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A Cork village has used funding from Cork County Council to create a full programme of free and low-cost activities to promote positive mental health in the community.
Kicking off this weekend, Glounthaune residents of all ages are invited to try out a selection of stress-busting classes, from Tai Chi and Qigong to natural dye and ink making and printing with flowers and leaves.
“It has been a difficult time for many of us.” said a spokesperson for the Glounthaune Community Association.
“We have all been affected in one way or another by Covid-19 and the ensuing restrictions. We, therefore, wanted as many age groups as possible to be able to benefit from this initiative.”
Here’s what’s happening in the coming weeks:
AN INTRODUCTION TO T’AI CHI & QIGONG
Try some gentle, mindful movement in the shelter of the Rising Tide’s marquee, or outdoors if the weather allows in a class suitable for adults of all ages and levels of fitness and mobility.
Participants will learn of forms/sequences and moving meditation, the history, culture and traditional Chinese medicine principles of T’ai Chi and Qigong, and how to develop a home practice for the future.
When: Saturdays, September 4th, 11th, 25th and October 2nd, 10.30am-11.45am
Location: The marquee beside the Rising Tide
Cost: €20 for four-week course, book in advance by emailing [email protected]
TEEN FITNESS FRIDAYS
The importance of outdoor physical exercise is well proven. These 30-minute classes are aimed at teenagers (ages 14-17).
“You do not need to be ‘sporty’ – just willing to get your heart pumping and oxygenate your brain.” a spokesperson told Yay Cork.
“No better way to kick off your weekend as you’re settling back into your school routine. Sessions will take place outdoors (as much as possible), with a maximum of 15 people. Please book in advance through [email protected]”
When: Fridays, September 10th, 17th, 24th October 1st, 6pm- 6.30pm
Location: Meet at the playground car park
THERAPEUTIC ART FOR TWEENS
Making the transition from child to teenager and from primary school to secondary school can be challenging.
In this class, art therapist, Rachel O’Leary will facilitate a series of workshops especially for the young teenage group, designed to create a therapeutic environment for artistic expressions and also a supportive environment to introduce coping techniques that can be used in the participants’ own time outside of the workshops.
When: Sessions will take place in Glounthaune Community Centre, on Sundays at 3pm from Sunday, September 12th to Sunday, October 3rd, 2021. Book in advance through [email protected]
Location: Glounthaune Community Centre
Cost: €20 for four-week course
ART & NATURE WORKSHOPS
This series of workshops with artist Ashleigh Ellis will explore the natural world through creative techniques, playing with natural materials and the abundant colour and texture they offer.
Participants will learn many processes that spark wonder and intuition, with nature journaling and immersive poetry.
“We will delve into the magic alchemy of cyanotype, natural dye and ink making, Japanese shibori techniques with indigo, and printing with flowers and leaves. Each workshop will cover a different process, so it is open to repeat attendees, or once-off participants. These workshops can accommodate up to 15 participants, and we will be working outside as much as possible, so dress for the weather!” said a spokesperson.
When: Sundays, September 19th, 26th, October 10th & 17th, 2pm to 4pm
Location: Meet at the Community Centre Car Park
Cost: €50 for four-week course or €14 per workshop