We have a range of programs at Castlefield to suit everyone. Want to start a book club, join a choir, explore theatre and dance or engage in current affairs?  If there is a group or program you are interested in starting please talk to the Program Manager. In the meantime explore what we have to offer. Check out our printed program for details.


  Song Circle 

 Join in a relaxing session of ChantSongs (short, meditative melodies/mantras) clear enough to sing along with on first listening). Connect and harmonise over a cycle of pure sounds including Sanskrit and Indigenous Australian chants. Sessions are guided by experienced, inspiring and encouraging musician, Diana Clark-de Vries.

When: Sundays 23 February, 22 March, 24 May with a special event on the 10 June 2020

 Time: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm. Cost:$20, ($15 concession) pre-booked. At the door $25/$20.

 Booking: TryBooking. ChantSong Circle enquiries – SMS Diana 0433 855 580 Email:dmc@dianaclark.com.au or phone Castlefield on 9598 0662 or email castlefield@bayciss.org.au

 


  One World Voices

 The choir is led by Andrea Khoza and Annemarie Sharry who have many years  experience of developing and leading choirs. Drawing on the rich traditions of Indigenous music, African music and percussion and world music the choir is loads of fun. The music is dynamic, joyful and uplifting and everyone is welcome. You don’t need to have sung in a choir before to join and reading music is not necessary.

 When: Thursday evenings during school terms

 Time:  7.30 to 8.45.

 Cost: $15 waged and $10 concession paid on a term basis. $20 casual. Tryout session free. Please call the office on 9598 0662 to find out more information.

 


 THUNDERBIRD Dancers with Jenny Lee

 TBIRDS dance club began in 1997 –  Jenny Lee has 23 years of teaching numerous dance styles throughout Melbourne.  Styles include New Vogue, Ballroom, Rock & Roll, Latin and Line Dancing.

 Physical Health benefits of dancing are widely known but Jenny believes the emotional side to be of equal value.  Let go of stress, hear the music and share some quality time with friends.  We have a mid-afternoon tea/coffee break to ask any questions and to catch up with other class members.

 Jenny welcomes you to come along each week for exercise and lots of fun. Learn movement to music at your own pace.  Music is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.  Partners not required.

 Enquiries 0421 824 737, tbird.dancers4@optusnet.com.au           Jenny LEE,

 When: Tuesday afternoons starting 4 February.

 Time: 1.30pm through to 4.30pm. 


  English Conversation

 This program focuses on building confidence in speaking and listening in English. Each week is focused on a special topic and activities

 include vocabulary and grammar study, short readings and a lot of

 discussion. The tutor Laura Cerbus will provide a welcoming

 atmosphere to help you grow confident in English.

 When:     Every Tuesday during term time starting 4 February.

 Time:      7-8.30pm

 Cost:       FREE

 


Tuning In To Kids Emotionally Intelligent Parenting – Terms 2 and 4, 2019 

 A six session parenting program for parents of children aged 3 to 10 years old. Would you like to learn how to:

  •  be better at talking with your child?
  • be better at understanding your child?
  • help your child learn to manage their emotions?
  • help to prevent behaviour problems in your child?
  • teach your child to deal with conflict?

 Tuning in to Kids shows you how to help your child develop emotional intelligence. Children with higher emotional intelligence:

  •  have greater success with making and keeping friends
  • have better concentration at school
  • are more able to calm down when upset or angry
  • tend to have fewer childhood illnesses

 Emotional intelligence may be a better predictor of academic and career success than IQ!

 Day and Time:      Wednesdays   12:30pm to 3:00pm starting 1 May 2019. For further information contact Denise Ph: 9555 9910

 Cost: Gold coin donation.

 


 Quilting Group 

 You may already be experienced or you might be a beginner in how to patchwork and make quilts. This is a group for those wanting to learn a new skill and enjoy the company of others who are passionate about fabric and textiles and the wonderful combinations you can make with this beautiful craft. The group will be facilitated but essentially it is about sharing your skills and learning together.

 When:   Every second Tuesday resuming 4 February

 Time:    9.30 am to 11.30 am.

 Cost:     $6 per session paid on a term basis.

 Tutor:   Bonnie Harris.

 


 Castlefield Garden Club

 Meet the first Thursday of each month from the at 1.00 to share gardening knowledge, seedlings and cuttings. Guest speakers and workshops will be held on different varieties of plants, ornamentals, edibles and ideas, stemming from your own interests. The group will also visit beautiful and special gardens.

 Day and Time: First Thursday of the month 1:00pm to 3:0pm.

 


 Gentle Strength and Balance with Nikki Licheri  

 Nikki’s classes are simple, easy to follow without confusing equipment.  Making use of a chair for body weight exercises, the goal of each class is to finish      feeling better! The exercises are designed to create strength without bulk and build toned, functional bodies that meet the needs of everyday activities.  Nikki is qualified to offer lots of options.  She sequences a range of gentle exercises and activities that are fun to do using concepts found in the Pilates method: 

 When:   Every Friday during term time

 Time:    10.45 to 11.30 pm Arrive 10 minutes early

 Cost:  $10 paid on a term basis, (10 sessions)

 


Art For All Abilities

 Experienced artist Janis Morgan will help you discover your inner artist with a range of activities using different materials. This supportive group is great for people of all abilities. No experience necessary.

 When: Tuesdays starting 4 February

 Time:  1 pm to 3.00 pm

 Cost:    $15/$10 concession per session on  a term basis.

 


 Dru Meditation

 Stephanie Rother a qualified hypnotherapist, naturopath, yoga and meditation teacher leads these 6 week courses that include gentle yoga movements, relaxation and meditation. Designed to give you a little mini-break, the courses will enable you to learn a range of mediation techniques that you can easily apply at home in your own time. Each session is structured so that you can relax and re-energise yourself while learning how to meditate at the same time.

 When: Monday at 7:00 pm starting 4 February (4 weeks)  Contact: Stephanie on 0413 019 959 or e-mail steph@infinitehealth.net.au for further information or to book.

 


 Castlefield Social Bridge Group

 Our social Bridge is a group for players with some experience. Bridge is played in sets of four with two competing teams. Researchers have discovered that mentally challenging games such as bridge which offer intellectual and social stimulation may help develop your memory and stimulate your immune system. It is NOT a supervised group or an affiliated Bridge club. Experienced duplicate Bridge players only and new members MUST have their own partner.

 Bookings essential. Contact Judy on 0410 515 220.

 The Bridge group will operate from 3th Feb to 7rd December

 When:  Every Monday including during school holidays.

 Time:  1 pm to 4 pm.

 Cost:   $5 per session including afternoon tea.

 


 Patchwork

 Patchwork is a wonderful craft with a long and interesting history. Meg who leads the group is an extraordinary seamstress and participants either hand or machine stitch their projects with her assistance. Places are limited so check with Ros in the office regarding availability.

 Day and Time:   Every second Tuesday 9:30am to 11:30am resuming 28 January (alternating weeks with Quilting)

 


 For more information about these programs, please contact us. Or if there’s a particular activity or program you’d like to see here at Castlefield, please make a suggestion!

 

Castlefield is also home to a number of other programs and special events run by local people and organisations:

 

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