Monthly Archives: February 2017

Hula Fun for Mums & Kids

World Cup of Gymnastics 2017 will be taking place at the O2, London on 8 April 2017. To help celebrate this great event, Dao Lu has been awarded a Mayor of London World Cup of Gymnastics community engagement grant to host a gymnastics project, Hula Fun for Mums & Kids, from April to June 2017!

This is partnership work with Mayor of London and British Gymnastics. Two qualified female instructors will be appointed by British Gymnastics.

Look forward to toning up and slimming down with a hula hoop? Please come along and have a great fun! Please do bring your own hula hoop if possible.

  • Saturdays at 14:00 – 15:15
  • 22nd April to 20th May 2017 (5 sessions)
  • Ramadan break
  • Re-opens from 1 July to 29 July 2017 (5 more sessions)
  • Total 10 sessions, FREE
  • You will need to bring your own hula hoop, if possible. If you don’t have one, please let us know when you make the booking.
  • At Al Madina Mosque & Centre, 2 Victoria Road, Barking, Essex IG11 8PY (see map below)
  • To book, please use the contact form

Here is a Poster for Hula Fun for Mums and Kids (PDF) if you would like to print it out and/or send to families in your networks.

Wellbeing Day 2017

Photo credits: Wildlife Competition 2016 and Hornbeam Team

Wellbeing Day 2017 in Chingford Pimp Hall Nature Reserve is coming back this year!

Saturday 18 March 2017, 11:00 – 19:00

Dao Lu C.I.C. is leading and collaborating with Hornbeam Team, Waltham Forest Local Area Coordinator Team and 15+ other local groups to stage this wonderful event. There is something for everyone. The Focus of 2017 event is health. Why not try a rich whole day programme with a day ticket in the beautiful local nature reserve? Tai Chi, Yoga, singing, massage, making lights and lanterns and a glow walk, the list is endless. We even have a Men’s Shed Group for guy-friendly chat!

Workshops are first come, first served, due to limited spaces. There will be a signing-up list on the door.

£6pp, £12 per family, £8/£15 on the door 

To pay in advance, please see our eventbright page

Here is the full programme (PDF) for the day.

If you would like to download the poster, click here for front and here for back.

Concession rates / free (or donation) places available. Please contact us with your concession information.

Please like and share our Facebook event page!


Pimp Hall Nature Reserve
near Kings Road Recycling Centre, off Kings Road
E4 7HR

Related Project

Wellbeing Day 2016


Yoga (prevention of fall) for 60+ 11:00 – 12:00 Connect mind and body, develop balance and grow your strength and flexibility in this simple Hatha yoga session for people over 60. Mats provided. Beginners welcome.
Singing for all 12:00 – 12:45 Have you ever had the desire to express yourself more? Then this is the perfect session for you! Come and enjoy some deeply nourishing singing in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Everyone welcome! No experience or music theory needed • All levels welcome • Perfect environment for complete beginners • All songs are taught by ear
Massage for mums
(including pregnant women)
12:00 – 13:45 Gentle massage to give your body a much needed relief. 15 minute per slot for each mum. Appointments on the day.
Tai Chi & Laughter
for girls/women
12:45 – 13:45 Get to know Tai Chi’s tremendous health benefits and calm your mind in a friendly female only session with a good laugh! Please let us know if you have any access needs. Aged 11+. All levels welcome.
Kickboxing for
young people
13:45 – 14:45 Have a full-body workout and reduce your stress and frustration. Please let us know if you have any access needs. Aged 8+. All levels are welcome.
Men’s Shed Group 14:45 – 15:45 Natalie and Tom's Group aim is to research, consult with men, and come up with ideas for wellbeing activities locally: the invited guest is Tom Dawson talking about Men's Sheds to be based at Friday Hall and an update on what needs to happen next.
Craft for family 15:45 – 17:00 Make lights and lanterns that glow in the dark. Later we use them for a glow walk in the Pimp Hall Nature Reserve when it is getting dark! We need lots of dads to join in and lend us more pairs of hands!
Seasonal Aromatic Herb Playtime 15:45 – 17:00 Crush a fresh herb and experience its aroma and draw it if you want to. Try a tea made from the same herb and learn about its medicinal uses. You are encouraged to touch, feel and smell it and look at simple features such as the stem and leaves and then maybe draw or crush or mount it onto paper? Other herbal products will also be available to try. Everyone welcome.
Tai Chi at Sunset 17:00 – 18:00 Flow like a cloud and work in harmony with the nature through Tai Chi. Everyone and all levels are welcome.
Glow Walk 18:00 – 19:00 Time to wind down and have a glow walk using the lights and lanterns we made earlier in the craft workshop. Everyone welcome.

All events are subject to space and availability. Outdoor activities subject to weather. Programme may be subject to change.

Sportivate Tai Chi Breeze for girls and young women aged 11-25

We are working with our new partner organisatiion Al Muhsinat to get more Muslim girls and young women to try Tai Chi.

  • Sportivate Inspired by 2012 artworkSundays 10.00 – 11.15am
  • 22nd January – 12th March 2017 (no session on 19th February as half term)
  • Total 7 sessions FREE
  • At Walthamstow School for Girls, Church Hill, Walthamstow, London E17 9RZ (see map below)
  • For bookings or queries, please use the contact form.

You can read full project information and also enrol at:

Tai Chi Breeze for Youth (Al Muhsinat)

This is a Sportivate FREE Tai Chi Breeze for girls and young women aged 11-25 Download the poster here (PDF). Please help spread the word and introduce more girls and young women to have a go at Tai Chi with this wonderful FREE Sportivate funding project. It will help you become more energised and learn some self-defence skills!

Related projects

Sportivate Tai Chi for Girls and Young Women aged 11-25

Sportivate Tai Chi Breeze for girls in Walthamstow School for Girls (WSFG)

Sportivate Tai Chi Breeze for girls in Sir George Monoux College


Love Tai Chi in February

Happy Valentine’s Day: Love Tai Chi in February half term

Love Tai Chi & Laughter session for families and other local residents in Waltham Forest:

  • Wednesday 15 February, 11:15 – 12:15
  • FREE
  • At Learning Lodge, Pimp Hall Nature Reserve, off Kings Road, Chingford E4 7HR
  • Red theme

There are many other activities during the half term in Pimp Hall Nature Reserve, see full programme.

Related projects:



Love Tai Chi at Comfort Lodge

Happy Valentine’s Day: Love Tai Chi at Comfort Lodge!

Love Tai Chi taster session for people using services at Comfort Lodge:

  • Tuesday 14 February 2017, 14:00 – 15:00
  • At Comfort Lodge, 5 Oakfield Road, Walthamstow, London E17 5RN
  • Red theme

Related projects: