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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4th December 2017

This Month at The Dragon Café – It Started with a Gong

Join us this December for some Seasonal Treats with live music and dance performances, craft workshops, board game fun and this Monday at 7 pm a soothing start with a Gong and Gamelan Bath. All you do is lie (or sit) back, relax and enjoy the healing sounds of a magnificent 38” bronze tam-tam played alongside Himalayan singing bowls and other soothing percussion.

We also invite you to share your views on design in mental health environments at 2 pm with Safehinge who specialise in bedroom doors. The aim is to make sure the voice of experience is included in the development of new products including vision panels and door handles.

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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27th November 2017

This Month at The Dragon Café – A Festival of Freud

A chance to unlock your unconscious and expand your mind!

We are delighted to end a month of events in collaboration with the Freud Museum to explore psychoanalytic ideas. Freud’s theories are often seen as outmoded and irrelevant these days, yet also quite intriguing. In these imaginative workshops and talks you will get a chance to learn what they really mean and how they connect to creativity and everyday life.

Farewell to Freud (for now)
We’ve had a fantastic month in our Festival of Freud and this last Monday you can join us for another fascinating afternoon workshop and evening event. At 2 pm we welcome existential-analytic psychotherapist and photographer Del Loewenthal for a Freud and ‘Phototherapy’ workshop. If you would like to bring in a personal photograph for this session please do, but you can still take part if you don’t. At 7 pm we close with Psychoanalysis – (How) Does it Work? A fitting final talk with discussion by Emilia Raczkowska from the Freud Museum.

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20th November 2017

This Month at The Dragon Café – A Festival of Freud

A chance to unlock your unconscious and expand your mind!

We are delighted to continue a month of events in collaboration with the Freud Museum to explore psychoanalytic ideas. Freud’s theories are often seen as outmoded and irrelevant these days, yet also quite intriguing. In these imaginative workshops and talks you will get a chance to learn what they really mean and how they connect to creativity and everyday life.

This Monday our Freudian focus is drawn to relationships with nature and the experience of military service. At 2.15 pm you can join Sarah Johnson for a a creative sewing activity to transform fears of nature to Monster Love. For our evening event at 7 pm we welcome John Gale to explore how the experience of military service can affect our mental health, and see if psychoanalysis is a useful tool for understanding The Conflicts Within.

We will also have International Men’s Day (19th November) and Movember in mind with invitations to hear from two local organisations. At 2 pm meet Peckham based MenDers Club and later at 4 pm we welcome Men’s Health Forum.

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13th November 2017

This Month at The Dragon Café – A Festival of Freud

A chance to unlock your unconscious and expand your mind!

We are delighted to continue a month of events in collaboration with the Freud Museum to explore psychoanalytic ideas. Freud’s theories are often seen as outmoded and irrelevant these days, yet also quite intriguing. In these imaginative workshops and talks you will get a chance to learn what they really mean and how they connect to creativity and everyday life.

What we See, What we Wear, What we Think
Another Monday to stir your imagination in an exploration of how art and clothes can reflect and influence how we feel and think. At 2 pm explore Freud and Surrealism with the work of one of his most famous patients, a look at Freudian connections to the art movement and you can even try some Surrealist games! In the evening at 7 pm chartered psychologist and trained stylist Dion Terrelonge invites us to consider the connection between Clothes, Style and Wellbeing. Are we what we wear?

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6th November 2017

This Month at The Dragon Café – A Festival of Freud

A chance to unlock your unconscious and expand your mind!

We are delighted to begin a month of events in collaboration with the Freud Museum to explore psychoanalytic ideas.  Freud’s theories are often seen as outmoded and irrelevant these days, yet also quite intriguing.  In these imaginative workshops and talks you will get a chance to learn what they really mean and how they connect to creativity and everyday life.

This first Monday join Emilia Raczkowska at 2 pm for Life Lessons from Freud and a look at how his ideas may be able to help us develop our emotional resilience.  In the evening from 7 pm we get a creative grounding in some of the fundamental themes that will be explored this month, with What is Psychoanalysis? Film Screening and Discussion presented by Stefan Marianski and Ivan Ward from the Freud Museum. A fascinating month awaits!

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