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Mindfulness made simple

Mindfulness is a rich but often confusing subject. It is both a Buddhist practice and a psychological therapy derived from it. In Buddhism, to be mindful means to focus on what you are doing, thinking or feeling in order to understand and evaluate it. In psychology however the emphasis is on adopting a non-reactive, accepting, ‘just watching’ attitude towards present moment experience. It aims for serenity through detachment. Both approaches rely on the same standard meditation... [More]
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Please note the date of this course has changed from the 15th March to the 8th March.

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Devious art of plotting your novel

A good plot is both the skeleton and sinews of the story, providing direction, definition and the power to move readers' feelings to a satisfactory resolution. Yet many writers find plotting difficult. By understanding and experimenting with the nine-point arc of a typical plot, workshop members will learn the devious art of plotting: discovering that plots are driven by the wilful or unconscious desires of the protagonists and that plot and character are two sides of the same... [More]
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DNA and genealogy - what DNA tests can reveal about your family tree

We all have two Family Trees – one that we can build up from family stories and genealogical records, and another that’s hidden within your DNA. DNA testing for family history purposes is now cheap and accessible. Many people are using these tests and finding new cousins and breaking down stubborn brick walls in tracing their family tree. What are these DNA tests and what do they reveal? What if there are unexpected results and your two Family Trees don’t agree with each other?... [More]
DNA and genealogy - what DNA tests can reveal about your family tree
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Shine: The essentials of self-care

Increase your self-awareness, invest in your self-care and learn simple strategies to stress less. Say hello to a happier, healthier you! Learn all about being kinder to yourself and try proven practices to make you feel happier and boost your overall sense of well-being and self-acceptance. This course is presented by Annika Rose,  a well respected social entrepreneur, well-being scientist and meditation teacher. She has worked as a mental health professional in both the UK and... [More]
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Learn DSLR in a day

Today’s DSLR cameras offer vast photographic opportunities – if you know how to use them and you understand light. Get started with your DSLR camera with professional photographers Karen Castle and Karin Calvert. This course teaches – in easy, clear terms – how to use the settings on your camera so you can progress to the next level of creative photography. In the morning session Karen will explain the basics: aperture, shutter speed, ISO and how to achieve correct exposure. In the... [More]
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Read with speed

Double your reading speed and improve your comprehension. Learn how to quickly process the large amount of written information we all deal with daily in our business activities or academic studies. You will be provided with the skills to increase your reading speed significantly as well as improve your comprehension and memory. Students completing this course learn how the reading process works and understand how our brains process, store and retrieve information. They learn new... [More]
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Interpersonal Communication Skills

Communicating successfully depends on effective use of communication strategies and behaviours. Words, facial and body movements, tone of voice, even clothing and situation, all form an intricate symbol system that must be quickly translated by those who want to communicate. It has been said that there is no communication unless a mutual sharing of meaning takes place. It has also been said that one cannot NOT communicate. These two ideas seem to oppose one another, but they are... [More]
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Grammar therapy

With a few tweaks you could improve your writing, whether it’s for work, a blog or personal correspondence. Linguist Daniel Midgley presents a fun and easy crash course in English grammar. Along the way, he’ll show you how language really works. Some well-placed commas will make you feel better. OUTLINE Session 1: The basics: Nouns, verbs, and all that Session 2: Advanced grammar for advanced dummies: Tense, aspect, and mood Session 3: Getting structural: Phrases and clauses... [More]

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Writing dramatic dialogue

Dialogue should leap off the page. In novels, short stories, scripts and screenplays it must move the story forward, reveal character and provide essential exposition. Yet it must also be dramatic and believable. How to reconcile these apparently incompatible necessities is the subject of this dynamic and interactive workshop. A story is a completed process of change which has the ability to move readers' feelings powerfully and pleasurably (or painfully) in a certain, definite... [More]
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Getting the most out of Facebook

Facebook is far more than just seeing photos of new babies or your friend’s holiday. This workshop will begin with the basics of setting up your Facebook profile properly and with the right privacy settings, and talk about the various ways to upload photo and videos, as well as the ins and outs of interacting with what other people post. Beyond connecting with your family and friends, Facebook has all kinds of useful aspects. We will cover Facebook messenger, the power of Facebook... [More]
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