A reminder in case you haven’t heard that The Dragon Café will be closed for the month of August, returning refreshed in September. We are all very conscious of the need for rest and attending to our wellbeing, and so at the mid-point of our second year there will be a break.
We wish you all a positive month and look forward to greeting you back on Monday 1st September when the adventure continues! Meanwhile you can check out a lovely selection of Photos from Monday’s Summer Celebration at http://dragoncafe.co.uk/news/#1 and while you’re there see photos from every Dragon Café so far.
PLUS take a look at this 3 minute Video Blog about the Café by Louise and Katie, filming for homeless support group SHP – the charity for homeless and vulnerable people in London http://unheardholler.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/experiences-of-dragon-cafe.html
Music for the Mind and Mood
Our exploration of sound, music and movement continues. Join us to revive our Café Dancing Dragon in Art-Works at 2 pm, in preparation for festivities on the final Monday of this month – and also our last before a break in August. We will return on Monday 1st September refreshed and re-invigorated! In the evening there will be a very special performance of live music, readings and strings (viols) in Melancholical Musings – a musical discourse in Melancholy at 7 pm.
Enjoy our Oasis of Calm
On the final Monday in June we invite you to try one (or more) of our creative groups or simply relax into the atmosphere, and enjoy the fantastic food. You can try Chanting-Works at 1.30 pm, Yoga-Works at 2.30 pm, Meditation-Works at 3.30 pm and Massage is available between 12 – 6 pm. As we say fond farewells to the Anxiety 2014 Festival we are also looking forward with a visit from the Bethlem Museum at 2 pm, exploring ideas of sanctuary and asylum, and helping us plan activities for September. Tea & cake provided!
A new food waste initiative at Borough Market will benefit the Dragon Cafe, the weekly creative space for those going through mental illness and recovery.
Unsold bread, fruit and vegetables from Borough Market are collected by FoodSave, with the help of Plan Zheroes, at the end of Saturday trading and donated to the Dragon Cafe.
Borough Market was linked up with Dragon Cafe by the FoodSave project which offers free support to small and medium sized food businesses in London to help them reduce food waste.
The development of the scheme has been supported by Plan Zheroes, which finds, supports and inspires food businesses that are willing to donate their surplus food to local charities.
A weekly open creative space for all – with an emphasis on those going through mental illness and recovery – the Dragon Cafe relaunched its weekly sessions in February this year with the backing of Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity.
Open every Monday from 12 noon to 8.30pm, the Dragon Cafe provides a safe, stimulating and creative space for more than 200 people each week in the crypt of St George the MartyrChurch in Borough High Street.
“Borough Market is committed to inspiring people about food, creativity and sustainability – whether it’s our 100 per cent landfill free policy or collecting coffee grounds from our restaurants to use in our Market Hall garden,” said Keith Davis, the market’s managing director.
“Working with FoodSave, we are proud to be doing our bit to reduce as much food waste as possible, before using surplus food to feed people in need.”
The Borough Market traders involved to date are the Bread Ahead Bakery, Karaway Bakery, Olivier’s Bakery, Ted’s Veg and Paul Wheeler (Fresh Supplies) Ltd.
Charlotte Jarman, FoodSave project officer at Sustain, said: “We are very excited to be working with such an iconic London food destination as Borough Market to divert surplus food to good causes such as the Dragon Cafe.
“Let’s hope that this move inspires other markets around the capital to set up similar schemes.”
Discover something new at our Oasis of Calm
There are many creative and calming activities to try this Monday, and we also welcome vibrant and liked minded guests from the Anxiety 2014 Festival to the Cafe. Jane will lead Meditation Works at 3.30 pm to journey through breath and body work into a state of deep relaxation, then in Movement-Works at 4.30 pm join Justas to help move, explore and centre your being. Find out about the fascinating Friends of Cathja Community Boat at 1.30 pm and we are delighted to have the SHE Choir with us at 2.30 pm. All this and a double bill of Dialogues in the evening. Not to be missed!
Calming Activities and Stimulating Discussions
Enjoy a variety of calming and connecting activities and also engage with the Anxiety 2014 Festival theme this Monday as our Oasis of Calm continues. Exercise your voice in a group with Chanting-Works at 1.30 pm, and treat your body and mind with Yoga-Works at 2.30 pm. As well as creative groups, Jennifer from the Good Enough Mum’s Club will be sharing thoughts on post-natal depression at 3 pm and our Anxiety Dialogues continue at 6.30 pm, this week looking at The Anxiety of Seeing a Psychiatrist.
An Oasis of Calm springs to life this Monday
In June we will be partnering with the Mental Health Foundation’s Anxiety 2014 Festival, and creating a place of calm contemplation away from the often anxious world we live in. Random Acts of Mindfulness between 1 – 4 pm and SoundWorks at 4.30 pm – which will introduce us to singing bowls – are just two of the many activities throughout the day, as we also celebrate the start of Creativity and Wellbeing Week (2-11 June). Regular groups will continue and we shall also engage with the festival’s theme in the first part of our Anxiety Dialogues at 6.30 pm. Take your mind and body to a place of peace.