What’s On

” … somewhere in North Wales you will find inspiring and transformative things going on!”


2016

Network News Calendar

* Scroll down to view details of  October Calendar and further down for Advanced Workshops in  November and December *

September

26th MONDAY

ROH Live – Norma (12A) Live screening of Bellini’s classic bel canto opera full of wonderful melodies, bringing a modern edge to this timeless tale of love, rivalry and betrayal. 7pm, £15, £12.50. Pontio, Bangor 01248 382828, www.pontio.co.uk ALSO £10, £2 concs., £3 children, Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, www.ucheldre.org

Mindfulness Course 9 week course Through this 9 week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Programme and daily home practice during the course you will learn to bring mindfulness into your daily life with Trainer Heli Gittins. Starts today from 6pm – 7.30pm as a Taster/Orientation session; following evenings finish 8.30pm. £150 includes materials, concessions available. Monday evenings in the Pay as You Feel Café in Bethesda. Contact Heli: heli4@yahoo.com

Women’s Meditation 7.30pm, Inner Tranquility, Rhos-on-Sea LL28 4RB, 01492 544152, Facebook: Inner Tranquility Rhos on Sea. 

26th MONDAY – 29th THURSDAY

Journey with The Dark Goddess When we choose to journey into the realms of the Dark Goddess we are asking her to help us remove the masks we have been forced to wear to subdue us to conform to a set of principles which are not our own, and to tear away the false sense of identity we have been hiding behind. When we call upon her we must be prepared to be transformed. Led by Nicola Lucie. £250. Held at Cae Mabon, Brynrefail, Llanberis – caemabon.co.uk Bookings and more details visit:  www.silverbirchshamichealing.com/event

26th MONDAY – 30th FRIDAY

Timber Frame Self Build You will gain hands-on experience, underpinned by talks on the process of planning and building your own timber frame structure. £600, low waged £500. CAT, Machynlleth, 01654 705959, www.cat.org.uk

27th TUESDAY

Drop In Mindfulness Sessions See 13th

Woodland Workday The Snowdonia National Park Authority are managing a small woodland area in Merchlyn, Rowen and they need our help. We have been asked to help remove tree guards from developing trees in the woodland so that they can continue to flourish. 10am. Booking essential, free transport available from Bangor and Caernarfon. Contact Owain 01286 685498, owain@snowdonia-society.org.uk

Yoga Taster Session Last Tues/month, a free one hour lesson taking you through the simple steps of a basic yoga class. They’re for everyone that’s new to yoga. 7.15pm, Mochdre, nr Denbigh. Laura Bell 07989 512859, www.thezestlife.co.uk

Breathworks Mindfulness for Health 8 week course for people living with ongoing pain, physical illness or stress that is impacting on their health. 9.30am – 12noon. £150 / £110 concessions. (further concessions available on request). All welcome to free Taster session on 13th at 9.30am. Held at Canolfan Nefyn. Contact Gwynedd Mindfulness 01766 530839, www.gwyneddmindfulness.co.uk

Spiritual Life In The New Age Part I This talk, with Ted Capstick (Sponsored by FTS), will examine how the energies that impact us change as we move into the Aquarian Age and what response we need to move in order to play our part. 7.30pm, £4, TS members £2. Theosophical Society Bangor Lodge, Hirael Hall, Bangor LL57 1DF. Toddy Alcock 01248 600267, toddyalc@gmail.com

Random Readers A friendly reading group enjoying a good chat about their chosen books. 6-8pm, Rhyl Library, Museum and Art Centre 01745 353814.

28th WEDNESDAY

Consciousness: “Being and Nothingness” 1of 3 sessions: Am I Real? What Is Reality? A talk by Brian Gill, Transpersonal Psychologist. Refreshments served at 7-7.30pm; meditation and talk prompt at 7.30pm. questions after. Book sale, £5.50, £3.50 concs. Quaker Meeting House, Frodsham St., Chester CH1 3LF. Enquiries: 01244 370461, www.chestertheosophy.org

Sailing The Wordly Winds How to spot the winds that buffet us and how to do something about it! Meditation and discussion led by Christine and Karen. 6.30 – 8.30pm, Quaker Meeting House, Frodsham St., Chester. Details: triratna.chester@gmail.com, www.triratna-at-chester.org

The Celtic Chakra System of Spirals and Cauldrons A talk with Gillian Monks. The problems that we can experience with our energy sytems and how we can help to clear them. 7.40pm, Holyhead Theosophical Society, Harvest Moon, Holyhead. John Jeffrey : tsholyhead@gmail.com

WCAN ~ Wrexham Community Artists Network Last Weds/month. Open to all artists at any stage of their career and in any discipline; share experiences and make connections with artists around Wrexham. 7 – 9pm, all welcome. Galeri 3B on Priory Street, Wrexham, www.thisproject.co.uk

Aberystwyth Mon Amour The world of “Welsh Noir” ; comedy crime fiction with Lighthouse Theatr. 7.30pm, £6, £5, Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllheli 01758 704088.

Cymbeline with RSC Stratford Upon Avon Live Screening. Cymbeline rules divided Britain; but a powerful figure is plotting to seize power. 7pm, £10.50, £9.50, Theatr Colwyn, Colwn Bay 01492 577888. ALSO £10, £8 concs., £3 children, Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, www.ucheldre.org

Southern Tenant Folk Union Edinburgh based six-piece string band; roots and folk music. 7pm, gig 8pm, bar only. Blue Sky Café, Bangor 01244 355444, www.blueskybangor.co.uk

29th THURSDAY

Singing for the Soul Calling all those who find a soul connection through singing and music. Felicity Jones, a very experienced singer is offering to facilitate a Sacred Singing group 10.30am – 12noon once a month. No need to feel you are a ‘good’ singer, you just need to enjoy it and the energy vibration our collective voices create. The songs will be simple and from a range of different traditions.  Cost £5. Hillside Retreat, Rhosesmor, Nr. Mold CH7 6PP. If you are interested please email me helen@soul-life.co.uk

The Killing$ of Tony Blair [15]  This documentary examines the prime-ministerial career of Tony Blair and his business activities since leaving office – activities described as ‘The Blair Rich Project’. Combining testimony from prominent observers with extensive archive footage and animation by award-winning political cartoonist Steve Bell, this film – written and produced by George Galloway – argues that despite good things that his government achieved, Tony Blair’s overriding motivation may always have been a messianic pursuit of personal glory and financial reward. 7.30pm, Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685444, www.galericaernarfon.com

Yoga Taster Session Last Thurs/month, a free one hour lesson taking you through the simple steps of a basic yoga class. They’re for everyone that’s new to yoga. 7.15pm, Mochdre, nr Denbigh. Laura Bell 07989 512859, www.thezestlife.co.uk

Open Doors A monthly evening of Holistic Healing: Chair Reiki, Thai Foot, Indian Head, Soul Connection. 7 – 10pm, £5 include 10min Reiki session. Meet above Archies, in Lola’s Bar, 151 High St., Prestatyn LL19 9AS. Bookings: 07584 022005.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction 8 week course designed to explore how mindfulness can help us to ease stress and promote health and well-being, 6.30 – 9pm, £150 / £110 concessions with a free taster day 15th Sept 6.30pm.  There will also be optional all day practice on 5/11/16. Contact Tara, Gwynedd Mindfulness 01766 530839, www.gwyneddmindfulness.co.uk

Chester Poets Last Thurs/month. Meet to share information about: poetry events, members news, poetry news and Chester Poets in general. 8pm, in The Old Boot, Chester. All are welcome. Facebook: Chester Poets

30th FRIDAY

Dark Skies Photography We will have professionals on hand to give you the best advice on how to set up your camera for night sky photography and show you how to capture amazing shots. With Snowdonia Society, booking essential, free transport available from Bangor and Caernarfon. 6.30pm. Contact Owain 01286 685498, owain@snowdonia-society.org.uk

Embrace of the Serpent See 18th; 5.30pm & 8pm.

30th FRIDAY – 2nd OCTOBER

Llŷn Acoustic Festival World class acoustic music and tuition for the guitar enthusiast of any level. Offering concerts and tuition with highly accomplished teachers. including: Doug Mortar, Mike Dawes, Clive Carrol. Masterclasses in songwriting, and playing; sessions in the pub! Held mostly in Plas Glyn Y Weddw, Llanbedrog, Pwllheli LL53 7TT. 01758 740763, www.oriel.org.uk ~ www.llynacoustic.co.uk

The Technology of the Country House We will examine how patrician homes were adapted for the modern age in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries by new construction materials and methods. £200 – £220. Plas Tan y Bwlch, Maentwrog, Blaenau Ffestiniog LL41 3YU. 01766 772600, www.eryri-npa.gov.uk

Helfa Gelf  Runs every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in September in Anglesey, Gwynedd, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham. Every weekend this September, forge your own art trail around the area, calling in on painters, sculptors, photographers, jewellery makers, woodworkers, potters, textile workers, glass makers, basket weavers, printers, each one with a highly individual skill. Seeing an artist in action, chatting over a cup of tea amongst the paints, clay and saw-dust gives you a real insight into the artistic process. And with over 300 to choose from there’s definitely something for everyone. Take this great opportunity to hunt down those undiscovered art treasures and see how they’re made – whether you are just curious about what artists and craftspeople do in their studios, or want to start your own collection of interesting artworks bought direct from the makers. Visit website www.helfagelf.co.uk

Migrant Breeding Birds There are about 30 species of bird which breed locally in the spring and summer and then migrate to warmer parts of the world as our winter approaches, some travel as far away as Antarctica. Bookings through Aberystwyth University on 01970 621 580. Held at CAT, Machynlleth, 01654 705959, www.cat.org.uk

30th FRIDAY – 9th OCTOBER

In Bahiya’s Footsteps Buddha’s advice to Bahiya: ‘In the seen there is just that which is seen’. But there is much more to it – it is a story that can illuminate our own meditative path. £360, £324 concs., £70 deposit. Vajraloka Buddhist Retreat Centre, Corwen LL21 0EN, 01490 460406, www.vajraloka.org

31st SATURDAY

Craft Fair Range of quality handmade crafts. 9am – 2pm, light refreshments available. Y Canolfan, High St., Portmadog LL49 9LU. paulinedurham@live.co.uk

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October

1st SATURDAY

More In Common ~ Mwy yn Gyffredin Let’s celebrate what we have in common as human beings and our diversity across cultures here in North Wales. Come drop in to an afternoon for all ages and all backgrounds to get to know each other. Lots of fun activities, including Samba band, Bubbles, Peace Tree, World Map stickies, Interfaith peace ceremony, or just sit and have a cup of tea and cake and listen to the choirs. Let’s get to know our neighbours and people from different cultures and backgrounds better, so that we have a chance to work together in a positive and constructive way. The event is dedicated to Jo Cox, the MP who – before she was murdered – strove to bring different communities together. All welcome. 1.30 – 4.30pm, Bangor Arts Initiative Gallery, Deiniol shopping centre, High St, Bangor, LL57 1NW. Just turn up! Contact: Helen McGreary 07751017157, helenmcgreary7@hotmail.com ~ Facebook group Mwy yn Gyffredin #MoreInCommon Also visit www.hopenothate.org.uk

Africa Diaspora Day / Diwrnod Diaspora Affrica An event for Black History Month. Are you interested in Africa’s development and want to know more about how you can play a bigger part? Sub-Sahara Advisory Panel (SSAP) are hosting this one day share learning seminar to discuss such matters as well engaging Africa diaspora communities with what Wales is doing to facilitate development in Africa. The event provides an opportunity to learn, network and engage with like-minded people on issues related to Africa. The event will also have a presentation by representatives from Hub Cymru Africa, highlighting some of the support and funding opportunities that the diaspora community can apply for. Lunch provided. Held at Pontio, Bangor, pontio.co.uk ~ Details/bookings: www.hubcymruafrica.cymru

Denbigh Plum Festival The Denbigh Plum is a variety unique to the town, so it seems only right for us to honour it with its very own festival! The plum is soon to be granted protected geographical status – watch this space… The festival lasts all day, with a magnificent range of dishes on offer. Free entry, 9am – 4pm, Denbigh Town Hall, 07896 312905.

Visual Medicine Workshop Visual Medicine is a radically simple painting and writing process, anyone can use it. It allows images to emerge, to be born, rather than painted. The day will consist of meditation, writing, sharing, along with the fun and creative process of bringing our own images into being. These you can take home with you and use as oracle cards and for Journaling. 9.30am – 4.30pm. £10 deposit confirms place; £45, £35 concs., includes all materials & veggie lunch. Hillside Retreat, Rhosesmor, Nr. Mold CH7 6PP. Bookings: helen@soul-life.co.uk

Gŵyl Coed Treborth Tree Fair A community fair to mark the start of autumn and to celebrate trees and woods in Wales. There will be nature activities for families and children, craft, storytelling, wood-fired pizzas and seasonal produce. 10am – 4pm, £2 entry. Held at Treborth Botanic Garden, Bangor University LL57 2RX, 07748 162947.

Family Constellation Workshop What are family constellations? They provide a unique and powerful way of addressing personal and deeply felt issues. such as depression infertility, illness, addiction, and an inability to achieve what we want in life. Workshop with Julie Toms-Arbel. 9.45am – 5.30pm, Penrhyn Hall, Bangor LL57 1DT. Contact Tanja 07887 492311, www.familyconstellationherts.co.uk

Mindfulness in The Woods Come and learn the skills of mindfulness practice in the tranquil natural setting of a local woodland. 10am – 4.30pm, £35. CAT, Machynlleth 01654 705959, www.cat.org.uk

Watch Africa: Siren of Faso (12A) Film; introducing the history of the Faso Fani textile factory in Koudougou, Burkina Faso which was closed and left to rot in 2001. Using radio and TV archives and interviews with the ex-workers, Zongo creates a film which is an homage to a specifically African form of resistance in the face of globalisation. 5.30pm, £7, £5; plus Q & A. Pontio, Bangor 01248 382828, www.pontio.co.uk

Metalsmith Talk: Artist Simone ten Hompel and curator Amanda Game explore the exhibition and discuss the artist’s ‘life with metal’. 11am, free please book. Ruthin Craft Centre 01824 704774, ruthincraftcentre.org.uk See Exhibitions

Wood Fire Guru This autumn learn everything you need to know to build good, sustainable, safe and efficient wood fires that will warm your cockles and impress your friends. A wonderful day out and suitable for adults and children over 12 years if accompanied by a responsible adult. 9.30am – 4.30pm, £45. CAT, Machynlleth 01654 705959, www.cat.org.uk

Gwenfflam Caernarfon Alight Bring family and friends to explore the castle fire garden where sculptures crackle and blaze, flame-tipped trees sway in the Autumn breeze and colossal art sculptures burst with plumes of fire when you least expect it. 7pm, 8pm & 9pm, check with Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, www.galericaernarfon.com

Wild Food and Foraging An opportunity to gather and prepare wild foods; give you confidence to identify wild plants and to learn about their benefits –  both culinary and medicinally. £45, Nature’s Work, Snowdonia 01248 361142, www.natureswork.co.uk

Julieta (15) Film; Spanish with subtitles, a heartbroken woman decides to confront her life. Pontio, Bangor 01248 382828, www.pontio.co.uk

Aber to Llanfairfechan Field visit with Cambrian Bird Society. Leader: David Lee. An early start to see a large variety of birds along the Wales Coastal Path as the tide rises. Meet 7.45a.m at Llanfairfechan Promenade SH679755. Dafydd Ellis 01248 601232.

Make A Rustic Stool Learn how to make a simple rustic stool by cleaving a log in half, drilling the mortices and making the legs by cleaving green wood, shaping it with a draw-knife on a shave-horse and making the tenons. 10am – 5pm, £60, £30 dep., Woodland Skills Centre, Bodfari, Denbigh, LL16 4DT.  01745 710626, 07711 472033, www.woodlandskillscentre.co.uk

Fishy Seaside Scenes Create a playful seaside themed landscape on pre-cut fish shaped pieces of board. Acrylic paints, varnishing and hanging techniques. 10am – 4pm, £50. IARD, Parc Glynllifon, nr. Caernarfon LL55 1RR, 01286 672472, www.iard.co.uk

Gadael Tir A show that tells the story of land rights and protest in Wales. It follows the trials and tribulations of the common folk who strove to build the nation from the ground up. Performed by Owen Shiers. No food, bar only, 7pm for start at 7.30pm, £8. Blue Sky Café, Bangor 01248 355444, blueskybangor.co.uk

Weaving for Health & Wellbeing Evening 1st Thur/month. Learn Japanese SAORI freestyle hand weaving. Guidance given. 6.30 – 8.30pm, £25 per class plus materials. Please book, 6 Swifts Buildings, off High Street, Bangor LL57 1DQ; 01248 345325, saorimor.co.uk ~  post@saorimor.co.uk ~ FB saorimor

Michael Bublé Screening (12A) Film of his sell-out tour. 3.30pm, & 7pm, £10, £8 concs, £3 children. Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, www.ucheldre.org

Café Society (12A) Film; comedy by Woody Allen on the stars of Hollywood from the 1930s. 7.30pm, £5, £4. Theatr Colwyn, Colwyn Bay 01492 577888.

STEAM Powered Big Draw An artistic mix of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Maths. Draw, doodle and paint the weekend away – all inspired by the displays in the Railway Museum, for all ages. 11am – 4pm. Penrhyn Castle, Bangor 01248 353084.

1st SATURDAY & 2nd SUNDAY

Mushroom & Fungi ID Learn how to identify mushrooms and fungi in a whole host of different habitats. You’ll be foraging in the undergrowth as you uncover some of the main edible species and learn to avoid those that are not. You’ll appreciate the habits, ecology and even the behaviour of this mysterious genus. £120. CAT, Machynlleth 01654 705959, www.cat.org.uk

Coffee Tasting, Music and Exhibition Local musicians, fresh coffee and information on small co-operatives working carefully to overcome conflict and how to work within the rainforests. Brian Allen will be exhibiting his photographic art. Held at The Carriageworks, Denbigh, 07734 082690, lynne@makethemostof.co.uk

Home Chain Saw During this course an experienced local forestry worker will cover the construction and maintenance of a chainsaw including sharpening the chain, cross-cutting logs and felling small diameter trees. You must have your own chainsaw and appropriate protective chainsaw clothing – helmet, visor and ear defenders, gloves, trousers and boots. £130, dep £60., Woodland Skills Centre, Bodfari, Denbigh, LL16 4DT.  01745 710626, 07711 472033, www.woodlandskillscentre.co.uk

1st SATURDAY – 10th MONDAY

Himalayan Craft Fayre A selection of Fair Trade goods from the Mountain Kingdom of Nepal, including Traditional clothing, modern ladies, mens and childrens clothing, finest Tibetan rugs, handicrafts, masks, silver jewellery, jumpers and much more. Electric Mountain, Llanberis 01286 870636, info@electricmountain.co.uk

2nd SUNDAY

Fungal Foray Come along and find out how to identify woodland fungi in the wilds of the Gwydyr Forest with a local expert. By the end of the afternoon you should know your blewits from your ceps and will know how to stay safe in your search for edible fungi. Booking essential, 1.30pm, donations welcome. Snowdonia Society 01286 685498, tamsin@snowdonia-society.org.uk

Traditional Timber Frame Joints Learn how to measure, mark out and cut perfect joints used in traditional timber framing. The course will cover an overview of the tools and techniques used in marking and cutting joints. 10am – 5pm, £80. CAT, Machynlleth 01654 705959, www.cat.org.uk

Rush Baskets Rush basketmaker, Rosie Farey will teach you how to make a small fruit bowl sized basket on a mould. Using English Bulrush, you will learn traditional techniques such as check weave, pairing and track borders. 10am – 5pm, £65, £35 dep., Woodland Skills Centre, Bodfari, Denbigh, LL16 4DT.  01745 710626, woodlandskillscentre.co.uk

Painting Classes: Tempera Painting and Gilding The technique offers a container through which the participant can embark on an inner journey – from the creation of the image, to the application of the many painted layers bringing the work to its completion.. Advance booking essential, 10am – 1pm and 2 – 5pm. Bishop Lloyd’s Palace, 51/53 Watergate Row, Chester CH1 2LF. Lynette Howells-Moore 01244 313910, lynettehowellsmoore.co.uk Also 9, 16, 23, 30 Oct

Street Circle Training Meditation outdoors, bearing witness to the life of the city around us. Open to all, 2 – 4.30pm. Bring simple food to share. Children (and dogs!) are very welcome too as long as parents stay responsible for them at all times. Chris Starbuck 07906 040159, greatheartchester@gmail.com

Watch Africa: Things of the Aimless Wanderer (15) Film; Rwandan Kivu Ruhorahoza’s film is a mesmerizing experience which catapults cutting-edge African cinema onto the world stage. It posits questions of what modern Rwanda looks like, blurring the line between scripted and found story, reminiscent of such filmmakers as Werner Herzog. 5.30pm, £7, £5. Pontio, Bangor 01248 382828, www.pontio.co.uk

Clybod Acoustic Club Meets 1st Sunday/month. 2pm, open to all musical abilities and styles of music – no electricity connecting! Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, ww.ucheldre.org

Green Woodworking Everyone welcome, from 10am – 4pm with Bill. Eternal Forest, Boduan, Pwllheli. 01758 612006, 07968 167204, www.eternalforest.org

Big Allotment Growing Day An opportunity to grow your own organic nutritious food for free, learn new skills: planting and harvesting the veg and fruits; pickling, preserving, cooking, baking and brewing, craft work and wood work or come and chill out with a brew. 11.30am – 4pm. Tyn y Nant, Llanfihangel Glyn Myfyr. Nr Corwen. Facebook: Eco Fferm Frwythau/Gift Economy, or wellhealthcooperative@googlemail.com

2nd SUNDAY – 7th FRIDAY

Mindfulness Training on Mindful Self Compassion Course activities include meditation, short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion, and home practices. MSC is a workshop rather than a retreat. The goal is for participants to directly experience self-compassion and learn practices that evoke self-compassion in daily life. From £432 – £217. Held at Trigonos, Nantlle, LL54 6BW. Book through Bangor University:  f.hooton@bangor.ac.uk

3rd MONDAY

Mindfulness Group Monthly group. It is open to all who would like to share with others interested in living a more mindful life. 7.30pm. Origin Osteo, Beaumaris. Hazel Bamber 07919 921291, hello@hazelbamber.com, www.hazelbamber.com

Beicio Bangor Meets 1st Mon/month (except August). We campaign on cycling issues affecting Bangor and the commute area around. All welcome, 7pm, £5 per annum. Basement Fat Café, High Street, Bangor. Details: accounts@beiciobangor.org.uk

Writers In Residence Launch Evening Join us at a live screening of the National Liberal Club in London for the official launch of our 2017 Writers in Residence programme. £10 including a glass of wine and nibbles. Dress code of black tie. Gladstones Library, Hawarden CH5 3DF. To book 01244 532350, enquiries@gladlib.org

Mustang (15) Film; a tale of spirited young women in Turkey. 7.30pm, £6, £5, Theatr Colwyn, Colwyn Bay 01492 577888.

3rd MONDAY – 8th SATURDAY

Writing & Illustrating for Children This course will draw its material from the natural world and our diverse relationships with it. Its aim is to create and build the skills needed to create work to inspire the new generation of Earth stewards. £495 – £625, Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre, Llanystumdwy, Cricieth, LL52 0LW, 01766 522811, www.tynewydd.org

3rd MONDAY – 9th SUNDAY

Irie Mona Festival An event for Black History Month. Jamaican poet and reggae artiste, Yasus Afari, working with schools and communities in Anglesey, with Black History presentations by Dr Marian Gwyn. Details from contact lizmillman@yahoo.co.uk ~  www.bhmnw.com

4th TUESDAY

The Healing Well Hands on Healing, by donation. All welcome, 7-9pm. Ganolfan Pentrefelin, nr Criccieth. Mayamara 01766 770874.

Conifer Removal Older and much larger Conifer trees have been removed from this marshland in the past and so we have been tasked with removing the regenerating trees. The control of the Conifer regeneration is important to the area as they can have a large effect on the pH level of the soil and water. 10am, booking essential, free transport available from Bangor and Caernarfon. Snowdonia Society 01286 685498, owain@snowdonia-society.org.uk

Snow White Vienna Festival Ballet, 7.30pm, £19.50, £18.50. Theatr Colwyn, Colwyn Bay 01492 577888.

Conwy County Peace Group Meets 1st Tues/month, 7.30pm, St. John’s Church hall (between the two M&S stores on Mostyn St., Llandudno). Contact Don Saunders 07748 927643, donsaundersopt@aol.com

Cygnus Café in Chester An opportunity to join like-minded people to discuss and explore spirituality, well-being, holistic therapies, transformation, community, ecology and much more. For those who are not familiar with Cygnus Review, it offers books, CDs, reviews, articles to uplift and inspire you on your path of self-discovery. 11am – 1pm, The Lodge Café, Grosvenor Park, Chester. Lynn Alexander 01244 951753,  lynnalexander@talktalk.net

Meditation at Hillside Retreat is a mixture of guided meditation, silence and some sharing, finishing with a cup of tea. No charge, just donations towards refreshments. It is not necessary to have done any meditation before – everyone welcome. It is helpful if you can email me to let me know you are intending to come. 7.30 – 9pm. 1st Tues/month. Hillside Retreat, Rhosesmor, nr Mold CH7 6PP. Contact helen@soul-life.co.uk, www.soul-life.co.uk

The Sleeping Beauty Live screening from the Australian Ballet, 7pm, £10, £8 concs, £3 children, Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, www.ucheldre.org

Julieta See 1st

5th WEDNESDAY

Sailing the Worldly Winds How to spot the winds that buffet us and how to do something about it! Led by Christine and Karen. Meditation group with Triratna Buddhist Centre. All welcome. 6.30 – 8.30pm, Quaker Meeting House, Frodsham St, Chester. More details from: www.triratna-at-chester.org  

SAORI Weaving Taster Session 1st Weds/month. Half an hour introduction to SAORI freestyle hand weaving, using a SAORI loom and take your weaving home. No experience is necessary and all abilities are catered for. All guidance provided. £10 per class including materials. Please book/maximum of six. 6 Swifts Buildings, Bangor LL57 1DQ (opposite Domino’s Pizzas below the train station). Rosie Green 01248 345325, saorimor.co.uk ~ FB saorimor

Watch Africa: Timbuktu (12A) Film; a couple live peacefully in Timbuktu until Jihadists arrive and change their destiny. 2pm, £7, £5. Pontio, Bangor 01248 382828, www.pontio.co.uk

NW International Concert Series Mary Hofman, violin, and Richard Ormrod, piano. A piano masterclass followed by a concert of Dvořák, Bartok, Janáček and Enescu. 6.30pm, Rhyl Town Hall, 0745 890564, www.rhylmusic.com

Movement Medicine Conscious Dance Bringing awareness to all that is within us; in body, heart and mind, and giving it expression in movement. Drop-in. Suitable for all levels of fitness and experience. 7 – 9pm, £10, £8, £5. The Little Theatre, Gloucester St., Chester CH1 3HR. Ella Speirs 07922 620503, ellaspiers@hotmail.com

Café Society See 1st.

5th WEDNESDAY & 6th THURSDAY

Conwy Book and Print Fairs Unusual, collectable and antiquarian books on many subjects including natural history, literature, the local area, transport, etc. Victorian prints and maps of North Wales, steel engravings and antique county maps. 10am – 5pm, St Mary’s Church Hall, Conwy LL32 8LD, 01492 581103.

Julieta See 1st

6th THURSDAY

Budding Wildlife Gardeners Anna Williams, NWWT Education & Community Officer, explains how exciting new projects are reaching out to school children, inspiring them to appreciate wildlife and to be creative through gardening activity. 2 – 4.30pm, £2, includes refreshments. St Cyngar’s Church Hall, Llangefni, Anglesey, LL77 7EA. NWWT Penny Radford 01248 713022, radfords713@btinternet.com

Tŷ Newydd Book Club Held in Welsh £15, 7 – 8.30pm, led by Aled Jones Williams. Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre, Llanystumdwy, Cricieth, LL52 0LW, 01766 522811, www.tynewydd.org

Ocean Film Festival Showcasing the world’s most amazing ocean films from above and below the water’s surface! Brought to you by the producers of the Banff Film Festival UK Tour, this extraordinary collection of short films document the beauty and power of the ocean, and celebrate the divers, surfers, swimmers and oceanographers who live for the sea’s salt spray. 7.30pm. Venue Cymru, Llandudno 01492 872000, venuecymru.co.uk

Dru Meditation 1st Thurs/month, 8.30-9pm, Snowdonia Mountain Lodge, Nant Ffrancon, Bethesda. Contact Christiane 01248 602900, christiane@druworldwide.com

Gwynedd Astronomy Society 1st Thurs/month, 7.30pm. Arts and Drama Rehearsal Room, Bangor University. Parking is available directly outside the main entrance. Davyth Fear 01286 672882.

Llangollen Friends of the Earth 1st Thursday/month; venue varies so call or text 07525 016504, info@llangollenfoe.org.uk

Sing Out Your Song! Harmony Singing Group Drop-in group, 7 – 9pm, £8, £6, £4. 1st & 3rd Thurs/month. Bishop Lloyd’s Palace, 51 Watergate St., Chester CH1 2LE. Ella 07922 620503, ellaspeirs@hotmail.com

Café Society See 1st.

6th THURSDAY – 10th MONDAY

Ama Pachana Detox Retreat According to ayurveda, ama is known as a toxic residue which subdues our digestive fire and clogs up the channels of the body, creating imbalances and eventually leading to disease. In fact, ayurveda believes that ama is the root cause of all disease. Pachana means ‘to digest’, and the process of ama panchana is a simple ayurvedic detox programme which works to rekindle the digestive fire to ‘burn’ up and remove ama from the body. £550 shared, £650 single. Held at Dru Yoga, Snowdonia Mountain Lodge, Bethesda, Bangor, LL57 3LX. 01248 602900, www.druyoga.com More info from Shona Sutherland 01372 725327, london@druworldwide.com.

7th FRIDAY

Everest The Hard Way A talk by Doug Scott CBE. Legendary mountaineer, Doug Scott will be telling the story of how he and Dougal Haston made the first ascent of the world’s highest mountain by its massive South West Face in September 1975. Their epic climb would go down in mountaineering history as ‘Everest the Hard Way’. Before the talk and during the interval there wil be a sale of Nepalese goods and of signed framed mountain prints. Doug will also be signing copies of the first volume of is autobiography ‘Up And About’. Proceeds from the talk will go to supporting the work of Community Action Nepal. 7pm, £15, £12 concs, £3 children. Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, www.ucheldre.org

Healing as a Complementary Therapy Held on the first Friday of the month – a 2 year nationally recognised course. 6-7pm, new starters are welcome. £10 per session plus small annual membership fee. Quaker Meeting House, Dean St. Bangor. Claire Wiggins 07838 469174.

Irie Oceans An event for Black History Month. Poetry evening with Yasus Afari. 7.30pm, at Oceans in Llanfairfechan 01248 681700. Details from contact lizmillman@yahoo.co.uk ~ www.bhmnw.com

The Magic of Swans by David Cummings. The Cheshire Swans Study Group has been monitoring the mute swan population in Cheshire since 1988, and studying their movements by ringing. 7.30pm, £1, £2 non-members. Pensychnant Centre, Conwy LL32 8BJ. 01492 592595, www.pensychnant.co.uk

Surf to Cadair Ifan Goch Walk This walk has some steep up-hills and one very steep downhill. 1.15 for 1.30pm start, £2. Dogs welcome on a lead, 3hours; 4miles; please book. Meet outside the main entrance to Surf Snowdonia, Conway Rd., Dolgarrog, Conwy LL32 8QE. 07580 545601.

Huw Warren Jazz 7pm, Blue Sky Café, Bangor 01248 355444, blueskybangor.co.uk

7th FRIDAY & 8th SATURDAY

Hill & Mountain Skills Weekend Enjoy hillwalking and gain the skills, confidence and experience to tackle the mountains. Over the weekend you will cover all the fundamental skills including navigation, weather, steep terrain, scrambling, equipment, hazards and the environment. £110. Snowdonia, bookings: www.snowdon- walks.co.uk

7th FRIDAY – 9th SUNDAY

ID of Mosses, Liverworts & Lichens There will be plenty of specimens to identify and excursions in to the habitats at the venue, enabling you to develop good basic identification skills and build up a small reference collection of common species. Held at CAT, Machynlleth, www.cat.org.uk. Please book through Aberystwyth University 01970 621 580.

Exploring with Mixed Media & Collage For painters who are willing to explore new ideas and experiment with a variety of media. Working on paper and canvas and by combining paint, craft papers, tissue papers, inks, acrylics, textured materials and organic materials, interesting and exciting results can be achieved. £200 – £220, Plas Tan y Bwlch, Maentwrog LL41 3YU, 01766 772600, www.eryri-npa.gov.uk

Candles, Skin Creams and Polish Learn about the versatile, traditional material of wax. Make your own lip balm, skin cream and polish, dip your own candles and pick up tips on candle moulds and wicks. £195 – £215, Plas Tan y Bwlch, Maentwrog LL41 3YU, 01766 772600, www.eryri-npa.gov.uk

Pixi Camp A creative friendly gathering for families organised by Ros Daws held at Cae Mabon, Brynrefail, nr Llanberis. For bookings contact Roz on roz4harmony@yahoo.co.uk

7th FRIDAY – 10th MONDAY

Yoga of Sound Course – 1st of 4 weekends This course will help you to discover your natural voice and teach you how to project yourself vocally – whether speaking or singing. You will learn how to stabilise your voice, develop voice control, evenness of sound and how to project your voice with confidence, power and impact. £597 single; £497 shared. Dru Yoga, Snowdonia Mountain Lodge, Bethesda, Bangor, LL57 3LX. 01248 602900, www.druyoga.com

Viols and Voices A course by Claire Wilkinson and Ibi Aziz. Fort Belan, Llanwnda, nr Caernarfon LL54 5TP. Details 01286 830220, cjblundell1@aol.com

8th SATURDAY

Open Meditation Day Everyone is welcome. Meditation in the morning with guidance for those who would like it; they may be an opportunity to arrange a talk with Lama Shenpen, tara or Dashu during the day. A simple vegetarian lunch is provided. The Hermitage, Ynys Grainag, Criccieth. contact hermitage@ahs.org.uk or 01766 530839.

Snowdon Litter Pick This litter pick will concentrate on the Llanberis Footpath. The information we gather on the day will help educate people on the litter problem around Snowdon as well as give us a reference point for future litter surveys. 7.45am, booking essential. Snowdonia Society 01286 685498, tamsin@snowdonia-society.org.uk

Apple Day Gather up some apples from your garden, someone else’s garden or crab apples from the hedgerow (windfalls are fine as long as they are not rotten) and bring them to the Centre where you can put them through our crusher and press. Bring container to take juice away in. 10am – 5pm, £10. Woodland Skills Centre, Bodfari, Denbigh, LL16 4DT. 01745 710626, www.woodlandskillscentre.co.uk

Conwy Valley Woodlands in Autumn A ramble from Rowen through Parc Mawr; 9.45am for 10am start, £2, 3 hours, 4 miles, please book. Ty Gwyn Pub, High St., Rowen LL32 8YU, 0343 770 5785.

Silver Stacking Rings Create a set of stacking rings in sterling silver. You will learn how to cut, create a texture on metal, solder and polish. An additional cost of £5 applies for the materials. 10am – 4pm, £65. IARD, Parc Glynllifon, nr. Caernarfon LL55 1RR, 01286 672472, www.iard.co.uk

Arty October Monthly group. We are meeting for a day of crafting and sharing skills, bring along anything you are working on and someone should be able to help if you get stuck. 10am – 4pm, £10 full day, £5 part. Held in Vestry, Porthmadog. Facebook: Arty October

Mosses and Lichens (Wildlife Watch) Brian Burnett will show us mosses and lichens all around and we can make our own collections. 2 – 4pm, £1 per child. Saith Ffynnon Farm, Holywell, CH8 9EQ. NWWT Jan Miller 01352 711198, jan@wells.org

Birdwatch Walk & Mushroom Identification Come and join us to learn more about our birds and mushrooms. Starting from the Llyn Bach car park, Porthmadog at 9am/£3; and later on Mushroom and Fungi Identification Walk 1.30pm, Pont Croesor Visitor Centre, £2.50. More details Glynis Archer, Bywyd Gwyllt Glaslyn Wildlife 01766 771365.

The Manana Collective Led by Cuban flautist Jose Zalba-Smith, The Mañana Collective is a powerhouse of Latin rhythm, playing Cuban and Brazilian music together explosively. Special guest tonight is former member of the Buena Vista Social Club Orchestra, Irakere and Afro Cuban All Starts, Jose’s father: Javier Zalba! 7.30pm, £10, £9 concs., Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com

8th SATURDAY & 9th SUNDAY

Hill & Mountian Skills Course Aimed at the  novice hillwalker; full weekend course aimed at building and developing hillwalking skills in the mountains of Snowdonia. £110. More details from 07535 571543, www.snowdon-walks.co.uk

The Revlon Girl An original play based on the events surrounding the Aberfan Disaster of 1966; and the real life story of a small group of bereaved mothers who met every Tuesday above a local hotel to talk, cry and even laugh. 7.30pm, £10, £8 concs., £3 children. Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, www.ucheldre.org

8th SATURDAY – 23rd SUNDAY

Chester Literature Festival This year features appearances from best-selling authors, adventurers, comedians and poets as well as strong strands of film, politics and performance. Plus Festival Quiz, Festival Fringe, Book Club and Poetry Café. Storyhouse, Chester. 01244 409113, www.storyhouse.com

9th SUNDAY

Left, Right and Centre – Feldenkrais Method Experiencing your central axis with greater clarity makes you feel more centred. It may also help clear up any left/right confusions. 10am – 1pm. £30. £10 deposit to Veronica; held at Llangollen Natural Health Clinic, 6 Princess St., Llangollen LL20 8RD. Veronica Rock 07990 825783, vhrock@feldenkrais.co.uk

Where The Ancient Wisdom Meets Quantum Science A seminar with Ted Capstick. The discoveries into the microscopic worlds of quantum physics are beginning to be indicative of the planes of subtle matter that Theosophy and the Wisdom teachings have been telling us about for centuries. 10.30am – 4.30pm, £8, TS members £4. Refreshments available. Sponsored by the Foundation for Theosophical Studies. Parkway Community Centre, Rhos on Sea LL28 4SE. Jenny 01492 339245, eldersofthetribe@live.co.uk See ad page 32.

Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra Piano Concert 1, Polovtsian Dances and Symphony No. 6. 7.30pm, £23 – £15. Venue Cymru, Llandudno 01492 872000, www.venuecymru.co.uk

Tempera Painting and Gilding See 2nd

The Bangor Forest Garden An opportunity to learn new skills, make new friends whilst contributing to maintain and develop the Garden! Session starts at 11.30am – 4pm. Wear some outdoor suitable clothing and bring some lunch; tea and coffee provided. Details bangorforestgarden@gmail.com, www.thebfg.org.uk Facebook: bangorforestgarden Ask us about car sharing if needed.

Fungus Foray Come along to one of NWWT’s best sites for fungus, covering Marford Quarry and Maes-y-Pant next door. Bring basket and lunch. 11am – 4.30pm, free. Park in the siding at reserve, Marford Quarry, Wrexham, LL12 8TJ. Grid reference SJ 357 563. Simon Mills 01244 571091, simonfmills@aol.com

Red Tent Gwynedd Women, let us gather together in the peace and beauty of the Red Tent to celebrate the time-honoured indigenous tradition of the Moon Lodge. A gentle and safe place for women to come and celebrate the feminine; to sit in circle and share, laugh, sing, dance, or simply rest, reflect and renew. We share veggie food and have time for social relaxation. Come as you are, and who you are is enough. Our next Red Tent is held 2-5pm in Llanfachraeth, Anglesey. For more information about what we do and venue directions please join us on our Facebook Page: Red Tent Gwynedd or visit www.redtentgwynedd.wixsite.com/redtentnorthwales

10th MONDAY

Disability of Arts Wales Writing Group Do you write: non-fiction such as biographies, short stories, poetry, drama, or novels…..in the Welsh language? Do you self-identify as a disabled person and/or have a long-term physical mental health condition? How about participating in a group which gets together every month in Caernarfon? 4.30 – 6.30pm, free. Caernarfon Library LL55 1AS. Contact post@dacymru.com / 029 2055 1040.

Seriously Books A warm welcome and intelligent discussion that ranges from the light-hearted to the challenging. Meets 2nd Mon/month. Books selected by vote and alternate between contemporary and classic fiction. Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden. Contact Louisa Yates – louisa.yates@gladlib.org

Catfish Keith Popular Blues singer, 8pm, £12; tickets from Mudshark Records, Bangor and Palas Print, Caernarfon. The Victoria Hotel, Menai Bridge 01248 712309, www.vicmenai.com

Holyhead Writers Group See 24th

10th MONDAY – 15th SATURDAY

Low Energy Buildings bringing together and understanding of how concepts and their relationship with materials exist to provide comfort, energy flow and efficiency.£700, low waged £625, concs £550. CAT, Machynlleth 01654 705959, www.cat.org.uk

Hate Crime Awareness Week and Irie Wrexham Festival with Jamaican poet and reggae artiste, Yasus Afari, working with Welsh Poet, Rhys Trimble in schools and communities in Wrexham. This event is part of the celebration of Black History Month. Details from contact lizmillman@yahoo.co.uk ~  www.bhmnw.com

11th TUESDAY

Theosophical Society Bangor Lodge: Mystery Of Human Conciousness with Eric McGough. Conciousness is one of the great mysteries of human life. It rises through self conciousness and on to the Spiritual, embracing instinct, intuition and abstract thought. 7.30pm, £3, £2 members TS. Theosophical Society Bangor Lodge, Hirael Hall, Ambrose St., Bangor. More info Toddy Alcock 01248 600267, toddyalc@gmail.com

Cylch Gitar Gogledd Cymru/ North Wales Guitar Circle All styles of acoustic guitarists – from non players to professional (non vocal). 2nd Tues/month, 7.45pm, £1 per person. Anglesey Arms Hotel, Menai Bridge. Jane and Dave Sinnett 01407 831480, jane.sinnett@btinternet.com ~ Facebook: northwalesguitarcircle

Mustang (15) with Chester Film Society. 5 young women stand up for themselves against their grandmother’s wishes. Turkey, with subtitles. 7.30pm, membership £45 p.a. guests welcome for £4 per film. Held at St Mary’s Centre, Chester. Info: 01244 371750, chesterfilmfans.co.uk

12th WEDNESDAY

Sailing the Worldly Winds How to spot the winds that buffet us and how to do something about it! Led by Christine and Karen. Meditation group with Triratna Buddhist Centre. All welcome. 6.30 – 8.30pm, Quaker Meeting House, Frodsham St, Chester. More details from: www.triratna-at-chester.org  

The Law of Karma This is described by H. P. Blavatsky as the ultimate law of the Universe. In the Mahatma Letters it is described as “This terrible law”. What is it about Karma which calls forth such powerful language? The complexity of Karma and its operation in human life are discussed. With The Holyhead Theosophical Society. 2pm, £4, The Harvest Moon, Newry St., Holyhead. More Info: John Jeffrey: tsholyhead@gmail.com

Movement Medicine Conscious Dance Bringing awareness to all that is within us; in body, heart and mind, and giving it expression in movement. Drop-in. Suitable for all levels of fitness and experience. 7 – 9pm, £10, £8, £5. The Little Theatre, Gloucester St., Chester CH1 3HR. Ella Speirs 07922 620503, ellaspiers@hotmail.com

Intuitive Vocal Sound Healing and Spiritual Development A talk by Helena Hawley, Author, Healer. The workshop will open with sounds by toning together. Helena will also give a short demonstration of intuitive vocal sound healing, and then offer illustrated examples from her personal life, including how yoga, astrology, and the teachings of others have helped her along the way towards enlightenment and spiritual development. Book sale of Helena’s work available. 7 for 7.30pm, £5.50, £3 concs., Quaker Meeting House, Frodsham St., Chester CH1 3LF. 01244 37046, www.chestertheosophy.org

Occasional Cinema More details: Caban, Brynrefail, Llanberis 01286 685500, www.caban-cyf.org

Circle Dance A relaxing afternoon with a friendly welcoming group. No experience or partner needed. 2-4pm, Old Colwyn Methodist Church Hall. Phone Janice 01492 545587 / Susan 01492 585198.

Acoustic Music Night With Andy Bob Beaument and his guests, 9pm, free, Auckland Arms, Menai Bridge 01248 712545.

Ruthin Reading Group 7.30pm, Ruthin Library, 01824 705274.

Llandudno and District Writers Group This month: Michael Prince ~ Writer’s Tricks. 2pm, all welcome! Llandudno Public Library. Contact: llandudno.writers@aol.co.uk

King Lear Live screening from Stratford Upon Avon with RSC. 7pm, £10.50, £9.50. Theatr Colwyn, Colwyn Bay 01492 577888. Also on at Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, www.ucheldre.org

13th THURSDAY

Mindfulness Practice Group ~ Bala Primarily for those that have completed the 8 week Mindfulness course but a warm welcome to anyone interested in sharing the practice, interested in Mindfulness or have had some previous experience. 6.30 – 7.30pm, £3; 2nd & 4th Thurs/month. Gorwelion, Bala. Contact rowenna73@hotmail.com or visit Facebook:  Mindfulness Bala

Selma (12A) Black History Month Film Evening, chronicling Martin Luther King’s campaign to secure equal voting rights with an epic march from Selma to Alabama in 1965. 7.30pm, Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com

14th FRIDAY

The Harvest of Life Our Life’s Labours under the Sun produce a Harvest – a talk by Kate Fletcher. 2pm, £4, TS members £2. Free refreshments. Held at Parkway Community Centre, off Rhos Rd., Rhos on Sea. Enquiries Jenny 01492 585348, eldersofthetribe@live.co.uk

Letting In The Light Brian Palmer will give a presentation about the Woodland Trust’s Heritage Lottery-funded Ancient Woodland Restoration Programme. A short quiz, too! 2 – 4pm, £2. St David’s Church Hall, Glan-y-Mor Road, Penrhyn Bay, Llandudno, LL30 3NT. NWWT John Underwood 01492 533459, john.underwood100@gmail.com

Rich Hall Grouchy, deadpan styled comedian; a master of absurdist irony and the king of rapid-fire wit. 8pm, £16. Pontio, Bangor 01248 382828, www.pontio.co.uk

Sarah Barnwell Trio Sarah’s violin playing has evolved as a result of a bohemian upbringing. She has developed a style that is uniquely fluid and expressive, yet still purely improvised. 8pm, £10, Blue Sky Café, Bangor 01248 355444, blueskybangor.co.uk

Literary Society: John Barnie The afternoon explores the ways in which poets have responded to nature since the Darwinian revolution and in particular the growing realisation among biologists and naturalists, from Edward O. Wilson to David Attenborough, that the Earth is well into a mass extinction of species which will have consequences for ourselves. 1 – 3pm, £5, £4 concs., Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, www.ucheldre.org

Under The Skin (15) Film; about seeing ourselves through alien eyes; an uncompromising horror film. open 7.30pm for 8pm film. Upstairs at the Llangollen Town Hall, LL20 8PW. www.newdotcinema.org

Merch Yr Eog We explore the close relationship between Wales and Brittany, and the dilemma of the immigrant. In Welsh, Breton & French;  7.30pm, £10, £8. Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllheli 01758 704088.

The Revlon Girl An original play based on the events surrounding the Aberfan Disaster of 1966; and how the women recover by looking after each other. 7pm, £10, £9 concs., Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com

Black Wales, Our Wales North Wales Race Awareness Conference hosted by organisations including, Race Council Cymru, “Hope not Hate”, CPLW, NWBHM and Glyndwr University. Wrexham. Details from contact lizmillman@yahoo.co.uk ~  www.bhmnw.com

14th FRIDAY – 16th SUNDAY

Autumn Recharge ~ Yoga & Wellness Weekend Restorative yoga, nourishing food, bracing coastal walks, indulgent massages and relaxing time away. £330 – £475 all inclusive (not massages); Plas Cadnant, Menai Bridge, Anglesey. The Zest Life, Laura Bell 07989 512859, www.thezestlife.co.uk

Pond & Stream Invertebrate Life Field visits will be made to ponds and streams here at CAT where different sampling techniques will be used to collect aquatic organisms. With the specimens indoors, their amazing diversity, adaptations and life cycles will be revealed with the aid of microscopes, identification keys and of course, help from the tutor. Held at CAT, Machynlleth, www.cat.org.uk Please book through Aberystwyth University 01970 621 580.

14th FRIDAY – 17th MONDAY

Dru Dance Retreat Blending the benefits of yoga and dance, dru dance is an energetic, stress-busting form of Dru Yoga. Over the weekend you’ll participate in at least 3 dynamic dance sessions, so a good level of fitness is required. £336 or £406 all inclusive. Dru Yoga, Snowdonia Mountain Lodge, Bethesda, Bangor, LL57 3LX. 01248 602900, www.druyoga.com

14th FRIDAY – 18th TUESDAY

5-day Retreat Mindfulness This five-day residential retreat offers a safe framework for entering more deeply into a period of sustained mindfulness practice. Guidance and advice offered to support the unfolding of practice. Facilitators will offer short talks to provide context and direction for practice. £349 – £177 (camping). Held at Trigonos, Nantlle. LL54 6BW. Bookings/details: Mindfulness Network CIC,  esther@mindfulness-network.org

14th FRIDAY – 24th MONDAY

The Other Side of Insight Retreat for people with at least 3 years of meditaion experience. In this retreat, which will be conducted largely in silence and will have a full programme of meditation, we will emphasise the role of emotion and collective practice as a way of opening the heart and expanding the feeling of self to include others and the world. £400, £360 concs. Vajraloka Buddhist Centre, Corwen LL21 0EN, 01490 460406, www.vajraloka.org

15th SATURDAY

5 Rhythms Dance Day ‘The Art of Release’, held at Talybont Memorial Hall, Talybont, Conwy. Clare Backwell 07946 913 911.

Monthly Sound Bath Relaxation and Meditation through sound. Come and experience the vibrations and sound frequencies from Gongs, Himalayan bowls, Quartz bowls, chimes, drums and rattles, bringing balance and harmony back to body, mind and spirit.  There are two sessions at 7pm or 8.30pm, £10. Neuadd Goffa Mynydd, Llandegai. Bookings: Steph Healy, Sound Practitioner 07534 118899, puresound.org.uk or Facebook/Pure Sound.

Fan Bird Fan birds are a traditional craft from Eastern Europe and an amazing demonstration of the properties of wood. Carved from a single piece of wood using simple tools your bird will unfold its wings without the use of any glue or pins. Steve Tomlin is one of the few craftspeople in the UK teaching this craft, which is suitable for beginners and those looking to expand their skills. Visit Steve’s website: http://stevetomlincrafts. wordpress.com) 10am – 5pm, £80, £40 dep., Woodland Skills Centre, Bodfari, Denbigh, LL16 4DT. 01745 710626, 07711 472033, woodlandskillscentre.co.uk

Hypnotherapy Training Conwy, see Page 31.

Black Wales, Our Wales An event for Black History Month with Colwyn Bay Town Council and DRC Embassy Ceremony to reconsecrate graves of Congolese boys who died, while at the African Institute and Service to celebrate the life and times of Rev William Hughes and his vision in establishing the African Institute in Colwyn Bay. This will be followed by a celebration of Congo and Colwyn Bay links. Venue TBC; Details from contact lizmillman@yahoo.co.uk ~  www.bhmnw.com

Strength in Asana with Zoe Knott; her fundamental approach is to build strength as the cornerstone of practice and from there all poses become possible. We will be working on specific techniques to develop strength and how to move in and out of pose using strength. 10.30am – 3.30pm, £50. Trefnant Village Hall, Denbigh. Bookings: Laura Bell, The Zest Life 07989 512859, www.thezestlife.co.uk

Writing Humourous Stories This will be a crash course in how to write humorous stories by building on characters and the connecting strand between each story. Harri can provide advice and help on ideas that you might already have as well as show you which essential elements you need to create your own humorous stories. Held in Welsh. £32 – £49. Followed by a Pop-Up Restaurant and guest reader £25. 7pm. Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre, Llanystumdwy, Cricieth, LL52 0LW, 01766 522811, tynewydd.org

Festival of Light A magical family afternoon in Greenfield Valley with arts, music, dance and light including local bands, make your own lantern workshop and much more. There will be an opportunity for everyone to join the Festival of Light parade. 1 – 7pm. Basingwerk Abbey, Holywell, Flintshire CH8 7GH. 01352 703900.

SAORI Weaving for Health & Wellbeing Day 3rd Saturday/month. Learn Japanese SAORI freestyle hand weaving. No experience is necessary, all abilities welcome, guidance given. Items made can be a cushion or bag, scarf or clothing accessory, or simply display it as a wall hanging. 10am – 4pm, £75 per class plus materials. Please book/maximum of six. Held at 6 Swifts Buildings, off High Street, Bangor, LL57 1DQ (opposite Domino’s Pizzas below the train station). Rosie Green 01248 345325, saorimor.co.uk

Mind, Body & Spirit Holistics and Craft Fairs Holistic treatments, Therapies, Tarot & Angel Readings, crafted gifts, Spiritual Therapies and handmade Jewellery. 11am – 4pm, free admission. Civic Hall, Wepre Drive, Connah’s Quay CH5 4HA. More details: www.rainbowbiz.org.uk

Make A Shave Horse 1 You will be provided with all the materials you need and you will make your own “modern” pattern shave-horse (Traditional tool to hold wood) to take home, based on the design of Mike Abbott. 10am – 5pm, Woodland Skills Centre, Bodfari, Denbigh, LL16 4DT.  01745 710626, 07711 472033, woodlandskillscentre.co.uk

Rush Basket Making Rosie Farey will teach you how to make a small fruit bowl sized basket on a mould. The rush will be recently harvested so will be at its freshest and most colourful. 10am – 4pm, £50 + £5 materials. IARD, Parc Glynllifon, nr. Caernarfon LL55 1RR, 01286 672472, www.iard.co.uk

Glaciation of North Wales North Wales is a post-glacial environment with spectacular glacial features. We will identify and explain the formation of these features both large and small scale including features of erosion, transportation and deposition. £45, Nature’s Work, Snowdonia 01248 361142, www.natureswork.co.uk

AGM NW Wildlife Trust It’s your chance to find out about all the amazing work the Trust has been doing over the last year and plans for the future, followed by a talk on Restoring Fens by Dr Joan Daniels MBE (Natural England). 1.30 – 4.15pm, (lunch £8 otherwise free). Morning Walk 10.30am – 12noon around Cors Bodgynydd Nature Reserve. Glasdir Conference Centre, Llanrwst, LL26 0DF. NWWT Bleddyn Williams 01248 351541, neet@wildlifetrustswales.org

24 Steps Art & Design Cerian York of 24 Steps Art and Design says that her work is inspired by the plants and animals of the Wales Coastal path. She is drawn in particular to the many wildflowers that can be discovered along the path and she loves to get close up to them to paint them. She will also have some art activities for children. 10am – 4pm, free entry to exhibition. In the LookOut at RSPB Conwy LL31 9XZ, 01492 584091, conwy@rspb.org.uk

15th SATURDAY & 16th SUNDAY

Llangollen Food Festival Discover great food and drink in our fabulous local producers market. Enjoy live cookery classes and take part in our fun workshops. Pick up exciting new recipes or learn about traditional dishes. Llangollen Pavilion, Abbey Rd., LL20 8SW, 0844 8000 410. Full details from www.llangollenfoodfestival.com

Metal Workshop Led by Andy Hazell – making shiney things out of the humble biscuit tin. 10.30am – 4.30pm; £100 includes light lunch. Please call to book a place. An intensive workshop involving all the techniques necessary to create figures, fish, animals, insects, flowers and buildings out of recycled tinplate (cutting, folding, pleating and soldering) as well as decoration with wire. Bring a biscuit tin! Ruthin Craft Centre 01824 704774, ruthincraftcentre.org.uk

15th SATURDAY – 21st FRIDAY

Daniel Owen Festival Celebrating Mold’s life and times. This week-long culture and literature festival comprises of arts workshops for adults and children, lectures and talks, concerts and recitals, guided walks and writing competition for young people. Mold Town Council 01352 758532, danielowenfestival.com

16th SUNDAY

Libra Full Moon 5:24am

Apple Day As 8th.

Quaker Meeting 3rd Sun/month, 10am, Memorial Hall, Market St., Llangollen. Maria Haines 01978 860349, northwalesquakers.org

The Mountain Environment This workshop is aimed at developing your understanding of the natural world. We take a look at the mountain environment from its geological history to its vegetation and human influences upon the landscape. We will identify general characteristics of rock types, habitats,  and take a closer look at the wildlife which inhabit this environment. £45, Nature’s Work, Snowdonia 01248 361142, www.natureswork.co.uk

Cain Galeri’s dance performance group which is open to those over the age of 60. The sessions will be held (in Welsh) by professional dancer, choreographer and tutor Cai Tomos. 10am or 3pm, £10. Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com

Yogic Journey ~ Gwydir Forest with Gwen Ellis Parri; a meditation and easy breathing exercise followed by a short walk in silence; refreshments after. 12.45pm, £2. Meet Gwydyr Uchaf Car Park, Llanrwst LL27 0HX, 07545 301646.

Tempera Painting and Gilding See 2nd

Barn Owls Past and Present The Species and Habitats Protection Group (Powys) look into the characteristics of the barn owl and how this has influenced our perception of this iconic bird. 3 – 5pm,  £2, Glynne Arms, Hawarden, CH5 3NS. NWWT Jonny Hulson 07726 358228.

Estyneto The inspirational choreographer and dancer Cai Tomos leads monthly sessions for those over the age of 60. You do not need any dancing skills or experience – only the desire to stay fit and healthy. These sessions also provide an opportunity to socialise and have fun. 1.3opm, £3, Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com

Behemoth (18) Film; in the Old Testament, the mountains are the domain of a monster named Behemoth; in modern times the vast mining industry has taken the monster’s place, transforming a mountain paradise into an industrial hell on earth. A powerful documentary whose stunning images speak louder than words. 2pm, £7, £5, Pontio, Bangor 01248 382828, www.pontio.co.uk

In The Mood For Love (PG) Film; extraordinary romance on the big screen – pure cinematic bliss. 5.30pm, £7, £5. Japanese with subtitles, Pontio, Bangor 01248 382828, www.pontio.co.uk

Bolshoi Ballet: The Golden Age Live film screening; mad rhythms, vigorous chase scenes and decadent cabaret numbers. 4pm, £13, £10, Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllheli 01758 704088.

Bird Watch Experts on hand to help identify birds and chat about local wildlife. Please avoid walking to the hide along the shore! 11am – 3pm, donations welcome. Main Hide, Aberogwen/Spinnies, Bangor. Grid reference SH 613 721. NWWT Kate Gibbs 01248 681936, kategibbs.nwwt@gmail.com

17th MONDAY

Chester Amnesty International We are just a group of ordinary people who are choosing to stand up for humanity, human rights and justice. Meets at 7.45pm, this month in The Watergate Inn, (room on the left inside pub), close to Chester Racecourse. Contact Alan 01244 679185/ Facebook for more details, www.amnesty.org

Seriously Sentences – Writer’s Group Meets 3rd/Monday each month to review each other’s submissions; share competition, market and publishing news and welcome all levels of expertise – prolific or wannabe! Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden. Contact Hazel: seriouslysentences@gmail.com

A Shackleton Odyssey A talk with Roger Smith, the Society of 13 and the Royal Geographical Society. This lecture tells the story of an expedition, of which Roger Smith was a member, retracing some of the original journey. 7.30pm, £6. Grosvenor Museum, Chester. www.societyofthirteen.org.uk

Sugar and Slate A talk for Black History Month, with local links to Black History by Dr Marian Gwyn. A reception at 7pm followed by talk at 8pm. Neuadd Ogwen, Bethesda. Details from contact lizmillman@yahoo.co.uk ~  www.bhmnw.com

The Confession: Living The War on Terror (15) Film. A man returns from Bagram in Afghanistan and Guantanamo to tell the story of Jihadism and the West’s disastrous reaction to it. 7.30pm, £6, £5. Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllheli 01758 704088.

17th MONDAY – 19th WEDNESDAY

Introduction to Mindfulness Based Pain and Illness Management Part 1 This course is for anyone interested in learning how to apply mindfulness and compassion to chronic pain and other long-term health conditions. Over the 6 days you will learn the theory and practice of the core components MBPM: breath awareness, mindfulness and compassion meditations, mindfulness in daily life and mindful movement. Held at Trigonos, Nantlle. Bookings and info available from Frances 01248 38 2498 or f.hooton@bangor.ac.uk

17th MONDAY – 21st FRIDAY

The Photography of Woodland & Water During this course we shall look at these two challenging areas of Natural Light Photography. Talks, personal tuition, processig images and viewing later. £365 – £405, Plas Tan y Bwlch, Maentwrog LL41 3YU, 01766 772600, www.eryri-npa.gov.uk

Biomass for Installers For existing installers and HETAS registrants who wish to expand their skills and branch out into the installation of Biomass and batch-fed appliances. £950 including accreditation fees. CAT, Machynlleth 01654 705959, www.cat.org.uk

17th MONDAY – 22nd SATURDAY

Autumn Poetry Masterclass This is an opportunity for committed poets to move their writing up a gear. Workshops, individual tuition and small group work. Edit and contribute to an anthology. £475 – £625, Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre, Llanystumdwy, Cricieth, LL52 0LW, 01766 522811, www.tynewydd.org

17th MONDAY – 23rd SUNDAY

Irie Pesda Festival An event for Black History Month in Bethesda with Jamaica Day and school workshops led by Jamaican Poet, Yasus Afari. Details from contact lizmillman@yahoo.co.uk ~  www.bhmnw.com

18th TUESDAY

Chester Humanists We seek to make the best use of the one life we have by creating meaning and purpose for ourselves, using reason, experience and shared human values. Meet at 7.30pm in the Custom House, Watergate Street Chester. Stuart 07954 166 567, Richard 07530 225268, chester.humanist.org.uk

Spiritual Book Sharing Group 3rd Tues/month, 7.30 – 9pm, Brambles, Alltami Rd., Buckley CH7 6RT. www.soul-life.co.uk

The Healing Well Hands on Healing, by donation. All welcome, 7-9pm. Ganolfan Pentrefelin, nr Criccieth. Mayamara 01766 770874.

The Beatles ~ Eight Days A Week Music, interviews and stories of the Beatles’ 250 concerts from 1963 to 1966. 10.30am, £3 and 7.30pm, £6, £5. Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllheli 01758 704088.

18th TUESDAY – 20th THURSDAY

Being Honest An ‘honest’ and ‘liberal’ reappraisal of some of the central tenets of the Christian faith; come and join in the conversation, with Ian Bradley, Principal of Uni of St Andrews; and Peter Francis, Warden of the Library. £192 residential, £150 non-residential. Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden, CH5 3DF, 01244 532350, www.gladstoneslibrary.org

19th WEDNESDAY

Sailing the Worldly Winds How to spot the winds that buffet us and how to do something about it! Led by Christine and Karen. Meditation group with Triratna Buddhist Centre. All welcome. 6.30 – 8.30pm, Quaker Meeting House, Frodsham St, Chester. More details from: www.triratna-at-chester.org  

Chester and District Friends of the Earth Meet at 7.30pm in the Custom House, Watergate Street, Chester. Contact Peter Benson 07740 179939.

New Storytelling Club Special guest wordsmith every month. All welcome. No charge! 7.30pm. This will be a regular feature on the 3rd Weds/month. The Blue Bell Inn, 19 Castle Street, Conwy LL32 8AT. Suzi & Simon on 01490 460563 or 07984 637068.

Write Now Llangollen’s writing group meets 3rd Weds/month at 7.30pm. All types of writing welcome, we read our work aloud and share tips and news. Meet in Gales Wine Bar, 18 Bridge St., Llangollen. Rachel 07706 101349.

Bellydance Workshop Monthly meet-up suitable for improvers; any age and all fitness levels. 7-8pm, £5. Gresford memorial Hall, nr Wrexham LL12 8PS. Rachel: iscia_espirit@hotmail.co.uk – Facebook: Rachel’s Belly Dance Classes

Big Allotment Growing Day An opportunity to grow your own organic nutritious food for free, learn new skills: planting and harvesting the veg and fruits; pickling, preserving, cooking, baking and brewing, craft work and wood work or come and chill out with a brew. 11.30am – 4pm. Tyn y Nant, Llanfihangel Glyn Myfyr. Nr Corwen. Facebook: Eco Fferm Frwythau/Gift Economy, or wellhealthcooperative@googlemail.com

NW International Concert Series Tubalaté brass quartet. Expect music from pure classical to popular – something for all tastes from one of the UK’s most outstanding professional brass ensembles. 7.30pm, Rhyl Town Hall, 01745 890564, www.rhylmusic.com

20th THURSDAY

Sing Out Your Song! Harmony Singing Group, drop-in group, 7 – 9pm, £8, £6, £4. 1st & 3rd Thurs/month. Bishop Lloyd’s Palace, 51 Watergate St., Chester CH1 2LE. Ella 07922 620503, ellaspeirs@hotmail.com

Chester CND Our monthly meeting, all welcome, free. 7.30 – 9pm. Quaker Meeting House, Frodsham St., Chester chestercnd@gmail.com

Gig: 10cc Art-pop pioneers bring their talent to Rhyl, celebrating 40th anniversary of their seminal album Sheet Music as part of a 26-date theatre tour. 7.30pm, Rhyl Pavilion Theatre, 01745 330000, rhylpavilion.co.uk

Bobby Sands: 66 Days (15) Film; Irish Republican Bobby Sands’ 66-day hunger strike in 1981 brought the attention of the world to his cause. 7.30pm, £6, £5. Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllheli 01758 704088.

20th THURSDAY – 22nd SATURDAY

Sceptical Christianity: Exploring Credible Belief With Robert Reiss. How can Christianity remain a credible religion in our current era of scepticism? Residential £222 – non-residential £170. Includes a public lecture by Robert Reiss at 3pm, £12, includes refreshments. Gladstone’s Library Hawarden, CH5 3DF, 01244 532350, www.gladstoneslibrary.org

20th THURSDAY – 23rd SUNDAY

Weaving Colours This popular course with Eta Ingham-Lawrie is suitable for beginners or experienced weavers. Create a beautiful wallhanging using Eta’s stunning styles and techniques. Non weaving partners and friends are welcome to join you. £340 (res) – £225 (non-res). Held at Trigonos, Nantlle LL54 6BW, 01286 882388, www.trigonos.org

21st FRIDAY

Caffi Stori Llangollen Storytelling Café  Join us for an evening of stories, songs, music and poetry ~ come to tell or just to listen. 7.30pm, £2, in the Courtyard Coffee Shop, Cwrt-y-Castell, Castle Street, Llangollen LL20 8NY. Delicious coffee and cakes on sale from Julie of the Coffee Shop. Croeso cynnes i bawb! A warm welcome to all! Fiona 01490 430551, fionastory3@gmail.com

RSPB Talk: Sky Dancers – Harriers An illustrated talk by Keith Offord; 7.30pm, £2. St David’s Church Hall, Penrhyn Bay LL30 3NL. www.rspb.org.uk/wales

Irie Bards An event for Black History Month celebrating Poetry links between Wales and Jamaica with Yasus Afari and Rhys Trimble, plus Welsh National Poet, Ifor ap Glyn. 7pm, Neuadd Ogwen, Bethesda. Details from contact lizmillman@yahoo.co.uk ~  www.bhmnw.com

Sand Dunes on The Move Julie Creer, NRW Coastal Ecologist, outlines the current condition of Welsh sand dune systems and measures being taken to revitalise a dynamic habitat that has become increasingly impoverished. Issues arising specifically from the Newborough Forest design process will not be under discussion. £2, includes refreshments. 7.30 – 9.30pm. St Andrew’s Church Hall, Benllech, Anglesey, LL74 8TF. NWWT Penny Radford 01248 713022, radfords713@btinternet.com

The Unique Komedy Ukelele Orchestra combining their totally unique vocal harmony blend with their own brand of typically British humour, brilliantly daring and inventive arrangements and the unbelievable sound of their miniature instrument of choice. 7.30pm, Pavilion Theatre Rhyl, 01745 330000.

21st FRIDAY & 23rd SUNDAY

Mushrooms & Some Fungi During the weekend, participants will gain an insight into the fascinating world of fungi. Illustrated talks will explain what fungi are (and what they are not), where to look for them and how to go about trying to name the many different species concentrating on the larger, commoner species and especially the edible ones. £185 – £205, Plas Tan y Bwlch, Maentwrog LL41 3YU, 01766 772600, www.eryri-npa.gov.uk

Biology and Ecology Over 3 days we’ll reclaim our childhood curiosity and develop our powers of observation through play, mindfulness and practical nature connection exercises. Unseen and unheard, we’ll seek out the hidden wonders of nature we often miss by not paying attention, and learn to connect more deeply with nature, ourselves, and each other. To support our experiential learning, we will explore the theoretical underpinnings of nature connection, deep/radical ecology and systems thinking and explore where we humans fit in with it all. £45 each day, £35 low waged. You must attend day 1 if you wish to attend day 2 and attend day 1 & 2 if you wish to attend day 3. CAT, Machynlleth 01654 705959, www.cat.org.uk

22nd SATURDAY

Mindfulness Practice Days Anyone who has completed an eight-week mindfulness-based course (MBSR, MBCT, etc.) may attend our All-day Mindfulness Practice Days. Free, but an application form must be completed. Weldon Building, Bangor University. Visit www.mindfulness-network.org

Crazy Invention ~ Family Fun Workshop Luned Rhys Parri and Nerys Jones to help us make 3D functional objects for our kitchen out of everyday materials. 11am – 3pm, free, drop in anytime. Ruthin Craft Centre 01824 704774, ruthincraftcentre.org.uk

Cool Runnings (PG) Family film from Jamaica featuring the first Jamaican Bobsleigh Team. 11am, Neuadd Ogwen, Bethesda. An event for Black History Month. Details from lizmillman@yahoo.co.uk ~  www.bhmnw.com

Introduction to Herbal Medicine (Pt 2) A one day, 4 part course over 1 year. Each day will stand alone, but all 4 will add up to give a good introduction for the lay herbalist with an opportunity to work with an experienced medical herbalist to build on your skills and knowledge. 10am – 4.30pm, £50. CAT, Machynlleth 01654 705959, www.cat.org.uk

Events for Black History Month: Drumming Workshop and Jamaican African Dance Workshop for young people with Colin Diamond, and Roberte Clemente, plus Jamaian Welsh Poetry Workshop for young people with Yasus Afari and Rhys Trimble: 1.30 – 3pm. At 3pm all groups will come together to show their presentations in a Jamaican Eisteddfod Show. Also a Jamaican Drumming Workshop with Tony Chess Drummers – for adult hand drummers with some experience, in preparation for a Tribute performance in the evening, 3.30 – 6pm (see below). Neuadd Ogwen, Bethesda. Details from lizmillman@yahoo.co.uk ~  www.bhmnw.com

Reggae Pesda – Word, Sound and Power with guest Artiste from Jamaica, Dub Poet Yasus Afari, plus a Tribute to Count Ozzie with Tony Chess Drummers, local Afro Samba Reggae Band, Bloco Swn and Freedom SoundSystem providing Roots Reggae tunes to top the night off. 8pm til late. Neuadd Ogwen, Bethesda. An event for Black History Month. Details from lizmillman@yahoo.co.uk ~  bhmnw.com

Lisa Mills Singer-songwriter; blues, gospel and soul on tour from USA. 7.30pm, £12, £10 concs., £3 children. Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, www.ucheldre.org

System Chimney Course This course is for Registered Installers wishing to expand their competencies to include design, installation and notification of Internal System Chimneys into residential properties. 9am – 5pm, £205. CAT, Machynlleth 01654 705959, www.cat.org.uk

Make Bird Feeders Make at least 3 bird feeders for your garden or to give away as presents. You will use timber from sustainably managed local woodlands and will be able to make various designs. We will even fill them with peanuts for you! 10am – 5pm, £55, £30 dep., Woodland Skills Centre, Bodfari, Denbigh, LL16 4DT.  01745 710626, woodlandskillscentre.co.uk

Celebrate the Night! A magical evening of discovery and enjoyment. Don’t miss this unique celebration of the night, with nocturnal wildlife, astronomy, children’s story telling, art and music. The nature reserve will be coming alive during the evening with activities along the trails. There will be lantern making workshops,  a chance to meet up with astronomers, discover bats and watch a moth trap in action. 6pm – 9.30pm. Booking essential. RSPB Conwy LL31 9XZ, 01492 584091, conwy@rspb.org.uk

Poetry: Day course Exploring the question of where to start. Held in Welsh, £32, 11am – 5pm. Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre, Llanystumdwy, Cricieth, LL52 0LW, 01766 522811, www.tynewydd.org

Wayne Ellington sings Nat King Cole Tribute performance of all of Cole’s well-loved songs. 7.30pm, £16, £15, Theatr Colwyn, Colwyn Bay 01492 577888.

Two Blondes and a Harp Lowri Ann Richards and Glenda Clwyd, 7.30pm, £15. Plas Glyn Y Weddw, Llanbedrog, nr Pwllheli 01758 740763, oriel.org.uk Murmur 2.0 Aakash and Australian choreographer Lewis Major delve into the idea of warped and exaggerated realities. In collaboration with Lewis and Ars Electronica Futurelab (Linz, Austria), the award winning Aakash Odedra Company explores how the misconceptions of dyslexia can be revealed through visual design, light, sound and movement. Suitable for all ages, but best experienced by 8yrs+, 7.30pm, £15, £14, Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com

22nd SATURDAY & 23rd SUNDAY

Gypsy Crafts 1 & 2 Day 1: Learn how to make a number of simple products: willow stars; willow rings,  tent and clothes pegs, 10am – 5pm, £55, £30 dep. Day 2 is learning how to make more products, how to use a draw-knife and a shave horse. 10am – 5pm, £55, £30 dep. Woodland Skills Centre, Bodfari, Denbigh, LL16 4DT. 01745 710626, www.woodlandskillscentre.co.uk

Mind Body and Spirit Fair There will be readers, therapies, gift ideas, crystals, aura photography and more. 10am – 5pm, free admission. Llandudno Town Hall. Contact www.gigaicrystals.co.uk Ad page 27.

Make A Pole-Lathe The pole-lathe is the traditional piece of equipment for turning green wood. You will be provided with all the materials you need and will make your own pole-lathe to take home. 10am – 5pm, £160, £80 dep., Woodland Skills Centre, Bodfari, Denbigh, LL16 4DT.  01745 710626, 07711 472033, woodlandskillscentre.co.uk

Gŵledd Conwy Feast An unforgettable celebration of food, drink, art and music from Wales, including Banda Bacana, 8pm. A great blend of tastes, sights and sounds. 10am – 6pm, Meet lower Gate St., Conwy LL32 8BE, 01492 338083, www.conwyfeast.co.uk

23rd SUNDAY

Bryophytes Training Day Snowdonia is the perfect place to study these plants which include mosses, liverworts and hornworts, as due to the warm, wet climate we have them aplenty!  Learn how to identify these amazing plants with an expert. 9.45am, £10 deposit, booking essential, Snowdonia Society 01286 685498, tamsin@snowdonia-society.org.uk

Tempera Painting and Gilding See 2nd

Make Bird Nest Boxes Make at least 3 bird nest boxes for your garden; with different patterns to attract different birds, using timber from sustainably managed woodlands for your boxes. £55, £30 deposit. Woodland Skills Centre, Bodfari, Denbigh, LL16 4DT.  01745 710626, 07711 472033, www.woodlandskillscentre.co.uk

A Nature Walk to Llanfairfechan and The Spinnies NWWT Trust Reserve. Meet in the promenade car park at 10am. OS Ref. (SH 115) 678765. There is no charge and all made very welcome. For more details contact Norman Marshall 01492 592247.

Events for Black History Month Talk and discussion on Bethesda’s links with the TransAtlantic Trade by Dr Marian Gwyn, 2 – 4pm. Followed by a screening of Selma at 7pm; the film chronicling Martin Luther King’s campaign to secure equal voting rights with an epic march from Selma to Alabama in 1965, followed by guided discussion. Neuadd Ogwen, Bethesda. Details from lizmillman@yahoo.co.uk ~  bhmnw.com

Don Giovanni ~ Mozart Opera An unrepentent seducer in Mozart’s masterpiece. 6pm, 3hrs, £13, £10 concs., Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com

23rd SUNDAY – 26th WEDNESDAY

Creative Landscape Digital Photography This course aims to commit artists to using a camera to find possibilities of seeing the potential of the landscape as a possible enrichment of ideas. Part photography, part enquiry, this course is limited only by the inquisitiveness of the artists and the potential for discovering starting points and the ideas that are spawned. £275 – £305, Plas Tan y Bwlch, Maentwrog LL41 3YU, 01766 772600, www.eryri-npa.gov.uk

23rd SUNDAY – 28th FRIDAY

Mindfulness & Individual Therapy This 6-day residential programme, offers an intense immersion in mindfulness, as well as exploring how your personal experiences of mindfulness can integrate into your own therapeutic style and training. £432 – £217. Book through Bangor University 01248 382498, f.hooton@bangor.ac.uk

24th MONDAY

The Theosophical Society Colwyn Bay presents Discover What it Really Means to ‘Trust the Divine’.  Is the Law of Attraction something that we should all be learning to tap into – or is it a form of black magic that is ripe with karmic implications? Is the answer clearly black and white – or have we been asking the wrong question? Are there steps we need to take before we can “Truly trust the divine”? A talk by Olivia Stefanino, 7.30pm, £4, TS members £2. Held at Parkway Community Centre, off Rhos Rd., Rhos on Sea. Free refreshments. Enquiries Jenny 01492 585348, eldersofthetribe@live.co.uk

24th MONDAY – 28th FRIDAY

Drovers & Drovers Roads We’ll see the crucial part that the drovers played in the economic life of rural Wales and appreciate their social role – transmitting messages, news, ideas and folk tunes from one part of the country to another. During the day we shall follow some very fine upland drove roads. £350 – £390. Plas Tan y Bwlch, Maentwrog LL41 3YU, 01766 772600, www.eryri-npa.gov.uk

Autumn in the Gardens of Snowdonia and North Wales Garden tours led by gardens expert Tony Russell. In each garden you will learn about the history, design and plant collections, as well as experiencing spring flowering at its best. £360 – £400, Plas Tan y Bwlch, Maentwrog LL41 3YU, 01766 772600, www.eryri-npa.gov.uk

Sustainable Woodland Management This course covers both practical and theoretical aspects of managing a small wood and you’ll be spending most of your time in CAT’s beautiful and sustainably managed woodland Coed Gwern. £600, low waged £500, concessions £400. CAT, Machynlleth 01654 705959, www.cat.org.uk

Drumming, Capoeira and African History Workshops at The Old Goods Yard, (TOGY) Treborth, Bangor. Events for Black History Month. Details from lizmillman@yahoo.co.uk ~  www.bhmnw.com

25th TUESDAY

Woodland Workday Come along to one of our monthly Woodland Workdays at the idyllic 5 acre woodland at Tŷ Hyll; bird surveys, repair and maintain footpaths, many practical tasks to do. 10am. Snowdonia Society 01286 685498, tamsin@snowdonia-society.org.uk

The Way Of The Mystic: Ascent Through Love & Beauty The mystics of many spiritual traditions have ascended the parameters of their religion to direct experience of the Divine Through Love, Devotion & Beauty, with Wayne Gatfield (Sponsored by FTS). 7.30pm, £3, £2 for TS members. Theosophical Society Bangor Lodge, Hirael Hall, Ambrose St., Bangor. Toddy Alcock 01248 600267, toddyalc@gmail.com

Portfolio: Slow Light ~ Pinhole Photography Artist Vivienne Rickman-Poole will show you how to construct a working camera from recycled materials, and to take and develop your own prints. 11am – 4pm, £13, please book; for 14 – 18 yr olds. Ruthin Craft Centre 01824 704774, ruthincraftcentre.org.uk

Random Readers A relaxed reading group enjoying a good chat about their chosen books. 6-8pm, Rhyl Library, Museum and Art Centre 01745 353814.

Yoga Taster Session Last Tues/month, a free one hour lesson taking you through the simple steps of a basic yoga class. They’re for everyone that’s new to yoga. 7.15pm, Mochdre, nr Denbigh. Laura Bell 07989 512859, www.thezestlife.co.uk

The Witch (15) Puritans in mid 17th century New England. 7.30pm; guests £4 per film. Held at St Mary’s Centre, Chester 01244 371750, chesterfilmfans.co.uk

26th WEDNESDAY

Spiritual Regeneration – The Way of the Light A presentation with Wayne Gatfield. “Will creates intelligently – desire blindly and unconsciously. The man, therefore, makes himself in the image of his desires, unless he creates himself in the likeness of the Divine, through his will, the child of the light. “ In this talk we will explore how we can “like a phoenix rising from the flames” restore our True Nature and grow into the Light by exercising our Spiritual Will. With The Holyhead Theosophical Society. 2pm, £4, The Harvest Moon, Newry St., Holyhead. More Info: John Jeffrey tsholyhead@gmail.com  

The Hollow Hills Celtics believe in the hills being hollow – the home of the fae folk. A talk by Philip Main (aka Oaklord), Druid Priest, Intuitive Healer, Artist and Designer. 7 for 7.30pm, £5.50, £3 concs., Quaker Meeting House, Frodsham St., Chester CH1 3LF. Enquiries 01244 37046, chestertheosophy.org

Holyhead Writers Group 2nd & 4th Mon/month. PenFriends is a creative writing group who offer support and feedback on each other’s work and also do fun writing exercises to stretch our creative muscles! 7pm. £1. Harvest Moon, Newry St., Holyhead (opposite Holyhead Library). Karen 07929 069235.

WCAN ~ Wrexham Community Artists Network Last Weds/month. Open to all artists at any stage of their career and in any discipline; share experiences and make connections with artists around Wrexham. 7 – 9pm, all welcome. Galeri 3B on Priory Street, Wrexham, www.thisproject.co.uk

A Buddhist Pilgrimage Review and discussion. 6.30 – 8.30pm, all welcome. Quaker Meeting House, Frodsham St., Chester CH1 3LF. More details from: www.triratna-at-chester.org/whats-on.html

26th WEDNESDAY & 27th THURSDAY

Holiday Club We have 2 Forest School sites with shelters and fire circles. We will provide drinks, snacks and a mid-day meal cooked over the camp-fire. The children will be able to explore the woods and learn about the trees, plants and wildlife in them. We will do a range of activities including basic bushcraft, such as shelter building, games and craft activities. £20 per day; £35 for 2. For 7 – 14 year olds. Woodland Skills Centre, Bodfari, Denbigh, LL16 4DT. 01745 710626, www.woodlandskillscentre.co.uk

27th THURSDAY

Mindfulness Practice Group ~ Bala Primarily for those that have completed the 8 week Mindfulness course but a warm welcome to anyone interested in sharing the practice, interested in Mindfulness or have had some previous experience. 6.30 – 7.30pm, £3; 2nd & 4th Thurs/month. Gorwelion, Bala. Contact rowenna73@hotmail.com or visit FB page Mindfulness Bala

Singing for the Soul Calling all those who find a soul connection through singing and music. Felicity Jones, is offering to facilitate a Sacred Singing group 10.30am – 12noon once a month. No need to feel you are a ‘good’ singer, you just need to enjoy it and the energy vibration our collective voices create. £5. Hillside Retreat, Rhosesmor, Nr. Mold CH7 6PP. If you are interested please email me helen@soul-life.co.uk

Yoga Taster Session Last Thurs/month we hold a free one hour lesson taking you through the simple steps of a basic yoga class, building your confidence and yoga skills. They’re for everyone that’s new to yoga and new to The Zest Life. 7.15pm, Trefnant, Denbigh. Laura Bell 07989 512859, thezestlife.co.uk

Reel Rock World Tour Collection of adventure and climbing films from some of the world’s best adventure filmmakers. Featuring alpine legends, amazing adventurers and climbing icons, prepare to be transported through the big screen to mountains and cliff faces across the globe as they attempt to achieve their dangerous lifelong ambitions. 7.30pm, £12.50, £11 concs., Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222.

Chester Poets Last Thurs/month. The group is a meeting place for members to share information about: poetry events, members news, poetry news and Chester Poets in general. 8pm, in The Old Boot, Chester. All welcome. Facebook: Chester Poets

Open Doors A monthly evening of Holistic Healing: Chair Reiki, Thai Foot, Indian Head, Soul Connection. 7 – 10pm, £5 include 10min Reiki session. above Archies, in Lola’s Bar, 151 High St., Prestatyn LL19 9AS. Bookings: 07584 022005.

The Entertainer with Branagh Theatre Live. Set against the backdrop of post-war Britain, John Osborneʼs modern classic conjures the seedy glamour of the old music halls for an explosive examination of public masks and private torment. 7.15pm, £10.50, £9.50, Theatr Colwyn, Colwyn Bay 01492 577888.

Occasional Cinema More details to come: Blue Sky Café, Bangor 01248 355444, blueskybangor.co.uk

28th FRIDAY

Hannah Scott – Wales Awaits Acclaimed artist noticed by 10cc, BBC Radio 2‘s Dermot O’Leary and Bob Harris who gains her inspiration from Italy. Distinctive voice, strong melodies and thought-provoking lyrics; 8pm, no food, bar only, £10, Blue Sky Café, Bangor 01248 355444, blueskybangor.co.uk

28th FRIDAY – 30th SUNDAY

Chamber Music Enjoy the opportunity of practice and teaching sessions in the relaxed atmosphere of the Plas. This string quartet weekend is tailored to established players under the tuition of Edward Davies, John Sharp, Pip Davies and other invited tutors – dependent on course numbers. For further information and booking forms, please contact the organiser Dr Julia Johnson on 01743 362416. Plas Tan y Bwlch, Maentwrog LL41 3YU, 01766 772600, www.eryri-npa.gov.uk

29th SATURDAY

Qigong Workshop with Jeff Cushing. We will learn and practice the 2nd 18 series Tai Chi Qigong. This is a really great set with a focus on improving circulation and strength in the legs. No previous experience needed to attend. £25 on the day or £20 pre-booked. 12noon – 4pm, Coed Mawr Community Centre, Bangor. Bookings with Jeff 01248 352336, www.cymrutaichiwales.co.uk

Past Lives and Soul Healing Why we have more than one life but don’t remember them. What is karma? Reasons for soul-loss and fragmentation and the practical benefits of soul retrieval and healing. We will explore the structure of the soul; how to consciously connect with your inner self, and how to begin healing yourself and discover your soul’s purpose in this life. 10am – 5pm, £35, concessions available. includes notes, materials, veggie lunch. Cae Non, Pistyll, Llŷn Peninsula. Gillian 01286 881786, gillian@acorntherapies.com

Bangor Black History Month Drumming Finale in High Street Bangor with workshops and presentations at Storiel, the new Archives facility in Bangor. Details from lizmillman@yahoo.co.uk ~  www.bhmnw.com

Mindfulness for Modern People Stay focused and balanced whatever comes your way. Our world is very busy and distracting, so the techniques of mindfulness and meditation can help you change the way you think, feel and act, so we can maintain focus and serenity in all that we do. Everyone welcome, suitable for beginners. Kalpa Bhadra Buddhist Centre, Llandudno 01492 878778, meditatenorthwales.com

Craft Fair Range of quality handmade crafts. 9am – 2pm, light refreshments available. Y Canolfan, High St., Portmadog LL49 9LU. paulinedurham@live.co.uk

Steve Eaves and Plu Distinctive singer-songwriter plays alternative Welsh language folk music; 3 part harmonies and caried set. 8pm, £12, bar only. Blue Sky Café, Bangor 01248 355444, blueskybangor.co.uk

Eryri Snowdon Marathon 26 miles. From Pen y Pass to Pen y Gwyryd and onto finish line in Llanberis. www.snowdoniamarathon.com

Porcelain Christmas Decorations Using porcelain and glazes you will create beautiful festive decorations, perfect to adorn your home, tree or as a great gift. This course will run over two mornings to allow time for kiln firing. 10am – 1pm (over 2 days/5th Nov) 10am – 1pm £65. IARD, Parc Glynllifon, nr. Caernarfon LL55 1RR, 01286 672472, www.iard.co.uk

29th SATURDAY & 30th SUNDAY

Hearth Festival Improve your writing, find out how to publish your novel, acquire hints and tips and find inspiration during our autumn micro-festival. Hearth is an opportunity to meet, talk and create with four authors over a weekend of writing-related activity. Event tickets £12; day tickets £32.50 includes lunch or dinner. Weekend tickets £55 includes meal each day. Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden CH5 3DF. Bookings 01244 532350 or email enquiries@gladlib.org

Hedge-laying Learn the basic techniques of hedge-laying. We will cover the theory and practice of this ancient art of creating a natural stock-proof hedge. 10am – 5pm, £110, £55 dep., Woodland Skills Centre, Bodfari, Denbigh, LL16 4DT.  01745 710626, 07711 472033, www.woodlandskillscentre.co.uk

30th SUNDAY                                     clocks back 1am

Scorpio New Moon 5:39pm

Mind Body Spirit Festival Hundreds of stalls selling crystals, spiritually related gifts, demonstrations. Natural healing, massage and reiki, aura, card and hand readings. 10am – 4.30pm, £1. Llangollen Pavilion, www.llanmbsfestival.yolasite.com

Tempera Painting and Gilding See 2nd

Introduction to Horse Logging Repeated from 29th

Big Wood Autumn Walk A circular walk of about 3.5 miles – we’ll be on the look out for fungi, including earthstars! 2 – 4.30pm, free. Meet Coed y Felin, Hendre, Mold, CH7 5QF. Grid reference SJ 196 678. NWWT Mark Hughes 07800 771570, mjdhughes@claytondr.freeserve.co.uk

Healthy Birth Day Inspired by the Healthy Birth Healthy Earth conference in Findhorn we are putting on an experiential day of inspiration, sharing and celebration of all that birth is and can be. For everyone interested in the power of gentle and positive birth, all are welcome! Talks, stories, meditation, dance, song and healing! £18/£10 concessions. Held at Moelyci Barn, Tregarth, nr Bangor. Places are limited please book with alexandrajwilson@yahoo.co.uk

31st MONDAY

Coffee Concert ~ Ensemble Cymru Chamber music from Wales and the world. 10.30am, £7.50. Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllheli 01758 704088.

31st MONDAY – 1st NOVEMBER  

Samhain

Stove Installers Course This course will teach you how, to install solid fuel stoves into homes. £450. CAT, Machynlleth 01654 705959, www.cat.org.uk

WORKSHOPS: OCTOBER & NOVEMBER