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Network News  2018

Welcome to the JANUARY issue of NN

1st MONDAY

New Year’s Day Bird Walk Come birdwatching with a wildlife guide. 1.30 – 3.30pm, free to start then 10p for each species seen! RSPB Conwy LL31 9XZ, 01492 581025, conwy@rspb.org.uk

New Year’s Day Jump Organised by The Adelphi Vaults with Amlwch Diving Club. 10 – 11am. 3 Quay St., Amlwch, Ynys Mon LL68 9HD.

New Year’s Dip Barmouth Lifeboat Station.

NWWT: Paddleboard and Beach Clean 10am – 4pm, £75. Menai Strait. Meeting place upon booking. Sian Sykes 07928 475419, sian@psychedpaddle boarding.com

New Year’s Space Hopping Race Meeting on Ravens Point Road side of the beach for a space hopping race and for those who want a fresh dip in the sea!! 2 – 3pm, Trearddur Bay Beach, Holyhead.

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

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

2nd TUESDAY

Capricorn Full Moon 2.24am

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

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

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

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

3rd WEDNESDAY

Free Vintage Matinee (U) Doors open 1pm, film starts 1.30pm, Romance /Western. Denbigh Film Club, Theatr Twn O’r Nant, Denbigh LL16 3DA. Lilian Jones 01745 813426, denbighfilmclub.co.uk

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

Conscious Dance 1st & 2nd Weds/month. Bringing awareness to all that is within us; in body, heart and mind, and giving it expression in movement. Drop-in. Suitable for all levels of fitness and experience. 7 – 9pm, £10, £8, £5. The Little Theatre, Gloucester St., Chester CH1 3HR. Ella Speirs 07922 620503, ellaspiers@hotmail.com

4th 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, www.saorimor.co.uk

The Sea and Me This year we’re celebrating Year of the Sea in Wales. Nia Jones, NWWT Living Seas Manager, will look at our achievements, what we’re up to now and how people can get involved. 2 – 4.30pm, £2. St Cyngar’s Church Hall, Llangefni, LL77 7EA. Penny Radford 01248 713022, radfords713@btinternet.com

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

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

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

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

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

5th FRIDAY

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

Wrexham Birdwatchers Group Talk with Mike Roberts: Catalonia. 7.30pm, Gresford Trust Memorial Hall, High Street, Gresford LL12 8PS. Kevin Smith  01978 354551, kevjsmith3@hotmail.com

Viennese Gala Concert Waltz and polka music; plus soprano Katy Thomson. 7.30pm, £15, £12 concs., £3 students/U18s. St Asaph Cathedral, Denbighshire LL17 0RL. Contact 07725 050510.

Of Mice and Men (PG) Film; we are using film to help with revision for GCSE exams – come and make it work! 2.15pm, £5, U18 £3, cash only. Theatr y Ddraig, Barmouth, dragontheatre.co.uk

6th SATURDAY

Yoga Taster Morning Everyone of every age is welcome. Take part or just watch and get a feel for what yoga here at The Zest life has to offer you. January is the perfect time to set positive intentions for the year ahead so start your health and wellness journey with us and make 2018 your best year yet. Drop-in. 9.30am – 12pm. Trefnant Village Hall, Denbigh LL16 5UG. 07989 512859, thezestlife.co.uk

Llangollen Community Garden 1st session of the year – all welcome. nr Plas Newydd, Llangollen. Contact: .llangollengarden.co.uk

Pregnancy Circle with Birthing Mamas Wales Welcoming pregnant mamas of north Wales to a safe and nurturing environment where all thoughts and feelings are welcomed and acknowledged. This month we will focus on Self Care – how to make that a reality and a priority in our daily lives. Meditation, voice work, speaking in circle, exploring fears and delights, inviting all the shades of what it is to be a pregnant woman alive today. Spaces limited to 8. Message to book your place. Tickets £20. Your first session HALF PRICE. 1 – 4pm. In a cosy yurt in Rhiwlas, directions on booking. Laura 07914 917711, laura@birthingmamas.co.uk ~ birthingmamas.co.uk  Facebook: BirthingMamasWales

New Year in Vienna with Welsh National Opera; music by Mozart, Weber plus favourite waltzes and polkas. 7.30pm, £18.50 – £5. Prichard-Jones Hall, Pontio, Bangor. 01248 382828, pontio.co.uk 

Prosiect Film PICS 2018 PICS Film festival offering  young filmmakers a 3 day Welsh language film course led by professional filmmaker, Rhys Edwards.  10am – 6pm, £60, for ages 13 – 25. Also 13th & 20th. Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685250, galericaernarfon.com

Circus on Saturday Workshop Beginners aerial and circus skills. 1pm – 8-16 yrs; 4pm – 16+. Have a go on trapeze, aerial hoop, juggling, balance and spin plates. Pontio, Bangor 01248 382828, pontio. co.uk

6th SATURDAY & 7th SUNDAY

Reiki, 1st Degree Course Reiki is a simple form of healing and self-healing. Vivien teaches the original form of the Usui System of Healing. She offers continuous on-going support to all of her students. £125 class fee, accommodation is available £30 per night. The Healing Centre, Tregarth, nr Bangor LL57 4NP. 07771 280824, vivreiki@hotmail.com

6th SATURDAY – 13th SATURDAY

Teacher Training Retreat Level 2  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 for MBSR and MBCT teachers. Campervan £388. Residential £668 – £528. Held at Trigonos, Nantlle. Contact Centre for Mindfulness, Research and Practice, Bangor Uni 01248 382498, bangor.ac.uk/mindfulness

7th SUNDAY

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

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

Winter Tree ID Workshop Join Sam Thomas at Tŷ Hyll to learn how to identify trees in winter. Whether this is your first time or you’re looking to improve your skills this is the day for you. Workshop length: 3 hours. 9.45am. £10, free for Snowdonia Society volunteers. Booking essential. Ty Hyll. Snowdonia Society, 01286 685498, dan@snowdonia-society.org.uk

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

Yoga Workshop: Take A Deep Breath with Claire Mace. This Forrest Yoga workshop will be a 3.5 hour session in which you will explore the cleansing power of the breath, perform an extended Forrest Yoga sequence and discover how to use a ‘neti pot’. Our intent will be to use the breath as a cleansing force, to break free from feelings of stuckness, stiffness and cobwebs, and bring fresh energy into your life for 2018. We will also explore using the technique of ‘neti’ which is a way of washing gently salted water through the nasal passages to help improve health and breathing. 2 – 5pm, £25. Llanfachtraeth, Anglesey LL65 4YA. Claire 07970 409724, inspiratrix.co.uk

Cain Dance performance group – open to those over the age of 60. 10am – 5pm, the cost for the term is £6. Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685250, galericaernarfon.com

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

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

8th MONDAY

Disability of Arts Wales Writing Group Do you write non-fiction, poetry, drama, or novels…..in the Welsh language? Do you self-identify as a disabled person and/or have a long-term physical mental health condition? Come and participate in a monthly group. 4.30 – 6.30pm, free. Caernarfon Library LL55 1AS. Contact post@dacymru.com / 029 2055 1040.

Wildlife Gardening Whether you are completely new to gardening or have years of experience, whether you can spare one day each month or one day every week, we need you! 10am. Tŷ Hyll, Betws y Coed. Snowdonia Society 01286 685498, tyhyll@snowdonia-society.org.uk

Art Sessions in the New Year Starts 8th January. Caernarfon Art Classes are professional tutor led study sessions, which deliver  and facilitate the experience of Art and Design. Studies in all media, from beginner to advanced and specific to the  individual. 3hrx10weeks, 10am-1pm and 6-9pm. Full fee  £90; over 60 £70; unemployed £45. Beaumaris, LlanfairPG, Caeathro and Bethesda. 01286 673835, caernarfonartclass@gmail.com Facebook: Caernarfon Art Class

Filmstars Don’t Die in Liverpool (15) Film. Based on a true Hollywood romance story. 2pm, Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685250, galericaernarfon.com

Wrexham Meditation Group Three meditations including a body scan and a mindfulness of breathing practice. 7.30 – 9pm, £6 includes refreshments. Quaker Meeting House, Holt Rd, Wrexham. Contact MEW Mindfulness 07816 988124, newmindfulness@gmail.com

Seriously Books Meets 2nd Mon/month. 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. 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.

9th TUESDAY

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

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

9th TUESDAY – 11th THURSDAY

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (15) Film. A romance sparks between a young actor and a Hollywood leading lady. 9th & 11th 7.30pm, £6.25, £5.25. 10th 10.30am, £3 with panad. Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllheli 01758 704088.

10th WEDNESDAY

8 Week Mindfulness for Stress Course Starts today until 28th Feb. During the course we will be engaging in various activities to foster mindfulness and kindness. These include formal meditation practices, as well as small things we can do in the midst of our daily lives, such as doing a routine task mindfully, taking a break, slowing down a little. In particular we’ll be using the body sensations and the breath to help develop awareness. The aim of meditation is not to prevent the mind wandering off – which it will do, repeatedly – but to get into the habit of learning to check in with our experience so we have choices in how we respond. 6.30 – 9pm, £159, includes books, CDs, workbook, refreshments and follow up practice session. £99 for those on a low income. Payment in instalments welcome. NEW Mindfulness, Quaker Meeting House, Holt Rd, Wrexham. Contact 07816 988124, newmindfulness@gmail.com

Llandudno and District Writers Group This month: Maxine Burton ~ Food For Thought or Thoughts For Food. 2pm, all welcome! Llandudno Public Library. Contact: llandudno.writers@aol.co.uk/Gavin Pike Sewing Machine Skills Beginners/ refresh

Movement Medicine ~ Mindfulness in Motion1st & 2nd Weds/month. Bringing awareness to all that is within us; in body, heart and mind, and giving it expression in movement. Drop-in. Suitable for all levels of fitness and experience. 7 – 9pm, £10, £8, £5. The Little Theatre, Gloucester St., Chester CH1 3HR. Ella Speirs 07922 620503, ellaspiers@hotmail.com

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

Drum Journey Meditation Circle with Claire Freeman of Source Healing. A fortnightly event starting today, 8 – 9.30pm, £10. Held at Source Yoga, 294 Conwy Rd., Mochdre, Colwyn Bay LL28 5DS. Bookings: Claire: claire.sourcehealing@gmail.com

Sewing Machine Skills Beginners 12 week course. Accredited course run through Adult Learning Wales. Early booking advised. Intermediate class. 12.30 – 3pm. Sliding scale payments. Penrhosgarnedd Community Centre. Other  Intermediate classe at Talwrn, Anglesey. Contact 01492 536 693, www.addysgoedolion.cymru

Free Belly Dance Taster Session Have you ever wanted to give belly dance a try? Join Rachel for a free belly dance taster session for beginners. What better way to start off your new year than with a shimmy and a shake! 6 – 7pm, Garden Village Hall, Kenyon Ave, Wrexham LL11 2ST. On Facebook

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

Art Gallery Tour Join Peter Boughton, the museum’s Keeper of Art, to discover a rich array of paintings, sculpture and furniture spanning half a millennium of art. 2 – 3pm, £3. Art Gallery, Grosvenor Museum, Chester CH1 2DD. 01244 972197, events.westcheshiremuseums.co.uk

Call Me By Your Name (15) Film. A summer of music, love, food and romance in northern Italy. 2pm & 7.30pm, £6.50 & £5.50. Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685250, galericaernarfon.com

Dinara Klinton (piano) Music by Bach-Busoni, Beethoven and Liszt. 7.30pm, Rhyl Music Club, Rhyl Town Hall. 01745 890 564, chair@rhylmusic.com 

Volunteer in CAT Woodland 2nd & 4th Weds/month: We are looking for day volunteers to come and get involved! Boost your well-being through meeting new friends, enjoying gentle physical activity, connecting with the natural world, drinking tea in the fresh air, brushing up on ecology and species identification skills and sharing your existing skills and knowledge with others. 10am – 4pm, free. CAT,  Machynlleth 01654 705970, cat.org.uk Also 24th

11th THURSDAY

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

Tree Planting We are joining the Snowdonia National Park Authority to plant a variety of native broadleaved trees. Much of our year is spent taking things out of the National Park e.g. invasive species like Rhododendron and Himalayan Balsam, it’s time we added something to it. Come and join in, reduce your carbon footprint and create a lasting memory for years to come. 10am, booking essential, Rhyd Ddu, Snowdonia Society 01286 685498, owain@snowdonia-society.org.uk

11th THURSDAY – 15th MONDAY

New Year Walking in Snowdonia The walks will visit a range of the National Park’s most interesting and scenic mountains often away from the honey pot areas.  You will also have the opportunity to discover more about the natural and historical heritage of Snowdonia. £360 – £400. Plas Tan y Bwlch, Maentwrog 01766 771211, snowdonia.gov.wales

12th FRIDAY

Masterclass: Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention for Addictive Behaviour This course offers participants an opportunity to appreciate the intentions and practices of the MBRP programme and how it draws upon scientifically tested approaches to addiction as well as ancient wisdom and meditation techniques to develop the skills and qualities needed to become free of the cravings that drive addictive behaviours. £130. Crowne Plaza, Chester. Contact Centre for Mindfulness, Research and Practice, Bangor Uni 01248 382498, bangor.ac.uk/mindfulness

Lit Soc  Fiona Owen introduces Phil Bowen, poet, biographer and playwright. Check date and time. £5, £4. Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, ucheldre.org

Cold-Blooded Conservation Mandy Cartwright, North Wales Officer for Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, will talk about this group of animals, regional species and their conservation. All made very welcome. 2pm, £2, includes refreshments. Held in St. David’s Church Hall, Glan-y-Mor Road, Penrhyn Bay, Llandudno, LL30 3NT. John Underwood 01492 533459, 07783 773225, john.underwood@gmail.com

A Man Called Ove (15) Film. Ove is an angry old man next door; then his neighbouts move in. Doors open 7.30pm, £8, £6 concs., New Dot Cinema, Upstaris in the Town Hall, Llangollen. www.newdotcinema.org

12th FRIDAY – 14th SUNDAY

Reshape: Yoga & Fitness Weekend Start to feel inspired about your daily yoga practise and exercise routine, get motivated to eat well and be positive about your hopes, dreams and aspirations for the future. £405 – £545. Plas Cadnant, Menai Bridge, LL59 5NH. Laura Bell, 07989 512859, thezestlife.co.uk

Rhyl People’s Assembly Peace Festival Fri: 7 – 9pm, Film: Ladybird Ladybird by Ken Loach. Sat: 1 – 4.30pm Stop The War Coalition and CND Press officer Ian Chamberlain speaking; Peace Songs, Talking, Films, Refreshments. Sun: 10am Peace Service open to all with sermon by David Webb. St. Mary’s Church, 119 Wellington Rd., Rhyl LL18 1LE. Facebook: Bangor & Ynys Mon Peace & Justice  See Noticeboard

13th SATURDAY

The Lamp that Lights the Path to Enlightenment A Half day course, 2 – 4.45pm, £15 includes high tea. Understand, make progress and complete the path to enlightenment in a step-by-step way to apply to your life right now. Kalpa Bhadra Kadampa Buddhist Centre, 34 Mostyn Avenue, Craig-y-Don, Llandudno. 01492 878778, meditatenorthwales.com

Prosiect Film PICS 2018 PICS See 6th

Work in Progress Sharing Event: Drudwen Cimera’s developing new theatre show about a dark fairy tale. Please stay behind and give us feedback. Performed in Welsh and English. 6.30pm, £3. Studio, Pontio, Bangor 01248 382828, pontio.co.uk

Peter Moore ~ My Art in Sudan Talk, with Denbigh Arts Society. 2 – 4pm, The Studio, 10 Penrhos Rd., Colwyn Bay. Peter 07919 864151.

13th SATURDAY & 14th SUNDAY

take pART 2018 300+ arts and literature workshops, drop-ins, talks and performances aimed at ages 0 – 18 years. 10am – 4pm. Various costs / times. Details: Venue Cymru, Llandudno, 01492 872000, venuecymru.co.uk

14th SUNDAY

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

Manifestation with Crystals Using crystals, we’ll clear any negative energy, and connect with our soul, before we set our intentions for the New Year, and create mandalas to send those intentions out to the Universe. As we do this in a group, our messages are amplified! 12.30 – 3.30pm, £25, booking essential. Cariad Academy, Hightown, Wrexham LL13 7BS. Contact 07561 320239, cariadcrystalhealingandspiritualguidance.weebly.com

Make A Shave Horse A shave-horse is a simple but effective traditional tool to hold a piece of green wood while it is shaped with a draw-knife. You will be provided with all the materials you need and you will make your own “modern” pattern shave-horse to take home, based on the design of Mike Abbott. There should be time to learn how to cleave green wood and shape it with a draw-knife on your new shave-horse. £80, deposit £40. Woodland Skills Centre, Bodfari, 01745 710626, woodlandskillscentre.co.uk

NWWT: A Winter Bird Walk Spot waders and wildlfowl on the Alaw Estuary. Ian Wright leads this popular event: wellies advisable! Optional extension into afternoon with chance to visit other nearby sites: bring packed lunch if planning to stay on. 10am – 1pm, donations welcome. Park and meet in the Western arm of Lôn Gorad, Valley, Anglesey, LL65 3AW. Penny Radford 01248 713022, radfords713@btinternet.com

14th SUNDAY – 19th FRIDAY

Meditations to Inspire and Heal Throughout the week, we will have sessions in the day and evening to allow you to continue your retreat, whether you can attend in the day or are working. Resident teacher Gen Kelsang Oden will lead us through fourteen meditations, known as Stages of the Path (or Lamrim in Tibetan). By following these meditations we increase our happiness by transforming our state of mind from bad to good, and creating all the causes to experience lasting happiness. Sessions are 1 hour long, except 3 – 4.5pm a chanted meditation free of charge. £3 per session; £10 for the day. Attend as many sessions as you like  including the half day course “Lamp that Lights the Path to Enlightenment” – £50. Kalpa Bhadra Buddhist Centre, Llandudno 01492 878778,  meditatenorthwales.com

15th 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 Mon/month to review each other’s submissions, share competition, market and publishing news and welcome all levels of expertise – prolific or wannabe! Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden. Contact Hazel: seriouslysentences@gmail.com

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

Arctic Convoys Aldon Ferguson recounts, with many photographs and movie clips, the terrible conditions endured by the sailors, both Royal Navy and merchant seamen and their personal stories and memories. £10 annual memership, £3 per event. Prganised by The Society of Thirteen. Meet Grosvenor Museum, Chester. Contact /Join the group: treasurer@societyofthirteen.org.uk

15th MONDAY – 20th SATURDAY

Low Energy Buildings (Part B) This course will help students develop a deep understanding of the principles and consequences of energy and mass flows in buildings in terms of the building’s orientation and the local climatic conditions. Limited spaces. £700, £625 low waged and concs. CAT, Machynlleth 01654 704966, cat.org.uk

16th TUESDAY

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

NWWT: Red Squirrels in North Wales Holly Peek will share the latest news with us – are there more red squirrels here than we thought? 7 – 9pm, donations welcome. Dolgellau Free Library, Eldon Square, Dolgellau, LL40 2YF. Janet Baker 01341 423988 / 07812 659593, jemmole@hotmail.com

Techne: Exhibition Tour Join Chris Millward, Technician Demonstrator in 3D from the University of Chester, for a guided tour of the exhibition which he has curated. Techne: Creating Art celebrates the making of art through the work of five artists whose expertise covers a vast array of methods and techniques. Including both modern and traditional processes, the exhibition provides a little something for many different artistic tastes. 2 – 3pm, £3. Gallery Two, Grosvenor Museum, Chester CH1 2DD. 01244 972197, events.westcheshiremuseums.co.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

Talk: Hardy Plant Society There will be a  knowledgeable speaker, raffle, refreshments and plant sale. Visitors welcome – £3; 7.30pm. Holywell Community Centre, Holywell, CH8 7TQ. Mike Lennox 07768 423965, clwyd@hardy-plant.org.uk

NWWT: Wildlife in Wales Carl Payne takes us on a personal photographic journey across wildlife in Wales. 7 – 9pm, £2. Pentre Halkyn Community Centre,  Holywell, CH8 8JE. Carl Payne 01352 780636, shyoneforty@yahoo.co.uk

Relentless Unstoppable Human Machine (RUHM) An ingenious circus show from the makers of FLown. Mechanical chaos, fixtures and fittings come to life; vertical-swinging trapeze, never ending ropes, a carousel, high-wire and temperamental staircase. 7.30pm, tonight is the Preview show, £14, £12 £8 students. Pontio, Bangor 01248 382828, pontio.co.uk

ROH Opera Live: Rigoletto by Verdi. Corruption of innocence is at the heart of this opera. 7.15pm, £10, £8 concs., £3 children. Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, ucheldre.org

17th WEDNESDAY

Capricorn New Moon 2.17am

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

Luna Meet – Winter Wellbeing Workshop Designed and delivered by life coach Tom Goldstein to inspire a positive start for 2018. 5pm, £10, advanced booking.  Venue TBC. Facebook: Merry Meets

New 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.

4-Week Beginner’s Belly Dance Course Join Rachel for 4 weeks of bellydancing. You will dance Egyptian and north african styles, learning how to shimmy, hip drop and undulate! 6 – 7pm, £16 for 4 weeks, booking essential. With Rachel Walker. Garden Village Hall, Kenyon Ave, Wrexham. Bookings: iscia_espirit@hotmail.com

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

Battle of the Sexes (12A) Film. The true story of the 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King and ex-champion and serial hustler Bobby Riggs. 2pm & 7.30pm, £6.50, £5.50. Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685250, galericaernarfon.com

17th WEDNESDAY – 20th SATURDAY

Relentless Unstoppable Human Machine (RUHM) As 16th except £16, £14, £10.50 students/U18, Pontio, Bangor.

17th WEDNESDAY – 28th FEBRUARY

Awakened Belly Dance 7 week course. A guided transformative journey through movement, dance and music. You will open to realisation and expansion through conscious breathwork, middle eastern and sacred dance moves, sound and energy healing, meditation and journeying and the support of sisterhood. £15 per session, £90 for 7 week paid in full (£80 early bird paid by 7th Jan); concessions available. Bring water and comfortable clothing. With Rachel Walker. Garden Village Hall, Kenyon Ave, Wrexham. Bookings: iscia_espirit@hotmail.com

17th WEDNESDAY – 7th FEBRUARY, WEDNESDAY

Belly Dance Course 4 Week beginner’s course. You will dance Egyptian and north african styles, learning how to shimmy, hip drop and undulate! 6 – 7pm, £16 for 4 weeks, advance booking essential. Garden Village hall, kenyon Ave., Wrexham LL11 2ST. Bookings: iscia_espirit@hotmail.com

18th THURSDAY

Tai Chi For Adults Suitable for beginners, focussing on bird forms such as White Crane. Led by Henry Shallcross, registered teacher.10am – 11am, £5. pay onthe day. Held at RSPB Conwy, LL31 9XZ. Contact Henry 07563 085945.

Talk: The Swagger Portrait This lecture by Adrian Sumner looks at Van Dyck, Reynolds and Sargent, but also sets out to uncover gems from the Renaissance, the Impressionists, the Post-Impressionists and the great Moderns. 1.30 – 3pm, £3. Lecture Theatre, Grosvenor Museum, Chester CH1 2DD. 01244 972197, events.westcheshiremuseums.co.uk

Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB Guidance Consultation Event See Noticeboard.

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

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

TONIC: Pwyll a Nia A collection of traditional Welsh songs, and some arrangements of popular Welsh songs performed on the harp, piano and keyboards. 2.30pm, £6, £5. Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685250, galericaernarfon.com

19th FRIDAY

David Hockney ~ Exhibition on Screen Over the past 5 years Hockney has staged two exhibitions at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. Exhibition on Screen have filmed both and produced this immersive journey. 8pm, £8, U18s £4. Theatr y Ddraig, Barmouth, 01341 281 697, dragontheatre.co.uk

RSPB: The Shetland Isles An illustrated talk by David Tolliday. All made very welcome. 7.30pm, £2.50, includes refreshments. Held in St. David’s Church Hall, Glan-y-Mor Road, Penrhyn Bay, Llandudno, LL30 3NT. More details from Norman Marshall 01492 592247.

Alder Coppicing The purpose of coppicing the Alder is to promote new growth in the woodland and therefore help preserve the Alder growing there. 10am, booking essential. Abergwyngregyn Reserve. Snowdonia Society 01286 685498, owain@snowdonia-society.org.uk Also 25th

2071 A Welsh language show combining songs, words and video highlighting environmental issues of today – air pollution, plastic waste, loss of species, deforestation, loss of bees and of course climate change. Followed by an informal folk session at 9pm – so bring your instruments! 7.30pm, £8, £7. Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685250, galericaernarfon.com

Monthly Yin Yoga 3rd Fri/month. Booking essential, 7 – 8.30pm, The Verve, Llangollen.  Gaele 07850 215537, info@bebalancedyoga.co.uk

NWWT: Pursuing a Natural History Wish List  – Home and Away Bill Slade dips into his photographic treasure house for images taken on wildlife excursions in Australia, Bhutan/Nepal and the UK. 7.30 – 9.30pm, £2. St Andrew’s Church Hall, Benllech, LL74 8TF. Penny Radford 01248 713022, radfords713@btinternet.com

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (15) Film based on a true story of a young actor who falls in love with an elder actress. 7.30pm, £5.50. Theatr Colwyn, Colwyn Bay 01492 577888, theatrcolwyn.co.uk

Baggage and SPACE A double-bill of one-act plays for women written and directed by Bev Clark. 7.30pm, £10, £8 concs. Theatr Clwyd, Mold 01352 701521, theatreclwyd.com

19th FRIDAY – 28th SUNDAY

Simply Being Exploring sitting meditation, experiential ‘lookings’ and by discovering our own direct experience as awareness, simplicity, intimacy and aliveness. Suitable for those who have meditated for 3 years. £70 deposit; £360, £324 concs. Vajraloka Buddhist Retreat Centre, Corwen LL21 0EN, 01490 460406, vajraloka.org

20th SATURDAY

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool See 19th

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

Freestyle Japanese SAORI Weaving Led by Rosie Green. No previous experience is necessary and the results are immediate and inspiring. In just a few minutes you will see your work grow and the finished piece will become a treasure whether it is hung on the wall, used in an item of clothing or made into a gift for someone special. 10am – 12.30pm, 1.30 – 4pm. £50 per session. IARD, Parc Glynllifon, nr Caernarfon. 01286 672472, iard.co.uk

A Healthy New Year: A Day of Yoga and Plant-based Cooking Join chef Lee Watson and yoga teacher Claire Mace for a day that will help you relax deeply and inspire your enthusiasm for healthy living. This day will get you feeling muscles you didn’t know you had, learning some top vegan and gluten free cookery techniques and relaxing deeply. We want to inspire you with vibrant, nourishing food and easeful movement to recharge your enthusiasm for self-care and healthy living. 10am – 5pm, £79. Feed My Lambs, Fford Yr Ysgol, Caernarfon LL55 2RY. Bookings: northwalesretreats.com

Ian Dickson ~ Photography Presentation with Denbigh Arts Society, 2 – 4pm, The Studio, 10 Penrhos Rd., Colwyn Bay. Ian 01492 874694.

The Yoga Chakra Experience 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 – the Chakras – and mindfulness meditation, pranayama/breath work and mantra will also be incorporated into each workshop. Each individual workshop can be enjoyed as a one off or you can benefit from taking part in the series as a whole. 10.30am – 1.30pm, £115 full series. Today’s Muladhara Chakra Workshop is £25. Trefnant Village Hall, Trefnant, LL16 5UG. The Zest Life 07989 512859, thezestlife.co.uk

Prosiect Film PICS 2018 PICS See 6th

Special Aerial Workshop A chance to learn simple tricks and shapes in the air on the Aerial Hoop and Silks and have the sensation of flying. Open to all from 7 – 70 years. 11.30am – 1pm, £12, Pontio, Bangor 01248 382828, pontio.co.uk

Creating Art Workshops An event to accompany the Righ Here, Right Now exhbition currently showing. More details: Grosvenor Museum, Chester CH1 2DD, 01244 972197. Also 27th

Fencing Day Building a lasting stock fence will help keep the grazing animals where they need to be and protect areas of natural importance. New and experienced fence builders welcome. 10am, booking essential, free transport available from Bangor and Caernarfon. Pensychnant Centre, Conwy. Snowdonia Society 01286 685498, owain@snowdonia-society.org.uk

Natural Beauty Workshop Cleansing special. We’ll help you create rejuvenating natural skin care products to brighten your skin, cleanse impurities and bring back the vitality to your complexion. We’ll use ingredients you can find in your local grocers and help you understand how to include simple detox practices in to your everyday skin care regime. 10am – 4pm, £40 fee only. CAT, Machynlleth 01654 704966, cat.org.uk

Gwenno Welsh singer and dancer Gwenno Saunders performs, joined by Fiona and Gorwel Owen. 7.30pm, £12, £10 concs., £3 children. Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, ucheldre.org

20th SATURDAY & 21st SUNDAY

Make a Traditional Shave Horse A shave-horse is a simple but effective traditional tool to hold a piece of green wood while it is shaped with a draw-knife. You will be provided with all the materials you need and you will make your own traditional pattern shave-horse to take home. There should be time to learn how to cleave green wood and shape it with a draw-knife on your new shave-horse. £130, £65 deposit. Woodland Skills Centre, Bodfari, 01745 710626, woodlandskillscentre.co.uk

North Wales Guitar Retreats Free from distractions, our aim is to enhance your skills in a supportive, relaxed and inspiring environment. Teaching is inclusive, participatory and friendly no matter what your skill level. The aim is for you to leave with a better playing ability than when you arrived, to relax and have fun in the process. 10.30am – 6pm, £80 includes refresehments and lunch. 10 participants, and will focus on Fingerstyle guitar playing techniques and personal musical development. The tutors for this course will be the talented founders of the North Wales Guitar Retreats – Jim Bazley and Skeet Williams. Held in Stanley Palace, Chester CH1 2LF. Bookings: Jim 07966 471223, Skeet 07773 590846, northwalesguitarretreats.com

21st SUNDAY

Bird Watch Day Call in to see what’s about, with experts on hand to help identify the birds and chat about wildlife. Best views of estuary birds approx an hour before or after high tide (13:24). 11am – 3pm, donations welcome. Aberogwen/Spinnies NWWT Nature Reserve, Bangor LL57 3YH. Kate Gibbs 01248 681936, kategibbs.nwwt@gmail.com

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

Love Poetry A poetry-writing masterclass with Ian Parks aimed at those with some experience. Explore the notion of love poetry and be encouraged to take up the challenge of writing love poems yourself. As many of the greatest love poems in the English language have been written in the sonnet form, consider the appropriateness of this medium and go home with a love sonnet of your own! 10am, £35, includes lunch and refreshments. Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden, nr Chester CH5 3DF, 01244 532350, gladstoneslibrary.org

Heart to Heart Kundalini Yoga Workshop In this workshop you will be able to explore power that you may not be aware of. You will train your mind to follow your heart and help you fulfil your dreams and deepest desires. We will use the technology of Kundalini Yoga and meditation and tools from other traditions and yogic teachings. 11am – 4pm, £35. Plas Coch Sports Centre, Glyndŵr University, Wrexham LL11 2AW. Tickets from www.kundaliniyogawrexham.co.uk. Daria Wawrzynska 07961 716295, daria@highonyoga.co.uk

Relentless Unstoppable Human Machine (RUHM) As 16th except 2pm, £16, £14, £10.50 students/U18

21st SUNDAY – 24th WEDNESDAY

Wales Spring Fair Annual trade exhibitors showcasing their latest best-selling products. More details from Venue Cymru, Llandudno 01492 872000, venuecymru.co.uk

22nd 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 Non-members welcome, 8pm, free. Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, ucheldre.org

The Party (15) Rialto Film Sreening. A comedy wrapped around a tragedy unfolds in real time in a house in London. 7.30pm, £6.50. Theatr Colwyn, Colwyn Bay 01492 577888, theatrcolwyn.co.uk

22nd MONDAY – 27th SATURDAY

Food Production and Consumption We will take you on a world view of global and local trends in food production, diet and health, and will examine the interplay of climate change, economics, legislation, labour issues, poverty, technology and consumer behaviour on the production and consumption of food. £700, £625 concs, low waged. CAT, Machynlleth 01654 704966, cat.org.uk

23rd TUESDAY

Cezanne: Portraits of a Life Film of the Exhibition. (In London till mid-Feb). 7 – 9pm, £10. RCA, Conwy. Bookings 01492 593413, rcaconwy.org

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

Singin’ In The Rain (U) Classic film screening suitable for those with dementia and their carers. Low lights and reduced sound. 2pm, £4. Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685250, galericaernarfon.com

Rocky Horror Picture Show (15) Classic musical show. 7.30pm – tickets £1 if booked in advance. £2.50 on day of screening. Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685250, galericaernarfon.com

Battle of the Sexes (12A) Film. In the wake of the rise of the women’s movement, the 1973 tennis match between women’s world champion Billie Jean King and ex-men’s champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs. 7.30pm, £5.50, £4.50. Theatr Colwyn, Colwyn Bay 01492 577888, theatrcolwyn.co.uk

24th WEDNESDAY

Jelly Day 4th Weds/month. They are the perfect place for quiet working and a great opportunity to meet like-minded people. Free WiFi, some sockets but make sure your battery is full! 10am – 4pm, free. Booking essential. Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden, nr Chester CH5 3DF, 01244 532350, gladstoneslibrary.org

The Upper Conwy Landscape Project Dewi Davies, Uwch-Conwy & Ogwen Project Manager for the National Trust, talks about this landscape-scale project. 7.30 – 9.30pm, donations welcome. Brambell Building, Deiniol Road, Bangor LL57 2UW. Sue Carter 01248 371769, sue@gorad.co.uk

Drum Journey Meditation Circle with Claire Freeman of Source Healing. A fortnightly event started 10/1/17. 8 – 9.30pm, £10. Held at Source Yoga, 294 Conwy Rd., Mochdre, Colwyn Bay LL28 5DS. Bookings: Claire claire.sourcehealing@gmail.com

Tree Planting We are joining the Snowdonia National Park Authority to plant a variety of native broadleaved trees. Much of our year is spent taking things out of the National Park e.g. invasive species like Rhododendron and Himalayan Balsam, it’s time we added something to it. 10am, booking essential. Snowdonia Society 01286 685498, owain@snowdonia-society.org.uk

Volunteer in CAT Woodland See 10th

The McLachlan Family Mozart Concertos, 7.30pm, Rhyl Music Club, Rhyl Town Hall. 01745 890 564, chair@rhylmusic.com

25th THURSDAY

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

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 from 11.30 – 1pm. No need to feel you are a ‘good’ singer, you just need to enjoy it and the energy and harmonies our voices create. £5. Hillside Retreat, Rhosesmor near Mold. If you are interested to come along please email helen@soul-life.co.uk

Hello Dolly (U) This is a screening for people with dementia, memory loss and their family, friends and carers but is open to the general public. Please note that pastoral care is not provided at these events.  A friend, family member or carer must also attend. Classic Barbra Streisand musical film. 2pm, £4. Venue Cymru, Llandudno 01492 872000, venuecymru.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.

Alder Coppicing See 19th

26th FRIDAY

Creative Crochet with Sophia Ingham-Lawrie Revamp or repurpose your knitwear with creative crochet: garment remodelling, crochet buttons, flowers, motifs and much more! 9am – 6pm, £50 per day including lunch, refreshments and material. Held in Trigonos, Nantlle. Bookings via Sophia 07391 930719, phiaeco@gmail.com Facebook: Pahia Eco

Elephant Sessions Fiery Highland 5-piece fuses folk, trad and funk. 8pm, £14, £13. Pontio, Bangor 01248 382828, pontio.co.uk

26th FRIDAY & 27th SATURDAY

NW Burlesque & Cabaret Festival Enjoy the Friday night show with sorcery, skills and silliness and presenting some top name burlesque and cabaret artistes from around the world. Or take part in the Saturday community workshops. Full ticket £40, various prices for individual events, £6 – £16. Theatr Colwyn, Colwyn Bay 01492 577888, theatrcolwyn.co.uk

26th FRIDAY – 28th SUNDAY

Pure Yoga: Yoga Immersion Weekend In-depth yoga classes of various styles, detailed instruction, self-study, relaxing yoga nidra to restore, gong bath, yoga philosophy, guided meditation; informal, holistic and immersive. £405 – £545. Plas Cadnant, Menai Bridge, LL59 5NH. Laura Bell, 07989 512859, thezestlife.co.uk

Folklore (taught in Welsh) More details from: Plas Tan y Bwlch, Maentwrog 01766 771211, snowdonia.gov.wales

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. Shared only available £375. Dru Yoga, Snowdonia Lodge, Bethesda, 01248 602900, druyoga.com

27th SATURDAY

Holocaust Memorial Day This year’s theme is The Power of Words. Info:  hmd.org.uk

The Community Land Project Open Meeting An invitation to learn more about a project based in Wrexham working to co-create a Community Land Trust to benefit local and wider communities. The Community Land Project are doing this by offering affordable self-build plots for sustainable homes and workplaces and opportunities for learning and sharing skills such as food growing, health self-management, sustainable house building, woodworking and arts. This meeting is aimed at those interested in finding out more about this project including those wishing to participate in this project in any way. This could be as landowners who are willing to sell land to the project, potential residents. volunteers, members and supporters to assist the success of this project. 2 – 4.30pm. Venue TBC, in Wrexham. On Facebook & thecommunitylandproject.wordpress.com

How To Knit Socks Led by Pia with Crafty Mammas. Bring any yarn, double ended needles you have in 2s and 4s, any patterns and colours and we’ll make new socks! We’ll finish them off with heel turns in February. Or if you’d rather bring your own project please do! 10am – 4pm, £5/£10 suggested donation to help pay for the room, or whatever you can manage, please don’t let cost put you off coming. Held in The Vestri, Porthmadog. All welcome! Facebook: Sock it to them

Open Studio with Denbigh Arts Society 11am – 4pm, lef by Hazel Stoker. The Studio, 10 Penrhos Rd., Colwyn Bay. www.dasoc.info

Creating Art Workshops See 20th

Launch of Glosters Creative Hub A creative space to run courses or work on your own personal projects. We’ll be expanding on our range of courses  and offering dressmaking, weaving, ceramics as well as guest makers who will also be running courses. Plus children’s craft clubs. 10am – 1pm. Glosters, 2 Bank Place, Porthmadog LL49 9AA. Contact Glosters 01766 513758, glosters.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

Gong Bath Relax with the harmonious sounds of gongs. 7pm, Neuadd Goffa, Mynydd Llandegai LL57 4LZ. Steph Healy 07534 118899, puresound.org.uk

NY Met: Screening of Tosca by Puccini A story of love, the abuse of power and the longing for freedom. Performed in Italian with English subtitles. 5.55pm, £13, £10. Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685250, galericaernarfon.com

27th SATURDAY & 28th SUNDAY

Get Ready for the Big Garden Birdwatch Weekend The RSPB’ s annual count of garden birds and wildlife is coming up, and we really need your help! Come along to find out how to attract birds and other wildlife to your garden, what to feed them once they are there, and how to identify them. We’ll give you advice on binoculars and telescopes too. Also bird food mixing, nature trails. 11am – 3pm, free donations welcome. RSPB Conwy LL31 9XZ, 01492 581025, conwy@rspb.org.uk

The Basic Goddess Course – Root The course is made up of 7 one day immersions. Included is: Awakened Belly Dance, The Inner Dance meditation, creative sacred crafts and storytelling. 6 hours, £40. Facebook: Rachel’s Belly Dance Classes Wrexham

Introduction to Green Woodwork On the first day you will 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. On the second day you will cut and prepare a solid wood seat, drill the mortices and assemble your stool. £125, £65 deposit. Woodland Skills Centre, Bodfari,01745 710626, woodlandskillscentre.co.uk

27th SATURDAY – 31st WEDNESDAY

Mindfulness 5 Day Retreat A safe framework for entering more deeply into a period of sustained mindfulness practice. Drawing on the familiar practices, including enquiry into experience, and on didactic input from the facilitators, participants can spend time in silence and begin to rely on their own skills as they become more self-supporting. Guidance, advice and short talks to provide context and direction for practice. £725 shared accommodation and course, £825 private. Held in Trigonos, Nantlle. Contact Halley Cohen, Mindfulness Network CIC, mindfulness-network.org

28th SUNDAY

Llangollen Mind Body Spirit Festival Over 50 stalls with healers, psychics, crystals, FairTrade gifts and much more. Opens 10am, £1 entry. Free parking and workshops. Llangollen Pavilion, Abbey Rd LL20 8SW. 01978 860111, llangollenpavilion.co.uk

Reiki Get Together The Planet needs Reiki right NOW! A day for sharing/empowering/discussing and refreshing our connections. All Reiki friends welcome – free! (optional donations for charity). Please bring blankets/cushions and Reiki beds if possible and a light snack for yourself. Tea and biscuits provided. 10.30am – 4.30pm, Llangwnnadl Old Schoolhouse, Llyn Peninsula. Sue Baumann  07833 791317,  sue.reiki@talktalk.net ~ llyntaichi.com

Met Opera Encore: Tosca by Puccini. Live screening for the Met, sung in Italian with English surtitles. 5.55pm, £10, £8 concs., £3 children. Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, ucheldre.org

Big Garden Bird Watch Become a ‘citizen scientist’ and take part in the worlds biggest bird survey. Contribute to valuable data sets mapping the trends in bird numbers.The Big Garden Birdwatch is an annual event organised by the RSPB that takes places at the end of January. Children and adults are encouraged to connect with nature by spending an hour observing and recording the birds that visit their garden. This information is then reported back to the RSPB and used to determine the current status of British birds. 10am. Snowdonia Society 01286 685498, dan@snowdonia-society.org.uk

29th MONDAY

Gong Bath Relax with the harmonious sounds of gongs. 7pm, upstairs in Council Chambers, Llanfairfechan Community Centre, Village Rd., LL33. Steph Healy 07534 118899, puresound.org.uk

30th TUESDAY

Gong Bath Relax with the harmonious sounds of gongs. 7.30pm, Rhuddlan Community Centre, Parliament St., LL18 5AW. Steph Healy 07534 118899, puresound.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.

30th TUESDAY & 31st WEDNESDAY

Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars  Film, (15) The life and work of Eric Clapton, by those who have known him best, including BB King, Jimi Hendrix, and George Harrison. 7pm, £6. Theatr Clwyd, Mold CH7 1YA, 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com

31st WEDNESDAY

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

Gong Bath Relax with the harmonious sounds of gongs. 7pm, Canolfan Beaumaris, Ratings Row LL58 8AL. Steph Healy 07534 118899, puresound.org.ukhttps://www.theatrclwyd.com/en/whats-on/eric-clapton-life-in-12-bars/

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