LIST OF ACTIVITIES

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A TASTE OF VEGETARIAN

A TASTE OF VEGETARIAN
Homes of Participants

In this activity each of the eight members has the opportunity in turn to produce a lunch for the remainder of the group. The meal might take the shape of a traditional three course meal or a buffet spread but the single criterion is that all food will be entirely vegetarian in nature. The object is to introduce members to the many and varied ways of preparing vegetarian dishes. Printed recipes can be shared. PARTICIPANTS DO NOT HAVE TO BE EXCLUSIVELY VEGETARIAN EATERS.

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ANDROID DROP-IN CLINIC

ANDROID DROP-IN CLINIC
The Hapimag Resort, Camilo Jose Cela, Marbella

This session is a drop-in clinic held in the Sala Marbella (or in the open seating area close by) for those who require assistance or advice with their smartphones, tablets, laptops etc. Just turn up and be seen on a first-come/first-served basis.

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ASTROLOGY – HORARY

ASTROLOGY – HORARY
The Activity Leader's home in Alhaurin El Grande

This course covers Traditional HORARY Astrology and is suitable for beginners and accomplished Astrologers alike. Participants can learn to use the cosmos to make important decisions for themselves or others while at the same time learn about themselves and their place in life. Commitment and prior purchase of the book, Christian Astrology by William Lilly, is essential.

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BASIC IPAD AND IPHONE CLASSES

BASIC IPAD AND IPHONE CLASSES
Sala Marbella in the Hapimag Resort, Camilo Jose Cela, Marbella

This is not a course per se but a series of four independent classes held on consecutive weeks. It makes sense to attend all four classes but it is not obligatory. Each week there will be ten things that participants didn’t know their Ipads could do!  The series is ideal for beginners (and advanced beginners!) The start date is provisional – Sessions to be advised as soon as possible.

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BEGIN BRIDGE

BEGIN BRIDGE
Sala Marbella in the Hapimag Resort, Camilo Jose Cela, Marbella

♠♣♥♦ These bridge class meetings will be for a review of the basics of bridge and hands-on playing. They will be especially good for those who have not played in a long time and also for beginners with good card sense. More details on the main page……

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BIRDWATCHING

BIRDWATCHING
Rendezvous Point by pre-arrangement

The Birdwatching Activity is an informal group who emphasise the social as well as the birdwatching side.  It visits different areas within a 2 hour drive of Marbella to see various species.  The location will vary depending on the time of year and where any particular sightings have been reported.  The group meets approx. every 3 weeks.

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BOOK CLUB

BOOK CLUB
Sala Marbella in the Hapimag Resort, Camilo Jose Cela, Marbella

The Book Club consisting of men and women meet about 12 times a year to discuss, and possibly learn more about, a very varied selection of books, old favourites and new releases. The reading list for next season will include amongst others, Tom Jones by Henry Fielding, Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie and The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh. New members will receive a warm welcome.

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BRIDGE : CONTRACT BRIDGE ON THURSDAYS

BRIDGE : CONTRACT BRIDGE ON THURSDAYS
Parrilla de Pepe restaurant, Coin
♠♣♥♦ Rubber Bridge with the aim to Duplicate Bridge. Some experience of playing Whist would be useful. Beginners and Intermediate players alike will be very welcome. It is recommended that group Members should have a playing partner but it isn't mandatory. For further information or to reserve click

BRIDGE ON MONDAYS

BRIDGE ON MONDAYS
Sala Marbella in the Hapimag Resort, Camilo Jose Cela, Marbella
♠♣♥♦ Enjoy a friendly game of bridge. All levels of players are welcome. All participants in Monday bridge must be initially registered with the co-ordinator of the "bridge club". Once registered, participants will receive instructions how to sign up for each particular session. For further information or to reserve click

BRIDGE: DUPLICATE BRIDGE ON WEDNESDAYS

BRIDGE: DUPLICATE BRIDGE ON WEDNESDAYS
Sala Marbella in the Hapimag Resort, Camilo Jose Cela, Marbella

♠♣♥♦  A new duplicate pairs bridge group in Marbella.  Duplicate is, of course, a little more serious and a little more competitive than Chicago but it is also a great way to improve.    Players of all levels are welcome but those who may not have much previous experience of duplicate should not feel intimidated.  The intention is for this session to be as friendly as the rules permit.

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CALLIGRAPHY – THE ART OF

CALLIGRAPHY – THE ART OF
Parilla de Pepe Restaurante. Opposite La Trocha Centre, Coin

Classes with the emphasis on Seasonal and other greeting cards . Work will mainly be concentrated on Old English and Gothic style fonts plus illustrated text.

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CHESS

CHESS
The Hapimag Resort, Camilo Jose Cela, Marbella

There are many chess players of all levels amongst members so this is a great opportunity for those players to meet up on a regular basis. Those who have not played for many years can come along, shake off the rustiness and get the brain cells back into action.U3A INTERNATIONAL CHESS CONTINUES THROUGHOUT THE YEAR

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COFFEE MORNING AND HELP DESK – Alhaurin el Grande

COFFEE MORNING AND HELP DESK – Alhaurin el Grande
Bar Dani, Calle Gerald Brenan 97, Alhaurín el Grande, 29120

For existing and new members and their friends, this is essentially a social gathering, catching up with friends old and new, and an opportunity to discuss topics of mutual interest. At least one member of the Inland Organising Group will be on hand to address any U3A matters. Information is available on courses and social activities, becoming a member and paying membership fees. A warm welcome is guaranteed for everyone. U3A INTERNATIONAL COFFEE MORNING AND HELP DESK CONTINUES THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

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COFFEE MORNING AND HELPDESK – Marbella

COFFEE MORNING AND HELPDESK – Marbella
The Hapimag Resort, Camilo Jose Cela, Marbella

For existing and new members and their friends,‭ ‬this is essentially a social gathering but also an opportunity to discuss‭ ‬topics of mutual interest.‭ ‬Committee representatives will be on hand to address any U3A matters in general or in particular.‭ Information is available on courses and social activities, becoming a member and paying membership fees. A warm welcome is guaranteed for everyone whether living in Spain all the time or whether just returning to Marbella.
U3A INTERNATIONAL COFFEE MORNING AND HELP DESK CONTINUES THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

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COOKING FOR ENTERTAINMENT

COOKING FOR ENTERTAINMENT
La Alqueria, Alhaurin de la Torre
This activity is for those looking for new inspiration and recipes for entertaining. Over six fortnightly sessions the leader will take participants from starter course all the way through to dessert for a beautifully served meal. The course will be repeated over additional two terms. For further information or to reserve click

CRAFT – CREATIVE CRAFTS

CRAFT – CREATIVE CRAFTS
The Hapimag Resort, Camilo Jose Cela, Marbella
In this activity participants will be able to learn all kinds of crafts such as cross-stitch, tapestry, crochet, patchwork, hardanger and more. Those who take part can be complete beginners - there is no need to have any knowledge of these crafts. No equipment is required. For further information or to reserve click

CULTURAL AND SOCIAL CLUB

CULTURAL AND SOCIAL CLUB
Venta Los Morenos, Alhaurin el Grande

Visits to museums, art galleries and places of cultural interest normally take place once a month on the 4th Wednesday in the month.  Most visits are to Malaga, but sometimes there are trips to other towns.  Occasionally there is a meeting at Venta Los Morenos in Alhaurin el Grande, at 11.00 am on the 3rd Wednesday in the month, to discuss future visits. 

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CYCLING – PEDALLING THE PASEO

CYCLING – PEDALLING THE PASEO
Paseo along the coast

This will be a really pleasant cycle ride by the side of the sea. The concept is to take a bit of exercise, share some company and enjoy the experience of the beautiful environment on two wheels. Participants may decide to stop at any point to take in the views and/or to enjoy a beverage. Initially the meeting point will be the most Westerly point of the Paseo in San Pedro by the roundabout

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FINANCIAL DISCUSSION

FINANCIAL DISCUSSION
Sala Marbella in the Hapimag Resort, Camilo Jose Cela, Marbella.
The main focus is the exchange of financial ideas and forms of investment. Topics for discussion would include the economies of USA, Canada, Europe, emerging markets and their impact on investment opportunities. It is open forum with no promotion of particular or general investments. For further information or to reserve click

FUN AND EASY SPANISH AT 10

FUN AND EASY SPANISH AT 10
The Bodeguita in the Hapimag Resort, Camilo Jose Cela, Marbella

This course is for members beginning to learn Spanish. The concept is that participants really enjoy the experience while increasing their ability to communicate verbally and in writing – hence the emphasis on easy and fun.The course is intended to bring participants to a particular level but not beyond.

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FUN AND EASY SPANISH AT 11

FUN AND EASY SPANISH AT 11
The Bodeguita in the Hapimag Resort, Camilo Jose Cela, Marbella

This course is for members beginning to learn Spanish. The concept is that participants really enjoy the experience while increasing their ability to communicate verbally and in writing – hence the emphasis on easy and fun.The course is intended to bring participants to a particular level but not beyond.

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FUN AND EASY SPANISH AT 12

FUN AND EASY SPANISH AT 12
The Bodeguita in the Hapimag Resort, Camilo Jose Cela, Marbella

This course is for members beginning to learn Spanish. The concept is that participants really enjoy the experience while increasing their ability to communicate verbally and in writing – hence the emphasis on easy and fun.The course is intended to bring participants to a particular level but not beyond.

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HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE

HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE
Sala Marbella in The Hapimag Resort, Camilo Jose Cela, Marbella

An extensive series of presentations on the History of Architecture from 3000 BC until modern times. With the aid of visual presentations the aim is to analyse each particular period and their emblematic masterpieces. There is no requirement to register for this activity. Any member may attend by prior reservation for each individual presentation.

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iDEA

iDEA
The Bodega area in the Hapimag Resort, Camilo Jose Cela, Marbella

This is an activity in which members take part in an award scheme aimed at developing personal digital and citizen skills online for fun. Members can join this award activity at any time of the year, take breaks or continue when away. Participants can enhance their skills and knowledge, improve their digital literacy, learn tips and techniques about staying safe online, discover talents they didn’t know they had and definitely become more confident with technology.

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LAPTOP AND IPAD CLINIC

LAPTOP AND IPAD CLINIC
The Hapimag Resort, Camilo Jose Cela, Marbella

Friday mornings at the Hapimag is the place for members to resolve any issues with operating a Windows laptop or an Ipad.  Usually in the library area it is possible to learn how to get the best use from a device. Members who wish to avail themselves of this service should schedule an appointment.

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MEDITATION – GUIDED FOR RELAXATION

MEDITATION – GUIDED FOR RELAXATION
The Activity leader's home in Alhaurin el Grande

Meditation can be the golden gate to improving health and well-being. It can help reduce stress, improve sleep patterns and concentration, give peace and balance whilst reducing depression and tension. It can also aid people to know themselves and their true worth, while at the same time increase confidence. Sometimes abilities can be unearthed of which people were unaware.

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MEN’S PADEL TENNIS

MEN’S PADEL TENNIS
Polideportivo Paco Cantos, Av. Cánovas del Castillo, Marbella

Padel tennis is a hugely popular game in Spain for four people. The U3A International padel society affords participants the opportunity to have fun, playing with and against other members at various venues in Marbella. U3A INTERNATIONAL MEN’S PADEL TENNIS CONTINUES THROUGHOUT THE YEAR

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MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT
Sala Marbella in the Hapimag Resort, Camilo Jose Cela, Marbella
Each month on the last Friday there will be talks or seminars covering a broad range of subjects which may include Meditation, nutrition, Reiki, yoga, homeopathy, diets, acupuncture, aromatherapy, counselling, naturopathy, shiatsu, kinesiology, shiatsu, psychotherapy, herbal remedies, reflexology, Buddhism, complementary therapies, CBT, NLP. For further information or to reserve click

MORAL MAZE

MORAL MAZE
CASC building, Carretera Coin 23, Alhaurin El Grande

For 30 years BBC Radio 4 has presented lively, combative, provocative debates discussing the moral issues of the day that affect everyone.

U3A International will be holding its own series of ‘Moral Maze’ debates each month

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NOCHE DE TERTULIA

NOCHE DE TERTULIA
Various Restaurants

A monthly fun get together during the evening at a modest restaurant or Tapas bar. Cultural as well as Social matters to be discussed and potentially an agenda to be planned for the month ahead. Regrettably there is a waiting list for this activity

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PAINTING

PAINTING
Sala Marbella , the Hapimag Resort, Camilo Jose Cela, Marbella
Sketching and painting in water colour and acrylics. All levels catered for, from absolute beginners to more accomplished painters. For further information or to reserve click

PAINTING – THE ART CLASS

PAINTING – THE ART CLASS
El Bichito, Alhaurin el Grande

As an artist himself with an interest in many styles, the leader will be offering a mixed package for all levels and tastes. Participants will explore Oil, Acrylic, Watercolour, Egg Tempera, Gouache and Impasto techniques and sketching.Participants will be required to contribute €1 per session towards the cost of course material

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PATCHWORK AND QUILTING WORKSHOP

PATCHWORK AND QUILTING WORKSHOP
La Tavola, Calle Ronda 27, Coín
This class is open to anyone with an interest in patchwork and quilting including those with no previous experience. There is an opportunity to learn about and practice a variety of patchwork and quilting techniques. All sewing will be by hand. For further information or to reserve click

PLAY READING

PLAY READING
Sala Marbella in the Hapimag Resort Hotel, Marbella

Members of this activity will be given the script of a play to read at home, and at the following meeting, on the first Friday of each month, members will be invited to read the play aloud. The plays will be very diverse but also participants will be asked to suggest plays which they believe would be of interest to the group

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READING CIRCLE

READING CIRCLE
Alhaurin Golf Resort Hotel, Fuengirola to Coin Road.
Over the years the U3A International Reading Circle has enjoyed a hugely enjoyable and interactive reading experience. The purpose was, and remains, to become acquainted with worldwide authors, primarily focusing on fiction. For further information or to reserve click

RUMMIKUB

RUMMIKUB
Activity Leader's home in Alhaurin el Grande

Rummikub is a tile-based game for two to four players, combining elements of the card game Rummy and Mahjong. U3A INTERNATIONAL RUMMIKUB CONTINUES THROUGHOUT THE YEAR

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SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MANUFACTURING

SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MANUFACTURING
Sala Marbella in the Hapimag Resort, Camilo Jose Cela, Marbella

At lectures of STEAM topics may well include 3D Printing, Robotics, Holography, Precision Engineering, Internet and Mobile Technologies, the Latest Space Missions, Cosmology, Basic Quantum Mechanics Phenomena, Particles and The Standard Model,Climate Change, Geology and Advances in Medical Science. There is no requirement to register for this activity. Any member may attend by prior reservation for each individual presentation.

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SCRABBLE

SCRABBLE
Sala Marbella in the Hapimag Resort, Camilo Jose Cela, Marbella
Play the fun game of scrabble every week with all your friends in U3A International. For further information or to reserve click

SPAIN: YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW

SPAIN: YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW
Alhaurin Golf Resort Hotel

A discussion group for people who wish to understand and learn more about Spain, their adopted country. Each session starts with an animated discussion based on topical issues gleaned from recent Spanish press and media, followed by a presentation from a group member on a topic of their choice relevant to Spain.

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SPANISH – ADVANCED

SPANISH – ADVANCED
The Bodeguita in the Hapimag Resort, Camilo Jose Cela, Marbella

This course is suitable for those who have good basic speaking skills and a fairly wide vocabulary but who would like to move up a level in navigating the intricacies of Spanish grammar and improve idiomatic speech. Members wishing to learn the correct use of the most important Spanish tenses and tidy up some of the common mistakes in daily communication will be very interested in this course in “Advanced Spanish”.

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SPANISH HAPPY HOUR

SPANISH HAPPY HOUR
La Bodeguita, The Hapimag Resort Hotel, Marbella

The cry of all those learning Spanish in this area is the lack of opportunity to SPEAK the language.  This activity attempts to address the issue.  The main thrust of the hour is to give participants an opportunity to chat away in groups, over a coffee/drink, in Spanish – no other languages permitted!  – in an informal setting. It is open to members with all levels of Spanish, except real real beginners

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SPANISH TOPICAL CONVERSATION

SPANISH TOPICAL CONVERSATION
Sala Marbella in the Hapimag Resort, Camilo Jose Cela, Marbella

This activity offers a structured opportunity for participants who wish to develop and practice their conversational skills in Spanish. It will be particularly attractive to those who have either a reasonable or good level of Spanish. Topics will be set e for the following week in order to allow those taking part to prepare a little beforehand in order to enrich the conversation.

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STRETCH AND FLEX

STRETCH AND FLEX
Venta Aqua Wellness Centre, La Trocha, Coín

As the title implies this class is a Stretch and Joint Mobility Class. Each session begins with standing and basic breathing exercises which both calm and energise the body for the work ahead. This is followed by a ‘warm up’, mobilising the joints and gently stretching muscles and continues with more intense stretches and some core stability work.

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TENNIS CLUB

TENNIS CLUB
Polideportivo Paco Cantos, Av. Cánovas del Castillo, Marbella

U3A International tennis club affords participants the opportunity to have fun, playing with and against other members. It is not quite a case of “anyone for tennis” for participants must be reasonably fit and have some experience of playing, ideally recently. Currently there is no facility for beginners. Some small cost is involved.U3A INTERNATIONAL TENNIS CLUB CONTINUES THROUGHOUT THE YEAR

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THE MIND-HEART CONNECTION

THE MIND-HEART CONNECTION
Sala Marbella in the Hapimag Resort, Camilo Jose Cela, Marbella

This is an activity for similarly minded people where the participants can, if they wish, discuss inner thoughts and experiences. It is an opportunity to share knowledge interactively, to help “keep the vibrations high” and meet with people who are on the same path of awakening. The principle is that everyone can contribute to an understanding of life and work together to develop a well-balanced and positive approach to it.

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THE THURSDAY LECTURE

THE THURSDAY LECTURE
Sala Marbella in the Hapimag Resort, Camilo Jose Cela, Marbella

A series of fortnightly presentations on a wide variety of subjects. These presentations are open to all members but attendance at each individual lecture is by prior reservation only

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THE TUESDAY TALK

THE TUESDAY TALK
Sala Marbella in the Hapimag Resort, Camilo Jose Cela, Marbella

These are presentations made from time to time by members of U3A International or guests speakers. They will often be those who, in the course of preparing a book for publication whether fiction or fact, will have painstakingly researched a subject. There is no requirement to register for this group. Any member may attend by prior reservation for each individual lecture.

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Waiting list Fun and Easy Spanish

WALKING – COUNTRY WALKS

WALKING – COUNTRY WALKS
Rendezvous Point by pre-arrangement

These walks are intended for those who enjoy a good brisk outing but who would like to “stop and look” occasionally and still be able to catch up with the group. On most walks there are likely to be inclines where some may become out of breath and rather warm. There could also be paths which are rocky and occasionally shallow streams to cross. Attendance is only available to members and must now be confirmed through the reservation system during the two weeks before each walk

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WALKING – HILL WALKS

WALKING – HILL WALKS
Rendezvous Point by pre-arrangement

These challenging hill and mountain walks, varying in distance from 8 to 14 kms. are intended for those who enjoy a good brisk outing, tackling some gradients and uneven ground. Each walk description gives an indication of the degree of difficulty. Attendance is only available to members and must now be confirmed through the reservation system during the two weeks before each walk. A good degree of fitness is required.    Anyone wishing to attend a walk should be fully confident of their ability to participate

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WALKING – SANDPIPER WALKS

WALKING – SANDPIPER WALKS
The Paseo between Gibraltar and Malaga

Pleasant walks along the coast of two to three hours duration and between 7 and 10 kilometres.

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WINE AND DINE

WINE AND DINE
In and around Marbella

Six couples will meet on the last Friday evening of each month at a chosen restaurant. While evaluating the restaurant participants will review the month that has passed and discuss news and events locally and internationally. There are certain to be 12 different opinions of the events AND the restaurant. . The day of the month is to be established by the members of the group.

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WRITING – CREATIVE WRITERS’ WORKSHOP

WRITING – CREATIVE WRITERS’ WORKSHOP
Sala Marbella, Hapimag Resort Hotel, Camilo Jose Cela, Marbella
Beginners and experienced writers are welcome to participate. The focus is on fictional short story writing, encouraging creative literary expression. Most genres are covered in an informal, friendly and enthusiastic environment. The group is open minded and nurturing. Stories are critiqued with incision and positivity. For further information or to reserve click

WRITING YOUR MEMOIRS

WRITING YOUR MEMOIRS
Calle Viento 2, Marbella
Everyone is unique in some way and every life is worth examining. In fact Socrates (no less) said “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Participants in this friendly supportive group will enable themselves to have something to show their grandchildren and leave behind as a legacy. For further information or to reserve click