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Athens

Πολυχώρος Animus Corpus
Βασιλίσσης Σοφίας 54
Ιλίσια / Αθήνα

Η Γνωστική Θεραπεία ξεκίνησε το 1960 ως μία στοχευμένη, δομημένη και βραχεία ψυχοθεραπεία. Στο σεμινάριό μας θα δούμε το θεωρητικό της πλαίσιο, καθώς και τις βασικές θεραπευτικές της τεχνικές. Το σεμινάριο απευθύνεται σε επαγγελματίες ψυχικής υγείας, καθώς και σε όσες και όσους έχουν ενδιαφέρον για την ψυχολογία και την ψυχοθεραπεία.

Bring one of the following:
superfoods
εισιτήριο μετρό/ λεωφορείων
μπάρες δημητριακών
στυλό, διαφάνειες ή λοιπή γραφική ύλη
ταινία μπλάνκο

About the teacher, Ελένη Τζίκου

Η Ελένη Τζίκου γεννήθηκε στην Αθήνα το 1978. Είναι απόφοιτος του Τμήματος Ψυχολογίας του Πανεπιστημίου Κρήτης (2001), του 3ετούς Εκπαιδευτικού Προγράμματος Χοροθεραπείας της Ένωσης Χοροθεραπευτών Ελλάδος (2007) και του 3ετούς Εκπαιδευτικού Προγράμματος στη Μονάδα Οικογενειακής Θεραπείας (2010) του Ψυχιατρικού Νοσοκομείου Αττικής (Ψ.Ν.Α. Δαφνί). Η επαγγελματική της πορεία ως Ψυχολόγος ξεκινά, σε Μονάδα Φροντίδας Ηλικιωμένων. Από το 2002 ως και σήμερα (α) έχει κάνει υποστηριζόμενη εκπαίδευση και συνοδεία στο σχολείο εφήβων με ψυχιατρικά προβλήματα και διαταραχές συμπεριφοράς, β) έχει εργαστεί σε Φορείς (Ν.Π.Ι.Δ.) του Προγράμματος Αποασυλοποίησης Ψυχαργώς, γ) συμμετείχε σε ερευνητικά προγράμματα, δ) εκπαιδεύει και υποστηρίζει εθελοντές, σπουδαστές και επαγγελματίες για την Ψυχική Υγεία, ε) εργάζεται ιδιωτικά ως Ψυχολόγος -καθώς και μέσω χοροθεραπευτικών παρεμβάσεων- κάνοντας συνεδρίες.

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Dudley | Halesowen

Odd Socks

2:00p.m. to 3:30p.m.
Hasbury Community Centre
Wall Well
Halesowen

Make fun and friendly creatures from odd socks.

Bring one of the following:
A ball of wool
A piece of lace
An offer to teach a Trade School class yourself
Old buttons
Socks (new or odd)

About the teacher, Jane Clarke

I have a lifelong love of all things handmade which I am now indulging in retirement. I live in Halesowen. I love making things and being a bit creative.

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Tote bags!

10:00a.m. to 12:00p.m.
Gather
65, High St
Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 1PY

Learn how to make your own tote bag from recycled materials. Rick will inspire you with his handmade creations, and invite you to create a bag that you can take home. Materials and sewing equipment will be provided.

Bring one of the following:
A poem
A postcard with what you love about Dudley written on it
An offer to teach a Trade School class yourself
Any Dudley merchandise
Vegetables
Yoga moves

About the teacher, Rick Sanders

Rick lives in Stourbridge. He is a performance poet, project manager, recycled bag maker and radio presenter for grassroots poetry at Brum Radio. Rick is co-host of Dudley's Grande Slam, a monthly poetry event at Cafe Grande on Stone Street in Dudley.

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Beading and bracelet making

1:00p.m. to 3:00p.m.
Hasbury Community Centre
Wall Well
Halesowen

Join in and have a go making some simple but pretty Bracelets with Sarah & Susie. Can be fiddly but not difficult. Good excercise for the hands & brain.

Bring one of the following:
An offer to teach a Trade School class yourself
Crafting or art resources
Offcuts of fabric
Old jewellery and beads we can recycle
Small toiletry items
Used or new complete jigsaws

About the teacher, Sarah and Suzie

Sarah is retired & a keen supporter of Halas Homes & thier Community Cafe, Coffee Cups, Thornhill Road, Halesowen. Susie is a resident of Halas Homes & volunteers in the Café.

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Juggling For Absolute Beginners

4:30p.m. to 5:00p.m.
Gather
65, High St
Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 1PY

Anyone can learn to juggle, the main thing you need is motivation and some simple instruction. Jackie and Martin will take you through the basics. Please bring 3 balls to juggle with, along with your barter item.

Bring one of the following:
A bookmark
A promise to teach someone else to juggle
A second hand book
A second hand DVD
An offer to teach a Trade School class yourself
Sweets

About the teacher, Jackie and Martin Simcox

We are lucky enough to have taken early retirement and are now part of the "idle poor".

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Creating Fabric Prints

2:00p.m. to 5:00p.m.
Hasbury Community Centre
Wall Well
Halesowen

We will print onto fabric with foam, wooden blocks and stencils using acrylic inks and fabric medium to create pieces which can form the basis for embellishment with ribbon, embroidery silks and found materials. The finished items could be wall hanging or made into bags, journal covers or other decorative items.

Bring one of the following:
A notebook
An offer to teach a Trade School class yourself
Fabric
Old picture frames
Paper

About the teacher, Anne Stellinga

Anne is a local Halesowen resident and artist. Having been a college lecturer for 35 years since her retirement she has done a diploma in Textiles and regularly runs workshops on art and textiles and exhibits her work widely.

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Get Washi Tape Crafty

3:30p.m. to 4:30p.m.
Gather
65, High St
Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 1PY

Design and decorate your own washi tape keepsake tin that can been used for make up brushes, pencils, herbs, cutlery etc. Containers and tape will be provided.

Bring one of the following:
An offer to teach a Trade School class yourself
Buttons
Fabric scraps
Loose leaf tea (English Breakfast)
Ribbons

About the teacher, Victoria Myatt

Victoria loves arts and crafts and sewing. She lives in Dudley with her husband and two cats. She’s also a keen grower and likes to reuse or upcycle anything she can find.

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An Introduction to sign language

5:00p.m. to 7:00p.m.
Gather
65, High St
Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 1PY

Have you always been interested in sign language? In this class you will get an overview of the underpinning basics of British Sign Language (BSL). We’ll go through such things as finger spelling, basic everyday signs, numbers and lots more.

Bring one of the following:
A notebook
A piece of fruit (but not banana!)
A surprise
An offer to teach a Trade School class yourself
Anything homemade or handmade
Interesting tea

About the teacher, Siobhan Michaels

I leaned British Sign Language a couple of years ago because I was curious about it. It’s opened my eyes to the challenges deaf people may encounter in their day to day lives. I grew up in Sedgley, I live in Dudley now. I’m also a sci-fi geek.

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Gather
65, High St
Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 1PY

In this class you will be introduced to simple painting techniques, ways of looking and creating art. Andy will help you to get over the fear of having a go, this will be a safe space to try things out. You can bring a photo or picture you’d like to paint to some or all of - a favourite view or place. Or you can also bring objects you’d like to paint.

Bring one of the following:
a bottle of (not weak) beer or red wine
a herb plant
a tomato plant
art paper
teach a trade school class yourself

About the teacher, Andy Wright

I have worked as an artist in my spare time for over thirty years. Focussing mainly on landscapes but also producing portraits in charcoal on occasions, I am entirely self-taught. I work in a variety of media including oils, watercolour, gouache, oil and chalk pastel, acrylics, pencil, charcoal, ink and crayon.    I was born and grew up in Bradford, West Yorkshire, but have lived and worked  in the West Midlands since 1982, settling in the Worcestershire canal town of Stourport-on-Severn in 1987 and raising a family. It all began with working in oils; but then I switched to watercolour after the earIy years and more recently - in the last 5-8 years or so - have added acrylics to my range. Since being "professionally retired" in the spring of 2016, I have been able to devote more time to what was never a hobby, or a fleeting passion; more a way of life.

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Creative Stitch

2:30p.m. to 5:00p.m.
Hasbury Community Centre
Wall Well
Halesowen

Using prints created in the 'Creating Fabric Prints' Trade School class on Wednesday, we will make a decorative garden wall hanging for the Community Centre. Embroider or embellish with buttons, beads and bows.

Bring one of the following:
An offer to teach a Trade School class yourself
Bits of lace
Fruit
Nice tea bags
Odds and ends of fabric
Wool

About the teacher, Jane and Bethan Clarke

We are enthusiasts of all things handmade and love to share our skills and ideas.

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Geneva

Espace de Quartier Sécheron (1st floor / étage) Reference Elie
Avenue Blanc 7, 1st floor / étage (call 076 385 07 26)
1202 Genève

Je vais partager avec vous les 7 clés de libération intérieure qui sont d’une aussi grande puissance qu’elles sont simples ! C’est le fruit de 25 ans de travail et de recherches en tant que thérapeute, artiste et coach. Nous explorerons les 7 clés : 1. La passion du cœur, nous verrons l’extrême importance et urgence de vous connecter à ce qui vous passionne et comment la joie est le signe indiscutable de votre nature profonde et véritable (ce que j’appelle l’âme). 2. Le focus, nous aborderons brièvement le fonctionnement du cerveau et un mode d’emploi simplifié pour de meilleurs résultats 3. Le corps et l’action ou comment l’action est intimement liée au mouvement du corps et à la voix 4. La grande blessure et l’antidote, nous y verrons comment vous êtes vous-mêmes la solution à votre plus grande blessure 5. La créativité ou comment rayonner votre originalité à travers la nouveauté 6. La gratitude et l’Amour ou comment dans votre quotidien vous remettre au service de l’Amour ? 7. La coopération, nous verrons comment la collaboration est indispensable à votre avancée COMMENT CA SE DEROULE? Pour chaque clé, nous ferons 1 ou plusieurs exercices pratiques (visualisations, utilisation de la voix, mouvements, jeux individuels, collectifs et coopératifs). C’est un atelier engageant personnellement, c’est comme ça que les choses bougent : dans le partage, dans l’oser parler, s’exprimer en public. Ici, tout est fait pour que le cadre et l’entourage soit amical et de mon côté, je vous garantis une grande écoute et une grande bienveillance ! Alors venez OSER ! Plus vous vous engagerez et plus vous aurez des résultats ! QUELS SONT LES RESULTATS ? Le but de cet atelier est de vous donner le goût d’autre chose, de vous faire ressentir dans votre corps qu’il est possible pour vous de vivre dans l’expression pleine et entière de qui vous êtes vraiment. Bien sûr, en 1h30, c’est un avant-goût, c’est le coup de sifflet du départ. Pour que l’effet soit durable, vous voudrez ancrer chacune de ces 7 clés dans votre quotidien. C’est sur ces points que j’accompagne mes clients en séminaire et en coaching d’action individualisé. Je suis en effet convaincue qu’il est plus que temps aujourd’hui que chacun d’entre nous vivions nos rêves dans la réalité ici et maintenant, à notre plein potentiel. C’est une des clés pour modeler un monde de demain, fait de créativité et de bienveillance.

Bring one of the following:
Attention, participation & présence
Fleurs
Fruits bio
Plat vegan
Surprise

About the teacher, Virginie Reiffsteck

Coach de vie (praticienne certifiée en EFT et en Matrix Reimprinting). Formée au yoga, au Chant des Voyelles, à l’art thérapie du mouvement (Méthode Danis Bois, France) et à la Brain Gym (méthode P.Dennison, Esclarmonde, Genève). Maîtrise de psychologie (Université de Paris X, France), Ecrivain, conteuse, performeuse et chanteuse.

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Salary Negotiation

8:00p.m. to 9:30p.m.
Espace de Quartier Sécheron (1st floor / étage) Reference Elie
Avenue Blanc 7, 1st floor / étage (call 076 385 07 26)
1202 Genève

Would you like to receive a few tricks and word-for-word guide to boost your salary (in-kind, flexibility, money)? You’ll discover: • The biggest myths about negotiating • How to "wow" your boss during the negotiating • How to practice in role-plays and feedback

Bring one of the following:
A contact for a potential media project
A surprise
Curiosity
Organic Produce
Tea

About the teacher, Ingrid Heinrich

I am freelancing in a communication agency and started to become ever more interested in negotiation skills after using them successfully and sharing my knowledge with enthusiastic listeners.

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Halifax, Nova Scotia

iMOVe - in my own voice arts association
2439 Gottingen (Corner to Uniacke)
Halifax

DATE TENTATIVE - Once participants register we will find the best date that works for everyone Learning to "code" (programming computers, devices, robots) has become a popular and important objective for many young people. If you're a parent, teacher, or mentor of kids, and interested in learning more about the options and resources available to help kids and youth develop technology literacy skills, or have some tricks, tools, links, or lesson plans of your own you'd like to share with others, we'd love to meet you! In this workshop, we will present a "sampler tray" of ideas and links to help you stay current with the latest educational tools and post-secondary programs to help young people gain develop confidence and problem-solving skills, and make decisions about their own self-directed learning path. We will also invite an open discussion on the current challenges facing parents, teachers, and mentors of delivering relevant computer programming lesson plans, and brainstorm ideas for forming partnerships between parents, educational organizations, and private industry to help address those challenges.

Bring one of the following:
Food Donations for Feed Nova Scotia

About the teacher, Mike McGraw

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Bug and Bee Hotel Construction

12:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.
Hands On Halifax
6070 Almon St (End of parking lot)
Halifax

Bug hotels provide shelter and nesting areas for a variety of insect life. On June 4th, join us at Hands-On Halifax Community Woodshop from noon to 2pm to build frames for bug hotels. We'll learn basic carpentry skills along the way, and this part of the day will be limited to eight people. From 2pm to 4pm the session is open to everyone and we'll be filling the bug hotels with materials and finding homes to install them. Please bring materials to fill the bug hotels, such as pinecones, bamboo shoots, twigs, moss and cardboard.

Bring one of the following:
Hardware
Leftover paint/stain
Painter tape
Sandpaper
Scrap wood

About the teacher, Russell

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Car Maintenance 101

6:00p.m. to 8:00p.m.
Parking Lot of Sobey's on North and Almon
North St and Almon St
Halifax

A car maintenance clinic for people to better understand basic maintenance for their vehicles. Learn how to check your fluids, check your tire pressure, top up your washer fluid, change wiper blades, change light bulbs and put on a spare tire. There will be extra time to ask general questions.

Bring one of the following:
gardening supplies (top soil, seeds, plant pots, veggie transplants, etc.)
kid's books (for a 1 yr old girl)
organizational tools for the house (shelves, containers, etc)

About the teacher, Stephanie Coffin

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Indianapolis

Summer Launch Party (open to all!)

11:30p.m. to 1:00a.m.
Trade School Indy @ Rabble Coffee
2119 E 10th St
Indianapolis

Calling all Trade-School enthusiasts! Please join us on June 5th for our Summer Semester Launch Party and get first dibs on attending hot new classes. Celebrate with us at Rabble Coffee and kick-off the upcoming semester! >>>>>> Here are a few great reasons to attend: 1) View the class list before it's posted online 2) Register for classes before they're open to the public 3) Check out our classroom venue 4) Meet our teachers (or become one!) 5) Learn about Trade School (and get involved!) >>>>>> Join us on June 5th! There is no cost to attend, but we are 100% funded by Pay-What-You-Can donations/ memberships. If you are able to donate, we THANK YOU and ask that you do so as a barter item.

Bring one of the following:
* a pay-what-you-can membership
Curiosity!
Enthusiasm!
Interest in getting involved as a member, teacher, or volunteer
shareable snack

About the teacher, Trade School Indy

Trade School is a non-traditional learning community that runs on barter. We celebrate local wisdom, mutual respect, and the social nature of exchange.

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Los Angeles

Intro to Mindfulness Meditation

2:30a.m. to 4:00a.m.
The Garage (the converted garage of a private residence)
4622 Alger Street
Los Angeles

An antidote to the stresses of modern times, mindfulness is a mind-body approach to well-being that invites us to stop, breathe, observe, and connect with our inner experience. This workshop will provide an introduction to the basics of mindfulness meditation and will present tips for bringing the practice of mindfulness into our daily lives.

Bring one of the following:
1 bottle of Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap - Lavender (16 oz.)
1 canister of Trader Joe's Fair Trade (decaf) Organic French Roast Coffee - ground with "Fine" setting
2 boxes of organic herbal tea
2 clamp top brewing bottles (for kombucha)
A live dill plant

About the teacher, Jennifer Howd

Jennifer Howd is a writer/editor, and a Certified Mindfulness Facilitator through UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center. Her upcoming memoir, "Sit, Walk, Don’t Talk: How I Survived a Silent Meditation Retreat" is being published by Zen master, Thich Nhat Hanh's publishing company, Parallax Press May 30th, and she regularly blogs about mindfulness for "The Huffington Post" and on her blog. For more information about Jennifer, visit http://JenniferHowd.com.

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Book Show & Parlour of Wonders
5503 N Figueroa St
Los Angeles

Since its inception 3 years ago, TSLA has been run by founder Leanne and a small core of volunteers and teachers. It's time to look again at what we're doing, who we're serving, how we can do better, and who will organize those future efforts. We want you to be involved in this conversation. Join this open-to-all meeting to help form a vision of what TSLA can look like in the future. We'll be brainstorming, discussing, mapping and making plans. Your unique perspective & contributions could be exactly what we're missing!

Bring one of the following:
2 rolls of paper towels
2-4 lemons
a surprise
potted plant
votive or tea light candles

About the teacher, Leanne Pedante

Leanne started Trade School LA in May 2014 and it continues to be one of the best decisions she's ever made. In addition to running TSLA, she also works as a freelance graphic designer and is the program director at STRIDE fitness studio in Pasadena.

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Norwich

Fabric Flowers

1:00p.m. to 2:00p.m.
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norwich

Come along and learn how to hand sew your own fabric flower that you can take home with you. Bring along a piece of your favourite fabric (cotton fabric will work great). A fat quarter (about £2-3 in most sewing shops) should be more than enough. You can also bring along a piece of coordinating ribbon too (up to 1inch/2.5cm wide and about 20 inches/50cm long). I'll bring everything else you'll need. If you've got a pair of sewing or nice sharp scissors, please bring them along so that we have enough to share.

Bring one of the following:
A wet/dry bag
Spiral-bound notebook
Vegan cake or biscuits
Vegan chocolate
Vintage sewing thread (can be found in charity shops)

About the teacher, Mary Myerson

I like to sew and make all sorts of things. I have a room full of sewing and craft materials and am trying (but failing) to work my way through the huge stash because it's getting silly! I love animals and I've just gone vegan (hence the cakes and chocolate... yum!). I have previously taught with Trade School and I'm looking forward to teaching again.

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Beginners Spanish

2:00p.m. to 3:00p.m.
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norwich

A class offering people the chance to learn a little Spanish such as introducing yourself or ordering a meal and a drink etc.

Bring one of the following:
Biscuits
Cake
Eagerness to learn
Garden plant
Surprise me

About the teacher, Heather Hand

I have lived and worked in Spain for more than 25 years. I love the country and its people

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Introduction to Felt-Making

12:00p.m. to 1:00p.m.
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norwich

Learn the technique of wet felt-making using colourful and natural wool fibres. Felting is a technique that has been used by humans for practical and decorative use for thousands of years. In this session, you can learn the basic technique of how to create a piece of felted wool, which can be the basis for your own artwork in the future or simply to try out this historic craft. Bring a plastic bag or tupperware box to take away your piece of felt as it will need drying at home. We will be using soap so if you have sensitive skin please bring your own plastic gloves.

Bring one of the following:
A surprise!
Commitment to sign up and teach at Trade School on a subject of your choice
Herbal teas (not green tea)
Interesting papers to use for craft projects
Lavender essential oil
Natural household cleaning products
Textile bits & bobs, such as ribbons, needles, buttons, embroidery threads, zips (5", 6" or 7") etc

About the teacher, Genevieve Rudd

I'm an artist, maker and facilitator living on the Norfolk coast. I make artwork using mixed-media techniques inspired by the natural world, combining textiles, photography, drawing and printmaking. Since 2010, I've been involved in running participatory arts workshop with community groups.

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Introduction to Improv Comedy

2:00p.m. to 3:00p.m.
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norwich

A gentle taster workshop looking at the basics of improv. During the session, you will learn some of the fundamentals of improv comedy. We will learn through group games and exercises. This is a great session to dip your toe into the improv waters. This course is suitable for people with no previous improv experience, or those who've not done any for a while and want to jump back in. Your coach will be Chris Read - a supportive and passionate improviser with many years experience both performing and coaching improv.

Bring one of the following:
A Surprise!
Beer
Help promoting Improv
Homemade food
Singing Tuition

About the teacher, Chris Read

I've been performing and coaching improv for 6 years. I've found it to not only be a lot of fun, but also helpful for my wellbeing and mental health.

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Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norwich

Alexander Technique is the best self-help technique you have (probably) never heard of! Its a really practical way of becoming more aware of how you move and react and how we all tend to put too much effort into everyday tasks. It has been shown to help with chronic back pain by breaking the pain-tension- more pain cycle. But it is about more than pain, posture and bad backs, its about mindful movement and responses to life.

Bring one of the following:
Bring a friend with back pain
Curiosity
Dance lesson
Introduction to something fun and unusual in Norwich
Web design/social media advice

About the teacher, Mireille Heald

I'm Mireille, and I've recently moved to Norwich. I'm a STAT registered Alexander Technique teacher, which involved 3 years full time training. I was a vet until back pain forced me to give up work. Alexander Technique was really helpful to me and having a scientific and practical way of thinking I aim to teach it in a really down to earth way. I love walking my dog (exploring my new home town), and I'm looking for places to dance salsa, or new dance styles to try! @backtoactive on facebook

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