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* Scroll down to view details of  Advanced Workshops in September and October *

AUGUST

12th FRIDAY & 13th SATURDAY

NW ArtFest Everything for artists and Illustrators. Expert guidance on Art materials. Demonstrations by leading artists from Wales and the North West and  expert guidance on art materials. Hosted by Denbigh Ats Society. 10am – 5pm, £2, Craig y Don Community Centre, Llandudno LL30 1TE. 01745 590487, www.dasoc.info; Facebook ArtFest 2016

12th FRIDAY – 14th SUNDAY

Yoga, Sound and Mantra Retreat Your voice reflects your unique personality. On this weekend you will discover your own resonant tone and develop a personal practice to help you to find your full vocal power.  Group singing lessons, flowing Dru Yoga and chanting; plus walks. £336 shared. Snowdonia Mountain Lodge, Nant Ffrancon, Bethesda, LL57 3LX 01248 602900, www.druyoga.com

Ayurveda – Introductory Weekend On this weekend you will learn how to keep yourself happy, healthy and vibrant. The history of Ayurveda, elements and doshas, balancing your dosha and diet, lifestyle therapies and meditation therapies. £336 shared. Snowdonia Mountain Lodge, Nant Ffrancon, Bethesda, LL57 3LX 01248 602900, www.druyoga.com

Artist Talks ~ Debbie Smyth Textile artist creates thread drawings – by stretching a network of threads between accurately plotted pins. 45 min talk about her work. 11am, no need to book. ALSO: Debbie Smyth – Children’s Workshop Guerrilla table-top threadiffiti; 12pm – 4pm. Both held in Ruthin Craft Centre 01824 704774, www.ruthincraftcentre.org.uk

13th SATURDAY

Arearea – Yoyousness by Paul Gauguin T. Gwyn Williams will be lecturing on the life and work of Paul Gauguin at NW ArtFest 11am – 12.15pm and 3.15 – 4pm, at Craig y Don Community Hall, Llandudno LL30 1TE.

Wild Flower ID Course Come and learn about the intricacy of flora identification and pick up a few tips on how to improve your own knowledge base. The botanical garden at Treborth is an ideal setting and a botanists dream. 10am, booking essential with Snowdonia Society, Owain 01286 685498, owain@snowdonia-society.org.uk

Introduction to Scything We will be carefully scything a section of this beautiful meadow to protect some precious old anthills on this Site of Special Scientific Interest. Booking essential. 10am – 12pm, donations welcome. Meet Maes Hiraddug Nature Reserve, Dyserth LL18 6LF. Mike Klymko 07880 033562.

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

Dry Stone Walling Taster Day Taster days offer a basic introduction, actual content varies but concentrates on hands on experience of placing stone on stone, they are geared towards letting you see if it’s worth attending a weekend event. £25, Moel Famau, Mold. Paul Smyth 01766 513213, pasmyth@btinternet.com

Crystal Enlightenment Workshop This workshop looks a variety of high vibrational crystals and shows you how to use them to safely open and develop your third eye chakra. Are you experiencing a Spiritual Awakening? During the day we will explore Kundalini and how to recognise the symptoms and ease the transformation. We complete the day by exploring the legend the Crystal Skulls as we honour our ancestors and remember the distant past. 10am – 4pm, £40 (£20 deposit required). Held at Bishop Lloyd’s Palace, Watergate Street Row, Chester CH1. Please email sandra@hope-college.co.uk to book a place.

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

Tours of Bangor University’s Art and Ceramic Collections Raising awareness of these important collections with guided tours. 11am – 3.30pm. Booking essential. Meet foyer of the Main Arts Building, College Rd., Bangor. 01248 353368, storiel@gwynedd.gov.uk

Sean Lakeman and Kathryn Roberts Best Duo BBC Folk Awards. 7pm, £12.75. Great Orme Brewery, Builder Street LL30 1DA, Llandudno.

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. 10am – 4.30pm, £60. CAT, Machynlleth 01654 705959, www.cat.org.uk

NWWT: Marine Discovery Fun Day! Expert-guided, time-tabled activities including strand lining, beachcombing, craft activities, games and much, much more! Look out for the Trust Hub on Colwyn Bay promenade, near Porth Eirias. Check NWWT website or Conwy Valley Facebook for further details of time-tabled events nearer the time. Plus : Beachwatch Help NWWT and the MCS care for the coastline and protect marine wildlife by taking part in a beach clean during the day. (Under 18s must be accompanied.) Meet on the promenade west of Porth Eirias, Colwyn Bay (GR: SH856791). Booking essential so contact Mark Sheridan 01492 583820, 07505 214073, www.mcsuk.org/beachwatch

Spiders, Owls and Seeds (Wildlife Watch) Looking for spiders in our wildflower meadow, as well as collecting seeds to take home. Barn Owl ringing may be possible, 2 – 4pm, £1 per child. Saith Ffynon Farm, Holywell, CH8 9EN. Jan Miller 01352 711198, jan@wells.org

13th SATURDAY & 14th SUNDAY

NW Faery Festival There are lots of activities for children and grown-ups including wing and wand making workshops, storytellers, a vintage fun fair, a real faery village, face painting, live music, a faery market, workshops and talks. 10am – 5pm, day pass £6, 2day pass £10. Grand Faery Ball: 7pm, £10. Llangollen Pavilion 01978 860111, www.northwalesfaeryfestival.com

Nature Connection Drawing on the practises of Jon Young’s Wilderness Awareness School, the Deep Ecology and Radical Ecology movements and Joanna Macy’s Work that reconnects, together we will take a journey to connect more deeply with ourselves, nature and each other to empower us for life-affirming action. This experiential course will support you to cultivate a deeper awareness of and connection with nature through nature connection theory and practise, immersion in the beautiful landscape of the Dyfi Valley, and mindfulness. £35 each day; day 1: 10am – 5.30pm; day 2: 9am – 4.30pm. CAT, Machynlleth 01654 705959, www.cat.org.uk

14th SUNDAY

The True Shaman Please join us for a special evening with Earthkeeper and shamanic practitioner Brooke Medicine-Eagle. She will share about the powerful definition of a true shaman given by Don Eduardo Calderon, Peruvian cactus shaman, and talk about what it means for our personal lives, our practice, and Mother Earth in this critical time.  In this evening of exploration together, we will sing, dance in circle, journey, and have time for questions. 7pm-9.30pm, Capel Mawr Chapel House, New Street, Menai Bridge. Please book in advance here.  07970 409 724, info@northwalesretreats.com

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

Acting Workshop An Anvil Productions one day acting workshop for ages 16 and over. Open to all. 9am – 4pm, £30. Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, www.ucheldre.org

Late Summer Riverside Walk A walk by the River Alyn looking for green-flowered helleborines, other late summer flowers and waterside invertebrates. 2 – 4.30pm, free. Meet small c.p. by bridge, Cilcain Rd., Mold. Simon Mills 01244 571091, simonfmills@aol.com

Rainwater Harvesting Learn how to reduce demand on your mains water supply and make the most of a free supply of rainwater. The course will cover the different types of rainwater systems, how they function and how well suited they are to any given scenario. 10am – 4pm, £60. CAT, Machynlleth 01654 705959, www.cat.org.uk

Picnic with a Porpoise In recognition of Anglesey Marine Week: a relaxing seawatch in a prime location for porpoises and sea birds, with help and information from NWWT staff. 5 – 7pm, free. Meet Bull Bay Hotel, Amlwch, Anglesey LL68 9SH. Penny Radford 01248 713022.

15th MONDAY

Chester Amnesty International We are ordinary people standing up for humanity, human rights and justice. Our purpose is to protect individuals wherever justice, fairness, freedom and truth are denied. 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

15th MONDAY & 16th TUESDAY

Stove Installers Course This course will teach you how, with minimal previous knowledge or experience, to install solid fuel stoves in to homes. 9am – 5pm, £450. CAT, Machynlleth 01654 705959, www.cat.org.uk

15th MONDAY – 19th FRIDAY

Summer Performance Workshop For children aged 7+ preparing for a show to be staged on 20th. Props gives young people the opportunity to experience the excitement, creativity and enjoyment found through drama and the opportunity to make lasting friendships with others. Open to all interested in theatre. 10am – 4pm, £30. Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, www.ucheldre.org

Reach New Heights Workshop Develop yourself – develop a business – have fun. An exciting, practical and fun five day experiential learning programme to develop enterprise and business skills. A chance to gain skills that not only make you attractive to employers but could make you an employer yourself. 10am – 1pm. Held at Ty Gwydr~Greenhouse, 1 Trevelyan Terrace, High St., Bangor LL57 1AX. If you are 16 – 25 and want to get involved please visit http://reach.workshop.pagedemo.co/

Family Week in the Woods 1 Camping available with facilities; children can explore the woodland, learning about trees and wildlife, building shelters, fire lighting and cooking, plus a range of craft activities. £150 adult; £50 child 8 – 16; under 8s free. £50 deposit per paid place. Woodland Skills Centre, Bodfari, Denbigh, LL16 4DT, 01745 710626, 07711 472033, www.woodlandskillscentre.co.uk

15th MONDAY – 21st SUNDAY

Latin in a Week This successful approach to learning Latin aims to take complete beginners to the point where they can read short extracts of poetry and prose. Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden, CH5 3DF, 01244 532350, www.gladstoneslibrary.org

Anglesey Marine Week Is all about getting people to fall in love with our sea, to know more about it and to inspire them to help protect it. Includes a talk on Anglesey Rock, a Guided Snorkel Session, evening at the Aquarium, Sea Watch, Marine Crafts. Full details on www.naturebites.co.uk/anglesey-marine-week

16th TUESDAY

Snowdon Litter Pick We are teaming up with the Snowdonia National Park Authority Wardens Team to survey the litter on the Mountain. Using GPS Dataloggers, the information we collect on the day will be mapped and made available for anyone to access and will help educate people on the litter problem around Snowdon. Walk is 6km / Glaslyn round trip. 10am, booking essential: Snowdonia Society, Owain 01286 685498, owain@snowdonia-society.org.uk

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

Watch Africa: Africa United (12a) Film of 3 young Rwandan boys who walk 3000 miles to watch the World Cup in South Africa. 11am, Pontio, Bangor 01248 382828, www.pontio.co.uk

A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Ilyria Players. Five  couples find their  relationships tested when a troupe of amateur theatricals come into the forest. 6.30pm, £15, £12 concs, £8 children. Held at Harlech Castle. Bookings 01766 780667, info@theatrardudwy.cymru

Stories of the Early Montgomeryshire Quakers Local storyteller, Carol Pearce, is touring the county of Montgomeryshire, telling the story of Montgomeryshire Quakers from the 17th century, a tale of nonconformity, persecution and mass emigration. Come and hear about the vicar of Meifod who tried to stop his daughter’s Quaker wedding, and the Llangurig man whose great-granddaughter became the great-grandmother of the 26th President of the United States, and much more ….. All events free of charge. Chatswood, Llanidloes at 2.30pm. Contact 01938 500787.

17th WEDNESDAY

Chester and District Friends of the Earth Meet at 7.30pm in the Custom House, Watergate Street, Chester CH1 2LB. Peter Benson 07740 179939.

Cofnod Recorder’s Day An opportunity for local naturalists, whether specialists or beginners to observe and record some of the wildlife of Pensychnant for North Wales’ Biological Records Centre. Despite being the best place in the world, Pensychnant has rather scant records of most taxa. Please help to improve this. All welcome. 10am – 4pm. Pensychnant Centre, Conwy 01492 592595, www.pensychnant.co.uk

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

Introduction into Dyslexia / The Social & Emotional Effects Series of lectures/workshops as an opportunity to learn more about dyslexia, with our team offering guidance and advice. 9.30am – 4.30pm, £60. Miles Dyslexia Centre, School of Psychology, bangor Uni., Kelly Edwards 01248 382203, dyslex-admin@bangor.ac.uk Also 24th

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

Butterfly Walk with the Warden A great chance to learn about Butterflies in the UK, our Warden does frequent transects so knows some of the best spots to see the butterflies. 3 – 4pm, £2 members, £3 non-members. South Stack, Anglesey LL65 1YH. 01407 762100, rebecca.berry@rspb.org.uk

17th WEDNESDAY -19th FRIDAY

Installation of Dry Appliance (Hetas) This course is for candidates who have the relevant work experience within the heating/plumbing or construction industries. 9am – 5pm, £625. CAT, Machynlleth 01654 705959, www.cat.org.uk

18th THURSDAY

Leo Full Moon 9.28am

Craft Club Have fun making your own pair of fabric covered buttons using a variety of techniques including carbon prints, fabric crayons and hand stitching. For 5 – 11 years; with artist Rachel Howard, 10.30am – 12.30pm & 1.30 – 3.30pm. £5, children  must be accompanied by an adult. Ruthin Craft Centre 01824 704774, www.ruthincraftcentre.org.uk

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

Tonic: Sorela Three sisters sing together a bilingual, eclectic mix of traditional Welsh folk tunes, 90s pop hits, 50s classics and original works – all in acapella. 2.30 – 3.30pm. Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 865222., www.galericaernarfon.com

Stories of the Early Montgomeryshire Quakers See 16th for programme details but held in Church House, Welshpool 7.30pm.

19th FRIDAY

Caffi Stori Llangollen Storytelling Café 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! Fiona 01490 430551, fionastory3@gmail.com

19th FRIDAY – 21st SUNDAY

Glass Butter Beach Live music festival with Wakeboarding and Surfing. Artists include Wolf Alice, Kodaline, Bodhi, DJ Zinc, and over 100 acts. Boutique Camping available; variety of tickets depending on need. Held in Abersoch. Visit website www.glassbutterbeach.com for full programme and ticket purchase.

Rachel Howard Workshops During the three days there will be an opportunity for visitors to have a go at stencil screen printing on to a communal fabric length. Why not come and have a go at simple paper cut stencil screen printing. Rachael will show you how to create paper stencils, mix pigment dyes and print with a squeegee to create your own fabric print. Each day 11am – 3.30pm. Free, no need to book, all ages welcome. Ruthin Craft Centre 01824 704774, www.ruthincraftcentre.org.uk

20th SATURDAY

Parti Penrhyn Meet local organisations, enjoy games and activities while learning about the nature reserve. 11am – 4pm, Gwaith Powdwr, Penrhyndeudraeth. 

Llanberis Path Open Group Walk This guided walk is ideal for small groups, couples, friends, individuals, and families. The Llanberis Path is considered to be the easiest of the six main routes on Snowdon but this is still a tough challenge requiring a good level of fitness and lots of determination. £35, booking essential, 07585 553 224, www.snowdon-walks.co.uk

Scything & Habitat Management Come and give the centre a hand to maintain its marsh and learn the old skill of scything. The maintenance work that we do on the day will help encourage the continued growth of several beautiful flowers including the Heath Spotted Orchid. *Wellies essential*. Pensychant Centre, Conwy LL32 8BJ, from 10am, booking essential with Snowdonia Society, Owain 01286 685498, owain@snowdonia-society.org.uk

Mind, Body Spirit Craft Holistics & Craft Fair Over 40 stalls of Holistic treatments, crystals, aromatherapy, handmade jewellery, spiritual therapies and lots more! 11am – 4pm, Civic Hall, Wepre Drive, Connah’s Quay CH5 4HA. Details: www.rainbowbiz.org.uk

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

Introduction to Ferns and Fern Allies Course leader David Hill will introduce us to the identification of British Ferns and Fern Allies. He’ll focus on species found in North Wales, using material collected locally, and there’ll also be an opportunity to view them growing in habitat. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be supplied, but please bring a packed lunch and outdoor clothing. 10am – 4pm, £10, Treborth Botanic Garden, Bangor LL57 2RQ (SH550710). Bookings: www.cofnod.org.uk/bookings

Gŵyl Mynydda Pesda Mountaineering Festival The day will begin with a mountain themed coffee morning, allowing the chance to interact with outdoor retailers and organisations. Followed by an afternoon lecture in Welsh; followed by an evening with Nick Bullock talking about climbing and adventures across the world. All day, £15, (lecture £10), Welsh language lecture £7. Neuadd Ogwen, Bethesda, Bangor LL57 3AN. post@neuaddogwen.com

Willow Basket Making AND System Chimney Course (Hetas) Using traditional techniques make your own beautiful rustic frame basket, based on the Welsh Cyntell and Irish Sciathog. 10am – 4pm, £60. CAT, Machynlleth 01654 705959, www.cat.org.uk

Introduction to Bushcraft Students will get the opportunity to: make fire using a variety of natural resources and techniques; make shelters using natural materials; cook some great food over a camp fire; identify trees and plants and learn how they can be used in medicine, crafts and cooking. £60, £30 dep., Woodland Skills Centre, Bodfari, Denbigh, LL16 4DT, 01745 710626, 07711 472033, www.woodlandskillscentre.co.uk

Terns & Waders Walk from Talacre village onto the reserve where we should see 1000 terns and other waders. 10.30am – 2.30pm. RSPB, meet outside the Smuggler’s Inn at the end of Station Road, Talacre. Point of Ayr, Flintshire. RSPB CH8 9RD. 0151 353 8478, deeestuary@rspb.org.uk

August Allsorts: Anvil Productions Show Performed by the participants of the previous workshops; 7.30pm, £7, £6 concs, £3 children, Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, www.ucheldre.org

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

Coffee, Cakes & Swing with jazz pianist Garry Chilton. A relaxed evening’s entertainment, stroll around and dance. 7.30pm. Pensychnant Centre, Conwy 01492 592595, www.pensychnant.co.uk

Stories of the Early Montgomeryshire Quakers See 16th for other details. Today: Cross country Story WALK to the historic Dolobran Quaker meeting house, with Viviana Culshaw (CPAT), Dewi Roberts and Carol Pearce. Meet at Pontrobert Village Hall 10.30 am. Wear suitable footwear and clothing. Return 1.30 – 2pm. Contact 01938 500787.

20th SATURDAY & 21st SUNDAY   

Mind Body Spirit Fair There will be readers, therapies, gift ideas, crystals, aura photography and more! 10am – 5pm, free admission. Beaumaris Town Hall, Anglesey LL58 8AP. Contact gina-gail@gigaicrystals, www.gigaicrystals.co.uk

Masterclass Drawing and Embroidery Day 1:  producing a series of drawings looking at original Slovak embroideries and clothing for inspiration. You’ll then interpret these drawings into wire forms using decorative wire techniques taught by Julia Griffiths Jones. Day 2: develop your ideas further and make a line drawing of an empty garment in steel wire which will then house the decorative pieces you have made in day one as a final piece of work. All materials will be provided. Suitable for all levels. 10.30am – 4.30pm, £65 includes light lunch. Ruthin Craft Centre 01824 704774, www.ruthincraftcentre.org.uk

Introduction to Greenwood work Learn the basic techniques of green woodwork; cleaving, shaping, and preparing a solid wood seat to go with your three legged stool. £125, £65 dep., Woodland Skills Centre, Bodfari, Denbigh, LL16 4DT, 01745 710626, 07711 472033, www.woodlandskillscentre.co.uk

21st SUNDAY

Mind Body Spirit Fayre Stalls including Crystals,  Jewellery, candles, incense and ethical gifts; Tarot, Mediums, Healers. Taliesin the story teller will be telling stories to the children all day. Followed by An Evening of Clairvoyance and Mediumship at 7.30pm £5. There is free admission to the Fayre during the day from 10.30am. Refreshments available. Both events  held at Y Canolfan Arthog Village Hall, above the lay-by at the Tywyn end of the Arthog, over the water from Barmouth LL39 1AX. Contact barabara.westbail@hotmail.co.uk

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

Tour de Mon ~ Anglesey Sportive Cycling enthusiasts follow the beautiful coastline around the Isle of Anglesey. You must register. Routes, times, costs & details from www.tourdemon.co.uk

22nd MONDAY

Trio a’u Ffrindiau The trio, from Deiniolen, share their songs. 7.30pm, £10, £9 children. Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 865222, www.galericaernarfon.com

22nd MONDAY – 26th FRIDAY

Build Your Own House Learn how you can build your very own beautiful, low impact and affordable home with round wood timber. 10am – 4pm, £600, £500 low waged, £400 concs., CAT, Machynlleth 01654 705959, www.cat.org.uk

Children’s Art Workshops A creative week working with different materials and ideas led by Jacquie Myrtle. 10-12 noon (5-7 year olds); 1-3pm (over 7 year olds); £3 per child per session. Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, www.ucheldre.org

22nd MONDAY –  27th SATURDAY

Starting Your Novel and Carrying On Have you started your novel? How many times? Do you get lost in your plot? During this week, acclaimed authors Nathan Filer and Tiffany Murray will share their personal approaches to novel writing. This course will cover a range of topics for the first-time novelist, from the spark of an idea to writing an irresistible opening line. £495 – £625. Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre, Llanystumdwy, LL52 0LW, 01766 522811, www.tynewydd.org

22nd MONDAY – 28th SUNDAY

Welsh in a Week Arrive with little or no knowledge of the Welsh language and Julie Brake will ensure you leave at the end of the week able to carry on a conversation in Welsh. £586, non-residential £430. Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden, CH5 3DF, 01244 532350, www.gladstoneslibrary.org

23rd TUESDAY

The Energetics  Of The Seventh Ray A talk with Ted Capstick, and the Theosophical Society Bangor Lodge. 7.30pm, £4 non-members, £2 members. Hirael Hall, Bangor LL57 1DF. Toddy Alcock 01248 600267, toddyalc@gmail.com

Charcoal Making Day 1 Each year the Alder woodland in Abergwyngregyn is coppiced on a 10 year rotation system. The result is a good stock of Alder wood that is used to create charcoal. Come and learn how to create charcoal using the Alder that our volunteers cut down earlier in the year. 10am, booking essential with Snowdonia Society, Owain 01286 685498, owain@snowdonia-society.org.uk Day 2 on 26th

23rd TUESDAY – 27th SATURDAY

Alchemy in Movement ~ Meeting the Wild We will address the lack of rites in our culture by providing a powerful opportunity to revisit the important transitions in your life – in particular, your ‘leaving home story’. £475. Bookings and details from: kirstygjackson@gmail.com  Held at Cae Mabon, Brynrefail, Llanberis LL55 3HB, 01286 871542, www.caemabon.co.uk

24th WEDNESDAY

A Timeline of Humanity An esoteric view of the development of Humanity on Earth – how did we really get to where we are today? A talk by  Kate Fletcher, 2pm, £4, Harvest Moon, Newry St., Holyhead.  More info: John Jeffrey tsholyhead@gmail.com

Big Allotment Growing Day An opportunity to grow our own organic nutritious food for free, learn new skills, make new friends whilst planting and harvesting the veg and fruits from the vegetable beds and the forest gardens! Also any pickling, preserving, cooking, baking and brewing, craft work and wood work and come to chill out and just be here brewing the tea and eating cake in the new Garden Centre (currently being built). 11.30am – 4pm. Bring suitable clothing, lunch; tea and coffee provided. Tyn y Nant, Llanfihangel Glyn Myfyr. Nr Corwen. Facebook: Eco Fferm Frwythau/Gift Economy, or wellhealthcooperative@googlemail.com

Introduction into Dyslexia / The Social & Emotional Effects See 17th

Waun Y Llyn Guided Walk Explore the hills and wooded valleys, led by the ranger. 11am – 3pm, £1. Book  in advance 01352 703900. Meet in main c.p. Waun Y Llyn, Wrexham LL11 5HP.

24th WEDNESDAY – 26th FRIDAY

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

24th WEDNESDAY – 27th SATURDAY

Mindfulness Drawing A 4 day course open to residents and non-residents. On this course you will be led through a series of exercises designed to retrain your eye and hand to work together in a new connected way. Led by Dr Maria Hayes. Various costs: £193 (course only & lunch) – £370 (all inclusive residential). Trigonos, Nantlle 01286 882388, www.trigonos.org

25th THURSDAY

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

Singing for the Soul Calling all those who find a soul connection through singing and music. Felicity Jones, a very experienced singer is offering to facilitate a Sacred Singing group 10.30am – 12noon once a month. She would need 10 – 12 people to make it viable for her travel. No need to feel you are a ‘good’ singer, you just need to enjoy it and the energy vibration our collective voices create. The songs will be simple and from a range of different traditions.  Cost £5. Hillside Retreat, Rhosesmor, Nr. Mold CH7 6PP. If you are interested please email me helen@soul-life.co.uk ~ www.soul-life.co.uk

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

Chester Poets The group is a meeting place for members to share information about: poetry events, members news, poetry news and Chester Poets in general. 8pm every last Thursday of the month in The Old Boot, Chester. All are welcome. Facebook: Chester Poets

Knowle Hill Open Day Come along and join NEWWildlife and special guests to learn about this local reserve. There will be information stands and free activities for all the family to enjoy, plus interesting walks and talks around the reserve! Walks will include looking at birds, reptiles, flowers, the history of the site and more. 11am – 3pm. Meet Knowle Hill CH7 3AR. Info/Bookings: Kate 01978 269568, kwilson@newwildlife.org.uk

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

Stories of the Early Montgomeryshire Quakers Meifod Village Hall, see 16th for details.

26th FRIDAY

Charcoal Making Day 2 See 23rd.

26th FRIDAY – 31st WEDNESDAY

The Commune (15) 70s Danish film of a couple who start a commune. 5.30pm, £7, £5. Pontio, Bangor 01248 382828, www.pontio.co.uk

26th FRIDAY – 28th SUNDAY

Spinning Silk Bring your spinning wheel (and/or spindle) and you can choose how you spend your weekend – concentrate on your own project or join in the workshop devised and led by Anne and Chris. £195 – £215, Plas Tan y Bwlch, Maentwrog, LL41 3YU 01766 772600, www.eryri-npa.gov.uk

Helaina Sharpley ~ Wirework Make your own wire tea cup to ‘take away’, or leave behind to be displayed on the dresser or our afternoon tea table set. 11am – 3.30pm, free, no need to book. Ruthin Craft Centre 01824 704774, www.ruthincraftcentre.org.uk

26th FRIDAY – 4th SEPTEMBER

The Dynamics of Insight Exploring spiritual death and its implications in practice. For people with at least 3 years of regular meditation practice. In our system of practice, spiritual death, or insight, is followed by spiritual rebirth. As meditation practice, spiritual rebirth can take the form of visualising a Buddha or bodhisattva – symbolising the awakened being that we can become. £360, £324. Vajraloka, Corwen, LL21 0EN, 01490 460406, www.vajraloka.org

27th SATURDAY

Garden Flowers Wirework Come and help Helaina Sharpley populate the Ruthin Craft Centre flower beds, as you’ll be making gigantic flowers using wire, beads and tissue paper. Pop in at any time or come and spend the whole afternoon with us. 1 – 4pm, no need to book, suitable for 5+ years. Ruthin Craft Centre 01824 704774, www.ruthincraftcentre.org.uk

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

Raku Event Experience 2 With NW Potters. 11am – 4pm, £5 – £10 for a pot to glaze and fire in the kiln. Held at The Blue Lion Pub, Cwm Rd., Cwm Dyserth LL18 5SG. Bookings/help/tables: Louise louiseschrempft@btinternet.com

Voice Workshop The second in the follow-up workshops with Marian Bryfdir and the singer and choir master Kiefer Jones aimed at developing your voice whether your interest lies in jazz, folk, opera or choral. Come along and try it.  All ages and levels of experience and interest are welcome. 10am – 4pm, £12, £6 concs, Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, www.ucheldre.org

Stories of the Early Montgomeryshire Quakers Dragon Hotel, Montgomery see 16th for details.

27th SATURDAY & 28th SUNDAY

Rustic Stick Chair We will cut some coppice hazel from our woods, select pieces, cut to length and turn and assemble the chair. Then we will make a seat. £150, £75 dep., Woodland Skills Centre, Bodfari, Denbigh, LL16 4DT, 01745 710626, 07711 472033, www.woodlandskillscentre.co.uk

Learn to Scramble & Snowdon Horseshoe Weekend Join us on this weekend of scrambling on some of Snowdonia’s most iconic ridges and mountains in preparation for Crib Goch and the Snowdon Horseshoe. Gain confidence and skills. £100, booking essential, 07585 553 224, www.snowdon-walks.co.uk

28th SUNDAY

Chinese Kite Workshop Join us for a fun family workshop painting Chinese kites. All welcome, £4 per kite. Penrhyn Castle, Bangor.

Rock Pooling Join NWWT for a stroll and some rock pooling, 12 – 4pm, free. Whistling Sands Beach c.p., Porthor, Aberdaron, LL53 8LH. Dawn Thomas 01248 351541, dawnthomas@wildlifetrustswales.org

28th SUNDAY – 1st SEPTEMBER

Cross Stitch Workshop The course is aimed at those keen to learn how to create, develop and implement their own ideas and/or to make adaptations to commercial designs. £350 – £390. Plas Tan y Bwlch, Maentwrog, LL41 3YU 01766 772600, www.eryri-npa.gov.uk

28th SUNDAY – 2nd SEPTEMBER

Cae Mabon Open Week Come to experience Cae Mabon without doing a retreat or workshop. Use it as a base for a holiday. Each family/couple/person will have one of the dwellings (see website) for the duration of your stay. There is lots to do in the area – from walking in the mountains; going to beautiful beaches; visiting castles and other amazing historic sites; canoeing, cycling, horse riding, zip wire and other outdoor pursuits… Or just chill out with a book or soak in the hot tub at Cae Mabon. Including accommodation, three meals, evening entertainment … Adults: £54 per person per night; Children: Under 5 free; 5-10 years old – £20 pppn; 11-16 years old – £30 pppn. Preference given to those who can stay the full time, or at least a minimum of three nights. Cae Mabon, Brynrefail, Llanberis LL55 3HB, 01286 871542, www.caemabon.co.uk

29th MONDAY

Cilcain Show & Mountain Race A community event with traditional competitions and entertainment for all to enjoy. £2.50, primary school children free. From 11am. The show raises funds for the Church and the local community. Cilcain Village, nr Mold CH7 5NN, www.cilcainshow.org.uk

Making Bug Boxes Make a bug box to take home and give nature a home in your garden. 1 – 2pm, £2 members, £3 non-members, RSPB, Ellin’ Tower Anglesey LL65 1YH. 01407 762100, rebecca.berry@rspb.org.uk

30th TUESDAY

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

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

Dry Stone Walling Join us, and learn the basics through helping to construct one of these beautiful structures. No previous experience required, although it’s an excellent chance to practice your dry stone walling skills and share any experience you may have. 10am, booking essential with Snowdonia Society, Owain 01286 685498, owain@snowdonia-society.org.uk

Tea & Scone Afternoon This is social gathering is for all adults who would like to get out and about, enjoy a beautiful location and good company. £5 for tea/coffee, scone and jam, as well as a selection of finger sandwiches. Afterwards you can enjoy the grounds, browse the shops and receive 10% off all purchases! This is an on-going event on the last Tuesday of each month. 2 – 4pm, Bodelwyddan Castle Hotel, Bodelwyddan LL18 5YA. Home Instead office 01745 772150. Stephanie 01745 772150,
www.homeinstead.co.uk/conwyanddenbighshire ~ stephanie.lane-williams@homeinstead.co.uk

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