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Tonbridge Spring and Summer 2017

Join us this Spring and Summer for one of our inspiring short courses – but be quick, they are popular! Please get in touch if you would like further information before booking.


Places are available on most courses. 

However, please note that due to a system error, available places are not showing on the overview pages:  the actual number of available places is only displayed within the information for each individual course. When a course becomes fully booked, this will be indicated within the relevant course information.   

 

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Quick Find: Art History (5 items) | Creative Writing (1 item) | Classics (3 items) | Creative Writing (4 items) | Film Studies (1 item) | History (4 items) | History (1 item) | Lectures at Medway in Association with Medway U3A (6 items) | Literature (6 items) | Literature (1 item) | Music (2 items) | Psychology (1 item) | Self-development (4 items)

Art History

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Artists and their studios

Study Day                            Monday 27 March, from 10am – 4pm

We will explore a wide variety of works by artists including Picasso, Matisse, Courbet and Freud. In each, the artist’s studio plays a central role, from being a private sanctuary in which to create often psychologically and emotionally charged work to a showplace for self-promotion.

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27/03/201727/03/2017£37.00[Read More]
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More Art in context

8 weeks                                

January 24, 31; February 7, 21, 28; March 7, 14, 21.   

Tuesdays                             10.30am – 12.30pm 

This course follows on from the autumn 2016 term and contains new material: it is not necessary to have attended the previous course to benefit from this one.

In order to understand and appreciate art, we have to know something about how, why, when and where the artwork was produced. This course is for everyone who is interested in art, and will help you to gain valuable knowledge to make your next museum visits more enjoyable.

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24/01/201721/03/2017£109.00[Read More]
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Pre-exhibition guidance: “The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography”

3 seminars                           February 21, 28, March 21.

Tuesdays                             1.15 – 3.15pm

Two weeks are allocated for students to independently visit the exhibition after the first two seminars. The final seminar is intended for discussion about the exhibition. The course fee excludes travel and museum entry.

The course will prepare students for visiting London’s Tate Modern exhibition “The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography” from the Sir Elton John Collection (10 November 2016 – 7 May 2017).  During the course we will examine some of the exhibited art works with regard to composition, style, technique and subject matter and investigate their art historical references and connection to the wider art world.  

We regret that this course has been cancelled. If you would like to be included in future mailings for courses in this subject, please email tonbridgeadmin@kent.ac.uk 

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Course fee excludes travel and museum entry
21/02/201721/03/2017£44.00[Read More]
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The Art of Friendship: Ravilious and his Circle

4 weeks                                             June 5, 12, 19, 26   

Mondays                                            10.30am – 12.30pm 

Explore the work of Eric Ravilious, Edward Bawden, Peggy Angus, Enid Marx and others in this circle of friends who inspired and influenced each other in the first half of the twentieth-century.  The course coincides with the exhibition, ‘Ravilious and Co: The Pattern of Friendship’ at the Towner Gallery, Eastbourne.

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05/06/201726/06/2017£55.00[Read More]
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Venus – images of a goddess

3 weeks                                             May 9, 16, 23                       

Tuesdays                                         10.30am – 12.30pm

Over the centuries the iconic motif of the goddess of Venus/Aphrodite became a popular subject matter for many painters, draughtsman and sculptors. The seminar will investigate how and why Venus has been used by different artists over time and how this has affected the appearance of the goddess.

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09/05/201723/05/2017£44.00[Read More]

Creative Writing

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Fiction Writing at Postgraduate Level: more than one way to tell a story

4 weeks                                            

This course is offered twice:

Mondays on 13, 27 March; 10, 24 April. 

Or

Wednesdays on 15, 29 March; 12, 26 April.

10.30am – 1.30pm                                                    

NEW Postgraduate-level programme

Designed for anyone with the passion and motivation to develop their knowledge at an advanced level. This course does not award academic credits but can be indicative of your suitability for considering further study at this level or applying for a postgraduate qualification programme

To write well, you need to read well. Aimed at writers, this short course looks at three innovative and acclaimed books to provide a fresh perspective on how fiction works.

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13/03/201724/04/2017£185.00[Read More]
15/03/201726/04/2017£185.00[Read More]

Classics

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A stroll through the Underworld

Study Day          10am - 4pm

Saturday 24 June

Elysium and Tarrtarus, Styx and Phlegethon; what did the ancients think the afterlife was like? Spend a day descending to and journeying through – on a return ticket – the depths of the Underworld with the Greeks and the Romans.

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24/06/201724/06/2017£37.00[Read More]
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Getting to know the ancient Romans

Study Day    10am - 4pm

Saturday 6 May

Gladiators, slavery, grand buildings, a large empire: the ancient Romans are noted for all of these.   During this course, you will have the opportunity to get to know something of ancient Roman civilisation through literature (in translation!) and images.

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06/05/201706/05/2017£37.00[Read More]
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The Quest

4 weeks                                             March 7, 14, 21, 28

Tuesdays                                         10.30am -12.30pm 

Many of the gods and heroes of Greece and Rome spend many hours on a quest: for glory, for immortality, for a home. This course provides an opportunity to share in the journeys and quests of Gilgamesh, of the heroes of Homer's epics, of Jason and Aeneas, but also of Dionysos, Demeter and Herakles.

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07/03/201728/03/2017£55.00[Read More]

Creative Writing

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Creative Writing – Breaking the Rules

4 weeks                                 February 23; March 2, 9, 16.

Thursday                              10am – 12 noon. 

Writers of all experience are welcome although some previous experience

of creative writing would be an advantage.

Smaller class group to allow for some individual attention.

Much new writing stems from people breaking perceived rules - the mainspring of artistic experimentation. We will examine such rules as ’Write what the market wants’, ‘Make your main character likeable’ and ‘Never argue with feedback’ to see if they can be supported. We will also look at examples of writing which patently breaks the ‘rules’. 

We regret that this course has been cancelled. If you would like to be included in future mailings for courses in this subject, please email tonbridgeadmin@kent.ac.uk 

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23/02/201716/03/2017£65.00[Read More]
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Get published!

Study Day                                          Saturday 24 June

10am – 4pm 

Smaller class group to allow for some individual attention.

This course is designed for those who are writing for publication.

The course is repeated from 2015.

Get your poems and short stories ready for publication, explore current opportunities in magazines, competitions and online, and find out what editors are looking for.

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24/06/201724/06/2017£42.00[Read More]
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Reading and writing theatre/performance reviews

Study day

Saturday 6 May from 10am – 4pm 

This course is designed for those wanting to stretch their creative writing muscles as well as the avid theatre/performance fan. Limited places are available.

This course will enable participants to deconstruct and interpret performance-based reviews, and use the knowledge gained to write critical pieces themselves. Through understanding the structure and context of reviews, we will consider the principles and terminology of critical analysis and develop creative practical examples individually and as a group.

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06/05/201706/05/2017£42.00[Read More]
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Walking and Writing in Tonbridge

3 alternate weeks                           June 6, 20; July 4.

Tuesday                                           1– 4pm 

Writers of all experience are welcome.

Smaller class group to allow for some individual attention. 

If you thought Tonbridge was boring, think again. It is a vibrant town and its history, architecture and people make excellent subjects for creative writers seeking inspiration. While on the course we will remind ourselves that walking can be a mindful experience, providing a different way of gathering ideas.

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06/06/201704/07/2017£75.00[Read More]

Film Studies

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Reading and writing film reviews

Study day

Friday 31 March from 10am – 4pm 

This course is designed for the avid film fan

as well as those wanting to stretch their creative writing muscles.

Smaller class group.  Limited places available.

This course will examine film reviews to determine how critics analyse and write about film. We will then watch a screening and write and critique our own reviews, individually and as a group. This course will suit casual or avid film fans as well as those wishing to develop analytical or creative writing skills.

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31/03/201731/03/2017£42.00[Read More]

History

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Medieval Life viewed through the 21st Century Lens

6 weeks                                                         10.30am – 12.30 pm

Thursdays                                                   February 23; March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30.

Ever wondered about the day-to-day existence of the builders of medieval houses, castles, or churches? Or considered what they ate? Or wore? What inspired them? Was life, even then, ‘nasty, brutish and short’? Explore our medieval predecessors’ lives through a variety of sources which reveal their lifestyles and culture.

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23/02/201730/03/2017£82.00[Read More]
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Queen Elizabeth I’s Men: Patriots or Profiteers?

4 weeks                                             10.30am – 12.30 pm

Thursdays                                       June 8, 15, 22, 29.  

The names of Ralegh, Drake and the Earls of Essex and Leicester alongside other favourites who circled around the Virgin Queen reverberate in history. Were they were self-sacrificing heroes, altruistic courtiers and pioneers committed to serving their queen or self-seeking adventurers who found her court a profitable place to be?

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08/06/201729/06/2017£55.00[Read More]
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The Wars of the Roses: England’s Bloodiest Battles

Study Day                                        10am – 4pm

Saturday                                          25 March 

The years from 1455 until 1485 saw some of the bitterest battles ever to have occurred on English soil when the Lancastrian and Yorkist royalist factions fought for supremacy in a dynastic war.  Explore the historical evidence behind this turbulent period using contemporary sources alongside recent research and battle-field archaeology.

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25/03/201725/03/2017£37.00[Read More]
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Voices from the English Civil War, c. 1640-1650

4 weeks                                             11am – 1pm

Thursdays                                       May 4, 11, 18, 25

This course explores aspects of life during the English Civil War, as expressed by those who lived through it. Using letters, diaries, pamphlets and memoires, it considers the impact of war on people’s personal relationships, political principles, religious beliefs and daily lives, and provides a clear historical context within which to understand them.

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04/05/201725/05/2017£55.00[Read More]

History

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History and the influence of ideas: Renaissance to Enlightenment

4 weeks                                             28 March; 4, 11, 25 April.

Tuesdays                                           10.30am - 12.30pm                                                     

NEW Postgraduate-level programme

Designed for anyone with the passion and motivation to develop their knowledge at an advanced level. This course does not award academic credits but can be indicative of your suitability for considering further study at this level or applying for a postgraduate qualification programme

           

We will consider broadly the influence of Arab knowledge and the revival of classical thought on European societies during the early modern period, through philosophy and religion, technology and economics, and politics and culture.  In close detail we will look at specific themes chosen from renaissance, reformation/counter-reformation and international relations.

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28/03/201725/04/2017£125.00[Read More]

Lectures at Medway in Association with Medway U3A

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An introduction to Modern Art

Study Morning: Saturday 1 April 10 am – 1 pm                                

This lecture is in association with Medway U3A. It will be held at the University of Kent Medway Campus, Chatham Maritime.  

This seminar will provide an art historical introduction to “Modern Art” and therefore familiarize students with important examples of sculpture, photography and painting. The seminar will acquaint students with a selection of major modern artists from Impressionism to Pop Art

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01/04/201701/04/2017£15.00[Read More]
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Art in context

Study Morning: Saturday 13 May 10 am – 1 pm                                  

This lecture is in association with Medway U3A. It will be held at the University of Kent Medway Campus, Chatham Maritime.

This seminar is for everyone who is interested in art. In order to understand and appreciate art, we have to know something about how, why, when and where the art work was produced. This seminar will help you to gain valuable knowledge to make your next museum visits more enjoyable.

 This seminar is for everyone who has an admiration for art and an interest in art history.

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13/05/201713/05/2017£15.00[Read More]
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Manipulating Monarchs: Tudor & Elizabethan Propaganda

Study Morning: Friday 12 May 10 am – 1 pm                                                               

This lecture is in association with Medway U3A. It will be held at the University of Kent Medway Campus, Chatham Maritime.

From the moment in 1485, after the Battle of Bosworth, when the victorious Henry VII threw the naked body of his rival Richard III over the back of a horse and paraded the corpse triumphantly through the streets of Leicester the era of a powerful and persuasive regal authority through the presentation of its public image was established.

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12/05/201712/05/2017£15.00[Read More]
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The Black Death: Plague, Pestilence & Social Disorder

Study Morning: Friday 17 March 10 am – 1 pm                                                                     

This lecture is in association with Medway U3A. It will be held at the University of Kent Medway Campus, Chatham Maritime.

In 1348 the Black Death reached the shores of England; it rapidly spread throughout towns and communities killing indiscriminately. Writers at the time recorded that there were barely enough left living to bury the dead. An inscription for the year 1349 in St. Mary’s, Ashwell, Herts. states:  ‘Wretched, terrible, destructive year, the remnants of the people alone remain.’ A chronicle account records:  ‘[it] so wasted the people that scarce the tenth person of any sort was left alive’ and the debate as to how many died – possibly 40% of the population – remains. Yet ultimately the plague led to a degree of social change, where agricultural labourers and tenants for the land were in such short supply that they could demand higher wages and better conditions.

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17/03/201717/03/2017£15.00[Read More]
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The history of beer in Kent

Study Morning: Saturday 1 April 10 am – 1 pm                                                      

This lecture is in association with Medway U3A. It will be held at the University of Kent Medway Campus, Chatham Maritime.

Beer is one of the oldest beverages humans have ever produced, and Kentish Ale is one of only two protected origin beers in the entirety of the UK. With this long history, what makes Kent so special? This course will endeavour to answer this question.

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01/04/201701/04/2017£15.00[Read More]
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The history of science (up to 20th century)

Study Morning: Saturday 13 May 10 am – 1 pm                            

This lecture is in association with Medway U3A. It will be held at the University of Kent Medway Campus, Chatham Maritime.

Discover and explore the creation of the Scientific Method and the development of modern astronomy, physics, biology and computer sciences. This course will specifically consider some of the great minds of human history, including those often forgotten contributions of women and non-Europeans.

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13/05/201713/05/2017£15.00[Read More]

Literature

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Down the rabbit hole

Study Day                            19 May                                 

Friday                                  10.30am – 4.30pm 

This lively, interdisciplinary study day looks at the origins and legacy of Lewis Carroll’s enduringly popular ‘Alice’ books, engaging with subjects as diverse as film, art, philosophy, mathematics, music and modernism, and, of course, Cheshire cats and chess.

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19/05/201719/05/2017£37.00[Read More]
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George Orwell

4 weeks                                   June 23, 30; July 7, 14                       

Fridays                                    10.30am – 12.30pm 

This course looks at four key works by George Orwell along with three of his essays, considering his place in the cultural and political debates of the 1930s and 40s.

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23/06/201714/07/2017£55.00[Read More]
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Hard Luck! Literatures of Poverty and Austerity

Study Day                                        8 July

Saturday                                          10am – 4pm

Can fiction help us to make sense of this age of austerity? This course takes Frank McCourt’s ‘memoir’ of his destitute childhood (Angela’s Ashes) and Zadie Smith’s bleak, stylish novel NW, and seeks to investigate what we think about poverty, what we think about representing poverty, and why this matters.

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08/07/201708/07/2017£37.00[Read More]
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Jane Austen’s later novels

Study Day                                        5 July

Wednesday                                       10.30am – 4.30pm   

On the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death it is appropriate to explore her last two composed novels (Emma and the elegiac Persuasion) and the unusual, unfinished Sanditon which promises a new social analysis. The course will also consider a comic poem written a few days before her death.

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05/07/201705/07/2017£37.00[Read More]
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Latin American Literature

5 alternate weeks              

February 10, 24; March 10, 24; April 7.                          

Fridays          10.30am – 12.30pm 

For many readers the first exposure to Latin American literature is likely to be the novels of Gabriel García Márquez or Isabel Allende. This course looks at five key writers (Borges; Llosa; Márquez ; Allende; Esquivel) of the ‘boom’ and ‘post-boom’ period considering their contributions to the establishment of a Latin American canon.

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10/02/201707/04/2017£69.00[Read More]
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Thomas Hardy & the Dorset coast

5 weeks                                             May 30; June 6, 13, 20, 27.

Tuesdays                                           10.30am – 12.30pm 

The beautiful and historic Dorset coastline has a dramatic history of smuggling, wrecking, press-gangs, threatened Napoleonic invasions and curious customs (particularly on the Isle of Portland), which inspired two complete Hardy novels, several short stories and episodes in other novels.

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30/05/201727/06/2017£69.00[Read More]

Literature

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Tall, Dark and Fictional: Byron and the Brontës

4 weeks                                             1, 8, 15, 22 March                           

Wednesdays                                      10.30am - 12.30pm                                                         

NEW Postgraduate-level programme

Designed for anyone with the passion and motivation to develop their knowledge at an advanced level. This course does not award academic credits but can be indicative of your suitability for considering further study at this level or applying for a postgraduate qualification programme

The course examines the influence of Byron’s poetry and especially the Byronic Hero on the works of the three Brontë sisters, with special attention to Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre.  We will examine biography, literary criticism and primary texts in order to explore how the Byronic Hero enjoyed a second life in the juvenilia and mature works of the Brontës.

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01/03/201722/03/2017£125.00[Read More]

Music

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How to listen to the music of Mahler

Study Day                                        10am – 4pm

Saturday                                           11 March 

This study day is part of a popular series of

‘How to listen to…’ to begin or more fully appreciate Classical Music.

It is not necessary to have attended the whole series to benefit

from each study day offered. 

This course examines not only important movements from Mahler’s nine symphonies, and moments from the orchestral song cycles, but also looks at the sources of Mahler's inspiration - birdsong, street melodies, cafe tunes, Jewish folk music, biographical circumstances - to define what it is that gives Mahler his unique voice.

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11/03/201711/03/2017£37.00[Read More]
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How to listen to the music of Wagner

Study Day                                        10am – 4pm

Saturday                                           8 July  

This study day is part of a popular series of

‘How to listen to…’ to begin or more fully appreciate Classical Music.

It is not necessary to have attended the whole series to benefit

from each study day offered.

Wagner was arguably the most influential composer of the 19th century: he not only revolutionised the world of opera, but he brought an entirely new musical aesthetic to the world of orchestral music.  This course takes a chronological survey of Wagner's stage works - which range from Rienzi (1840) to Parsifal (1882) - and directs the listener to crucial points that need to be understood when appreciating Wagner’s music.

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08/07/201708/07/2017£37.00[Read More]

Psychology

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An introduction to the brain and brain injury

Study Day                                        18 March

Saturday                                            10am – 4pm  

A sheep’s brain will be dissected and images of brains will be shown during the course.

This is not graphic but if you are very sensitive to such things

you may want to leave during the dissection.           

This course will introduce the physical and functional organisation of the human brain. You will learn how this delicate organ is involved in feelings, thoughts, and actions. We will also explore how injuries such as stroke occur and why strokes can have such varied effects.

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18/03/201718/03/2017£40.00[Read More]

Self-development

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Communicate with confidence

4 weeks                                           March 7, 14, 21, 28             

Tuesday                                           1 – 3pm

By participating in this interactive course you will learn how to communicate clearly and confidently every day and when faced with challenging situations. 

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07/03/201728/03/2017£80.00[Read More]
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Introduction to Taoist Philosophy

Workshop                                       

Saturday 11 March                          10am – 1pm

Limited places are available on this course

An introduction to Taoism from its early roots in Chinese Shamanism through to modern day expression in culture, philosophy, religion, health, martial arts and personal development.

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11/03/201711/03/2017£25.00[Read More]
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Mindfulness: skills to manage stress and develop resilience

2 linked workshops on Saturdays 18 March and 8 April from 10am - 1pm

Limited places are available 

We will briefly explore the theory around mindfulness, including history and latest research findings but most of the time will be spent doing practical mindfulness exercises and group activities to help us better understand the themes and concepts.

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18/03/201708/04/2017£60.00[Read More]
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Writing for wellbeing

4 weeks                                           March 1, 8, 15, 22                           

Wednesday                                      1 – 3pm 

Small class group.

Limited places are available.

Based on the acclaimed Journal to the Self © workshop, created by Kathleen Adams, this will course support personal growth, creativity and life management skills through different journal writing techniques. Previous students have used it for situations as varied as gaining confidence in workplace writing, exploring personal challenges, or reigniting creativity.

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01/03/201722/03/2017£80.00[Read More]

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