Our Shed provides a safe, supportive and friendly setting where you can socialise, learn new skills and hone existing ones. Work alongside each other on your own projects, community projects and projects that raise funds for the Shed. Have a place to go and relax, have a drink, pursue hobbies and pastimes. Enjoy an active healthy retirement. 10am-1pm, Thursdays, Charleswood Road, Whitecroft, GL15 4QH. Contact Jane Trout on 01594780170, email email@example.com, website mensshedwhitecroft.wixsite.com/forestofdeanmensshed
Join us in for an Introduction to Mindfulness on 3rd February 2018. Led by trained and experienced Mindfulness Practitioners Sharon Bodman and Diana Denman, this taster day will introduce you to the joy and some of the techniques of Mindfulness in a non-judgemental, calm and restful environment. 10.00am-4.00pm, Saturday 3rd February, £20.00. St. Briavels Assembly Rooms, East Street, St. Briavels, GL15 6TF. Contact Diana Denman on 07952548040, email firstname.lastname@example.org , website www.mindfulnessforestandwye.co.uk
Poets in Progress (PIPs) are a friendly peer-learning poetry groups for poets of all abilities. Develop your poetry writing and get fair, realistic feedback on your work, plus free tutorials, discussions, handouts and writing prompts in facilitated meetings. PIPs also helps you get your work heard through collaboration with festivals and community events. 7pm to 9pm every 2nd Monday of the month, ongoing.FREE. Meetings are in members’ houses. Contact Vicky Hampton on 01594 542974 or email email@example.com.
We will show you our plantations and systems and discuss how they can be transposed into your situation. The emphasis of this day will be on the practicalities. Over the day we will cover site selection, suitable willow varieties, planting, pest control, harvesting, storage and types of stove. 10.30am – 4.30pm Saturday 3rd February, £60. The Willowbank, Ragmans Lane Farm, Lower Lydbrook, GL17 9PA. Contact Steve Pickup on 01594 861782, email firstname.lastname@example.org, website www.thewillowbank.com
This course is available to existing usui reiki master teachers. It works with source energy and is very powerful, yet the energy is gentle and compassionate. The course contains a lot of meditation and is very relaxing. 10am-4pm over 3 days starting 9th February to 11th February. £150. Venue to be confirmed on booking. Contact Amy Jeffries on 01594 781550 or 07879 635648, email email@example.com, website www.rainbowhealingservices.com
Day workshop about the power of words and language to reshape perceptions of our Earth. We will be gathering words, spellings, language, dialects, meanings, diction and more than likely, a good deal of gibberish . . . all in the spirit of words. With Jane Embleton. 10am – 5pm Sunday 11th February, £50. Ragmans Lane Farm, Lower Lydbrook, GL17 9PA. Contact Mandy Pullen on 01594 541850 or 07805 800313, email firstname.lastname@example.org, website www.mandpullen.co.uk.
Improve your self-esteem and confidence. Learn to say no, deal with conflict and value your own needs as much as those of others. Enjoy defeating your self-saboteur. £60 (£35 concs) 10.30am-12.30pm for 10 weeks starting Friday 17th March with a break over Easter. Cinderford (venue to be confirmed). Contact Jaqui Fabian on 01594 861278 or 07919 851669, email email@example.com, website www.jaquifabian.co.uk
Applying meditation and mindfulness techniques to explore Well-Being, we will re-place ourselves in nature. Saturday 28th April, 10am-4pm. Ragmans Lane Farm, Lower Lydbrook, GL17 9PA Contact Steve England on TheArtofSustainability@hotmail.com, Facebook The Art of Sustainability. Book your place at thewellnessofbeingspringworkshop.eventbrite.co.uk
Green Drinks is a great chance to meet like-minded people. Sometimes we have speakers, but it’s mainly a chance to have a chat, relax and make new friends. Everyone is welcome, not just Green Party members. 7.30pm, first Thursday of every month, free. No need to be a member of the Green Party, and no party cavassing at the meeting! Just turn up. For more information contact telephone 01594 827516, email firstname.lastname@example.org, website forestofdean.greenparty.org.uk/
Meet and learn evenings, networking and an annual exhibition for all budding local entrepreneurs, whether you are just thinking about starting your own business or are up and running already. For more information contact us on 07445 793573, email email@example.com, or vising our website www.fodentrepreneurs.co.uk.
Situated on the east side of the Forest of Dean, Ruardean Hill is the ideal location for learning to identify woodland birds by sight and sound. Ed Drewitt will help you learn the basics of woodland bird ID through a range of activities both in the classroom and in the nearby woodland habitat. This course will cost £60 and includes all teaching and materials, as well as tea and coffee. Please bring a packed lunch. 10am – 4pm, 9th April or 21st May. Ruardean Hill Baptist Church, Baptist Way, Ruardean Hill, GL17 9AR. To book your place contact Anne Cotton on 01786 466 570, email firstname.lastname@example.org, website www.bto.org/news-events/training/training-programme
A singing holiday held at the idyllic retreat centre, Ragmans Farm, set in beautiful surroundings. Four part harmony songs all taught by ear. Dormitory beds or camping available. Delicious meals provided from Friday eve – Monday lunchtime. A wonderful few days of singing, jamming, community and celebration. £205 dorm bed/£180 camping. Starts on the evening of Friday 25th May through to 3pm on Bank Holiday Monday (28th May). Ragmans Lane Farm, Lydbrook, GL17 9PA. Contact Sheila Tang on 0790 9937880, email email@example.com, website www.ragmans.co.uk/learn_with_us/courses
SUPYOGA comes to the Forest of Dean. Come and try Stand Up Paddleboard – 1 hour, £15 plus free try. contact Di for dates and loval venues. Spaces limited, early booking recommended. Contact Di at Way2Go Adventures on 07779 4189841, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, website www.way2goadventures.co.uk/trips-and-activities/stand-up-paddleboarding-sup-on-the-wye/
A new course with Esther – Mixed Pilates – starting on Friday 5th January, 1.45-2.45pm, Northwood Green Village Hall, Northwood Green. Contact Esther Fransham on 01452 760120 or 07711 832042, email email@example.com, website www.estherf.com
Forest of Dean Walking for Health offers free regular easy walks throughout the Forest in: Blakeney, Bream, Cinderford, Coleford, Drybrook, Hartpury, Heywood, Huntley, Lydney, Mitcheldean, Newent, Parkend, Sedbury, St Briavels, Staunton, Yorkley. Suitable for all abilities, walking from 10 minutes up to 1 hour with refreshments at the end. Free, with the bonus of some refreshments too! Happening all year round, with 16 starting points throughout the Forest of Dean. Contact Barbara Woods on 01594 727014, email firstname.lastname@example.org, website www.walkingforhealth.org.uk
Learn this amazing dance! Tuesdays in Newland, Sundays once a month in Lydney. No partner needed. No previous dance experience required. All ages welcome. Tuesdays 9 week Tango course = £81/person, starting on Tuesday 9th January; Sunday class = £10/person. Newland Village Room, Newland, nr Coleford, GL16 8NP. Tuesday 7.30-8.45pm Absolute Beginners Tuesday 9-10.15pm Improvers Contact Bärbel Rücker on 07474 612701, email email@example.com, website www.movingexperience.eu.
With help of the Feldenkrais Method you can improve your movements and (re)gain comfort and ease. These ‘Awareness Through Movement’ (ATM) classes are non-strenuous and suitable for all ages. Wear comfortable & warm clothes and socks. Bring your own blanket/yoga mat. Drop-in class, £12, 10.30am-12noon Wednesdays, or 10 week course 7.30-9pm Wednesdays, both starting 10th January. Newland Village Room, Newland, Nr Coleford, GL16 8NP. Contact Bärbel on 07474 612701, email firstname.lastname@example.org, website www.movingexperience.eu
Fitness class based on the 12 dances of Strictly Come Dancing. Suitable for all fitness levels. 11.15am – 12.15pm, 9 weeks starting Tuesday 16th January, £38. Lydney Community Centre, Naas Lane, Lydney, GL15 5AT. Contact Wyedean on 01291 625340 (leave a message and they’ll get back to you) or download the brochure and enrolment form from www.wyedean.gloucs.sch.uk (go to ‘Community’, ‘Adult Learning’ ‘Courses available’). You can post your enrolment form (+SaE if you wish for a receipt) during the holidays, or enrol at the school from the start of term.
A four week course to banish winter blues, including fantasy flowers, floral cakes/handbags, corsages and leaf manipulation. Cost £32, payable Wk 1. Available at two venues: West Dean Centre, Bream, Wednesday afternoons 1.30 – 3.30pm, starting January 10th or Woolaston Methodist Church, Netherend, Thursday evenings 7.00 – 9.00pm (Fri pm for Wk 4) starting Jan 11th. Contact Mrs Alwyn Page on 01291 625294 or email email@example.com to book your place.
Death is the one sure thing we know we are going to experience and a subject most people struggle to speak of or explore safely. The training is a beautiful support for those who work and care for those that are ill or dying. Supporting our loved ones in this transition. The potential for healing that death brings. The workshop runs from 3rd – 4th March 2018 from 10am – 5pm at Redbrook, Wye Valley. Cost £160. Contact Maxine Smillie on 01873858391, email firstname.lastname@example.org, website shamaniclife.co.uk
Make a delicious basic sausage recipe and then try recipes from around the world. 10am-4pm, Saturday 10th March, £130. Courses book up quickly so book now. Humble by Nature, Upper Meend Farm, Penallt, Nr Monmouth, NP25 4RP. For more details or to book your place, telephone 01600 714595, email email@example.com, website www.humblebynature.com
Weave stunning plant supports and pea frames for your climbers. 9.45am-4pm, Saturday 3rd March, £105. Courses book up quickly so book now. Humble by Nature, Upper Meend Farm, Penallt, Nr Monmouth, NP25 4RP. For more details or to book your place, telephone 01600 714595, email firstname.lastname@example.org, website www.humblebynature.com
Try supersize crochet and make a bowl with dreadlocked, chunky yarn. 10am – 1pm, Friday 9th February, £65. Courses book up quickly so book now. Humble by Nature, Upper Meend Farm, Penallt, Nr Monmouth, NP25 4RP. For more details or to book your place, telephone 01600 714595, email email@example.com, website www.humblebynature.com
Learn the ancient art of hedge-laying on this hands-on day with prize hedge-layer Farmer Tim. 9.45am-4.30pm, Saturday 27th January, £105. Courses book up quickly so book now. Humble by Nature, Upper Meend Farm, Penallt, Nr Monmouth, NP25 4RP. For more details or to book your place, telephone 01600 714595, email firstname.lastname@example.org, website www.humblebynature.com
Weave two beautiful willow hearts, the perfect Valentine or Mothering Sunday gift. 10am-1pm, Saturday 3rd February, £45. Courses book up quickly so book now. Humble by Nature, Upper Meend Farm, Penallt, Nr Monmouth, NP25 4RP. For more details or to book your place, telephone 01600 714595, email email@example.com, website www.humblebynature.com
Artlift provides free art courses with professional artists for people with long term mental or physical health conditions, or those who are bereaved, isolated, or carers in need of respite. Our next course in Cinderford starts at Artspace in January. Ask your GP for a referral or call 03000 200 102 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. Free. 10am – 12noon, January 8th/16th at Artspace, The New Mercury, 3 Woodside St, Cinderford GL14 2NL. Contact: Charlie Royall on 03000 200 102 07599 912149 or email: email@example.com www.artlift.org
Join me each month for an active 5-stage facilitated dance meditation. The Monthly Forest Moondance will move location within the Forest of Dean around the New or Full moon to give everyone a chance to dance somewhere nearby! No partner dancing is required and there are no steps to learn. Suitable for all fitness levels. £10 for 90 mins (concessions available) 19:00-20:30. Venue and day change monthly to give everyone a chance to dance somewhere nearby: JANUARY -Thursday 18th ~ Lydbrook Memorial Hall FEBRUARY Thursday 15th ~ West Dean Centre Bream MARCH Friday 2nd ~ Lydbrook Memorial hall APRIL Monday 30th ~ Blakeney Village Hall MAY Tuesday 15th ~ Newnham Armoury Hall JUNE Weds 13th ~ Soudley Village Hall JULY Friday 13th ~ Blakeney Village Hall SEPTEMBER Tuesday 25th ~ Newnham Armoury Hall Contact Rozz on 07917341081, email firstname.lastname@example.org, website www.bigbeats.org or Facebook ‘Big Beats Dance’
A line is a journey, a statement. Glass is an invisible magical medium. The world beyond is changed by a line across its surface. We will be cutting, painting, engraving, staining and leading the glass and using other materials to develop ideas. Beginners welcome as well as more experienced. £150 (concessions £120), 9.30 am – 4.30 pm Saturday and Sunday, 10th and 11th March. Cherry Tree Cottage, Corner Road, Pillowell, Lydney, GL154QU. Contact Mollie Meager on 01594 562396, email email@example.com, website www.farOpen.co.uk
We will work together as a group, collaging, ideas, walking in the forest with sketch books, then working on glass collaboratively and on our own pieces. We can paint, stain, engrave, cut, enamel and lead the glass. Come and find out what happens. All welcome, beginners and more experienced. £150 (concessions £120), 9.30 am – 4.30 pm, Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th April. Cherry Tree Cottage, Corner Road, Pillowell, Lydney, GL154QU. Contact Mollie Meager on 01594 562396, email firstname.lastname@example.org, website www.farOpen.co.uk
Forest of Dean Walking for Health offers free regular easy walks throughout the Forest in: Blakeney, Bream, Cinderford, Coleford, Drybrook, Hartpury, Heywood, Huntley, Lydney, Mitcheldean, Newent, Parkend, Sedbury, St Briavels, Staunton and Yorkley. Suitable for all abilities, walking from 10 minutes up to 1 hour with refreshments at the end. Free 1 hour plus refreshments. Runs throughout the year. 16 starting points throughout the Forest of Dean. Contact Barbara Woods on 01594 727014 email@example.com, website www.walkingforhealth.org.uk