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Athens

Πολυχώρος Animus Corpus
Βασιλίσσης Σοφίας 54
Ιλίσια / Αθήνα

Basic grammar rules. Write email (business, friends), composition, business letters. Conversation

Bring one of the following:
A surprise
furniture
job search help
scented candles
Tea leaves

About the teacher, Anastasia Georgouli

I hold a BA in Communication and I have the Proficiency of Michigan.

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Geneva

l'Espace de Quartier Secheron (basement / sous-sol), Reference : Elie
Avenue Blanc 7, basement / sous-sol (Call 076 385 07 26)
Genève

Pour cet atelier, je propose de vous guider dans une psycho-imaginaire ( la technique d'hypnose la plus connue, utilisée dans le milieu de la danse contemporaine, le théâtre et dans les techniques de relaxation, elle fée appel à la créativité, l'inspiration, l'intuition) à la découverte d'un lieu de refuge et de ressourcement au cœur de votre sphère inter rieur. Après ce voyage en soi, vous pourrez retrouver à tous moments, ce lieu magique aux senteurs de Paix, d'Amour, de Vital idée. L'atelier commencera par des respirations conscientes dans les trois foyers, puis, après l'aventure intérieur, je vous proposeraient de découvrir ou approfondir le chant harmonique. Bienvenue. ATTENTION: IL EST FORTEMENT RECOMMANDE D'APPORTER VOTRE TAPIS POUR CE COURS CAR UNE MAJEURE PARTIE SE DEROULERA ALLONGE. Il y en aura quelques tapis de yoga à disposition sur place si jamais vous n'en avez pas le jour venu.

Bring one of the following:
Autre technique de mieux être
Avocat bio
Massage
Ouverture
Partage

About the teacher, Marc Piel

J'ai dansé sur des scènes internationales, en compagnie pendant 15 ans, et suivis des formations pédagogiques. J'ai accompagné quelques ateliers avec des participants d'ages diverses. J'ai eu la chance de rencontrer aux travers de stages, ateliers, des chorégraphes qui m'ont offert des trésors que j'apprécie de partager à ma façon. Ma vie de danseur a commencé à 20 ans ( fin janvier j'aurais 53 ans) dans un projet créé par un couple, en banlieue parisienne et qui a donné naissance à la Cie "Black, Blanc, Beur" constituée de danseuses et danseurs autodidactes à l’exception de trois ou quatre danseuse. ( La Cie B3 a fêtée ses 30 ans en 2014). J'accompagnerais l'atelier en français, et surtout dans un langage corporel.

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Halifax, Nova Scotia

Introduction to Mindfulness

9:30a.m. to 11:00a.m.
Just Us! Coffeehouse
5896 Spring Garden Rd.
Halifax, NS

The beginning of a new year is a wonderful time to reflect on how we are relating to ourselves, our friends and family, and our livelihood. This introductory session will provide an introduction and experience of mindfulness practice, connecting it to how we can cultivate presence, clarity and positive intention in different domains of our life. There are many things we cannot control in our environment, but we can shift the way we react to situations moment by moment, finding greater freedom over time to make conscious choices. This workshop will offer teaching, practical instruction and interactive dialogue to ground "mindfulness" in your personal experience.

Bring one of the following:
A sample of your favorite loose-leaf tea
A story of how generosity has made a difference for you
An indoor plant clipping (not spider or jade plants, please)
Seeds for something that can grow in a shady backyard

About the teacher, Julia Sable

From an early age, mindfulness training has been a part of my life. While my professional path has taken me through journalism, civil service, and international non-profit work, my personal path has been a continual exploration of how to develop mindfulness and compassion. My training is in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, where I am a meditation teacher, and I am also interested in how mindfulness can be applied in secular, organisational and day-to-day life situations.

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Darn It!

11:00a.m. to 1:00p.m.
Just Us! Coffeehouse
5896 Spring Garden Rd.
Halifax, NS

It can be hard to part with a favourite knitted item once some of the areas have worn thin or have holes. Darning is a surprisingly straightforward process that allows you to repair your beloved knitted goods and extend their lifetime for years to come. In this class, participants can bring an item of theirs that needs repairing. By the end of the class they will have learned basic repair skills and they will have had a chance to repair the item that they brought with them. Appropriate items for repair may be: socks, mittens, scarves, toques, sweaters, shirts, etc. Keep in mind that an item should be darned with roughly the same thickness of yarn that the garment was made with - even thin cotton t-shirts can be darned; it just takes longer than repairing a bulky-knit toque. Keep in mind that you don't need to know how to knit in order to learn how to darn! What to bring: - An item that needs repairing. It is ideal if the hole is no bigger than a toonie. - A darning needle, if you can get your hands on one. There will be limited darning needles available, so please bring one if you can. - A couple metres of yarn that you might want to use for darning your item, especially if you are particular about the colour that you would like to use. Yarn will be available in various thicknesses, but with limited colour choice.

Bring one of the following:
a good story (for the soul)
an old, battered pair of size 43-45 rock climbing shoes (for an exciting project)
pickles (I just can't get enough)
red wriggler worms or earthworms (my vermicomposter worms met an untimely death this summer during a heat wave)

About the teacher, Jenna Holz

I started knitting when I was a child, but the real obsession didn't set in until ten years ago. I knit sweaters, socks, mittens, hats, and scarves, and I enjoy making my own knitting patterns. Years ago, my grandmother knitted me several pairs of socks. Determined to continue to wear and repair those socks for decades to come, I took an interest in darning. I am also the co-owner of a local climbing shoe repair shop called Cruel Shoes...so I am in the business of repair too! I believe in the practice of repairing and fixing, and the role it plays in countering our throwaway culture.

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Intro to Human Centered Design

2:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.
Just Us! Coffeehouse
5896 Spring Garden Rd.
Halifax, NS

Human Centered Design is a creative solution to problem solving that starts and ends with the people you are designing for. Come to learn about the process of HCD and meet up with others who are looking for innovative ways to tackle complex problems. Maybe form a group to put the ideas of HCD into practice after the workshop!

Bring one of the following:
Kid friendly baked goods of any kind!

About the teacher, Jennifer Decoste

An extroverted enthusiast of community building often seen dragging two kids around to awesome spaces and places across NS!

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Indianapolis

Spring Semester Launch Event!

9:30p.m. to 11:00p.m.
Trade School Indy @ Rabble Coffee
2119 E 10th St
Indianapolis

Calling all Trade-School enthusiasts! Please join us on February 2nd for our Spring 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 February 2nd! 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 (https://app.etapestry.com/hosted/AthenaeumFoundation/OnlineDonation.html)
Curiosity!
Enthusiasm!
Interest in getting involved as a member, teacher, or volunteer
Shareable snacks

About the teacher, Trade School Indianapolis

We are members that love and organize Trade School!

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Los Angeles

Women's Center for Creative Work
2425 Glover Place
Los Angeles

With so many issues shaking our world today, more and more people are speaking up for their beliefs. One way thousands of people are expressing themselves are at marches and protests. This January we are giving you the opportunity, resources and support to let your voice be heard through the design and production of an effective protest sign, banner, poster or flag. Put your fire and creativity to work — tell the world what matters to you! There is no wrong way to make a protest sign, but we are here to make yours stand out! All ages and levels of creativity are welcome. Before we start laying out our signs, we’ll share a few tips, ideas and inspiration. CAN’T ATTEND A PROTEST, BUT STILL WANT TO PARTICIPATE? That’s OK! Make a sign for your lawn! Donate your sign to a cause! Contribute to an upcoming event! If you choose to donate your sign we will pass it along to people who will put it to good use. This class is open to all, regardless of artistic talent or political views. Nobody will be turned away, but we do want to make this experience a very positive, empowering and creative one for all attendees (including children) — so please choose your words and images carefully. BRING: 1) Your ideas, short slogans, words and/or thumbnail sketches. 2) Materials you want to use for your sign. Some tools will be available to help you along, but we encourage you to bring all the materials you think you will need to make the sign you have in mind. Keep the dimensions manageable, and make sure the materials you bring are durable and light weight. Feel free to bring extra materials to share! Material suggestions: Posterboard, foamcore, cardboard, markers, water-based paint and paintbrushes, foam paintbrushes, markers, pencils, stencils, razor blades, erasers, tape, glue, staple guns and so on. Bee’s Knees Sign Co. and Trade School LA have partnered up with Women’s Center for Creative Work to host this protest sign making workshop.

Bring one of the following:
Bag of clean, unused cotton rags
Bottle of good wine
Bulk size (1gallon) liquid laundry detergent (No perfumes or dyes)
Classic board game such as: Jenga, Monopoly, Dominos, Operation, Trivial Pursuit
Mortar & Pestle (stone or marble)

About the teacher, Alyssa Archambault

Alyssa Archambault of Bee’s Knees Sign Co. will lead the workshop. Alyssa grew up in Long Beach, CA and is a graduate of the Sign Graphics program at LATTC — the only sign painting program left of its kind. She has worked and played in various creative worlds, from theater and music to painting and ...beekeeping! Whether commercially or artistically, Alyssa uses the artistic medium of sign-making to invite a call to action, and she will teach you the processes and skills required to get your message out.

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***New Teacher Orientation***

9:00a.m. to 11:00a.m.
Book Show & Parlour of Wonders
5503 N Figueroa St
Los Angeles

We want YOU to teach a class through Trade School LA! Any one is welcome to teach a class. Whether you already have a class idea you want to bring to life, or you'd just like to learn more about how our process works, join us for orientation. You'll get a brief history of how TSLA started and why we exist here in LA. We'll cover tips for teachers and show you how to get class scheduled and onto our website. We'll close by discussing your insights and ideas on teaching, sharing class ideas (if you have one already - optional), and hearing questions. This will be about sharing information, having fun and creating connection & camaraderie among our teaching community. Teachers only need to attend orientation once in order to teach in any future semesters. *Accessibility: This class located in a wheelchair + walker accessible building. The bathroom may not be wheelchair-equipped.

Bring one of the following:
an interesting bowl or small container
coconut oil
lemons
tea light or votive candles
topo chico sparkling water (at least two bottles)

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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DIY Soap Making

12:00a.m. to 2:00a.m.
Teacher's home near USC - address & parking details will be emailed
Near USC
Los Angeles

Making your own hand/bath soap is really FUN! And makes a great gift your friends & family will appreciate. I have very dry skin, especially in the winter, and have found that using handcrafted soap makes a BIG difference. You'll have the experience of making a batch during this 2 hour workshop and you will take home about 6 bars of soap. Supplies (please bring): bottle of olive oil or essential oil. And if you'd be interested in felting your hand made soap sign up for DIY Felted Soap in April. We'll meet at my home, not handicap accessible. Location information will be sent about a week prior.

Bring one of the following:
bottle of EVOO (good olive oil)
bottle of good red wine
dog treats (not rawhide)
nut (almond or cashew) butter - no sugar, nutty
pair of woman's wool socks (shoe size 9)

About the teacher, Kathie Adams

Kathie's Bio: I really enjoy DIY and have had many years experience of organizing a monthly craft club, where we make new things that interest us. Making jam, books, stamps, paper, soap and felted soap have been annual favorites. I currently work as a psychotherapist and have retired from a career in engineering.

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DIY Jam making

12:00a.m. to 2:00a.m.
Teacher's home near USC - address & parking details will be emailed
Near USC
Los Angeles

Making your jam is really FUN! And makes great gifts your friends & family will appreciate. Jam is great to have in your pantry, as it is excellent on cheese & crackers as an instant appetizer and of course it’s great on toast. You'll have the experience of making a batch during this 2 hour workshop and you will take home 2 jars of jam. Supplies - 1/2 case of 4oz or 8oz canning jars (I'll supply the fruits & sugar). Ralph's, True Value & OSH tend to carry these size jars We'll meet at my home, not handicap accessible. Location information will be sent about a week prior.

Bring one of the following:
bottle of EVOO (good olive oil)
bottle of good red wine
dog treats (not rawhide)
nut (almond or cashew) butter - no sugar, nutty
pair of woman's wool socks (shoe size 9)

About the teacher, Kathie Adams

Kathie's Bio: I really enjoy DIY and have had many years experience of organizing a monthly craft club, where we make new things that interest us. Making jam, books, stamps, paper, soap and felted soap have been annual favorites. I currently work as a psychotherapist and have retired from a career in engineering.

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DIY Felted Soap

12:00a.m. to 2:00a.m.
Teacher's home near USC - address & parking details will be emailed
Near USC
Los Angeles

This is a SUPER fun thing to do and make GREAT gifts. We will be wrapping soap in WOOL (has to be WOOL) to make soap pretty and exfoliating! Google DIY felted soap images for some inspiration. (http://bit.ly/2j7FVtg) Supplies (please bring) 2 to 4 oz wool roving in your favorite color or colors (we'll share - great to have an assortment of colors) Here’s where you can purchase wool roving on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_0_6?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=wool+roving&sprefix=Wool+r%2Caps%2C304 Several bars of soap (if you'd like hand crafted soap made at a previous class, I'll trade 3 hand crafted soaps for a barter item) Bits & pieces of WOOL yarn (if you have a stash) to adorn your felting. Optional: a felting needle if you want to attempt the fancy designs

Bring one of the following:
dog treats (not rawhide)
good bottle of red wine
jar of local honey
nut butter no sugar nutty
woman's wool sock shoe size 9

About the teacher, Kathie Adams

I really enjoy DIY and have had many years experience of organizing a monthly craft club, where we make new things that interest us. Making jam, books, stamps, paper, soap and felted soap have been annual favorites. I currently work as a psychotherapist and have retired from a career in engineering.

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Norwich

Introduction to Felt-Making

10:00a.m. to 11:00a.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:
Blank note- or sketch-book
Craft or textile books
Herbal teas (not green tea)
Homegrown veg
Interesting fabrics - florals, plaid, etc
Lavender oil
Natural handcreams

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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Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norwich

This is not a lecture. It is a dialogue in which anyone who wishes can participate. It is about talking and it is about listening. But most importantly of all it is about thinking, considering and reconsidering not only about the thoughts and arguments of others but those of our own. No previous knowledge of philosophy is required. But what is philosophy? Philosophy is about learning how to think clearly and systematically about certain kinds of questions. Have you have ever wondered “does God exist?”, “I am the same person I was 10 years ago”, “why does anything exist?”, “is it right to eat meat?”, “is this real or am I dreaming?” or even “can inequality be justified?” then you have already been doing philosophy. Philosophy is not just a body of knowledge but an activity. It is the process of improving our knowledge through rational and logical argument. The kinds of problems that are of interest to philosophers include those of metaphysics (questions to do with what there is), ethics (questions to do with right, wrong and value) and epistemology (questions to do with knowledge and what we can know about what there is). We will take the topic of "personal identity", we will apply our brains to it and see what comes out. My goal as facilitator is not to express or promote my own views but to lay the thread that will help us navigate through the maze of our discussion.

Bring one of the following:
A boring postcard
Interesting newspaper cuttings
Nothing that is big and heavy
Some homemade jam
Your thoughts and feedback on the session

About the teacher, Darren Poynton

I am a philosophy MA student currently based in Norwich, UK and work with a charity called The Philosophy Foundation, running philosophy workshops in schools and in the community.

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The Art of Storytelling

11:30a.m. to 1:30p.m.
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norwich

Everyone has a story to tell, whether an anecdote, a personal reminiscence, a sales pitch, a joke, or a story to the children. But what is involved in storytelling and how could we tell better? An introduction to the storyteller's art, with professional storyteller, writer and teacher Sarah Walker (SarahSpinsStories).

Bring one of the following:
A5-size notebooks or sketch books
Coloured pencils or felt pens
Loose breakfast tea leaves
Organic fruit
Washable cloth bags

About the teacher, Sarah Walker

Sarah Walker is a professional writer and storyteller. Her short book "Ghosts International: Troll and Other Stories" is published by OUP and her poetry has appeared in various collections. She runs Norfolk's storytelling gathering Tales From the Undercroft, is working on a novel set in Norwich during the English Civil Wars and is planning a regular meeting for writers in North Norwich.

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Introduction to Rag Rugging

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

Rag rugging was a popular way of using up worn-out clothes and pieces of cloth during the 19th century. There was a bit of a revival during the Second World War and is getting popular again. During this class you'll find out about the styles and techniques of simple rag rugging. By the end of the class, you'll have a tiny rag rug to take away with you.

Bring one of the following:
Biscuit/gingerbread mould
Fairtrade Tea or Coffee
Homemade Biscuits or Cakes
Large muslin cloth
Packets of vegetable seeds
Shaped Cookie Cutters
Wooden coat hangers

About the teacher, Colin Hynson

After several years working with the Norfolk Museums Service I'm now a freelance educational writer and consultant. I like learning and teaching unusual (but practical) things.

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Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norwich

Rag rugging was a popular way of using up worn-out clothes and pieces of cloth during the 19th century. There was a bit of a revival during the Second World War and is getting popular again. During this class you'll find out about the styles and techniques of simple rag rugging. By the end of the class, you'll have a tiny rag rug to take away with you.

Bring one of the following:
Fairtrade tea or coffee
Folk/Classical CDs
Inform five Norwich friends about Trade School
Large muslin cloth
Wooden coat hangers

About the teacher, Colin Hynson

After several years working with the Norfolk Museums Service I'm now a freelance educational writer and consultant. I like learning and teaching unusual (but practical) things.

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Introduction to Felt-Making

10:00a.m. to 11:00a.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!
Craft or textile books
Fabrics, buttons, beads, textile trim, zips (preferably between 5" and 7"), etc
Houseplant cutting
Lavender oil
Natural cosmetics, handcreams, soaps...

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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Creative Writing Workshop

11:00a.m. to 1:00p.m.
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norwich

Exercises to get you writing and thinking, opportunities to share your work with others, whether you write memoir, fact, fiction, scripts or poetry.

Bring one of the following:
Coloured pencils, felt pens or sharpies
Loose breakfast tea leaves
Organic fruit
Robust A5-size notebooks or sketch books
Washable cloth bags

About the teacher, Sarah Walker

Sarah Walker is a professional writer and storyteller. Her short book "Ghosts International: Troll and Other Stories" is published by OUP and her poetry has appeared in various collections. She runs Norfolk's storytelling gathering Tales From the Undercroft, is working on a novel set in Norwich during the English Civil Wars and is planning a regular meeting for writers in North Norwich.

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Simple Clothes Repair

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

Learn to mend your own clothes and keep them going for much longer. Bring something that needs a simple repair, and discover how to tackle it yourself - we will look at repairing and reinforcing hems and seams, fixing buttons and other fastenings and patching and darning various tears and holes by hand. Basic equipment will be available, but bring your own if you have it; scraps for patches, needles, threads, mending wool etc.

Bring one of the following:
Fairtrade chocolate/sweet treats
Fairtrade ground coffee
Food plants/seeds/seedlings
Natural fiber yard - leftovers, charity shop etc
Nuts, seeds, dried fruit etc for baking - pref. organic.

About the teacher, Sophie Cabot

I'm an archaeologist and teacher of adults, and I'm also interested in green issues and handmade, homemade, traditional and thrifty skills. I knit, sew, cook, try to grow things, and generally like to have a go at the way things were done on the past, and I hate to see usable things go to waste.

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Crochet for Beginners

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

A crochet course for beginners. You'll learn simple stitches and how you can use them for a simple project as making a doily or a scarf.

Bring one of the following:
Coloured pencils
Dark chocolate 70%
Loose breakfast tea leaves
Nice book
Sketch books

About the teacher, Rosaria Campilongo

I am a local artist. I love drawing and paintings and recently crochet become part of my artistic works. I use to combine colour pencils drawings with crochet. Creativity is very important in my life.

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29 Pilling Park Road
29 Pilling Park Road
Norwich NR1 4PA

Come and learn how to make and use each of the following three garden liquids: 1) A natural organic liquid fertiliser/plant feed. 2) A natural and pet and wildlife-safe liquid slug & snail eliminator. 3) A liquid weed killer that is free from chemicals. We’ll be dealing with each of these 3 liquids in turn; how to make, store, use and correctly apply them. Please bring with you an empty plastic bottle of up to 1 litre in size so you may take home some slug eliminator and an empty plastic pop bottle or a container up to a maximum size of 5 litres so you may take home some dilutable natural fertiliser/plant food.

Bring one of the following:
4 hour burn time tea light candles
8 hour burn time tea light candles
Dog biscuits: Bonios, Markies, or Shapes only please
Dried powdered Garlic or Ginger
Large tube of Bostik or Uhu craft glue
Packet of plain rawhide dog chews
Sealed pack of a pair of new and unused longlife “C” cell (R14) or “D” cell (R20) Batteries (not AA or AAA)

About the teacher, Gareth Lewis

54 year old teenager at heart; who's ego writes cheques his body is now becoming reluctant to cash. After a career in agricultural engineering I currently have my own small business called Cargo Cycles. I am also aiming to live as self-sufficient a lifestyle as possible.

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Unusual Money-Saving Hints and Tips

11:00a.m. to 12:00p.m.
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norwich

We'll look at ways to save money around the home and in daily life. There are the obvious things such as unplugging the TV and turning the heating down, so we'll be focusing on more unusual ways to reduce costs and make the most of what you've already got.

Bring one of the following:
An unusual cheese
Art book
Beads
Book of local history
Buttons
Home made beer or wine
Home made jam
Home made soap
Poetry book
Ribbon
Unwanted fabric

About the teacher, Peter

I've lived in Norfolk most of my life and spent the last 2 years in Norwich. I pride myself on being able to make use of almost anything and reusing whatever I can. I love charity shops and skip diving.

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Play and Make Ancient Board Games

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

Find out how to play the ancient Egyptian game of Senet, the game of Ur which was first played in Iraq over 2000 years ago and Nine-Man's Morris which was first played in 7th century Europe. Then you'll be able to make the boards and pieces so that you can take them home and carry on playing them with your friends and family.

Bring one of the following:
10 points into my NORLETS account
Books/pamphlets about Norfolk
Clip/Swing-top bottles
Fairtrade tea or coffee
Homemade Cakes/Biscuits

About the teacher, Colin Hynson

After several years working with the Norfolk Museums Service I'm now a freelance educational writer and consultant. I like learning and teaching unusual (but practical) things.

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29 Pilling Park Road
29 Pilling Park Road
Norwich NR1 4PA

This session will cover the physical making of a frame to house a Grow-bag on its side. Grow-bags can be a wonderful resource for the smaller and larger gardener alike. They are used on patios, decks, in greenhouses and conservatories, in unused corners, and are an extremely reliable way of producing a tasty crop of tomatoes, sweet peppers, chillies, etc. However, when a grow-bag is used on its side in a frame the required floor area is reduced, the plant roots push deeper into the growing media and cropping increases as the nutrient content of your grow-bag is fully utilised. Sideways grow-bags are also suitable for an even wider variety of crops including those that prosper when the runners are trained up a trellis or frame such as cucumbers, courgettes and even grapevines, and they are especially useful for companion growing as part of an organic growing regime. We will measure up an existing grow-bag, mark out and cut to size the required (previously) reclaimed pallet timbers and then use them to make the frame. We will look at including options such as ground staking, additional trellis and climber frames, hinging and pinning to join the frames together to make corners and borders. This is an outdoor session and will be conducted under a gazebo/marquee if the weather is wet. You will need to wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear.

Bring one of the following:
6 new unused tennis balls
Box of mixed fruit teas
Large bag of John Innes No 2/multi purpose compost
Packet of two new and unused long life “C” or “D” cell torch batteries; not AA or AAA batteries
Solid rubber dog ball or solid rubber dog toy
Trays of Pansies or Violas

About the teacher, Gareth Lewis

54 year old teenager at heart; who's ego writes cheques his body is now becoming reluctant to cash. After a career in agricultural engineering I currently have my own small business called Cargo Cycles. I am also aiming to live as self-sufficient a lifestyle as possible.

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29 Pilling Park Road
29 Pilling Park Road
Norwich NR1 4PA

This session will cover the physical making of a frame to house a Grow-bag on its side. Grow-bags can be a wonderful resource for the smaller and larger gardener alike. They are used on patios, decks, in greenhouses and conservatories, in unused corners, and are an extremely reliable way of producing a tasty crop of tomatoes, sweet peppers, chillies, etc. However, when a grow-bag is used on its side in a frame the required floor area is reduced, the plant roots push deeper into the growing media and cropping increases as the nutrient content of your grow-bag is fully utilised. Sideways grow-bags are also suitable for an even wider variety of crops including those that prosper when the runners are trained up a trellis or frame such as cucumbers, courgettes and even grapevines, and they are especially useful for companion growing as part of an organic growing regime. We will measure up an existing grow-bag, mark out and cut to size the required (previously) reclaimed pallet timbers and then use them to make the frame. We will look at including options such as ground staking, additional trellis and climber frames, hinging and pinning to join the frames together to make corners and borders. This is an outdoor session and will be conducted under a gazebo/marquee if the weather is wet. You will need to wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear.

Bring one of the following:
6 new unused tennis balls
Box of mixed fruit teas
Large bag of John Innes No 2/multi purpose compost
Packet of two new and unused long life “C” or “D” cell torch batteries; not AA or AAA batteries
Solid rubber dog ball or solid rubber dog toy
Trays of Pansies or Violas

About the teacher, Gareth Lewis

54 year old teenager at heart; who's ego writes cheques his body is now becoming reluctant to cash. After a career in agricultural engineering I currently have my own small business called Cargo Cycles. I am also aiming to live as self-sufficient a lifestyle as possible.

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29 Pilling Park Road
29 Pilling Park Road
Norwich NR1 4PA

During this session you will learn how to make a slot-together plywood picnic table which flat packs for winter storage. We will be utilising only one sheet of plywood and will be working to a set of woodworkingplans that were originally designed for the Scouts over 50 years ago. However, that doesn’tmean this design is not stylish today. When made these tables are robust, will seat 4 adults comfortably with a table top large enough to accommodate even a big party, picnic or BBQ spread. Just a single adult can assemble one of these tables and have it ready for use in about 90 seconds without the need for tools. Disassembly and strapping together for storage will take only 2-3 minutes so the table can be stored indoors, or the shed/garage/conservatory and allow it to be ready for immediate use; even as an additional party table during the festive season. We will begin with learning how to read woodworking plans, moving on to the marking out, selecting the correct hand & power tools, cutting out and cleaning up, fitting together and basic sanding before preparation for finishing. This will be a 4 hour long outdoor session, so you will need to be dressed in appropriate clothing and wearing suitable strong footwear. Be prepared to fully participate, although I will take over so you may watch me doing the more arduous parts, and those sections where individuals may not be confident using the tools. You will receive a set of plans to take home with you.

Bring one of the following:
Potted trailing Lobelia
2 grow bags
Hand painted medium or large clay flower pot
Packet of Calendula seeds
Tray of African Marigolds
Tray of viable Geranium cuttings

About the teacher, Gareth Lewis

54 year old teenager at heart; who's ego writes cheques his body is now becoming reluctant to cash. After a career in agricultural engineering I currently have my own small business called Cargo Cycles. I am also aiming to live as self-sufficient a lifestyle as possible.

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South London

Art Class - The Basics

4:00p.m. to 5:30p.m.
Supreme Court
Parliament Square, Little George St, SW1P 3BD
Westminster, London

A pencil, a piece of paper and a glass of wine. Whether you are looking for a new creative outlet or just want to improve on those stickman drawings, this class will help you discover little tricks and techniques that may help improve your artistic skills (or lack of). From drawing faces to bowls of fruit, the class will cover a variety of drawings and styles and will hopefully ignite your creative flair. Pencils, paper and wine will be provided for you so all you need to do is bring an open mind and maybe even your Beret Hat!

Bring one of the following:
Comic Book
Get 10 of your friends to follow me on instagram @albimakingart
Guitar lesson
High protein Vegan recipe
Homemade Jam
Tell 10 random strangers about Trade School and get them to like their FB page

About the teacher, Albinist Llugiqi

I am a somewhat self taught part time artist. Event manager by day and Artist by night. I'm still learning, still trying to find my rhythm and style as an artist but along the way I have learned a trick or two which I would love to share with others!

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