We will work with the stories from the Mabinogion, the Welsh Creation story. Mysteries of Welsh Shamanic practices have not been lost, they are alive and vibrant.The wisdom was placed into the guardianship of the ‘Otherworld’ the land of dreams until dreamers came forth once more to claim the knowledge and dream it back into being. The time is now. 10am-6pm, Saturday 28th October, £85. Redbrook Village Hall, Redbrook Road, Redbrook, NP25 4LR. Contact Maxine Smillie on 07845 933860, email email@example.com, website shamaniclife.co.uk
PIPs are free, 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. FREE, 7pm to 9pm every 2nd Monday of the month, ongoing, meetings in members’ houses. Contact Vicky Hampton on 01594 542974 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friendly multi-craft group, monthly projects or bring your own with you. Also monthly lunches. £2.50, 7-9pm, 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at Yorkley Community Centre, Baily Hill, Yorkley, GL15 4RS. Come along or contact Tiny Wood on 01594 560219, email email@example.com or find us on Facebook at Forest Threads Group.
This is a course for those who want to develop their skills in creative textiles. The course covers design , sampling techniques, patchwork & quilting, appliqué and creative textile techniques. The learner builds up their own portfolio of individual work based on colour, line and texture. There is no entry level requirement. 10am-1pm, 36 weeks, £800 starting Monday 11th September. Patchwork Basket, 8 Church Street, Newent, GL18 1PP.
Also available at The Studio Busy Bees , Newport, starting Thursday 14th September, 1.30pm-4.30pm.
One to one workshop based at my home studio, where you can weave on a table loom. Workshops are tailored to your needs, please get in touch to have an informal chat about what you would like to do. Prices start from £40. Day and time is flexible, but generally 10.30am to 2.30pm. You can choose from half a day, full day, or a weekend. Railway Cottages, Station Lane, Longhope, GL17 0NA.
Transformational tools to help you rediscover the innately happy, powerful and wise being you truly are through motivating, grounding, meditation, exploration of the energy body and so much more. A series of 2½ hour workshops starting in September. Places are limited, so get in touch soon. £25 per workshop, Lydbrook area. Contact Jaqui on 01594 861278 or 07919 851669, email firstname.lastname@example.org, website www.jaquifabian.co.uk.
Improve all areas of your life using exercises, meditations, affirmations and inner child healing. 10 weeks, dates tbc. Lydbrook.
Contact Caroline Gostling on 01594 861216 or 07795 835697, email email@example.com, Facebook Wye Valley and Forest of Dean Therapy & Healing Centre.
ITC regulated Level 3 three day first aid at work course. Meets all HSE, risk assessment and insurers requirements. Course includes training in use of AED and catastrophic blood loss. Day one emergency first aid, day two injury, day three illness and environmental concerns. Call for full details or check website. 9.00am -4.45pm daily, 3 days starting 11th September, £200 (discounts apply). Dean Heritage Centre, Camp Mill, Soudley.
Emergency First Aid at Work. Regulated course, no due diligence required. Covers life saving first aid in workplace context, vital signs, managing incidents, treating collapse, managing illness, seizures, CPR with AED, choking, blood loss and shock. Includes catastrophic bleed for forestry EFAW plus F. 9.00am – 5.00pm, 21st July or 18th August, £75. Gloucester Cave Rescue Centre, St Whites Road, Cinderford.
Teaching and Assessing First Aid Qualifications is awarded by ITC First and is the start point for anyone who wishes to teach and assess first aid. Pre entry requirements are a letter of application and a CV. You will also need to hold or be prepared to undertake a first aid at work qualification. £575 9.00am-5.30pm daily, 17th to 21st July. Gloucester Cave Rescue Centre, St Whites Road, Cinderford.
We are electromagnetic beings in an electromagnetic universe and we have little awareness how we are affected by all of frequencies around us. Clothes, food, technology, household items and our thoughts all emit frequencies which contracts & stresses our bodies and biofields or expand them. Each day full activities exploring these effects on us. 9.30am-5.00p, in 3 parts, £59 each. Part 1 8th July, Part 2 12th August, Part 3 9th September. Belle Vue Centre, Cinderford.
Come and enjoy a day and see how these two separate activities were once one. How can astrology possibly work? We will explore the different types of astrology and look at the concepts of archetypes as well as the latest in ideas of consciousness and how light photons fill the human body and can influence our behaviours. 9.30am-5.00pm, Saturday 20th May and Sat 27th May, £55 (discounts apply). Belle Vue Centre, Cinderford.
ITC awarded 2 day 16 plus hours regulated outdoor first aid. No due diligence required. Meets and exceeds all UK Outdoor NGB requirements. also suitable for outdoor workers, Duke of Edinburgh Award, school expeditions and forestry plus f. Now includes training and assessment in AED use and information on management of catastrophic bleed. 9am-6.15pm, £130 (discounts apply), 10th & 11th June, 5th & 6th August. Dean Heritage Centre, Soundley and Gloucester Cave Rescue Centre, Cinderford.
Dog First Aid – why? Because you cannot call 999 for your dog. Knowing what to do been a problem starting and getting to the vet could save a life just as we might with a person. Certificated by Awarding Organisation ITC First, this half or one day course gives immediate temporary care for your dog while contacting or getting to your vet.
Full day (9.15am-4.45pm): Sunday 1st October, Saturday 18th November, Sunday 2nd December. £60. Apex Outdoors, Coleford.
Evening (6.15-9.15pm) Emergency Part 1, Wednesday 8th November, £35, The Main Place, Coleford
Part 2 Wednesday 15th Novemeber 35 or £60 for both. The Main Place Coleford.
Day workshop learning about plants using our ‘heart’ sense – this is a sensory exploration of plants including the making of a potent plant elixir. Lunch included. With Freya Davies. 10am-5pm, Saturday 9th September, £45. Millers Farm, Blakeney, GL15 4AP
A 2 hour exploration out in the Forest using eco mapping to communicate with the more than human world. We will meet at Welshbury Woods near Flaxley and walk out to see it with fresh eyes and ears. 11am – 1pm, Sunday 22nd October, £10.
Training in contemporary shamanism aligned with eco reciprocity over 15 months – six 3 day weekends from February 2018 to April 2019. You can take the course as it is or gain an Eco Shamanic Practitioner Certificate. All tuition and food included in fee – budget accommodation on site or go home at nights. Six 3 day weekends, starting 2pm, Friday 16th February through to 12 noon, Monday 19th 2018. £1200 (£1080 conc). Millers Farm, Blakeney, GL15 4AP
Drybrook & District Male Voice Choir are an old established (1948) choir with their own choir room (and a members’ bar!). With a dynamic new Musical Director the choir is moving forward in an exciting direction but we are very keen to welcome new members of all ages. We meet weekly on Wednesdays, 7.30-9.30pm. £10 monthly. Drybrook & District Male Voice Choir Room (in front of Drybrook Methodist Church), Hawthorns Rd, Drybrook, GL17 9BX.
Contact Anita Chaloner on 01594 821207 or 07565 909492, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are a new, friendly group for people who enjoy singing or just want to sing for fun. No experience necessary and no need to be able to read music. We hope to cover a wide range of songs. All ages and abilities welcome. 7.30- 9.15pm, Mondays, ongoing, £2 per session. Drybrook & District Male Voice Choir Room (in front of Drybrook Methodist Church), Hawthorns Rd, Drybrook, GL17 9BX. Contact Anita Chaloner on 01594 821207 or 07565 909492, or email email@example.com.
You will learn how to design and make a pair of felt slippers from wool. Starting from how to make your template, to finish and decorate however you wish, with flowers, bobbles or tassles. 10 am-4pm, Saturday 21st October or Thursday, 16th November. £65 including lunch and materials. The Studio, Kent Cottage, New Road, Blakeney Hill, Blakeney, GL15 4BS.
On this course, you will be shown how to work from a basic hat template,which you can then personalize by adding flaps, flowers, tassels, bobbles or any other decoration you can think of! 10am -4pm, Saturday 23rd September or Thursday 7th December, £65 including lunch and materials. The Studio, Kent Cottage, New Road, Blakeney Hill, Blakeney, GL15 4BS.
A fun day making wonderful cuddly creatures. Ideas for soft toys and hand puppets, combining wet felting and needle felt techniques. 10am-4pm, Thursday 30th November, £60 including lunch and materials. The Studio, Kent Cottage, New Road, Blakeney Hill, Blakeney, GL15 4BS.
You will learn to design your own pattern or picture from a source of your own choice for a wall hanging, cushion, or piece of fabric to be later made into something like a bag, slippers,or book cover. How to translate your ideas into felt, select colours, and use pre-felts and layering to form pockets,flaps,and decorations. 10am- 4pm, Saturday 9th September or 7th October, Thursday 19th October or Saturday 4th November. £60 including lunch and materials. The Studio, Kent Cottage, New Road, Blakeney Hill, Blakeney, GL15 4BS.
Love the guitar? Have you wanted to play? Or would like to improve? My name is Nick and I’m a Guitar Tutor living in the Forest of Dean. I have 30 years experience playing the guitar and song writing. £25 for 1 hour, £90 for 5 lessons bought in advance. Mondays to Firdays, 10am-6pm. Contact Nick on 07899 672718, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Not sure if it’s for you? First 30 minute lesson is FREE!!
The Forest Flute Choir welcomes all flute players, regardless of age of ability; no tricky auditions. All you need is a flute, a music stand and a sense of humour! We meet approximately fortnightly during term time and play a great variety of musical styles. We raise money for local and national causes. We are relaxed and friendly. Annual membership of £20/£12. We meet 2pm- 4 pm, Sundays on April 23, May 7, June 4 & 25, July 9 (5 rehearsal dates between April and July). Parkend Memorial Hall, Fancy Road, Parkend, GL15 4JA.
Learn more about Meridians, Chinese 5 Elements and how to find foods that deplete our energy. Also balancing using colour, reducing future stresses and pain techniques. 9:30am-5.30pm both days, 25th and 26th November, £240. The Beck Clinic, Awre, Nr Blakeney.
Learn how to muscle, balance your own and other’s energy,find out about meridians, improve posture, reduce stress, raise energy levels and achieve your goals. It’s fun to learn and can change lives! 9.30am – 5.30pm both days, 21st abd 22nd October, £240.00. The Beck Clinic, Awre, Nr Blakeney.
Over the course of the day you will be collecting native microbes to make cheap but effective natural fertilisers and tonics for the plant and soil. The day will be practically orientated although there will be a chance to discuss and learn some principles, objectives and strategies of Regenerative Agriculture. 9am-4.30pm, Friday 10th November, £75. Ragmans Lane Farm, Lower Lydbrook, GL17 9PA.
Book four Taster Lessons at half price to see if it’s for you! I have been teaching all my life and keep my ideas up to date. Forget the grind of unimaginative music lessons; every lesson is a challenge and a pleasure. Join the musical world and enrich your life. £25 per 45-60 minutes, lessons to suit you. Beginners welcome as well as the more advanced. Marsh Way, Sling, Coleford, GL16 8JN. Contact Dorothy Wilson on 01594 810820 or 07886 491801, email email@example.com, Facebook page Dorothy Wilson Piano, website DEWPiano.co.uk.
A day to explore shamanism, to understand and experience simple ceremony and the shaman’s drum. You will learn how to use the shaman’s journeying technique, explore the shaman’s map and learn how to retrieve a power animal. 10am-5pm, Saturday 11th November, £45. Millers Farm, Blakeney, GL15 4AP.