West London Buddhist Centre

Skills Auction Catalogue

Lot 1 Thai Yoga Thai Massage

One session of Thai yoga Thai massage, lasting one hour.

Lot 2 Storytelling Performance

A 10-15 minute storytelling performance (for a party or gathering of friends).

Lot 3 Ethiopian/ Eritrean Coffee Ceremony

Ethiopian/ Eritrean coffee ceremony – a delight for the senses, will be prepared and served for up to four people in an Eritrean household near the West London Buddhist Centre.

Lot 4 Coaching for Developing a Piece of Original Music

Offering the opportunity for an individual to develop a piece of original music, for example working on a song idea, or developing an arrangement of a pre-existing original song.  The session is for approximately one hour.

Lot 5 Indonesian Meal for Four

This meal, Nasi Tumpeng – an iconic Indonesian dish, will be prepared and served to you and up to three guests in the Chef’s West London home.  Vegans can be catered for and your chilli tolerance can be accommodated.

Lot 6 Summer Wild Swimming Adventure

A wild swimming adventure (in the summer) with Sophie towing a picnic with the Ruckraft! Suitable for a group of up to 4 people (swim at your own risk). If you don’t want to swim, walkers are welcome. Bid together as a group or individually for a place on the adventure. Your donation will not include train tickets (hopefully no more than £25) but includes a hand-made picnic (with cake) with the group deciding on a sea or river adventure.

Lot 7 Live Music for an Event

Providing some Live Music (Jazz piano or piano/vocal) for an event (for example, party, gathering, reception, etc.).  The session is for approximately one hour.

Lot 8 Osteopathy Treatments

This is an offer of a series of three osteopathy treatments.  The first session is 45 minutes and the subsequent two sessions will be 30 minutes each.

Lot 9 Holiday Cottage in Cornwall

An English Heritage Callie’s Cottage is available for four nights from Monday 17th February until Friday 21st February in Cornwall. The cottage sleeps 3 to 4 people.  It is in the grounds of the Pendennis Castle in Falmouth, Cornwall, and comes with a delightful food hamper.

Starting bid £100

Lot 10 Dozen luxurious cupcakes

Special cupcakes for a special occasion – quality ingredients and 100% plant-based.  Beautifully decorated.  Flavour and date to be agreed.

Starting bid £35

Lot 11 And Another Dozen luxurious cupcakes

Special cupcakes for a special occasion – quality ingredients and 100% plant-based.  Beautifully decorated.  Flavour and date to be agreed.

Starting bid £35

Lot 12 Being Taken to a Concert or a Masterclass

An offer of being taken to a piano masterclass or a concert at the Royal College of Music or the Royal Academy of Music (your choice).

Lot 13 One Mandala Painting

A choice of one mandala painting from a collection of approximately twenty pieces already painted.

Lot 14

 

One Meditation Review (Guess who with!) CHANGE

An offer of one meditation review with Paramananda, a session lasting forty minutes.  See also Lot 34 and 35 for additional two sessions.

Lot 15 Two Sessions on Mindful Eating

Two sessions of Mindful Eating for anyone who would like to improve their relationship with food.

Lot 16 Calligraphy Lesson

A Japanese calligraphy lesson for one person or a group of friends.  This can include writing one kanji character or siddham character (alphabet for mantras in Japan), Heart Sutra dharani, seed syllable mounted and made on a traditional paper with calligraphy brush to take away with you.

Lot 17 Piano Lesson

A piano lesson on a fab grand piano, in Cornwall Gardens SW7 to an adult for 75 minutes (or a 30 to 45 min for a child, depending on his/her age).  This comes with an option to use the key for the three private gardens for a meditation or a mindful walk before/after the lesson or on another day.

Lot 18 Vegan Food Prep for Five Lunches and Dinners

A fantastic opportunity to get your five lunches and dinners prepared on a Sunday for a week of your choice, or it could be family-style dinners.  You will have a number of choices from a list and you could even come to Northolt (UB5) on the designated ‘cook Sunday’ to learn how to make the meals and get tips on meal preparation.

Lot 19 Painting/ Inscribing with Ink or Embroidery

Painting or inscribing with ink any ritual object (drum, shrine, mirror) or embroidering a cushion, bag or garment) with a syllable, mantra, name or image.

Lot 20 Chess Lesson

A lesson in playing the noble game of chess, including two games as part of the instruction.

 

Lot 21 Session of Rosen Method Bodywork

A session of Rosen Method bodywork – a very gentle, relaxing therapeutic bodywork that is very supportive of meditation and self-enquiry.

Lot 22 Visit to Tate (Guess who with!)

An offer of being taken to an exhibition in the Tate with Sudurjaya.

Lot 23 Music Lesson

A music lesson for an individual (taught by a specialist in jazz, groove-based and improvised music).  The offer is largely for piano, but could relate to other instruments, too.  The lesson is for approximately one hour.

Lot 24 Coastal Winter Weekend Break in South Wales UPDATED

Luxurious stay for one or two on a weekend in January or February in a beautiful setting in South Wales.  It is within a private Welsh estate located on the Glamorgan Heritage Coast with extensive sand dunes.  It is a must for tree fanciers (a collection of 20 Welsh champion tress, extensive notable trees, listed garden and parkland), and horse-riding on the beach is all within walking distance.

                                                                                            Starting bid £100

Lot 25 Palette Perfect – Personalised Colour Styling

Get to know which colours flatter you and which you should avoid in an individual or group styling 75-minute session with Kate Hodson, a personal stylist and branding expert. This can be arranged for an individual at Kate’s house (can be extended to bringing a friend) or a group of four people (this would take place on 11th January at the centre) – Kate will explain how to find what suits us and what makes us look a bit off colour! You will get a 15-minute colour analysis and understand how to shop your colours so that everything works in a harmonious palette.

Lot 26 Ragtime Guitar Sharing

This is an offer of a recital (about 45 minutes) of Ragtime Guitar to a sympathetic audience of up to 20 – could be at your house or backdrop to a dinner.

Lot 27 Lesson in Video Adobe Premiere

A two-hour lesson in video Adobe Premiere (on a Mac) for beginners – you will need basic computer skills and understanding of Mac interface.  This will be taught from a Battersea home and you can be collected from Clapham Junction station.

Lot 28 Tour of Roehampton Garden Society’s Allotments

A tour of Roehampton Garden Society’s two allotment sites – recommended for anyone curious about taking up an allotment or those who already have one and just want to have a look at another one.  A pick up from a local station can be arranged.

Lot 29 Gardening Sessions

Two gardening sessions of 2 hours or one gardening session of 4 hours by a highly recommended gardener.

Lot 30 Two Creative “Visual Medicine” Sessions

One-to-one painting to unleash your creativity.  Sessions will be two hours and include painting, meditation, poetry and visualisation.  Dates to be arranged for January or February.

Lot 31 Musical Accompaniment (Piano, and Voice)

Offering of musical accompaniment on piano (and voice perhaps) for a singer (or instrumentalist) to work on a cover using material from the ‘Standards’ repertoire (the ‘Great American Songbook’) or from jazz, Latin or popular music.  The session is for approximately one hour.

Lot 32 A Cultural Outing

An offer of being taken to a cultural event in Knightsbridge, at the Austrian Club.  Or an alternative is to see an old Italian film in Belgrave Square.  Each offer includes a post-event discussion over a glass of wine.

Lot 33 One Painting of Buddha or Bodhisattva figure

This can be a painting based on an image you have seen or from some idea or vision you have had on your own, from your personal imagination.  It can be of the Buddhas or stories from the Buddha’s life (birth, teaching, death or any other mythic creature, archetype, god, demon, angel, seed syllabus, mantra, calligraphy diagram, dharani or sutra.

Lot 34

 

(Another) One Meditation Review (Guess who with!)

An offer of one meditation review with Paramananda, a session lasting forty minutes.

Lot 35

 

(And Another) One Meditation Review (Guess who with!)

An offer of one meditation review with Paramananda, a session lasting forty minutes.

Lot 36

 

Strategy Session for Your Business or Charity

An offer of one-hour phone-call or face-to-face meeting (in Zone 1) exploring a strategy for your business or charity.

Lot 37

 

‘Deep Rest’ Session

A blend of gentle Yoga Limbers. Breath practices to soothe and bring the body to its natural balance and Restorative Yoga Poses (fully supported floor based restful shapes) and Yoga Nidra (a guided creative visualisation). This is to encourage rest and healing, using bolsters, blankets, eye bag etc.  This can take place at WLBCor in the comfort of your own home.  Suitable for all ages and abilities including those with health conditions.

Lot 38

 

Career Coaching Discussion and CV Review

An offer of one-hour phone-call or face-to-face meeting (in Zone 1) of career coaching and CV review.

Lot 39

 

Session Setting-up Linkedln Profile

An offer of one-hour phone-call or face-to-face meeting (in Zone 1) to set up your Linkedln profile.

Lot 40

 

Afternoon Photography Workshop

A flexible offer for a spring afternoon with a versatile photographer.  You can choose to focus on street or landscape photography, portraiture or the basics of a camera work.

Lot 41

 

Zen Table Tennis Coaching Session

An offer of a one-hour Zen Table Tennis coaching session.  This will take place at Notting Hill Primary school near Ladbroke Grove station on a Sunday of your choice.

Lot 42

 

(And Another) Zen Table Tennis Coaching Session

An offer of a one-hour Zen Table Tennis coaching session.  This will take place at Notting Hill Primary school near Ladbroke Grove station on a Sunday of your choice.

Lot 43

 

Tips to Manage E-mails

An offer of one-hour phone-call or face-to-face meeting (in Zone 1) exploring tips to manage your e-mails.

Lot 44

 

Introduction to Adobe Lightroom, the Digital Darkroom and RAW

A session for a couple of hours at Brixton photographer’s home exploring Adobe Lightroom, the Digital Darkroom and RAW.

Lot 45

 

A Jaunt to a Gallery

An offer of a jaunt to a gallery plus a ticketed exhibition of your choice, as a member’s guest. This will be followed by a tea in the Members’ Room.  Choose from the following:

 

The Royal Academy

The V&A (The Buddhas are particularly beautiful)

The Tate Modern or Tate Britain

The Design Museum

Kew Gardens (including a visit to the Japanese area with spectacular glass houses)