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Fri 28 Jan'11: "Seeing Who You Really Are" with Richard Lang, 7-30pm

An evening taking a fresh look into who we really are - be prepared to discover something wonderful about yourself!
Richard Lang first discovered who he really was in 1970 when he attended a workshop with the philosopher Douglas Harding, author of 'On Having No Head'. (Douglas was a regular visitor to the Cambridge University Buddhist Society during the '60s and '70s and his work has influenced many western Buddhist writers => www.headless.org/english-welcome.htm)
Since then Richard has been involved in the work - and pleasure! - of giving workshops, using the practical awareness exercises that Harding invented. He has two books published, a CD and a DVD, and is co-ordinator of the Shollond Trust, a charity set up to share this method of awakening. Richard also practises as a psychotherapist, and teaches tai chi and Five Rhythms Dance.
Richard last visited the Society in 2004. He may well ask us to take part in some of the exercises; but don't worry, it will be a relaxed and fun evening.
Organised by the Cambridge Buddhist Society - www.cambridgebuddhistsociety.org.uk
VENUE: Friends Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane Park Street, CB5 8BA, Cambridge city

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Sun 30 Jan: BIODANZA “Discover moving dynamics to empower a happy new You!”, 1:45pm - 3:15pm

Explore suggested expressive moves & dances to savour Life anew: to support your body/heart & a balanced growth.
Cost: £10 - your Facilitator: Gwen RSVP. Infos: 01353 610036 or 07985 094590.
VENUE: Ross Street Community Centre, Ross St. - off Mill Road Cambridge CB1 3UZ. Free car park, off-street parking 20 mins. from the station. Walkers / Cyclists welcome!

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Mon 31 Jan: "THE IDIOT CYCLE" - film about the role of the pharmaceutical industry in the world, 7:30pm

An educational film about the role of the pharmaceutical industry in the world, and the consequences of its actions.
"It has now been scientifically demonstrated that there is indeed a link between chemical products and the appearance of diseases, such as cancers, infertility, degenerative diseases of the central nervous system and allergies."
The film follows the cycle taken by the world's largest chemical producers: Dow Chemical, BASF, Bayer, Dupont, Astrazeneca & Monsanto, and how these chemical companies, who manufacture and emit cancer causing chemical substances, also develop, produce and invest in cancer treatments, the most profitable disease on the planet.
Directed by Emmanuelle Schick Garcia, The Idiot Cycle covers issues relating to the biggest chemical industries in the USA and Canada, and their link to dioxins, before moving on to investigate how the very same chemical companies moved into the production of herbicide resistant seed, with interviews from players in the chemical, farming and scientific industries. Garcia's film is both informative, and hard-hitting. The film runs for 96 mins.
Cost: there is no admission charge, but there will be a donation box to cover the cost of hiring the room, should anyone feel like donating. Please come along - all welcome! Enquiries to:
More information at www.stoptheidiotcycle.com
VENUE: Friends Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane Park Street, CB5 8BA, Cambridge city

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Sun 6 Feb: "What makes us happy?", 2.30 – 5.30 pm

Siobhan and Tina at the Akashi Project would like to cordially invite you to this event
- meet people of different faiths in a friendly atmosphere
- share insights and ideas
- enjoy delicious food!
All welcome - free of charge. Reserve a place by calling 0753 1627188 or email .
More info at www.akashi.org.uk
The Akashi Project is part of the charity, Cambridge Carbon Footprint, and works with people of different faiths and cultures on reducing our impact on climate change. This event is part of a series funded by the government grant body, Faiths in Action.
VENUE: Abbey Meadows Primary School, Galfrid Road, Cambridge CB5 8ND

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Fri 11 Feb: "Zero Carbon Britain 2030",7.30 - 9.30pm

We are delighted to be welcoming speakers from the Centre for Alternative Technology to talk about CAT’s groundbreaking ZeroCarbonBritain2030 report, in which a team of distinguished academics and researchers show how Britain could eliminate emissions from fossil fuels within 20 years and break our dependence on imported energy. (http://cambridgecarbonfootprint.org)
Godfrey Boyle is Professor of Renewable Energy and director of the Energy and Environment Research Unit at the UK Open University. He is also a visiting professor at The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI) University in New Dehli,India. His main research interests are in renewable energy, particularly wind and solar power, energy systems modelling and energy policy. He is author/co-author/editor of “Renewable Electricity and the Grid”(Earthscan 2009), “Renewable Energy” (Oxford, 2004) and “Energy Systems and Sustainability” (Oxford 2003).
Alex Randall is Media Officer at the Centre for Alternative Technology in Machynlleth and was part of the ZeroCarbonBritain2030 team. He has worked on other climate and environment projects including CheatNeutral, a satirical film about carbon trading and UNFairPlay, an organisation that supports small island states at UN climate change negotiations.
Admission Free and open to all. Refreshments will be served. Retiring collection in aid of the CAT charity.
VENUE: St Lukes Church Centre, Victoria Road, CB4 3DZ, (north Cambridge)

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Sun 27 Feb: BIODANZA ‘Synchronizing Body & Soul through Heart-based Dances’, 1:45pm - 3:15pm

Explore suggested expressive moves & dances to savour Life anew: to support your body/heart & a balanced growth.
Cost: £10 - your Facilitator: Gwen RSVP. Infos: 01353 610036 or 07985 094590.
VENUE: Ross Street Community Centre, Ross St. - off Mill Road Cambridge CB1 3UZ. Free car park, off-street parking 20 mins. from the station. Walkers / Cyclists welcome!

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Mon 7 March 2011: AGM of the Cambridge Inter-Faith Group, 7pm

The room has been booked from 6.30 p.m. and the AGM is due to start at 7.00 p.m.

Following the AGM, at about 7.30, Jenny Kartupelis MBE, Director of the East of England Faiths Council, has kindly agreed to speak on “Inter Faith and the New Social Structure,” followed by questions and discussion.
All are welcome. There is no entry charge, but contributions towards expenses are welcome.
We would be grateful for anything you can do to advertise this event to your contacts and in your organization.

    Agenda for the AGM:
  1. Apologies for absence.
  2. Appointment of chairman and minute taker for the meeting.
  3. Minutes of the annual general meeting of 22 February 2010.
  4. Report of activities since the 2010 AGM.
  5. Financial report.
  6. Future plans.
  7. Election of Committee for 2011/12.
  8. Membership of the Group.
  9. Any other business.
David Wilman, Chair and secretary
Venue: Friends’ Meeting House, Jesus Lane, Cambridge, CB5 8BA (downstairs).

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10 March: "Eco-Renovation - The first 20 %", 7:30 pm to 9:25 pm

Andy Brown (Cambridge Architectural Research) and Alex Rice (Efficient Ideas): A chance to discuss how to knock the first tonne off your home’s carbon footprint. We’ll look at the ‘low-hanging fruit’, low-cost DIY solutions and where to begin.
These workshops are run by Cambridge Carbon Footprint’s Low-carbon Network. Booking essential. Please call 01223 971353 or email info[AT]cambridgecarbonfootprint.org.
Free of charge and open to all. However a suggested donation of £3 is invited towards the cost of room hire and refreshments.
VENUE: after boking...

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Sat 12 March: "Ceilidh" dancing – with Moon Carrot & Daisy Black, 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm


7.00pm: Bring food and drink to share - 8.00pm: Live Ceilidh band and dancing!
Come along to meet and share food with us, followed by a Ceilidh with music from a new, local band ‘Moon Carrot’, with caller Daisy Black. A type of barn dance with a live band, a ceilidh is a fantastic social occasion that anyone can join in with.
Please bring food and drink to share, with as much of it local, seasonal and home-cooked as possible!
Let us know what is in your dish and where the ingredients came from with a tempting label!
There’s a prize for the best dish made with local ingredients.
Open to all! Proceeds from the evening will be donated to Cambridge Carbon Footprint
Venue: St Lukes Centre, Victoria Road, Cambridge CB5 8HE

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Thu 17 March: INFORMATION & Networking EXCHANGE, 12:15pm

Come along and introduce yourself, let other groups and agencies know who you are and what you do. Find out who others are and what they do, and network. Lunch will be provided
The Cambridge City Council - Arbury Neighbourhood Community Project Invites you to join other voluntary, statutory and business groups, companies, and individuals.
Come along and introduce yourself, let other groups and agencies know who you are and what you do. Find out who others are and what they do, and network.
AGENDA: Lunch will be provided
1) Everybody will be asked to say who they are, their organisation, their job title/role and one minute description of their role/activity in the community.
2) Networking in smaller groups. Time to talk more directly to people and exchange leaflets and contact details. I look forward to seeing you there!
Contact: Please let me know if you hope to attend. Email: lexzecia.cayneeo[AT]cambridge.gov.uk or phone 01223 508302 - 079202 10959 Take care and keep smiling - With rainbows and butterflies and with kind Regards
Lexzecia
VENUE: 82 Akeman St Community Room, Cambridge, CB4 3HG

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Sat 19 March '11: "The Power of Unity - and the Magic of Harmonies" - Peace Dance Day with Ralph, 12 - 5pm

1st hour FREE taster! A mix of meditative and high energy dances, including partner dances. No experience in singing or dancing is required - everyone is welcome.
"If you can talk, you can sing. If you can walk, you can dance." (African saying)
Read more about this day
VENUE: Friends Meeting House, 91 Hartington Grove, CB1 7UB (off Cherry Hinton Rd.)

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Sun 27 March: BIODANZA “Inner Sunshine to bring your body vibrancy & joy!”, 1:45pm - 3:15pm

Explore suggested expressive moves & dances to savour Life anew: to support your body/heart & a balanced growth.
Cost: £10 - your Facilitator: Gwen RSVP. Infos: 01353 610036 or 07985 094590.
VENUE: Ross Street Community Centre, Ross St. - off Mill Road Cambridge CB1 3UZ. Free car park, off-street parking 20 mins. from the station. Walkers / Cyclists welcome!

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Mon 28 March: 'Transition Cambridge' Third Birthday, with Special Guest Rob Hopkins, 7pm for 7:30pm

Transition Cambridge are utterly thrilled to be celebrating their third birthday with not only homemade cakes and local wine, but also with the movement's co-founder Rob Hopkins.
Rob Hopkins will be giving a talk 'The Transition Journey: from oil dependency to local resiliance' to 200-300 local residents as well as Transition groups from the surrounding area. There will also be displays and interactive demonstrations of what Transition does, as a way of celebrating our achievements and recruiting more support to our mission.
So what is Transition Cambridge? www.transitioncambridge.org
We're a group of volunteers dedicated to creating a vibrant, prosperous and sustainable future for Cambridge, in the face of the twin challenges of peak oil and climate change. As oil prices rise and the climate becomes more unpredictable, we believe that we need to build strong communities that are more localised, so that we are less dependent on global oil prices, food prices, and transport costs etc.
We hope to build stronger relationships with the city and county council, so that our fourth year can be our most successful yet. We have already achieved so much, but with your support we can achieve much more! We hope that you can make the evening and please contact us if you would like more details about the movement and our organisation. Also please feel free to pass this invitation on to others who you think might be interested, attached is a pdf of our poster for the event. Yours sincerely, Jade Lauren Cawthray, Events Organiser Transition Cambridge
VENUE: At: Emmanuel United Reformed Church, Trumpington Street, Cambridge

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Fri 1 April: Ajahn Kovida, a nun from the Forest Sangha tradition

Sister Kovida's lay name was Laura Bridgman. She is English and developed an interest in Buddhism and meditation during her teenage years. In the early eighties during her years of nursing training, she joined the Cambridge Buddhist Society through which she heard Teachings from Ajahn Sumedho and Ajahn Sucitto. In 1989 she participated in a retreat lead by Ajahn Sundara at Amaravati. The experience of the Teachings and the quality of the contact at the monastery drew her more and more. After caring for her mother through terminal illness she decided to experiment with a year as an anagarika, and never left! Her early years as a nun were spent at Amaravati but she has lived at Cittaviveka (Chithurst) since 2001. She has recently spent periods of time in Thailand and Burma to contemplate the roots of the Forest Tradition and experience practice there.
She will also lead a day's retreat on Saturday 2 April at the Friends Meeting House; further details to follow.
Organised by the Cambridge Buddhist Society - www.cambridgebuddhistsociety.org.uk
VENUE: Friends Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane Park Street, CB5 8BA, Cambridge city

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5 April: "Grow Your Own Workshop" – Spring jobs, 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

A chance to meet fellow gardeners, share your gardening successes and failures, and pick up some seasonal tips and inspiration with local gardener and allotment holder Keith Jordan and former Trinity College Head Gardener George Thorpe. All levels of gardening experience are welcome!
Special to this session: As daylight increases the growing season will be in full swing. We will look at the variety of spring jobs – ranging from sowing tender veg, identifying and controlling weeds and pests and discussing any other gardening issues.
Sessions are free of charge and open to all. No need to book.
Donations are invited towards cost of room hire and refreshments.
VENUE: Ross Street Community Centre, Ross Street, CB1 3UZ

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Fri 29 April: "Towards a New Understanding of Bodhidharma" by Andy Ferguson, 7-30pm

Andy Ferguson graduated in Chinese studies from the University of Oregon in 1973. Later that year he moved to Kyoto, and then to Taipei where he studied first Japanese and then Chinese. He travelled in mainland China in 1978, before the economic reforms, and subsequently lived in Singapore and Hong Kong where he worked as the East Asia Manager for a USA company. At that time he began locating and studying a wide variety of Chinese historic cultural sites, especially temples related to the Chinese Chan tradition. He is the author of 'Zen’s Chinese Heritage: The Masters and their Teachings,' in which he translated the core writings of more than 150 ancient Chinese Zen masters. Andy organizes a company called 'South Mountain China Tours' that offers itineraries and perspectives on East Asian Culture. With his long-time friend Red Pine, Andy has photographed sites for most of the early masters of the Chinese Chan tradition, from Bodhidharma and down the many generations of teachers. Recently he was the first American to attend the annual ceremony honoring Bodhidharma at his burial temple, Empty Form, in North China.
Organised by the Cambridge Buddhist Society - www.cambridgebuddhistsociety.org.uk
VENUE: Friends Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane Park Street, CB5 8BA, Cambridge city

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A  NY Voting System is
    BETTER
    than the current
        Vote YES for
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        on Thu 5th May!

V 
OTING System
   Ralph Nimmann

Compare what the political parties are promising to do.
Complete our unique survey based on policies alone to find out who you should be voting for at the next election:
"Vote for policies" (not personalities): http://voteforpolicies.org.uk/

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Mon 7 March 2011: AGM of the Cambridge Inter-Faith Group, 7pm

The room has been booked from 6.30 p.m. and the AGM is due to start at 7.00 p.m.

Following the AGM, at about 7.30, Jenny Kartupelis MBE, Director of the East of England Faiths Council, has kindly agreed to speak on “Inter Faith and the New Social Structure,” followed by questions and discussion.
All are welcome. There is no entry charge, but contributions towards expenses are welcome.
We would be grateful for anything you can do to advertise this event to your contacts and in your organization.

    Agenda for the AGM:
  1. Apologies for absence.
  2. Appointment of chairman and minute taker for the meeting.
  3. Minutes of the annual general meeting of 22 February 2010.
  4. Report of activities since the 2010 AGM.
  5. Financial report.
  6. Future plans.
  7. Election of Committee for 2011/12.
  8. Membership of the Group.
  9. Any other business.
David Wilman, Chair and secretary
Venue: Friends’ Meeting House, Jesus Lane, Cambridge, CB5 8BA (downstairs).

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10 March: "Eco-Renovation - The first 20 %", 7:30 pm to 9:25 pm

Andy Brown (Cambridge Architectural Research) and Alex Rice (Efficient Ideas): A chance to discuss how to knock the first tonne off your home’s carbon footprint. We’ll look at the ‘low-hanging fruit’, low-cost DIY solutions and where to begin.
These workshops are run by Cambridge Carbon Footprint’s Low-carbon Network. Booking essential. Please call 01223 971353 or email info[AT]cambridgecarbonfootprint.org.
Free of charge and open to all. However a suggested donation of £3 is invited towards the cost of room hire and refreshments.
VENUE: after boking...

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Sat 12 March: "Ceilidh" dancing – with Moon Carrot & Daisy Black, 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm


7.00pm: Bring food and drink to share - 8.00pm: Live Ceilidh band and dancing!
Come along to meet and share food with us, followed by a Ceilidh with music from a new, local band ‘Moon Carrot’, with caller Daisy Black. A type of barn dance with a live band, a ceilidh is a fantastic social occasion that anyone can join in with.
Please bring food and drink to share, with as much of it local, seasonal and home-cooked as possible!
Let us know what is in your dish and where the ingredients came from with a tempting label!
There’s a prize for the best dish made with local ingredients.
Open to all! Proceeds from the evening will be donated to Cambridge Carbon Footprint
Venue: St Lukes Centre, Victoria Road, Cambridge CB5 8HE

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Thu 17 March: INFORMATION & Networking EXCHANGE, 12:15pm

Come along and introduce yourself, let other groups and agencies know who you are and what you do. Find out who others are and what they do, and network. Lunch will be provided
The Cambridge City Council - Arbury Neighbourhood Community Project Invites you to join other voluntary, statutory and business groups, companies, and individuals.
Come along and introduce yourself, let other groups and agencies know who you are and what you do. Find out who others are and what they do, and network.
AGENDA: Lunch will be provided
1) Everybody will be asked to say who they are, their organisation, their job title/role and one minute description of their role/activity in the community.
2) Networking in smaller groups. Time to talk more directly to people and exchange leaflets and contact details. I look forward to seeing you there!
Contact: Please let me know if you hope to attend. Email: lexzecia.cayneeo[AT]cambridge.gov.uk or phone 01223 508302 - 079202 10959 Take care and keep smiling - With rainbows and butterflies and with kind Regards
Lexzecia
VENUE: 82 Akeman St Community Room, Cambridge, CB4 3HG

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Sat 19 March '11: "The Power of Unity - and the Magic of Harmonies" - Peace Dance Day with Ralph, 12 - 5pm

1st hour FREE taster! A mix of meditative and high energy dances, including partner dances. No experience in singing or dancing is required - everyone is welcome.
"If you can talk, you can sing. If you can walk, you can dance." (African saying)
Read more about this day
VENUE: Friends Meeting House, 91 Hartington Grove, CB1 7UB (off Cherry Hinton Rd.)

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Sun 27 March: BIODANZA “Inner Sunshine to bring your body vibrancy & joy!”, 1:45pm - 3:15pm

Explore suggested expressive moves & dances to savour Life anew: to support your body/heart & a balanced growth.
Cost: £10 - your Facilitator: Gwen RSVP. Infos: 01353 610036 or 07985 094590.
VENUE: Ross Street Community Centre, Ross St. - off Mill Road Cambridge CB1 3UZ. Free car park, off-street parking 20 mins. from the station. Walkers / Cyclists welcome!

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Mon 28 March: 'Transition Cambridge' Third Birthday, with Special Guest Rob Hopkins, 7pm for 7:30pm

Transition Cambridge are utterly thrilled to be celebrating their third birthday with not only homemade cakes and local wine, but also with the movement's co-founder Rob Hopkins.
Rob Hopkins will be giving a talk 'The Transition Journey: from oil dependency to local resiliance' to 200-300 local residents as well as Transition groups from the surrounding area. There will also be displays and interactive demonstrations of what Transition does, as a way of celebrating our achievements and recruiting more support to our mission.
So what is Transition Cambridge? www.transitioncambridge.org
We're a group of volunteers dedicated to creating a vibrant, prosperous and sustainable future for Cambridge, in the face of the twin challenges of peak oil and climate change. As oil prices rise and the climate becomes more unpredictable, we believe that we need to build strong communities that are more localised, so that we are less dependent on global oil prices, food prices, and transport costs etc.
We hope to build stronger relationships with the city and county council, so that our fourth year can be our most successful yet. We have already achieved so much, but with your support we can achieve much more! We hope that you can make the evening and please contact us if you would like more details about the movement and our organisation. Also please feel free to pass this invitation on to others who you think might be interested, attached is a pdf of our poster for the event. Yours sincerely, Jade Lauren Cawthray, Events Organiser Transition Cambridge
VENUE: At: Emmanuel United Reformed Church, Trumpington Street, Cambridge

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Fri 1 April: Ajahn Kovida, a nun from the Forest Sangha tradition

Sister Kovida's lay name was Laura Bridgman. She is English and developed an interest in Buddhism and meditation during her teenage years. In the early eighties during her years of nursing training, she joined the Cambridge Buddhist Society through which she heard Teachings from Ajahn Sumedho and Ajahn Sucitto. In 1989 she participated in a retreat lead by Ajahn Sundara at Amaravati. The experience of the Teachings and the quality of the contact at the monastery drew her more and more. After caring for her mother through terminal illness she decided to experiment with a year as an anagarika, and never left! Her early years as a nun were spent at Amaravati but she has lived at Cittaviveka (Chithurst) since 2001. She has recently spent periods of time in Thailand and Burma to contemplate the roots of the Forest Tradition and experience practice there.
She will also lead a day's retreat on Saturday 2 April at the Friends Meeting House; further details to follow.
Organised by the Cambridge Buddhist Society - www.cambridgebuddhistsociety.org.uk
VENUE: Friends Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane Park Street, CB5 8BA, Cambridge city

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5 April: "Grow Your Own Workshop" – Spring jobs, 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

A chance to meet fellow gardeners, share your gardening successes and failures, and pick up some seasonal tips and inspiration with local gardener and allotment holder Keith Jordan and former Trinity College Head Gardener George Thorpe. All levels of gardening experience are welcome!
Special to this session: As daylight increases the growing season will be in full swing. We will look at the variety of spring jobs – ranging from sowing tender veg, identifying and controlling weeds and pests and discussing any other gardening issues.
Sessions are free of charge and open to all. No need to book.
Donations are invited towards cost of room hire and refreshments.
VENUE: Ross Street Community Centre, Ross Street, CB1 3UZ

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Fri 29 April: "Towards a New Understanding of Bodhidharma" by Andy Ferguson, 7-30pm

Andy Ferguson graduated in Chinese studies from the University of Oregon in 1973. Later that year he moved to Kyoto, and then to Taipei where he studied first Japanese and then Chinese. He travelled in mainland China in 1978, before the economic reforms, and subsequently lived in Singapore and Hong Kong where he worked as the East Asia Manager for a USA company. At that time he began locating and studying a wide variety of Chinese historic cultural sites, especially temples related to the Chinese Chan tradition. He is the author of 'Zen’s Chinese Heritage: The Masters and their Teachings,' in which he translated the core writings of more than 150 ancient Chinese Zen masters. Andy organizes a company called 'South Mountain China Tours' that offers itineraries and perspectives on East Asian Culture. With his long-time friend Red Pine, Andy has photographed sites for most of the early masters of the Chinese Chan tradition, from Bodhidharma and down the many generations of teachers. Recently he was the first American to attend the annual ceremony honoring Bodhidharma at his burial temple, Empty Form, in North China.
Organised by the Cambridge Buddhist Society - www.cambridgebuddhistsociety.org.uk
VENUE: Friends Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane Park Street, CB5 8BA, Cambridge city

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A  NY Voting System is
    BETTER
    than the current
        Vote YES for
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        on Thu 5th May!

V 
OTING System
   Ralph Nimmann

Compare what the political parties are promising to do.
Complete our unique survey based on policies alone to find out who you should be voting for at the next election:
"Vote for policies" (not personalities): http://voteforpolicies.org.uk/

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Fri 13 May: Vesakh, or VESAKHA PUJA, or BUDDHA-DAY CELEBRATION - a gathering of local Buddhist groups, 7pm for 7.30pm

An occasion for Buddhists in Cambridge to celebrate the birth, enlightenment and death of the Buddha. Everyone is welcome to this occasion, Buddhist or non-Buddhist, and whether or not you are a member of one of the different local groups.
Followed by refreshments and a chance to chat.
VENUE: Friends Meeting House, 91 Hartington Grove, CB1 7UB (off Cherry Hinton Rd.)

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15 May: Singing in the Woods! 3-6pm(ish), Ashlin woods

Details see left. The woods are not far from Wimpole, where the Oxfam Walk is happening the same day, so if you have LOTS of energy, you could do both! Hope to sing with you there; let us know if you can come and we will send a map - the woods are really lovely and there is a covered area to sing in if need be. Donations welcome, for example to www.cambfair.com or http://talkingintune.co.uk
Love, and Happy Easter, Rowena

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World chant Day Tuesday 17th May 2011

Tue 17 May: World Chant Day

This is a very special day: besides being full moon and the Buddhist celebration of Wesak, it is also World Chant Day. Millions of people around the world will be taking part in this event. Here is a YouTube video about it:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6UT5En-Wg
There is also information posted on the following website:
www.actonwisdom.com/world-chant-day
I hope that you can participate by chanting on that day. And also, please feel free to pass along this information to anyone you know who loves to chant. Thanks.
Love & Blessings, Victor Shamas, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721 e-mail: vas[AT]u.arizona.edu - homepage: http://vas.web.arizona.edu
I'd like to organise a chanting event for Cambridge! Please contact me if you are interested or if you have organised anything already: e-mail: - phone: 01223 510442

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Sat 21 May: Inter-Faith visit to the Beth Shalom Reform Synagogue Cambridge, 10:15 a.m.

This event is arranged by the Cambridge Inter-Faith Group (www.cam.net.uk/home/interfaith).
An upper limit of 14 has been set for the number of people from the Inter-Faith Group who can attend. If you would like to book a place, please let David Wilman know as soon as possible (ddw[AT]aber.ac.uk or Cambridge 276912).

The plan for the visit is to have a short talk about Judaism and an explanation of the Shabbat morning service, followed by attending the service, followed by light refreshments and the opportunity to mix, talk and ask questions to members of the Synagogue.

At present the Reform Synagogue does not have a building of its own, and so premises are hired for the services. For security reasons the address of these premises is not advertised. People who book for the visit will of course be given the address. The location is about 2 miles from the city centre, with plenty of places to park a car.

There is information about the Cambridge Reform Synagogue at www.beth-shalom.org.uk. Evidently this Synagogue was founded in 1981 and now has more than 250 adult members. Most services are led by members of the community. It seems that the 21 May service is Shabbat – Bechukotai, with readings from Leviticus 26:27-46 and Jeremiah 16:19 – 17:14.

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Sat 28 May: Dances of Universal Peace St Neots with Ralph & Vitalija, 2-5pm

Dances of Universal Peace: singing simple chants while holding hands and dancing in a circle - a powerful joyful spiritual experience. Ralph’s & Vitalija’s style is intense, deep into the heart - and yet light and humorous, supported with drum & guitar.
We love playing with polarities by offering a mix of fiery ecstatic dances, slow meditative flowing movements, joyful Jewish dances, harmony Hallelujas, Sufi zikrs, lots of partner dances - and adding harmonies (men and women singing different voices at the same time). Newcomers are warmly welcome - no experience required. Next dance afternoons: Sat 24 Sept. & Sat 26 Nov. The first 2 dances are FREE!
=> VENUE & Details

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Sat 4 June: "CIRCLES OF LIGHT" - Academic symposium surrounding transformation via the arts (10:30am-6pm)
+ FREE Performance of beauty and power (8pm-9pm)

whirling dervish The symposium will consist of a series of panels and workshops surrounding the theme of transformation via the arts. A special focus will be maintained on Sufism and the whirling dervish throughout the day. Questions which will be explored include: What is devotional practice? How does devotional practice influence one's creative output? In sacred contexts, are performance and worship one and the same? What defines and delineates a sacred context? How does artistic creation transform its makers? Is all personal transformation sacred? Issues related to the performative act as transformational, processes of art making and transformation, and links between theology and the fine arts will be debated.

Presenters: Alan Craxford (London Guildhall University and London Metropolitan University) - Paul Hakim Standeven (Mevlevi Semazen and Neyzen) - Hannah McClure Chalut (University of East London) - Barbara Berrington (Reading University) - Ewan Campbell (Kings College, London) - Stefan Cartwright (independent musician, Stroud) - Jeremy Hardingham (Cambridge University) - Professor Robin Kirkpatrick (Cambridge University)
Programme: (Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served in the planned break times, but you are asked to make your own arrangements about lunch and dinner.)
10am: Registration | 10.30-11am: Welcome address, followed by coffee | 11.30am-1pm: First panel, followed by a break for lunch (1pm-2:30) | 2.30-4pm: Second panel, followed by coffee | 4.30-6pm: Third panel. This will be an interdisciplinary improvisation panel based on the day's emergent themes, which will provide an opportunity for further discussion and deliberation. | 6-8pm: Break for dinner | 8pm-approx. 9pm: Circles of Light performance in the Judith E. Wilson Drama Studio, 9, West Road.

The Evening performance (8-9pm) Circles of Light is a multimedia event featuring film, spoken text, dance, whirling, and song. It explores relationships of art making to personal transformation. Utilizing dancers undergoing training and initiation to be whirling dervishes, plus the choreographer-researcher's initiatory experience, phrase and text material was generated. Stories of personal transformation relating to other topics soon emerged from the performer-collaborators and tied into the overall theme. Circles, as a means of movement, circling back, holding and integrating change, became prominent.

Cost & Registration: Registration is £4 in advance or £5 at the door, and includes tea/coffee/biscuits throughout the day. You are asked to register your intention to attend by sending an email to Nan Taplin at nt272[AT]cam.ac.uk - For Advance registration is payable by cash or cheque - made payable to 'University of Cambridge' please - to be sent to Mrs. Nan Taplin, Department of Italian, University of Cambridge, Sidgwick Avenue, CAMBRIDGE CB3 9DA. All registration questions should be directed to Nan.
The evening performance is free and open to the public

Details & MORE: www.mml.cam.ac.uk/italian/news/

VENUE Symposium: Robinson College (Grange Road / Herschel Road), Cambridge Newnham, CB3 9AN - www.robinson.cam.ac.uk/conferences/directions.php
VENUE Performance: The Judith E Wilson Drama Studio, basement of the English Faculty, 9 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DP => map with arrow on streetmap.co.uk

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Sat 18 June '11: Preparing for the Summer Solstice - Peace Dance Day with Ralph, 1:30 - 5:30pm

1st hour FREE taster! A mix of meditative and high energy dances, including partner dances. No experience in singing or dancing is required - everyone is welcome. We'll partly dance outside on the round lawn in the sheltered garden.
"If you can talk, you can sing. If you can walk, you can dance." (African saying)
Read more about this day
VENUE: Friends Meeting House, 91 Hartington Grove, CB1 7UB (off Cherry Hinton Rd.)

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Tue 21 June (Summer Solstice): Ralph's Birthday Garden Party 16:30-23:00

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Wed 22 - Thu 23 June: "The Hours" - 24 hours non stop singing, 19:00-19:00

The Hours is a 24-hour collage of sound and live performance, in association with award-winning vocal ensemble The Clerks. Ralph will sing with the Georgian choir Wed around 9pm (after the Jewish choir) - ALL FREE
Programme & More: www.caths.cam.ac.uk/home/?m=page&id=47
Venue: St. Catherine's College, King's Parade (between Silver street and King's College), Cambridge city

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Fri 8 July: multi-faith service to celebrate the diverse communities in Cambridge,6:30pm

The service is expected to last about 45 minutes. Each faith or non-faith community has been invited to say a prayer, sing a hymn or read from their holy book (5-8 minutes each). The Hindu, Sikh, Buddhists and Jewish communities are among those expected to be represented.
Those attending include the Mayor of Cambridge Ian Nimo-Smith, leader of the city council Sian Reid and Member of the European Parliament Richard Howitt who will read a poem.
If anyone else wishes to contribute to the service please contact Rose as soon as possible on 01223 341916 or by email at rose.taylor[AT]archant.co.uk
The event is being organised by Cambridge First in conjunction with the Cambridge Muslim Council.
Rose Taylor, Editor, Cambridge First, 01223 341916 - 07584 311467 - www.cambridgefirst.co.uk
VENUE: Memorial Church (Unitarian), Emmanuel Road (opp. bus station), Cambridge, CB1 1JW

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Thu 14 July: Arbury INFORMATION EXCHANGE AND NETWORKING, 1-15pm - 2:15pm

Come along and introduce yourself, let other groups and agencies know who you are and what you do. Find out who others are and what they do, and network. Lunch will be provided.
The Cambridge City Council - Arbury Neighbourhood Community Project Invites you to join other voluntary, statutory and business groups, companies, and individuals.
AGENDA: 0) Lunch will be provided
1) Everybody will be asked to say who they are, their organisation, their job role and one minute description of their role/activity in the community.
2) Networking in smaller groups. Time to talk more directly to people and exchange leaflets and contact details.
I look forward to seeing you there! Take care and keep smiling - With rainbows and butterflies - and with kind Regards - Lexzecia
Please register your interest: Email: lexzecia.cayneeo[AT]cambridge.gov.uk or phone 01223 508302 - 079202 10959
VENUE: 82 Akeman Street Community Room, Cambridge, CB4 3HG

Thu 14 July: Is your religion good for you? Discussion, 7.00 for 7.30 p.m.

The Cambridge Inter-Faith Group www.cam.net.uk/home/interfaith/ invites you to attend this open discussion meeting. Janet Scott (Society of Friends) will chair the meeting and there will be a panel of three: Ricky Selwyn (Cambridge Jewish Residents Association), Nahid Salmanpour (Baha’i Community) and David Wilman (student of Christian Science). All are elcome! Enquiries to David Wilman, e: ddw[AT]aber.ac.uk - 01223 276912
VENUE: Unitarian Church Hall, Victoria Street (off Emmanuel Road), Cambridge CB1 1JW

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Sat 27 August: "Mazes and Mandalas" - an experiential workshop in Saffron Walden, 12.30 to 5

This event is part of the Maze Festival www.saffronwaldenmazefestival.co.uk. You are invited to have brunch before you come.
Come on a journey of self-discovery and explore the archetypal symbolism of the maze; from ancient myth and meditative practice to modern Jungian psychology.
Learn how to design a labyrinth, hear maze tales from other cultures, and investigate ways in which the symbol of the spiralling path to the centre has been used for centuries to represent the journey to the Self or Godhead.
This is a practical, experiential journey investigating the archetypal symbolism of the maze, from ancient myth and meditative practice to modern Jungian psychology. Through drawing, movement and visualisation we will explore some of the many ways in which the spiralling path to the centre has been used for centuries to evoke the spiritual journey to the Self or Godhead.
Cost: £25. Facilitators: Prudence Jones and Gill Brown.
Bookings from Saffron Walden Information Centre, 01799 524002. By post, please enclose s.a.e. and make cheques payable to G.M. Brown, at SWIC, 1 Market Place, Saffron Walden CB10 1HR. Numbers are limited and advance booking is essential!

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Sun 28 Aug: anniversary service for Rudolf Steiner, 11am

The service on Sunday morning will be an anniversary service for Rudolf Steiner, born 150 years ago. Fraser will preach. Steiner had remarkable powers of spiritual perception which he used in a very disciplined way, developing a wide-ranging wisdom about humanity, centred on Christ and founded on general spiritual principles. He also helped to develop a broad range of practical and professional activities, of which Rudolf Steiner schools (including the one in Cambridge), and Camphill communities for people with handicaps, are the best known.
VENUE: St Edward's Church, Peas Hill, Cambridge, CB2 3PP

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Sat 10 Sept '11: Baha'i Open Day in Cambridge

You are warmly invited to attend! Programme:
11am, 1pm, 2pm and 4pm a short program comprising: An introduction to the Baha'i Faith, with questions and answers, Prayers and readings, and A musical presentation.
12pm and 3pm: A short film An encounter with Baha'u'llah describing the meeting in 1891 between Cambridge Professor and Orientalist, E.G. Browne, and Baha'u'llah
Throughout the Day: Exhibition about the Baha'i Faith - Children's Peace Project - Teenage discussion: Creating a Spiritual Society. More see www.bahai.org
VENUE: Michaelhouse Centre, Trinity Street, Cambridge city, CB2 1SU

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Sat 17 Sept '11: "Autumn - Change" - Peace Dance Afternoon with Ralph, 1:30 - 5:30pm

1st hour FREE taster! A mix of meditative and high energy dances, including partner dances. No experience in singing or dancing is required - everyone is welcome. We'll partly dance outside on the round lawn in the sheltered garden.
"If you can talk, you can sing. If you can walk, you can dance." (African saying)
Read more about this day
VENUE: Friends Meeting House, 91 Hartington Grove, CB1 7UB (off Cherry Hinton Rd.)

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Wed 21 Sept: "A Buddhist Stupa for Cambridge?" Open Meeting, 7.30 pm

A few people are interested in a plan to ask the City Council if we could build a small Buddhist Stupa in a park in the City. The idea is that this would be a project to bring together Buddhists from all different traditions and ethnic backgrounds in Cambridge. If anyone is interested in becoming involved, we will be having this open meeting.
Contact: Dan Jones, danjones[AT]supanet.com or 07754 588077
VENUE: 59 Cavendish Avenue, CB1 7UR, Cambridge.

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Thu 22 Sept: ‘The cult of eternal youth. What does your faith say about old age?’, 7 for 7:30pm

A meeting on the theme ‘The cult of eternal youth. What does your faith say about old age?’ The speaker will be Prudence Jones and there will be opportunities for others to contribute ideas. All welcome.
Venue: Aldren Wright Room, Friends’ Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane, Cambridge CB5 8BA

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Sat 24 & Sun 25 Sept. Peterborough: "Mind Body & Soul Weekend, 10-5pm

Admission is £5 for a day ticket (£3 concessions) or £8 for a weekend ticket (£5 conc.)
Many workshops and presentations, like: Sunday 4-5pm Dances of Universal Peace with Ralph. Programme (soon!) & More => www.naturallivingshow.co.uk
Venue: Exec Building, East of England Showground, PE2 6XE

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Sat 1 Oct: Buddhist Vipassana Day Meditation Retreat with Sister Kovida, 9.30 am to 5 pm

Sister Kovida is a Theravada nun in the Forest Sangha tradition of Ajahn Chah. Her early years as a nun were spent at Amaravati but she has lived at Cittaviveka (Chithurst) since 2001. She left the community late last year to travel and meditate in Thailand and Burma, and to contemplate the roots of the Forest Tradition. She teaches Vipassana meditation emphasising an openness to feelings and being with what is.
For details contact Dan Jones danjones[AT]supanet.com or 07754 588077.
VENUE: Friends Meeting House, 91 Hartington Grove, CB1 7UB (off Cherry Hinton Rd.)

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Wed 12 Oct: The Economics of Happiness - film screening and discussion,20:00-21:30

A film that questions the effectiveness of capitalism and globalization. Is the relentless pursuit of Economic Growth by Western Governments - and many others - an achievable goal, and does it make sense ? And are there better ways to assess the success or otherwise of a nation ? Film will be followed by refreshments, home-made cakes and a discussion - Free Admission.
More details: => http://hicca.wordpress.com/2011/10/03/eoh/ (Histon & Impington Climate Change Action)
VENUE: The Stables, St Andrews Church, Histon CB24 9EP (just past King Bill pub, down lane on left)

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Monday 24 Oct - Sat 29 Oct in Diss: week of workshops & performance by Tibetan Monks from Tashi Lhunpo Monastry

"I saw their sand mandala many years ago in Berlin. It was so powerful, it made me cry." (Ralph)
Diss Corn Hall will offer a rare opportunity to witness a unique and endangered culture when we host a week of workshops and performance by the Tibetan Monks from Tashi Lhunpo Monastry.
Over the course of the week the monks will make a beautiful sand Mandala. The most exquisite of all the artistic traditions of Tantric Buddhism, the mandala requires millions of coloured grains of sand to be painstakingly laid into place to form an intricate design. From the spiritual Dedication on Monday, through the gradual development of the picture each day to it's completion on Friday evening and, finally, the moving climax of the Destruction Ceremony on Saturday 29th October at 11am, this spectacle will be both fascinating and inspiring.

Work on the Mandala may be viewed at any time from 11am-5.30pm on Monday 24th and 9am-5.30pm Tuesday-Friday. The finished Mandala may be viewed from 9am-10.45am prior to the Destruction Ceremony at 11am on Saturday 29th October. Destruction Ceremony: £8 / Under 16s £4
During the week the monks will also be running several sessions of a hands-on workshop enabling participants to try Butter Sculpture, Mandala Making, Tibetan Script and Prayer Flag Printing. Alternatively, it will be possible to take a workshop in the skills of Music, Dance, Dabate and Mudras. Workshops: £7 / Under 16s £4
On Friday evening 28th October, a Supper workshop will provide the opportunity to have a traditional monastic supper of Momos (steamed dumplings veg or non-veg), Rice and Dal cooked by the monks, followed by a workshop of dance, debate, mudras and Kundrik prayer. Supper & workshop: £15
The week will culminate on Saturday evening 29th October at 7.30pm with a dramatic and unforgettable performance of their unique sacred music, dances and prayers with colourful traditional costumes and ceremonial masks. The finished Manadala will also be on view. Performance: £10 / Under 16s £7

Tashi Lhunpo Monastery website: www.tashi-lhunpo.org.uk/
A 5min video clip showing a performance, a workshop and sand mandala exhibition: www.youtube.com More information about teh venue: www.disscornhall.co.uk
VENUE: Corn Hall, St Nicholas Street, Diss, IP22 4LB (east of Thetford, between Norwich & Ipswich)

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Wed 26 Oct: Running a home with minimal energy and cost, 17:00-19:00

A How much do you know about home energy efficiency? Find out more about how to adapt your home and reduce energy costs. Presented by Anglia Ruskin University. This event is part of the Festival of Ideas: www.cam.ac.uk/festivalofideas. No charge! Book via website => More details: www.cam.ac.uk/festivalofideas/whats-on/?uid=e935c6dc-2225-3039-a60e-18210a4cd4d6&date=2011-10-26
VENUE: Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge city, CB1 1PT

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Fri 28 Oct: "Step out of the System & get back to Yourself

Global event, organised by the "Occupy Yourself Movement":

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A momentum is occurring: People are uniting across the world are sending a message. The next step is fast approaching:
On Oct 28th 2011 WE SHUT THE SYSTEM DOWN.
For one day we peacefully protest in a symbol that will be felt across the globe. We step out of the system and step back into ourselves.
Turn off all lights. Unplug all electrical devices. Abstain from using TV, radio and internet or phone. Abstain from making any purchase of any kind. Choose that morning to cancel any services you feel you no longer need. That morning call in sick to work.
Do NOTHING that generates money into THE SYSTEM. We will send a message. We will unite.
Most importantly, for one day... We live without distraction.
Read a book - Meditate - Play - Sing - Dance - Create - Frolic in nature - Love.
Step out of the system and get back to yourself

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Fri 28 Oct: Happiness and sustainability, 17:30-18:30

Professor John O'Neill will address two questions about sustainability: Is it possible to maintain or improve well-being without increasing consumption? Is it possible to extend the time-horizon of individuals and institutions so that the interests of future persons can be better made to count in current choices? Free. No need to book. Booking reference: 137
VENUE: Lecture Block A, Sidgwick Site, CB3 9DA

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NEW! Occupy Movement - Support Group Cambridge UK - posted 11 Nov. 2011

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Sat/Sun 12 & 13 Nov: "The Power of Self Esteem" w/e seminar!

Highly recommended by Ralph! The Power of Self Esteem teaches you tools with which you can challenge your negative thoughts so that you can make choices which reflect who you are at your very best.
Instead of reacting to what life brings you with stress and exhaustion you can respond with creativity, love, courage and clarity.
Discover how to create a life full of choices, whatever the circumstances, and how to love yourself just as you are.
Weekend Course costs: £200 if fully waged, £150 if in part time work, £100 if on benefits. £300 if paid for by your organization or workplace.
For details talk to Zoë Grace Cozens on 01379 851959 or 07813035763 - or call our Cambridge friend Michael Snellgrove on 522 042 - he will tell you all about it!
Website: www.moretolife.org.uk/esteem to read more and download a brochure
Contact E-mail: to register a place
Venue: Milton Country Park, Visitor Centre

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Sun 20 Nov: Celebration of Community "Faith in Everyday Life" (2-3pm) and Faith Fair (3-4:45pm)

There will be a combined Celebration of Community and Faith Fair on Sunday 20 November 2011, starting at 2 p.m. with contributions from 12 religious / spiritual groups from Cambridge. (Ralph will be there as part of the Cambridge Subud Group.) Free of charge - refreshments provided.
All are welcome. Organised by the Cambridge Inter-Faith Group www.cam.net.uk/home/interfaith.

Venue: The Meadows Community Centre, 1 St Catharine’s Road (near King's Hedges/Arbury Road), Cambridge CB4 3XJ
View map on Streetmap.co.uk

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Hey all, 23 Nov.'11
Cambridge Uni is officially in Occupation! Please come down and join us at Lady Mitchell Hall on the Sidgwick Site (north of Sidgwick Avenue, Newnham, CB3 9DA ). There's a really good atmosphere and we have full control of access. [Web map with arrow on www.streetmap.co.uk]
We need as many supporters down here as possible so bring food, blankets, musical instruments and friends!
We are opposed to the White Paper which, if implemented, will destroy higher education as we know it. The occupation is in solidarity with the millions of workers who will be on strike on 30th November.
Today is a national day of action called by the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts (NCAFC)- Cambridge kicked off a possible wave of actions last night and early this morning we were joined by Birmingham. Come and get involved!
Cambridge Defend Education www.defendeducation.co.uk/occupation-of-lady-mitchell-hall [Events calendar is being organised]

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Wed 23 Nov: 'Occupy Movement' Information Evening & 'Money Demystified' talk by Stephen Lawrence, 7:30-9:45pm
Knowledge is power - empower yourself, and help create a network of The Informed.

This first Cambridge Meeting is mainly to inform each other about what's going on in the global 'Occupy' Movement - and why. At about 8:30 Stephen will show us, that the money crisis is actually easy to understand, and he will point out alternative ways forward. [Notice: we need to vacate the building before 10pm]
Cost: donation / contribution towards venue hire.
Interested? Read more about the Cambridge 'Occupy' support Initiative
VENUE: Friends Meeting House, 91 Hartington Grove, CB1 7UB (off Cherry Hinton Rd.)

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Fri 25 Nov: Talk by Prof. Richard Gombrich (former Boden Professor of Sanskrit), 7-30pm

Former Boden Professor of Sanskrit and Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford Richard Gombrich began teaching at Oxford in 1965 and was the Boden Professor of Sanskrit from 1975 to 2004. He has published a number of books and his interests include Pali, early Buddhism, and the anthropology of Buddhism, especially in South Asia.
VENUE: Friends Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane / Park Street

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Wed 30 Nov: informal introduction to the Teaching and Blessing of the God-Born Avatar, Adi Da Samraj, 7:30-9:30pm, Cambridge

Find out about his love and humour and Divine Freedom.
... A long time devotee of his is here from the U.S. He has spent much time in Adi Da's personal company.
** He will also be hosting a similar event in Crouch-End, north London on Friday 25th November **
If you were to attend the event in Cambridge you would get to see some of Adi Da's beautiful photographic art.
There is no charge for the evening, though donations would be grafefully accepted.
There will be refreshments at the end and a chance to ask any questions.
If you have any questions at present, do get in touch. (uk[AT]adidam.org / Or contact me, Gavin, on 07888-824-721 or / Or leave a message on the Facebook Event wall: www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=197613116981785
See you there!
"I am like the sunlight in the morning. I Intensify the light of morning until you Awaken. Until the Light Awakens you, even the Light of Consciousness Itself, you continue to dream, try to survive within the dream, pursue all kinds of goals, searches - none of which Awaken you." - Adi Da - www.adidam.org
Venue:
Great Shelford - lifts can be arranged! Details on request....

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Sat 3 Dec: Mill Road Winter Fair 10:30am - 4:30pm

All along Mill Road from Parkside Pool to Romsey - see www.millroadwinterfair.org

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Sun 4 Dec 2011: Seasonal Circle dances with Bethan & Stefan Freedman, 11 am to 5 pm

All about Bethan & Stefan: www.worldance.org ~ enquiries: Jill Hope, e: jrhope[AT]onetel.com ~ tel: 01277 363 085
Cost: £28. Please mail cheque payable B & S Freedman, to 87 Lacey St, Ipswich, IP4 2PH.

Drinks provided – Please bring an item of food for buffet lunch
Booking essential with full payment to B & S Freedman, 87 Lacey St, IP4 2PH.
Venue: The Meadows Community Centre, 1 St Catharine's Rd, Cambridge - ONSITE PARKING - Web map with arrow on streetmap.co.uk

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Tue 6 Dec: workshop Consensus Process & the Occupy Movement with Hannah Chalut, 11-1pm

Free workshop and information. Hannah writes:
"Consensus process has been a staple of resistance movements for the past several decades. As the occupy movement takes root and negotiates its transitions the consensus process continues to evolve. We will look at communications in the movement, focusing on processes at Occupy London as our example. Training methods for facilitators will be discussed and we will participate in training as part of the workshop."
Hannah has been training the consensus process and facilitators training at Occupy London for several weeks and is happy to give this workshop and inform us about her experiences "from an important centre of the revolution". The workshop will be free of charge - donations for use of the church are welcome.

One of the biggest internal issues facing the 'Occupy LSX' at the moment is organisation and co-ordination on the basis of all decisions being made by consensus of the General Assembly only. More about the Occupy Movement in Cambridge: www.st-edwards-cam.org.uk

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Wed 7 Dec: "personal and spiritual significance of money", talk by Fraser Watts, 5.30 pm

On Wed 7th December at St Edward’s Church, Fraser Watts will give a talk, and open up a discussion, on the personal and spiritual significance of money, how it can benefit us, how it can fascinate us and becomes addictive, and the rights and wrongs of how to use it.
More about the Occupy Movement in Cambridge: www.st-edwards-cam.org.uk

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Tue 13 Dec: Occupy Meeting Cambridge @ CB2 Café, 11-1pm

Let's meet and share what we want to do here in Cambridge - probably organise another event?
Any theme or focus or details of this meeting: see HERE later
Please order any food or drink before you go downstairs.
See more about the Occupy Movement - Cambridge/UK
Venue: Basement in the CB2 Café, 5/7, Norfolk Street, Cambridge, CB1 2LD (just off East Road) - www.cb2bistro.com => Web map with arrow on streetmap.co.uk

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Mon 26 Dec - Boxing Day: Scottish Ceilidh - folk-dancing, 7:30pm-10:30pm

As in the past years, everyone is invited to a public evening with folk dancing (Scottish Ceilidh):
We form clusters of couples, and a caller will give instructions what to do. The result is normally quite a confusion - and lots of fun. SEE YOU THERE In folky dress!! Caller as before: Our Jolly PAUL - Will be FUN!!
Please bring some food and drink to share - no alcohol! (& about £2 contribution for hall hire).
Contact this year: Tony Higgins, tel: 01223 571517 is organising the event - please let him know if you'll come (and which gender you are).
=> Some help with setting up and washing up would be appreciated!
Venue: The Hall of the United Reformed Church, Hartington Grove / Cherry Hinton Road (right next to FMHs.) - Click here to see location in Cambridge street map

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Sorry: CANCELLED! Tue 27 Dec (Christmas Bank Holiday): Dances of Universal Peace Afternoon with Ralph & Vitalija, 1 - 5pm

1st hour FREE taster! A mix of meditative and high energy dances, including partner dances. No experience in singing or dancing is required - everyone is welcome - no experience required.
"If you can talk, you can sing. If you can walk, you can dance." (African saying)
Read more about this day
VENUE: Friends Meeting House, 91 Hartington Grove, CB1 7UB

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