Soundscapes 9 June 2018

Soundscapes
We are excited to bring you this new offering. A whole day workshop in a lovely garden in the beautiful Vale of Pewsey. Marquee and fire pits are provided but warm clothing suitable for outdoor weather is suggested. No dogs please.

How do I book a place?

Please book via  https://mydonate.bt.com/events/afrikayasoundscapes. Numbers are limited, so please hurry!

When we receive your booking, you will be given the venue address [as it a private address].

10.30

The venue is open from 10.30 to allow time for those who have travelled a distance to have a comfort break and settle to their surroundings.

11 am prompt start

Sound Relaxation, using Gongs, Himalayan bowls and other instruments,  with Pauline McCrann, practitioner and tutor with the College of Sound Healing.

The morning session – what to expect.

Please bring a yoga mat or camping mattress, cushion, blanket, or even a sleeping bag, and a bottle of water. If you will find it difficult to lie down for up to 90 minutes, bring your own camping chair, or we may be able to provide one if you ask in advance.

Wear comfortable, warm clothing preferably natural fibres that not rustle as you move.

Please arrive in plenty of time to settle down by 11 am as late comers will not be admitted as it is too disruptive to the experience.

Older children who are happy to lie still and in silence for up to 90 minutes are welcome.

Lunch break 12.30 to 1.45
Lunch and refreshments: available from Afrikaya at a reasonable cost. You are requested not to consume your own food or drinks (other than water) at the venue. All food served will be vegetarian. If you have special dietary requirements please contact us a few days before.

2pm afternoon sessions starts

Shamanic frame drumming with Geoff Miles who has been a practitioner in frame drumming for over 20 years.  Geoff will be offering fun Native American rhythms, trance drumming and journeying.

The afternoon session – what to expect. 

Bring, hire or buy a frame drum from us. Please let us know if you will need to hire a frame drum [£1 to hire] or wish to buy one so we can make sure we have enough. afrikaythecharity@gmail.com

Latecomers will not be admitted, so please settle in plenty of time for the start.

Older children welcome if they are able to participate without disruption for 2 hours.

For more information, if you haven’t done so already, please click on links below.

The morning session – what to expect.

The afternoon session – what to expect. 

Want more information? Please ask! afrikaythecharity@gmail.com

Afrikaya Sponsored Walk 19 May 2019

How Far Will You Go to Make a Difference?

A 12k walk through the beautiful Pewsey Vale.

Less arduous and shorter walk available. Please ask.

Sunday 19 May 2019!

Afrikaya’s 5th sponsored walk!

10.00 check in ready for 10.30 start

A sponsored ‘walktoschoolathon’ for Afrikaya. This 12K walk through the beautiful Pewsey Vale is almost the distance that children in New Yundum, The Gambia [some as young as 3 years old] were walking to school each day, including crossing a busy 4 lane highway – the main Banjul to Brikama highway. The walk is in its fourth year – by popular demand.

Start and finish: Wilcot Village Hall,  Wilcot, Nr Pewsey, Wiltshire, SN9 5NN

There is no registration fee. However, you are expected to raise sponsorship or make a personal donation in lieu of sponsorship. Suggested amount:

£10.00

under 17s £5.00; under 12s £2.00

We have changed our start and finish to celebrate the renovation of the Village Hall. Built as a School house in 1840, thanks to local support and a National Lottery Grant, much of the original building has been restored.
The Hall will be open all day. Once the walkers have set off, we will be serving teas and cake to anyone who wants to call in. Lunch will be available from 12.30 – soup and crusty bread.

If you dont wish to take part in the walk, call in and see us for tea/coffee and cake, or for lunch, and find out more about Afrikaya.

For more information, please go to Sponsored Walk Information 2019

For entry details and sponsorship forms, please email.

Alternatively, download our Sponsorship_Form 2019

Donate via BTMyDonate; then send your donation reference number to us by email. This way we receive an extra 25% donation Gift Aid if you are a UK tax payer.

You can also create your own fundraising page – that way you dont have to chase people for sponsorship after the event!

You don’t have to take part to donate. Donate via BTMyDonate on our event page.

Here are a couple of photos taken part way through the walk!

 

 

 

Afrikaya Drum Circles every fortnight

Afrikaya drum circles take place roughly once every 2 weeks:

Dates on flyer at bottom of page. Taster sessions available for all newcomers throughout 2018 at reduced rate.

Saturdays 2 pm to 4 pm

Coronation Hall, Alton Barnes, Wiltshire, SN8 4LB

All proceeds from our community drum circles go direct to support the work of Afrikaya in The Gambia.

Everyone is welcome, whatever their age or ability. No booking required. However, if you are coming along with a larger group – please let us know beforehand so that we can make sure we have enough drums.

If you are not a member of Wiltshire Drum Circles on Facebook or do not receive our regular drum circle emails, please email to check if the circle is still on.

Afrikaya Drum Circles involve hand drums [mostly djembes from Africa], other percussive instruments from around the world, and also any other instruments that complement the free-form rhythm produced by the circle.

To see a recent video of mostly novice drummers, go to Afrikaya Drum Circle Video

Dancers are more than welcome. Drumming and dancing are very much linked as part of the West African culture. As well as facilitating rhythm, West African djembe rhythms and specific dances are practiced in harmony to tell a story from an African tradition.

Afrikaya drum circles are a combination of community circles, facilitated circles, and teaching of West African rhythms.

Let’s make this the best year EVER for drumming and for Afrikaya.

If you want more information about our drum circles, please go to Afrikaya Drum Circles2

 

Autumn Craft Bazaar 20 October 2018

Another successful event in 2017 raising in excess of £1000. Watch this space……….

20 October 2018

Alton Barnes, Wiltshire,  for your early Christmas shopping.

Our usual format:

11am – 4pm
Coronation Hall, Alton Barnes, Wiltshire, SN8 4LB

What makes the Afrikaya Bazaar different?

  • Afrikaya has many loyal supporters thereby not just relying on local people. This increases the footfall.
  • Live music and refreshments throughout the day.
  • Warm Gambian lunch available at very reasonable cost.
  • Unusual gifts to make your gift buying fun – made by local craftspeople or sourced from craftspeople in The Gambia.
  • Drum circle at 4 p.m..

 

If you would like to donate, go to BTMyDonate.