There’s a bundle of fabulous learning and experiencing just waiting to happen in Auckland over November and the summer months.
There’s a heap of workshops I don’t know about OR I’m not going to profile – these ones just happen to connect with me somehow so here goes. In chronological order…
Stories are powerful tools for supporting children’s cognitive, social and emotional development. As storytellers, teachers can integrate stories seamlessly into the art area, sandpit, family corner, into literacy and numeracy experiences and mat time. Storytelling supports problem solving skills as well as social justice awareness. It can also enrich different festivals, seasons and celebrations.
During this interactive course participants will explore how to tell and co-create stories with children, using a variety of artistic mediums, provocations and resources (including puppets). Owning our storytelling voices and playfully weaving them into our practice can empower teachers and children alike.
Contact Evelyn:027 42 52 886 Evelyn’sWebsite: http://www.evelyndavis.co.nz/
I met Evelyn on a recent storytelling workshop with Pennie Brownlee. We sat next to each other which meant we were audience to each other’s processing and storytelling during the moving day on Ohauiti Hill. I found Evelyn to be a very creative and articulate neighbour, whose intelligence and sense of the ridiculous during storytelling, induced laughter.
Devonport World Song Choir with Bert van Dijk – For all who wanna make some sound – Wednesday evenings 7.30pm – 9pm – St Augustine’s Church Hall, 95 Calliope Rd, Devonport – $75/$60 for 8 sessions or $12/$8 per session
Come along with your friends, family, neighbours and colleagues to reap the benefits and joy of singing together at our weekly choir sessions in the ancient At Augustine’s Church Hall (behind the brick church). Singing delivers a host of physical and emotional benefits, including increased aerobic fitness, improved breathing, a better posture, a positive mindset, enhanced confidence and a higher sense of self-esteem! Researchers at the University of Gothenborg, Sweden, found that choristers’ heartbeats synchronise when they sing together, bringing about a calming effect that is as beneficial to our health as yoga. While singing alone is good, singing with others is even better! Over the years conductor Bert van Dijk has developed an exciting repertoire of wonderful and arousing polyphonic (more part) songs from around the world, each capturing a unique rhythm and mood.
Contact Bert: 021 1857956 Bert’s Website: http://www.devised-theatre.com/
Bert taught me physical theatre many years ago. I loved his voice work and warm ups which always encompassed world song and I felt my whole being open up. I did a weekend workshop with him a few years ago in Auckland and loved meeting with such a large circle of voices, but also adored singing songs from all corners of the world with their unique sounds, emotions, magic to move and rhythms. I hope one day to invite Bert to workshop in Tauranga, meanwhile I’d like to share him with those who can be in Auckland on a Wednesday evening.
Social Media Training with MOSH Social Media Marketing – For beginners, middle-people and experts wanting to learn more about social media – Check their calendar for the next workshop – Level 1, 20 Beaumont St, St Marys Bay
MOSH offer one-on-one lessons, 2 hour specific modules e.g. Pinterest for Business, Facebook for Business, Social Media 101, and full-day courses. The next scheduled 1-day workshop is ‘Optimising Social Media for Business’ on Thursday 14 November. At MOSH we’ve been specialising in social media for business since 2009. We’ve helped some of New Zealand’s most prominent brands understand, thrive and grow sales using social media. We want to share our experience with New Zealand small businesses so they can compete on the world stage. It’s time to get social media working for your business.
Contact MOSH: +64 (09) 525 7020 MOSH Website: http://www.mosh.co.nz/
MOSH is run by 3 friends from schooldays. Jon, Julian and Jeremy. I know them all – to differing degrees (inside joke). They have whacky senses of humour, are creative, intelligent and ask very interesting questions. These guys know their stuff.
Clown Camp with Lisa Brickell and Zack McCracken – for new and old clowns – 24-27 January 2014 – Aio Wira Retreat Centre, Bethells Beach, Auckland – $495 (if paid by 10 Jan), $545 (full price). Fee includes tuition, accommodation, food and full use of the Centre’s facilities including sauna and spa.
The search for and exploration of one’s clown is a never ending journey. As we grow, change and have new experiences so too does our clown, giving us endless potential for fun and laughter. Come join us at the beautiful Aio Wira Retreat Centre to rejuvenate yourself through a weekend of hilarity and absurdity. Lisa Brickell (BA; DipDrama; DipPhysTheatre – Lecoq, Paris) and Zack McCracken (BA Drama; Dip Creative Writing; DipPhysTheatre – Lecoq, Paris) have taught and performed extensively throughout NZ, Asia and Europe. “The clown doesn’t exist aside from the actor performing him. We are all clowns, we all think we are beautiful, clever and strong, whereas we all have our weaknesses, our ridiculous side, which can make people laugh when we allow it to express itself.” Jacques Lecoq
Contact Zack: (09) 3728170 Email Zack: email@example.com Link to clown: the-dress-up-box-with-a-red-nose
Lisa was my first clown teacher. She is a truly gifted teacher. Her sense of fun, gentle naughtiness, and warmth alongside her amazing treasure-trunk of skills and experience make for an inspired workshopee experience. Go go go.
Maggie makes the most exquisite cakes – they look and taste like something from your dreams. Her first food venture was The Little Cake Kitchen and she is now blossoming Florabunda & Cake which specialises in sugar flowers and terrificent cakes for celebrations. Come join us in her Ponsonby garden bursting with colour, perfume and her designer cat to watch and learn and do. We will make an old fashioned sponge, scones of varying varieties, and something to wow the sunglasses off your gluten free friends.
Contact Emily: 021 662 852 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I have known Maggie my whole life. She is a young spirited, joyful woman and an extraordinary cook, baker and tender of flowers.
Write to me if you know of something wonderful on the learning, eating, arting or celebrating front. Emily: email@example.com or leave a comment (I feel encouraged to hear from readers).