Mondays 5.45pm – 7.15pm
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details
Kundalini Yoga drop-in class
Mondays 7.30 – 9.00pm
A Kundalini Yoga class includes dynamic exercises, pranayama, mantras, meditation and relaxation.
It strengthens the physical body, the nervous system, balances the glandular system, clears energy blocks, calms the mind, and raises the Kundalini energy, pure awareness.
Classes are suitable for everyone including beginners. Please wear comfy clothes and bring a blanket and a mat!
Class costs £10 (concessions available)
Contact Jo Nimrita for further information – email: email@example.com
Tuesdays 11.00am – 4.00pm
Synergy Creative Community is a mutually supporting peer group based in Brighton and Hove which started in 2009 and is a registered Community Interest Company. We all have mental health issues, or an interest in mental health issues. We run Synergy for and by ourselves, independent of NHS or Social Services. This includes everything from setting up in the morning, helping with the food preparation, facilitating a workshop, through to fundraising. Our focus is on better health through creativity, mindfulness and nutrition.
The creativity-based structure of the day provides the foundation for members to socialise and gain confidence in an environment where we are all valued. We feel that this aids prevention, as well as recovery, acting as a bridge between the hospital and/or clinical services and the wider community. It can help to reduce the risk of isolation and hospital admittance rates, and also helps to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health. At the heart our approach is the aim to create a non-judgemental, inclusive space, for people to connect and share experiences of rediscovery, recovery and reintegration; providing a basis for open dialogue, communication and reflective healing.
Creative: we love getting creative every Tuesday 11am-4.00pm throughout the year at West Hill Community Hall, Seven Dials Brighton. Full details: http://www.synergycreative.org.uk/info/
Our creative drop-in session has a feast of activities for all the senses, including the following:
Music – Music jam from 11am to 12.45pm led by a Synergy facilitator and volunteers. A relaxed and fun way to explore music as a way to access your creativity and release tension, suitable for all levels.
Food – Delicious healthy lunch from 1pm, prepared by Synergy volunteers. We all contribute £3 each towards the cost of the ingredients
Guided meditation – after lunch at 2pm, a short 15-20minute guided meditation led by a volunteer or group member, new ideas welcome.
Afternoon workshop – afternoon sessions from 2.20pm to 4pm. Activities range from painting, drawing and collage to creative writing and performance. Sessions are run by volunteers and participants, and are supported by a Synergy facilitator.
Our volunteers are a great bunch of folks who help us out in all sorts of ways, big and small, often or occasionally. Whatever time you have from an hour to a whole day, we would love to hear from you about getting involved with our team of volunteers. Here are just some of the things volunteers do: helping out with the running of our weekly creative drop-in sessions; co-facilitation of workshops; helping out in the kitchen and preparing food; Fundraising and finance. You are welcome to come along and try something out and see how it goes.
Synergy Creative Community is a registered Community Interest Company, all of the funds we raise go towards the vital support we give to people with mental health illness and it would not be possible without our generous supporters. If you would like to make a donation please use one of the buttons below. By bank payment: You can make a donation by paying directly into our bank account please email us for details. By post: All postal donations can be sent via our business address at: c/o Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XG. Cheques payable to: Synergy Creative Community C.I.C. By donating to Synergy you have the opportunity to support something bigger, stronger and more effective than any one person could be – by unlocking individuals’ potentials and working to their strengths, Synergy aims to empower participants to lead full and active lives, facilitate recovery as well as enhance individuals’ abilities in managing their own, and others recovery.
We would love to hear from you if you would like to support or help us in anyway. If you would like to help with our fundraising: from cake sales, to music events, sponsored walks or marathons, there are lots of ways you can help us raise funds. Send us any ideas or questions you have. It would be great to hear from you http://www.synergycreative.org.uk/info/
1st Tuesday of every month 7:30pm – 8.30pm
The lindy hop is a social dance from the swing dance family, also known as the jitterbug. It evolved in Harlem in New York City in the 1920s and 30s along with the jazz music of that time. Lindy Hop has been growing as a dance scene since its revival in the 80s and now you can find classes in all major cities all over the world.
Graeme and Amanda provide relaxed, fun and sociable dance classes for intermediate Lindy Hop dancers on the first Tuesday of every month. No advanced booking or partner required, just turn up on the night.
In order to become an intermediate dancer you might like to attend their beginners’ classes first which take place every Monday at the Good Companions Pub, just around the corner on Dyke Road. See their website for more details or call Amanda on 07753 443632
Shakti Dance Class
2nd Tuesday of every month 6:30pm – 8.30pm
£15/£10 concessions drop-in
The Yoga of Dance has its roots in Kundalini Yoga.
Be led through a series of stretches, standing exercises, free dance, relaxation, meditation and stillness.
Jo Nimrita firstname.lastname@example.org
07906 947 472
The Rock House
3rd Tuesday of every second month – music starts at 7:30pm and ends at 9:30pm
Anyone & Everyone is welcome to attend.
It is £2 to get in, carers are free or a donation.
Both a website and a bi-monthly night at the West Hill Hall, The Rock House is a space for people with learning disabilities to develop and craft their live performance. Born out of a desire from these musicians to regularly play and perform in front of an audience in their hometown… the focus is to provide as much stage time as possible for learning disabled musicians. It’s also a lot of fun!
The night was founded in September 2009 by musicians Tom Cook and Richard Phoenix as a response to the limited opportunities for learning disabled musicians to perform their music live. With an open, relaxed atmosphere and enthusiastic and talented group of musicians and volunteers the night quickly became a success. With promotion merely from word of mouth, the quality of the music and performances has always been the biggest selling point. Run as a purely volunteer-run project for several years, The Rock House is now proud to be working in collaboration with the award-winning learning disability arts organisation Carousel and its music wing Shut Up and Listen.
Ryan O’Donovan explained what The Rock House means to him – “I’ve performed in every one of these Rock House events, and experienced them all to the full, doing what I love best! My advice to people who may be interested is to come down and watch – I guarantee there is more talent to these people than what meets the eye. Like BBC Radio 2 DJ Mark Radcliffe said in Carousel’s lifeline appeal that aired some years ago; “Some people just need a little extra help bringing their ideas to life”… As I like to put it, we are always out… to rock out.”
Exercise to Music
Gentle Exercises for Everyone, standing and seated
Wednesdays 10.15am – 11.15am
Start feeling stronger, more flexible, have fun and make new friends. We have been using the Hall for over 15 years and ideally like to have a group of around 10-12 people. Everyone is welcome to come along and join us exercise gently, and not too seriously, to music.
The class is not strenuous and caters for specific needs so you can sit or stand to suit for most of the time. We have three ladies of 80+ who can show the benefits of regular exercise!
Please come along and see us. The first class is always free of charge.
Jane Busby, the facilitator, was a professional dancer for 15 years working in theatre, TV and cruise ships with groups including The Tiller Girls, the Danny La Rue Show, 2nd Generation and the Lionel Blair dancers. Jane has been teaching Exercise to Music classes in Brighton, Hove and Shoreham to the over 55s for several years and she has had invites on the cruise ships Saga Pearl 2 and the Minerva to teach ‘Sit and be Fit’ and ‘Dancercise’ classes. Jane is passionate about exercise and wants to offer everyone the chance to keep young, healthy, and fit at her fun sessions.
Yoga with Jim Tarran
Wednesdays 6.00pm – 7.30pm
Every Wednesday evening you have the opportunity to train with one of Brighton’s most well-known yoga teachers Jim Tarran.
Jim has been teaching in the Brighton area since the mid-nineties and the classes that he runs at the West Hill Hall are now in their 16th year!
The drop-in sessions are suitable for students of all ages and abilities and Jim’s two decades plus of experience in the yoga world means that he will be able to guide your explorations of yoga so that you can benefit from yoga’s incredible power to relax, lighten and cleanse, the heart, mind and body.
Jim uses his experience as a yoga teacher and yoga teacher trainer to teach you not only a fabulous array of yoga postures (asana) and practices (kriya) but also the right way to breathe and the best ways to ‘feel’ your way into these uplifting and restorative practices. The classes have a lovely sense of warmth and humour running through them and students are welcome to ask questions if they are uncertain about any aspect of the classes.
The classes cost a flat rate of £8 but there is a great discount of £60 to anyone who wishes to book ten classes upfront which can be taken at the student’s leisure over a 4-month period.
To find out more about Jim, the yoga school that he founded or the yoga holiday company he co-founded visit www.vajrasatiyoga.co.uk or www.yogaexplorers.com alternatively look Jim up on the Yoga Alliance website (he is accredited as a Senior Teacher) www.yogaalliance.co.uk or email Jim on email@example.com
Jim looks forward to welcoming you to a class soon. Namaste.
The 1595 Club
Wednesdays 8.00pm – 10.00pm Thursdays 8.45pm – 10.15pm
Historical Fencing/Renaissance Martial Arts
“…the more skill a man hath of his weapon the more gentle and courteous should he show himself …”
The term ‘fencing’ originates from the Elizabethan slang for ‘offence’ and ‘defence’ and, in this context, is best described as the art of combat and the science of defence. The system is not limited to the use of the Sword but incorporates Sword and Dagger, Sword and Shield, Pole Arms, and begins with unarmed combat and self-defence.
Our work is based upon the legacy of the Renaissance soldier and fencing master, Vincentio Saviolo, who was the most celebrated master-of-arms in Elizabethan England and whose work is referenced by both William Shakespeare and Ben Jonson.
The 1595 Club is a member of the British Federation for Historical Swordplay and has fully insured and internationally recognised instructors.
For more information please visit www.the1595.com
Thursdays 4.00pm – 5.30pm
Artichoke Artgroup runs in-school and after-school classes for children, as well as adult daytime and early-evening classes. It specialises in providing a rounded education in the arts, with combined classes linking elements of fine art – painting, drawing and mixed media – as well as physical theatre, music and architecture. Physical space at the West Hill Hall is a workshop that focuses on a return to the basics of theatre, without the use of make up and with neutral costume. It explores the environment (materials, colours, elements, sounds) and creates narratives through play where the theatrical text is created from the action itself.
www.artichokeartgroup.co.uk Telephone: 01273 773770
Pilates with Helen Douglas
Thursdays 6:00pm – 7.00pm and 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Pilates is a mind-body exercise method based on the principles established by Joseph Pilates. It strengthens all the muscle groups, but in particular targets the deep postural core muscles which are so important to our body and well being.
It works by using controlled yet fluid movements alongside a specific breathing pattern to reinforce correct spinal and pelvic alignment. Pilates is particularly beneficial in helping the recovery and rehabilitation of many conditions including sciatica, disc problems and general back ache, sports injuries, arthritis, osteoporosis, as well as women’s pre- and post-natal health.
Helen has been teaching Pilates now for over 12 years, and brings a wealth of experience and inspiration to her classes.
Classes are usually run in 6 week courses at £51 per block and places are limited so pre-booking is advisable. To book your place please contact Helen directly: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 07970 047799
Dragon Style Kung Fu
Fridays 6:00pm – 7.30pm
The Dragon Martial Arts Association provides authentic, traditional Chinese kung fu, tai chi and qi gong instruction for students of all ages and abilities. Personally sanctioned by the Dragon Sign Athletic Association and the Cheung Kwok Tai Wushu Association in Hong Kong, the DMAA has close relationships with other associations worldwide, including China, US, Canada, UK, France and Australia. Featured in The Metro and on BBC TV, for more information, see www.dmaa.co.uk
For more information about classes at West Hill Hall please email email@example.com or call Jon on 07969 459171
Brighton Shape Note Singing
Second Friday each month 7.45pm-9.45pm
We are a friendly and informal community who meet to sing raw and powerful four-part a cappella harmony from an American book called The Sacred Harp. The tunes are notated in ‘shape notes’, designed to aid sight-reading. Anyone is welcome to come along, whether you have experience or not, whether you think you can sing or read music or not, and whatever you believe in (it’s a hymn book, but the singers here are ‘of any faith and none’).
No regular commitment is needed, you can come as late and go as early as you please, and come along as often or as little as you like- though singing the shapes becomes much easier the more you do it. Sacred Harp is social singing- it is not performance music and there are no rehearsals. We sing together for ourselves in the moment, more akin to a folk session than a choir.
Loaner books are available if you don’t have your own so just come along wanting to sing. We cover room hire and tea/coffee costs with small donations that are very welcome but not compulsory.
For more information see www.brightonshapenote.weebly.com
or email Sarah on firstname.lastname@example.org