What’s On

” …  in every corner of North Wales, you can find inspiration and transformation …”

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Network News  2017

Welcome to the November issue of NN

1st WEDNESDAY

Samhain Celebrated by the ancient Celts as a festival marking the beginning of winter, when the veil between our world and the spirit realm is thin. A time for honouring our ancestors and the cycle of death and rebirth. It’s the end of the harvest season and the beginning of the “darker half” of the year.  See 7th.

Michael Messer Virtuoso slide guitarist, singer, and blues innovator. 7pm, £10, bar only, no food served. Blue Sky Café,  Bangor LL57 1PA, 01248 355444, blueskybangor.co.uk

Autumn Art Join local artist and let the autumn colours and views of Snowdonia inspire you to create works of art. Art materials supplied, all you need is your creative side! 11am – 3.30pm, free, admission charges apply. Plas Newydd House and Gardens, Llanfairpwll, Anglesey LL61 6DQ. Plas Newydd 01248 714795.

Sound and Gong Bath Breathe and relax in the harmony of gong sound. 7pm, £14. Bodhi Movement, The Stables, Betws Y Coed. Steph 07534 118899, pure.sound@outlook.com

Trade, Art, Design and Craft Fairs ~ Craft Fairs Explained How do I grow my creative business? Crafts Council Talent Development Manager will be offering a wealth of experience and expertise in supporting creative people in their business development. Experienced makers will be sharing their wealth of knowledge and experience of trade and retail fairs and what you need to consider if showcasing abroad. 1.15 – 5pm. Ruthin Craft Centre 01824 704774, ruthincraftcentre.org

Vintage Matinee with Denbigh Film Club – Free! Theatr Twm O’r Nant, Denbigh LL16 3DA. For more info contact Lilian Jones 01745 813426, denbighfilmclub.co.uk

Watch Africa: I Am Not A Witch (15) Film. 8-year old girl Shula is found guilty of witchcraft and exiled to a witch camp in the middle of a desert. 11am, £7.50, £5. Pontio, Bangor 01248 38338, pontio.co.uk

Concert: Resurrection Choir from St. Petersburg Perform a variety of music ranging from Russian folk to one or two modern pop pieces. 7.30pm, £10. St. John’s Church, Barmouth LL42 1AG. Owain Pritchard 01341 281014, enquiries@broardudwy.church

A Crawl Down The Ogre by Doug Scott CBE. Doug will be telling a thrilling story of hard climbing, team work and survival against all odds, in his famously laconic and humorous style. Sales of Nepalese goods, cards and posters and an auction of signed framed mountaineering prints will all support the post-earthquake reconstruction work of Community Action Nepal (canepal.org.uk). Doug will be signing copies of his autobiography, Up And About. 8pm, £20. Moel Siabod Café, Capel Curig, Betws-y-Coed, Conwy LL24 0EL, 01690 720429.

Watch Africa: Chronicle of the Years of Embers (12A)Film. Algeria’s struggle for independence from French colonial rule. 8.15pm, £7.50, £6, £5.50, £5 u18s. Pontio, Bangor 01248 382828, pontio.co.uk 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. £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, www.saorimor.co.uk

Conscious Dance 1st & 2nd Weds/month. 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

NetworkShe Connection Event Meet NetworkShe members and the women of the Boadicea Boardroom as promised at the conference (Women Mean Business in Sept). 6.30 – 9pm, facilitated by founder Ruth Lloyd-Wiliams. Free to members, £10 non-menbers. The Imperial Hotel, Vaughan St., landudno LL30 1AP. NetworkShe 07876 262126, networkshe.co.uk

1st WEDNESDAY & 2nd THURSDAY

A Celebration of Chinese Culture with Chongqing Cultural Delegation Join us for a two-day extravaganza of Chinese culture, presented by the internationally acclaimed Chongqing Performance Company. Headlined by a stunning performance of Chinese music and dance, activities will include Chinese craft demonstrations, tea ceremonies and an exhibition of Chinese art. 1st: 4 – 5pm Craft demonstration; 5 – 7pm food and refreshments, followed at 7pm by traditional song and dance performances, Chinese Folk Music and Sichuan Opera performance £10, £8 concs., £3 child.  2nd: Chinese craft demonstrations 10.30 – 11.30am, free. They will be on display for the two days. Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, ucheldre.org

Stove Installers Course By the end of the course you will have experience of installing at least 3 stoves in a safe and supervised environment before carrying out installations in someone’s home. £450, course only, accomm available. CAT, Machynlleth 01654 705959, www.cat.org.uk

Holiday Club Forest Schools with fire making, exploring the woods, shelter building, learning about the trees and plants. For 6 – 14 year olds. £20 per day, £35 for 2 days/ 2 children from same family £35 per day. Woodland Skills Centre, Bodfari, Denbigh LL16 4DT, 01745 710626, woodlandskillscentre.co.uk

My Journey Through French Cinema (12A) Film. Bertrand Tavernier’s personal journey through French cinema, from films he enjoyed as a boy to his own early career, told through portraits of key creative figures. 7pm, French with subtitles. £6. Theatr Clwyd, Mold CH7 1YA, 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com

1st WEDNESDAY – 3rd FRIDAY

Foundation Course in Crystal Therapy A 5 day training; no prior knowledge of crystals needed; includes introduction to crystals, cleansing, grounding, centering, full crystal therapy procedure, Chakra theofry and aura, healing crises, working with pendulums, toxic crystals and chemical composition.£350. Held at RainbowBiz, Unit 8, Daniel Owen Precinct, Mold CH7 1AP.  Bookings with Hope College of Crystal Therapy 01244 532051, hope-college.co.uk  Also 8th & 9th.

1st WEDNESDAY – 4th SATURDAY

Treefest – Wild in The Woods Great for all – young and old! Games, limbo dancing, stick tower making, quoits and more. 11am – 3pm., normal admission charges. Bodnant Garden, Tal-y-Cafn, Colwyn Bay, Conwy LL28 5RE, 01492 650460.

Birds of Wales Workshops For children, to coincide with the current exhibition on show. Various times and themes. Visit Oriel Ynys Mon, Llangefni 01248 724444, kyffinwilliams.info See Exhibitions

2nd THURSDAY

NWWT: A Swift Response Rob Booth, NWWT Living Landscape Officer, explains how the Wildlife Trust is responding to the sharp decline of this iconic bird. 2 – 4.30pm, £2. St Cyngar’s Church Hall, Llangefni, LL77 7EA. Penny Radford 01248 713022, radfords713@btinternet.com

Craflwyn Night Time Ramble A ramble in the woods, see the stars, light a fire. 6 – 9pm, free, but entrance costs to National Trust venue. Meet at Craflwyn car park, LL55 4NG. Simon Rogers 01248 605739.

Pixelate Inspired by the pixelated work in our ‘Techne: Creating Art’ exhibition, make a pixelated version of one of the old oil paintings in the Art Gallery. 2 – 4pm, £1.50 donation. Grosvenor Museum, Chester CH1 2DD, 01244 972197.  See Exhibitions

Weaving for Health & Wellbeing Evening 1st Thur/month. Learn Japanese SAORI freestyle hand weaving. No experience is necessary, guidance given. 6.30 – 8.30pm, £25 per class plus materials. Please book/maximum of six. 6 Swifts Buildings, off High Street, Bangor LL57 1DQ (by traffic lights below the train station). 01248 345325, www.saorimor.co.uk

NW Arthritis and Chronic Pain Support Group 1st Thurs/month. Helping people living with pain. 6.30 – 8.30pm. Mold Community Hospital, Ash Grove, Mold CH7 1XG. Angela 0844 887 2618, nwcpsg@gmail.com

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

Watch Africa: I Am Not A Witch See 1st

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 Thurs/month; venue varies so call or text 07525 016504, info@llangollenfoe.org.uk

Invasive Species Removal By removing these non -native species, the gardens of Plas Tan Y Bwlch will have more space to grow and promote our native plant life. 10am, booking essential, free transport from Bangor and Caernarfon. Snowdonia Society 01286 685498, owain@snowdonia-society.org.uk

The World’s Wife From Mrs Darwin to Queen Kong, Carol Ann Duffy’s The World’s Wife is a poetry collection that takes a swipe at the famous men of history and myth from their spouses’ perspective. Join us for the debut of a radical new operatic voice, as five onstage musicians construct disembodied choirs and armies of string quartets to tell a story we all share. 7.30pm, £12, £11, £10 child. Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com

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

Sparks in the Dark An evening of sonic fireworks. A leading figure in UK acousmatic music, Adrian Moore’s work is characterised by its sense of explosive energy and its remarkable sonic transformations. The evening will feature a breath-taking array of his invisible ‘sonic fireworks’, along the best of recent Welsh acousmatic music. 7.30pm, £10, £8 concs., £5 students and u18s. Pontio, Bangor 01248 382828, pontio.co.uk

The Café Jam Session Getting the Café warmed up with the woodburner for a fortnightly Jamming Session for local musicians to share ideas and to inspire creativity amongst the upcoming youngsters on the scene. Bring any instruments and vocals. Open to all whether an afficiado or beginner. A place to learn, progress or just enjoy. No bar but there will be a kettle and provisions. Plenty of space to split up into groups if desired. 6.30pm, Hendre Hall, Bangor. 07595 512666, neuaddhendrehall@gmail.com

2nd THURSDAY & 3rd FRIDAY

Drawing from the Eye of the Heart The secret of true creativity is inner attention, without desire or expectation. It requires us to go into the silence and darkness within, and draw out what we find there. The mind, with its all too rigid barriers and opinions, often makes it impossible to reach this still, silent place within, leaving us with a distant memory and a longing to regain a paradise once known. Advanced booking essential. Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden, nr Chester CH5 3DF. Lynette Howells-Moore 01244 313910 or 07742 365 623, lynettehowellsmoore.co.uk

2nd THURSDAY – 4th SATURDAY

Blown Away The award-winning book by Rob Biddulph, live on stage, with circus, puppetry and song. Performances at 11am & 2pm, £10, £8 concs. Theatr Clwyd, Mold CH7 1YA, 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com

3rd FRIDAY

Cambrian Ornithological Society AGM followed by Member’s Slides. Let us know if you want to bring any images for showing. 7.30pm, £1 members, £2 non-members, Pensychnant Centre, Conwy 01492 592595, birdsin.wales

Raku Firing with Louise Schrempf from NW Potters. 12noon-4pm, free, Plas Glyn Y Weddw, Llanbedgrog, 01758 740763, oriel.org.uk

Choosing To Be Present: Palliative Care This Masterclass will be a day of practice that examines mindful presence within the particular environment of palliative care.  It will investigate, with the aid of mindful practice, narrative medicine and appreciative enquiry, the possibility of showing up and choosing to be present with the deep suffering inherently present in life limiting and life threatening illness. £130. Held in Crowne Plaza, Chester. Bookings: Centre for Mindfulness, Research & Practice (CMRP) Bangor University LL57 2DG. 01248 382498, mindfulness@bangor.ac.uk

Rhosneigr Evening Market Local crafts, Rhosneigr Village Hall, Anglesey LL64 5UX, 07952 378499.

Saz’iso: The Joys and Sorrows of Southern Albanian Song Saze hails from the stark landscapes of Southern Albania – a polyphonic music with the power to entrance any listener, even if they are strangers to the culture of this long-isolated country. Urban instruments such as clarinet and violin took their inspiration from the iso-polyphonic singing of the villages where vocalists follow the ancient patterns of ‘lead’ and ‘cutting’ voices to improvise swirls around the melody, with moods ranging from aching, blues like ‘kaba’ to joyful dances. 8pm, £14, £13. Pontio, Bangor 01248 382828, pontio.co.uk

Tawai: A Voice From the Forest with Bruce Parry (U) Film. In this dreamy, philosophical and sociological look at life, explorer Bruce Parry travels the world to learn from people living lives very different to our own. From the jungles of Malaysia to the tributaries of the Amazon, TAWAI is a quest for reconnection, providing a powerful voice from the heart of the forest itself. Film & talk with explorer Bruce Parry 7.30pm, £10. Cellb, Blaenau Ffestiniog 01766 832001, cellb.org  Also 4th

Anna and Elizabeth Mountain music of Appalachia, with songs and stories from archives and visits with elders. They bring these songs to life in performance with sparse, atmospheric arrangements using guitar, banjo, fiddle, and the uncanny blend of their voices in close harmony. 8pm, £12, Palas Print, Caernarfon and Mudshark Records, Bangor. The Vic, Menai Bridge LL59 5DR, 01248 712309, vicmenai.com

Community Bonfire Night Children’s activities and food stalls. 6 – 9.30pm. Dylan’s Restaurant, sea front, Criccieth 01766 522773.

Yin Yoga and Gong Bath 6 – 8.30pm, £22. Source Yoga Studio, Mochdre, Conwy. Steph 07534 118899, pure.sound@outlook.com

Soup & Circus 1st Fri/month, 5 – 7pm in Rhiwlas Village Hall. Circus skills, music and soup to share. Donations welcome. Lucy 07900 637333.

3rd FRIDAY – 5th SUNDAY

About Welsh A gateway into Welsh language, literature and song from earliest times to the present day. This course will explore some quirks of Welsh language and literature in a fun and accessible way. £190 – £210. Plas Tan Y Bwlch, Maentwrog LL41 3YU,  01766 772600, www.eryri-npa.gov.uk

Creative Landscape Photography Tutor: Jean Napier. Come and explore with Jean the magnificent and varied landscape of North Wales where we will visit rivers, coasts, mountains and gorges. Weather permitting we will also visit the ruined slate quarries nearby and possibly see a steam train! £205 – £225. Plas Tan Y Bwlch, Maentwrog LL41 3YU, 01766 772600, www.eryri-npa.gov.uk

Breathing Space A writing for wellbeing conference. Take time and space to connect with your own creativity and join us for one, two or three days of stimulating talks and writing workshops. Also book stalls, and music from Fiona and Gorwel Owen, Open Mic poetry readings on Saturday night. All welcome. Led by Jill Teague and International Academy for Poetry Therapy. £55 per day; £50 per day if booking two days. Held at Plas Tan Y Bwlch, Maentwrog. Contact Jill: jillteague@yahoo.co.uk  or bookings breathingspaceconference.blogspot.co.uk

3rd FRIDAY – 6th MONDAY

Eco Refurbishment How to make improvements to your home to make it more comfortable, cheaper to run and better for the environment. £450 waged, £400 concs., includes acccomm. CAT, Machynlleth 01654 705959, www.cat.org.uk

4th SATURDAY

Full Moon 5:23am GMT 

Full Moon Peace Meditation with Anglesey Druids. To amplify the call for peace, using the energies of the full moon, we would suggest a focused meditation to consider the concept of peace, firstly relating to them within ourselves, and expanding outwards. This is a time to link up to others wherever you are; there’s no venue to go to. Visit angleseydruidorder.co.uk or Facebook: Anglesey Druid Order

Moon Lodge A Full Moon Lodge for women. Drawing on the nature of each Moon through the seasons, we will use guided meditations, ritual, craft, and conversation to build community, intention setting, and to add a little magic to our lives. This month is our Tree Moon. 5 – 8pm, £20 including refreshments and take-home ritual. Near Ruthin. 01824 705 796 for information and to book, www.wholehearted.co.uk

Nonviolent and Compassionate Communication (NVC) A workshop with Rik Midgeley, open to both those new to nonviolent communication and those wishing to deepen their practice. The day will include a combination of NVC structured exercises, for both learning and practice, and looking to the wider perspectives of NVC. For those new to NVC I recommend that you first check out some of the resources given on my website (livenonviolence.uk).  This is a gift culture event, offering these workshops is my passion, the trainings are given freely, and if you are moved to support the sustainability of such events then I encourage you to give something in return. Typically this is £10 – £60. 10am -5pm. Please arrive promptly so we can start on time, bring a vegetarian contribution to our pot luck lunch. Booking is essential  and I will send directions to my home in Gerlan, Bethesda. Rik 07788 952106, rik@livenonviolence.uk 

Walk: Leaf Peeping Join us for this New England inspired walk into the wooded valley of Abergwyngregyn to gaze upon, photograph or simply bask in the fantastic colours of the tree canopies at this magical time of year. Led by Jim Langley of Nature’s Work. Booking essential. 10am – 3pm, meet at Abergwyngregyn car park adjacent to A55. Grid ref: SH656728. Bring packed lunch, sensible clothing & sturdy footwear. Don’t forget your camera!  Snowdonia Society 01286 685498, claire@snowdonia-society.org.uk

Sound and Gong Bath Breathe and relax in the harmony of gong sound. 7pm, £10. Neuadd Goffa, Mynyddd Llandegai. Steph 07534 118899, pure.sound@outlook.com

Balfour Declaration: 100 Years of Betrayal of the Palestinians An exploration of Britain’s role and responsibilities in Palestine since 1917. Speakers: Peter Reilly, Economic historian; Paul Clark, Ecumenical Accompaniment programme; Jacqui Walker, Momentum; Dr. Majdi Akeel, Palestinian Academic. Followed by question and answer session. Food will be provided. 12noon – 4pm. Donations can be made to Medical Aid Palestine. Event promoted by Llandudno Junction Mosque and Conwy County Peace Group. Held at Bryn Cadno (Colwyn Heights) Community Centre, Colwyn Bay LL29 6DW. Contact canolfancadno@gmail.com

Artist Workshop The event will be an opportunity for you to meet with the Creative Engagement Team, to make connections with other facilitators, to swap skills, techniques and ideas. 10am – 4pm, free. Theatr Clwyd, Mold CH7 1YA, 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com

Tawai: A Voice From the Forest with Bruce Parry (U) Film. In this dreamy, philosophical and sociological look at life, explorer Bruce Parry travels the world to learn from people living lives very different to our own. From the jungles of Malaysia to the tributaries of the Amazon, TAWAI is a quest for reconnection, providing a powerful voice from the heart of the forest itself. 7.30pm, £10. Cellb, Blaenau Ffestiniog 01766 832001, cellb.org

Full Moon Dancing Prayer Wherever you are in the world take 10 minutes at a time to suit you and dance your prayer calling on the Moon’s healing energy, for yourself and for others. Download dance music from: http://www.chakradance.com/request-full-moon-prayer

Introduction to Herbal Root Medicine A season of 5 courses over a year. If you are interested in herbs and want to build your confidence using them effectively to promote and maintain your own and your family’s health. This course will be suitable for you whether you are already using herbs or not. 10am – 4.30pm, £50 course fee only. CAT, Machynlleth 01654 705959, www.cat.org.uk

Wood Fire Masterclass A great course for anyone with a wood burning stove, especially if you’d like to reduce your spend on wood. 9.30am – 4.30pm, £45. CAT, Machynlleth 01654 705959, www.cat.org.uk

Create With Slate Using traditional techniques, you will create an object (either practical such as a mirror, or more abstract, such as a picture or wall hanging) to take home. 10am – 4pm, £55. IARD, Parc Glynllifon, nr Caernarfon 01286 672472, www.iard.co.uk

Bird Feeders Make 3 bird feeders. 10am – 5pm, £50, £25 deposit. Woodland Skills Centre, Bodfari, Denbigh LL16 4DT, 01745 710626, woodlandskillscentre.co.uk

Irie Pesda 2017 – Macka B Honouring Black History Month in October, the NW Jamaica Society present a night of Reggae music with singer (and Patron of the Vegan Society) Macka B. 7.30pm, £12.50. Neuadd Ogwen, Bethesda post@neuadogwen.com

Iwan Llewelyn-Jones ~ Time and Place Piano recital of music by Debussy, Chopin, Mozart, Fauré, Britten and Meirion Williams. 7.30pm, £12, £10 concs., £3 children. Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, ucheldre.org

The Leylines British folk-punk that stirs the soul. Gig 8pm, bar only, no food served, £10. Blue Sky Café,  Bangor LL57 1PA, 01248 355444, blueskybangor.co.uk

4th SATURDAY & 5th SUNDAY

Mindfulness in the Woods The weekend will be divided into two parts: on day one we will focus on woodland management, and on day two we will focus on green-woodworking. 10am – 4.30pm, £90 waged, £70 concs. Accommodation available at extra cost from £20/night dorm rooms. CAT, Machynlleth 01654 705959, www.cat.org.uk

Hearth Literary Festival Join us for author talks and conversation. This intimate literary festival offers keen writers the opportunity to pick up hints and tips, and ask questions of published authors about their experiences. It also encourages anyone interested in the world of books to find out more about the writing and publishing process. £14 each session; £65 weekend tickets, £35 day tickets. Gladstone’s Library Hawarden, nr Chester CH5 3DF, 01244 532350, www.gladstoneslibrary.org

Hedge Laying Learn the basic techniques of hedge-laying using theory and practice of this ancient art, creating a natural stock-proof fence; all tools provided. 10am – 5pm, £120, deposit £60. Woodland Skills Centre, Bodfari, Denbigh LL16 4DT, 01745 710626, woodlandskillscentre.co.uk

Julia’s Book Sale! Second hand books on sale to raise pounds for RSPB. A wide range available plus jigsaws. 10am – 4pm, free. The LookOut, RSPB Conwy Nature Reserve LL31 9XZ, 01492 581025, rspb.org.uk

Snowdonia Walking Festival A variety of led walks and expeditions, with mountain leaders and mountaineering instructions. Walks from £15. Betws y Coed, LL24 0AY, 01690 720331.

4th SATURDAY – 11th SATURDAY

Teacher Training Level 1 This course is now full, but waiting list places welcome. Held at Trigonos. Contact Centre for Mindfulness, Research & Practice (CMRP) Bangor University LL57 2DG. 01248 382498, mindfulness@bangor.ac.uk

5th SUNDAY

Sacred Circle Dance 1st Sun/month, 2 – 4pm, Rhosesmor Village Hall. Led by Helen Newton and Sue Bates. Contact helen@soul-life.co.uk

Voskresenije ~ Choir of Saint Petersburg A choir of mixed voices all of whom trained at the St Petersburg conservatoire, and are soloists in their own right; a repertoire mostly of Russian sacred and folk music with a few Western gems. 7.30pm, Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, ucheldre.org

Nest Boxes Make at least 3 boxes for your garden. Different styles attract different birds. £50, £25 deposit. Woodland Skills Centre Bodfari, Denbigh LL16 4DT, 01745 710626, woodlandskillscentre.co.uk

Juice Making Day Our resident orchard and juice making expert Judith will be on hand to walk us through each step of the apple making process. We will be cutting apples and using the juicer. We will also be baking apples on the day – a free baked apple for anyone who gets involved! (there will also be free tea and coffee!) 10am – 3pm. Egin Ogwen, Bethesda, 01248 602131, partneriaeth@ogwen.org

Jackie Walker : The Lynching Jackie will perform her One-Woman Play about her suspension from the Labour Party and her removal as Momentum’s vice chair because she stood up for Palestinian suffering. 12noon – 4pm, Llandudno Junction Labour Club, Conway Rd., Llandudno Junction LL31 9SX.  Facebook: of same name

Spoken Word and Poetry Live with Hollie McNish. 7 – 11pm, £10 advance, £12 door. 16+. 3rd Space, Great Orme Brewery, Llandudno LL30 1DR, 01492 330680, 3rdspace.wales

Street Circle Training Meditation outdoors, bearing witness to the life of the city around us. Open to all, free of charge, 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:07906 040159, greatheartchester@gmail.com

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

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

5th SUNDAY – 10th FRIDAY

Focus on Short Fiction Vanessa Gebbie, author, leads the course. Activities will include analysing published works, debating craft issues and looking at opportunities in the short-story and competition markets. Participants will be encouraged to write every day, play games with words and open themselves up creatively. Vanessa will be joined by Kit de Waal, writer. £500; non-residential £360.  Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden, nr Chester CH5 3DF,  01244 532350, www.gladstoneslibrary.org

6th MONDAY

Sound and Gong Bath Breathe and relax in the harmony of gong sound. 7pm, £13. Llanfairfechan Town Hall (Upstairs). Steph 07534 118899, pure.sound@outlook.com

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

NW Arthritis and Chronic Pain Support Group 1st Mon/month. Helping people living with pain. 12.30 – 2.30pm. Seminar Room, Holywell Community Hospital, Halkyn Rd., Holywell CH8 7TZ. Arthritis Care 020 7380 6522, nwacpsg@gmail.com

Deffro (Remix) (12A) Film. Do you know Bangor? Do you know what Bangor looks like, what Bangor sounds like, what Bangor means and feels like to a skateboarder? Film artist and skateboarder Yannick Hammer knows. Deffro is his expressionistic, kinetic, psychotropic film-portrait alongside European electro-musicians Neutral Zone. 8.15pm, £5. Pontio, Bangor 01248 382828, pontio.co.uk

6th MONDAY – 9th THURSDAY

Installation of Dry Appliances & System Chimneys For candidates with relevant experience within the heating/plumbing or construction industries. £830 course fee, £974 course fee plus half board. CAT, Machynlleth 01654 705959, www.cat.org.uk

6th MONDAY – 11th SATURDAY

Biomass for Installers and System Chimneys This course is for existing installers and HETAS registrants who wish to expand their skills and branch out into the installation of Biomass and batch-fed appliances. £1150 course fee only, £1380 with half board if combined with course on 6th – 9th. CAT, Machynlleth 01654 705959, www.cat.org.uk

How To Enjoy Poetry This course will be all about having fun with poetry. We’ll not dwell too much on the technicalities, but rather learn how to use poetry as a medium for self expression, to get all of our visions, ideas and stories onto the page. £625, £495. Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre, Llanystumdwy, Criccieth LL52 0LW  01766 522811, www.tynewydd.wales

7th TUESDAY

Honouring our Ancestors Samhain Celebration A time to listen to the whispers of the wisdom of the ancestors in the wind, to learn from their gifts and let go of the past so that we can step fresh into the new.  Including Guided Journeying Meditation with meditation drum, and creating an anrhegion – a gift and an honouring for all those that have come before us, and all that come after, the world’s children and the world’s children’s children. Contribution: gift from the heart; suggested contribution £5-10 or more (sliding scale) 7.30 – 9.30pm, with Creyunni Complementary Healthcare. At a sacred site near Wrexham – lifts available from Wrexham. Bookings: creuynni@yahoo.co.uk

Aleida Guevara 2017 Tour Aleida Guevara, Che’s daughter, is a doctor of medicine at a Children’s Hospital in Havana and has also worked as a physician in Angola, Ecuador, and Nicaragua. As a paediatrician Aleida has also been involved in medical support for communities in areas in Cuba devastated by floods and hurricanes. She has been an advocate for human rights and debt relief for developing nations and has participated in conferences, debates and festivals all around the world. Aleida is an outspoken critic of the US blockade of Cuba, now in its 55th year. The blockade causes huge difficulties to the Cuban economy, depriving the Cuban people of basic necessities such as pharmaceuticals. Attempts by Barack Obama to improve relations between Cuba and the USA are under threat from Trump who promises to ‘defeat Cuba’. Cymru Cuba Public Meeting, all welcome. 7.30pm, Denbigh Town Hall. Visit: cuba-solidarity.org.uk

Digital Skills for Creatives The aim of this workshop is to demystify the world of social media for those who want to improve their skills in the field. As a participant you will then be more informed to choose the most appropriate platforms to assist you in your work. 9.30am – 5pm. Held in BBC Bangor, Bryn Meirion, Bangor LL57 2BY, 01248 370880., gwyneddgreadigol.com/eng/events

Castles, Neutral Zone, Loka, Wermod Live music.  7.30pm, £7. Neuadd Ogwen, Bethesda, neuaddogwen.com

SAORI Clothing Class Enjoy a full day of experimenting with designs for wonderful freestyle SAORI to wear. Shaping, bias, selvedge & fringing, using mannequins & each other as models. Bring your own washed cloth to create your own fabulous, one of a kind garment. Places limited.
Booking essential. 11am – 5pm, £75, deposit £10. 6 Swifts Buildings, off High St., Bangor LL57 1DQ. Rosie 01248 345325, post@saorimor.co.uk

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

Noddfa Circle Dance 1st and 3rd Tues/month, from 2 – 4pm. Noddfa, Penmaenmawr 01492 623474, noddfa.org.uk

Sabre Planting Tree planting with a twist, using the natural features of the land rather than fencing to protect the trees. We’ll be planting at Dyffryn Mymbyr, which was previously owned and farmed by Esme Kirby, the founder of the Snowdonia Society. 10am, booking essential. Snowdonia Society 01286 685498, owain@snowdonia-society.org.uk

The Big North Wales Network Bringing together the leading networks and social media specialists from across the region, make new contacts, meet new people, increase your profile within the North Wales Business Community and beyond. 5.30 – 8.30pm, free. Conwy Business Centre, Conwy LL31 9XX. NetworkShe 07876 262126, networkshe.co.uk

7th TUESDAY – 9th THURSDAY

Primaire (12A) Film. A vivacious and emotionally gripping story of a teacher caught between the passion for her students and love for her own child. 8pm, £6, French with subtitles. Theatr Clwyd, Mold CH7 1YA, 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com

7th TUESDAY – 11th SATURDAY

Not About Heroes The story of celebrated World War One poets Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon, who met in Hospital in 1917, and bonded over a mutual hatred of war and love of poetry. 2.45pm on 11th & 7.45pm daily, £15, £12 concs. Theatr Clwyd, Mold CH7 1YA, 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com

8th WEDNESDAY

Brotherhood: The Key to Theosophy A talk by Ted Capstick, spiritual astrologist. 7pm for 7.30pm start, Book Sale, free refreshments, £5.50, £3.50 concs., Quaker Meeting House, Frodsham St, Chester CH1 3LF, 01244 377170, chestertheosophy.org

Watercolours Workshop Get to know your paintbox. An introduction to different art and craft techniques. 10am – 2pm, bring packed lunch, refreshments provided. Rhydymwyn Nature Reserve, Flintshire. Bookings: Sue Grundy 01352 740949, susan.grundy52@btinternet.com

Conifer Control Volunteers to help control Conifer regeneration in Llanuwchllyn and Penaran. The site is an old Conifer Woodland which has been felled to promote a more native marshland. 10am, booking essential, free transport from Bangor and Caernarfon. Snowdonia Society 01286 685498, owain@snowdonia-society.org.uk

Conscious Dance 1st & 2nd Weds/month. 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

Velvet Hill Short Walk Explore the myths and history of Velvet Hill, Valle Crucis and Eliseg’s Pillar, and its Bronze Age mound. 10am – 12noon. Bookings: Loggerheads Country Park 01824 702757.

Permaculture Course Includes elements of both theory and practice that provides the knowledge and tools to live on this planet in a harmonious and restorative way. Led by Steve Jones, a permaculture teacher and designer from Sector39, which is recognised by the Permaculture Association (Britain).  This subject is potentially of interest for everyone as it applies to food, energy, waste, soil, water, housing, local economies, people and enterprise. The course runs November – March 2018 and includes a visit to Garth Organic, Llangollen; eco-renovations; managed food forest; housing projects. The course will be 12 x 3-hour sessions. Nov 8th, 22nd & 29th; Dec 13th; February 14th, 21st & 28th; March 7th, 14th, 21st.  Last 2 sessions TBA. Wednesdays 6.30 – 9.30pm; soup supper included. £150 includes accommodation, field trip food (but not transport), and certificate. Held in Chester Cathedral Cloister Room. For full information, and booking contact Claire Henderson Davies, Chester Cathedral CH1 2HU, 01244 324756, chestercathedral.com

Sound and Gong Bath Breathe and relax in the harmony of gong sound. 7pm, £13. Canolfan Beaumaris, Steph 07534 118899, pure.sound@outlook.com

Circle Dance 2nd Weds/month. A relaxing afternoon with a welcoming group. No experience or partner needed. 2-4pm, Old Colwyn Methodist Church Hall. Phone Janice 01492 545587 / Susan 01352 219464.

Final Portrait (15) Film. The story of Swiss painter and sculptor – Alberto Giacometti. 2pm, 7.30pm. £6.50, £5.50. Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com

Oxide Ghosts: The Brass Eye Tapes + Q&A (18) Film. Twenty years after Brass Eye was first aired in 1997, Oxide Ghosts gives us the story behind the making of the legendary, provocative, and brilliant satirical TV series. 8.15pm, £7.50, £6, £5.50 student, u18 £5. Pontio, Bangor 01248 382828, pontio.co.uk

Captain Fantastic – Occasional Cinema (15) Film. A family live off-grid in the mountains and after years of living in a self-created world they begin a journey into the outside world where their ideals are challenged and what it means to be a parent. Film starts at 7.30pm, food available from 5.30pm – booking essential. You must become a member to be at a screening – £5 for a year and £3 per film after. Held at Mill Bistro, Caernarfon LL55 2BB, 01286 676549,  www.themillbistro.com

Ruthin Reading Group 2nd Weds/month, 7.30pm, Ruthin Library, 01824 705274.

Eileen Jewell Country, roots-rock, country-noir, and Americana. 8pm, £13, tickets from Palas Print,   Caernarfon & Mudshark Records, Bangor. The Vic Menai Bridge LL59 5DR, 01248 712309, vicmenai.com

Llandudno and District Writers Group The subjects of this month’s  workshop will be “Publishing a Book on Amazon Kindle” and “Researching a Novel”.  2pm, in the Llandudno Library, Mostyn Street. Anyone interested in creative writing is welcome to attend.  For full details of the group’s activities and how to join please check our website – llandudnowriters.weebly.com – or telephone Pam Crane on 01492 875685.

8th WEDNESDAY & 9th THURSDAY

Foundation Course in Crystal Therapy See 1st – 3rd

8th WEDNESDAY – 24th FRIDAY

Into Film Festival The Festival is the world’s largest free film and education event for young people presenting 3,000 free cinema screenings, and showcasing over 140 films at more than 600 venues across the UK. Featuring guest speakers from the film industry and supported by free curriculum-linked resources, we aim to help educators bring learning to life for 5-19 year olds by inspiring young people to watch and understand film in new and creative ways.  Films include Space Jam, Tron, Despicable Me 3, Rogue One, Trolls. Held in Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, ucheldre.org – More info: intofilm.org

9th THURSDAY

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power Al Gore’s follow-up film about the state of the Earth and climate change. 7.30pm, £7, £6. Cellb, Blaenau Ffestiniog 01766 832001, cellb.org

Ensemble Cymru Coffee Time Concerts Music by Mahler, Claire Roberts, John Metcalf and others. 10am, £12, £5 child. Venue Cymru, Llandudno 01492 872000, venuecymru.co.uk

Mindfulness Practice Group ~ Bala 2nd & 4th Thurs/month. 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; Gorwelion, Bala. Contact rowenna73@hotmail.com or visit FB page Mindfulness Bala

10th FRIDAY

The Lure Feature length documentary. In 2010, eccentric millionaire art dealer Forrest Fenn buried $3 million worth of treasure somewhere in the Rocky Mountains. Fenn published the secret to its location via a cryptic poem, which lured thousands out on a wild hunt to uncover the buried riches. This quixotic quest develops into an act of redemption for some, akin to a religious fervour. But is the treasure real, or a hoax perpetrated by a master manipulator? 7.30pm, £5.50, £4.50. Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com

A Short Retreat: A Quiet Day Using the Cloister Room of Chester Cathedral as our base, and with other space available, this short retreat in the city will include simple input, shared times and your own time. Our Quiet Days usually take their theme from the season. 10.30am – 2.30pm. Retreat House, Chester Cathedral 01244 324756, chestercathedral.com

Core Star Dance of Expression An evening of cacao, dance, sound and meditation to explore our centre of self-expression. Using a combination of Chakradance, the magic of cacao from the Peruvian rainforest, crystals and sound we invite you to journey with us in a relaxed and playful way as we explore the throat centre. 7pm – 10pm, £20. Y Festri, Goodman St., Llanberis LL55 4JB. Contact Roz 07717 076360 or Belinda 07591 608079.

Big Eyes (12) Film of a woman painter whose husband starts claiming they are his work – until she decides otherwise. 7.30pm. Denbigh Film Club, Theatr Twm O’r Nant, Denbigh LL16 3DA. Lilian Jones 01745 813426, denbighfilmclub.co.uk

Mindfulness and the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act 6.30pm: Gwenan Roberts will guide a 30 minute mindfulness practice; all welcome. 7.15 – 8.30pm: Diana Reynolds will lead a conversation about Mindfulness and the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act. We will consider both how the Act encourages mindfulness and how we might respond to the Act in mindful ways. This interactive session will also include a brief overview of the Welsh Government’s internal behaviour change programme that supports implementation of the Act. No previous understanding of mindfulness needed. Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Bangor, LL57 2DG. Contact 01248 382498, bangor.ac.uk/mindfulness. 

Momentum Training ~ Persuasive Conversations Momentum have developed some training modules for Momentum members and supporters, and Labour Party activists. This training is similar to the Bernie Sanders campaigning tools, and introduces you to simple and easy techniques of having persuasive conversations for doorstep campaigning. 7.30 – 9.30pm. Unity Centre, 17 Cupin St., Chester CH1 2BN. Contact: momentumcheshirewest.org.uk

Magical Realism: Introoduction and Workshop with Trevor Stockwell. Introduced by Fiona Owen with the Literary Society. This workshop will introduce participants to Magical Realism as a prose narrative style and will include a reading from the author’s book of short stories Bread and Wine, followed by questions and answers. 1 – 3pm, £5, £4 concs., Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, ucheldre.org

The Eagle Huntress (PG) A documentary film about a Kazakh nomad girl in Mongolia learning to hunt with a golden eagle, something which only males have been allowed to do. 7.30pm. Cellb, Blaenau Ffestiniog 01766 832001, cellb.org

Spit As You Feel at the Bethesda “Pay As You Feel” Cafe. Find people with similar outlooks, interests and desires. Cultivate your talents by collaborating and creating something extraordinarily eargasmic! A weekly/fortnightly platform for writers, rappers, beat boxers, hip hoppers, freestylers, musicians, poets, story tellers, comedians. It is for all ages and aims to provide a link up for writers and encourage people whom seldom get the chance or have the confidence to voice their views on matters close to their heart or that are closely connected with what they make their society. Food, bar, open mic, lyrical dissonce and plenty of fun. 6.30 – 10.30pm, £5, but pay as you feel!  57 High Street, Bethesda, LL57 3AN.

Sea Mammals We Might See! Peter Evans, Director of the Seawatch Foundation, will give a presentation about the habits, habitats and fortunes of the mammals in our Welsh waters. 2pm, £2 and includes refreshments. All made very welcome. Held in St. David’s Church Hall, Glan-y-Mor Road, Penrhyn Bay, Llandudno, LL30 3NT. John Underwood 01492 533459, 07783 773225, john.underwood@gmail.com

Zumbathon The Diocese of Chester are raising money for BBC Children in Need with an exciting, exhilarating and fabulous Zumbathon in the iconic Chester Cathedral. 7 – 9pm, £13. Doors open 5.30pm. Chester Cathedral CH1 2HU, 01244 324756, chestercathedral.com

Llanrwst Rotary Spectacular Aerial Firework Display Free, 6pm. Gymuned Glasdir Parcio, Llanrwst, Conwy LL26 0DF, 01492 640144.

WNO Chorus Lunchtime Concert Coinciding with the Russian Revolution season in Liverpool. 1pm, £5 – £4, free refreshments; £3 picnic bags. Theatr Clwyd, Mold CH7 1YA, 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com

10th FRIDAY – 12th SUNDAY

Hwyl Fawr Bodhrán Winter School An opportunity to improve your Bodhrán skills with renowned teachers Alan Drwm (AKA Alan Collinson) of the WeeBagBand; and James Christian (Elfin Bow) and Gary Edward Jones. All abilities welcome. Non-residents £150 includes meals, residential £200.  There will also be some sessions on ritual and meditation drumming and a jamming session with WeeBagBand later. Held at Albany Guest House, Llandudno, on the sea front. Contact Jo Hughes at jo@joconsultancy.co.uk, 07833 300206.

Yoga & Relaxation Weekend The essence of this weekend is taking some time out to relax before the hectic festive season. Our team helps you to see this retreat as an opportunity to enjoy this darker, hibernation time of year. £475 – £300, Plas Cadnant, Menai Bridge, LL59 5NH. Laura Bell, 07989 512859, thezestlife.co.uk. Also 24th – 26th.

Spinners Retreat Spend the weekend discovering the techniques needed for preparing and spinning flax and cotton. Learn how to dress a distaff and try your hand at charkha spinning. £200 – £220. Plas Tan Y Bwlch Maentwrog LL41 3YU,  01766 772600, www.eryri-npa.gov.uk

Myths, Lies and Legends Nations weave stories about themselves for many reasons. This course looks at some of Wales’s cherished stories and asks questions about them. £205 – £225, Plas Tan Y Bwlch Maentwrog LL41 3YU,  01766 772600, www.eryri-npa.gov.uk

10th FRIDAY – 13th MONDAY

How to Create a ‘One Planet’ Development Management Plan The idea is that groups of individuals or families can set up zero-carbon homes and land-based businesses such as horticulture and agro-forestry where they otherwise wouldn’t be allowed. The practices and skills required for ‘One Planet’ development are becoming an increasingly vital part of the transition towards more sustainable agriculture and a more sustainable economy. The course will cover how to find and evaluate suitable land, secure finance, and put together a management plan covering such topics as: crops and animals, regenerative land management, zero carbon building, renewable energy, water provision, ecological sanitation, low carbon transport and generating a viable livelihood by adding value. Course fee £200; accommodation extra. CAT, Machynlleth 01654 705959, www.cat.org.uk

11th SATURDAY

NW Print Fair 40 printmakers from all over the UK will be taking part in the very first North Wales Print Fair, in partnership with the Regional Print Centre. 10.30am – 5pm. Regional Print Centre, MOSTYN, 12 Vaughan St., Llandudno LL30 1AB. 01492 879201, mostyn.org

Releasing Creativity Adult workshop with Jane Perryman. Jane’s multimedia installation ‘Containing Time’ will provide the inspiration for the workshop. It entails participants collecting some everyday organic and man-made materials and bringing them to the workshop to be used as a starting point to make your very own personal inspired pieces. 10am – 4pm, £98, includes light lunch. Ruthin Craft Centre 01824 704774, ruthincraftcentre.org

Wave After Wave A day to dance the Five Rhythms with Clare Backwell. In this workshop we are going to explore what happens when we go through one Wave and then another and then another and maybe another; How does Stillness begin to Flow again? What happens when we hit Chaos for the third time? The 5 Rhythms movement practice consists of a ‘Wave’ of five different energies which, put together, create a blueprint for the creative process of life. 11.30am – 5.30pm, £35, £30 concs., Tal-y-bont Memorial Hall, Tal-y-bont LL32 8QF. Clare 07946 913911, gremlincat@aol.com

Young Storyteller of the Year If you are a young storyteller aged between 7 and 18 years of age, born in or living in Wales, or of Welsh descent, and you would like to take part, please save the date. You can tell your story in Welsh, in English or bilingually, and enter alone or as a duo or group of three. Plus a programme of free workshops and performances for all the family, starting at midday. There is no entry fee. Held in Venue Cymru, Llandudno. Contact us for more details. Bethan Mascarenhas 07530 161342, bethan_maud@hotmail.co.uk

World Charities Fair ~ Ffair Elusennau Byd Fair Trade Produce, Christmas Cards, Gifts. Come and buy your Christmas gifts for good causes! A very warm welcome to all. Proceeds towards UNICEF Rohingya Refugees Appeal. 10am – 1pm, £1 includes cuppa and biscuit. Quaker Meeting House, Dean Street, Bangor, LL57 1UP. Contact: jenniefreya@gmail.com. Facebook: United Nations Association – Cangen Menai Branch

The Impressionists and Their World Study day with Adrian Sumner looking at the French Impressionists,  Post-Impressionists, and the artistic hothouse in which they flourished during the heady years of the Belle Époque in Paris. 10.30am – 3.30pm, £15. Held in Grosvenor Museum, Chester CH1 2DD, 01244 972197. To book contact Adrian 01606 782516, adriansu3913842@aol.com

Young Flyers Workshop ~ Vertical Dance Vertical dance is an exciting, emerging form of dance that typically uses rock climbing equipment (ropes, harnesses, abseil devices) to suspend dancers off the ground on a range of vertical surfaces. This group is for young people aged 10 – 18. We teach some techniques for dancing in harnesses, on and off the ground, and encourage lots of creative play within this discipline. Suitable for ages 10 – 18 years. 10am – 12.30pm for beginners, 1.30 – 4.30pm for intermediates. Venue Cymru, Llandudno 01492 872000, venuecymru.co.uk

A Crawl Down The Ogre by Doug Scott CBE. Doug will be telling a thrilling story of hard climbing, team work and survival against all odds, in his famously laconic and humorous style. Sales of Nepalese goods, cards and posters and an auction of signed framed mountaineering prints will all support the post-earthquake reconstruction work of Community Action Nepal (canepal.org.uk). Doug will be signing copies of his autobiography, Up And About. 8pm, £20. Moel Siabod Café, Capel Curig, Betws-y-Coed, Conwy LL24 0EL, 01690 720429.

Coed Crafnant Volunteer Workday A stunning woodland dripping with mosses, ferns and liverworts. Come and spend the day making enclosures to manage grazing with the North Wales Wildlife Trust. Free transport from Bangor and Caernarfon. Booking essential. 10am. Snowdonia Society 01286 685498, tamsin@snowdonia-society.org.uk

Discover Shamanism An introductory workshop in shamanic journeying. Participants will be shown simple yet profound techniques to enter shamanic reality to reconnect to their own spirituality. Includes: the history of shamanism, key concepts, how to enter a ‘journey’, finding your ‘power animal’ and how to journey for others. No prior experience is necessary. The course is taught in a grounded way and rooted in personal experience. 10am – 5pm-ish, booking essential, £40, £20 deposit. Chester. Paul Francis 01492 873739, www.therapeutic-shamanism.co.uk

Learn To Love Your Sewing Machine Bring your sewing machine, and we’ll share tips and learn from each other. Bea can show you how to make a tote bag if you fancy, bring an old duvet/sheet or curtain. 10am – 4pm, £5 for venue costs. Vestry, Snowdon St., Porthmadog LL49. Facebook: Crafty Mammas

Soulful Saturday ~ Shoreline Conversations, Christian Spirituality This day will introduce a way of creating, stimulating and facilitating spiritual reflection and conversation in groups. It will suit anyone who works with small groups in a faith-based context and anyone who wonders how reflective conversation in groups can enable personal growth  grounded in contemporary ecumenical Christian spirituality. 10.30am – 3pm. £25, includes tea; booking essential. Chester Cathedral 01244 324756, chestercathedral.com

All Wales Mindfulness Practitioners Course An event to bring mindfulness practitioners, teachers and trainers working across Wales together. 9am – 4.30pm, £20. Reichel Hall, Bangor University. Centre for Mindfulness, Research & Practice (CMRP), Bangor University LL57 2DG. 01248 382498, mindfulness@bangor.ac.uk  

Meditation Day with Lama Shenpen starts at 10am with guided mindfulness by Tara, with some silent time; beginners and experienced welcome. The  morning is secular and the afternoon is the Buddhist bit. A simple veggie lunch is provided. Lama Shenpen will continue a talk on the theme of Progressive Stages of Meditation on Emptiness at 2.30pm. Suggested donation £25 – £40. The Hermitage of the Awakened Heart Tibetan Buddhist Retreat Centre, Criccieth LL52 0NT. 01766 530839, hermitage@ahs.org.uk – ahs.org.uk

Managing A Small Woodland We will look at the 50 acres of Warren Woods, some coppicing, new plantings and managment plan. Suitable for those who have bought or intend to buy a small woodland. 10am – 5pm, £50, deposit £25. Woodland Skills Centre, Bodfari, Denbigh LL16 4DT, 01745 710626, woodlandskillscentre.co.uk

Loving Vincent (12) Film. The world’s first fully oil painted feature film, brings the artwork of Vincent van Gogh to life. Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman have recreated the paintings of Vincent van Gogh in an exploration of the life and death of one of the world’s most celebrated artists. 2pm & 4pm, £3, £2 children; 7pm £4, £3.25 students/concs. Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, ucheldre.org

Wild Ponies Nashville band; old time tradition with distinctive voices, mandolin, acoustic and electric guitar. 8pm, £11. Tickets from Palas Print, Caernarfon, Mudshark Records, Bangor. The Vic, Menai Bridge LL59 5DR, 01248 712309, vicmenai.com

Hidden Figures (PG) Film. The story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space programme. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start. £4. Held at Halkyn Mountain Community Cinema, Halkyn Parish Hall/Library. Tickets from The Blue Bell Inn, Halkyn Library or online: mountaincinema.org.uk

Christmas Craft Fair Until 31/12/17. Daily 10.30am – 5pm, free. Oriel Ynys Mon, Llangefni 01248 724444.

11th SATURDAY & 12th SUNDAY

Mandala Painting inspired by Geometry in Nature In this workshop, we will be studying the intrinsic geometry of plants and the symbolic language of geometric shapes, to find inspiration for creating our own mandala paintings. Learning to draw geometry with compass and ruler, while taking time to relax and go deeper within. Course fee only £80. CAT, Machynlleth 01654 705959, www.cat.org.uk

Reiki 1st Degree Course Reiki is a simple form of healing and self-healing. Vivien teaches the original form of the Usui System of Healing. She offers continuous on-going support to all of her students. £150 class fee, accommodation £30 per night. The Healing Centre, 8 Fron Ogwen, Tregarth, nr Bangor LL57 4NP, 07771 280824, vivreiki@hotmail.com

11th SATURDAY – 13th MONDAY

Recharge & Renew Yoga Weekend There will be a variety of yoga styles on offer (Hatha, Vinyasa Flow, Yin, Restorative, Pranayama, Talks and Relaxation). The weekend is suitable for all levels of ability and experience. £340 – £390. Led by Dawn Wright, a Senior Yoga Teacher 07766 637973, dawnwrightyoga.co.uk. Held at Trigonos, Nantlle LL54 6BW, 01286 882388, trigonos.org

12th SUNDAY

NW Paramaethu ~ Permaculture Gathering This will be the fourth of our brilliant permaculture inspired get togethers. We will have a fire and permaculture-inspired storytelling. We shall have a catch up and shared lunch, a tour of this great project and a chance to exchange information on ideas and what is going on. Children very welcome. Don’t be shy if you need a lift or have any questions. 11am – 6pm. Menter Y Felin Uchaf, Rhoshirwaun, Pen Llŷn. LL53 8HS. 01758 780280, felinuchaf@tiscali.co.uk, www.felinuchaf.org

An Introduction to Bryophytes A training day for beginners to take their first steps into the fascinating miniature world of bryophytes. 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. 10am. Free transport from Bangor and Caernarfon. Booking essential. Snowdonia Society 01286 685498, tamsin@snowdonia-society.org.uk

All Day Workshop The all days are open to anyone who has completed either an 8 week MBSR or an 8 week MBCT. 9.30am for 10am start, £20. Weldon Building, Bangor University. Bookings: 01248 382498, mindfulness@bangor.ac.uk – bangor.ac.uk

Willow Workshop with Mandy Coates Mandy will show you how to make a simple and effective willow tension tray. These Catalonian trays are held together entirely by tension with additional woven details if desired. 10.30am – 4.30pm, £70, includes light lunch. Ruthin Craft Centre 01824 704774, ruthincraftcentre.org

Noble Jacks Alt-Folk band with roof raising energy. Gig 8pm, £10, bar only, no food served. Blue Sky Café,  Bangor LL57 1PA, 01248 355444, blueskybangor.co.uk

The Bangor Forest Garden An opportunity to learn new skills, make new friends whilst contributing to maintaining and developing the Garden! Session starts at 11.30am – 4pm. Wear some outdoor suitable clothing and bring some lunch; tea and coffee provided. If you need a lift ask us about car sharing. More details from bangorforestgarden@gmail.com, www.thebfg.org.uk Or have a look on Facebook bangorforestgarden

13th MONDAY

Curious Hearts Connection Group This five week series is an open invitation to explore connection. What does it mean to you and how would it feel to experience more? Running every Monday night from today until the 11th December, we will gather and share thoughts, experiences and lessons from each other and the horses. All are welcome (18+ years) on a week by week basis or pay for 4 sessions and get the 5th free. Here is an opportunity to explore what it is to connect to oneself, each other, to nature and to animals (horses). No prior horse experience needed, no horse riding involved. 6.30 – 8.30pm, £15 waged, £10 concession. Led by Liz Lane – Facebook: Curious Hearts Connection Group. Held at Cae Newydd Equine Solutions Riding and Training Centre, Caernarfon LL55 4BX. Contact Liz 07732 470482, liz@heartsandhoovesconnectioncoaching.com

Prayers For Peace / Gweddiau am Heddwch An opportunity for quiet prayer and meditation, interspersed with reflections by representatives of different faiths, on the theme of peace and unity, with refreshments and chance to chat. Bahai, Cathedral, Cytun, Islam, Hindu and Quaker will all be represented. 2 – 5pm, Rathbone Annex, Bangor LL57 2TF. Organed with More In Common; Helen McGreary 07751 017157,   helenmcgreary7@hotmail.com

Disability of Arts Wales Writing Group Do you write non-fiction, 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? Come and participate in a monthly group. 4.30 – 6.30pm, free. Caernarfon Library LL55 1AS. Contact post@dacymru.com / 029 2055 1040.

Ensemble Cymru: Taith Penblwydd Welsh composers in the spotlight with a performance of John Metcalf’s ‘Not the Stillness’ and the work of an emerging young Welsh composer, Claire Roberts. It’s also a rare opportunity to hear a live performance of Martinu’s Chamber Music No. 1 which has the unusual combination of harp and piano. 2pm, Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com Wildlife Gardening Whether you are completely new to gardening or have years of experience, whether you can spare one day each month or one day every week, we need you! 10am, Tŷ Hyll, Capel Curing Conwy LL24 0DS. Snowdonia Society 01286 685498, tyhyll@snowdonia-society.org.uk

Seriously Books Want somewhere to discuss literary classics: past, present and future? Here you’ll find 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

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.

Singing Soles Monthly group. Singing in a group is a beautiful experience that needs to be tried out! A group harmony is more than the sum of individual voices. It can be heavenly. 8 – 9.30pm, single session £6, term ticket for 8 sessions is £32. New venue: Neuadd Goffa, Tremadog (on the junction between the Spar shop and Tremadog garden centre). Christine 01766 513307, christine15@outlook.com

13th MONDAY – 18th SATURDAY

Writing for Health and Wellbeing This course will explore the potential of creative and expressive writing to promote our own, and others’ health and wellbeing. The course will draw on your own experience to explore the different ways writing can be used to reflect deeply on life experience, in sickness and in health, and to bring these findings to others, whatever their ability or experience. £625, £495. Tŷ Newydd, Llanystumdwy, Criccieth 01766 522811, tynewydd.wales

Introduction to Sustainable Energy Provision and Demand Management This course examines renewable energy provision, the science and engineering behind sustainable energy, global and local energy markets, energy and resource management, and the role of factors across scales in achieving energy security and sustainability. £700 waged, £625 concs fully inclusive. CAT, Machynlleth 01654 705959, www.cat.org.uk

Tools To Imagine a Sustainable Future Learn how developing and exploring future scenarios can become an on-going and creative part of your transformative practice towards sustainability. This activity is based on the ‘critical uncertainties’ approach to futuring: a tool that encourages futures literacy in a trans-disciplinary and cooperative environment. £700 waged, £625 low waged, fully inclusive. CAT, Machynlleth 01654 705959, www.cat.org.uk

14th TUESDAY

Sound and Gong Bath Breathe and relax in the harmony of gong sound. 7pm, £13. Rhuddlan Community Centre Steph 07534 118899, pure.sound@outlook.com

Awakening the Spiritual Self A talk by Kate Fletcher, with Bangor Theosophy Lodge. ‘Only by our own efforts can we advance our own evolution, but we need to understand the Laws of the Higher Life to do so’. 7.30pm, £5, TS members £3. Community Centre, Ambrose St., Bangor LL57 1DF. Enquiries 01248 600267, toddyalc@gmail.com

FLOWN – Pirates of the Carabina FLOWN invites you into the magical world of the circus backstage, where a life treading the high-wire and swinging from the rafters is as absurd as it is wonderful. Music, bold physicality and comedy. 7.30pm, £16, £14 over 60, u18 £10. Pontio, Bangor 01248 382828, pontio.co.uk

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

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

15th WEDNESDAY

Letting in The Light The Woodland Trust’s Ancient Woodland Restoration project: a talk by Brian Palmer on the process of recognition and restoration, including local examples of historical woodland. 7.30 – 9.30pm, donations welcome. Gresford Memorial Hall, Gresford, Wrexham, LL12 8PS. Steve Palin 07876 501014, stevepalin@supanet.com

FLOWN – Pirates of the Carabina See 14th, except 2pm & 7.30pm.

Curation Talk at Mostyn Helfa Gelf is delighted to have arranged an exclusive introduction to the new exhibitions at the MOSTYN, where you will learn about the curation decisions behind the exhibitions as well as hearing more in depth about the evolving role of the curator. 10am – 4pm, Mostyn, Llandudno 01492 879201, mostyn.org

Ensemble Cymru: The Anniversary Tour Music by Welsh composer Claire Roberts and John Metcalf. 7.30pm, £8, £3 students, child. Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, ucheldre.org

Loving Vincent (12A) Film. An astounding technical achievement, a wondrous hand painted animated drama about the last days of the artist Vincent Van Gogh. 2pm & 8.15pm. £7.50, £6 over 60, £5.50 student, £5 u18. Pontio, Bangor 01248 382828, pontio.co.uk

Les Diaboliques (12A) Film. The wife and mistress of a cruel headmaster conspire to kill him but strange events begin to plague the 2 women. 8pm, £6. French with subtitles. Theatr Clwyd, Mold CH7 1YA, 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com

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

Write Now 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.

Chester and District Friends of the Earth 3rd Weds/month, 7.30pm in the Custom House, Watergate Street, Chester. Contact Peter Benson 07740 179939.

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

Mindful Meditation 3rd Weds/month. A monthly meditation group, open to all and suitable for beginners. If you have not meditated before, this can help you get started. Also, experienced meditators welcome to come and practise in a group setting. 7.30 – 9pm. Kit’n’Heels, 3 Penrhyn Ave, LL28 4PS Rhôs-on-Sea Facebook: Wings of Change

16th THURSDAY

Christmas Decorations Make your own tree decorations. 10am – 2pm, £55, Rhydymwyn Valley, Mold. www.kirstibrownceramics.co.uk

Sound and Gong Bath Breathe and relax in the harmony of gong sound. 10am, £12. Y Festri, Llanberis. Steph 07534 118899, pure.sound@outlook.com

FLOWN – Pirates of the Carabina See 14th

The Café Jam Session See 2nd

Shakespeare Schools Festival SSF is a cultural education charity, transforming lives through the unique power of Shakespeare – Ysgol Gymunedol Pentraeth and Ysgol Brynrefail. 7pm, £9.50, £7. Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com

NT Live Screening: Follies 30 years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to sing a few songs and lie about themselves. 7pm, £10, £8 concs., £3 child. Venue Cymru, Llandudno 01492 872000, venuecymru.co.uk Also Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, ucheldre.org

16th THURSDAY – 18th SATURDAY

Rumours Colwyn Abbey Players perform in this comedy, farce, thriller, mystery by Neil Simon. 7.30pm, £12.50. Venue Cymru, Llandudno 01492 872000, venuecymru.co.uk

17th FRIDAY

Mosque Open Day Part of Interfaith Week. 1pm Prayers, 2pm – 5pm Open Afternoon. Bangor Islamic Centre, Bangor High St, LL57 1NR. All welcome. Contact: Penny Kemp penny19kemp@hotmail.co.uk

Wildlife Trust Reserves in Flintshire An illustrated talk by Graham Berry. 2pm, £2.50 and includes refreshments. All made very welcome. Held in St. David’s Church Hall, Glan-y-Mor Road, Penrhyn Bay, Llandudno, LL30 3NT. NWWT HQ 01248 351541.

Caffi Stori Llangollen Storytelling Café 3rd Fri/month. Join us for stories, songs, music and poetry ~ come to tell or just to listen. 7.30pm ~ only £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! Suzi 01490 460563.

Stargaze with CADW Take a tour of the night sky, viewing familiar and unfamiliar constellations of the northern hemisphere, find various deep sky objects such as the Orion Nebula and learn the correct use of binoculars and navigation via star maps. You will also be shown how to set up a telescope correctly before viewing and then photographing some of the magnificent sights in the night sky. No prior knowledge or equipment needed, but feel free to bring both! Refreshments provided; 12+ yrs. Arrive 6.30pm, bring torch and blanket; star gazing is a waiting game, so get comfortable. £10, Harlech Castle, LL46 2YH. Bookings 01766 780552.

NWWT: Lacey Lecture: Return of The Beaver Peter Smith from the Wildwood Trust and partner of our Welsh Beaver Project presents a whirlwind exploration of these fascinating creatures. 6.30 – 9.30pm, £10/NWWT branches; or £12 from venue. Held at Venue Cymru, Llandudno LL30 1BB. NWWT HQ 01248 351541, nwwt@wildlifetrustswales.org

Sound and Gong Bath Special Event ~ Journeying with Sound Gong and Drumming Session with Claire Freeman. 6.30 – 9pm, £20. Neuadd Goffa, Llandegai. Steph 07534 118899, pure.sound@outlook.com

Ruby Wax: Frazzled! Ruby Wax is a much loved US born comedian, actor and writer, along with being the ‘it girl’ of mental health campaigning. She has a Master’s degree in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy from Oxford University. This evening is based on her new book ‘A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled’. 7.30pm, £20, £18 concs., Pontio, Bangor 01248 382838, pontio.co.uk

Yin Yoga 3rd Fri/month. Yoga brings awareness to your body through postures, breathing, meditation and relaxation; candlelit! Booking essential, 7 – 8.30pm, The Verve, Regent St., Llangollen LL20 8HS, 07850 215537, info@bebalancedyoga.co.uk

Loving Vincent (12) Film. The world’s first fully oil painted feature film, brings the artwork of Vincent van Gogh to life. Directors Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman have recreated and referenced the paintings of Vincent van Gogh in an exploration of the life and death of one of the world’s most celebrated artists. 25.30pm, £3, £2 children; 8pm £4, £3.25 students/concs. Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, ucheldre.org

Chasing Coral (U) Documentary. Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world. 7.30pm, Cellb, Blaenau Ffestiniog 01766 832001, cellb.org

Mwgsi This new Welsh language drama from Manon Steffan Ros is a brutally honest and humorous account of the notoriety and loneliness of being a teenager living with cancer. 14+ yrs, 6pm, £10, £9, £8 children. Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com

Beethoven with BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Music by Beethoven and Tchaikovsky. 7.30pm, £15, £13.50, £5. Pontio, Bangor 01248 382828, pontio.co.uk

17th FRIDAY & 18th SATURDAY

Willow Workshops Juliette will talk you through the preparation of the willow and then take you step by step through the construction of the sculpture. Be prepared for a physical day of working and to go home with a very impressive sculpture! A pair of secateurs and an apron would be good to bring. £70 each day, includes light lunch. All material provided. Ruthin Craft Centre 01824 704774, ruthincraftcentre.org

17th FRIDAY – 19th SUNDAY

Introduction to Art Therapy  £150, £125 if paid 4 weeks before start. Menai Bridge. Lliwio Art Therapy Services, Judith Moss 01248 717239, lliwio.co.uk

Jewellery Making An introduction to the basic techniques of jewellery making learning traditional skills which will be used to create several unique pieces of jewellery, using silver, other metals and semi-precious stones. £190 – £210. Plas Tan Y Bwlch, Maentwrog LL41 3YU,  01766 772600, www.eryri-npa.gov.uk

Ayurveda to Balance Hormones Whether you suffer from PMS or fertility issues, brain fog or menopause – hormone imbalance is something that can affect everyone. The aim of this retreat is to use natural ways to balance your hormones through the power of nutrition, relaxation, therapies, natural supplements and lifestyle changes. A relaxing, nurturing weekend that will restore and replenish you from inside out, including movement and relaxation sessions, Ayurveda lectures and time in nature. £360 shared accomm; £430 single. Snowdonia Mountain Lodge, Bethesda 01248 602900, druyoga.com

17th FRIDAY – 20th MONDAY

Exploring Still Life The aim of this course is to portray a variety of still life groups using a variety of mediums. Watercolour, Acrylic, Mixed Media and collage are all areas that can be explored. The emphasis will be on drawing skills, composition, tonal values and colour mixing. £299 – £330. Plas Tan Y Bwlch, Maentwrog LL41 3YU, 01766 772600, www.eryri-npa.gov.uk

18th SATURDAY

New Moon in Scorpio 11:42am GMT

Beginning Astrology Monthly workshops teaching the basics of chart reading, helping you to better understand yourself and others. This month we focus on the Ascendant, Moon, and Sun – the basic broad strokes of one’s identity, emotional needs, and ways of engaging with the world. £15. Near Ruthin. 01824 705 796 for information and to book, www.wholehearted.co.uk  

Luna Meet Women’s monthly circle. Gathering together embracing and honouring womanhood in a gorgeous teepee in the woods. Themed activities focussing on mindfulness and promoting wellbeing.
Pre-bookings only due to maximum capacity. 3 – 6pm, Wepre Park, Connah’s Quay CH5. Send us your email address to book on and we will send you confirmation and meeting details. Go to Facebook: Luna Meet

Bird Watch Day Call in to see what’s about, with experts on hand to help identify the birds and chat about wildlife. There are often 40-50 species around during the 4 hours. 11am – 3pm, donations welcome. Aberogwen/Spinnies NWWT Nature Reserve, Bangor. Kate Gibbs 01248 681936, kategibbs.nwwt@gmail.com

The Travelling Band Americana, Indie-Folk and Britpop. 8pm, £10, bar only, no food served. Blue Sky Café,  Bangor LL57 1PA, 01248 355444, blueskybangor.co.uk

An Introduction to Lichens Wales (for its unit area) has the highest diversity of lichens in the world. If you’d like to discover more come along to this workshop with Tracey Lovering from PlantLife Cymru. 10am, Snowdonia Society 01286 685498, owain@snowdonia-society.org.uk

Winter Market Unique local crafts: woodcrafts, beauty products, textiles, tasty treats, prints, photography and jewellery. Food and refreshments available. Open 11am – 3pm, free entry. Chateau Rhianfa, Menai Bridge LL59 5NS. Blind Veterans UK 01492 864574, victoria.beech@blindveterans.org.uk

Christmas Fair ~ Ffair Nadolig Many stalls full of quality goods. 10am – 4pm, Nant Gwrtheyrn, Llithfaen, Pwllheli LL53 6NL. 01758 750334.

Polynesian Workshops with Raheesha The workshops can be taken individually or all together for a thorough Polynesian experience. All workshops suitable for complete beginners. 10am – 12pm Hula Auana, £22; 12 – 12:30pm Lunch – please bring your own. 12.30 – 2.30pm Traditional Hula dance, plus some singing from Hawai, £22. 3 – 4.45pm Traditional dance Otea Otamu from Tahiti, £20. Tea and snacks provided. All day £60. 10am – 5pm. Garden Village Hall, Kenyon Avenue, Wrexham LL11 2ST. To book please contact Rachel via Facebook: RachelBellyDanceClassesWrexham or via email at iscia_espirit@hotmail.co.uk for a booking form.

Ceramics Christmas Angel & Star Decoration Course We’ll provide you with all you need, you’ll make one of both angel designs in the hour long session to have fired and glazed (if you’d like more fired there will be an extra charge) 10am – 5pm. Glosters, Porthmadog LL49 9AA. 01766 513758, glosters.co.uk

In Our Hands: The Battle for Jerusalem Documentary film which marks the 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War and commemorates this historic battle. 7.30pm, Cellb, Blaenau Ffestiniog 01766 832001, cellb.org

BBC Now/Richard James In his first time composing for orchestra, Richard will be working with arranger Seb Goldfinch to create new material based on the relationship between external and internal landscapes, capturing how our environment shapes and forms our thoughts and emotions. 8pm £16, £14 over 60, £5 u18s. Pontio, Bangor 01248 382828, pontio.co.uk

Jewellery as Christmas Gifts An opportunity to learn how to work with silver wire to create unique jewellery such as pendants, earrings and bracelets. You will learn how to create shape in wire and use cold hammering techniques. 10am – 4pm, £75. IARD Parc Glynllifon, nr Caernarfon 01286 672472, www.iard.co.uk

NWWT: Build An Otter Holt Help us renew the reserve’s artificial otter holt, learning about otters and how to make them the perfect home in the process. 10.30am – 3pm, donations welcome. Meet at main car park off A541, Coed y Felin NWWT Nature Reserve, Hendre, Mold. Graham Berry 01248 351541, nwwt@wildlifetrustswales.org

Met Opera Live Screening: The Exterminating Angel A surreal fantasy about a dinner party from which the guests can’t escape. Over a period of two nights encapsulated in three acts we are engaged by an ever more sinister and bizarre turn of events. 5.55pm, £10, £8 concs., £3 child. Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, ucheldre.org

SAORI Weaving for Health & Wellbeing Day 3rd Sat/month. Learn Japanese SAORI freestyle hand weaving. No experience is necessary, all abilities welcome, guidance given. 10am – 4pm, £75 per class plus materials. Please book/maximum of six. 6 Swifts Buildings, off High Street, Bangor, LL57 1DQ (opposite Domino’s Pizzas below the train station). Rosie Green 01248 345325, www.saorimor.co.uk

Botanical Painting Classes Led by Doreen Hamilton. 3rd Sat/month. Materials can be supplied at cost if you just want to give it a try and not have to buy expensive materials at the start. 12.30pm – 3.30pm; followed by tea/coffee. £15, students £10. Treborth Gardens, nr Bangor. Booking not required – but please let Doreen know by e-mail the previous week and then just turn up; doreensbotanicals@gmail.com

Chester Philharmonic Concert Music by Mahler, Schreker and Ponce. 7.30pm, £16 – £5. Chester Cathedral 01244 500959, chesterphilorchestra.co.uk

18th SATURDAY & 19th SUNDAY

Liberal Islam Speaking as an ‘average Muslim’, Zia Chaudhry answers questions about Islam today and offers a liberal view of the religion. An opportunity to dispel disinformation and misinformation. Residential £110, non-residential £80. Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden, nr Chester CH5 3DF,  01244 532350, www.gladstoneslibrary.org

Coppice Crafts Learn about the coppice woodland; harvest materials to use; make a range of products – besom broom, small hurdle to take home. £120, £60 deposit. Woodland Skills Centre, Bodfari, Denbigh LL16 4DT, 01745 710626, woodlandskillscentre.co.uk

Art & Craft Fair A sale of hand crafted items and gifts inspired by nature, by Bee Williams and Kay Hawkins. Arts, crafts, cards and jewellery with plenty of ideas for Christmas gifts. 10am – 4pm, free, The LookOut, RSPB Conwy nature reserve LL31 9XZ, 01492 581025, rspb.org.uk

19th SUNDAY

Yoga Workshop Exploring ‘I am enough’ This Forrest Yoga workshop will be a 3 hour session in which you will work deeply, strengthen muscles and explore your range of motion. We will also work with what happens when you set an intention for practice, to help YOU connect to the emotional aspects of working in yoga. For this session you’ll set an intention of ‘I am enough’ and, through the practice, explore accepting yourself just as you are.  The workshop will be an ‘all levels’ class with options for beginners and for more advanced practitioners. 2pm-5pm, £20.  Held in Llanfachraeth, Ynys Môn.  Bookings: Claire 07970 409 724, www.inspiratrix.co.uk 

An Overview of the Ageless Wisdom A seminar with Tim Wyatt, based on his book ‘Cycles of Eternity’, offering insights into the Ageless Wisdom. 10am – 4pm, £8, £4 TS members. Parkway Community Centre, Rhos-on-Sea LL28 4SE. Pauline 07547 135491, p.owens@live.co.uk

Festive Decorations During this course you will learn how to use these easily accessible materials to create a collaged angel. You will combine decorative surface relief patterns, embellishing techniques, and multi-layering methods to create your festive decoration. 10am – 4pm, £50. IARD Parc Glynllifon, nr Caernarfon 01286 672472, www.iard.co.uk

Estyneto Join the inspirational dancer and choreographer Cai Tomos as he leads monthly dance/movement 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. 1.30pm, £3. Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com

Body Toning and Koshi Meditation Join June for a two hour workshop which will include body toning exercises and learn about the sounds of the chakras. This will be followed by a Koshi Windchime Meditation and some gentle chants to soothe the soul. 5 – 7pm, £10. Bring yoga may, blanket and cushion. Namaste Wales Holistics, Unit 3, Castle Court, The High Street, Llangollen LL20 8NY. Bookings: 01978 860564, namaste-wales.co.uk

Christmas Fair 10am – 4pm, Galeri, Caernarfon LL55 1SQ, 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com

Your Money or Your Life ~ Practice Community Building A space where we can practice community building and explore together the nature of human flourishing. Everyone is welcome – of any faith or none. 6.30 – 8pm. Chester Cathedral 01244 324756, chestercathedral.com

BBC National Orchestra of Wales Music by Beethoven and Tchaikovsky, 3pm, £23 – £15, U16 £5. Venue Cymru, Llandudno 01492 872000, venuecymru.co.uk

Manifesto: Film Live from Tate Modern A high concept film that pokes fun at intellectual grandiosity  while indulging in it. The broadcast will combine a special preview screening with a private view of select pieces in the Tate Modern’s collection related to the film plus an introduction by Cate Blanchett and on-stage conversation with Director, Julian Rosenfeldt and a leading cultural critic. 3.30pm, £10, £8 concs., £3 children. Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, ucheldre.org

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

20th MONDAY

Avoiding Comfortable Lifestyle Crises With Professor Emeritus Rodney Bilton who will discuss the modern obesity epidemic. The Society of Thirteen, 7.30pm, Grosvenor Museum, Chester. societyofthirteen.org.uk

Curious Hearts Connection Group See 13th

Sabre Planting See 7th

Conifer Control See 8th

Sound and Gong Bath Breathe and relax in the harmony of gong sound. 7pm, £13. Canolfan Thomas Telford, Menai Bridge. Steph 07534 118899, pure.sound@outlook.com

The Making of A Garden A presentation with Dafydd Lloyd Borland and The Cottage Garden Society. 7.15 for 7.30pm. Eirianfa Community Centre, Denbigh LL16 3TS. Sue Griffith 01745 550330, thecottagegardensociety.org.uk

Jazz Club Regular monthly meeting, non-members welcome. 7.45pm, free. Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, ucheldre.org

Borg/McEnroe (15) Film. Story of the Wimbledon Championships (and the personalities) in 1980 between John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg. 7.30pm, £5.50, £4.50. Theatr Colwyn, Colwyn Bay 01497 577888.

Chester Amnesty International We are ordinary people standing 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

Bangor Cellar Writing Group Meetings allow writers of prose and poetry to share their work with others by reading out their manuscripts.  We also have a programme of writing challenges and workshops.  All abilities are welcome from beginner to more experienced writers. The aim is to encourage people in their writing and able to meet with others who share their interest. 7 – 9.15pm, 1815 Café, Bangor. Mary Ward – merielward75@gmail.com

21st TUESDAY

In Search of The Uncommon Common Clubtail We will explore the history and ecology of this elusive dragonfly species in the UK and look at the British Dragonfly Society’s recent efforts to better understand this beautiful insect. 7 – 9pm, £2. Gladstone Library, Hawarden, Flintshire CH5 3DF. Jonny Hulson 07501 657913, jhulson@europe.com

Terry Seabrook Quartet A NW Jazz presentation. 8pm, £12 – £15, Theatr Clwyd, Mold CH7 1YA, 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com

Noddfa Circle Dance 1st and 3rd Tues/month, from 2 – 4pm. Noddfa, Penmaenmawr 01492 623474, noddfa.org.uk

Chester Humanists 3rd Tues/month. 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, Custom House, Watergate St., Chester. Stuart 07954 166 567, Richard 07530 225268, chester.humanist.org.uk

21st TUESDAY – 23rd THURSDAY

Back To Burgundy (15) Film. After 10 years, Jean returns home when his father falls ill. Reuniting with his siblings forces him to re-build their family again. 8pm, £6, French, with subtitles. Theatr Clwyd, Mold CH7 1YA, 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com

22nd WEDNESDAY

Understanding the Power and Energy of Brotherhood A talk by Teresa Keast. 7pm for 7.30pm start, Book Sale, free refreshments, £5.50, £3.50 concs., Quaker Meeting House, Frodsham St, Chester CH1 3LF, 01244 377170, chestertheosophy.org

Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters With guest Seth Lakeman. 7.30pm, £47.50, Venue Cymru, Llandudno 01492 872000, venuecymru.co.uk

Hotel Salvation (PG) Film. Faced with his father’s untimely and bizarre demand to go and die in the holy city of Varanasi and attain Salvation, a son is left with no choice but to embark on this journey. 2pm & 7.30pm, £5.50, £4.50. Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com

Hard Times A play by Charles Dickens, with Lighthouse Theatre. In a cold, heartless world, the circus comes to town and changes children’s lives. 7.30pm, Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllheli 01758 704088.

Permaculture Course See 8th

Goodbye Christopher Robin (PG) Film. Looking at the relationship between children’s author A.A. Milne and his son Christopher Robin. 5.30pm, £3, £2 children. 8pm, £4, £3.25 students/concs. Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, ucheldre.org

Sound and Gong Bath Breathe and relax in the harmony of gong sound. 7pm, £13. Source Yoga Studio, Mochdre, Colwyn Bay. Steph 07534 118899, pure.sound@outlook.com

22nd WEDNESDAY – 25th SATURDAY

Waiting For Godot Theatre performance. On a desolate road by a leafless tree Vladimir and Estragon continue their never-ending wait for the elusive and mysterious Godot. 7.45pm, £9.50, £7.50 concs. Theatr Clwyd, Mold CH7 1YA, 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com

23rd THURSDAY

Positive Birth Movement Meeting ~ Caesarean Birth An opportunity to talk about childbirth in a safe and positive environment. Everyone welcome – pregnant couples, birth workers and new parents. 7.30pm, Theatr Clwyd, Mold CH7 1YA. Facebook: of same name.

MAKE: Space Community Theatre Company Are you aged between 17 & 101 and interested in meeting new people, learning new skills or brushing up on old ones?  We are a friendly and welcoming community theatre group.  This is a weekly chance to socialise, have fun and try out some drama skills in a supportive environment.  We save up our weekly taking part fee to support our trips, as a group, to see live performance events together.  We recently went as a group to watch Little Voice at Theatr Clwyd and got a backstage tour before the show! The project is funded by the People’s Health Trust and we are particularly encouraging people who live in Colwyn Bay, Mochdre, Old Colwyn, Peulwys, Tan Lan and West End to join us. Also on 30th Nov; 7th, 14th & 21st December. 7 – 9pm, £2, Porth Eirias. Contact Vickie Fleming 07884 260000, info@pigtown-theatre.co.uk

Oliver (U) Dementia Film Screening. This is a screening for people with dementia, memory loss and their family, friends and carers but is open to the general public. People are welcome to wander around. Please note that pastoral care is not provided at these events. A friend, family member or carer must also attend. 2pm, £12, £11 concs., Theatr Colwyn, Colwyn Bay 01497 577888, theatrcolwyn.co.uk

Reel Rock Film Tour (12A) Film. An extraordinary collection of adventure and climbing films from some of the world’s best adventure filmmakers. Featuring alpine legends, 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. Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com

Sound and Gong Bath Breathe and relax in the harmony of gong sound. 7pm, £13. Memorial Hall, Harlech. Steph 07534 118899, pure.sound@outlook.com

Singing For The Soul Calling all those who find a soul connection through singing, in particular chants from a range of different spiritual traditions. Led by Felicity Jones, a very experienced singer, we meet once a month at Hillside Retreat, Rhosesmor near Mold from 11.30 – 1pm. No need to feel you are a ‘good’ singer, you just need to enjoy it and the energy and harmonies our voices create. Cost £5. If you are interested to come along please email helen@soul-life.co.uk

EcoBro AGM Open to anybody with an interest in the environment and sustainability, particularly in relation to the Meirion and Dwyfor areas of Gwynedd. 6.30pm, Penrhyndeudraeth. If you wish to attend please contact: ecobro@live.co.uk or Facebook: EcoBro Meirion-Dwyfor

Concert: Menna Cazel (soprano) & Eugene Asti (piano). Music by Schubert, Prokofiev, Leonard Bernstein and Dilys Elwyn-Edwards. 7.30pm, £14, £12, £5 u18s. Pontio, Bangor 01248 382828, pontio.co.uk

24th FRIDAY

Help Wrexham’s Homeless Awareness/Fundraising Gig The band Leaving Dakota will be   playing live; all donations to Wrexham’s Homeless Fund; entry is free, 7pm – 12midnight. There will be a Food & Clothes Bank – so please bring along food, toiletries, clothes etc, they will be very gratefully received, as well as a donation bucket or two. A great night for a great cause! Saith Seren, 18 Chester St., Wrexham LL13 8BG. Facebook: of same name

Open Mic Poetry Evening All welcome! 7.30pm, £3 listen, £2 read. Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, ucheldre.org

Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers Thundering rhythms on huge taiko drums, mysterious masked choreography with inventive lighting, muscular synchronisation timed to perfection, post-apocalyptic martial imagery. 7.30pm, £20, £18, £12 children. Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com

24th FRIDAY – 26th SUNDAY

Yoga & Relaxation Weekend The essence of this weekend is taking some time out to relax before the hectic festive season. Our team helps you to see this retreat as an opportunity to enjoy this darker, hibernation time of year. £475 – £300, Plas Cadnant, Menai Bridge, LL59 5NH. Laura Bell, 07989 512859, thezestlife.co.uk

24th FRIDAY – 29th SATURDAY

The Death of Stalin (15) Film. A satirical film that exposes the deranged bureaucrats and backstabbing lunatics as they fight to fill the power vacuum. £7.50, £6, £5.50, £5 u18s. Pontio, Bangor 01248 382828, pontio.co.uk

24th FRIDAY – 30th SUNDAY

Murder On The Orient Express (12A) Film. Agatha Christie’s tale of thirteen strangers stranded on a train in Europe, and everyone’s a murder suspect. 7.30pm, £5.50, £4.50 u15s. Theatr Colwyn, Colwyn Bay 01497 577888, theatrcolwyn.co.uk

24th FRIDAY – 1st DECEMBER, FRIDAY   

Visions of Freedom in Meditation For those who need help with their practice or moving forward for more experienced meditators. Suitable for those with experience of Triratna meditation. £280, £252 concs. Vajraloka Buddhist Retreat Centre, Corwen LL21 0EN, 01490 460406, www.vajraloka.org

25th SATURDAY

Qigong Workshop 1 – 5pm, Yoga, Tai Chi and Qigong North Wales, 1 Ffordd Coed Mawr, Bangor LL57 4TB. For more details contact 01248 352336, Facebook: Yoga, Tai Chi and Qigong North Wales

Song, Sound and Silence Working with Death and Dying Come willing to sing, to make sounds, to explore your inner landscape of sound and silence. We will have an introduction to Threshold Singing (which is three part harmonies sung as lullabies to the dying). We will also explore lamenting and keening as well as sharing silence and developing or deepening our own relationship both with our voices and with the space between, the silence. This workshop is ideal for anyone who wants to work in communities to raise and share awareness and literacy around positive death; as well as anyone wishing to develop their own voice practice. 10am – 5pm, £60 per person (£40 for registered Red Tent End of Life Doula Trainees). Held at Chester Quaker Meeting House, Frodsham St., Chester CH1 3LF. Tickets: redtentendoflife.wordpress.com

The Light Princess with Ballet Cymru. Using elements of circus and outstanding classical choreography the story draws inspiration from Sleeping Beauty, telling the story of a princess afflicted by a constant weightlessness, unable to get her feet on the ground, until she finds a love that brings her down to earth. 7.30pm, £13, £11 concs., Pontio, Bangor 01248 382828, pontio.co.uk

Move Flow Connect A day to reconnect to your self with yin yoga, chakradance and sound punctuated with a yummy lunch. Starts 10.30am, £45. Y Festri, Goodman Street, Llanberis LL55 4JB. Bookings Roz Daws 07717 076360, roz4harmony.co.uk

Handling Stress ~ Half A Day To Happiness Inspiring and relaxing courses with Gen Kelsang Oden. 2 – 4.45pm, £15 includes high tea. Kalpa Bhadra Buddhist Centre, Craig y Don, Llandudno 01492 878778, meditatenorthwales.com

Beachwatch Help protect marine wildlife by collecting and surveying litter on our adopted beach at Colwyn Bay. Bring gloves. Family friendly (under 18’s must be accompanied). 10.30am – 12.30pm. Meet on the Promenade west of Porth Eirias, Colwyn Bay. (OS grid ref.: SH 856 791) Mark Sheridan 07505 214073, mark.sheridan.mgc@gmail.com

Mold Record & CD Fair 23 stalls of Rare and collectable music, Vinyl, CD’s, Tapes, DVD’s, Memorabilia. 10am – 4pm, Daniel Owen Centre, Mold  CH7 1DQ, 07904 688739.

Storytelling Night ~ Stolen Daniel Morden transports you to the Land of No Return, storytelling served by the hypnotic string accompaniment of Sarah Moody and Oliver Wilson-Dickson. By weaving traditional stories into an epic narrative The Devil’s Violin return us to that essence. STOLEN is a tale of lost loves, bravery, and above all else, hope. 7.30pm, £10, £8 concs., £3 children. Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, ucheldre.org

Needle Felted Christmas Decorations You will make one or two small decorations, finished with hanging ribbon, and will then be able to use these same techniques to create more at home or to work on larger pieces. 10am – 1pm, £35. IARD Parc Glynllifon, nr Caernarfon 01286 672472, www.iard.co.uk

Reiki Level 1 Training Learn the history of Reiki and how it came into being, the precepts, hand positions, and attunement with full Reiki lineage, a manual and CD, plus full certification. Bring a packed lunch; refreshments available. £80, held at namaste Wales Holistics, Unit 3, High St., Llangollen LL20 8NY. Bookings: Namaste-Wales Holistics 01978 860564.

Christmas Crafts 2 of our craftspeople are ready to help with card making, tree decorations, table decorations, wreaths, candle holders, Gypsy baskets. Bargain price Christmas trees available! Book either the morning or the afternoon session. 10am – 12pm or 1 – 3pm, half day – £20 adult, £15 child, booking essential. Woodland Skills Centre, Bodfari, Denbigh LL16 4DT, 01745 710626, woodlandskillscentre.co.uk

A Gala Night at the Opera Music from the Magic Flute, Aida and Nabucco, plus Bizet’s Carmen. 7.30pm, £20, £14, £7 concs., Chester Cathedral 01244 500959, chestercathedral.com

Regional Print Centre Extended Open Access time for members who are self-sufficient in the studio; limited technical support available. 10am – 4pm, £10 full day, £6 half day. Coleg Cambria, Grove Park Rd, Wrexham LL12 7AB, 01978 267629, regionalprintcentre.co.uk

The Devil’s Violin ~ Stolen Daniel Morden’s  storytelling served by the hypnotic string accompaniment of Sarah Moody and Oliver Wilson-Dickson. 7.30pm, £10, £8 concs., £3 children. Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead LL65 1TE, 01407 763361, ucheldre.org ~ thedevilsviolin.co.uk

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

25th SATURDAY & 26th SUNDAY

Christmas Fayre A variety of stalls – textiles, wood turning, Jewellery, ceramics, Art & Craft, Candles and Soaps. Shabby & Chic, Neal’s Yard remedies, Food and Refreshments. Cash only! Admission free, 10am – 5pm. Tre-Ysgawen Hall Country House, Capel Coch, Llangefni, Anglesey LL77 7UR. 01248 750750, treysgawen-hall.co.uk

Reiki 2nd Degree Course Deepening our commitment to Reiki. £300 fee, £30 per night.The Healing Centre, 8 Fron Ogwen, Tregarth, nr Bangor LL57 4NP 07771 280824, vivreiki@hotmail.com

25th SATURDAY – 30th THURSDAY

Breathe (12A) Film. The inspiring true love story of Robin and Diana Cavendish, an adventurous couple who refuse to give up in the face of a devastating disease. 2pm 25th, 27th, 29th & 8pm 25th, 30th. Theatr Colwyn, Colwyn Bay 01492 577888, theatrcolwyn.co.uk

The Killing of a Sacred Deer (15) Film. A surgeon brings a strange boy into his married life. 7.30pm, £7.50, £6, £5.50, £5. Pontio, Bangor 01248 382828, pontio.co.uk

26th SUNDAY

Flight of Fancy Glass Workshop with Verity Pulford for adults. Learn techniques of water colours, drawing and wire work on glass before you make your very own ‘flock’ of birds that will catch the light during the cold winter months. Please note birds will be fired and will be ready for collection 2 weeks later. 10.30am – 4.30pm, £70, includes light lunch. Ruthin Craft Centre 01824 704774, ruthincraftcentre.org

Integrating Hips & Feet ~ Feldenkrais Method With clearer, more comfortable connections between hips and feet, you can find a new agility and sure -footedness. 10am – 1pm, £30, £10 deposit required. Verve Health, Fitness and Wellbeing, 2 – 4 George St.,  Llangollen LL20 8RE. Veronica Rock 07990 825783, vhrock@feldenkrais.co.uk

Day of Teaching Meditation Practice John Peacock is a mindfulness teacher who will lead a stimulating day that will deepen our understanding of mindfulness, and will give some insight into the roots of mindfulness. The day will be a balance between meditation practices and their application in everyday life. 9.30am – 4pm. £65 includes light vegetarian lunch. Reichel Hall, Centre for Mindfulness, Research & Practice (CMRP) Bangor University LL57 2DG. 01248 382498, mindfulness@bangor.ac.uk

Sound and Gong Bath Breathe and relax in the harmony of gong sound. 7pm, £13. Rhoscolyn Church Hall, Anglesey. Steph 07534 118899, pure.sound@outlook.com

27th MONDAY

Curious Hearts Connection Group See 13th

Swan Lake with Russian State Ballet & Opera House. Music by Tchaikovsky. 7.30pm,  £33 – £20. Venue Cymru, Llandudno 01492 872000, venuecymru.co.uk

27th MONDAY & 28th TUESDAY

Community Music Wales will be running a two day practical course designed to give an understanding of community music and a taste of Community Music Tutor Training. £50 (£30 concession). Partly funded through Arts Council of Wales. Held in Llanrwst. Contact 02920 838060, hannaht@communitymusicwales.org.uk

28th TUESDAY

Sound and Gong Bath Breathe and relax in the harmony of gong sound. 7pm, £13. Penmorfa (nr Porthmadog) Memorial Hall. Steph 07534 118899, pure.sound@outlook.com

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

Cycles of Eternity Discussion Based on Tim Wyatt’s book of the same name. Members only. 7.30pm, TS members £3. Community Centre, Ambrose St., Bangor LL57 1DF. Enquiries 01248 600267, toddyalc@gmail.com

Woodland Workday You can help out with our bird survey or something a bit more physically challenging like footpath maintenance. 10am, booking essential. Snowdonia Society 01286 685498, owain@snowdonia-society.org.uk

Romeo and Juliet with Russian State Ballet & Opera House. 7.30pm,  £33 – £20. Venue Cymru, Llandudno 01492 872000, venuecymru.co.uk

Singin’ in The Rain (U) Film (Dementia Friendly Screening). A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound. 11am, £4. People can wander around, open to all carers, friends and family and the general public. Theatr Clwyd, Mold CH7 1YA, 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com

I Am Not A Witch (15) Film. 8-year old girl Shula is found guilty of witchcraft and exiled to a witch camp in the middle of a desert. 8pm, £6. French with subtitles. Theatr Clwyd, Mold CH7 1YA, 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com

Random Readers Last Tues/month. A friendly and relaxed reading group enjoying a good chat about their chosen books. 6 – 8pm, Rhyl Library, Museum and Art Centre 01745 353814.

29th WEDNESDAY

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, Priory Street, Wrexham, www.thisproject.co.uk

Kerfoots Charity Night In aid of Welsh Air Ambulance. Cookery demonstration, comedy, The Body Shop stall, refreshments; local food suppliers and tastings. 6.30 – 9pm. 20% off shop purchases. 138 – 140 High St., Porthmadog LL49 9NT, 01766 512256.

I Am Not A Witch See 28th

Guy Davis and Fabrizio Poggi – The Last Train Tour The genius of Blues masters. Heavily influenced by the storytelling style and harmonica technique of Sonny Terry (aka Fabrizio Poggi), Guy Davis has spent his career carrying his message of the blues around the world, from the Equator to the Arctic Circle. 8pm, £12, The Vic, Menai Bridge, 01248 712309, vicmenai.com

Permaculture Course See 8th

Reiki Share Join us in the village hall to reconnect, recharge and replenish. Reiki one, two and Masters of all lineage. Access Bars Therapy, All Massage and Reflexology very welcome. Small contribution to the cost of hall hire appreciated. Please bring details of your business so the group can support you and share information. 7pm, Rhyd Y Foel, Abergele. LL22 8EB. Victoria Parker: contact@victoria-parker.co.uk

30th THURSDAY

A Hidden Gem of A Valley Explore this hidden valley running through Rhinogydd mountain range, with  Kylie Jones Mattock (Woodland Trust). Bring a picnic! Parking is limited: please try to car-share. 11am – 2pm, donations welcome. Cwm Mynach, Taicynhaeaf,  Dolgellau. SH 682226. Janet Baker 07812 659593, jemmole@hotmail.com

Tree Planting We are joining the Snowdonia National Park Authority to plant a variety of native broadleaved trees. Come and join in and create a lasting memory for years to come. 10am, booking essential. Snowdonia Society 01286 685498, owain@snowdonia-society.org.uk

Martin Harley Acoustic roots and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter with a burgeoning global reputation. 8pm, £12.50, bar only no food served. Blue Sky Café, Bangor LL57 1PA, 01248 355444, blueskybangor.co.uk

Duets: The Uchedre Rep By Peter Quilter. Comedy theatre which deals with four separate stories and four sets of characters. 7.30pm, £6, £5 concs., £3 young people. Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, ucheldre.org

The Café Jam Session See 2nd

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 are 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.

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“When you go to sacred ground it’s because your heart tells you to”