The Body Language of Trees

with Sitara Gare

daily workshops

Join Sitara Gare and learn about how to read the body language of trees. With morning and afternoon workshops, you will walk away with a new perspectives on how trees grow and their characteristics.

Two different workshops are on offer on the Saturday and Sunday of the Maleny Wood Expo delivered in the morning and afternoon.

Morning sessions

How to Read a Tree 

This 2-hour workshop is based on arboriculture principles that will change the way that participants look at trees forever. The first 1.25 hr will be learning the principles and then the next 45 minutes we will go and look at trees to further discuss and observe the principles outlined in the workshop. Topics such as compression and tension wood will be discussed. 


  • Saturday May 4th, 9.30 am to 11.30 am 
  • Sunday May 5th, 9.30 am to 11.30 am 

Cost: $10 per person 

Afternoon sessions

Tree Characteristics – What is a tree trying to tell us? 

This 2 hour workshop will go through 10 main characteristics that can be observed in some trees at some time in their lives. What do they mean and how do they impact a trees health and/or structure. 

Come and learn more about the wonderful uniqueness of every tree. We will spend 1.25 hr. learning about the characteristics then go for a 45-minute walk to look at the local trees and see what they have to say. 


  • Saturday May 4th, 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm 
  • Sunday May 5th, 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm 

Cost: $10 per person 

Age: All ages welcome, children to be accompanied by adults

Each workshop limited to 25 people.

What to Wear and things to bring: 

Comfortable closed in walking shoes and sun protection for going outdoors

Please note that Maleny Wood Expo day passes are not included in the ticket price for this workshop, please purchase these separately.

About Sitara Gare

Sitara Gare has worked in South East Queensland as a horticulturalist, an arborist and an urban forester for the past 20 years. She has been certified with the International Society of Arborist since 2009, is a Editorial board member of the magazine City Trees (Urban and Community Forest Society) since 2018 and comes from a long line of tree lovers. Sitara is passionate about sharing her tree knowledge with others so that they expand their understanding of how trees grow and thrive so more trees can live a healthy long life.