What’s On

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

Network News Calendar ~ 2016

* Scroll down to view details of  Advanced Workshops in  November and December *




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

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.

Gŵyl GLITCH Festival Our goal is to bring 2,000 15-25 year olds to the festival weekend so we’d be very pleased if you could bring a group or encourage them to come along.  However, everyone is welcome to attend whatever their age. Live music, films, interactive exhibitions, creative workshops and café/bar. 6pm, free entry. Admission to gigs is also free. However numbers are limited so pick up an admission wristband from MOSTYN Gallery from 2pm on day of gig. MOSTYN, Llandudno 01492 879201, www.mostyn.org/glitchfestival. Facebook: GLITCHMOSTYN

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


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


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


Libra Full Moon 5:24am.

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 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 essentials. 10am – 5pm, Bishop Lloyd’s Palace, Watergate Row, Chester CH1 2LF. Lynette Howells-Moore 01244 313910, lynettehowellsmoore.co.uk Also 23rd & 30th Oct

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


Sacred Earth Drumming Circle A chance to gather outside (or in the Celtic Roundhouse, depending on the weather) around an open fire, and through the power of the drum we will raise our own vibration and that of Mother Earth. This is an opportunity to bring together the community of Gwynedd, to unite with this Sacred Land, allowing her to embrace our prayers so that she too may raise her own vibration, helping her to reinforce her own divinity so She may heal and protect herself. Let’s get together, drum and have fun! 7 – 9pm, followed by refreshments. £8; all welcome. No charge for those under 16yrs, however they must be accompanied by an adult. Please wrap up warm, and bring your drums ( we have extras if you don’t have one), rattles, and any prayers, songs, poems of our Sacred Mother you would like to share. Cae Mabon, Fachwen, Llanberis. Nicola 07502 185377, www.silverbirchshamanichealing.com ~ nicola@silverbirchshamanichealing.com

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.


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


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


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.


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


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


Curiad Bangor Pulse A free music, poetry and spoken word festival featuring the very best of local bands and poets. Venues include: Tap & Spile Open mic on 19th, The Belle Vue, The Skerries, Greek Taverna and On Stage On Sunday. Go to Facebook for various pages to find events; https://www.facebook.com/curiadbangorpulse/?fref=ts


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

Chakradance 3rd Thurs/month. Beginning a new cycle known as “Awakening”. We begin at the base chakra. Our instincts reside there. Without a strong base chakra, our lives may feel unbalanced. This charkra links us with all living things. Take a deep breath and feel your anchor to mother earth. By deepening this connection, we feel safe, stable, and more in rhythm with life. 6.45 – 9pm, £10, inc refreshments. Gwernaffield, Flintshire. Contact Paula 07752 049941 (text only as bad signal) or email derwenna45@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.


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


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


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.

Girl, Interrupted Film; with panel discussion and Q&A. A message from the Mental Health Charity ‘Mind’: As part of our series of anti-stigma events this year, including the conference and exhibition, we will be holding a film screening and panel discussion. We hope the film will spark discussion and debate around topics including the portrayal of mental health problems in film. This year our panel includes film makers, visual artists, a journalist and an actor as well as people working in the field of mental health. Anyone is welcome to attend. 6pm, £5. Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, www.ucheldre.org   Please get in touch with Ynys Môn a Gwynedd Mind if you have any questions 01286 685279,  info@monagwyneddmind.co.uk

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


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


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


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 16th

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Super Sensory A learning and creative day in the woods with Golygfa Gwydyr; with picnic followed by Theatr Dan y Coed outdoot workshop and mini-performance at 5pm & 7pm; (weather depending) 11am – 6pm, Cae’n y Coed woods, next to Swallow Fals, Betwys y Coed LL24 0DW. www.golygfagwydyr.org (see below)


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


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 2am

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 16th

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


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

31st MONDAY – 1st NOVEMBER  


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





“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” 

Reinhold Niebuhr