Education

April events for Mallorca

During the day tomorrow, Wednesday April 11th, there is an Open Day at Palma College for any young person interested in studying there. In the afternoon there will be a fundraising event organised by Inquisitive Crew at Galibos Bar in Astilleros de Mallorca. This event starts at 5.30pm. It is to raise money for cancer charities and is for women by women.  Finally for tomorrow in the evening there will be a Charity Jazz Night organised by the Rotary Club of Calvia starting with dinner at 8pm at the Hotel Saratoga and followed by live music. You can book by emailing info@kate.es

The Road Bike Festival also kicks off tomorrow  and continues for four days. It’s a festival is dedicated to road cycling. You will find it on the road linking Playa de Muro and Alcudia, and will feature parties, live music and stalls with the latest road cycling gear, workshops with experts, test rides, cycling races and lots more.

On Thu 12th Apr the Mallorca Walking Event starts in Peguera. Over four days hundreds of people will hike along paths and trails in Peguera. Different routes will take participants along nature paths through charming villages, and beautiful beaches taking in the Mallorcan coast and the impressive Tramuntana mountain range. There are routes of 30, 20 or 12.5 kilometres each day. You can register at http://www.mallorcawalkingevent.com

Over the coming weekend of April 13, 14 and 15th up in Alcudia you will get the chance you’ve been waiting for to try cuttlefish, it’s not just for your budgie! Alcudia will be hosting its annual cuttlefish fair and there will be an exhibition, a craft market, a boat show, children’s parties and a playground, and a food market.

On Saturday the 14th you can watch the final day of cycling racing of the Six Day Series.
Having competed in London, Berlin and Copenhagen the final is in Mallorca with a party like atmosphere on the Palma Arena track.  www.sixday.com/mallorca/ On Saturday April 14th there will be a Violin and Piano concert at the Teatro Municipal at 8pm. The duo will perform Vivaldi, Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, Paganini and Malte Kahler.

Also on the 14th the Lions Club of Palma will be present an evening of music at the Shamrock in Palma. You can book by emailing singen@lionsclubpalma.com the price is 40€ per person and includes a welcome drink, finger food and a donation to their charity.

Over the weekend of April 20th, 21st and 2nd there will be a comedy performed by the Anglican Church Drama Club, called Murdered to Death. I understand that is a very clever Agathat Christie / Miss Marple spoof. Tickets go really fast for these events so get your as soon as you can. Call 971 510 587, 634 200 242 or email rns@psi-mail.com

On Saturday April 21st there will be an open day at Fit Club in Son Caliu, they will have a DJ, a healthy food tasting including smoothies and the menu from Fitness Kitchen Mallorca. There will also be a competition to win a month’s training at the gym.  On Sunday April 22nd there will be a Wim Hof Method day held at Finca s’Almudaina. The WimHof method has been proved to strengthen your immune system, you learn a unique breathing technique during the day. It is also a fantastic challenge because at the end of the day you sit in a bath of ice! You can get more information on my site.

If you are an early bird then you can go to business networking events in Calvia on Wednesday mornings at 7.30am, for more information please visit http://www.mallorcamatters.com. You have to request an invitation and the email address is on my site. john@kavanaghconsulting.com

The Palma Boat Show starts on April 27th and goes through the weekend. At the same time, on the other side of the road the Palma Beer Festival will be doing its best to keep us all hydrated with 200 beer brands on offer.

On Saturday 28th April the roads of Mallorca will be filled (even more so than usual) with cyclists doing the 312 when they attempt to cycle around the island.

On Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th there will be a dog training course organised by Heather Whitehouse featuring  John McGuigan, also known as “The Glasgow Dog Trainer”. Based in Glasgow, Scotland, John has been dedicated to behavioural modification for many years in an evolutionary way, constantly training and refining his knowledge. After many years combining his work with the police service he retired four years ago and is now focused on offering education.  His specialty is the “difficult” cases, many times being dogs that have already passed through several educators with wrong or ineffective ways.  He believes that when dogs do not do what we ask, there are simple explanations – They either do not understand  or they are not motivated to do it. For info and reservations: info @ forcefreedt.com

The International Day of Jazz is on April 30th, there will be several events and concerts on the Saturday the 28th and Monday the 30th to celebrate this. The organisers have not yet released details but look out for them on my website after April 19th.

A Room of One’s Own

Education Day, Mood Beach I’ve been away for a couple of weeks, back to the UK.

Not so long ago the fact that I had left my husband and little girl on their tod whilst I went off on a one woman jolly (it was mostly work and training: I enjoyed every second of it) would have been inconceivable. I would have been expected to stay in and not come up with such silly ideas. There were offers from older female relatives to fly in and save them but the two of them did very well without any outside help thank you for asking.

Back in 1929 the great thinker and poet Virginia Woolf wrote an extended essay about women and creativity entitled “A Room of One’s Own” claiming “Give her a room of her own and five hundred a year, let her speak her mind and leave out half that she now puts in, and she will write a better book one of these days.”    It’s true, a woman may well be in charge of the kitchen or the living room, in fact the whole house, but if she has a family then all of these spaces will be shared with others who may not remember to not fiddle with those papers, or just stay out of the way for a bit. Space and money are the two things that seem to be the scarcest; so many women simply don’t have them, myself included. So being in a hotel room on my own with only a computer, a kettle and unlimited teabags for three nights in deepest Derbyshire may sound pretty dull to you, but it was paradise to me. I GOT A LOT DONE. A lot of lists were made, diagrams were drawn, emails were sent, plans were hatched. It felt fantastic to be so productive in the confines of my Premier Inn.

I joke about missing Big Tescos and M & S, but in reality the only thing I really, truly miss about living in the UK is the incredible access I had to training. I have studied all manner of topics from print and radio journalism to aromatherapy and beauty therapy. All of the subjects that I took, sometimes on a whim, have expanded my life and furthered my career. It’s true what they say: knowledge is power.

This started me thinking about what is available here on the island for people who want to explore something new or try out a new skill, so I came up with Education Day which will be on Friday November 29th at Mood Beach from 11am.

I wanted to gather together as many types of tutor and trainer together that I could for adults and kids. You can learn how to present your own video, how to dive, how to meditate, how to prepare raw food, how to speak another language, about interior design, flower arranging, cocktail making, Indian Head Massage, Reiki, cake decorating, picture framing and sculpting, plus more being confirmed all of the time.

Get in touch at info@moodbeach.com for more information about the event which is a one off and not to be missed. Please come and see and explore. Try to find some time, and space in your day to attend, you never know what you will learn.  

You can buy your ticket right now online here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/education-day-tickets-9475027061

Here’s the current list of exhibitors:

  1. Escapade will teach Cocktail Making
  2. Mallorca Today TV will teach how to present your own video
  3. 3 Phase Language will teach Languages
  4. Kay Newton will teach about Vision Workshops and achieving your dreams
  5. Bodhana Wellness will teach Indian Head Massage and Reiki
  6. Storm Studios will teach Photography
  7. Sally Trotman will teach Meditation
  8. Beverly Pugh will teach Raw Food Preparation
  9. Suzann Finnie will teach Interior Design
  10. Kip McGrath will demonstrate their tutoring and classes
  11. Joanna Walton will teach Flower Arranging
  12. Fathima Shifara will teach Cup Cake decoration
  13. Sa Llavor will demonstrate their school and classes
  14. Pauline Quirke Academy will teach performance skills
  15. By Gloria, pastries, Gloria Mañez, offers cake decorating classes
  16. Silvana Calo, Mona Monina, how to organize an event for children
  17. Medisan, Dr. Marta Serna, offers skin improvement demos
  18. BNI/Business Networking International, Nidya Melone-Müller and Gina Vásquezoffers workshops about how to network, increase business, etc
  19. Bogarra Enmarcaciones and Raquel Bogarra will offer framing classes
  20. Patricia Martino, Prosapiens, offers workshops to companies: handling food, etc.
  21. Juan Waelder will offer sculpture classes
  22. Kay Newton will offer Vision Workshop classes
  23. Natalie Lightchild will teach about Energy Ways to Optimize and Empower Your Learning
  24. Debbie Cameron and Liz Dickinson will teach anti aging techniques
  25. Sue Sell will teach about the heart connection
  26. Marco Silva will teach about Leading your LIFE – use the correct mind set, eat healthy and exercise