What’s On

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

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Network News  2017

Welcome to the September issue of NN

 

1st FRIDAY

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

Illyria: The Lost World Four intrepid explorers, led by the redoubtable Professor Challenger … what could possibly go wrong? 6.30pm, outdoor performance depending on weather. Bring picnic/rug. £15, £12 concs., £8 child. Theatr Ardudwy, Harlech 01766 780667, info@theatrardudwy.cymru

Bird-Watching in Goa An illustrated talk by Phil Kirk describing the birds encountered on a fortnight’s visit to Goa in 2011.  7.30pm, £1. Pensychnant Centre, Conwy 01492 592595, pensychnant.co.uk

1st FRIDAY &  2nd SATURDAY

Inquiry Training This workshop will provide an opportunity to develop understanding, skill and confidence in the inquiry process as a core element of MBSR. Held in Chester. Book: Centre for Mindfulness, Research & Practice, Bangor University LL57 2DG, 01248 382498, mindfulness@bangor.ac.uk

1st FRIDAY – 3rd SUNDAY

Yoga and Wild Swimming Expert guidance to some of North Wales’ wild swimming locations; yoga and meditation sessions; plus food. Menai Bridge. £410 shared – £540 single. Plas Cadnant, Menai Bridge. Laura Bell, 07989 512859, thezestlife.co.uk

Helfa Gelf Art Trail Artists Open Studios every weekend in September. See www.helfagelf.co.uk for full info on open studios, workshops and events.

Yoga, Nutrition & Detox Retreat Create a personal health package by lthrough food and lifestyle changes. Experience the benefits of yoga and learn natural cleansing methods.  £360 shared, £430 single. Dru yoga, Snowdonia Mountain Lodge, Bethesda LL57 3LX, 01248 602900, www.druyoga.com

Spinners Retreat – Fancy Yarns During this weekend’s retreat we will show you how to master fancy yarns. Boucle, bead, cable, slub and wrapped will all be covered. £200 – £220. Plas Tan y Bwlch, Maentwrog 01766 772600, eryri-npa.gov.uk

Gladfest 2017 Award-winning authors, contemporary writers, book signings, talks, discussions. Speakers/authors include Sally Magnusson, Jean Seaton, Diarmaid MacCulloch, and more new breakthrough talent. Free crafting, local food. Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden, nr Chester. Bookings: 01244 532350, enquiries@gladlib.org

Yoga & Meditation Retreats Exploring loving kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity.  £250, £200 concs. CAT, Machynlleth 01654 704966, cat.org.uk

Introduction to Permaculture First of three weekends of the accredited Permaculture Design Course. The focus of this course is on how to meet our fundamental human needs more sustainably. There is a particular emphasis on how we can design things to work well together. 9.30am start. £130, £110 concs. Book through Aberystwyth University 01970 621580. Held at CAT, Machynlleth – accommodation £118, phone 01654 704966.

1st FRIDAY – 4th MONDAY

Creating Quick Powerful Paintings How to express your ideas quickly. £284 – £315. Plas Tan y Bwlch, Maentwrog 01766 772600, eryri-npa.gov.uk

1st FRIDAY – 5th TUESDAY

Timber Frame Self Build For anyone interested in sustainable construction and self-build. £600, £500 concs. CAT, Machynlleth 01654 704966, cat.org.uk

1st FRIDAY – 6th WEDNESDAY

England is Mine Film. (15) A portrait of Steven Patrick Morrissey in 1970’s Manchester before he went on to become lead singer of seminal 80’s band The Smiths. 1st, 2nd – 8pm; 2nd, 4th, 6th – 2pm. Theatr Clwyd, Mold 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com

2nd  SATURDAY

Open Day Free guided meditations every hour, on the hour, with our resident teacher Gen Kelsang Oden. Plus treats and refreshments available in the café. No need to book. Just drop in any time in the day to find out more about meditation. 10am – 4pm, everyone welcome! Kalpa Bhadra, Llandudno 01492 878778, meditatenorthwales.com

Introduction to Solar P.V. Learn how PV works, electricity, how to combine modules, inverters, cable sizes, calculate load demands, and issues of on-grid systems. 9.30am – 5pm, £60 course fee only. CAT, Machynlleth 01654 704966, cat.org.uk

Sci Fi Wales Celebrity guests, talks, Q&A sessions, traders, displays, competitions, and interactive exhibits. Standard ticket £10 – VIP £150, Venue Cymru, Llandudno 01492 872000, scifi.wales/tickets

Bat Walk ~ Dro Ystlumod 7pm, with Dawn Thomas. Please bring insect repellent with you and wellies! £2.50, Canolfan Ymwelwyr / Visitor Centre, Pont Croesor, Prenteg LL49 9SP. 

Baby Bazaar Preloved baby & children’s sale. Soft play area, face painting and kid’s corner. 10am – 1pm, £1, children free. Llangollen Pavilion 01978 860111, llangollenpavilion.co.uk

2nd SATURDAY & 3rd SUNDAY

Growing and Using Medicinal Herbs 2 We will be visiting the herb garden at the Centre which we established in the spring, harvesting some herbs and learning how to use them medicinally; exporing the history and philosophy underlying Western Herbal Medicine. Led by Cassie Sherriff, medical herbalist. £100, £50 deposit. Woodland Skills Centre, Bodfari 01745 710626, woodlandskillscentre.co.uk

Beaumaris Food Festival Cookery Demo Beach House Kitchen’s Lee Watson, (author of cook book Peace & Parsnips) will be cooking up some vegan delights in the exhibitor’s tent, sharing the wonders of healthy and creative cooking with plenty of hints and tips. Come down and say hello and sample some of Lee’s food! 1 – 4pm. The Festival also offers local produce, live music, children’s activities and is open 9.30am – 8.30pm Saturday and 9.30am – 5.30pm Sunday. Beaumaris Green, Anglesey LL58 8B. www.beaumarisfoodfestival.co.uk

Building with Rammed Earth This course is for anyone with an interest in natural building materials and methods. 9.30am – 3pm, £250, £225 concs. CAT, Machynlleth 01654 704966, cat.org.uk

Corwen Walking Festival 26 guided walks in the Dee Valley and the Berwyn Mountains. Start and finish at the Corwen Sports Pavilion in Green Lane. 8.30am – 8.15pm. Free, full programme from corwenwalkingfestival.co.uk

2nd SATURDAY  – 9th SATURDAY

Mindfulness Teacher Training Level 2 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. Various prices: £647 – £325 all inclusive. Held in Trigonos, Nantlle. Bookings: Centre for Mindfulness, Research & Practice, Bangor University LL57 2DG, 01248 382498, mindfulness@bangor.ac.uk

3rd SUNDAY

Yoga on the Lawn Join us in the garden for a relaxing summer Sunday morning. These introductory yoga classes are suitable for complete beginners. Arrive at Visitor Centre from 10.40am, £2. Penrhyn Castle, Bangor LL57 4HT, 01248 353084.

Sacred Circle Dance 1st Sun/month. We aim to create a friendly and sacred space where you will feel nurtured in body, mind and spirit. Using a wide range of music and fairly simple steps we will do dances of joy, gratitude, release, praise, reflection etc. and our hope is that you will experience a connection to the Divine joy and peace within you. No previous experious needed. 2 – 4pm, Rhosesmor Village Hall. Led by Helen Newton and Sue Bates. Contact helen@soul-life.co.uk Also on 30/9/17

Estyneto Led by choreographer Cai Tomos, for 60+ years, just come and have fun! 1pm, £3. Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 68522, galericaernarfon.com

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

Solar P.V. Off-grid Systems How to combine modules, batteries, inverters, cable sizes, calculate load demands, issues and considerations of off-grid systems; for designers, maintainers. 9.30am – 4pm, £60 course fee only. CAT, Machynlleth 01654 704966, cat.org.uk

Moth Trapping, Identification and Release Event During the evening we will set the traps. Following morning we will open the traps and identify the contents before release. Leader Julian Thompson, 9.30 – 1.30am, £2.50, Canolfan Ymwelwyr / Visitor Centre, Pont Croesor, Prenteg LL49 9SP.

Studio Ceramics & Modern Design Valuation Day Studio ceramics consultant, Jason Wood and colleagues will be on hand to offer advice, so bring along your 19th & 20th century ceramics, decorative arts, jewellery, silver, glass, textiles, etc for a free valuation. 11am – 4pm, Ruthin Craft Centre 01824 704774, ruthincraftcentre.org.uk

Big Allotment Growing Day 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 just chill out. 11.30am – 4pm. Tyn y Nant, Llanfihangel Glyn Myfyr. Nr Corwen. Facebook: Eco Fferm Frwythau/Gift Economy, or wellhealthcooperative@googlemail.com

David Lynch: The Art Life Screening (15) David Lynch takes us on an intimate journey through the formative years of his life, tracing the events that have helped to shape one of cinema’s most enigmatic directors. 1.15pm, Storyhouse, Chester CH1 2AR. 01244 409113, storyhouse.com

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

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

Churchill Film (PG). Winston Churchill struggles with his severe reservations about WWll Operation Overlord and his increasingly marginalized role in the war effort. 3.30pm, £3, £2 children. Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, ucheldre.org

4th  MONDAY

Beicio Bangor 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

Landmarks With Ensemble Cymru. Trumpet music, the spirit of an Irish jig and works by Welsh composer Claire Victoria Roberts and Nicole LeFanu’s The Swan. Part of the First International Conference on Women’s Work in Music, School of Music, Bangor University. Pontio 01248 382828, pontio.co.uk See 4th – 7th.

Christine Garwood ~ Art Classes A series of 4 art workshops for beginners. Including mark-making using a variety of implements and materials. 10am – 1pm, £40 for 4 sessions. Oriel Ynys Mon, Llangefni 01248 724444, ceriwilliams@ynysmon.gov.uk

4th MONDAY – 7th THURSDAY

The First International Conference on Women’s Work in Music The Conference has been timed to mark the 40th anniversary of the death of the Welsh composer Grace Williams (1906-77). Bringing together academics, researchers and music professionals from around the world to share their research and experience of all aspects of women working in music. The Conference will seek to both celebrate the achievements of women musicians, and to critically explore and discuss the changing contexts of women’s work in music on the international stage. £120, discount for members; lowest price £20 for day programme.  Bangor University. Contact 01248 382181, wwm@bangor.ac.uk

4th MONDAY – 8th FRIDAY

Latin Second Steps Aimed at those who have completed our Latin in a Week course or have knowledge of Latin to GCSE standard. Read and understand extracts from the poets, comic playwrights and prose writers of Classical Latin literature. £410, £290 non-residential. Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden, nr Chester. Bookings: 01244 532350, enquiries@gladlib.org

Clay Plastering Learn everything you need to know to clay plaster internal walls of your own house walls, onto different surfaces, or plastering onto a straw bale structure. £400 incl accom./ £250 course fee only. CAT, Machynlleth 01654 704966, cat.org.uk

4th MONDAY – 9th SATURDAY

Literature from the Land On this course, we’ll walk some of the mythically and archaeologically rich landscapes of Snowdonia and the Llŷn peninsula, and as it’s officially the Year of Legends in Wales we’ll listen to the stories that have arisen from place, and excavate the strata of meaning that lie above and beneath the soil here. We’ll deepen into history and nature, allowing our responses to arise and then capture them in words. £495 – £625. Tŷ Newydd, Llanystumdwy, Cricieth, LL52 0LW. 01766 522 811,  tynewydd@literaturewales.org

4th MONDAY – 17th SUNDAY

Making Connections Ruthin Craft Centre in partnership with Helfa Gelf will present 2 artists/makers in residence this September. Residency No. 1: 4 – 10 September; Residency No. 2: 11 – 17 September. In the Education Space, with accompanying events, drop-ins and activities for all. Ruthin Craft Centre 01824 704774. Please see the Helfa Gelf website for details of the application process: www.helfagelf.co.uk

5th TUESDAY

Gong Bath 7 – 8.15pm, £13. Schoolroom, Horeb Chapel, Rhiw Rd., Colwyn Bay. Steph Healy 07534 118899, puresound.org.uk

Conwy County Peace Group 1st Tues/month, 7.30pm, St. John’s Church Hall (between the two M & S stores) 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

Ogwen Litter Pick Working alongside the National Trust we will be giving a section of this valley a deep clean. 10am, booking essential. Snowdonia Society 01286 685498, owain@snowdonia-society.org.uk

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

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

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

Scribe Film (15) Unemployed Duval is contacted by a mysterious organization to transcribe intercepted calls. He accepts the job with no suspicions, but it will soon result in political shenanigans of all kinds. 8pm, French, English subtitles, £6. Theatr Clwyd, Mold 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com

Third Week in August A play with The Starlight Players. Sue decides to go away on a solo caravan holiday. 7.30pm, £8, £6 children. Held in Criccieth Memorial Hall, www.thestarlightplayers.com

5th TUESDAY – 7th THURSDAY

Zero Carbon Britain : Making it Happen! An in-depth introduction to CAT’s latest Zero Carbon Britain research, offering a robust, evidence-based scenario that explores ways we can deliver a climate positive future, whilst also maintaining a modern lifestyle. The course is aimed at Local Green Groups, Transition Towns, FOE groups, CAT members, activists etc. £100, low waged / concs £70. CAT, Machynlleth 01654 704966, cat.org.uk

6th WEDNESDAY

Full Moon in Virgo 8.02am

Conscious Dance 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

Anglesey Candle Making & Craft Workshop Open every Weds during September, 10am – 5pm, drop-in sessions; please book if you need to ensure a place. Held in the Workshop, 1st Floor, Dwyran, Llanfair PG, Anglesey LL61 6RP. Contact 07770 894281.

Destination Unknown Film (12A) 12 stories and testimonials of Holocaust survivors bringing their experiences to a new generation. 7.30pm, Galeri, Carnarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com

Britain on Film – LGBT Britain  + Rainbow Biz Short (PG) Films spanning 1909 to 1994, documenting a century in which homosexuality went from crime to Pride, via decades of profoundly courageous activism. 8pm, £6. Theatr Clwyd, Mold 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com

Vintage Film Matinees with Denbigh Film Club, free! Theatr Twm o’r Nant, Denbigh LL16 3DA. Lilian Jones 01745 813426, denbighfilmclub.co.uk

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

Sound Relaxation Gongs 7pm, £14, Bodhi Movement, The Stables, Betws y Coed. Popular event – booking essential. Steph Healy 07534 118899, puresound.org.uk

7th 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

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

John le Carre: An Evening with George Smiley (12A) Film of live broadcast from London Royal Festival Hall. The writer shares the secrets behind the creation of his most beloved character. 7.45pm, £10, £8 concs, £3 children. Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, ucheldre.org

Pyaasa: India on Film (U) Film. An immortal classic, Guru Dutt’s soulful, romantic masterpiece made in 1957, was part of Hindi cinema’s golden age. Translating as ‘The Thirsty One’, Pyaasa, set in post-independence Kolkata (then Calcutta), tells of a young poet’s ambition. Subtitled, 8pm, Theatr Clwyd, Mold 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.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

7th THURSDAY – 10th SUNDAY

Conscious Camp Join us for the 7th intimate meeting of like minded souls raising consciousness and celebrating life. Rainbow Tent, Sweat Lodge. Yoga sessions, holistic therapies, meditation. Door tickets £55, advance £45, £20 day tickets; camping and caravans £1, children over 10 £10, u10s free. £30 dogs with responsible owners.  Numers limited ~ please purchase your tickets early! Tickets: consciouscamp.co.uk/register/register.php Held in Glyndyfrwdwy, nr Llangollen. 

Festival No. 6 A multi award-winning music, arts and culture festival, with an eclectic mix of iconic and the best new artists. During the festival, the village and surrounding woodlands come alive as a unique series of surreal and inspiring venues. Variety of ticket prices. Held in Portmeirion. Full programme and info from: festivalnumber6.com

7th THURSDAY – 11th MONDAY

Yantras & Sacred Art Retreat Yantras are the most powerful of all mandalas (symmetric designs that focus the mind and induce meditation). They work with the energy and psychology of the unconscious mind. The very process of creating certain yantras has the effect of ‘rewiring’ the brain. This process is continued by using very specific meditation practices that complement each yantra. In this retreat you will be creating one of the most ancient and sacred yantras, with the intention of unblocking the unconscious mind and gaining wisdom and direction in your life. £570 shared, £710 single. Dru Yoga, Snowdonia Mountain Lodge, Bethesda LL57 3LX, 01248 602900, www.druyoga.com

7th THURSDAY – 16th SATURDAY

Mr Whatnot A hilarious and heart-warming tribute to the greats of silent screen comedy. 7.30 – 9.30pm, £10, £5.50. Grove Park Theatre, Hill St., Wrexham 01978 351091, groveparktheatre.co.uk

8th FRIDAY

Awakened Belly Dance 7 week course; a guided transformative and healing journey through movement, dance and music. 7 – 9.30pm; alternate Fridays from today. No experience necessary. £15 per session, £100 in advance. Held in Hirael Hall Community Centre, Ambrose Street, Bangor. Facebook: Awakened Belly Dance 7 week course

Rhyl Comedy Club 8 most excellent comedians from across the country, ready to make you laugh until you burst! Based in the Rhyl Little Theatre there will be a licenced bar, and coffee if you’re driving. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Donations on the door. Rhyl Comedy Club also supports new and aspiring talent. See you there!! Rhyl Little Theatre, Vale Rd., Rhyl LL18 2BS. 07773 195010, snowdonrose@aol.com

An Evening of Harmony: Fundraising Concert  “Cyngerdd Cytgord” The money raised from the concert will allow Hilary (Harmony) to study a masters degree in Music Therapy. There will be live music from Harmony, and a chance to sing together around a bonfire. £20, entry and meal, or come and pay what you can afford. Tea and cakes to buy, fundraising raffle; plus a chance to win vouchers for a range of holistic therapies, home made soap and more. Come and bring your friends! 6 – 10pm, Ffarm Moelyci, Bangor LL57 4BB. Facebook: An Evening of Harmony.

Heleniums Stage 1 Watercolour This ‘Helleniums’ watercolour workshop is divided into two half day sessions. Stage 1 – Intro and discussion of the subject.             Composition. Working with your colours. First wash. Stage 2 – Reviewing the first wash. Developing the   subject towards a finished painting. Cropping the      subject. Conclusions. Beginners welcome. All materials supplied. 10.30am – 1pm. Stage 2 on 15th Sept. Bodnant Art Studio, Tal y Cafn, Conwy. Contact katepigram@aol.co.uk

Tony Curtis: Literary Society Tony Curtis reads from his two recent books – From the Fortunate Isles: New and Selected Poems and his selected stories Some Kind of Immortality – both published to mark his seventieth year and fifty years of publishing. 1 – 3pm, £5, £4 concs., Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead, 01407 763361, ucheldre.org

Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten – Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll Film. Through the eyes, words and songs of its popular music stars of the 50s, 60s and 70s, this film brings you the twists and turns of Cambodian music as it morphed into rock and roll, and was nearly destroyed along with the rest of the country during the Khmer Rouge’s genocidal regime. Doors open 7.30pm for 8pm start. £8, £6 concs., New Dot Cinema, Upstairs @Town Hall, Castle St., Llangollen LL20 8NU. newdotcinema.org

The Book Thief (12) Film. Liesel feeds her hunger for stories by stealing books from book burnings in Nazi Germany. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm. Denbigh Film Club, Theatr Twm o’r Nant, Denbigh LL16 3DA. Lilian Jones 01745 813426, www.denbighfilmclub.co.uk

8th FRIDAY – 10th SUNDAY

Helfa Gelf Art Trail See www.helfagelf.co.uk for full info on open studios, workshops and events.

8th FRIDAY – 13th WEDNESDAY

Maudie Film (12A). A biographical drama about Maud Lewis, a Canadian artist who continued to produce paintings in spite of a debilitating physical condition. 8th & 9th 8pm; 9th, 11th & 13th 2pm. £6, £5 senior screen on 13th. Theatr Clwyd, Mold 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com

9th SATURDAY

Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma 10 month course: 2nd weekend/month. Train as a Solution Focused Hypnotherapist with the Clifton Practice; last few places for intake on 9th September. (Talk to us for an October start if nec.) Easy affordable payment plan. Tutors are Mell Cook and Claire Wiggins. Held in Conwy. Claire 07838 469174, or Mel 07746 438276, info@cphtnorthwales.co.uk – www.cphtnorthwales.co.uk 

Anglesey Môntage Writing Festival The very first writing festival to be held on the Island. Writing workshops will cover a variety of subjects, including poetry, drama, crime, e-publishing and writing for well being. There will also be workshops for Welsh learners with Bethan Gwanas. The daytime ticket is £25, this entitles the participants to attend three individual workshops and includes a buffet lunch. Arrive 9am for 9.30am – 5pm. In the evening there will be a light hearted concert at the Victoria Hotel, Menai Bridge starting at 7pm featuring musician/composer John Hywel and poet/playwright John Gorman (of the Scaffold). Local writers will read/perform some of their own work. Evening event is £10 including a buffet supper. The festival will be held at Ysgol David Hughes, Menai Bridge. For further details of workshops and bookings: angleseywritingfestival.co.uk

Slate Clock Make a slate wall clock to your own design using many colours of beautiful Welsh slate. You will explore the different possibilities and techniques for hand-working local slate and produce a unique and original item to grace your home. 10am – 4pm, £55. IARD, Parc Glyllifon, nr Caernarfon, 01286 672472, www.iard.co.uk

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

Piano and Strings Trio Music by Mozart, Corelli and Pachelbel. 7.30pm, free, retiring collection, refreshments. St Tanwg’s Church, High Street, Harlech, Gwynedd LL46 2YA. Contact 01766 780922.

Gong Bath 7pm, £10, booking essential. Mynydd Llandegai. Steph Healy 07534 118899, puresound.org.uk

Voice Workshop with Marian Bryfdir and Robyn Masson. Develop your voice whether your interest lies in jazz, folk, opera or choral music. Come and try it. All ages and levels of experience and interest are welcome. 10am – 4pm, £12, £6 students. Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, ucheldre.org

Dormouse Training Day Hazel dormouse ecology and identification, habitat requirements, survey and monitoring techniques and site visit. Booking essential. 10am – 4pm, donations welcome. NWWT.  Held at Clawdd-Newydd Community Centre, Ruthin LL15 2ND. Amy Green 07961 698437.

Build A Shave Horse In the tranquil settings of CAT’s woodland Coed Gwern, experienced and highly skilled carpenter Andy and green wood-working assistant Gareth will take you through the process using both traditional methods and contemporary tools, after which you’ll have the option of flat-packing and taking the brand new shave horse away with you. 10am – 5pm, £50 course fee only. CAT, Machynlleth 01654 704966, cat.org.uk

Introduction to Herbal Medicine A season of 5 courses over 1 year. Each day will stand alone, but all 5 will add up to give a practical introduction for the lay herbalist with an opportunity to work with an experienced medical herbalist to build on your skills and knowledge. If you are interested in herbs and want to build your confidence using them effectively to promote and maintain your own and your family’s health this course will be suitable for you whether you are already using herbs or not. Course tutor is Amanda Dean. 10am – 4.30pm, £50, course fee only. CAT, Machynlleth 01654 704966, cat.org.uk

9th SATURDAY & 10th SUNDAY

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

Social Forestry OCN Level 3 Accredited Practical woodland management and craft sessions led by tutors from the Woodland Skills Centre who are all qualified Social Forestry practitioners. £550 course fee or £600 including camping, all meals and use of facilities. Deposit £300. Woodland Skills Centre, Bodfari 01745 710626, woodlandskillscentre.co.uk

Dry-stone Walling Training Weekend A professional-level dry-stone walling course showing the whole process, from foundations to copings, with Paul Smyth, £90. Paul Smyth 01766 513213, pasmyth@btinternet.com

9th SATURDAY – 16th SATURDAY

Discovering the Heart of Buddhism Retreat This week of retreat gives an opportunity  for meditation, reflection and study. This year we will be focusing on Sensitivity and Mandala Principle. Lama Shenpen will also offer the formal transmission of Discovering the Heart of Buddhism. Vegetarian meals included. The Hermitage, Ynys Graianog, Criccieth LL52 0NT, 01766 530839, hermitage@ahs.org.uk

10th 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

Jonas Kaufmann ~ My Italy Jonas Kaufmann, the celebrated German tenor, presents his personal tribute to Italian music and culture in this special concert documentary film My Italy. 3.30pm, £10, £8, £3 children. Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, ucheldre.org Also 13th

Yoga on the Lawn See 3rd

Nonviolence and Compassionate Communication with Rik Midgeley. 10am – 5pm. Please arrive promptly so we can start on time. All of my workshops are run on the principle of gift culture. They are given freely, and if you would like to give something in return it would support the sustainability of me holding these events. Booking is required as the room has a limited capacity. You are invited to bring vegetarian food to share for lunch.  Ty Bach, Bethesda High Street. For more details see my website www.LiveNonviolence.uk   

Spider Hunt! We will be joined by Richard Gallon, Cofnod’s very own spiderman, to hunt for these many and varied creatures around this reserve. 2 – 4pm, donations welcome. NWWT, meet at layby A541, Y Ddol Uchaf Nature Reserve, Yscefiog CH7 5UW. Mark Hughes 07800 771570, mjdhughes1108@gmail.com

Nuno Felting Learn how to make a felted scarf. Nuno felting is a wet felting technique which bonds loose fibre, into a sheer fabric to create a lightweight felt fabric. This fabric is then ideal for making clothes and for this course, your own handmade scarf. 10am – 4pm, £70. IARD, Parc Glyllifon, nr Caernarfon, 01286 672472, www.iard.co.uk

High-Tide Waders and Coastal Flora Heading out in search of autumn passage waders such as curlew sandpipers and little stint, whilst admiring the many specialised coastal plants under Kipper Davies’s expert guidance. 2 – 5pm, donations welcome. Meet in Flint Castle c.p. CH6 5PH, SJ 247732. Steve Palin 07876 501014, stevepalin@supanet.com

Introduction to Herbal Medicine – Autumn Fruits and Winter Wellness If you are interested in herbs and want to build your confidence using them effectively to promote and maintain your own and your family’s health. This course will be suitable for you whether you are already using herbs or not. 10am – 4.30pm, £50 course fee only. CAT, Machynlleth 01654 704966, cat.org.uk

Colour Run Llandudno Ras Liwiau A unique Family 5km fun run, walk or skip with a difference, along the West Shore in Llandudno, be prepared to get scattered with coloured paint at colour stations along the route. 1 – 3pm, £15, £10 child/U16s; £45 family (2×2). West Shore, Llandudno. On behalf of St David’s Hospice.

10th SUNDAY – 24th SUNDAY

Autumn Vision Quest The Vision Quest is an ancient ceremony to mark and move on from one life transition to another. This vision quest will take place in the mountains of Snowdonia. £775, £200 non-refundable deposit. Enquiries/bookings: Ancient Healing Ways, Pip Bondy 01766 780557, ancienthealingways.co.uk

11th 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, Snowdonia Society 01286 685498, tyhyll@snowdonia-society.org.uk

Gong Bath 7 – 8.15pm, £13. Upstairs in the Llanfairfechan Town Hall. Steph Healy 07534 118899, puresound.org.uk

Zoe Mulford and Jeni Hankins Live music, Banjo and Flatfoot Dancing. 8pm, £5, £3. Conwy Folk Club, Conwy Comrades & Social Club LL32 8AF. conwyfolkclub.org.uk

Hyfforddi Tiwtoriaid Cerdd Gymunedol ym Mangor ~ Community Music Tutor Training Designed to give an understanding of community music and a taste of Community Music Tutor Training. This course is useful for those who have some experience of working with groups and would like to consolidate their skills. It covers a range of theory and practice in community music, with practical workshops from professional community music trainers. The course is Agored Cymru accredited and costs £120 (£80 concession). Course dates are: 11th, 12th, 18th, 25th & 26th September, 9.30am – 4.30pm. Contact 0292 0838 060, hannaht@communitymusicwales.org.uk ~ communitymusicwales.co.uk/tutor-training

Seriously Books Want somewhere to discuss literary classics: past, present and future? Here you’ll find a warm welcome and intelligent discussion that ranges from the light-hearted to the challenging. Meets 2nd Mon/month. Books selected by vote and alternate between contemporary and classic fiction. Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden. Contact Louisa Yates louisa.yates@gladlib.org

Holyhead Writers Group 2nd & 4th Mon/month. PenFriends is a creative writing group who offer support and feedback on each other’s work and also do fun writing exercises to stretch our creative muscles! 7pm. £1. Harvest Moon, Newry St., Holyhead (opposite Holyhead Library). Karen 07929 069235.

11th MONDAY – 16th SATURDAY

Poetry: Transforming Trauma On this course we’ll explore ways to write poetry that can help us, not just to express the trials of our lives, but we’ll also attempt to transform trauma through the joy and playfulness of writing, having fun with form, imagery and language. £495 – £625. Tŷ Newydd, Llanystumdwy, Cricieth, LL52 0LW. 01766 522 811, tynewydd@literaturewales.org

Adaptation and Sustainability Concepts & Planning This course will explore the inter-relation between energy and the environment on a global level. It will discuss possible solutions to global issues. £700, low waged/concs £625. CAT, Machynlleth 01654 704966, cat.org.uk

Introduction to Sustainable Energy You will learn how to discern the wider implications of environmental change and the need for a sustainable approach to energy use, demand, supply and management and its influence on social structures, environment, economics, resource management and governance through a critical analysis and appreciation of the interconnectedness of the factors involved. Phew. £700 waged, £625 concs. CAT, Machynlleth 01654 704966, cat.org.uk

12th TUESDAY

Bangor Theosophical Lodge Atlantis – The Greatest Riddle of Mankind Some claim it was an island, others a continent, others a global land mass. An examination of its rise and fall and what lessons it holds for future incarnations. All welcome. A talk by Colin Boyce – London, sponsored by the Foundation for Theosophical Studies. 7.30pm, £5, £3 TS members. Held at Hirael Hall, Ambrose St. Bangor LL57 1DF. Enquiries: 01248 600267, toddyalc@gmail.com

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

Carbon Meets Silicon ’17 – Symposium and Exhibition Brings together leading artists, scientists, thinkers and performers from around the world for a full day of discussions and demonstrations exploring questions including; How is science changing the arts? What can artists and scientists achieve together which they cannot achieve alone? And, where does science end and art begin? 10am – 6.30pm. £22. Glyndwr University, Wrexham LL11 2AW. Ticket: ticketline.co.uk

Hyfforddi Tiwtoriaid Cerdd Gymunedol ym Mangor ~ Community Music Tutor Training See 11th

Gong Bath 7 – 8.15pm, £13. Penmorfa Memorial Hall,  near Tremadog. Steph Healy 07534 118899, puresound.org.uk

Happy Valley Entertainment As part of MOSTYN’s Open 20 exhibition, join us to discuss memories of Happy Valley entertainment. Bring along photos and any memorabilia relating to the subject. 2pm. Mostyn, Llandudno LL30 1AB, 01492 879201, mostyn.org

Dry Stone Walling Join us to 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. Snowdonia Society 01286 685498, owain@snowdonia-society.org.uk

Land of Mine Film (15). A group of young German soldiers have to clear mines under the watch of a Danish sergeant who slowly learns to appreciate their plight. 8pm, £6. Theatr Clwyd, Mold 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com

13th WEDNESDAY

Drop-In Mindfulness Sessions Open to all, and ideal for anyone who wishes to get a taste of mindfulness. Every 2 weeks starting today from 1 – 2pm. It is fine to come for the first half hour only; donation basis/£5. Held at the Doctor’s surgery ~ Tŷ Doctor, Nefyn. Tara: 01766 530839, gwyneddmindfulness.co.uk

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.

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

Around Dinas Bran Legends abound at Castell Dinas Bran – come and find out more. 10am – 12noon. Meet Llangollen Pavillion c.p. for a lift up; 01824 712757.

David Gilmour Live in Pompeii Film screening of Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour performing in amphitheatre in Rome. 7pm, £10. Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllheli 01758 704088. Also £10, £8 concs. Galeri, Caernafon 01286 685222. Also £13, £11, Theatr Clwyd, Mold 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com Also £10, £8 concs, £3 child. Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, ucheldre.org

Modern Watercolours: Exhibition Tour Peter Boughton explores the highlights of our collection of modern watercolours. 2 – 3pm, £3. Grosvenor Museum, Chester CH1 2DD, 01244 972197.

Llandudno and District Writers Group 2nd Weds/month. This month: DeAnn Bell – The Short Horror Story. All welcome! Llandudno Public Library. Contact: llandudno.writers@aol.co.uk

Sound Bath 7pm, £13, Canolfan Beaumaris. Steph Healy 07534 118899, puresound.org.uk

Conscious Dance 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

Jonas Kaufmann ~ My Italy See 11th

Churchill Film (PG) An intimate and personal portrait of wartime leader Winston Churchill, set in the final few days preceding D-Day, in June 1944. 11am & 2pm, Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com

14th  THURSDAY

Autumnal Inspiration – Ceramic Workshop Inspired by the approaching season you can develop your own piece using imagery from photographs or sketches, or actual seeds, leaves etc. to make a vase, candle holder or small sculptural item. 10am – 2pm,  £55, (£20 deposit) to include materials, firings, tea, coffee and biscuits. Rhydymwyn Valley, Mold. www.kirstibrownceramics.co.uk

Exploring the Landscape Have fun creating mixed media landscapes of the beautiful Nantlle valley with the guide of a qualified art teacher. 10am – 3pm, booking essential, £35 per day. Trigonos, Nantlle. Bookings: Jane 01286 660 065, j.stubbs065@btinternet.com

The Music Room: India on Film (U) Set in the late ’20s, it follows a decadent Bengali zamindar (landlord) called Biswambhar Roy – an otherworldly man who prefers spending time listening to music and dreaming of the past. 8pm, £6, Theatr Clwyd, Mold 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com

Tai Chi Workshops For Adults This workshop is suitable for beginners, and being based at RSPB Conwy will focus on various Tai Chi bird forms including the White Crane. 10 – 11am, £5. RSPB Nature Reserve, Conwy LL31 9XZ. Tutor: Henry Shallcross 07563 085945.

Colwyn Bay Theosophical Lodge Group Discussion – Hierarchy of Angels; Cosmic & Planetary Devas & Elementals. Based on Tim Wyatt’s book Cycles of Eternity. 2pm, £5, £3 TS members, free refreshments. Held in Parkway Community Centre, Rhos on Sea LL28 4SE. Enquiries Pauline 07547 135491, p.owens@live.co.uk

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

15th FRIDAY

Caffi Stori Llangollen Storytelling Café 3rd Fri/month. Join us for stories, songs, music and poetry ~ come to tell or just to listen. 7.30pm ~ only £2, in the Courtyard Coffee Shop, Cwrt-y-Castell, Castle Street, Llangollen LL20 8NY. Delicious coffee and cakes on sale from Julie of the Coffee Shop. Croeso cynnes i bawb! A warm welcome to all! Suzi 01490 460563.

An Evening of Yin Yoga and Gong Bath The evening will consist of 75 minutes of yin yoga, followed by a Gong Bath, a closing meditation and tea and cake to finish. 6 – 8.30pm, £20, booking essential. The Schoolroom, Horeb Chapel, Rhiw Road, Colwyn Bay, LL29 7TL. Steph Healy 07534 118899, puresound.org.uk

RSPB Local Group ~ Yellowstone in Peril Illustrated talk with NWWT by Paul Rogers. £2.50, includes refreshments, all very welcome. St. David’s Church Hall, Glan-y-Mor Road, Penrhyn Bay, Llandudno LL30 3NT. Norman Marshall 01492 592247.

Heleniums Stage 2 Watercolours, Conwy. See 8th

Changing A Space ~ Newid Gofod With Helfa Gelf. This session is about redesigning a space using drawing/painting and OHP projectors and digital technology. Participants will use their creative skills in a new way experimenting with light, stencils and live drawing. The facilitator Megan Broadmeadow, will also cover the implications of artists working in a public space in a venue that traditionally isn’t associated with art. This event will result in your creations being available for the public to interact with on the following day, during the LLAWN festival. 10.30am – 4pm, Llandudno. Ticket info: eventbrite.co.uk

15th FRIDAY & 16th SATURDAY

Gorjys Secrets Music Festival Live bands and singer songwriters. Activities include wood carving, donkey rides, artists Merchandise Store, circus, Fairy Story Telling – for all the family. Tickets: Fri & Sat £55; 60s+ £45; U10s free, other tickets available for single events. Campervans and camping available. Caer Rhun Hall, Conwy, www.gorjys.com

Ogwen Mountaineering Festival With established names such as Alan Hinkes, Lowri Morgan and Nigel Shepherd, there is enough variety for everyone. Additionally, we have free climbing workshops, coffee morning, product stalls. South Snowdonia Mountain Rescue Team, CribGoch, DMM, V12, great raffle prizes and more! Full festival ticket £30, various costs for events. Neuadd Ogwen, Ffordd Bangor, Bethesda, LL57 3AN. post@neuaddogwen.com

15th FRIDAY – 17th SUNDAY

Helfa Gelf Art Trail See www.helfagelf.co.uk for full info on open studios, workshops and events.

Llandudno Arts Weekend ~ LLAWN05 A free arts festival that celebrates and explores Llandudno through art, artefact, sound, comedy, performance and participation. Across the weekend you can explore this work in unusual spaces and surprising places including baptist chapels; empty shops; shipping containers and our very own Victorian Bathing Machines. Seaside Cinema, What Can You Create Over 100 days? Lookout, The Hair Show, True Stories, Walking Tours, Art, Welsh National Opera, Photomarathon, Ghostbuskers, Art Trail and Creative Flow Workshop. 12 Vaughan St., Llandudno LL30 1AB. www.llawn.org

Hygge Retreat A magical time out in another world. Hosted by Jane, with yoga, meditation, energy workshops, massage, open fires, a beautiful lake and lovely veggie food. £250, including massage, welcome candle, fleece blanket and a little book, and all vegan food. £100 deposit now secures your place. Cae Mabon, Fachwen, nr Llanberis 01286 871542, caemabon.co.uk

The Good Life Experience A weekend of discovery, music, food, workshops and The Great Outdoors. Tickets range from £134 adult camping weekend to £10 car parking. Held at Hawarden Estate, Flintshire CH5 3FB. Contact 01244 784122, Mon-Fri,  thegoodlifeexperience.couk

Lloyd George Visit the boyhood home of Lloyd George, explore the Museum and see rare footage of him speaking. £190 – £210. Plas Tan y Bwlch, Maentwrog 01766 772600, eryri-npa.gov.uk

Botanical Art in Coloured Pencil Take this opportunity to create a mixed study, or simply concentrate on a single subject to remind you of this botanically interesting time of year. Whether from the garden or wayside, there should be an abundance of subject material and lots to see and inspire in the gardens. £205 – £225. Plas Tan y Bwlch, Maentwrog 01766 772600, eryri-npa.gov.uk

Dolbelydr Open Days This building is a fine example of a 16th-century gentry house and also has a claim to be the birthplace of the modern Welsh language.
It was here that Henry Salesbury wrote his ‘Gramatica Britannica’. 10am – 4pm, Dolbelydr, Trefnant, Denbighshire www.landmarktrust.org.uk

16th SATURDAY

The Sorrows of The World ~ A Grief Ceremony At the threshold of grief we shall meet and call around us a community of kindred spirits who share our sorrow at the ecological and humanitarian crises, species extinction, climate change, terrorism, wars, poverty and systemic abuse that we see in the world. The Invitation is to come and Be; to create space in the overwhelm for our fears and grief at the state of the world; to come and Be on the land in community with others who honour the same sorrow. We will be working with Joanna Macy’s “Truth Mandala”, powerful and cathartic work, that creates new pathways to being ever more grounded and ever more at peace even as the world spins crazily around us. 9.30am – 6pm. All donations to cover costs are  very welcome. Pen y Bonc, Cyttir Lane, Bangor  LL57 4DB. Alexandra Wilson: alexandrajwilson@yahoo.co.uk

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

Qigong and a Sound Bath An evening workshop of Qigong with Jeff Cushing and a Sound Bath with Steph Healy. Qigong is very effective for creating calmness in the mind and energising the body. A Gong Bath is ideal for re-balancing and letting go of stress. We will practice Qigong for an hour, have a short break and then consolidate with an hour Sound Bath with Steph. 6 – 8.30pm, £20. Neuadd Goffa, Mynydd Llandegai. Steph Healy 07534 118899, puresound.org.uk

Beachwatch Help protect marine wildlife by collecting and surveying litter on our adopted beach; bring gloves. Family friendly, (under 18’s must be accompanied). All very welcome. 10.30am – 12.30pm. Meet on the Promenade to the west of Porth Eirias, Colwyn Bay (GR: SH 856 791). Mark Sheridan 01492 583820, 07505 214073, mark.sheridan mgc@gmail.com

Shore Life and Litter Survey Come and explore our beach, with picnic in hand! Led by Dawn Thomas, NWWT’s Living Seas Awareness Officer. 10am – 2pm, donations welcome. Meet beach c.p., Fairbourne LL38 2DX. Janet Baker 07812 659593, jemmole@hotmail.com

Harlech Beach Clean We are joining the Marine Conservation Society to clear the litter from Harlech Beach. 10am. Booking essential, free transport from Bangor and Caernarfon. Snowdonia Society 01286 685498, owain@snowdonia-society.org.uk

Botanical Painting Classes Led by Doreen Hamilton. 3rd Sat/month. Materials can be supplied at cost if you just want to give it a try and not have to buy expensive items 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

Discover ‘Rust’ Fungi Workshop Discover fungi with mycologist Debbie Evans (co-author of the Rust Fungus Catalogue for Wales). This workshop will be part indoors and part outdoors, and will be focusing on the fascinating world of rust fungi. Tea/coffee included. 10am – 3pm, £4 RSPB members, £6 non-members, booking essential. RSPB Conwy, LL31 9XZ, 01492 581025, conwy@rspb.org.uk

National Youth Brass Band of Wales ~ Journey into Freedom Music by Aaron Copland, Rhian Samuel, Willliam Mathias and others. 7.30pm, £15 – £6. Held in St Asaph Cathedral. Bookings Theatr Clwyd, Mold 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com Part of the NW International Festival of Music

Open Doors 2017 Join one of three hour-long, curator-led tours where you’ll learn about our unique and distinctive collections and the man who founded them, W.E. Gladstone. You will also go behind the scenes into Closed Access, our secure store – get up close with almost 6,000 items printed before 1800, some dating from the early 16th Century. Tours led at 12pm, 2pm & 4pm. Free, Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden, nr Chester. Bookings: 01244 532350, enquiries@gladlib.org

Beach Clean Come to help us on the beach for the UK’s biggest beach clean and survey promoted by the Marine Conservation Society. 10am – 12noon. Meet Rhyl Harbour Café SH995808.

16th SATURDAY & 17th SUNDAY

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

Mold Food and Drink Festival Family event, children’s cookery school, food science lab, local chefs, cookery theatre, healthy eating trails and interactive demos; live music. 10am – 8pm, £7, 4 – 13yrs £3. New St. car park, Mold CH7 1N. Contact 07775 037721. moldfoodfestival.co.uk

16th SATURDAY – 20th WEDNESDAY

Home Cooked Happiness: Simple Vegan Cooking Looking for a healthy kick-start in the kitchen, something quick and easy that all the family will enjoy? Seeking simple and inspiring dishes that you’ll want to cook all the time? In this retreat we’ll learn the basic skills for transforming fruits, nuts and vegetables into nutritious and delicious meals that everyone will love. This is quick, creative and delicious cooking on a budget. Led by Lee Watson, author of Peace & Parsnips. We’ll be ‘veganising’ many classic dishes and learning simple techniques covering breakfast, bread, soups, starters, salads, stews, bakes, cakes and many desserts. £320 – £490. Bookings: Trigonos, Nantlle 01286 882388, info@trigonos.org

16th SATURDAY – 24th SUNDAY

Outstanding Week Walks in the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and celebrate the UK’s best landscapes with National Outstanding Week. More info from: www.clwydianrangeanddeevalleyaonb.org.uk

16th SATURDAY – 30th SATURDAY

NW International Music Festival Concerts, workshops, Choirs, and singing capella groups. Held in St. Asaph Cathedral. Full programme from www.nwimf.com, Booking office Theatr Clwyd, Mold 01352 701521.

17th SUNDAY

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

Grounded, Upright, Balanced ~ Feldenkrais Method Discover a full, easy length, at once stable and mobile. 10am – 1pm, £30. Verve Health, Fitness & Wellbeing, 2 – 4 George St., Llangollen LL20 8RE. Veronica Rock 07990 825783, vhrock@feldenkrais.co.uk

Yoga on the Lawn See 3rd

Wildlife Walk About 4.5 km walk looking and listening for birds from the banks of Llyn Cefni through the wooded valley of the Dingle (Nant y Pandy). Organised in conjunction with the ‘Birds in Wales’ exhibition in Oriel Môn. Booking essential. Bad weather reserve date of 24 September. No dogs. £3.50 (children free). 10am – 1pm, meet Oriel Mon c.p., Nant y Pandy / Llyn Cefni, Llangefni LL77 7JF. Ben Stammers 01248 351541, benstammers@wildlifetrustswales.org See Exhibitions

Pianists Galore! With Iwan Llewelyn-Jones. An afternoon of piano music from Beethoven to the Blues, featuring pianists from all over Wales, and introduced by Iwan Llewelyn-Jones. The performers are all Iwan’s students, and include national prize winners and graduates of the Royal Academy and Royal College of Music. Refreshments available. 3pm, £5, £4, £2 children. Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, ucheldre.org
John Lill ~ Piano Part of the Classical Music Series. Music by Beethoven. 7.30pm, £17,  £15 child/student. Theatr Clwyd, Mold 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com

17th SUNDAY – 22nd FRIDAY

The Society of Botanical Artists Residential Course The course will provide a very dynamic tutoring style with two different media – Watercolour or Gouache. A guest lecturer will be booked for an evening talk and a visit to the local botanical gardens at Treborth is also available during the week. £530 – £580. Plas Tan y Bwlch, Maentwrog 01766 772600, eryri-npa.gov.uk

18th MONDAY

Kedi (U) Film profile of the mysterious and beloved cats that live in the ancient Turkish city. 10.30am, with tea/panad £3, or 7.30pm, £6.25, £5.25. Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllheli 01758 704088.

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

Sentences – Writer’s Group Meets 3rd/Monday each month to review each other’s submissions, share competition, market and publishing news and welcome all levels of expertise – prolific or wannabe! Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden. Contact Hazel: seriouslysentences@gmail.com

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

Hyfforddi Tiwtoriaid Cerdd Gymunedol ym Mangor ~ Community Music Tutor Training See 11th

Open Circle Psychic, Mediumistic and Healing Group meet every other week through the year beginning today. 7 – 9pm, £5 include refreshments. 16+ only. Held in Canolfan Ni Corwen. Facebook: Open Circle

The Cottage Garden Society A talk with Jack Willgoss from Wildgoose Nursery titled “Late Summer Love Affair”. There will be plants for sale. 7.15 for 7.30pm start. Eirianfa Comunity Centre, Denbigh LL16 3TS. www.thecottagegardensociety.org.uk

19th TUESDAY

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

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

Dementia Friendly Screening – Oklahoma (U) Screenings are adapted to suit the needs of people living with dementia: the lights are left on low, there are no trailers and the audience members are welcome to move around the space, talk and sing along to musical numbers in the film. We aim to provide a relaxed at home feeling whilst still being a special experience. 11am, £4, free refreshments. Staff available for assistance where needed. Theatr Clwyd, Mold 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com

Chester Humanists 3rd Tues/month. We seek to make the best use of the one life we have by creating meaning and purpose for ourselves, using reason, experience and shared human values. Meet at 7.30pm, Custom House, Watergate St., Chester. Stuart 07954 166 567, Richard 07530 225268, chester.humanist.org.uk

Mr Darcy Loses The Plot Theatre. Mr Darcy, left to his own devices, embroiders his own storyline while his creator stitches her quilt. 7.30pm, £12, Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllheli 01758 704088.

19th TUESDAY & 20th WEDNESDAY

An Inconvenient Sequel Film (PG) The sequel to An Inconvenient Truth. The follow-up documentary addresses the progress made to tackle the problem of climate change and Al Gore’s global efforts to persuade governmental leaders to invest in renewable energy, culminating in the landmark signing of 2016’s Paris Climate Agreement. 8pm, 19th – subtitles/audio description. £6. Theatr Clwyd, Mold 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com

19th TUESDAY – 23rd  SATURDAY

The Shakespeare Revue Theatre performance. Dedicated to all things Shakespeare and (lovingly!) taking the mickey out of it. With songs and sketches written by Victoria Wood, Alan Bennett, Stephen Sondheim, Maureen Lipman, Monty Python, Cole Porter, Fry & Laurie and many more. 7.30pm, and 2.30pm 21st & 23rd. £22 – £10. Theatr Clwyd, Mold 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com

20th WEDNESDAY

New Moon in Virgo 6.29am

Luna Meet Women’s monthly circle. Gathering together embracing and honouring womanhood in a gorgeous teepee in the woods. Themed activities focussing on mindfulness and promoting wellbeing. Pre-bookings only due to maximum capacity. 5 – 7pm. Wepre Park, Connahs Quay Flintshire. Facebook: Merry Meets

Snowdon Footpath Maintenance Come and help us maintain the footpaths of Snowdon – they are walked on by 600,000 people a year. 7.45pm, booking essential, free train ride to summit, limited spaces available. Snowdonia Society 01286 685498, owain@snowdonia-society.org.uk

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

ROH Live: The Magic Flute Prince Tamino promises the Queen of the Night that he will rescue her daughter Pamina from the enchanter Sarastro. He begins his quest, accompanied by the bird-catcher Papageno – but all is not as it seems… 7.15pm, £10, £8 concs., £3 children. Sung in German with English surtitles. Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, ucheldre.org

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

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

Vineyard and Orchard Walk (with tasting) Walk around the vineyards, famous for wines, cider and apple juice (including the Bardsey Apple). Booking essential, 2 – 4pm, £7. NWWT, Pant Du Vineyard & Orchards, Penygroes, Caernarfon LL54 6HE. Sue Carter 01248 371769, sue@gorad.co.uk

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 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.

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

20th WEDNESDAY & 21st THURSDAY

Everything, Everything Film (12A). A teenager who has spent her life confined to her home falls for the boy next door. 7.30pm, £6.25, £5.25 concs. Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllheli 01758 704088.

21st THURSDAY

Morning Gong 10 – 11am, £12, Y Ffestri, Llanberis. Steph Healy 07534 118899, puresound.org.uk

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

World Alzheimer’s Day WAD takes place every year on 21st September. This year we’ll be sharing the story of Peter Lyttle, whose dementia journey was turned around when he met dementia advisor, Elaine. The story concludes with a special live event on our Facebook page on World Alzheimer’s Day. You can find out about this, more events and fundraising at www.alzheimers.org.uk

The Hero’s Journey with the Reindeer Druid. Follow a path of self discovery with a small group of committed adventures. 6 – 9pm, and thereafter every Thursday till the end of October. £15 per session. Held at Bryn Coch Bach, Nebo LL54 6EH. Caryl 01286 881577 (after 7pm please).  

Watercolours, Watercolour Pencils and Pastels A 10 week course suitable for beginners and intermediate. 1 – 4pm, £100 for 10 weeks, friendly environment, some one-to-one involved, some equipment available. H’Artworks Gallery and Workshop, The Old Methodist Chapel, Beaumaris. Anne Snaith 01248 812045, hartworks@btinternet.com

Sound Bath 8pm, £13, booking essential. Rhuddlan Comunity Centre. Steph Healy 07534 118899, puresound.org.uk

Engage Cymru Seminar Exploring training to support young people to reach their potential through meaningful Arts interventions. Local authority, crime prevention and statutory organisations, Helfa Gelf members and all arts organisations welcome to share expertise and knowledge. 10am – 4pm, £30 – £20. Held in Denbigh Town Hall, LL16 3TB. Bookings: Meg Beaumont info@engage.org

Silent Waters: India on Film (12A) Set in 1979 Pakistan, General Zia-ul-Haq has imposed martial law and, within a few months, the country is decreed a Muslim state. An 18-year-old young man is a quiet dreamer, but the fast moving political situation fills his mother  with anxiety, since her son is changing out of all recognition. 8pm, English subtitles, £6. Theatr Clwyd, Mold 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com

NEW Sinfonia & Frederico Colli ~ A Night in Vienna. Music by Mozart and Strauss. 7.30pm, £18 – £7.50, held in St Asaph Cathedral. Bookings: Theatr Clwyd, Mold 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com Part of the NW International Festival of Music

21st THURSDAY – 23rd SATURDAY

Putting the End of the World in Perspective Examine social paradigm shifts, historic turning points, cultural tipping points and major theological transitions in the history of Christianity and look at seismic shifts and cataclysmic change in how we see the world. £215, non-residential £150. Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden, nr Chester. Bookings: 01244 532350, enquiries@gladlib.org

21st THURSDAY – 24th SUNDAY

Autumn Sing with Pauline Down and Rowena Whitehead. There will be harmony singing from different vocal traditions, celebrating and honouring nature, the land and its people, led by two highly experienced singing leaders. Costs: 21st – 24th £360 -£420; 22nd – 24th £240 – £280. Trigonos, Nantlle. 01286 882388, trigonos.org ~ paulinedown.com

21st THURSDAY – 30th SATURDAY

Uncle Vanya Theatre performance. Chekhov’s poignant comedy about polite people going crazy in the middle of nowhere. 7.45pm, £16 – £5. Theatr Clwyd, Mold 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com

22nd FRIDAY

Autumn Equinox 9:02pm

Mabon Gathering This free event offers an opportunity for individuals and families to come together to mark the autumn equinox and celebrate the season. Creative activities, Open Mic, Drumming, Storytelling, Mindfulness workshop. 4.30 – 7pm. Wepre Park, Connahs Quay, Flintshire CH5. Facebook: Merry Meets

Magical Moths Join moth enthusiast Julian Thompson to discover the fascinating world of moths in the grounds at Tŷ Hyll. Weather dependant. Free, but donations welcome. 7.30pm. Snowdonia Society 01286 685498, tamsin@snowdonia-society.org.uk

Stargazing Take a tour of the night sky,  viewing familiar and unfamiliar constellations of the northern hemisphere. 8 – 10pm, £10 adults. Rhuddlan Castle 01745 590777, cadw.gov.wales/events

Luke Daniels: The Polyphon Chronicles Luke has designed and built a brand new musical instrument for his latest show called the ‘Electrophon’.  It combines traditional sourced material, new music technology, syncing step motion from the resonating steel comb of a c1880 polyphon machine with digital and midi time code to create new instrumental music and songs on 20” steel discs with which he plays guitar, melodeon and sings. 7.30pm, £12. Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com

Dementia Friendly Screenings: Jail House Rock Elvis Presley film. Part of World Alzheimers Month. Cellb are happy to  be part of the screenings for people living with dementia. Everything is kept simple, no adverts, comfortable lighting and volume; family and friends welcome as are care staff and social workers/ open to general public too. 1.30pm, £6 includes tea/coffee. Cellb, Blaenau Ffestiniog, LL41 3AD. 01766 832001, prisoner@cellb.org

Kim Lowings and The Greenwood Live music from folk tradition. 7pm, £11. Gwaenysgor Village Hall, LL18 6EW.

Red Priest Gypsy Baroque Fantasy Music by Telemann, Campra, Byrd, Biber and others. 7.30pm, £18 – £7.50. Held in St Asaph Cathedral. Bookings: Theatr Clwyd, Mold 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com Part of the NW International Festival of Music

22nd FRIDAY – 24th SUNDAY

Helfa Gelf Art Trail See www.helfagelf.co.uk for full info on open studios, workshops and events.

Early Railways in Wales This course examines recent research on the extensive early systems, looking at motive power, the introduction of passenger transport and their impact on the industries and landscapes of Wales. £205 – £225. Plas Tan y Bwlch, Maentwrog 01766 772600, eryri-npa.gov.uk

Friends Weekend Over the weekend there will be a choice of activities: a chance to relax, entertainment and an opportunity to catch up with old Friends, as well as the AGM. £190 – £210. Plas Tan y Bwlch, Maentwrog 01766 772600, eryri-npa.gov.uk

22nd FRIDAY – 25th MONDAY

Yoga and Wild Swimming Menai Bridge. Laura Bell, 07989 512859, thezestlife.co.uk. See 1st – 3rd

22nd FRIDAY – 27th WEDNESDAY

Final Portrait Film (15) Geoffrey Rush plays Alberto Giacometti, the famous artist who bumps into his old friend, the American critic, James Lord, and begs that he sits for a portrait because he has an interesting face. It’ll just take a couple of days in his studio. . . . £6, 8pm 22nd; 2pm 23rd -27th (senior screen £5, 27th). Theatr Clwyd, Mold 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com

23rd SATURDAY

The Mountain Environment We take a look at the mountain environment from its geological history to its vegetation and human influences upon the landscape. We will identify general characteristics of rock types, habitats and take a closer look at the wildlife which inhabit this environment. A notebook, pencil and camera would be useful to bring along. £45. Nature’s Work, Snowdonia 01248 361142, natureswork.co.uk

Transcendental Meditation Introductory Talk This introductory talk will describe what Transcendental Meditation is, where it comes from, how it works, what it does, and what research there has been on its benefits. Transcendental Meditation is an effortless mental technique, practised sitting comfortably with eyes closed. The technique allows the attention to settle down to quieter levels of thought, and contact a silent, dynamic level of inner happiness and wakefulness at the source of the thinking process. David was trained by the TM founder Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in 1975. There will also be a TM training starting in October for those interested. 2.30pm, free. Glynne Room, Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden, nr Chester CH5 3DF. David Hughes 07854 688113,  www.uk.tm.org 

Natural Beauty Workshop During this workshop you’ll learn how to take care of your skin in a natural and healthy way that doesn’t cause harm to your health or the environment. 10am – 4pm, £40 course fee only. CAT, Machynlleth 01654 704966, cat.org.uk

Textile Art Workshops With Anita Long. Anita will demonstrate her hand needle-felting techniques to help you create your own beautiful textile art! All materials will be provided, including a felt panel, silks and threads plus beads and buttons. Suitable for all abilities and beginners are welcome! 10.30am – 4pm. Bodnant Art Studios, Penrhyn Rd., Tal y Cafn, Conwy LL28 5RW. 01492 650153, katepigram@aol.co.uk

Spider ID Come and search Tŷ Hyll’s fabulous gardens and woodland for our Arachnid friends, and learn all about these interesting creatures, with Richard Gallon from the British Arachnological Society. 10am, booking essential, free transport available from Bangor and Caernarfon. Tŷ, Hyll, Snowdonia Society 01286 685498, owain@snowdonia-society.org.uk

Land of Mine Film (15). A group of young German soldiers have to clear mines under the watch of a Danish sergeant who slowly learns to appreciate their plight. 7.30pm, £6.25, £5.25. Danish/German with English subtitles. Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllheli 01758 704088.

Jeremy Hardy Live Well known stand-up comedian, for 14+ years. 8pm, £14. Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com

Rhwng: Sound Poetics Led by poet, broadcaster and writer Sean Street. This workshop will explore the sound under sound, seek to develop active listening to both the world around us and the sound inside text, and examine species of silence and stillness, uncovering layers of meaning through sonic expression in our relationship with things. 10am – 4pm, £15, £10 concs., Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, ucheldre.org

23rd SATURDAY & 24th SUNDAY

Seeing the Unseen – Sculpture Course Using the natural environment and surroundings, you will work under the guidance of sculptor, Glenn Morris, to produce a work that will be shown within the new Quarry Trail at CAT. The theme, Seeing the Unseen is aimed at introducing the viewer to a new or original way of seeing or engaging with nature and the environment using materials available on site in an imaginative and exciting way. 10am – 4pm, £120 course fee only. CAT, Machynlleth 01654 704966, cat.org.uk

Anglesey Woodland Festival Join us in celebrating our native trees and woodlands with crafts, woodland skills, green woodworking demonstrations and much more. 11am – 3.30pm, free, but normal admission charges. Plas Newydd House and Gardens, Llanfairpwll, Anglesey LL61 6DQ, 01248 714795.

Deglaciation of Welsh Landscape In this course, participants learn why ice-ages happen at all, how they affect the landscape and the consequences of their ending. £100, low waged/concs £80 course fee only; accomm extra. CAT, Machynlleth 01654 704966, cat.org.uk

Social Forestry OCN Level 3 Accredited See 9th & 10th

What About YOU? A workshop designed to facilitate bringing your ideas and projects out of your head and into the real world. It is 100% inclusive therefore nobody has ever been turned away for financial reasons. Please come if you feel urged to do so, and pay what you can. Held at Bishop Lloyd’s Palace, Watergate Row, Chester CH1 2LE. Jamie Catto, malissa@jamiecatto.com See pages 38 & 39

23rd SATURDAY – 29th FRIDAY

Autumn Mountain Walking Explore Snowdonia through a series of mountain walks and discover the natural history, historical and cultural heritage of the area, amidst the attractive colours of the autumn fall. The walks planned will visit the National Park’s most interesting and scenic mountains away from the well-trodden paths of popular areas. £525 – £585. Plas Tan y Bwlch, Maentwrog 01766 772600, eryri-npa.gov.uk   

23rd SATURDAY – 1st OCTOBER, SUNDAY

Dhyana Through the Body If an approach to practice is not working for you, do you just carry on doggedly hoping that it will somehow improve? It’s not very likely that this will work! This is as true of dhyana or absorption practice as any other area. So, on this retreat, we’ll be suggesting you try approaches we’ve found to be helpful and effective in opening to dhyana through exploring body, breath and awareness. £360, £324 concs., Vajraloka, Corwen LL21 0EN, 01490 460406, info@vajraloka.org

24th SUNDAY

Glaciation of North Wales This workshop is an introduction to regional glaciation of North Wales. North Wales is a post-glacial environment with spectacular glacial features. We will identify and explain the formation of these features both large and small scale including features of erosion, transportation and deposition. The itinerary on the day will depend upon weather conditions and may include a lowland glacial environment. A notebook, pencil and camera would be useful to bring along. £45. Nature’s Work, Snowdonia 01248 361142, www.natureswork.co.uk

Grief Ceremony ~ Defod Galar A safe and sacred space in the dark night to explore and experience grief. The ceremony will be 3 hours long and will be hosted in a safe and sacred environment. Starting in silence there will be an opportunity to voice grief in the second half of the session. The ceremony contains meditation, art, movement and song. Based on the work of Francis Weller this ceremony is open to everybody and there are no religious connotations to the ceremony: more than anything it is an opportunity to be open to any emotions that arise and to be present with grief. 6 – 9pm, £10 suggested voluntary donation. Ffarm Moelyci, Tregarth, Bangor LL57 4BB. Contact Alexandra Wilson alexandrajwilson@yahoo.co.uk

Make Your Own Mythical Creature And then shrink yourself for a photograph with it. 1 – 3pm, £4. Plas Newydd, Llangollen 01978 862834.

A Magnificat Journey Magnificats by Bach, Mathias, Mealor (Welsh premiere) and Tarney (Welsh premiere), performed by our newly formed Festival Community Chorus with WNO. 7.30pm, £18 – £7.50, held in St. Asaph Cathedral. Bookings: Theatr Clwyd, Mold 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com

Building Self-Confidence Learn to develop authentic self-confidence through transformative meditations and ways of thinking that can be applied practically in daily life. 2 – 4.45pm, £15 with high tea. Kalpa Bhadra Buddhist Centre, Llandudno 01492 878778, meditatenorthwales.com

Tŷ Newydd Open Day We shall be opening our doors and gardens to the public and we wish to warmly invite you to wander around this special house and its gardens. The Lloyd George Museum will also be opening its doors, and you’ll be able to spend a whole day learning more about the life of the former Prime Minister from Llanystumdwy. Why not join Twm Morys on his literary walk around the local area? It starts from Tŷ Newydd at 11.30 am and tickets are £5 per person. Members of staff will be on hand to offer information about the site. Tea, cakes and lunch will be available. Tŷ Newydd, Llanystumdwy, Cricieth, LL52 0LW. 01766 522 811, tynewydd@literaturewales.org

Gong Bath 7 – 8.15pm, £13. Rhoscolyn Village Hall. Steph Healy 07534 118899, puresound.org.uk

Apocalypse Now Film (15) 1979, Francis Ford Coppola’s classic of the Vietnam War, and a renegade US colonel who needs to be found. 7pm, £6.25, £5.25, Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllheli 01758 704088.

24th SUNDAY – 29th FRIDAY

Mindful Self Compassion An intensive training in an empirically-supported course designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. Common humanity opens us to our essential inter-relatedness, so that we know we aren’t alone. Mindfulness opens us to the present moment, so we can accept our experience with greater ease. Prices from £237 – £467 all inclusive. Held in Trigonos, Nantlle. Bookings: Centre for Mindfulness, Research & Practice, Bangor University LL57 2DG, 01248 382498, mindfulness@bangor.ac.uk

25th MONDAY

Holyhead Writers Group 2nd & 4th Mon/month. PenFriends is a creative writing group which offers support and feedback on each other’s work and we also do fun writing exercises to stretch our creative muscles! 7pm. £1. Harvest Moon, Newry St., Holyhead (opposite Holyhead Library). Karen 07929 069235.

Printmaking: Introduction ~ Refresher Workshop Would you like to try printmaking or refresh your printmaking skills? Perhaps you are looking for a new creative direction? If so, then this is the workshop for you! All materials included. 6 – 8pm, for 10 weeks, £95. Canolfan Argraffu Ranbarthol / Regional Print Centre, Coleg Cambria, Grove Park Rd, LL12 7AB Wrexham 01978 267629, regionalprintcentre.co.uk

Hyfforddi Tiwtoriaid Cerdd Gymunedol ym Mangor/Community Music Tutor Training See 11th

Gong Bath 7pm, £13. Canolfan Thomas Telford, Menai Bridge. Steph Healy 07534 118899, puresound.org.uk

Land of Mine See 23rd

25th MONDAY – 28th THURSDAY

Installation of Dry Appliances & System Chimneys HETAS This course is for candidates who have the relevant work experience within the heating/plumbing or construction industries. £830 course fee only; £974 course fee and half board. CAT, Machynlleth 01654 704966, cat.org.uk

25th MONDAY – 30th SATURDAY

Biomass for Installers and System Chimneys HETAS This course is for existing installers and HETAS registrants who wish to expand their skills and branch out into the installation of Biomass and batch-fed appliances. £1150 course fee only; £1380 course fee and half board. CAT, Machynlleth 01654 704966, cat.org.uk

26th TUESDAY

Hyfforddi Tiwtoriaid Cerdd Gymunedol ym Mangor ~ Community Music Tutor Training See 11th

Bangor Theosophical Lodge Group Discussion – Hierarchy of Angels; Cosmic & Planetary Devas & Elementals. Based on Tim Wyatt’s book Cycles of Eternity. 7.30pm, £5, £3 TS members, free refreshments. Held at Hirael Hall, Ambrose St., Bangor LL57 1DF. Enquiries 01248 600267, toddyalc@gmail.com

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.

Woodland Workday The upkeep and maintenance of our spectacular woodland depends on the generosity of our fantastic team of dedicated volunteers.10am, Snowdonia Society. Owain 01286 685498, owain@snowdonia-society.org.uk

Business Growth North Wales Discover marketing oportunites, innovation, Chinese & US Exports, tourism, manufacturing, services and more. Talks and demonstrations. 9.30am start, £30. Bookings: Theatr Clwyd, Mold 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com

The Graduate Film (15) The 50th anniversary of the film. Benjamin Braddock is rescued from boredom at a party in his parent’s home by Mrs Robinson. Superb soundtrack. 7.30pm. You can only book by phoning Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222. www.galericaernarfon.com

26th TUESDAY – 28th NOVEMBER, TUESDAY

8 week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course Mindfulness is about being awake and aware and living in the present, rather than dwelling in the past or anticipating the future. Experience greater self-confidence; effective coping strategies, more energy, enthusiasm and relaxation. 8 evening sessions of 2 – 2.5 hours and one extended day of mostly silent practice. Standard rate: £205. Held in Centre for Mindfulness, Research & Practice, Bangor University LL57 2DG, 01248 382498, mindfulness@bangor.ac.uk

God’s Own Country Film (15). A young Yorkshire farmer has his life changed when a Romanian migrant worker comes to work. 7.30pm, £6.25, £5.25. Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllheli 01758 704088.

27th WEDNESDAY

Drop In Mindfulness Sessions Open to all, and ideal for anyone who wishes to get a taste of mindfulness. Every 2 weeks from 1 – 2pm starting today. It is fine to come for the first half hour only; donation basis/£5. Held at the Doctor’s surgery ~ Ty Doctor, Nefyn. Tara: 01766 530839, gwyneddmindfulness.co.uk

Insecurity; the Way to Wisdom: How To Surf the Waves of Chaos A talk by Brian Gill, Transpersonal Psychotherapist, with the Chester Theosophical Lodge. 7pm for 7.30pm, refreshments, £5.50, £3.50 concs. Quaker Meeting House, Frodsham St., Chester CH1 3LF. Enquiries 01244 370461, chestertheosophy.org

Reiki Share Join us in the village hall to reconnect, recharge and replenish. Reiki one, two and Masters of all lineage. Access Bars Therapy, All Massage and Reflexology very welcome. Seated shares available, bring your bed if you can; refreshments afterwards. Small contribution to the cost of hall hire appreciated. Please bring details of your business so the group can support you and share information. At 6pm – a taster evening open to the general public, Rhyd Y Foel, Abergele. LL22 8EB. Victoria Parker: contact@victoria-parker.co.uk

Maudie Film (12A) Based on the true story of famed Nova Scotia folk painter Maud “Maudie” Lewis – a woman with severe arthritis who takes up housekeeper work for the reclusive Everett Lewis… 2pm & 7.30pm, Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com

Queerama: A Century of Gay Rights and Desires on Film (15) Created from the treasure trove of the BFI archive, the story traverses a century of gay experiences, encompassing persecution and prosecution, injustice, love and desire, identity, secrets, forbidden encounters, sexual liberation and pride. 8pm, £6, includes interview with director Daisy Asquith. Theatr Clwyd, Mold 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com

27th WEDNESDAY & 28th THURSDAY

Creative Essentials “Foundry Sculptures” will provide a basic introduction to sculpture using foundry methods. We will be touring one of the UK’s leading bronze foundries, Castle Fine Arts to learn more about the bronze casting techniques used. Then we will undertake a practical session which will be led by a community artist, teaching us how to make formers from wax and other materials. Limited places. Booking essential. 10am – 4pm. Llanrhaiadr-ym-Mochnant, Wrexham. Tickets: artsconnection.org.uk

28th THURSDAY

Singing For The Soul Calling all those who find a soul connection through singing, in particular chants from a range of different spiritual traditions. Led by Felicity Jones, a very experienced singer, we meet once a month at Hillside Retreat, Rhosesmor near Mold from 11.30am – 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. If you are interested please email helen@soul-life.co.uk

The Hero’s Journey See 21st

Chester Poets Last Thurs/monthThe 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

Hotel Salvation: India on Film (PG) A charming drama about a father and son as they try to navigate through complexities of family life. Hindi with English subtitles. 8pm, £6. Theatr Clwyd, Mold 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com

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.

Tonic: Sorela The acapella trio sing a bilingual, eclectic mix of traditional Welsh folk tunes, 90’s pop hits, 50’s classics and original works. 2.30pm, £6, £5 seniors. Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com

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

28th THURSDAY – 1st OCTOBER, SUNDAY

Mindfulness in Woodland Setting OCN Level 3 A fully integrative training course providing the skills for using mindfulness with clients, service users and groups in woods and nature settings. £600, deposit £120 including all meals and camping. Woodland Skills Centre, Bodfari 01745 710626, woodlandskillscentre.co.uk

Celtic Fayre Crafts, gifts, 10am – 5pm, Conwy Harbour. More details from 07974 121063, esorlegin@aol.com

29th FRIDAY

Aquarelle Guitar Quartet Music from around the world. 7.30pm, £18 – £7.50. Held in St. Asaph Cathedral. Bookings: Theatr Clwyd, Mold 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com Part of the NW International Festival of Music

Y Gadair Wag Hedd Wyn, the young poet from Trawsfynydd, was killed in the trenches one hundred years ago, before he was announced as the Chaired poet of the 1917 National Eisteddfod. He became a symbol in Wales and across Europe of the waste and horror of the Great War. Using film and experimental techniques, this new show by Ifor ap Glyn, National Poet of Wales, directed by Ian Rowlands, looks at Hedd Wyn’s life and other WWI poets, and explores themes of loss and identity. 7.30pm, £8, £7. Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com

Network Prisoner Event To commemorate the 50th anniversary of what many claim to be the most iconic cult 60s TV series – Network will be holding a very special event. Portmeirion, LL48 6ER 01766 770000, www.portmeirion.cymru

Open Mic Poetry Evening Another opportunity to read your own, or other people’s work in a friendly, supportive amosphere, held in the Ucheldre’s Café. 7.30pm, £3 to listen, £2 if reading. Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, ucheldre.org

29th FRIDAY & 30th SATURDAY

Wondrous! The Magical Women of Welsh Myth Mellt the Storyteller presents Wales’ finest folktales – the Four Branches of the Mabinogi – brought to life by their female characters, human and animal; mortal and immortal, in a spellbinding adventure of dance, music, drumming, chant, song and storytelling. Delivered through the medium of English. 16+ yrs.7.30pm, £12. Theatr Clwyd Mold, CH7 1A, 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com

Penwythnos Make A Difference Weekend Join volunteers in the heart of the National Park for activities including tree planting, invasive species clearance, river clean-up, footpath maintenance, mythological nature walk. BBQ, live folk music and camping near Beddgelert on Friday night. Organised with the Snowdonia Society. More info from: 01286 685498, claire@snowdonia-society.org.uk

29th FRIDAY – 1st OCTOBER, SUNDAY   

Pond & Stream Invertebrate Life Build on this elementary knowledge and explore further the lives of the many invertebrate animals that make up a freshwater ecosystem. Field visits will be made to ponds and streams here at CAT where different sampling techniques will be used to collect aquatic organisms. 10am;  £120 course fee only, concs £100. Please book onto the course through Aberystwyth University 01970 621 580. Held at CAT, Machynlleth 01654 704966, cat.org.uk

Divine Feminine Retreat (Women only) This retreat will not only be restorative but will fully activate your divine feminine energy allowing it to shine through in everything you do. We are going to be doing a mixture of beautiful activities, ceremonies and journeying deep with the Goddess. Yoga, Cacao ceremony, sacred fire dancing, hot tubbing, menarche ceremony, singing, weaving & crafting. £300 all inclusive. Cae Mabon, Fachwen, nr Llanberis LL55 3HB, 01286 871542, caemabon.co.uk

Llŷn Acoustic Guitar Festival ~ Gwyl Gitar Acwstig Llŷn Artistes – The Strawbs (Acoustic), Martin Simpson, Ben Smith & Jimmy, Keith Newby and Paul Brett. Saturday night concert tickets are sold out but there are still spaces for the weekend package which includes a concert ticket. Price is £125 available from the gallery. Plas Glyn y Weddw, Llanbedrog, Pwllheli LL53 7TT, 01758 740763, enquiry@oriel.org.uk

Cogwarts Steampunk Spectacular 6pm steam train at Llangollen Railway; Belly Fusion dancing in Pavilion, plus workshop by Prof. Elemental. Market 10am – 5pm, Grand Steam Ball 7pm, with dancing, music and song. Sunday Bizarre Bazaar at 10am with more entertainment till 5pm. £6 – £50. Llangollen Pavilion LL20 8SW. 01978 860111, enquiries@llangollenpavilion.co.uk

29th FRIDAY – 2nd OCTOBER, MONDAY 

Exploring with Mixed Media and Collage Working on paper and canvas and by combining paint, craft papers, tissue papers, inks, acrylics, textured materials and organic materials, interesting and exciting results can be achieved. Landscapes, flowers and still life are subjects that will be covered. Composition, planning tone & colour, painting skills and techniques are all areas that will be demonstrated and practiced throughout this extended weekend course. £299 – £330. Plas Tan y Bwlch, Maentwrog 01766 772600, eryri-npa.gov.uk

30th SATURDAY

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

Silent Vigil Join our monthly Silent Vigil to stop illegal British arms sales to Saudi Arabia as this is resulting in the deaths of civilians and children and causing mass famine. 12.30pm – 1.30pm, The Cross, Chester. Please wear black if you can. Chester CND: www.cnduk.org

Sacred Circle Dance Hillside Retreat, Rhosesmor, nr Mold. Contact helen@soul-life.co.uk See 3rd

Open Doors ~ Drysau Agored: Archifdy Caernarfon An opportunity to go behind the scenes at Caernarfon Record Office as part of the national Open Doors events. View original material such as newspapers, photographs and the oldest document dated 1177. There will also be an opportunity for children to make artwork based on some of the collections kept at the Record Office. 10am – 4pm, free. Galeri, Caernafon. Contact 01286 679095.

Forged Silver Bangle Learn some basic forged silversmithing techniques, using hammer and anvil to create a gorgeous and elegant bold bangle. We will practice the design in copper, mastering strong hammer blows, then you will make your finished piece of bespoke jewellery in sterling silver. Max 6 people to ensure personal attention. 10am – 4pm, £160, IARD, Parc Glynllifon, nr Caernarfon, 01286 672472, www.iard.co.uk

Jonathan Richards ~ Classical Guitarist with Heidi Cross (luthier/guitar maker). Jonathan will play a selection of pieces including some he wrote himself; plus a talk by Heidi Cross about the specialist skilled craft of guitar making. 7.30pm, £7.50. Pensychnant Nature Reserve, Conwy. Contact 01492 592595.

Dirty Protest ~ Protest Fudur: 10 Dirty Protest Theatre are celebrating their 10th birthday this year and to celebrate we are presenting 6 new plays using 10 as inspiration. 7pm, £6. Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com ~ dirtyprotesttheatre.co.uk

A Dip into the Geology of Rhoscolyn A leisurely 2-3 mile walk in this area of outstanding geological interest, led by Andy Short of B-Active. 10am – 12.30pm, donations welcome. NWWT, meet at Rhoscoloyn Church. SH 268757. Penny Radford 01248 713022.

Keeping The Edge Help us to sharpen our tools for the coming winter (and bring your own!), with experts at hand to help you achieve the keenest edge on your cherished scythe, bill hook or secateurs. Plus a fire, jacket potatoes and hot drinks on the go … Booking essential. 10.30am – 4pm, donations welcome. Meet at layby on A541, Y Ddol Uchaf NWWT Nature Reserve, Ysceifiog, CH7 5UW. Graham Berry 01248 351541, nwwt@wildlifetrustswales.org

Mindfulness in the Woods An introduction to Mindfulness with nature as a stimulus for learners to improve their health & well-being through a stronger connection to ourselves and nature. Qualified and experienced tutors will take you through a range of activities aimed at giving students techniques which they can take forward to practise Mindfulness in their own time. 10am – 1pm. Chirk Castle, Wrexham LL14. Facebook: Mindfulness in the Woods

Wildlife Photography Day Run by Laurence Clark and Kate Wilson. Topics include a solid technical understanding of a digital camera, the functioning parts and different types, wildlife tips and techniques; with plenty of time to practice. Refreshments and light buffet lunch provided. 10am – 4pm. £65. Held at Rhydymwyn Valley Nature Reserve. Bookings: laurence@castlevision.co.uk or 07761 007123.

Moonlight Memories Walk 10km walking challenge.  The female only event invites ladies of all abilities to get fit and active whilst remembering loved ones at the same time. Start & finish Ysgol John Bright; along West Shore beach, Llandudno. £15 registration, 10pm – 1am. Open to all females over 8 years old. www.stdavidshospice.org.uk

Feathered Friends Food Festival Help your garden birds prepare for winter, get advice about bird food and bird feeders, plus lots of hands-on activities for children including: making sticky bird cakes to take home and hang in the garden; design and make your own bird feeder (a small charge will apply for activities). 11am – 3pm. RSPB Conwy, LL31 9XZ, 01492 581025, conwy@rspb.org.uk

30th SATURDAY – 1st OCTOBER, SUNDAY    

Mushroom & Fungi ID Learn how to identify mushrooms and fungi in a whole host of different habitats. You’ll be foraging in the undergrowth as you uncover some of the main edible species and learn to avoid those that are not. You’ll appreciate the habits, ecology and even the behaviour of this mysterious genus. £120 course fee only, accomm options available. CAT, Machynlleth 01654 704966, cat.org.uk

Felting The aim of this short course is to introduce you to the technique of felt making a hollow form, such as a case or a small bag which is both attractive and functional. Experienced felters and beginners are welcome and catered for. £120 course fee only, accomm. available. CAT, Machynlleth 01654 704966, cat.org.uk

Natural Stone Walling A step by step professional guidance on building with different types of stone. 10am – 4pm, £120 course fee only. CAT, Machynlleth 01654 704966, cat.org.uk