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february 2021


Woodbrooke’s learning programmes seek to support, inform and transform Quakers and others as individuals and communities. Through our learning we hope to nourish spiritual development, strengthen the Quaker community and enable and encourage work for a peaceful and just world

richard durrant livestream music

“To punctuate this year’s Journey to the Spring Equinox we are presenting three themed solo guitar concerts by Richard streamed live from his studio in Sussex.”

Tickets: £10/donations

Saturday 30 January Book of Spells Saturday 18 Februrary The pollinator Saturday Welcome the Spring

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mental health: quaker approaches

What is a Quaker approach to mental health? In this course we explore mental health and spirituality, asking why mental health is important to Quakers. We consider our understandings of mental health issues, and reflect on how Quaker meetings value and support people who are in distress. We will use Quaker and other writings, games and videos, and have discussions using online forums and three live sessions.

1st February – 7th March Live sessions are on Thursdays 7pm-8.30pm £86

the writings of luke: seeing beyond power and privilege

‘Do you see?’ Jesus asks this question in Luke’s Gospel as an invitation to look deeply, to see beyond the expected, beyond normal conventions of success and power. ‘…we will approach these writings… to awaken to the possibility that, through the Spirit at the centre of Luke’s story, ‘the blind might recover their sight’.

Wednesdays: 8th February 2021 – 28th March £72

racial justice in church and society

webinar hosted by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI)

10 February 7.30-8.30pm register to attend click pic

nurturing our spiritual lives through spiritual direction

To listen to another’s soul into a condition of disclosure and discovery may be almost the greatest service that any human being ever performs for another’. – Steere, D (1986) Gleanings: A Random Harvest. Upper Room, Nashville. Spiritual direction is an ancient practice of cultivating life as a transformational journey that is lived from inside out at a deeper level.

8th February4th April Live sessions are every Thursday at 7pm-8.30pm £115

mens group drop in

An exploration of your journey as a man on a spiritual path.

Monthly online Thursdays 11 Feb: 11 Mar: 8 Apr: 13 May: 10 Jun:

Login 6.45pm, 7pm meeting start: 7.10pm online access closes – no late entries.

Meeting ends 9.30pm

a light in the darkness

A day of reflection and contemplation on what gives us hope and where we can find the Light when times are dark.

13th February 10am – 4pm £20

building sangha spiritual community

‘At this particular time in evolution, when there is so much chaos around us, there is a great need for the company of fellow pilgrims on our journey through life.  We need to surround ourselves with people who truly meet us, who allow us to speak our truth. For me, this is the essence of sangha’. 

3 part workshop 15 February – March 1 7pm – 8.30pm £67 -87

meeting for worship for dance

In the spirit of adventure and exploration we are offering a chance to embody our responses to what is going on for us at the moment. Live music from Robin Bowles will support and respond to the movement.

19th February 2pm – 3pm

building on the peace that there is

In this course we will explore how to try to ensure that our actions are building on the positive connections and peace that are already present. We will explore tools developed in the fields of international peace-building and humanitarian response, and practice applying them to the UK context. We will learn from case studies from countries in different parts of the world, particularly Myanmar. This course will draw on ideas and tools from non-violent communication and ‘Do No Harm’.

Live sessions are 22nd February – 4th April every Tuesday at 3pm – 5pm £72

teaching the tradition: using quaker past to nurture worship

As Quakers we often look back to earlier generations for inspiration and guidance, but how can we best use our history to help nurture our worshipping communities today.

22nd February 7pm -8.30pm

pay as you are led

global campaign on military spending

Join our UK military budget briefing

Presentations by guests and Q&A afterwards

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22 February on line webinar free

Flier register here

peter oborne ‘assault on the truth’

Oborne’s new book covers ‘Boris Johnson, Donald Trump and the emergence of a new moral barbarism’. Get the inside story on the state of the art of lying in politics and the media from three journalists who have seen it all.

Join us for this free event on Thursday 25 February at 5pm UK time BOOK HERE

quaker question time with Sayeeda Warsi

Quakers in Britain invite you to ‘Quaker Question Time’ – an opportunity for Friends to discuss politics, religion and everything in between with member of the House of Lords, social justice campaigner, and former government minister Sayeeda Warsi

Join us for the first in a series of Quaker Question Time events designed to enable Friends to engage with politicians and activists from a wide range of backgrounds. It promises to be a lively and interesting evening.

If you have any queries or would like to submit a question in advance, please email politics@quaker.org.uk

Thursday February 25 6pm-7pm free online

Book here

Looking for a fun and insightful way to spend next Saturday? Join us February 27th, 2pm EST/8 pm GMT for a screening of the film Gather followed by a Q&A.  

Gather is an intimate portrait of the growing movement amongst Native Americans to reclaim their cultural identities through their ancestral food systems — all while battling the historical trauma of centuries of genocide.

Indigenous food systems embody unique ecological knowledge and are inseparable from land and culture. They are a critical part of human diversity yet face continual threats from land theft and corporate-controlled agriculture.

The film follows the stories of those on the frontlines of this movement: An Indigenous chef embarks on a project to reclaim ancient food ways on the Apache reservation; in South Dakota a gifted Lakota high school student is proving her tribe’s native wisdom through her passion for science; and a group of young men of the Yurok tribe in Northern California struggle to keep their culture alive and rehabilitate the habitat of their sacred salmon. 

Directly after the film, join members of the cast and director Sanjay Rawal for a live panel discussion. The panel will be open to questions from the audience, meaning you! 

You can register for your ticket here. Registration is free, but please consider making a donation to Survival. 

Saturday, February 27 at 8pm GMT BOOK HERE

Soothing Sundays

Livestream join Patrick Yeboah this 30-minute journey of soothing piano compositions that will transport you to a place of serenity. The aim of this session is to reduce stress, encourage a positive mindset and support you mental health.

2.30 pm Sundays Free/donate to Patrick’s gratitude wall

freeing the imagination: creative and devotional writing

28th February 2pm -5.30pm £20

more info loving earth project

caring for the world we love

war abolition 101 how we create a peaceful world

How can we make the best argument for shifting from war to peace? What must we understand and know about the war system if we are to dismantle it? How can we become more effective advocates and activists for ending particular wars, ending all wars, pursuing disarmament, and creating systems that maintain peace? These questions and more will be explored in War Abolition 101: How We Create a Peaceful World

6 week on line course offered by World beyond War providing participants an opportunity to learn from, dialogue with, and strategize for change with World BEYOND War experts, peer activists, and changemakers from around the world.

Start: Monday 1 March 4pm GMT End: Sunday 11 April 4pm GMT

Sliding scale most economical ticket approx £36

women of the world festival

WOW UK Festival 2021 will all be available to online and can be streamed anywhere worldwide. Take a look at our womens world page.

Over three weeks we’ll explore everything from mental health to sex in lockdown, radical childcare to #SayHerName, and being everything from a grandmother to an artist in a pandemic (or both!). click pic for details.

If you want to book to watch all the In Conversations, you can book a WOW UK 2021 Festival Talks Pass for just £25. All In Conversations will be BLS Interpreted and captioned. All in conversations line up

Running from 1-21 March


Feminism isn’t just for teenagers and grown ups!

Sat 6 March 10:00 am: £57-10 years: Find out what you can do to fight for equality in this fun workshop. If you’re a budding young equality champion who believes we should all have the same opportunities whatever our gender, this online interactive workshop is perfect for you! BOOK HERE

Where Are All The Working Class Writers?

Sat 6 March 8:00 pm: £5 £1 concession: WOW joins forces with the Working Class Writers Festival for this special event, with Working Class Writers Festival Artistic Director Natasha Carthew: BOOK HERE

Workshop: Grandmothers

Sun 7 March 2:00 pm: £3: Grandchildren come with all the joy and less responsibility – or do they? With sky high childcare fees, an increasing number of single parents needing support and a history that tells us it’s often grandmothers – and not grandfathers – who will look after the grandkids, how do older women prevent themselves becoming trapped as unpaid childminders, and losing the chance to finally put themselves first? BOOK HERE

Workshop: Radical Childcare

Sun 7 March 4:00 pm: £3: Our childcare costs match those of our rent or mortgage, but our childcare practitioners are some of our lowest paid workers. This highly gendered and poorly paid workforce are the architects of our children’s brains with 85% of a child’s brain developed in these first early years. Underfunded and on its knees, how can we focus in on the reform needed for this most foundational societal infrastructure and make early childhood fairer, equal, intergenerational, equitable and more radical. #RadicalChildcare: BOOK HERE

Workshop: Afrofunk Rio

Sat 13 March 4:00 pm: £5 – £3 concession: AfroFunk Rio are a feminist collective of dancers, performers and DJs based in Rio de Janeiro who do dance workshops, performances and host club nights to raise awareness to women’s rights over their bodies and combat racism. They are “warriors” who use dance as their weapon against a class divided society: BOOK HERE

Ruby Wax: And Now for the Good News

Wed 17 March 8:00 pm: £5 – £1 concession: “I know what you’re thinking, is it some kind of macabre joke? Has she been in a coma? How can Ruby Wax write a book about good news when the world is facing the worst disaster since the Plague? Let me explain. I began writing in 2018, back when the world’s worries were somewhat different. Climate change, greedy bankers, exam results, crap politicians, mental health: …my new mission: to share the green shoots of hope peeping through the soil of civilization:

Workshop: How To Be An Active Bystander

Sat 20 March 10:00 am: £5 – £1 concession: Witnessed violence but didn’t know how to react? We all have the capacity to be someone who does something in the face of inequality in all of its forms. Join us for a workshop about the role of the bystander in preventing violence before it occurs and/or calling out behaviour that is problematic in safe and respectful ways: BOOK HERE

Workshop: All Cisterns Go – Plumbing with WOW

Sun 21 March 4:00 pm:£5 -£3 concession: It’s not a pipe dream, do it yourself! In this workshop, come and learn the basics of plumbing, so that you can sort easy problems yourself at home, and learn what to ask for when you need professional help: BOOK HERE

Turning the Tide’s work includes developing and facilitating workshops, participatory training and online courses for Quakers (and others) seeking to make peaceful change.

For more info email us at turningtide@quaker.org.uk or call us on 0207 663 1172.