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September Newsletter

  • Fri. 21st CultureNight Klinkerdin!
  • Beachcomb on Saturday 15th
  • Wed 12th – Members Get-Together/Pot Luck 7.30pm
  • Sat 29th – Market and Active Membership Day 1 pm – 4 pm.

Dear Common Ground Members,

So the autumn is truly upon us and it feels like it’s time to get things done! Why not start a yoga class or a get involved in some of our many activities and groups or why not start your own project!

We have a good bit happening this month most especially our Culture night event which will be an evening of information and entertainment and should give you a chance not only to get to know more about Common Ground but also rub shoulders with other members and see what they’ve been up to.

We also have an Active Membership day on our market day on Saturday 29th. This is to help members get a foothold in the common ground network and to both avail of its many opportunities but also to give back to the community in ways that may not always be obvious. We’ll be sending out more information on this soon.

Hope you all have a great month and look forward to seeing you soon!

All the best!

Jay Roche – on behalf of the Common Ground Committee

For more information on other events at Common ground see below…

For our calendar please click the image below!

The following are some highlights from the September Calendar:

For contacts for any of the Classes/Events check the calendar link or go to this page on our website or our members Facebook page –

Alternatively please email us if you need more information.


!!!! This month’s Beach Sweep is taking place on September the 15th (not on the usual first Saturday) !!!

!!!The Women’s Group is back on Friday 7th September at 7.30pm. We will join together in a circle and start with brief introductions, followed by a short silent meditation. This will lead us into the sharing time. We are each welcome to have 5 to 10 min to speak or spend how we choose while the rest of the group listens without responding. The listeners are there to hold a supportive and non-judgemental space. We don’t try to fix or interrupt or make interpretations. It is a safe space to explore ourselves, our dreams, fears, questions, songs….. whatever we choose to bring. This will be a one-off event but will possibly become a monthly group. Contact Wendy with any questions:

Sat 8th & 15th Charity Yoga Classes with Rob, 12pm – Donations for this class go to the Earth Child Project where Rob will be volunteering for three months next year

Sat 29th , Market day, 1-4pm (Basic Income Ireland will hold an information stall)  also – COMMON GROUND ACTIVE MEMBERSHIP – information and discussion around getting involved in Common Ground with feedback and input greatly welcome! COMMON GROUND COMMUNITY EVENT

Friday 7th The Common Ground Women’s group returns, 7.30pm one off for now, but may become monthly (see above) COMMON GROUND COMMUNITY EVENT

Sat 15th Beachcomb on World clean up day to mark world cleanup day, 10am meet at the Bray Head end of the beach on the beach COMMON GROUND COMMUNITY EVENT

Wed 12th, Members Social, Pot luck – bring a vegetarian dish to share, 7.30pm COMMON GROUND COMMUNITY EVENT


Join us on Culture Night for an open evening to learn about the events, classes and activities available for members; and then stay to enjoy an eclectic mix of music, film, dance, comedy and visual art at the Klinkerdin live performance and workshop session we’re holding in our upstairs studio, 6-10pm

NEW !!! Friday 28th, NEW monthly Community Drum Circle with Sinead O’Brien, 8-10pm (see doc in other forwarded email)

Sat 29th – Market & Active membership day, 1-4pm  (more info here) COMMON GROUND COMMUNITY EVENT


Sun 16th Cuddle Salon, 1.30pm at  Common Ground


We strongly advise you check directly with practitioners to ensure our information is up to date. Contacts can be found below.
Please note – many practitioners are taking holidays for some or all of July and August. If you are unsure, please check with them directly.

Common Ground weekly community get-togethers –

Morning Meditation and porridge – Drop-in – Sit in silence – Monday to Friday 7-8am contact Ruaidhri 0894137785 for more information (not on June 4th bank holiday).
Open House – Food Club – Spice Swap 10am-1pm 
Drop in for a cuppa and a chat contact Loukia on 0877917066 or mail If you’re planning to call in, please check by text.
MON or WED CG mornings – ‘Working alongside each other in the kitchen’. The Common Ground kitchen room is free most Monday and Wednesday mornings. Some CG members have decided to meet once in a while to do a couple of hours of focused work followed by a cuppa or shared lunch. If you would like to join us contact Loukia on 0877917066 by text or WhatsApp.
Thursday Evening Meditation 8-8.30pm

Weekly Independent Events

  • Mondays:

Weekly Singing Group Returns!

We are an informal group using natural voice principles the first one being that everyone can sing and we all have the right to. We sing together in harmony in a relaxed and welcoming manner. We sing from cultures all over the world and have set some of our poetry to song.
Our name is Chaos in Harmony so anything is possible 🙂 We have some chaos and many moments of pure delight and deep appreciation of ourselves and each other. Singing is time out, spent with others making beautiful sounds together with little or no judgment imposed or necessary.

Yoga and Meditation with Alice 6.15pm

  • Tuesdays:

Tai Chi Class – with Dr. Beijung 6-.7.30pm for more information call 0876798707 –

Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Aoife Driver – New5 week term starts on August 7th. 7.30 pm
Drop in classes for 12euro(10 euro for CG members)


Aikido 7.30-8.45pm –  Joe McHugh  086 101 96 68.

  • Fridays:     

Weekly Stillmoving Yoga with Joanne Breton 10-11.30 
Please contact Joanne directly on 0868678010 to confirm classes are running as she will be away for some of the month.

Stillmoving Dance with Joanne – 11.30-1pm followed by Lunch.

  • Saturdays   

NEW! Common Ground Drama Group 6-8pm CG member Connor McGowan is facilitating a drama group with a focus on creating new and original performances. To begin with, he is planning on stage a short play he has written. Afterwards, he plans to run improv sessions and create devised performances, or work with new original scripts by members. Members with any level of experience and interests in any area of theatre are welcome. The overall direction of the group being led by its members. For more information email

  • Sundays

Meditation 11 am

Listening Lounge 12.30 for more information call or text Ruaidhri on 089 4137785.

NEW! Aikido Class every 2nd and 4th Sunday (12th & 26th) 12.30-2pm.

We need volunteers for some of the events so please call or text Loukia on 0877917066 if you can lend a hand…

If you have any queries about the events please don’t hesitate to contact us or reply to this email…

Developing Common Ground over the Coming Year

We had a busy, exciting, and productive time last weekend (May 19th and 20th) on Clare Island looking at ways to grow and develop Common Ground over the coming year and beyond. When setting the goals for the weekend we had three main areas in mind:

  • To make Common Ground as open and democratic as possible: to make it as easy as possible for members to find out what’s going on, get involved and have their views heard; so that everyone is able to contribute as much as they want to, and to help Common Ground continue to grow and flourish as a community.
  • Looking at how to develop and improve the day-to-day running of Common Ground: making the most of the space we have and looking at the classes, groups and facilities available to members.
  • Looking at ways that Common Ground can play an active role in making Bray (and beyond) more sustainable and environmentally friendly; and how we can most effectively help people take active steps towards reducing their environmental impact and living a more sustainable lifestyle.

Highlights of the ideas and themes we went on to look at are as follows:

  • Looking at ways to open up the way Common Ground activities are run, and the decision-making process around these activities, with the goal of making getting actively involved in Common Ground as easy and accessible as possible; and making Common Ground as open and democratic a place as it can be.
  • Looking at ways Common Ground can increase its focus on the environment and promoting sustainable living: both by being more active in the local community; and by holding more regular talks and workshops to bring in fresh ideas about ways we can all have a positive impact.
  • How to improve our use of the basement to make it a great space for members to use whenever they want to.
  • Potentially increasing the space rented by Common Ground, giving us the option to open up a zero-waste shop and/or permanent café space.
  • Formalizing a constitution, so the aims and purpose of Common Ground can be clear to everyone; and providing clear information and guidelines about how to get involved and make the most of the groups and facilities that make up Common Ground.
  • Holding a yearly AGM to give everyone in Common Ground the chance to see and hear what has been going on; and to have visibility and the chance to provide input on all aspects of the way Common Ground is run.

Some of these ideas for change are exciting, but will need input and guidance from the wider Common Ground community and outside experts if they are to be a success. With this in mind we are planning to hold a series of talks and workshops over the next couple of months where we will share these ideas, listen to outside speakers with experience of what we’re trying to achieve; and work collaboratively with any members who wish to be involved in taking these ideas and turning them into reality.

If you are interested then please keep an eye on the Common Ground web-site and any emails sent around for details of when these events will be run.