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Punjab’n De Rasoi

Cookery Classes



Mindfulness @ Lunchtime





Various days and times 5 – 27 August see website below for details

Punjab’n De Rasoi Social Enterprise Community Café 122-124 Leith Walk

Edinburgh EH6 5DT


Tuesdays all year round 12.15pm - 2pm

St Mark’s, Castle Terrace (Venue 125)




Enjoy the taste of the Punjab in the heart of Leith. Treat your tastebuds to a 2 hour cooking masterclass and learn how to make authentic vegetable, chicken* or fish* curry. 4 places available per session or group bookings of 8.


Punjab’n De Rasoi is a social enterprise project providing services to the local community.


Stop for a while, come and find peace and mindfulness @ lunchtime – guided sitting and walking meditation, enjoying our food together, mindfully in silence, and ending with a short silent meditation, returning to the world refreshed! Mindfulness is gently bringing our attention to the present moment, involving our inherent capacity for healing and renewal. Please bring your own lunch.





Call 0131 553 4737 to Book


Not Ticketed

Transmission – A Meditation For The New Age



The Trouble With Boys

Is The Trouble With Men

£10 (£7.50)




Thurs 9, Weds 22 August 7.30pm - 9.30pm

Theosophical Society, 28 Great King Street, Edinburgh EH3 6QH


Sat 11 August 1pm - 5pm

The Melting Pot, 5 Rose Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PR




Transmission meditation is a simple form of group meditation that provides both a dynamic service to the world (Karma yoga) and a powerful technique for personal growth (Laya yoga). It is a spiritual practice that affects the entire evolution of humanity for the better.


How do we create the dependable, liberated, and highly evolved men needed in our local communities to be compelling examples required for boys and young men to grow up into selfassured but non-abusive men? Through shared story, discussion and inter-active dialogue, Michael Boyle, founder of a Abandofbrothers, shares one answer to this question in their creation of a rites of passage community that supports and allows men to make a meaningful difference in the lives of local youth.


In partnership with The ManKind Project UK




Not Ticketed


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A Concert For All: The Piano In The Hands Of Chopin

By donation

(£5 recommended donation)


The Labyrinth And

The Journey

£30 (£25)




Mon 13 August 7.30pm - 8.30pm

The Edinburgh Society of Musicians,

3 Belford Road, Edinburgh, EH4 3BL


14 - 16, 21 - 23 August 10am - 3.30pm

Emmaus House, 14 Gilmore Place, Edinburgh EH3 9NQ




Invention – Melody – Brilliance – Calm – Confidence – Inner Peace. The Polish composer Frederick Chopin had them all. Colin Kingsley, a pianist long established in Edinburgh, will give a recital to display Chopin’s style, quality and atmosphere, plus a few items from his contemporaries and his background influences, Bach and Mozart. Performed in the beautiful setting of the Edinburgh Society of Musicians.


Di Williams MBE, labyrinth facilitator and author, introduces the labyrinth as an integrating way of participating in a journey of trust. The labyrinth awakens the imagination to step metaphorically into the unknown in the company of the Sacred. The day includes:

• an introduction to the practice of

walking labyrinths • opportunity to

walk the Emmaus Labyrinth • creative

reflective process • Lunch provided





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The Ageless Wisdom Teachings – An Introduction

To Humanity’s Spiritual Legacy FREE


Crop Circles, UFOs &

World Transformation





Thurs 16 August 7.30pm - 9.30pm

Theosophical Society, 28 Great King

Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6QH


Tue 21 August 7.30pm - 9.30pm

Theosophical Society, 28 Great King

Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6QH




An introduction to that great body of wisdom at the heart of all spiritual teachings given throughout the ages, which underpin our spiritual interconnectedness, as part of one divine family. The Ageless Wisdom teachings throw greater light on the mysteries of the universe, the nature of our Being, and the underlying synthesis between science and religion.


The growing occurrence of Crop Circles and UFOs is connected to a major shift in the consciousness of humanity – and to a fundamental turning point on our evolutionary path. They relate to the return among us of the Masters of Wisdom and Maitreya the World Teacher - and to the awakening of humanity to the spiritual basis of life.




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Not Ticketed

Visit The Glasshouses –

Doors Open Day



From The Beatles To Beethoven –

The Artist As Hero





Thurs 23 August Tours at 11am, 1pm, 3pm

Glasshouses, the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, Morningside Terrace, EH10 5HF


Thurs 23 August 7.30pm - 8.45pm

Theosophical Society, 28 Great King

Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6QH




Artlink invites the public to visit the Glasshouses project at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital. Come and see round the facilities at the Glasshouses, Growing Plots, Community Gardens and the Orchard. Artwork will be on display, refreshments available. Artlink works hard to increase opportunities for individuals who experience disadvantage or disability to take part in the arts in Edinburgh and the Lothian area.


A multimedia talk/presentation by Mike Hall.  Join us on a Magical Mystery Tour that travels back through time. You will stop off at Strawberry fields, ‘The Ace of Spades’ and Magical Pagodas to arrive at a destination where you can be spiritually free.  Mike is currently President of The Edinburgh Theosophical Society. He has two plays professionally performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.




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Breadmaking For Beginners



Poverty Over: 

A Minute For Peace





Sat 25 August 9.30am - 1.30pm

Garvald Bakery, 454 Gorgie Road, Edinburgh, EH11 2RN


Daily throughout August 1pm - 1.01pm

St Mary’s Cathedral, Palmerston Place,

Edinburgh EH12 5AW




This half-day course will provide an introduction to bread baking for complete beginners. All ingredients are organic and you will take home everything you make, along with the recipes so you can recreate them at home. Class size is limited to 7 people, and booking is essential. In association with Garvald Edinburgh, providing creative opportunities for adults with learning disabilities.


Whilst we in Edinburgh celebrate Festivals, too many people in our world know no festivals and yearn for peace. At 1 o’clock every day during August in St Mary’s Cathedral, we pause in silence for one minute, starting with the lighting of a candle for peace and ending with a simple prayer.




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Poverty Over: Christian Aid

Touring Exhibition



Garden Of Contemplation





Mon - Sat in August 9am - 1pm; 2pm - 5pm

Sun in August 12pm - 3pm

St Mary’s Cathedral, Palmerston Place, Edinburgh EH12 5AW3


Open 24 hours a day 7 days a week

throughout August

Church of the Good Shepherd,

Murrayfield Avenue, EH12 6AU




Taking poverty as its theme, this exhibition explores the void between those inside the poverty trap and those privileged enough to be on the outside looking in. The centrepiece is a specially commissioned sculpture created by British artist Mel HowseKathy Galloway, Head of Christian Aid Scotland, will be guest preacher at the Cathedral Festival Eucharist, 10.30am, Sunday 19 August.


Come and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the ‘country church in the heart of the city’. Just sit and be in the sacred space or follow the prayer path of meditation around the garden of the church. The Good Shepherd Church designed by Robert Lorimer is one of the city’s hidden gems.






Not Ticketed


Not Ticketed

Meet Your Muslim Neighbour








5th August 8.15pm - late

Blackhall Mosque, 1 House O’Hill

Road, Edinburgh, EH4 2AJ






Blackhall Mosque welcomes you to observe the late afternoon prayer which will be around 7.30pm.  Enjoy a tour of the Mosque, an opportunity to meet the children and staff; this will also include a question and answer session to learn more about Ramadan. To finish off you are invited to a meal which will mark the end of the fast for that day around 9.00pm.


Open to those of all faiths or none.






Not Ticketed



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St John's Church
Princes Street
Edinburgh EH2 4BJ



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