LEARNING AT THE MILL

Here you can find out about and book and pay for the courses in the second term of our new Learning at the Mill programme – try something new!  Click on the ‘plus sign’ next to each course for full details and to book and pay.  (You can also book and pay for other classes that we’re supporting, eg First Aid in April)
(For payment we use Stripe, which holds the highest level of security certification for the payment card industry).
Classes are open to children under 16 but they must be accompanied in the class by an adult who must also be booked on the class.
Most courses cost £40. There are half price concessionary rates for people on means tested benefits or in full time education – please bring evidence of your entitlement to a concessionary price to the first course.
BOOK AND PAY IN ADVANCE BELOW TO BE SURE OF A PLACE.
For further information call 07582 789406/email greenelephantcoop@gmail.com
We reserve the right to cancel courses after the first session if we don’t get sufficient numbers to make the course economically viable. So please encourage your friends to book!

Book and pay below & contact us with any technical problems. Email greenelephantcoop@gmail.com or tel 07582 789406

Absolute Beginners Portuguese (start date now postponed to Sat 17th Feb, 5 weeks, £50/£25)

From Sat 10 Feb. 10:30-12:30
Absolute Beginners Portuguese with Sue Tyson-Ward
Sats 10, 17 24 Feb, 3 and 10 Mar. 10:30-12:30  NB: five week course

CHANGE OF DATE: APOLOGIES – DUE TO A FAMILY FUNERAL THE FIRST SESSION IS POSTPONED TO 17 FEB AND A FIFTH SESSION WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE END OF THE COURSE TO BE ARRANGED

5 week course with Sue Tyson-Ward. Absolute Beginners Portuguese – a new, five-week introductory course to get you started in European Portuguese. Ideal for visitors to Portugal, language-aficionados, and anyone previously terrified by languages! You will learn the initial basics of breaking the ice, cafe-talk, getting around and dealing with hotel staff in a friendly and supportive environment with an experienced tutor. Don’t be afraid! Come and get started on your Portuguese adventure! There will be the possibility to enrol for a further follow-on course at the end of the learning period.  £50 (£25 for people on means tested benefits or in full time education – please bring evidence of your entitlement to the first course)

 

“New Lamps for Old” - Rewriting Folktales (Starts Mon 19 Feb 19:30, 4 weeks, £40/£20)

“New Lamps for Old” – Rewriting Folktales with Jacqueline Harris.

Mondays 19, 26 Feb, 5, 12 Mar 19:30 – 21:30

A 4 week course with storyteller Jacqueline Harris. This course will look at the issues involved in taking folktales as a stimulus for creative writing. Over the four weeks we will use a variety of experiential techniques to envision and develop our individual story ideas, shape and structure our words and work towards your own original retellings by the end of the course.
£40 (£20 for people on means tested benefits or in full time education – please bring evidence of your entitlement to the first course)

 
Rethinking British Imperial History (starts 20 Feb 10:30, AND 17 April 19:00, 4 wks, £40/£20)

The course will be run twice:
Course A Tues  20, 27 Feb. 6, 13 Mar  10:30-12:30
AND
Course B Tues 17, 24 April: 1, 8 May 19:00 – 21:00.

A 4 week course with Mary Searle-Chatterjee.  This lecture/discussion course will examine current conflicting interpretations of Britain’s rise to power. Topics will include:

  • the World before British and European Empires
  • Theories of British exceptionalism (cultural, institutional, environmental)
  • political/economic critiques of theories of exceptionalism, and
  • Lancashire textiles and the Indian connection.

Mary is a fascinating lecturer and there’ll be lots of chance for discussion and argument.  £40 (£20 for people on means tested benefits or in full time education – please bring evidence of your entitlement to the first course)

Course A

Course B

Singing for the Terrified (starts Wed 21 Feb, 10:30, 4 weeks, £40/£20)

Singing for the Terrified with Beth De Lange

Weds 21, 28 Feb. 7, 14 Mar.  10:30-12:30

4 week course with Beth de Lange.  Beth is a member of the Natural Voice Network (recently heard on Radio 4). If you would like to sing with a group of people, but don’t know if you can, or should, please come and join us.  We believe that singing is everyone’s birthright, regardless of musical experience or ability. Using a range of fun warm up exercises, and an accessible choice of songs, Beth will encourage you to sing in a supportive, non-judgemental group setting. Most people who think they “can’t sing” have been discouraged by others in the past. Come and find, or re-discover, your voice and the enjoyment that sharing it can bring to you. £40 (£20 for people on means tested benefits or in full time education – please bring evidence of your entitlement to the first course)

 

Holiday German (now starts Weds 28 Feb 19:30, 4 weeks, £40/£20)

Holiday German with Dorothea Williamson 

Weds 21, 28 Feb, 7, 14 Mar. 19:30 – 21:30 [START DATE CHANGED to 28 Feb]

A 4 week course with Dorothea Williamson.  Learn some basic phrases that will enhance your holiday in a German speaking country. Practise greetings, get to know names for food and drinks and order a meal plus learn to find your way. Above all have some fun learning a new language in a friendly and supportive group. £40 (£20 for people on means tested benefits or in full time education – please bring evidence of your entitlement to the first course)

Easy Chinese and Travel in China. (now Friday evenings from 23 Feb!), 4 weeks, £40/£20)

Thursday 22 Feb, 1, 8, 15 Mar  13:00 – 15:00

CHANGE OF DATES TO ACCOMMODATE MORE PEOPLE:

Dates; Thurs 22nd Feb 1-3, Fri 23rd Feb 7.30 -9.30 p.m., Friday 2nd March 7.30-9.30 p.m., Thursday 8 March 5 p.m. – 7 p.m..

Easy Chinese and Travel in China with Qimei Li.

Chinese is perceived as a difficult language because it is so different from English. In this introductory course, taught by an experienced native Chinese teacher, you will discover that Chinese is both beautiful and easy to learn and you’ll find out about this magnificent country.
£40 (£20 for people on means tested benefits or in full time education – please bring evidence of your entitlement to the first course)

Introduction to Arabic Rhythms (starts Sun 25 Feb, 17:00, 4 weeks, £40/£20)

From Sunday 25 Feb, 17:00 – 19:00

Introduction to Arabic Rhythms with Steve Hignett.

Sunday 25 Feb, 4, 18, 25 Mar. 17:00 – 19:00

A 4 week course with Steve Hignett of Rhythmweave. Belly dancing is sweeping the world but how do the rhythms work?  The course uses authentic Arabic instruments and will include playing techniques and rhythms common to the Arab world.  Suitable for beginners or improvers, instruments are provided but feel free to bring your own (especially that drum you brought back from holiday that’s stuck under the stairs).  (see also West African rhythms, North African rhythms, Community Drumming, Sunday Drumming Club)
£40 (£20 for people on means tested benefits or in full time education – please bring evidence of your entitlement to the first course)

Level Three Emergency First Aid At Work course with FAST Sessions

Tuesday 3 April, 09:30 – 16:30

Level Three Emergency First Aid At Work, with FAST Sessions Training.

Course covers CPR, defibrillator, choking, catastrophic bleeding, and equips you to deal with emergency situations in a low risk work environment.
Bring identification with you (eg passport, driving licence, birth cert) and wear comfortable loose clothing.
For further information contact the tutor, info@fastsessions.com or tel 01524 734642
Book early as places are limited.

 

Beginners' Bike Maintenance. (Start Thurs 8 Mar 19:30, AND Sun 8 April, 10:30. 4 weeks £40/£20)

Beginners Bike Maintenance with Alex Brett

Two courses:
Course A Thurs 8, 15, 22, 29 March 19:30 – 21:30
AND
Course B Sun  8,15,22,29 April 10:30 – 12:30

You will learn how to deal with common faults from punctures to gears that won’t work, bicycle maintenance and full safety checks. These classes will teach you how to keep your bike fully functioning and on the road for longer.
Alex Brett is a former surveyor who has been an independent cycle mechanic for the past 8 years, delivering cycle maintenance classes and a ‘Dr Bike’ service in the Nottingham area.  He’s recently moved to Lancaster.
£40 (£20 for people on means tested benefits or in full time education – please bring evidence of your entitlement to the first course)

Course A – Thursday evenings

Course B – Sunday mornings

 

 

 

Intro to West African Rhythms (Starts Sun 15 April, 17:00. 4 weeks, £40/£20)

Introduction to West African Rhythms with Steve Hignett

Sunday 15, 22, 29 April, 6 May  17:00 – 19:00

A 4 week course with Steve Hignett of Rhythmweave. Arguably the most popular and most accessible dance grooves come from West Africa.  The course uses authentic West African instruments and will include playing techniques and rhythms found in West Africa (not to mention every dance floor in the world).  Suitable for beginners or improvers, instruments are provided but feel free to bring your own (especially that drum you brought back from holiday that’s stuck under the stairs). (see also Arabic rhythms, North African rhythms, Community Drumming, Sunday Drumming Club).

£40 (£20 for people on means tested benefits or in full time education – please bring evidence of your entitlement to the first course)

 

Video Editing (starts Mon 9 April 19:30 4 weeks £40/£20)

Monday 9, 16, 23, 30 April. 19:30-21:30

Video editing with Charles Willmott.

Using free video editing software, learn the aesthetic and technical aspects of video editing. Charles Willmott begins this introductory course by exploring storytelling and an editor’s role in it. Using classic and contemporary examples in cinema, he examines the “grammar” of editing, showing how an editor’s decisions impacts the advancement of story.
£40 (£20 for people on means tested benefits or in full time education – please bring evidence of your entitlement to the first course)

Charles Willmott graduated from Film Theory & Video Production at University of West London. His final year experimental short film was selected in London Short Film Festival (The Cool Club). He went on to work as a freelance videographer and Animation teacher. He has created videos for the NHS, Sport Direct, Martha Lane Fox (co-creator of lastminute.com), Stonegate pubs and more.

Georgian Harmony Singing (starts Wed 11 April, 10:30, 4 weeks, £40/£20)

Weds 11, 18 24 April, 2 May,. 10:30 – 12:30

Georgian Harmony Singing:

4 week course with Beth de Lange.  Georgian traditional folk harmony is designated part of the world’s  Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO.   Beth is passionate about Georgian song and ran the Derby Georgian Choir for seven years. She has studied with various visiting Georgian singers, as well as a visit to Svaneti in 2013. We will dip into her repertoire, which includes toasts, round dances, healing songs, church songs, urban songs, cradle songs, horse riding songs, and greeting and drinking songs. These harmonies are traditionally sung by all-male, or all-female groups. We will sing with whoever comes to the group, so if we are mixed, expect to sing in your upper range if male or comfortable to low range if female.
£40 (£20 for people on means tested benefits or in full time education – please bring evidence of your entitlement to the first course)

A storyteller's journey - from finding a story to telling it. (Starts Mon 16 April, 10:30, 4 weeks, £40/£20)

Mondays 16, 23 and 30 April, 14 May.

A Storyteller’s Journey – From Finding a Story to Telling it with Jacqueline Harris

A 4 week course with storyteller Jacqueline Harris. Telling oral stories needs a selection of skills and over this four week journey we will introduce:

  • Which stories float your boat? – finding stories to tell
  • What is your version of the story? – re-visioning the story.
  • Who is your audience? – prepping the story with an audience in mind.
  • How do you tell it? – Techniques for Performing.

£40 (£20 for people on means tested benefits or in full time education – please bring evidence of your entitlement to the first course)

Fox Walking and Bird Language: Mindful Mornings (Starts Tues 17 April, 10:30. 4 weeks £40/£20)

Tues 17 April, 24 April, 1 May, 8 May. 10:30 – 12:30

Fox Walking and Bird Language: Mindful Mornings. With Hannah Ehlert. 10:30 – 12:30.

A four week course with Hannah Ehlert, North West England contact for the ‘Eight Shields’ Deep Nature Connection network (http://8shields.org). Deep nature connection & sensory awareness practices – for adults.  Sloow doown … fit into landscapes, walk invisible-to drop off animals´ radars. Hear bird-language: understand nature´s concentric warning rings. Sharpen your senses to feel alive and vibrant.  £40 (£20 for people on means tested benefits or in full time education – please bring evidence of your entitlement to the first course) May be open for accompanied children 14 plus, at tutor’s discretion.)  For more information contact the tutor, email timbertales@gmail.com.

The magic of Swedish Greenwood Carving (Sat 5 May, one day course, £40/£20. BOOK BY SAT 28 APRIL)

Saturday 5 May, 10:00 – 17:00. The magic of Swedish Greenwood Carving, with Hannah Ehlert.

One day intensive workshop with Hannah Ehlert.  Love wood? – learn whittling! The easy way of carving gifts from unique bits of wood using only axe/ knife. Excellent beginner’s introduction into skilled, responsible knife use.Focus: safe carving techniques, use of curves in branches, sourcing tools/ timbers to continue at home on your own. £40 (£20 for people on means tested benefits or in full time education – please bring evidence of your entitlement to the first course).  May be open for accompanied children 14 plus, at tutor’s discretion.)  For more information contact the tutor, email timbertales@gmail.com.

Please book by Sat 28 April. These sessions can only run with a minimum of four people – if we don’t have sufficient registrations by a week in advance, we’ll have to cancel.  So please book early and encourage your friends to do the same, to avoid disappointment!  We will inform students of whether the course is running by Monday 30 April.

PLEASE NOTE – there will be a small charge for materials payable to the tutor on the day.

Introduction to North African Rhythms (Starts Sun 20 May, 17:00. 4 weeks, £40/£20)

Introduction to North African Rhythms with Steve Hignett

Sunday 20, 27 May, 3, 17  June  17:00 – 19:00

A 4 week course with Steve Hignett of Rhythmweave. North African rhythms have inspired rock giants like The Rolling Stones, Peter Gabriel and Led Zeppelin over the years.  The course uses authentic Arabic instruments and will include playing techniques and rhythms common to the North African region.  Suitable for beginners or improvers, instruments are provided but feel free to bring your own.   (see also Arabic rhythms, West African rhythms, Community Drumming). £40 (£20 for people on means tested benefits or in full time education – please bring evidence of your entitlement to the first course)

Capoeira for Beginners. (Starts Sat 12 May 15:00 4 weeks £40/£20)

From Sat 12 May. 15:00 – 17:00.
Capoeira for beginners.  With Fernando Bandeira.
Sats 12 May, 19 May, 2 June, 9 June 15:00 – 17:00

4 week course with Fernando Bandeira, aimed at adults but accompanied children (7+) welcome.  Capoeira was created in Brazil by the descendants of African slaves, and is nowadays a martial art with a dance and music element. The course will introduce you to Capoeira from its origins to the current day. You will learn basic capoeira movements such as footwork(ginga), squat(cocorinha), handstand(bananeira), and learn to understand the music, the dance, and the fight for freedom as essential pillars of this art form – which was recognised in 2014 by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. We will be developing four principles: naturalism, historicity, creativity and cooperation.   £40 (£20 for people on means tested benefits or in full time education – please bring evidence of your entitlement to the first course)

Owl Eyes and Deer Ears: Deep Nature Connection Day and Play for adults. (Sat 16 Jun one day course £40/£20. Book by Sat 9 June)

Sat 16 June, 10:00 – 17:00.
Owl Eyes & Deer Ears: Deep Nature Connection Day and Play for adults.  With Hannah Ehlert.

A one day course with Hannah Ehlert, North West England contact for the ‘Eight Shields’ Deep Nature Connection network (http://8shields.org).   Reclaim ancient connections: Our hardware and software are made to live with an embodied knowing of nature. Focus less, see more… learn the way of the owl, the deer. Playful curiosity allows for awesome eco-literacy and massive well-being benefits.     £40 (£20 for people on means tested benefits or in full time education – please bring evidence of your entitlement to the first course) May be open for accompanied children 14 plus, at tutor’s discretion.)  For more information contact the tutor, email timbertales@gmail.com.

Book by Sat 9th June.  This course can only run with a minimum of four people – if we don’t have sufficient registrations by a week in advance, we’ll have to cancel.  So please book early and encourage your friends to do the same, to avoid disappointment! We will inform students of whether the course is running, by Monday 11th June.