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Practicing for Peace Dojo Residential – Derry @ St Columbs Park House
Sep 20 @ 6:00 pm – Sep 23 @ 2:00 pm

Purpose/Calling question:  ‘How do I strengthen my practice of peace to respond to uncertain and fragile times on this land and in an ever changing world?’


You are invited to a three-day residential dojo to learn and to practise in a beautiful setting with others who are passionate about practicing peace.

In dealing with the challenges, complexities, and demands of modern life, this gathering offers us an opportunity to explore ways to work from a place of peace and strength: a place that has the heart at the centre, is balanced, calm and clearly decisive when action is needed. Through guidance and fellowship, let’s explore practices that offer insight into the nature of leading self and others as a “Practitioner of Peace”.

The Dojo

In this dojo, we will:

  • Bring together the principles and practices of Aikido basics as a stimulus for conversation and reflection, and apply the Flow Game to seed wise action
  • Assist to explore ways of engaging and aligning personal passion and purpose with the work we want and need to be doing in the world
  • Offer an opportunity to focus on improving our sense of well-being in good company and with informed guidance

More information here:  https://www.practisingforpeace.net/emerald-dojo

Fees:   There is information about fees and conscious economy

We trust that with everyone’s efforts we can make the dojo economy balance in a good way. ‘If you cannot afford the full or minimal fee please do not let money be a barrier to you attending. If it is your passion to be in the practice of peace with us and you really want to be part of this fellowship then contact Charo on charolanao@gmail.com and open a conversation about how it might be possible for you to attend in a conscious way.’ 

To register: here the google form

Chinese Language & Cultural Awareness Day – Derry @ Oakgrove Integrated Primary School
Sep 23 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
CIP Employment Rights Clinic – Lurgan @ SVP Ozanam Centre
Sep 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
First Steps Centre Tea & Coffee Morning – Dungannon
Sep 26 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Coffee Morning on Wednesday 26th September 2018 from 11.00am – 2.00pm.

We have all had someone, or know someone, who has suffered or who is suffering/recovering from this terrible disease. MacMillan provides exceptional specialist health care, information and financial support to people affected by cancer.  They provide a service that is very much needed and appreciated and which relies heavily on donations.

Please share among your contacts/friends/family. Suggested donation – £3.00.

What to Make of Culture in Our Times – A Civic Conversation – Belfast @ Long Gallery Stormont
Sep 27 @ 10:30 am – 3:30 pm

What to Make of Culture in Our Times?  – A Civic Conversation

We are living in turbulent and trying times. Divisions across social and cultural lines are becoming ever more evident here in Northern Ireland and beyond. Democratic politics is floundering. And feelings of frustration, helplessness and despair among citizens are on the rise.

How to take heart? How to foster practical hope? How to make a difference?

Let’s start by talking with each other about things that matter to us as citizens. Let’s have an open, creative, civic conversation. Let’s have a conversation in a way that models hope and engagement as a counter to the despair and disengagement that pervade contemporary society.

One of the things that matter is our cultural life. Let’s think and talk together about what cultural life means to us, with our diverse cultural commitments and identities. Let’s imagine together fresh ways of nurturing and encouraging the cultural life of this place.

This is an invitation to participate in an open and exploratory civic conversation, starting with a gathering in Parliament Buildings, Stormont.

The conversation will be facilitated by Graham Leicester, of the International Futures Forum, and Laurie Randall, of Mediation NI.

All are welcome to this free event. Refreshments will be provided.

You are encouraged to come as a local citizen, leaving your organisational hat behind, if you have one.

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/what-to-make-of-culture-in-our-times-tickets-48732163212?aff=efbeventtix

International Giant Knitting & Giggles Get Together – Magherafelt @ The Learning Lodge, Magherafelt Womens Group
Sep 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

If Magherafelt/Northern Ireland  is your home from home or you are new to this area  

In Stitches Project & ONA by Agne Design invite you to A Giant Knitiing & Giggles Get Together & to


  • learn how to make a trendy & cosy scarf/snood to take home
  • relax to some mindfulness
  • giggle to laughter yoga
  • share your stories and journeys
  • enjoy light refreshments
  • meet new people

Language assistance available on request although breathing, laughing and knitting are pretty universal.

 This workshop is FREE thanks to funding from CWSAN  (normally £40).

 Please book your place with Ola on 07753312844 olasobieraj@aol.com



Japanese Pop-up Cafe – Derry @ Holywell Trust
Sep 29 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
NICVA Brexit Roundtable Event – Belfast @ NICVA
Oct 2 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Ethnic Minority Sector Brexit Roundtable Event

Tuesday 2nd October 2018


NICVA is hosting Brexit roundtable on 2nd October which is aimed at EU and non-EU nationals living in NI to update them on the latest developments in the Brexit process, implications for ethnic minority and non-UK/Irish citizens and to share their questions, concerns and support needs.

For more details and to register for the event, click here. Please feel free to share this event with your networks or anyone you think would be interested in coming along.

The full agenda is to be confirmed, but the session will last around 2 hours from 11am-1pm and will include a number of speakers. If you have any questions, feel free to drop me an email on Siobhan.mcalister@nicva.org.

Chinese Welfare Association AGM – Belfast @ Chinese Welfare Association
Oct 2 @ 2:00 pm
Belfast Islamic Centre Open Morning – Belfast @ Belfast Islamic Centre
Oct 4 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Open morning in the Belfast Islamic Centre. Everybody welcome for coffee and chat.