SUBJECT OUTLINES

THE ART OF LIVING WELL

Everyday Philosophy is just that ‘love of wisdom we use every day’.  Sometimes this wisdom hales from the distant past but often from contemporary new thinking as well. Making friends, making choices and even making mistakes are all grounded in the wisdom of the ages and the wisdom we need for the future of our species. The focus of the group has grown around interest in the intersection of sustainability and spirituality.  Together we enjoy input, relationship, mediation and action around these themes.

BELLY DANCING

The benefits of Belly Dancing can be experienced by women of all ages and shapes. Belly Dance is a brain exercise for focus, memory, creativity and coordination while the fluidity of the moves may benefit osteoporosis, arthritis, back and circulatory problems. Feet and ankles are strengthened, and abdominal muscles exercised due to the natural contracting and releasing actions involved in core elements such as belly rolls and undulations. Toned upper arms are a bonus of this low impact form of exercise. No previous experience or equipment is required.

BOOK CLUB 1
Limited to 10 members. Titles are chosen from recommendations by members and are borrowed individually from the library. Some planning is required to ensure that books are reserved with sufficient time to allow for delivery and reading.  Members enjoy discussing the chosen book as well as sharing poetry and titles from their personal reading.

BOOK CLUB 2

Members chose titles from a nominated genre and share their opinion of the book with the members of the group. Our books are borrowed from St. Peters library and you may be required to take a turn in picking up our copies.

CARD MAKING

A year-long course to learn the skills of card making using a variety of tools and media.  Some materials will be available for purchase.

CHI KUNG

Relaxation through gentle exercise with a focus on breathing and balance.  Similar to Tai Chi without the  steps.

CRAFTING FOR CHARITY

This group will be using a range of craft skills and materials to create useful and attractive items to donate to worthy causes.  An opportunity to use up stash and spare time with like minded “Crafties”.

DISCUSSION GROUP

We discuss anything topical, with every one given the opportunity to express their opinions and to contribute to the discussion. The topics are chosen by the whole group.

FILM CLUB

A recently released to DVD movie is watched in the comfort of a private home. As the credits roll the movie is discussed.

FRENCH CONVERSATION

Suited to anyone keen to brush up on their school room French or to maintain their linguistic skill.  Beginners are welcome to join.

GENEALOGY

South Australia has a wealth of resources for people wanting to research their family histories.  Relevant research is shared and problems solved.

ITALIAN

The course will be an introduction to general information about Italy with emphasis on Italian conversation and dealing with real life situations – at a restaurant, coffee shop, the library etc. Plus essentials such as greetings, numbers, days of the week, general conversation and of course grammar.

JAPANESE FOR BUSY PEOPLE

Conversational Japanese taught using a simple structure developed for teaching school students.  Group members have the choice of Japanese conversation or the written word using Kana. This course may divide into beginners and advanced depending on demand.

LOCAL HISTORY CEMETERY VISITS

Historical cemeteries hold a wealth of fascinating information.   Family stories, heart-rending sentiments and  historical information can all be gleaned from time spent wandering among old headstones.  The excursions will include a refreshment break and some walking over rough ground will be involved.

MAHJONG

Mahjong is a game of skill, strategy, and calculation and involves a degree of chance. This activity is being offered to both novices and experienced players and we will work it out as we go along.

PETANQUE (BOULES)

A non threatening game played by a rather exuberant group of people who try to adhere to a simple set of game rules under the tutelage of Colin Wakelin.  As it is played on Monday morning it is a good way to start the week.  Usually followed by coffee at a local café.

QUIZ NIGHT GROUP

Quiz Nights are fun and  they are held quite regularly as fund-raisers in Strathalbyn. This group has been formed to keep interested members informed of impeding Quiz Nights.  There is no compulsion to attend but by registering interest you can be contacted to join a table. 2018 was quite a successful year for our teams.  Well done!

RAG RUG MAKING

Rag rugs are made using many different techniques, and mostly using recycled fabrics. Historically these rugs were made for practical purposes, but these days we make them to adorn walls and sometimes people. It is a very friendly and welcoming group, all willing to help a newcomer to the craft.

RECORDER

More for the experienced player rather than beginners but give it a go.

SCRABBLE 

No explanation needed just good fun with words and triple score counts.

SCRAPBOOKING

Another day another skill. Although Scrapbooking has been around for some time there are still people who have not been exposed to all the enticing elements of this hobby. Open to beginners and experienced Scrap-bookers, all  welcome.

SOCIAL ART

This group provides an opportunity to take along your canvas and paint or pencils and paper to spend time doing you own art thing amongst congenial like-minded people.

THERAPEUTIC COLOURING IN

The gentle sound of pencil on paper as the mind and the colour become one! Or an opportunity to engage is this popular pastime with friends. Members attending should bring their own materials (pencils, paper, sharpener and eraser).

UKULELE

All you need is a ukulele, some time and the willingness to try a new instrument. Techniques are not complicated or difficult.  If you can already play come and enjoy making music with others.

WALKING FOR FUN

Walks of about three hours duration and with differing degrees of difficulty are taken once a month.  Usually there is a coffee break included at some stage and the destination may require travel by car to the start point.

WALKAEROBICS

Walk aerobics involves gentle exercises to music, a few in the form of simple dance routines but all designed to keep the body as supple as possible. The focus is on maintaining flexibility, balance and aerobic health as well as bone density and mental well being.

YOGA

Bringing, mind, body and spirit together is the mantra of yoga.  This session is so designed with emphasis given to breathing and gentle stretching.  You are encouraged to work within your own capabilities.

YOUR SUGGESTIONS!!

Do you have a skill to offer or a suggestion for potential activities please send us an email.

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