifestart Foundation philanthropic projects in Vietnam. Traditional Painting Class - Have lots of fun in our traditional painting classes offered by our Lifestart Foundation recipient and local artist, Sinh Trong. Lantern Making Class - Learn how to make your own miniature Hoi An lantern taught by our workshop staff. Take your unique lantern home as a memory of your time spent at the Lifestart Foundation. Free Daily Vietnamese Language Class - Feel less like a tourist, and more like a local! Every Morning & Afternoon FREE & FUN 1/2 Hour Lesson!
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed December 4, 2013

We loved this experience in the workshop of the LifeStart Foundation's shop. We started with a painting lesson using chinese ink. The tutor was so bubbly, funny and had fantastic English. We enjoyed him and it so much and produced a fabulous card to take home with us. The venue and staff were all great.
We then did a lantern making session with a lovely Vietnamese girl who also had great English (and an Aussie accent). This was also fun and we had a lovely souvenir to take with us.
Highly recommended. Not very cheap, to be fair, but really enjoyable.

It takes 3 hours.

Thank LauraCork-2006
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LifestartFoundation, Founder at Lifestart Foundation Workshop, responded to this reviewResponded December 5, 2013

We appreciate the recommendation LauraCork-2006. Glad to hear you had a good time with our teachers, Dung and Sinh…they send their thanks for your positive feedback!

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Reviewed November 28, 2013 via mobile

I spent the day here learning how to paint and make lanterns which was great fun and a brilliant souvenir but the best part was meeting and witnessing what the extraordinary workers make and to see people smiling when others would just give up. I will definitely recommend this to anybody

Thank jerrymurphy
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LifestartFoundation, Founder at Lifestart Foundation Workshop, responded to this reviewResponded December 1, 2013

We couldn't agree more jerrymurphy! Our workshop makers are truly remarkable people who have overcome extremely difficult situations...but you would never know it from their infectious smiles and energy. Thanks for participating in the tour and for your lovely review.

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Reviewed November 25, 2013

We visited this great shop and purchased some lovely gifts and got the opportunity to talk to a couple of the contributors. 3 of us enrolled in the painting workshop. We went from the shop down to the river where we hoped on to a boat and went across to Sinh's beautiful home. He shared his life story with us, he is such an inspiration. We each made a beautiful card, incredible how well they turned out actually, and then headed back to town. Sadly we didn't have the time to do the lantern making as well.

Thank titoki11
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LifestartFoundation, Founder at Lifestart Foundation Workshop, responded to this reviewResponded November 26, 2013

It sounds like you had a great time in you painting class with Sinh titoki11. You'll have to come back to Hoi An soon to try out the lantern making!

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Reviewed November 20, 2013 via mobile

Booked class after walked passed previous day and was handed a flyer for place. Loved experience of painting a traditional Vietnamese picture with a truly amazing artist with such an inspiring story. Then to make a lantern from scratch with great tuition is fantastic. Loved every minute and such a worthwhile cause - amazing, well worth a visit.

Thank Alan M
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Reviewed November 5, 2013 via mobile

I did a painting & lantern making workshop today and I had the best time ever. The fact that I came out of this experience with a lantern & a piece of my own art means nothing compared to the inspiration I gained from meeting the beautiful workers who create their individual masterpieces in the Lifestart workshop.
Thankyou Lifestart for a Vietnamese experience I am will never forget.

Thank jocschneider
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LifestartFoundation, Founder at Lifestart Foundation Workshop, responded to this reviewResponded November 5, 2013

We're so happy to hear you enjoyed the experience jocschneider. Thanks for supporting Lifestart Foundation!

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