September meeting

For our September meeting we are joined by Juliana Brustik who will be introducing us to the Feldenkrais Method.

The Feldenkrais Method is a wonderful way to improve your overall mobility, functioning and vitality. For our meeting the workshop will concentrate on helping us learn how to sit with more comfort on a chair (very important in these times of Zoom) and how to improve your turning whilst sitting (equally important whilst driving or on a bike!).

About Feldenkrais

By heightening our awareness of our movement, breathing and posture, the Feldenkrais Method® brings us closer to realising our full human potential. Bringing this into our lives, we learn to move more freely, with greater ease, flexibility and grace. The Method can permanently improve our posture, balance and coordination, awakening our innate capacity for life-long vitality and continuing self-development.

About Juliana

Juliana came across the Feldenkrais Method many years ago. She say “ Having the permission during group lessons to listen to myself and follow my own pace whilst exploring some unusual movement connections felt like coming home to me. I experienced a deep release emotionally as well as physically.”

Juliana has worked as a dance tutor, performer and creator for over 30 years in community dance in the UK and abroad. She is also a fully qualified Feldenkrais practitioner.  She has always been interested in exploring various body awareness and somatic methods to deepen her understanding of the body/mind connection, to enhance her creative work and teaching and her overall well being.

She runs weekly classes as well as several workshops a year in and outside London. Clients bring with them a variety of conditions and interests, including Osteoarthritis, Scoliosis, Fibromyalgia, looking for rehabilitation support after knee and hip operations, dancers, sports enthusiasts and musicians keen on improving their performance skills.

We are meeting on Zoom so if you would like to  join us as a guest do email us at, first meeting on Zoom as a guest  is free


We have set up a WhatsApp group for members to keep in touch.  It’s a great way to keep connected and to arrange more spontaneous and intimate gatherings as we are still not yet able to meet at The Crypt, so a number of members have been enjoying impromptu walks, blackberry picking as well as a forum for sharing what we are up to and things that have interested, entertained or inspired us.  If you are a member and would like to  join the DBWI WhatsApp group, you need to have the app on your phone (it’s free to download) and then email us at and we will add you to the group.


Our long running book group will be meeting virtually on 15th September and will be reading Your Duck Is My Duck by Deborah Eisenberg. Email in if you would like to join us but you do need to have read the book.


As most of you will know, the De Beauvoir Gardeners will not be running their usual, fantastic Flower & Produce Show this year.  However, they are running an event on Sunday September 27th, there will be stalls selling plants and a competition for artists to create works based around Pets, Wildlife and Flowers that will be displayed around the railings on De Beauvoir Square.  All profits from the plant sales will be donated to Hackney Food bank.  We will miss the dog show but hopefully it will be business as usual in 2021.

From De Beauvoir Town (Hackney) Community on Facebook

A new food bank has been set up locally if you would like to drop of any donations.  It is open Tuesday to Saturday 12 – 2pm at 23 Englefield Road. Any surplus will be delivered onto the Hackney Food Bank.

Looking for local updates….

the De Beauvoir Association who run Party In The Park every year also publish a regular weekly newsletter with loads of fantastic information about what’s going on around De Beauvoir, virtual programmes for both kids and adults and information about Hackney council and local businesses that are operating in new and innovative ways throughout this crisis.

Sign up here at

Solace Women’s Aid Update

As we are not meeting face to face and as all the Solace staff are working from home, it is not possible to continue with our regular collections for them at present.

They have launched a major fundraising campaign #staysafeathome

You may have seen in the news recently that there has been an exponential rise in domestic violence incidents during this crisis.  Their campaign aims to raise £150,000 to enable them to do everything they can to ensure their doors stay open throughout this worrying time, to make sure women and children can still receive the support they urgently need.

Their refuges are still open and providing life-changing and life-saving support to women with nowhere else to turn,

Their helpline team and all staff are answering the phones so women have someone to talk to and;

Their community advocacy teams are working tirelessly to make sure, no matter where they are, London is safe for women and their children.

You can donate by clicking the link below, any donation, however small, will help them to continue the amazing work they do to keep women and children safe.!/DonationDetails

If you have donated already or are planning to donate you might also like to contact Seedlings For Solace that will match your donation with seedlings that you can then plant out in your garden. You can contact Seedlings For Solace on Instagram @seedlingsforsolace

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