Our first Festival of the Mind was a great success

Thank you to everyone involved in running this year’s Festival, Everyone who helped advertise, helped on the day, taught,  ran a stall,  or helped in any way at all.  We are very grateful for your input.   Thank you also to everyone who attended the workshops and if you enjoyed it please tell your friends.

The feedback we received was amazing and we are planning to hold the event again next year at The Riverside Centre, Newport.

Save the date – next year’s event will be held on:

Date: Sunday 6th October 2019
Venue: The Riverside Centre, Newport

Feedback from 2018 can be accessed here: Feedback from Survey Monkey

Registration starts at Aspire at 10:30 on Sunday

Please come early to the Festival, registration will start at 10.30 and the cafe will be open for a quick cuppa before your first workshop.

Guith Carnival Morris and the Chain Ferry Gang will be entertaining you from 10.45 and there will be an introduction to Morris Dancing with Moonshine Border Morris at 12.15.



Find out about Havening (sometimes referred to as ADT) – an amazing new therapy.

Come and find out about Havening (sometimes referred to as ADT – Amygdala Depotentiation Therapy). This is the neuro-science based therapy which was developed by the Ruden brothers after researching into why tapping works. Experience a led group session of ‘Self Havening’ and give yourself the opportunity to let go of things that are holding you back. If you are unable to attend the workshop then come and find Julia in the main building and have a chat to learn more about ADT..

Isle of Wight Colour Walk

Dig out your most colourful outfit and come and join the first Isle of Wight Colour Walk. It is “an informal gathering of creative people getting dressed or dressing up to inspire and be inspired” – based on regular walks that happen in London and Portsmouth.
This is happening the day before the IOW Festival of the Mind to promote the event.  Meet at 1pm outside the Castle Pub in Ryde High Street on Saturday 6th  October.  Message us for details.

The Programme is with the printers

The Programme for the day is now complete, to download an electronic version please click here. Festival of the mind Programme – Final Programme

As well as the pre-booked workshops, there will be plenty going on in the Main Hall at Aspire – come and find something new: :

  • Performances with audience participation
  • Keep fit & Dance taster sessions
  • Talks
  • Meditation groups to find out about
  • The Human Library
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Flower Arranging Demonstration