26th February 2018

This Month at The Dragon Café – Fresh Steps

Compassion – the Secret Superpower – this Monday 12 – 8.30 pm at The Dragon Café.
This Monday is the final session in this series of Mindfulness in Motion with Tamara Russell and the focus is on ‘compassion’. Try some mindful movements and hear how being gentle in body and mind can be the key to greater wellbeing. Earlier in the afternoon be part of our Collaborative Canvas Art Afternoon as we create together, and then we’ll ease towards the end of the month with a Chilled Evening.

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19th February 2018

This Month at The Dragon Café – Fresh Steps

Mindful Movements – this Monday 12 – 8.30 pm at The Dragon Café.
This Monday you can take some Fresh Steps on food waste, movement and indeed being still. Sara will share some resourceful ideas on eating healthily while fighting food waste in our Food Demo at 2.15 pm. A double delight with Mindful Dance at 3 pm and Mindfulness in Motion at 5 pm – this week focusing on the Habits of Mind. We then focus on being still and allowing the healing sounds of a Gong and Gamelan Bath flow over and through us at 7 pm.

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12th February 2018

This Month at The Dragon Café – Fresh Steps

Good together – this Monday 12 – 8.30 pm at The Dragon Café.
Join us on Monday for a menu of delights with a couple of extras on the side. Our wonderful Chef Alice will be sharing a healthy and low cost way to enjoy Peas 3 Ways at 2.30 pm in our Food Demo. In the evening at 7 pm we will be giving a Dragon Café premiere to Good Together, a collaborative film project between MacMillan Cancer Support, Open Cinema, and the Mental Health Foundation that features several Dragon Café patrons sharing tips on what they do to enhance their mental well being.

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5th February 2018

This Month at The Dragon Café – Fresh Steps

Fresh Steps, New Approaches – this Monday 12 – 8.30 pm at The Dragon Café.
We move into a new month and offer a day full of ideas and activities to stay social, active and well. Learn some new Board Games for Wellbeing at 2 pm with Cakes and Ladders in a relaxed and social atmosphere. Try Nia Technique with Phillipa at 4 pm in Dance Works. You are welcome to join Tamara Russell at 5 pm for Mindfulness in Motion, this week focusing on ‘Attention’. As with all of our activities no previous experience is required, all welcome. In the evening from 7 pm Jennifer Taylor will be sharing her approach to Natural Holistic Therapy including insights to her practice and some gentle exercises.

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29th January 2018

This Month at The Dragon Café – Me, My Brain and I: Sensation, Intention, Creation

Me, My Brain and I, this Monday 12 – 8.30 pm at The Dragon Café. A day full of creative & wellbeing groups, great food and imagination. All welcome!

For this last day of “Me, My Brain and I”, Guest Curated with Claire Berna, we will present some of the most remarkable abilities of the brain to sense, set intention and create.

At 2 pm join John Foley to explore our wonderful sense of smell in Scent Event; Tai Chi returns at 3 pm and at 5 pm we take the next step in Tamara Russell’s Mindfulness in Motion 5 week course with a focus on ‘Intention’.

For our evening event at 7 pm we will taking a look, and listen, at Music and the Brain – what’s happening in Music Therapy? with Julian O’Kelly from Queen Mary University of London. A stimulating day all round!

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Dragon Cafe Programme - 29th January 2018

22nd January 2018

This Month at The Dragon Café – Me, My Brain and I: Positive Training for Body and Brain

Me, My Brain and I, this Monday 12 – 8.30 pm at The Dragon Café. Healing Day: A retreat into the Dragon’s Den
This Monday we highlight the importance of self-care in order to support our precious brain with a healthy body and a strong mind. Jenny Taylor will deliver a second Kundalini Yoga workshop at 2 pm followed by our first (out of five) sessions of Mindfulness in Movement: Body In Mind Training by Tamara Russell at 5 pm.

You can stimulate your brain with Good Moves led by Ian Grant at the slightly earlier time of 4 pm, or shake your body in rhythm with Ariella & Renzo’s Dance-Works, also at 4 pm.

At 6.30 pm we welcome artist Robyn Cooper who will share her personal experience with mental illness in the hope to encourage others with a similar struggle. She will present her short movie “But, sometimes…” exploring anxiety and the difficulty in seeking help. Finally, we finish the day by indulging our senses with a soothing Gong Bath at 7.15 pm.

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15th January 2018

This Month at The Dragon Café – Me, My Brain and I: Positive Training for Body and Brain

Me, My Brain and I, this Monday 12 – 8.30 pm at The Dragon Café. A day full of creative & wellbeing groups, great food and imagination. All welcome!

This Monday we look at holistic, artistic and academic approaches to helping body and brain. At 2 pm natural holistic therapist and yoga teacher Jenny Taylor will run a workshop on searching for wholeness and mastering the addictive personality though the use of Kundalini Yoga. We hear from artist Xavier White at 4 pm on his work that investigates the neurology of consciousness and mental states, which has roots in a personal serious head injury.

At 6.45 pm join us as this month’s Guest Curator Claire Berna introduces Shaping the Future – a glance at brain training and e-health. We will hear from Dr Melanie Fleming whose primary interest is in the investigation of potential strategies for improving motor function after stroke; and Dr Sagar Jilka who as a neuroscientist and health researcher, encourages policy makers to embrace technology and provide personalised and precision treatments in healthcare. It promises to be another fascinating evening.

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8th January 2018

This Month at The Dragon Café – Me, My Brain and I: How do I relate to Brain Sciences?

Me My Brain and I this Monday 12 – 8.30 pm at The Dragon Café. A day full of creative & wellbeing groups, great food and imagination. All welcome!

This January, we will start the New Year by celebrating every part of ourselves, and trying to further understand what goes on in our wonderful brains! For the first half of the month, neuroscientists will tell us about their research on brain plasticity, neurotechnologies, creativity and e-health. During the second half of the month, artists will share their journeys to manage their mental health and develop resilience in the midst of adversity. Creative workshops and wellbeing activities including mask making, a scent event, gong bath and yoga will be part of a stimulating month.

For our first evening event, The role of Neuroscience in Creativity and Technology, we welcome researchers in brain sciences from Imperial College London to talk us through their exciting research projects that explore brain activity, mental health and rehabilitation.

In the afternoon at 2 pm we welcome John Foley for the first of two workshops this month. This week is his Mask Workshop and a chance to explore what we conceal and reveal about ourselves in our every day lives, but also express our aspirations and hopes for what we can become.

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18th December 2017

This Month at The Dragon Café – Playing Games and Having Fun Together

SEASONAL TREATS 3 this Monday 12 – 8.30 pm at The Dragon Café. A day full of creative & wellbeing groups, great food and imagination. All welcome!

Join us this Monday for the last Dragon Café of 2017 and chat, dance and play games together.  Each week you can develop your interest in Chess with the brilliantly led Good Moves at 5 pm, and this week we embrace the season, and the social and mental benefits of playing together, with Board Games for Wellbeing with Cakes and Ladders at 6.30 pm.

If you like to make your moves on the dance-floor then as well as our 4 pm Dance-Works, Ariella and Renzo will treat us to a wonderful end to the day with an invitation for us all to enjoy A Festive Dance.

This year for the first time since we opened, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day fall on a Monday. It would be extremely difficult for many staff, volunteers, activity leaders and Patrons to make it in on these days due to transport issues and personal commitments, and so The Dragon Café will be closed. This means that Monday 18th December will be the last Café of the year and then we shall return on Monday 8th January 2018. We wish everyone a peaceful time and will be bringing together details of other places of community support open during this period.

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11th December 2017

This Month at The Dragon Café – December Dancing at the Dragon

SEASONAL TREATS 2 this Monday 12 – 8.30 pm at The Dragon Café. A day full of creative & wellbeing groups, great food and imagination. All welcome!

Come into the warmth and dance the chill away this Monday. At 4 pm Phillipa will be leading a Nia Technique Dance-Works session which offers a holistic workout suitable for all. At 7 pm the joyful dancing and stunning outfits of Romani inspired Loli Grasnya bring a whirl of colour and vibrancy to the evening.

You can also make your own Seasonal Treats with Zsuzsa at 2pm in her Jewellery Making workshop, alongside a selection of creative and wellbeing activities throughout the day.

This year for the first time since we opened, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day fall on a Monday. It would be extremely difficult for many staff, volunteers, activity leaders and Patrons to make it in on these days due to transport issues and personal commitments, and so The Dragon Café will be closed. This means that Monday 18th December will be the last Café of the year and then we shall return on Monday 8th January 2018. We wish everyone a peaceful time and will be bringing together details of other places of community support open during this period.

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