What’s On

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

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Network News  2018

Welcome to the September edition

1st SATURDAY

A Sense of Place – Mindfulness, Art and Poetry  With guidance from your tutor you will learn to deeply connect with nature by using your senses of sight, sound, smell and touch which will not only deepen your connection with nature but also improve connection with yourself. This connection can inspire you to create a unique piece of art work that you will take away with you. The day will be very slow-paced with plenty of opportunity to explore and immerse yourself in the beautiful surroundings, find stillness and calm. 10am – 4pm, £40. Woodland Skills Centre, Bodfari 01745 710626. woodlandskillscentre.uk

Kalpa Bhadra Buddhist Centre Open Day There will be 15-minute meditations on the hour, every hour. You will have the chance to meet our new temporary Buddhist nun, Kelsang Drima. Tea/coffee available, vegetarian food in the café. Find out more about our community and how you can become involved. 11am – 4pm. Kalpa Bhadra Buddhist Centre, 34 Mostyn Ave, Craig y Don, Llandudno LL30 1YY. Phone 01492 878778, meditatenorthwales.com

Memory Walk for Dementia All proceeds to Alzheimer’s Society. 1.5m sponsored walk, plus live entertainment, £5 to register, children and 60+ free. Meet Canolfan Hamdden Dwyfor, Pwllheli LL53 5PF. eventbrite.co.uk

Wood Carving ~ Thomas Hanson Ever wanted to carve anything in wood but not sure where to begin or have the right tools to make? This introductory carving workshop with local woodcarver Tom will show you how as he will talk you through the process step by step with specialist carving tools and equipment. 10.30am – 12.30pm & 1.30 – 3.30pm. Free booking essential. Suitable for 14+ and adults. Ruthin Craft Centre 01824 704774, ruthincraftcentre.org.uk

Voice Workshop Whether you want to improve your singing voice or even find it or if you want to find those top notes or learn how to breath whilst singing. – these monthly workshops are for you. All musical tastes are covered: classical, operatic arias, folk songs, pop and songs from the musicals. You would be joining a group of people with similar aims, and have the opportunity to have a private session with Marian Bryfdir or Kiefer Jones. 10am – 4pm, £12, £6 concs & students. Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, ucheldre.org

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (12A) Film. A writer forms an unexpected bond with the residents of Guernsey Island in the aftermath of World War II, when she decides to write a book about their experiences during the war. 7pm for 7.30pm, £4 on sale from The Blue Bell Inn, Halkyn. Shown at Library, Halkyn Parish Hall, Holywell CH8 8BU. mountaincinema.org.uk

SciFi Wales 2018 Celebrity guests, talks, Q&A sessions, traders, prop displays, cosplay, competitions, photo opportunities, autograph room plus much more. Venue Cymru, Llandudno. Bookings: 01492 872000, venuecymru.co.uk

The Electric Swing Circus & DJ Weekend Squad 8pm, £12. Neuadd Ogwen, Bethesda LL57 3AN. Tickets: neuaddogwen.com

1st SATURDAY & 2nd SUNDAY

Mind Body and Spirit Fair There will be readers, therapies, gift ideas, crystals, aura photography and more. 10am – 5pm, free admission; all welcome, refreshments available. Beaumaris Town Hall, Castle St., Anglesey LL58 8AP. More from: gigaicrystals.co.uk, gina-gail@gigaicrystals.co.uk

Family Weekend Spend the weekend (free camping available); explore the woods, games for children, mid-day meal for all. £65 per adult, £20 children 8-16 years, children under 8 years old – free. Woodland Skills Centre, Bodfari, Denbighshire LL16 4DT, 01745 710626, woodlandskillscentre.co.uk

Corwen Walking Festival From walks around Corwen itself, to finding out about the history of the town, to a ridge walk along the Berwyn hills reaching over 800 metres in height, the Corwen Walking Festival has it all. Guided walks on both days with the choice of a full-day walk or, with some of the shorter walks, doing one in the morning and another in the afternoon. More details from : 07816 658087, corwenwalkingfestival.co.uk

Castle Players Bring poetry to the Beaumaris Food Festival. Feed your minds with gastronomic literary delights cooked up and served by Castle Players Drama Group! Sessions (1/2 hour long) start at 10.30, 13.30 and 15.30 in the Talk Tent. Beaumaris. Janet Smith 07795 567 689.

Beaumaris Food Festival 10am – 8pm. Street food vendors, quality entertainment and children’s activities. £5, £7 for weekend ticket, u14s free. Beaumaris. 

Moscow State Circus Famous circus comes to North Wales. Sat – 3pm & 6pm; Sun 2pm & 5pm. £8 – £36. Held at Mona Showground, Gwalchmai, Anglesey, LL65 4RW. Box office  020 3375 3970, moscowstatecircus.com

1st SATURDAY – 6th THURSDAY (not 2nd)

Christopher Robin (PG) Film. An adult Christopher Robin, suddenly meets his old friend Winnie the Pooh, who returns him to his childhood past and helps him return to the Hundred Acre Wood and help find Pooh’s lost friends. Various times, check with Theatr Clwyd, Mold 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com

2nd SUNDAY

Sacred Circle Dance 1st Sun/month, 2 – 4pm, Rhosesmor Village Hall. Led by Helen Newton and Sue Bates. Contact Sue 01352 219464.

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

Pregnancy Workshop An intimate afternoon of yoga, meditation, affirmation, and relaxation. Press STOP on all of life’s busyness and reflect on your feelings and beliefs around giving birth and becoming a mother (whether for the first, second, third time or more!) 2 – 5pm, booking essential, £18. Includes drinks and snacks. Quaker Meeting House, Dean St., Bangor LL57 1UP. Laura 07914 917711,  laurabirthingmamas@gmail.com

2nd SUNDAY – 7th FRIDAY

Saori Weaving & Spinning Retreat With Rosie Green, SAORI instructor and Chris Jukes, Spinning tutor. We will spend our mornings learning or refining spinning techniques and afternoons weaving and adding those yarns into your unique cloth. 6 days, materials included, 5 nights, full board £750 – £850, single, twin, double rooms. Non en-suite/en-suite. Trigonos, Nantlle LL54 6BW, 01286 882388, trigonos.org

3rd MONDAY

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: beiciobangor.org.uk

Gong Bath Breathe, relax, observe the mind beginning to slow, as superficial thoughts are suspended and the whole being is gently returned to harmonic balance. 7.30pm, £13, Canolfan Thomas Telford Centre, Mona Rd, Menai Bridge LL59 5EA. Steph Healy 07534 118899, puresound.org.uk

3rd MONDAY – 7th FRIDAY

Playwriting This course will explore the dramatic form for writing for theatre. Course participants are encouraged to bring along an idea or a skeleton of an unfinished play and, under the supervision of the course tutors, will explore different ways of unlocking their stories through formal choices and innovations in story-design. £395 – £495, with Hamish Pirie and Tim Price. Ty Newydd, Llanystymdwy, Cricieth LL52 0LW, 01766 522811, tynewydd.wales

3rd MONDAY – 14th FRIDAY

Permaculture Design Course: Resilience, Rootedness and Global Community Bringing together a dynamic and international team of teachers from Palestine, Kashmir, Wales and England, we offer a unique opportunity to explore these concepts in depth, giving both local and global context to the application of permaculture design. The course will also include visits to Henbant Bach, on Llŷn Peninsula, Pen Y Bonc and to Cae Mabon, with input from project founders and visionaries. Tyddyn Teg Cooperative, Caernarfon LL55 3PS. Alice Gray, bookings: tyddynteg.com

3rd MONDAY – 29th OCTOBER, MONDAY

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course Led by Jody Mardula and Heather Bolton. Includes, all day practice session, handouts, audio downloads, or CDs. 6.15 – 8.45pm, £120 all inclusive, Penmaenmawr Community Centre, Conway Rd, junction with Constitutional Hill, Penmaenmawr LL34 6AB. Contact Heather: heathermbolton@btinternet.com or visit gwyneddmindfulness.com

4th TUESDAY

Conwy County Peace Group Meets 1st Tues/month, 7.30pm, Centre for Cultural Engagement, 10 Greenfield Road, Colwyn Bay LL29 9NA. Contact Don Saunders  07947127440, donsaundersopt@aol.com

Gong Bath Breathe and relax … Then observe the mind beginning to slow, as superficial and irrational thoughts are suspended, stresses release and the whole being is gently returned to harmonic balance. 7pm, £13. Memorial Hall, Penmorfa, Porthmadog LL49 9RY. Steph Healy 07534 118899, puresound.org.uk

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

Llangollen Friends of the Earth 1st Thurs/month, 7.30pm; venue varies so call or text 07525 016504, info@llangollenfoe.org.uk

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

Mindfulness Drop-In Everyone is welcome, whether new to mindfulness or wishing to keep their practice going. This session could be a helpful taster for someone thinking of signing up for an 8 week course. The drop in will be on a donation basis and will be held in the log cabin in the Hermitage garden. 6.30 – 7.30pm. The Hermitage, Ynys Graianog, Criccieth LL52 0NT. Contact Tara: gwyneddmindfulness.co.uk

Dry Stone Walling We are teaming up with the National Trust to help manage their land at Ganllwyd. The art of dry stone walling can be seen all over the Snowdonia National Park. However, the skill required to construct a dry stone wall in the style of the region is unknown to most. Join us, and learn the basics through helping to construct one of these beautiful structures. 10am, limited spaces available, Steel Toe Cap Boots required. Snowdonia Society, Owain 01286 685498, owain@snowdonia-society.org.uk

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, soul-life.co.uk 

4th TUESDAY – 8th SATURDAY

Tempera Painting Workshop In this 5 day course, we will learn to make gesso and prepare a board to receive the tempera. We will sketch preparatory drawings outdoors, then make a painting from the sketches. The paintings can be exhibited alongside the exhibition of work by Jon George if the artists wish to. 10.30am – 5pm, £130, includes materials. 15 max. St John’s Hall Gallery, St John’s Hill, Barmouth, Gwynedd LL42 1AF. Contact 01341 280261. 

4th TUESDAY – 9th OCTOBER, TUESDAY

Life Drawing Class 6 weeks, with Gilly Thomas and Noel McCready. 1.30 – 4.30pm, £55. Oriel Ynys Mon, Llangefni, Anglesey. Contact 01248 724444, orielynysmon.info

5th WEDNESDAY

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, saorimor.co.uk

Monthly Spinning, Knitting and Weaving Group    1 – 4pm, beginners welcome. Ty Mawr Country Park, Wrexham. June Mclaughlin on 01978 711941 or email junemclaughlin@btinternet.com for further details.

Free Vintage Matinee with Denbigh Film Club. Theatr Twm o’r Nant, Denbigh. More info from denbighfilmclub.co.uk

6th THURSDAY

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, saorimor.co.uk 

Green Party Day Jonathan Bartley visits Ynys Mon to work with NWW Greens to spotlight 2 major issues we all need to address for the future: Wylfa B; and Sustainability. He meets with Young Greens at 3pm.

Rhododendron Clearance The Society have been involved with the clearance of the invasive species Rhododendron Ponticum in Nant Gwynant for some time. Working in partnership with the National Park Authority the work has been historically centred around Bryn Gwynant YHA. We are now at a stage where we can expand our reach further. This new site is located a km south from the site in a remote area of land behind the hostel. 10am, booking essential. Snowdonia Society, Dan 01286 685498, dan@snowdonia-society.org.uk

Drum Journey Meditation Circle Gathering around each New Moon and Full Moon, this Circle intends to support intention setting, relaxation, Community connection and connection to the Higher Self, Guides, Teachers and Ancestors. 7pm, £10. Mochdre Village Hall, Colwyn Bay. Bookings Claire 07426 894 640, claire.sourcehealing@gmail.com (or just turn up on the day) (Also 20th)

National Theatre: Julie Wild and newly single, Julie throws a late night party. Julie initiates a power game with friend Jean – which rapidly descends into a savage fight for survival. 7pm, £10, £8 concs., £3 children. Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, ucheldre.org Also Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllheli 01758 704088, neuadddwyfor.com Also Theatr Clwyd, Mold 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com Also Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com Also Pontio, Bangor 01248 382828, pontio.co.uk

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, gwyneddastronomysociety.co.uk

Castle Players General Meeting All are welcome to the theatre group meeting which will be followed by an introduction by Jane Handy to the forthcoming production of ‘A Night at the Movies’. 7.30pm, Beaumaris Town Hall, Janet Smith 07795 567 689.

6th THURSDAY – 9th SUNDAY

Festival No. 6 Arts and culture festival. See website for  ticket options Held in Portmeirion Village, LL48 6ET. Visit: festivalnumber6.com

7th FRIDAY

Slow Down and Unwind – An Evening of Yin Yoga Yin yoga is slow… it’s caring for your body and mind… and it’s surprisingly good for all your fast paced activities too! By learning to slow down and experience our bodies, we can help lengthen where needed and unlock deep rooted tensions that our bodies hold onto. 6.30 – 8pm, £16, max of 8 people, booking essential. Bodhi Movement, The Studio, Royal Oak Stables, Betws y Coed, 01690 359081, info@bodhi-movement.co.uk

Gong Bath Breathe and relax … Then observe the mind beginning to slow, as superficial and irrational thoughts are suspended, stresses release and the whole being is gently returned to harmonic balance. 7pm, £13, Rhuddlan Community Centre, Parliament St, Rhuddlan, Rhyl LL18 5AW. Steph Healy 07534 118899, puresound.org.uk

Ant Middleton Adventurer, survival expert, TV presenter, ex-elite forces soldier, will be sharing his experiences and exploits as a modern day explorer and expedition leader. 7.30pm, £26.50. Venue Cymru, Llandudno LL30 1BB, 01492 872000, venuecymru.co.uk

Cambrian Ornithological Society An illustrated talk by Daniel Trotman titled “The RSPB on the Dee: From the Mud to the Mere”. The Dee Estuary and its Burton Mere Wetlands Reserve is an internationally important winter home for tens of thousands of ducks, geese and waders.  7.30pm, £1 members, £2 non-member. Pensychnant Centre, Conwy LL32 8BJ, pensychnant.co.uk

7th FRIDAY & 8th SATURDAY

The Escape (15) Film. A woman sets out to reclaim her life in this stirring, emotionally rich look at what it means to start over. 8pm + 2pm 8th. Theatr Clwyd, Mold 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com

7th FRIDAY – 9th SUNDAY

Yoga with Gabriela Byrne 2 – 5pm, more details from Gabriela: gabriela.byrne28@gmail.com Held at Cae Mabon, Fachwen, nr Llanberis LL55 3HB, 01286 871542, caemabon.co.uk

GladFest Literary Festival Bringing together the most exciting contemporary writing from all over the country; poetry, comic strips, nature writing, spirituality, history and fiction of all kinds. Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden, nr Chester CH5 3DF, 01244 532350, gladstoneslibrary.org Gladfest volunteers welcome!

8th SATURDAY

Meditation & Teaching Day All welcome; meditation at 10am with guidance if needed. Saturday mornings are held in silence until after vegetarian lunch. 2.30pm – Dharma teaching in shrine room; topic tbc. £25-£40. You are welcome for all or some of the day. The Hermitage, Ynys Grainiog, Criccieth LL52 0NT, 01766 530839, ahs.org.uk

MCS Great British Beach Clean As well as clearing the litter we will be continuing our survey work that began on our last visit, detailing the types of litter found on the beach. 10am, booking essential, free transport from Bangor and Caernarfon. Snowdonia Society, Owain 01286 685498, owain@snowdonia-society.org.uk

Nonviolent Communication Workshop They draw heavily on the process of Nonviolent Communication as well as other awareness processes and may involve some physical activity. 10am – 5pm, £10 – £80 – pay as you can. Ty Lorne, 52 High St., Bethesda. Contact Rik: rik@livenonviolence.uk for bookings

Bread Baking Workshop Come and learn how to bake bread the Dylan’s way from scratch, with our bakers who lovingly craft our fresh bread every day, and get yourself a Dylan’s recipe book, sourdough starter, and baked loaf to take home! Refreshments included. 9am – 12noon, £30. Dylans Restaurant, 1 Clarence Rd, Llandudno LL30 1BX. Bookings: dylansrestaurant.co.uk

Topiary Workshop Learn how to trim topiary with the gardener at Plas Newydd – meet at tearooms. 10am – 12pm, free. Plas Newydd, Llangollen LL20 8AW. 01978 862834, plasnewydd@denbighshire.gov.uk

Snowdonia Photography Workshop Landscape photography workshop in the stunning surroundings of Snowdonia National Park hosted by Simon Kitchin, author of Photographing North Wales. 9.30am – 4pm, £85. Cwm Idwal, Ogwen Cottage, Bangor LL57 3LZ. 07973 281161.

Gong Bath We are constantly influenced by heard and unheard sound frequencies and attending a Gong Bath can help reduce stress, alter consciousness and create a deep sense of peace and wellbeing for better health. 7 –  8.15pm, £10, Neuadd Goffa, Mynydd Llandegai. Steph Healy 07534 118899. Tickets: puresound.org.uk

BBC Proms in The Park The BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales play well known tunes. bring picnic, rug, refreshments. Tickets: £16 – £22, u12s free. Stadium Zip World, Parc Eirias, Abergele Rd., Colwyn Bay LL29 7SP, 01492 872000.

8th SATURDAY & 9th SUNDAY

Earthwalking Applying authentic spiritual practice to everyday life. Earthwalking is all about how to actively emblazon your spiritual ideals while you are doing the washing up, driving to work, taking a shower, cleaning the loo. From the basic mundane it can equally be applied at more intense levels… arbitrating in family, work-place or community disputes, shedding calm and positive energy on dark angry situations, mindfully making a difference to any world situation – you can, you know, simply by the power of your loving thoughts. First weekend of the Earthwalking cycle; £125 per weekend – concessions available. Includes all notes, materials, refreshments and meals and also course support between weekends. Gillian Monks 01286 881786, gillian@acorntherapies.com 

Open Doors Workshop Make your own mark on Ruthin town, led by Christine Mills. As part of our Open Door’s event this year come and join artist Christine Mills for a series of informal drawing sessions as part of the Drawn Together project. Christine will take you on a drawing journey around Ruthin town where you’ll discover Ruthin’s rich historical buildings as a focal point for your drawing. Meet at the Craft Centre and walk into town. All materials are provided and no art experience needed just willingness to take part. 10am – 12pm & 1.30 – 3.30pm. Ruthin Craft Centre 01824 704774, ruthincraftcentre.org.uk

Social Forestry OCN 1 Practical woodland management and craft sessions led by tutors from the Woodland Skills Centre who are all qualified Social Forestry practitioners. Led by expertise and experienced tutors. £550 course + food; £600 includes course, food + pitch for camping; all facilities provided. Woodland Skills Centre, Bodfari, Denbighshire LL16 4DT, 01745 710626, woodlandskillscentre.co.uk

8th SATURDAY – 15th SATURDAY

Teacher Training Retreat Level 2 An intensive experiential training retreat offering space for nourishment, inspiration and learning. An opportunity to engage in a personal and group learning process which is designed to support and deepen understanding and skills in teaching and integrating mindfulness-based approaches in professional practice. Held at Trigonos, Nantlle. Bookings: Centre for Mindfulness, Research & Practice (CMRP), Bangor University LL57 2DG. 01248 382498, mindfulness@bangor.ac.uk ~ bangor.ac.uk

9th SUNDAY

Virgo New Moon 7.01pm

Fungus Foray With expert Charles Aron, author of definitive surveys of fungi in north Wales. 11am, identifying and talk about the fungi we find; donations – £5. Bring picnic or lunch, hot refreshments provided. Eternal Forest Trust, Boduan, Pwllheli. Bella eft@eternalforest.org, 07579 008325, eternalforest.org 

Anglesey Artisans in the Valley A group specialising in unique crafts, arts, health, beauty products & other bespoke items. 11am – 3pm, The Valley Hotel, Valley, Anglesey LL65 3DU. Facebook: of same name 

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

Llandudno Memory Walk This is a walk, not a race, so it is open to those of all abilities – bring your prams, wheelchairs and dogs too! All funds raised will go directly to the Alzheimer’s Society. 1.30 – 3.30pm, North Promenade, Llandudno. Contact Lucie Williams, Community Relations Manager on 01745 772150 or email lucie.williams@homeinstead.co.uk

Estyneto Join us for regular dance/movement sessions specifically for those over the age of 60. The sessions are led by two inspirational dancers/choreographers – Cai Tomos and Angharad Price Jones. You don’t need any previous experience or dance skills – only the desire to stay fit and healthy. 1.30pm, Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com

Gong Bath Breathe and relax … Then observe the mind beginning to slow, as superficial and irrational thoughts are suspended, stresses release and the whole being is gently returned to harmonic balance. 7pm, £12. Rhoscolyn Village Hall, Rhoscolyn, Holyhead LL65 2NQ. Steph Healy 07534 118899, puresound.org.uk

Stephen Hugh – Piano Plays music by Bach, Liszt and Chopin. 7.30pm, £10. Theatr Clwyd, Mold 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com

9th SUNDAY – 15th SATURDAY

Introduction to Sustainable Energy – Part A You will learn how to discern the wider implications of environmental change and the need for a sustainable approach to energy use, demand, supply and management and its influence on social structures, environment, economics, resource management and governance through a critical analysis and appreciation of the interconnectedness of the factors involved. 1st part of CAT’s new degree course. £770, £695 concs., CAT,  Machynlleth 01654 705959, cat.org.uk

10th MONDAY

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, Snowdonia Society 01286 685498, tyhyll@snowdonia-society.org.uk

Arabic for Beginners Weekly class starts today – then Mondays, 7.30pm, Centre for Cultural Engagement, 10 Greenfield Rd., Colwyn Bay LL29 8NA. 01492 530110, cce-wales.co.uk

Gong Bath Breathe and relax … Then observe the mind beginning to slow, as superficial and irrational thoughts are suspended, stresses release and the whole being is gently returned to harmonic balance. 7pm, £13. Llanfairfechan Community Centre, Village Rd, Llanfairfechan LL33 0NH. Steph Healy 07534 118899, puresound.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.

11th TUESDAY

Best Friend From Heaven Film. A wedding is cancelled when the brides dog is killed in an accident. 6.30 – 8.30pm, Benllech Community Hall, Anglesey LL74 8SN, benllechcommunity.wordpress.com

Dry Stone Walling ~ Pensychnant The art of dry stone walling can be seen all over the Snowdonia National Park. However, the skill required to construct a dry stone wall in the style of the region is unknown to most. Join us, and learn the basics through helping to construct one of these beautiful structures. 10am, limited spaces available, Steel Toe Cap Boots required. Snowdonia Society, Owain 01286 685498, owain@snowdonia-society.org.uk 

Food as Medicine Find out how food can support and help heal your body. Starting at the gut level, looking at why we show signs of inflammation throughout the body and what to look for. Covering leaky gut and ways to heal the gut, then looking at foods and lifestyle that will support our whole body. Hand outs will be given out and refreshments will be available. 6.30 – 8.30pm, £10, with Lesley Wills, Follow Your Bliss Cafe, 307-309 High St., Bangor. 01248 345495, followyourblisspt.com

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 Florida Project (15) Film. A moving and poignant look at childhood. 7.30 – 10pm, St. Mary’s Creative Space, Chester CH1 2DW. chesterfilmfans.co.uk

Mary Shelley (12A) Film. The bohemian love affair between poet Percy Shelley and his future wife is marked by both passion and personal tragedy that will transform Mary and fuel the writing of her Gothic masterwork, Frankenstein. 5.30 & 8.15pm. Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllheli 01758 704088, neuadddwyfor.com

11th TUESDAY – 23rd (not 16th)

The 39 Steps Theatre. A fast-moving spoof including legendary scenes such as the chase on the Flying Scotsman, the escape on the Forth Bridge and the first ever theatrical bi-plane crash. 7.45pm daily, Matinees Thurs & Sats 2.45pm, Tickets: £10 – £30, U26s £10. Theatr Clwyd, Mold 01352 701521.

12th WEDNESDAY

One Day Massage Techniques Retreat Claire Freeman of Source Healing will be joining us to create a day of hands on learning and restoration. No previous experience necessary. 9.30am – 5.30pm, £90. Wild Wales Retreat, The Outbuildings, Llangaffo, Anglesey, LL60 6NH. Contact Wild Wales –  wildwalesretreats@gmail.com

Red Squirrel Walk Find out about some of Plas Cadnant’s most charming residents with Red Squirrel Ranger Holly at 2pm, garden admission applies. Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens, Cadnant Road, Menai Bridge, Anglesey, LL59 5NH, 01248 717174.

Friends of the Earth Conwy Meet 2nd Weds/month in the rear room of the Albion Ale House, Upper gate St., Conwy LL32 8RF. The meeting above replaces our usual monthly meeting. We would love to have some new members to help with our campaigns, currently focusing on reducing plastic use locally and raising awareness of climate change issues. Contact Kay 07918 663640, kaypitt40@gmail.com

Gong Bath Breathe and relax … Then observe the mind beginning to slow, as superficial and irrational thoughts are suspended, stresses release and the whole being is gently returned to harmonic balance. 8pm, £13. Source Yoga Studio, 294 Conway Rd, Mochdre, Colwyn Bay LL28 5DS. Steph Healy 07534 118899, puresound.org.uk

Dry Stone Walling ~ Nant Peris The art of dry stone walling can be seen all over the Snowdonia National Park. However, the skill required to construct a dry stone wall in the style of the region is unknown to most. Join us, and learn the basics through helping to construct one of these beautiful structures. 10am, limited spaces available, Steel Toe Cap Boots required. Snowdonia Society, Owain 01286 685498, owain@snowdonia-society.org.uk 

Llandudno and District Writers Group This month: Karen Ankers – Writing for One Act Plays. 2pm, all welcome! Llandudno Public Library. Contact: llandudno.writers@aol.co.uk

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

The Merry Wives of Windsor: RSC Live (12A) Down on his luck in the suburbs, John Falstaff plans to hustle his way to a comfortable retirement by seducing the wives of two wealthy men. Unknown to him, it’s the women of Windsor who really pull the strings. 7pm, 7pm, £10, £8 concs., £3 children. Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, ucheldre.org Also Theatr Clwyd, Mold 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com

The Escape See 7th & 8th

13th THURSDAY

The Boundless Universe Theosophy teaches that the ‘Logos’ is triple in nature and is expressed as Seven Rays. Discussion and study with Eric McGough. Theosophical Society. 2pm, admission £5; TS members £3. Held at Parkway Community Centre, off Rhos Rd., Rhos-on-Sea. New enquirers are always welcome. Pauline 0161 980 4942,  07547 135491, p.owens@live.co.uktheosophywales@yahoo.co.uk

TONIC: DnA Delyth and Angharad Jenkins’ music is a fusion of the traditional and the innovative. 2.30pm, £6, £5 concs., bilingual event. Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com

Waymarker Installation Over the past two months we have been working with The Woodland Trust and Kehoe countryside to produce waymarkers to mark the passage through Coed Felinrhyd, a Celtic Woodland that has its place in Welsh legend. Over the next few sessions we will be looking to install these waymarkers in place throughout the woodland. Free transport from Bangor and Caernarfon, 10am, limited spaces available, booking essential.  Snowdonia Society, Dan 01286 685498, dan@snowdonia-society.org.uk

East Wales Wellbeing Network Speakers include Paul Hossack from the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Dawn Owen from Carers Wales, and Ali Issery, Haven of Light. Bringing together people from all sectors to find a collective voice working in health, social care and wellbeing. 9.30am – 12.30pm. Hope Parish Church Hall, Hawarden Road, Hope LL12 9NH. NEW Wellbeing Team, Karen Peters 01352 744015, karen.peters@flvc.org.uk

Mary Shelley See 11th

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

13th THURSDAY – 15th SATURDAY

Now or Never by Circa Tsuica. Join in the feast as acrobats and musicians mingle, make and share pancakes before launching into an exhilarating fanfare of music and circus. And then watch as they fly, fling and swing across their beautiful tent on trapeze, Cyr wheels, trick bicycles, trampolines and seesaws to the thundering sound of brass. 6.30pm, £15, £12 concs., Pontio, Bangor 01286 382828, pontio.co.uk

14th FRIDAY

Literary Society Led by Fiona Owen. 1 – 3pm, £5, £4 concs. Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, ucheldre.org

Writing the Self Exploring creative approaches for personal and professional development and wellbeing. Writing for wellbeing is the interactive use of poetry, prose, fiction and non-fiction ‘to stimulate writing and other creative responses with a view to promoting self-expression, self-awareness and wellbeing. Tutors include Jill Teague, Sarah Edwards, Clare Scott and Jessica Clapham. 9.30am – 2pm, free. The Management Centre, Bangor University LL57 2DG. Contact: wiserd.ac.uk

Yin Yoga and Gong Bath The evening will consist of an hour of yin yoga with Rosalind Holgate-Smith followed by an hour’s Gong Bath. 6.30 – 8.30pm, £20. Neuadd Goffa, Mynydd Llandygai, Bangor LL57 4LQ. Steph Healy 07534 118899, puresound.org.uk

Aberration Music, drag, spectacle and spoken word: Maggi Noggi, Mêr Gan, Archibald Tactful, Sarah McCreadie + more. 7.30pm, £10. 16yrs+. Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com. The event includes an Open Mic slot – to perform a song or read a poem in Welsh or English contact: aberrationcymru@gmail.com

Finding Your Feet with Denbigh Film Club. 7.30pm, Theatr Twm o’r Nant, Denbigh. More info from denbighfilmclub.co.uk

14th FRIDAY – 16th SUNDAY

Yoga with Mary Freeman Contact Mary on yogatastic@hotmail.com for details. Held at Cae Mabon, Fachwen, nr Llanberis LL55 3HB, 01286 871542, caemabon.co.uk

LLAWN Mix of contemporary art exhibitions and interventions, street performance, stupendous cinema and interactive fun, in surprising places, streets and secret locations around Llandudno. Along the promenade, iconic Victorian bathing huts are transformed into hubs of creativity by local arts organisations and communities. Llandudno, Conwy, LL30 1AB, 01492 879201, llawn.org

14th FRIDAY – 20th SUNDAY  (not 16th)

Christopher Robin (PG) Film. An adult Christopher Robin meets his old friend Winnie the Pooh, who returns him to his childhood past and helps him return to the Hundred Acre Wood and help find Pooh’s lost friends. Various times, check with Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllheli 01758 704088, neuadddwyfor.com

15th SATURDAY

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, saorimor.co.uk 

Mark Making and Landscape Well known for her gestural and magical interpretations of landscape, this popular workshop will start with simple mark making ideas on paper. Throughout the day Eleri Mills will inspire and guide you to interpret these drawings in materials and threads. 10.30am – 4.30pm, £60 includes light lunch. Ruthin Craft Centre 01824 704774, ruthincraftcentre.org.uk

Slate Mirror Make a slate mirror to your own design using many colours of beautiful Welsh slate. You will explore the different possibilities and techniques for hand-working local slate and produce a unique and original item to grace your home. 10am – 4pm, £55. Siop Iard, Caernarfon, LL55 1RR, 01286 672472, siopiard.com

Snowdon Moonlight Walk Join us on this fantastic experience as we climb Snowdon at dusk, enjoy the sunset on the summit then descend in the dark! 3.30pm, £35. Bookings: snowdon-walks.co.uk

Bread Baking Workshop Come and learn how to bake bread the Dylan’s way from scratch, with our bakers who lovingly craft our fresh bread every day, and get yourself a Dylan’s recipe book, sourdough starter, and baked loaf to take home! Refreshments included. 10am – 1pm, £30. Unit 7, Pen Yr Orsedd, Industrial Estate Road, Llangefni, Anglesey, LL77 7AW. Bookings: dylansresturant.co.uk

Forest Bathing Forest bathing, or being in the presence of trees, is a Japanese practice known as ‘shinrin-yoku’ that can boost the immune system, decrease stress and lower blood pressure. 11am – 1pm, £15.92 – £19.76. RSPB Lake Vyrnwy. Contact: vyrnwy@rspb.org.uk

Yin Yoga and Gong Bath The evening will consist of 65 minutes of yin yoga followed by a short comfort break and then an hour’s Gong Bath. 6 – 8.30pm, £23. Source Yoga Studio, 294 Conway Rd, Mochdre, Colwyn Bay LL28 5DS. Steph Healy 07534 118899, puresound.org.uk 

Pin Cushion (15) Film. Lyn and Iona, mother and daughter duo who arrive in a small town to start their lives afresh. 8.15pm, + post screening Q & A; £7.50, £6.50 over 60, £6 student, £5.50 u18s. Pontio, Bangor 01248 382828, pontio.co.uk

Past Lives and Soul Healing Past Lives and Soul Healing; how to connect with your inner spirit and heal yourself, includes why we have reincarnation and karma, soul loss and fragmentation. One day workshop, £45 including all notes, materials and home made lunch. Pistyll, nr. Nefyn, Pen Llŷn. Gillian Monks 01286 881786, gillian@acorntherapies.com

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

NW International Music Festival Opening Concert Programme includes the World Premiere of a New Commission by Paul Mealor along with pieces by Olivier Messiaen, Gustav Mahler, Karl Jenkins, Brian Hughes, Caryl Parry Jones and Leonard Cohen. 7.30pm, £15, £12, £10. Held at St Asaph Cathedral. Bookings: Theatr Clwyd, Mold 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com See 15th – 30th in Calendar

The Grenaways Cornish sounds, rich in rootsy style. 7 for 8pm, £10 from Café, bar only, no food. Blue Sky Café, Bangor 01248 355444, blueskybangor.co.uk

15th SATURDAY & 16th SUNDAY

Reiki 1 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 is available £30 per night.Tregarth, Bangor LL57 4NP. Viv 01248 601388, vivreiki@hotmail.com

Mold Food and Drink Festival Exhibitors, cookery theatres, produce, and leading names in the culinary world, £7, £3 children 4 – 13, U3s free. 10am – 5pm. New Street Car Park, Mold CH7 1NY, 07775 037721.

Snowdon Scrambling Weekend Spend a weekend tackling some of the most iconic scrambling routes in Snowdonia. You will learn new skills such as movement techniques, safe-guarding the group, route selection and build on your confidence. On the second day you will put all your new skills to the test on either Tryfan North Ridge or Crib Goch. £100. Snowdon Walks, 01768 838015, snowdon-walks.co.uk

The Science Behind Gardening With a practical and applied approach this module aims to introduce the principles of botany that have a direct relevance to environmental studies and gardening in particular, giving the learner knowledge and understanding of plants and their responses to gardening practice. It focuses on plant structure and function, giving an understanding and scientific basis of plant growth, development and gardening practices. £60 course, £50 concs., Book through Aberystwyth University 01970 621580, accommodation at CAT is available at extra cost. CAT, Machynlleth 01654 705959, cat.org.uk

Growing and Using Medicinal Herbs 2 Visit the herb garden, harvest some herbs, make traditional herbal remedies; explore the history and philosophy underlying Western Herbal Medicine; led by Cassie Sherriff, medicinal herbalist. £100, £50 dep., Woodland Skills Centre, Bodfari, Denbighshire LL16 4DT, 01745 710626, woodlandskillscentre.co.uk

Make A Traditional Long Bow Using Cumbrian Ash, you will learn how to select and train a piece of wood into a working longbow, learn how to make a bow string and maybe even an arrow too. Led by Tony Saunders. £150, £75 dep., Woodland Skills Centre, Bodfari, Denbighshire LL16 4DT, 01745 710626, woodlandskillscentre.co.uk

15th SATURDAY – 24th MONDAY

Barmouth Festival of Walking 37 graded walks, try little known routes and some of the more popular walks in the area. Led by knowledgeable guides; variety of gradings. Contact 01341 242646, barmouthwalkingfestival.co.uk

15th SATURDAY – 30th SUNDAY

NW International Music Festival ~ Gŵyl Gerdd Ryngwladol Gogledd Cymru A festival of classical music held annually with a variety of day and evening concerts – orchestra, chamber music, singing, piano, includes Hymn to The Fallen; Jacqui Dankworth, Welsh National Opera and much more. Held mostly in St. Asaph, Denbighshire LL17 0RD, 07919 621933. Full details and programme from : nwimf.com

16th SUNDAY

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

Meditation, Sound and Mantra In this afternoon workshop, you’ll practise 3 short Dru Meditations you can use at home to melt away stress, bring energy and inner calm. You’ll also experience the healing balm of sound and mantra which will balance your chakras and bring joy. There will be movements and breathing techniques to prepare you to connect with your inner stillness – the ‘Dru point’. 2 – 5pm, £30. Held in Chester. Dru Yoga 01248 602900, druyoga.com

Estyneto Join us for regular dance/movement sessions specifically for those over the age of 60. The sessions are led by two inspirational dancers/choreographers – Cai Tomos and Angharad Price Jones. You don’t need any previous experience or dance skills – only the desire to stay fit and healthy. 1.30pm, Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com

B Naturals Singing Workshop Learn some acapella arrangements – it’s Abba and the Beach Boys! Open to all levels of singer all taught by ear. Bring food to share. 10.30am – 4.30pm, £30. Llandulas Village Hall, Clwyd LL22 8FH. Facebook: of same name

Discover the Carneddau Join a guided group as we take you around this impressive range visiting the summits of Pen yr Ole Wen, Carnedd Dafydd, Carnedd Llewelyn and Pen yr Helgi Du (Yr Ellen if time permits). £40. Snowdon Walks, 01768 838015, snowdon-walks.co.uk

Marine Conservation Society Beachwatch Beach litter survey and clean up, organised by the Marine Conservation Society. 4.30 – 6.30pm, free. Dinas Dinlle LL54 5TW. eventbrite.co.uk

Darlith Glyndŵr: Dafydd Wigley Wales, in terms of language and culture and in terms of tradition and religion – is part of Europe. This was the realisation and one of the inspirations for the vision of so many Welsh leaders – from Emrys ap Iwan to Saunders Lewis. Owain Glyndŵr’s vision was also based on the Welsh connection with the continent of which we are a part. As we face a very uncertain future, is it possible for the modern Wales to survive without the European dimension – or is it an essential part of our national existence? Welsh with simultaneous English translation. 5pm, £8, £6 concs., Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com

Sound Bath For the session you lie on a yoga mat, close your eyes and relax while you are bathed in powerful sound waves created from Gongs, Quartz crystal, Himalayan singing bowls and grounding instruments. 7pm, £14, booking essential. Bodhi Movement, The Studio, Royal Oak Stables, Betws Y Coed, 01690 359081, info@bodhi-movement.co.uk

Pianists Galore! Pianyddion diri! Join Iwan Llewelyn-Jones for a magical afternoon of music performed by some of Wales’ most talented young pianists. 3pm, £5, £4 concs, £2 children. Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, ucheldre.org

16th SUNDAY – 21st FRIDAY

Society of Botanical Artists Led by Julia Trickey and Simon Williams. Studio work with guidance. £575 – £622.50. Plas Tan Y Bwlch, Maentwrog LL41 3YU, 01766 772600, eryri-npa.gov.uk

16th SUNDAY – 21st OCTOBER, SUNDAY

Pregnancy Yoga Course This 6 week course brings relaxation, inner strength and a chance to connect with yourself and your baby, to help you prepare for birth and beyond. Using breathing techniques, adapted yoga postures, deep relaxation, and time to talk with other mothers (to-be), many women find this to be a much needed haven in their busy lives! 5 – 6.45pm. Quaker Meeting House, Dean St., Bangor LL57 1UP. Booking essential: Laura 07914 917711, laurabirthingmamas@gmail.com

17th MONDAY

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 Always 3rd Mon/month held at 1815 Café Bangor from 7pm. £2 per meeting, newcomers welcome. We have a speaker coming in September, Heather Dyer, poet & children’s author ‘Writing with a child’s voice’. For more details contact Mary Ward – merielward75@gmail.com

17th MONDAY & 18th TUESDAY

Drawing Classes A costumed model, music, a range of drawing instruments, and a highly structured drawing environment will encourage a maximum of ten participants to enter the domain of the creative where true spontaneity can be found. 10.30am – 4.30pm, £120, Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden CH5 3DF. Bookings: Lynette Howells-Moore 01244 313910, lynettehowellsmoore@icloud.com

 17th MONDAY – 21st FRIDAY

Latin Second Steps Aimed at those who have completed our Latin in a Week course or at those whom have knowledge of Latin to GCSE standard. Read and understand extracts from the poets, comic playwrights and prose writers of Classical Latin literature. Look at basic Latin verse, scansion and metre, and study selections from texts including Livy, the Pliny Letters, Juvenal’s Satire 3, Ovid, and Virgil’s Aeneid, with a sprinkling of ancient graffiti from Pompeii. £440, non-res from £300. Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden, nr Chester CH5 3DF, 01244 532350, gladstoneslibrary.org

18th TUESDAY

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, chester.humanist.org.uk

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

Bat Walk Join us on a night time walk with local bat expert, Sam Dyer. With the help of bat detectors (these machines turn normally inaudible bat calls into frequencies us humans can hear) we’ll hear and see bats in the woodland and riverside. This event will run quite late so may not be suitable for young children. 6.45pm, booking essential. Snowdonia Society, Dan 01286 685498, dan@snowdonia-society.org.uk

Gong Bath Breathe and relax … Then observe the mind beginning to slow, as superficial and irrational thoughts are suspended, stresses release and the whole being is gently returned to harmonic balance. 7pm, £12. Follow Your Bliss Café, 307-309 High St, Bangor LL57 1UL. Steph Healy 07534 118899, puresound.org.uk

18th TUESDAY – 23rd OCTOBER, TUESDAY

Pregnancy Yoga Course This 6 week course brings relaxation, inner strength and a chance to connect with yourself and your baby, to help you prepare for birth and beyond. Using breathing techniques, adapted yoga postures, deep relaxation, and time to talk with other mothers (to-be), many women find this to be a much needed haven in their busy lives! 5 – 6.45pm. Quaker Meeting House, Dean St., Bangor LL57 1UP. Booking essential: Laura 07914 917711, laurabirthingmamas@gmail.com

19th WEDNESDAY

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. 

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.

Gong Bath Breathe and relax … Then observe the mind beginning to slow, as superficial and irrational thoughts are suspended, stresses release and the whole being is gently returned to harmonic balance. 7pm, £13. Canolfan Beaumaris, Rating Row, Beaumaris LL58 8AL. Steph Healy 07534 118899, puresound.org.uk

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, Rhôs-on-Sea. LL28 4PS. Facebook: Wings of Change

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

19th WEDNESDAY – 22nd SATURDAY

Distant Voices, Still Lives (15) Film. Terence Davies’ autobiographical tale of his upbringing in Liverpool after the war in a working-class home. 19th – 8.15pm, 21st – 5.30pm. £7.50, £6.50 over 60, £6 student, £5.50 u18s. Pontio, Bangor 01248 382828, pontio.co.uk

20th THURSDAY

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

Footpath Maintenance Come and help us maintain some the most popular footpaths in the country. The footpaths of Snowdon are in constant need of maintenance as they are walked on by 500,000 people a year. If you love mountain hiking and use these footpaths yourself, then this is the volunteer day for you. 10am, booking essential. booking essential. Snowdonia Society, Owain 01286 685498, owain@snowdonia-society.org.uk

Drum Journey Meditation Circle Gathering around each New Moon and Full Moon, this Circle intends to support intention setting, relaxation, Community connection and connection to the Higher Self, Guides, teachers and Ancestors. 7pm, £10. Mochdre Village Hall, Colwyn Bay. Bookings Claire 07426 894 640, claire.sourcehealing@gmail.com (or just turn up on the day)

Resilience: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope A film on the biology of stress and Adverse Childhood Experiences and its links to major illnesses. 4 – 5.30pm, free. TAPE Community Arts Centre, Old Colwyn, Conwy LL29 9SD. Contact 08432 163909.

CoCoast Seaweed vs Limpets Survey Looking for CoCoast volunteers to help us survey our 10 monitoring sites as part of our Seaweeds vs Limpets survey! We will meet at the entrance to the beach, if you can’t find us, scan the shore for those signature yellow water proofs or give us a call on 07710 762129. 1 – 3pm. Trefadog, Holyhead LL65 4YH. 

20th THURSDAY – 23rd SUNDAY

Re-Ignite Change in Nature Step out of the office, leave your busy inbox behind, and join us for a leadership retreat with a difference.  Unwind and connect; with Andy Raingold and Chloe Revill, and guest Jonathan Porritt. You will leave fired up and part of an ongoing network of peers who have shared this unique experience of personal leadership. £250+. Held at Cae Mabon, Fachwen, nr Llanberis LL55 3HB, 01286 871542, caemabon.co.uk More details or book through: changeinnature.org/reignite 

Awakening The Myth Release, Heal, Purify & Cleanse.  A gathering on sacred land, where we will be connecting with the myths and legends of Wales with meditation, ritual and sound journeys. The space we share will encourage us to learn to trust our inner voice and inner vision. Enabling us to know that ‘we’ have the ability to change ourselves – which is a change that is of great benefit & service to our health, our relationships and the world at large. In our ceremonies and sharing circles the land and the trees are calling for mutual healing, so bring any sacred objects you wish to place on the altar during this gathering and anything you may wish to burn in the fire ceremony. This gathering is timed with the Autumn Equinox energies for cleansing & planting seeds for our future. £750 all inclusive. Betws Y Coed. Tracie 07958 327893, elementalresonance.com ~ tracie@elementalresonance.com

20th THURSDAY – 8th NOVEMBER, THURSDAY

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course Led by Tara Dew. Includes, all day practice session, handouts, audio downloads, or CDs. 6.30 – 9pm, £165, £100-£130 concs; instalments available. Full access. Canolfan Bro Llanwnda, nr. Caernarfon. Contact Tara : tara.anne.dew@gmail.com or visit gwyneddmindfulness.com

21st FRIDAY

Sounding Who You Are A Voice Workshop. A special evening of working with the voice and exploring different ways of clearing and balancing the 7 main chakras or energy centres of the body, (using meditation, chants/mantra, toning and sound.) Not a singing session. 7.30pm, £20, Source Yoga, 294 Conway Rd, Mochdre, Colwyn Bay LL28 5DS. Steph Healy 07534 118899, puresound.org.uk

The Magic of Soap Bubbles The unexpected stability of soap bubbles has led scientists to study the properties of films and bubbles. A talk by Dr Cyril Isenberg MBE. 1pm, £5, 16yrs +, Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com

UN International Day of Peace A day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. Visit un.org

The Greatest ShowWoman  Motivational presentations and an interactive exhibition for business women, entrepreneurs and any woman looking to set up or develop her own business or the business she represents. 9.30am – 4.30pm, £12. Venue Cymru, Llandudno LL30 1BB. Bookings: networkshe.co.uk

Live in the Woods A concert, unplugged and under the stars with The Amazing Clouds who are a group of three multi-instrumentalists who create a unique and exciting blend of their own songs, world, folk, jazz and pop. Their swirling melodies on flute, guitar, bass, keyboard and percussion bring on spontaneous episodes of foot tapping and dancing. The centre is open from 5pm on the day of the concert if you want to bring a picnic. Gig 7 – 9pm, £20 per car (bring as many people as you can fit in). Woodland Skills Centre, Bodfari, Denbighshire. 01745 710626, woodlandskillscemtre.co.uk – diana.sanders@btinternet.com

Caffi Stori Llangollen Storytelling Café 3rd Fri/Month. Meets for stories, songs, coffee and cake; come with a tale or song of your own, or just to listen.  7.30pm, only £2. Held in The Courtyard Coffee Shop, Castle St, Llangollen, LL20 8NY. Suzi 01490 460563, 07984 637068.

Banda Bacana with Mouton 9 piece band with groove music from Latin, Jazz, Afro, Funk and Caribbean; Mouton are a 5 piece folk band who have travelled and played in Venuzuela. 8pm, £12, £10 concs., Pontio, Bangor 01248 382828, pontio.co.uk

Cold War (15) Film. In the ruins of post-war Poland, Wiktor and Zula fall deeply, obsessively and destructively in love. 8.15pm, £7.50, £6.50 over 60, £6 student, £5.50 u18s. Pontio, Bangor 01248 382828, pontio.co.uk

21st FRIDAY – 23rd SUNDAY

Autumn Equinox Massage Retreat Massage techniques demonstrated, taught, practised and repeated, remembered by your muscle memory. Focus on flow, feeling natural with techniques, learning how to seamlessly glide from move to move, dancing our bodies, softening, centering, grounding and connecting to ourselves, the receiver and the Earth. Less about learning a ‘routine by rote’ and getting techniques perfect, rather allowing natural flow and feeling comfortable with massage. 16+yrs. no experience necessary. £10 dep., Caernarfon. Bookings: Claire 07426 894640, sourcehealing.co.uk

The Sapphire Staff A unique, immersive weekend of storytelling for adults from the world-renowned Jewish tradition bearer and storyteller Shonaleigh. In this story an ancient warlord is looking for three objects that will give him possession of all the kingdoms of the world. This is a rare chance to hear these ancient tales in the light and on the tongue, stories untold for two generations and barely spoken of for decades. Starts 6pm Friday, finishes 2pm Sunday. Non residential £30 plus donation for storyteller. Held in Llanfachraeth, Ynys Môn. Bookings: Claire 07970 409724.

Dive into Yoga: Yoga & Wild Swimming Over the weekend you will experience expert guidance to some of North Wales’ wild swimming areas; variety of yoga sessions, meditative evenings, food, herbal teas and relaxing grounds. £425 – £555, Plas Cadnant, Menai Bridge LL59 5NH. Laura Bell 07989 512859, thezestlife.co.uk

Make A Difference (MAD) Weekend A packed weekend of diverse volunteering tasks across Snowdonia with optional overnight camping, BBQ and live folk music on the Craflwyn estate. Beddgelert, Caernarfon LL55 4NG. Contact Snowdonia Society, Claire 01286 685498, claire@snowdonia-society.org.uk

Cogwarts Steampunk Spectacular A weekend of pure steampunk mad-hattery and general goings on. A steam train ride with entertainment, the Bizarre Bazaar, a Covert Cabaret and The Grand Steam Ball in the Pavilion. Tickets prices: £6 – £49. Llangollen Pavlion and Railway Station. Llangollen LL20 2SW. 

The Merry Wives of Windsor: RSC Live  See 12th @ 4pm, Theatr Clwyd, Mold 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com 

About Welsh: A Gateway into the Welsh Language Do you feel that you do not have time or inclination to learn Welsh properly, but you want to learn more about the language – about how it compares with other Indo-European languages, what’s different about it, what’s special about its literature? Maybe you have moved to Wales? Or maybe you’re already a Welsh speaker but you want to understand the history of the Welsh language from earliest times to the present day. £209 – £228. Trigonos, Nantlle LL54 6BW, 01286 882388, trigonos.org

A Closer Look at Trees Aimed at non-professionals, it will cover the importance of, and understanding of, native trees, evergreens, deciduous trees, ornamental garden trees and conifers. £229 – £248. Trigonos, Nantlle LL54 6BW, 01286 882388, trigonos.org

21st FRIDAY – 26th WEDNESDAY

The Children Act (12A) Film. Eminent High Court judge Fiona Maye has to decide whether she should force a teenage boy, Adam, to have a blood transfusion that will save his life or follow the wishes of his Jehovah Witness parents. Various times, check with Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllheli 01758 704088, neuadddwyfor.com 

21st FRIDAY – 30th SUNDAY

The Awakening Heart and the Divine Abodes Suitable for those who have been meditating for 3 years at least. This retreat will focus on love, compassion, joy and equanimity, the four ‘divine abodes’ or brahmaviharas – in the context of cultivating bodhicitta. Bodhicitta is both the heart-response of wisdom to the suffering of living beings everywhere and the urge to realise full awakening for the benefit of all. To support this, we’ll also introduce tonglen, the ‘giving and receiving’ practice which opens the heart to universal compassion. £360, £324 concs. Vajraloka Buddhist Retreat, Corwen LL21 0EN. 01490 460406, vajraloka.org

22nd SATURDAY

Ladies Walk/Teithiau Cerdded y Merched Walking in the footsteps of The Ladies of Llangollen – Pen Y Coed Woods and Pengwern Vale. 1 – 3pm, free. Plas Newydd, Llangollen LL20 8AW. 01978 862834, plasnewydd@denbighshire.gov.uk

NCT Nearly New Sale Visit our “pop-up shop” style nearly new sale – pregnancy, baby & children’s (0-10 years) clothes, toys, books, and equipment all in excellent, nearly new condition. 1 – 2.30pm, Mold Leisure Centre, CH7. Facebook: of same name

Tom Noddy: Bubble Magic Be prepared to see bubbles inside bubbles, inside other bubbles, and much, much more. For all ages and with a question and answer session to follow with the American bubble artist who is renowned for his fun shows introducing physics and maths. 12pm, £8, £5. Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com

Bagel and Focaccia Baking Workshop Come and learn how to bake bread the Dylan’s way from scratch, with our bakers who lovingly craft our fresh bread every day, and get yourself a Dylan’s recipe book, sourdough starter, and baked loaf to take home! 9am – 1pm, £30. Unit 7, Pen Yr Orsedd, Industrial Estate Road, Llangefni, Anglesey, Wales, LL77 7AW. Bookings: dylansresturant.co.uk 

Ajna/Sahasrana/Vishudi Chakra Workshop The Chakra Yoga Experience – is an inspirational series of 4 workshops over a period of 6 months to energise you and deepen your yoga experience. Your yoga posture work will focus on the fundamental energy centres and mindfulness meditation, pranayama/breath work, and mantra will also be incorporated into each workshop. Each individual workshops can be enjoyed as a one off or you can benefit from taking part in the series as a whole. The workshops are suitable for all levels of ability and everyone is welcome. 10.30am – 1pm, £25. Menai Bridge LL59 5NH. Bookings: 07989 512859, thezestlife.co.uk

Compost Toilets Not a building course but rather advice on the component parts and the biology of a compost toilet system and the kit required to make one. This course will cover the main component parts of a DIY compost toilet in order to maximise the composting process. Off the shelf systems pros and cons will be discussed. from ‘bucket and chuck it’ to more advanced systems’. 10am – 4.30pm, £65 course plus buffet lunch. CAT, Machynlleth 01654 705959, cat.org.uk

Disgo Swigod / Bubble Rave A bubble rave for families with children! Music by DJE–RATIK and V.E.N.O.M (::definition) and projections of beautiful digital artworks by Faris Nasir, the bubble artist from Malaysia. 10am, £3 parent & child, includes free drink for children. Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com

Wild Rhyl Includes hands-on activities such as countryside crafts, bike riding, and guided walks. All activities free. Run by Rhyl Town Council and Denbighshire Countryside Service. 11am – 4pm, Glan Morfa, Marsh Rd., Rhyl, 01745 331114, rhyltowncouncil.org.uk

Textured Set of Bangles Learn some cold hammering techniques to create a beautiful set of textured bangles. Through hammering, soldering and finishing you’ll take away at least 6 wearable decorative bangles, 2x copper, 2x brass and 2x silver bangles. 10am – 4pm, £95. Siop Iard, Caernarfon, LL55 1RR, 01286 672472, siopiard.com

Dru Yoga and Gong Bath The afternoon will consist of an hour of Dru yoga with Helen Edwards, followed by an hours Gong Bath. Refreshments to close. 2.30 – 5pm, £23. Craig-y-don Community Centre, Llandudno LL30 1TA. Steph Healy 07534 118899, puresound.org.uk

St. Kentigern Hospice’s Twilight Trek Family friendly Sponsored 5km walk to the summit of Moel Famau to witness the sun setting over the splendor of the Clwydians. 6 – 8pm, St Kentigern Hospice, Upper Denbigh Road, St Asaph, Denbighshire, LL17 0RS 01745 536022.

22nd SATURDAY & 23rd SUNDAY 

Green Woodwork Learn the basic techniques of green woodwork – cleaving the green wood and shaping it with a draw-knife on a shave-horse to make three stool legs. Cut and prepare a solid wood seat, drill the mortices and assemble your stool. £125, £65 dep., Woodland Skills Centre, Bodfari, Denbighshire LL16 4DT, 01745 710626, woodlandskillscentre.co.uk 

Map & Navigation Skills Weekend A weekend to help build your confidence and competence in the outdoors. £125, Llanberis. Jason Rawles 07414 673822, jasonrawles.com

Understanding Islam Join Zia Chaudhry for open exploration and discussion of the Islamic religion with many opportunities to ask questions. £125, non-res £90. Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden, nr Chester CH5 3DF, 01244 532350, gladstoneslibrary.org

Women’s Snowdonia Expedition A weekend of hiking and wild camping with like-minded women. All meals included, guided by instructors. You may need a sleep-over on Friday. Walking for 20miles approx on Sat & 15m on Sun. £252. Contact She Went Wild via eventbrite.com

22nd SATURDAY – 25th TUESDAY

Red Tent End of Life Doulas: Grief Gathering Retreat A space to come and rest; to gather with kindred spirits drawn towards working in the field of grief. Let us lament and keen, let us share our stories, let us nestle into deep and sacred silence together. Led by Awen Clement and Alexandra Wilson who form the Wild Doula partnership. £395 all inclusive, £150 deposit secures place. Held at Trigonos, Nantlle LL54 6BW, 01286 882388, trigonos.org Bookings: redtenteol@gmail.com

ReWilding the Mind Mindfulness and Rewilding are both topics that are receiving much attention and interest in these ever-more complicated and confusing modern times. This three-day retreat will give participants an opportunity to reconnect with themselves and with the natural world. £405 – £270 non-res. £50 deposit. Trigonos, Nantlle LL54 6BW, 01286 882388, trigonos.org

Sioe Bubble Daze All Stars Show This exclusive, never seen before and never to be seen again show will include performances from some of the world’s best bubble artists. You will experience solos, duos and group bubbling, exploding bubbles, flying bubbles within bubbles, spectacular tricks and performances accompanied by live music. 7.30pm, £12, £7. Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com

23rd SUNDAY

Yoga Workshop with Tracey Joscelyne. A fun, full day of yoga; expect a dynamic, challenging morning and a chilled afternoon session including restorative Yin Yoga and Pranayama. The workshop is suitable for all levels, as all postures can be modified to suit the individual. Beginners welcome! During the lunch break or after the workshop, you can take the opportunity to explore the village and beaches with its wonderful gardens, shops and Cafés. £28 – includes light refreshments and bites of fruit, nuts and homemade tasty cakes! Held in the Hercules Hall, Portmeirion. Limited spaces available, message me or phone on 07809 485323 to book and secure your place – www.traceyyogamassage.co.uk Also on 9 Dec. 

Recordiau’r Byd / World Records Be part of the audience that witnesses the World record attempts of many of the international bubble artists – the team from Guinness will be here to document the record attempts. 9.30am, £5. Bookings: Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com 

Reedbeds and Waste Water Management This course explores the technicalities, design and implementation of reedbeds and alternative waste water treatment systems at a domestic level. You’ll learn about the various options for low impact sewage treatment systems and nutrient recovery. There will be a session on water efficient devices. 10am – 4pm, £65 course & buffet lunch. CAT, Machynlleth 01654 705959, cat.org.uk

Bangor Vintage Kilo Sale Huge Vintage clothing sale – retro and branded items from 70s – early 00’s! 10am – 4pm, £3 door; from 12pm entry is £1.50. Prichard Jones Hall, Bangor University, College Rd, LL57 2DG.

Nature of Snowdonia ~ Environmental Workshop These workshops are primarily aimed at Mountain Leaders and Instructors or trainees working towards those awards. Anyone working outside with, or leading, groups in the hills or mountains of the UK should however, find these workshops of interest. Discussions: Ice age, geology, geomorphology, indentifying plants and storytelling. 10am – 4pm, £45. Cwm Idwal Visitor Centre, Bangor LL57 3LZ. eventbrite.co.uk

Climb Snowdon Open Walk Join a guided walk on Snowdon with local and experienced Mountain Leaders. This is your chance to summit Wales’ highest mountain and learn more about its history and surroundings. A fantastic opportunity to maximise your time on this majestic peak, and allowing us to look after the planning 8.45am – 5pm. £35. Caban, Brynrefail, LL55 3NR, 01286 685472.

24th MONDAY

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.

Jazz Club Meets Monthly on Mondays. 8pm, free, non-members welcome. Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, ucheldre.org

Memory Café Last Monday/month. For those living with dementia, their families, friends and carers. Enjoy a relaxed atmosphere with like-minded people. Every month we have something different going on, including entertainment, guest speakers and activites such as bingo. Refreshments are provided. The event is always free to attend, with donations welcomed. 2 – 4pm. Kinmel Bay Community Library, Kendal Road, Kinmel Bay, Denbighshire LL18 5BT, 01745 772150. 

CoCoast Seaweed vs Limpets Survey Looking for CoCoast volunteers to help us survey our 10 monitoring sites as part of our Seaweeds vs Limpets survey! We will meet at the entrance to the beach, if you can’t find us, scan the shore for those signature yellow water proofs or give us a call on 07710762129. 4 – 6pm. Porth Trwyn, Holyhead LL65 4HD. 

The Age Friendly Culture Network A perfect opportunity to learn about some of the inspiring and innovative work already taking place around Wales and find out how to get involved. For People working in arts, culture and heritage interested in exploring partnership working; older people and community groups interested in helping develop age-friendly practices with cultural organisations; people and organisations working closely with older people interested in using arts and culture in their work. 10am – 4pm, free. Theatr Clwyd, Mold CH7 1HA. 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com

24th MONDAY – 28th FRIDAY

Timber Frame Self-Build During this course you’ll learn a range of timber frame building techniques, how to use tools safely and correctly, marking out, measuring and cutting the frame as well as frame raising. Also included are talks on planning, ecological building materials and low energy homes. You will gain lots of hands-on experience culminating in a finished timber frame at the end of the week. £600, £500 concs., CAT, Machynlleth 01654 705959, cat.org.uk

25th TUESDAY

Libra Full Moon 3.52am

Woodland Workday The upkeep and maintenance of our spectacular woodland depends on the generosity of our fantastic team of dedicated volunteers. Whether you’d like to help out with our bird survey or you fancy something a bit more physically challenging like footpath maintenance, join us to tackle this month’s woodland tasks! 10am, Snowdonia Society, Owain 01286 685498, owain@snowdonia-society.org.uk

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.

A Fish Called Wanda (15) Film. Four very different people team up to commit armed robbery, and then doublecross each other for the loot; comedy. 6.30 – 8.30pm, Benllech Community Hall, Anglesey LL74 8SN, benllechcommunity.wordpress.com

CoCoast Seaweed vs Limpets Survey Looking for CoCoast volunteers to help us survey our 10 monitoring sites as part of our Seaweeds vs Limpets survey! We will meet by the car park near the lifeboat station, if you can’t find us, scan the shore for those signature yellow water proofs or give us a call on 07710 762129. 4.30 – 6.30pm. Trearddur Bay, Holyhead LL65 2UL. 

In The Fade (18) Film. A thriller drama set in multicultural modern day Germany. 7.30pm, St. Mary’s Creative Space, Chester CH1 2DW. chesterfilmfans.co.uk

25th TUESDAY – 28th FRIDAY

Leading Sustainable Ventures This course defines business and leadership widely and is relevant for conventional models as well as not-for-profit, co-ops, distributed leadership, social projects and community based initiates; we’ll explore balancing people, planet and profit. £574 all inclusive; £400 course only. CAT, Machynlleth 01654 705959, cat.org.uk

26th WEDNESDAY

Unbind The Wing A celebration of the women of Bodnant Garden, their fight for suffrage and the importance of protest today. Beneath the manicured lawns and flower-filled terraces of Bodnant Garden is a history of powerful, politically driven women. In 2018 we’re marking the centenary of Votes for Women by shining a light on their story. Join us for an afternoon of celebration and theatre. Normal entry charges apply to the Garden. Bodnant Garden, Conwy. Contact 01492 650460, nationaltrust.org.uk/bodnant-garden

The Human Project: Past, Present and Future. In this book, based on his book Cycles of Eternity, Tim Wyatt will outline and explore humanity’s long evolution and progression through lower kingdoms of nature and on other globes. All other life streams either will or have already passed through the human kingdom. 7 for 7.30pm, £5.50, £3.50 concs., Quaker Meeting House, Frodsham St., Chester CH1 3LF. Contact 01244 370461, chestertheosophy.org

Cold War See 21st, except at 5.30pm.

Iolo Williams: A Career Iolo Williams tells the story of how he went from being a young naturalist growing up in mid-Wales to working for the RSPB and finally, to being a reluctant television presenter. The army, grizzly bears and mountain gorillas all make an appearance as do a whole host of other characters. All proceeds from this event are being donated to the Sophie Williams Trust. 7pm, £10, £6 students + U18s. Lecture Rm 5 (PL5), Pontio, Bangor 01248 382828, pontio.co.uk

What Next for Dementia Friendly Communities in North Wales? Meet and learn from others working to make their communities more Dementia Friendly. Bring together community groups and voluntary initiatives with key public and voluntary sector organisations and professionals. Organised by Ageing Well in Wales 10am – 4pm, Parc Eirias, Colwyn Bay LL29 7SP. Contact ageingwellinwales.com 

Vertigo (PG) Film. Hitchcock’s tale of an agoraphobic detective hired by an old friend to trail his wife who is behaving suspiciously. 8.15pm, £7.50, £6.50 over 60, £6 student, £5.50 u18s. Pontio, Bangor 01248 382828, pontio.co.uk

26th WEDNESDAY & 27th THURSDAY

Reflexology Llandudno Learn the fascinating art of Reflexology, we will teach you how to perform a full professional treatment on your clients. Proven to help with pain relief and stimulation of the whole body. 9.30am – 2.30pm. Held at NW Nail & Beauty Training, 24 Brookes St., Llandudno LL30 2TT. Bookings: 01244 291807, cheshirebeautyacademy.co.uk

27th THURSDAY

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, £7. No need to feel you are a ‘good’ singer, you just need to enjoy it and the energy and harmonies our voices create. If you are interested to come along please email helen@soul-life.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

The Five Pointed Star A talk by Kate Fletcher with Colwyn Bay Theosophical Society. In this talk the Five-Pointed Star – the Pentagram – is seen to represent a potent symbol of the ‘fall’ and rise, the involution and evolution, of the indomitable human spirit. 2pm, admission £5; TS members £3. Held at Parkway Community Centre, off Rhos Rd., Rhos-on-Sea. New enquirers are always welcome. Enquiries Pauline 01619804942,  07547135491, p.owens@live.co.uktheosophywales@yahoo.co.uk

Pop Up Vinyl Records 2000+ records, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, rock, pop, prog rock, indie, Cymraeg, blues, metal, punk, new wave, soul, Northern Soul, country, folk, jazz, reggae, electronic, goth, hip hop and more. Records from 50p. Also a hand picked selection of CD’s. 3 – 8pm. The Valley Hotel, Valley, Anglesey LL65 3DU. Facebook: of same name

King Lear: National Theatre Live King Lear sees two ageing fathers – one a King, one his courtier – reject the children who truly love them. Their blindness unleashes a tornado of pitiless ambition and treachery, as family and state are plunged into a violent power struggle with bitter ends. 7pm, £10, £8 concs., £3 children. Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, ucheldre.org Also Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllheli 01758 704088, neuadddwyfor.com Also Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com Also Pontio, Bangor 01248 382828, pontio.co.uk

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.

27th THURSDAY – 1st OCTOBER, MONDAY

Sisters of the Wild Held at Cae Mabon, Fachwen, nr Llanberis LL55 3HB, 01286 871542, caemabon.co.uk More details from Jayne: love@sistersofthewild.com

28th FRIDAY

Evening Slow Flow and Restorative Yoga Session The theme of this extended yoga class will be unwinding and letting go, moving into a profound state of relaxation and ‘not doing’. We will explore slow and gentle movements to gently relax and release tension. Then we will work with restorative yoga poses, where we will rest comfortably, with the support of props and blankets, for extended periods of time. Open to all, including beginners. 7 – 9pm, £16 Held at: The Old Rectory, Llanfachraeth, Ynys Môn LL65 4YA. Bookings: Claire 07970 409 724, inspiratrix.co.uk 

Ocean Film Festival Calling all ocean lovers! The annual Festival has a brand new selection of the world’s most amazing ocean films, from both above and below the surface. 7.30pm, £15, £13 concs., Venue Cymru, Llandudno LL30 1BB, 01492 872000, venuecymru.co.uk

Taste of Craft Programme A wide range of hands on craft making activities with different makers, helped along with a nice cup of tea or coffee (and some biscuits!). Come and join us on a Friday afternoon 1 – 3pm  throughout September and October. £12.50 per session (all materials provided) or book the whole course (5 sessions in total) for £50.  Ruthin Craft Centre 01824 704774, ruthincraftcentre.org.uk

Vrï New trio to represent Wales and its music in the fast-evolving world of ‘chamber-folk’. 7 for 8pm, £10, tickets from Café, Blue Sky Café, Bangor 01248 355444, blueskybangor.co.uk

Jonathan Richards ~ Classical Guitarist 7.30pm, Student’s Concert, Princess Drive Baptist Church, Colwyn Bay. Info: 01492 539589.

Carmen – Russian State Opera Carmen tells the story of the downfall of Don José, a naïve soldier who falls head over heels in love with Carmen, a seductive, free-spirited femme fatale. 7.30pm, £34.50 – £24.50. Venue Cymru, Llandudno LL30 1BB, 01492 872000, venuecymru.co.uk, russian-state-opera.co.uk

28th FRIDAY & 29th SATURDAY

War with the Newts Theatre. Witness the rise and fall of new(t) capitalism. Deep below the sea, an ocean of opportunity arises: a new resource makes contact. Global risk and technological revolution come together in this immersive experience, with live surround sound installation by sonic artist Robert Bentall. 12+, £10 – £16. Theatr Clwyd, Mold CH7 1YA. Contact 01352 701521.

Jonathan Richards ~ Classical Guitarist with Robert Cross (luthier). 7.30pm, Pensychnant Centre, Sychnant Pass, Conwy. Info: 01492 592595.

Gwyl Eryri ~ Snowdon Fest A family friendly day full of music, sports and film. Refreshments available. 12pm – 10pm, £6.50. Gwydir Park, Llanrwst. Contact info@snowdonfest.com

28th FRIDAY – 30th SUNDAY

Llŷn Guitar Festival Welcome to the 7th Llŷn Guitar Festival at Plas Glyn y Weddw. Artists this year are Martin Carthy, Sally Barker, Dave Bainbridge & Sally Minnear, Billy Watman, Rory Evans, Richard Meyrick and Paul Brett. Tickets for the Saturday night concert are £20 and the weekend package which includes a concert ticket is £125. Includes Masterclasses, Reflection Session and Evening Concerts. Held at Plas Glyn Y Weddw, Llanbedrog, nr Pwllheli. Full details on llynguitarfestival.org.uk

Yoga, Nutrition & Detox Retreat Create a personal health package by learning how to maintain balance through food and lifestyle changes. Experience the benefits of yoga and learn natural cleansing methods. Gain essential knowledge about your perfect diet and discover how to increase its nutritional content. This retreat provides the ideal introduction to the ayurvedic retreats. £375 shared or £445 single. Dru Yoga, Snowdonia Mountain Lodge, Bethesda, 01248 602900, druyoga.com

Denbigh Open Doors A range of interesting, unusual and beautiful historic homes and buildings will be open to the public for tours and talk – the weekend will kick off with a heritage related lecture at Theatr Twm o’r Nant on the Friday evening by Susan Fielding on research and recording, 7pm, free. There is a walk in the Beatrix Potter Garden, 1950s Museum, Wireless in Wales Museum, Brookhouse Pottery, St. Mary’s Church, Denbigh Castle, The Carriageworks, Denbigh Museum and more. On 29th there is free parking in Denbigh. Find out at: visitdenbigh.co.uk

Identifying Mosses, Liverworts and Lichens There will be plenty of specimens to identify and excursions in to the habitats at the venue, enabling you to develop good basic identification skills and build up a small reference collection of common species. Course fee £120, concs £100. Please book through Aberystwyth University 01970 621580 before booking your accommodation. Held at CAT, Machynlleth 01654 705959, cat.org.uk

Friends Weekend During this weekend, there will be a choice of activities: a chance to relax, entertainment and an opportunity to catch up with old Friends, as well as the AGM. £209 – £228. Plas Tan Y Bwlch, Maentwrog, 01766 770274, snowdonia.gov.wales

Early Railways 2 Details tbc, £224 – £243. Plas Tan Y Bwlch, Maentwrog, 01766 770274, snowdonia.gov.wales

28th FRIDAY – 1st OCTOBER, MONDAY

Yoga & Wild Swimming Weekend See 21st – 23rd for details.

29th SATURDAY

Transcendental Meditation Talk with David Hughes. 2pm, admission free. Optional course in October to follow. Adelphi Room, Imperial Hotel, Promenade, Llandudno LL30 1AP. David Hughes 07854 688223, uk.tm.org

Pregnancy Yoga Workshop We will work with yoga postures and breathing techniques that can be supportive both for your experience of pregnancy and during the birthing process. We will explore tools from a wide range of yoga practices including Womb Yoga, Forrest Yoga and Restorative Yoga. 2 – 4.30pm, £20 (concessions available). Held at The Old Rectory, Llanfachraeth, Ynys Môn LL65 4YA. Bookings: Claire 07970 409724, inspiratrix.co.uk

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

Llŷr Williams ~ Pianist Llŷr plays music by Beethoven, Brahms and Schumann. 3pm, £20, £18, £10 children. Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com

Bread Baking Workshop Come and learn how to bake bread the Dylan’s way from scratch, with our bakers and get yourself a Dylan’s recipe book, sourdough starter, and baked loaf to take home! Refreshments included. 9am – 12noon, £30. Dylans Restaurant, Maes y Mor, Criccieth LL52 0HU. Bookings: dylansrestaurant.co.uk

Wrexham Singing Streets A celebration of local choirs perform in Wrexham high streets, 11am – 4pm, Town Centre. singingstreets.org

The Movable Feast Eat, drink, be entertained and enjoy a veritable feast of a day. It’s new, it’s exciting and it’s all about the local producers of North Wales; food, drink, crafts, artists, entertainers and much much more. 12pm – 10pm, £3.83, £2.74 concs and Children U12 free. Llanrwst LL26 0BU. Visit: themovablefeast.org

Textured Silver Bangle The workshop will begin with experimenting with copper, before moving on to work in silver. Throughout the day you will explore texture through hammering, using punches and embossing with wire. Karen will then guide you through the final stages to complete your bangle, including forming, silver soldering and polishing for extra sparkle. 10.30am – 4pm. £65, no experience needed. Mostyn, Llandudno LL30 1AB, 01492 879201, mostyn.org

DIY Furniture – Upcycling Pallets The course will cover an overview of the tools and techniques used in taking apart a pallet, and turning it into something new, using reclaimed timber. 10am – 4.30pm, £45 course fee only. CAT, Machynlleth 01654 705959, cat.org.uk

Afallon: A night of stories Performance show featuring four of Wales’ leading storytellers; hosted by Siân Miriam with Tamar Eluned Williams, Christine Watkins and Helen East They will share tales on the theme of ‘Afallon’, exploring magical apple orchards and the mysteries of Avalon. Our storytellers have travelled from across Wales – from Cardiff, Glamorgan, Powys and Anglesey – to enchant you and feed your soul with tales of Afallon. Performances will be delivered in both English and Welsh. The show is suitable for adults and young people over 12. 7.30pm, £8, £5 concs. Held at Llangefni Theatr Fach, Pencraig, Llangefni, Ynys Môn, LL77 7LA Bookings: Claire 07970 409 724 or www.wegottickets.com/event/444674

Bushcraft Tracking Discovering the art of identifying animal tracks and signs and exploring techniques to help us get the most out of our time out in our natural environment. £70, £40 dep., Woodland Skills Centre, Bodfari, Denbighshire LL16 4DT, 01745 710626, woodlandskillscentre.co.uk

29th SATURDAY & 30th SUNDAY

Anglesey Woodland Festival / Gwyl Goedwig Ynys Mon A chance to see and experience various greenwood crafts in the beautiful grounds of Plas Newydd. Entrance is free, including entry to Plas Newydd grounds. There will be stalls, local crafts people, food and drink. 11am – 4pm on both days. Lots of children’s activities too! Plas Newydd House and Garden, LlanfairPG, Anglesey LL61 6DQ. Facebook: of same name

Mushroom and Fungi Identification Cultivation Learn how to identify mushrooms and fungi in a whole host of different habitats. You’ll be foraging in the undergrowth as you uncover some of the main edible species and learn to avoid those that are not. You’ll appreciate the habits, ecology and even the behaviour of this mysterious genus. 10am – 4pm, £120 course fee only. Held at CAT, Machynlleth 01654 705959, cat.org.uk 

Scriptwriting & Editing This is a Welsh-language course looking at the craft of scriptwriting and editing. £99 – £150; with Fflur Dafydd and Gwyneth Glyn. Tŷ Newydd, Llanystymdwy, Cricieth LL52 0LW, 01766 522811, tynewydd.wales

Home Chainsaw During this course an experienced local forestry worker will cover the construction and maintenance of a chainsaw including sharpening the chain, cross-cutting logs and felling small diameter trees. You must have your own chainsaw and appropriate protective chainsaw clothing – helmet, visor and ear defenders, gloves, trousers and boots. £135, £70 dep., Woodland Skills Centre, Bodfari, Denbighshire LL16 4DT, 01745 710626, woodlandskillscentre.co.uk

30th SUNDAY

Flexibility of your Legs & Hips By undoing old habits of tension, easing chronic stiffness & pain, you can discover a new agility & freedom. 10am – 1pm, £30, with Veronica Rock. Verve Health, Fitness & Wellbeing, 2 – 4 George Street, Llangollen LL20 8RE. Veronica 07900 825783, vhrock@feldenkrais.co.uk

Helfa Gelf Talk and hands-on workshop with Louise Schrempft in the education room. 10.30am – 4pm, NW Potters members £15, non members £25. Ruthin Craft Centre 01824 704774, ruthincraftcentre.org.uk

Mind, Body & Spirit Festival Over 50 exhibitors plus workshops taking place throughout the day. 11am – 4pm, free entry. Theatr Clwyd, Mold. RainbowBiz 07759 753473, rainbowbiz.org.uk

Apple Day Gather up some apples from your garden, someone else’s garden or crab apples from the hedgerow (windfalls are fine as long as they are not rotten) and bring them to the Centre where you can put them through our crusher and press. You should be able to convert about 50kg of apples into juice in an hour. £10; book in for a 2 hr slot. Woodland Skills Centre, Bodfari, Denbighshire LL16 4DT, 01745 710626, woodlandskillscentre.co.uk

Chwedl: Women and Storytelling Meetup A chance for women interested in storytelling and women storytellers, to gather, share stories, tools and practices. Event is free but bring some lunch to share or a small donation to cover soup/tea/coffee. Held 10am – 5pm at The Old Rectory, Llanfachraeth, Ynys Môn LL65 4YA. Registrations and more information from: Claire 07970 409 724, claire_mace@yahoo.co.uk

Meditation, Sound and Mantra In this afternoon workshop, you’ll practise 3 short Dru Meditations you can use at home to melt away stress, bring energy and inner calm. You’ll also experience the healing balm of sound and mantra which will balance your chakras and bring joy. There will be movements and breathing techniques to prepare you to connect with your inner stillness  – the Dru point. 2 – 5pm, £30 (£22.50 before 15th). Held in Snowdonia Mountain Lodge, Bethesda. Dru Yoga 01248 602900, druyoga.com

 

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