Regular Weekly Groups & Classes

REGULAR WEEKLY CLASSES AND GROUPS

“Spiritual work in the Aquarian Age is – without exception – group work. The first wave of groups were the poets and musicians, who – through the 1950s and 60s – shattered the old cultural forms with new sounds and voices, crying out for freedom, love and peace. In their wake, through the 70s and 80s, another wave of groups emerged: the “workshop” movement. Groups would gather for a day, a weekend or a week in search of their deeper self, to communicate with greater honesty and intimacy, to develop new skills. It is from these temporary “seed” groups, that a new and more enduring form has evolved. These are the groups of two or more people who have learnt the skills, and matured enough, to move beyond criticism and gossip, to work seriously and quietly at some small piece of the work of planetary healing. In the hands of these groups rests the fate of the world.”

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ART & CRAFT

Life Drawing Wednesdays: 1 – 4pm, £7. Penrallt Community Centre, Upper Bangor LL57 2EU. Contact 07533 341458.

Arty Folk & Friendship Group Thursdays,12 – 3pm. A group for adults who are interested in both creating art through a variety of mediums and in making new friends run by social enterprise RainbowBiz CIC.  All materials and drinks provided,  £2. Held at the RainbowBiz Hippy Shop, 8 Daniel Owen Precinct, Mold, Flintshire, CH7 1AP. Contact info@rainbowbiz.org.uk

Llanbedrog Art Group Mondays: 1.30 – 4.30pm. Friendly group for beginners and experienced artists. Occasional talk/demos; the only charge is £2 per week paid quarterly. St Pedrog‘s Church Hall, Llanbedrog. Jacky Milton 01758 740983, miltonjacky@gmail.com

BIRD GROUPS / WILDLIFE

Bangor Bird Group The Bird Group, which has links with Bangor University, was set up 70 years ago. It arranges a series of weekly talks over the autumn and spring terms (October – March) with a wide range of speakers and topics. These are held on Wednesday evenings (except where indicated) in Room 101, Alun Building, Bangor University Management Centre, College Road, Bangor and start at 7.30pm prompt (no access to building after this time). Non members £4 per meeting. Visit: birdsin.wales

CAPOEIRA

Capoeira Classes A Brazilian art form that combines elements of Martial Arts, dance, acrobatics and fluid movement. The Old Goods Yard, Treborth, Bangor. (Down narrow lane by the Antelope pub LL57 2HZ). Tuesdays & Thursdays (subject to demand): Open Adult class 9 – 10.30am, £7. Tuesdays and Wednesdays: 11 – 16yrs old and Adult Beginners 6.30 – 7.30pm, £6; Intermediate adult classes continue 7.30 – 9pm, £7. Children’s Classes: Wednesdays: 4 – 4.45pm; Beginners under 11‘s £4.50; 4.45 – 5.30pm; Intermediates under 11‘s, £4.50. There are a host of weekend training programmes and seminars too, so get in touch! Enquiries: Monitor Colin Daimond 07773 798199, colin@capoeiramocambo.co.uk

DANCE

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Shaktidance Wednesdays; 7 – 8.30pm. A journey to your own self through awakening consciousness. We will be working with mantra, yogic movements and free-dance. A 90 minute class will begin with a Mantra, followed by Shakti stretches, standing movements, free dance, relaxation, meditation and closing with mantra; suitable for all ages and abilities. 4 classes £32. Handbridge, Chester. Led by Maria Pradhucharan Kaur. Bookings: eventbrite.com 

Groove Dancefloor A delicious invitation to move to a variety of tunes in a fun and explorative way. All welcome. Thursdays, 6.30 – 7.30pm, Coed Mawr Community Centre, Bangor. And alternate Wednesdays, 7.30 – 8.30pm at Source Yoga, Mochdre. Contact Liz: ninnynumber1@gmail.com or ‘connecteddanceUK’ on Facebook. Check info.

Dance and Meditation Classes, workshops and courses with Rachel. Weekly Belly dance and Polynesian dance classes in Mold, Flintshire and Rhuallt, Denbighshire. Monthly Awakened Belly Dance and Inner Dance Meditation sessions in Mold and Rhuallt. Contact: rachelsbellydance.wales ~  iscia_espirit@hotmail.co.uk

Flowdance Tuesdays: 10.30 – 11.30am, Abersoch Village Hall; & Thursdays: 10.30 – 11.30am, Pwllheli School of Dancing, Gaol St., Pwllheli. £5 each class. Sue Baumann, 07833 791317, llyntaichi.com Restarts 14/1/20

Salsa and Ballroom Tuesdays:  Beginners welcome including Two Left Feet! No need to bring a partner. 8.15 – 9.30pm, £5. Academi, Deiniol Rd, Bangor, LL57 2UW. Helen McGreary  07751 017157,  dance-classes-north-wales.co.uk

Swing Jive (Lindy Hop) Wednesdays: All welcome, 8.15 – 9.45pm, £5, Academi, Deiniol Rd, Bangor, LL57 2UW. Helen McGreary 07751 017157. dance-classes-north-wales.co.uk

DOWSING & FENG SHUI

Dowsing and Feng Shui for Beginners Fridays. Learn the traditional craft of Dowsing and Feng Shui, and how they can help you change your living space to become relaxed and centered. Learn to locate Water, Minerals, Hidden Objects and Chi Energy. Dowsing Rods, tea, coffee, biscuits and plenty of peace & relaxation will be provided. Parking and disabled access. 1.30pm, £3. Trefnant Village Hall, Denbigh. Contact: 07773 195010, sarahrobertsteaching@gmail.com

FELDENKRAIS METHOD

Feldenkrais Method Class ~ Awareness Through Movement Tuesdays: 4.30 – 5.30pm, £6 per class if booked as a block or £7 per class drop-in rate. Please phone first to check suitability. Classes are suitable for beginners & more experienced. Please wear loose, warm clothes & bring a blanket to lie on. Verve Health, Fitness & Wellbeing, 2 – 4 George St., Llangollen LL20 8RE. Veronica Rock 07990 825783, vhrock@feldenkrais.co.uk  Restarts 14/1/20

EXERCISE 

PiYo Combines the muscle-sculpting, core-firming benefits of Pilates with the strength and flexibility advantages of yoga. Fridays, 9.45am for an hour, with Simon Lacey. Source Yoga, Nutrition and Health, 294 Conway Rd., Mochdre, Colwyn Bay LL28 5DS. Tickets: bookwhen.com

GARDENING ~ CONSERVATION  

Digging Deeside Tuesdays: 10am – 2pm. Run by volunteers; all tools, equipment and free lunch is provided, all we ask for is a £1 contribution and bring your own mug. Gardening, planting, bee and wildlife friendly activities. We have our own community plot at Mill Lane Allotments (CH5 4HF). If you would like to join us please email: info@rainbowbiz.org.uk

Wildlife Gardening Mondays: Maintaining the garden and woodland at Tŷ Hyll ~ The Ugly House, Capel Curig LL24 0DS. Snowdonia Society 01286 685498, owain@snowdonia-society.org.uk

Garth Hillside Organic Permaculture Garden Regular Tuesday and Thursday Volunteer Days. Glyn Ceiriog Valley. 01691 718127, garthorganic.co.uk

GIFT ECONOMY / GIVE AND TAKE

The Wiggly Wobbly Way Community based Gift Economy project. Open every day 9.30am – 4.30pm and evenings in the summer. Visit our Little Free Library, Give and Take Stall and have a brew. Rockside Cottage, Farndon, Chester CH3 6PU. Resident Caretaker: Vic 01829 271 639, wigglywobblyway.weebly.com

LANGUAGES

La Conversation Française Thursdays: upper intermediate level, 7 – 9pm, free, the Boat Yard pub, Garth Road, Bangor. Jan: jannieu@tiscali.co.uk

Chinese Tuesdays & Saturdays. If you want to brush up on conversational Mandarin, prepare for Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK), or want to learn Chinese Calligraphy you are welcome to join us! Saturdays, 10am – 12noon, Corporate Communications & Marketing Building, Dean St., Bangor LL57 1UT. Tuesdays: 1.15 – 2.45pm, a fun beginner’s class. Held at Ucheldre Centre Mill Bank, Holyhead LL65 1TE. Every week /term time only. Presented by Bangor University’s Confucius Institute, 01248 388555.

KUNG FU

Wing Chun Kung Fu Class Traditional Ip Man Wing Chun/Ving Tsun Kung Fu class, includes gentle stretching, cardio vascular punching and kicking and stance work, followed by classical Kung Fu forms, partner work and Chi sau “energy, sticking hands”. An excellent positive influence on your life and a tool for exploring the human potential. Train in a friendly safe environment, minimum age 18 yrs old, no upper age limit. Come down and give it a go, its fun, and keeps you fit. Mondays: 7.30 – 9pm, £6 session. Llanddulas Village Hall, Beulah Avenue, Llanddulas, Abergele, LL22 8FH. Thursdays: 7.40 – 9pm, £7 a session. Eirias Park, Leisure Centre, Colwyn Bay. Contact Dave McQuillan: northwaleswingchun.co.uk
dave@northwaleswingchun.co.uk

MEDITATION

Meditation Class Mondays: 2.30 – 3pm, followed by tea. Oddfellows Hall, Saltney, Chester CH4 8SG. Teresa 07876 254518, or teresa@teresa4yoga.co.uk

Transcendental Meditation Regular Meetings (and introductory talks) held in North Wales. Contact the Centre 01695 735579, uk.tm.org

Meditation Classes Contact Odiyana Centre, 01606 77034,  info@meditationincheshire.org

Kalpa Bhadra Buddhist Centre Various courses and classes in Mold, Llandudno, Bangor and Ruthin, Conwy and Llanfairfechan. Contact KBBC 01492 878778, meditatenorthwales.com

Triangles Meditation  Mondays: 8pm. Using the power of thought and prayer to uplift and transform consciousness. This is an online facility. You can find out more and register at: lucistrust.org/triangles

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS

Narcotics Anonymous ‘Guiding Principles‘ Meeting    Fridays, 1pm. Free to attend, and open to anyone who feels they may have a problem with drugs, is in recovery, or is interested in recovery. Held at The Meeting Room, Canolfan Hamdden Leisure Centre,  Beach Road, Promenade, Barmouth LL42 1NF. For more information on NA, please see www.ukna.org, to speak to someone who‘s been there, free UK Helpline 0845 3733366. 

NONVIOLENT COMMUNICATION

Nonviolent Communication Practice Group meetings in Bangor. For details contact Lisa at – busybees@phonecoop.coop

PEACE & JUSTICE

Peace & Justice Meeting Mondays: 6.30pm. The group campaigns bilingually; meetings are generally held in the English language. Quaker Meeting House, Dean St., Bangor; bangorpeace.co.uk

QUAKERS

Ruthin Quaker Meeting Sundays: 10.30 – 11.30am, followed by tea and biscuits at Canolfan Awelon, School Road, Ruthin LL15 1JG. Contact: Jean 01824 705592.

There are also monthly Quaker meetings listed in the What’s On/Calendar section.

SINGING 

Sing Out Your Song! Harmony Singing Group. Thursdays: 7 – 9pm, £8, £6, £4. Bishop Lloyd’s Palace, 51 Watergate St., Chester CH1 2LE. Ella 07922 620503, ellaspeirs@hotmail.com

Come And Sing! Harmony Singing Sessions suitable for beginners and everyone who likes to sing with others. Mondays, 10.30am – 12.30pm at The Gift Café, The Lodge, Grosvenor Park, Chester. Suggested donation £4. Contact Ella 07922 620503 ellaspeirs@hotmail.com

Singing’ Wimmin Thursdays, evenings, 7.30 – 9.30pm (term time). Parlwr MAWR, Dragon Theatre, Barmouth. Call 01341 281697, dragontheatre.co.uk

Wrexham One World Community Choir Sing Your Heart Out Every Tuesday during term time: Open to everyone regardless of age and ability. 7.30 – 9.30pm, 16yr+, £5, £4 concs. Try first session for free. Ty Pawb, Market St, Wrexham LL13 8BY. Contact:  info@wrexhamchoir.co.uk

Canwyr Stryd Bangor Street Singers Tuesdays, 6 – 7.30pm/term time only. We are a small singing group who continue to build a repertoire of songs of struggle and freedom so that we can support demonstrations, political rallies, community events and street festivals. We are not affiliated to any political party. This choir is inclusive – no need to read music, songs are taught by ear, but scores are also available. Garth Community Centre, Glyn Ceiriog. We welcome new members!  £2.50 per session, students £5 a term. Facebook: of group name

Bangor Community Choir Wednesdays: A friendly, mixed choir singing songs from all over the world. 7.30 – 9.30pm, Capel Penrallt, Holyhead Rd, Bangor LL57 2EU, 07881 463585, sarasings@ymail.com

SOCIAL

Cheshire LGBT+ Group Runs alternate Mondays. A social group for those who identify as LGBT+ who feel excluded from mainstream LGBT+ society for their own personal reasons. We encourage anyone who feels isolated to contact us to see if the group is for you. Lee 07859 541620, cheshireLGBT@outlook.com

Men‘s Sheds Across North Wales: menssheds.org.uk

Bangor U3A Throughout the week at various times. Usually in Capel Berea Newydd, Bangor (between Ffordd Penrhos and St David‘s Retail Park). Contact: bangoru3a.org.uk. Term time only; also monthly talks.

SPIRITUAL DISCUSSION

Theosophical Society in Wales Meets in Colwyn Bay:  theosophywales@yahoo.co.uk; Bangor: toddyalc@gmail.com; and for Chester 01244 277170 . See Calendar for monthly events or visit: theosophywales.com and chestertheosophy.org

TAI CHI/ CHI GONG / TAIJI QIGONG

Cultivating Serenity This is my new approach to dealing with the daily stress of living in the 21st Century, adopting wellbeing practices consisting of a combination of : Gentle movements, Stillness, Mindful breathing, Tea Meditation, Compassionate connection, Acupressure. 2.15pm, £7, held at Source Yoga Studio, Mochdre. More from 07403 802474, taichiphil@outlook.com

Qigong Tuesdays: Weekly class open to all abilities. Starts with seated qigong and includes a gentle warm up and mindful movements based on the Chinese approach to health. 11am, £6. Source Yoga Studio, Mochdre. Thursdays: A relaxing set of exercises to release tension after your working day. Beginners welcome, 5.30pm, £6. SPYCE, Rhiw Rd, Colwyn Bay. Saturdays: Starting with seated qigong and including warm up exercises and a standing qigong form, we break after the first hour for Chinese Tea, discussion and further qigong. 10am, £6, £8. Llanrhos Old School, Llanrhos. For all classes contact Phil 07403 802474, taichiphil@outlook.com

Tai Chi Tuesdays: 7.15 – 8.15pm, £5. Pwllheli School of Dancing, Gaol St, Pwllheli. Sue Baumann, 07833 791317, sue.reiki@talktalk.net, llyntaichi.com 

Tai Chi Mondays: 10.30am, Village Hall, Llandrillo. Wednesdays: 11.15am in Verve Studio, George St, Llangollen. Thursdays: 3pm, Canolfan Ni, Corwen. Thursdays:  7.30 – 9pm, Neuadd Carrog Village Hall, nr. Corwen. All Welcome. Ed Fisher 01490 430205.

Taiji Qigong Tuesdays: 6.30 – 7.30pm, Glasinfryn Community Centre, Bangor. Wednesdays: 11.30 – 12.30pm, Llanfairfechan Community Hall; Thursdays: 10 – 11am Penmaenmawr Library. Improve your fitness and flexibility, calm the mind. All ages/abilities welcome. Jill Turner 01248 351672, treespleas@yahoo.co.uk

Tai Chi / Qi Gong Fridays: 11am, £5, County Hotel, Llandudno; and 1pm, Llandudno Junction Sports Centre. Plus at Valley, 10.30am – please get in touch. Rose 01407 769571, 07759 105504, roseannyoga@gmail.com, roseyoga.net  

Chi Gung / Qi Gong Class Mondays. Traditional Chinese health exercises for improving physical & mental well being. Includes gentle stretching , and simple standing exercises involving slow movement linked to breath and stilling the mind. Just turn up on the night in loose clothing, beginners always welcome. 6 – 7pm, £7. Llanddulas Village Hall, Beulah Avenue, Llanddulas, Abergele, LL22 8FH. Contact Dave McQuillan, dave@northwaleswingchun.co.uk~ northwaleswingchun.co.uk

Tai Chi Fridays: 2 – 3pm. Dance Studio, Confucius Institute, Bangor Uni. Visit: bangor.ac.uk/public events

Tai Chi China Bridge Many classes during the week with various teachers, at different days and times. Held in Bangor. Visit: chinabridgetaichi.co.uk Facebook: Yoga, Tai Chi and Qigong North Wales Classes start 6/1/20

WALKS

Rural Walks Over 30 walks around the Denbigh area: Ruthin, Rhewl, Corwen, Llangollen, Bodfari and many more places; moderate, strenuous and easy. Available to download from: denbighshirecountryside.org.uk and click on the Walking section.

Cerdded Conwy Walks A full programme of various walks; suggested donation of £2 per walker per walk which goes towards promoting costs and training of leaders. Various locations across Conwy and beyond. More info: cerddedconwy.org Facebook: Cerdded Conwy Walks

WRITING GROUPS, READING GROUPS & POETRY 

Colwyn Bay Writers’ Circle Saturdays: Discuss and debate members’ written interpretations of a topic chosen the previous weekend. Informal, friendly and constructive collective! Bring some of your prose and/or poetry. We meet from 1 – 3pm every Saturday at the CCE on Greenfield Road, Colwyn Bay. Chris Hemmings – crishtrees@gmail.com

Read Aloud Tuesdays: the group will read a short story and a poem and discuss their merits along the way whilst enjoying a cup of tea. Everyone is welcome! 2.30 – 4pm, free, 16+, Wrexham Library. Debbie Williams 01978 292090, debbie.williams@ wrexham.gov.uk

YOGA FOR PREGNANCY

Pregnancy Yoga Group 2 sessions/Tuesdays at Quaker Meeting House, Dean St., Bangor. 6 week courses run regularly, £48 with Laura Knott. Book online: birthingmamas.co.uk 

YOGA

Yoga with Rosslyn Beginners and new students with some yoga experience are always welcome to join my classes. But there are only a few places available in each class, so please get in touch with me, to enrol before you come along. We start again on: Mondays 6/01/2020, 10.30am, Verve, Llangollen. Tuesday 7/01/2020, 7.30pm, Verve, Llangollen. Thursday 9/01/2020 7pm, Garden Village Hall, Wrexham. Rosslyn Falconer 07837 580742, rossfalcon@yahoo.co.uk

Dru Yoga with Teresa Mondays: 1 – 2.30pm;  Tuesdays: 6.30 – 8pm; Wednesdays: 9.30 – 11am; all classes followed by optional half hour meditation. All held at Oddfellows Hall, Saltney, Chester. Teresa 07876 254518, or teresa@teresa4yoga.co.uk

Mindful Yoga with Elaine Tuesdays: 7.30 – 9.25pm at Masonic Hall, Parc Menai. Wednesdays: 10 – 11.55am at Capel Mawr, Menai Bridge; and 7pm – 8.55pm at Ysgol y Graig in Llangefni. Thursdays: 7.30 – 9.25pm in Newborough. £55 for 10 classes or £7 drop-in class. All term time only. Elaine 01248 430147, elaine.yoga@tiscali.co.uk ~ yoganorthwales.co.uk

Forrest Yoga with Claire Mace Mondays: 7 – 8.30pm, St. Mary’s Church Hall, Holyhead LL65 1TR. Beginners and improvers welcome. Wednesdays: 6 – 7.30pm, Llanfachraeth (contact for address). Small group basic class suitable for beginners and improvers. Thursdays: 10am – 11.30am, Llanfachraeth (contact for address). Small group intermediate level class. Thursdays: 12 – 1pm, Llanfachraeth (contact for address). Small group basic class suitable for beginners, pregnant ladies and people with chronic conditions. Thursdays: 7 – 8.30pm, Aberffraw Village Hall. Beginners and improvers welcome. Also private lessons, yoga workshops and more. Bookings: Claire 07970 409 724, claire@inspiratrix.co.uk ~ inspiratrix.co.uk Term restarts 6/1/20.

Zen with Jo Yoga – Mondays 6.15; Tuesdays 6.30, Thursday 6.15pm. Zen Hut, Ruthin, LL15 1BY, 07851 706262, info@zenwithjo.co.uk

Source Yoga Classes daily Monday through to Sunday in Mochdre and Rhuddlan. For more information ring 07704 437415, sourceyoga.org.uk

Yoga & Meditation We offer Hatha Yoga with a meditative flow to focus on the mindfulness aspect of yoga. Tuesdays: 4.15 – 5.15pm, Beehive Healthcare, Chester CH2 2DX. Wednesdays: 7 – 8.15pm, Oddfellow’s Hall, Saltney, Chester (Free parking at both). Book: inspireandrewire.com

Yoga for Health and Wellbeing Mondays: 7.30 – 9pm. Both beginners and those who have practised yoga before are welcome. First class FREE OF CHARGE. Held in Rowen Memorial Hall, near Conwy.  Lorna: Tel 01492 641560, lornashipp@yahoo.co.uk   Details  rowenconwy.org.uk/memorial-hall/activities-in-the-memorial-hall/yoga/

Iyengar Yoga Class Thursdays: 7 – 8.30pm, £9 or £40 for 5 classes paid in advance. Rhoscolyn Village Hall, Anglesey. Ruth Johnson: yogamon@myphone.coop

Yoga Classes with Rose Ann Preston Mondays: 10.30am at Morawelon Church Hall, St David’s. 7pm at Llaingoch Comunity Centre. Tuesdays: 7pm, at Morawelon Church Hall, St David’s. 10.30am at Holyhead Sports Centre. Thursdays: Llandudno Junction Sports Centre at 12.30pm; and Aberconwy School at 7pm. All classes £5 each. Rose 01407 769571, 07759 105504, roseyoga.net Starting 6/1/20. 

Simply Yoga & Therapies Yoga and Relaxation for people of all abilities, fitness levels and age groups,; all on a drop-in basis. Monday: Llanbedrog Church Hall 11am, Abersoch Village Hall 7pm. Tuesday: Llannor Village Hall 10am, Llanengan Village Hall  7pm; and Wednesday: Abersoch Village Hall 10.30am. All classes are £5. Freddie 07833 663717, simplyyoga@btinternet.com 

Dru Yoga Class Thursdays: 6.15 – 7.45 pm, all abilities welcome, £8/ £7 concessions. Snowdonia Mountain Lodge, Nant Ffrancon, Bethesda LL57 3LX. Christiane 01248 602900, ext 218, christiane@druworldwide. com

Yoga with AnnaMaria Various classes and times: Ashtanga Yoga Classes, Hatha Yoga and Therapeutic Yoga Classes held at Fit Fanny Adams, The Studio, 2nd Floor, The Old Bank Building, Uxbridge Square, Menai Bridge, LL59 5AR. AnnaMaria 07565 205407, annamariasou@gmail.com ~ Facebook: yogannamaria 

Yoga with Tracey Mondays: Gentle yoga class 4.15 – 5.45pm. Dynamic yoga class 6 – 7.30pm. The Arts Room, Dragon Theatre, Barmouth (term time only). Tuesdays:  Gentle yoga class 4.15 – 5.45pm. Dynamic 6 – 7.45pm. Calon Lan Yoga Studio, Penrhyndeudraeth. Thursdays: Ashtanga Yoga 6 – 7.30pm. Calon Lan Yoga Studio, Penrhyndeudraeth. All classes £7.50 drop in or £30/5 weeks. Tracey 01766 770610, 07809 485323, traceyyogamassage. co.uk. See Calendar for Workshops

See also: localyogaclasses.co.uk

ZUMBA

Zumba Dance-Fitness Mondays: 6 – 7pm, £5, Telford Centre, Mona Rd, Menai Bridge LL59 5EA. Wednesdays:  6.30 – 7.30pm, £5 & Thursdays: 6.30 – 7.30pm, Academi, Deiniol Rd, Bangor, LL57 2UW. Helen McGreary 07751 017157, dance-classes-north-wales.co.uk 

Next Regular Groups & Classes listed in April issue, but always on the page!

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