Activity Groups are open to all members of the IWC. Non-members are welcome to try an activity once, in hopes you will join our club.
Interested in joining an activity group? Please contact the leader of that group.
Please make sure you have read our Participation & Responsibility Waiver and Photograph Release Policy before participating in any of the IWC Activity Groups or Paid Associated Groups.
Starting a new group ?
We are always looking for new activity groups. If you have an idea for a new activity and are interested in starting a new group, please contact our Activities Coordinator for general information on our activity groups and how to go about starting a new one at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When & Where: TBD
The world is our oyster! Learn about holiday travels and destinations around the world. Come and tell other members about your travels. The locations don’t have to be exotic or unusual. There is no pressure or expectation to host, or do a talk. Maximum 16 people on a first-come, first-serve basis.
When & Where: Monthly visits, both nearby and further afield
We visit art exhibitions and when possible the studios of locally based artists. We usually benefit from reduced group rates on our gallery visits, and on the occasions that we need to travel to Berne or Geneva, there are frequently reduced train fares which include the gallery entrance.
When & Where: Bridge 1 meets Thursday’s at 13:30 – Bridge 2 meets Wednesday at 13:30 in Member’s homes
We have two bridge groups due to a large number of participants and the difficulty of hosting more than two tables in people’s homes. Beginners are more than welcome in the Bridge 2 group, comprised of regulars and newcomers.
When & Where: Monthly outings throughout Switzerland and occasionally France and Italy
Share the experience of visiting a variety of interesting places with like-minded, friendly, sociable women. All outings are announced in advance in our E-News. Most trips last all day and require a fee to pay for entrance and a guide. We usually travel by train but occasionally by coach. Send an email to get on the mailing list.
The Gardening Group – New!
When & Where: once a month for 7 months of the year, starting in March, at members’ homes or by visiting local gardens.
We will visit gardens and talk about the gardening joys and problems we are having. For the moment the plan is to meet once a month for 7 months of the year starting in March. Please join us even if you just have a balcony!
International Cooking Lausanne
When & Where: Once a month on a Friday at a member’s house
Our group of cooks hails from at least half a dozen countries. Hostesses choose a theme, provide the recipes, and members then choose a dish to prepare at home and share à table. There is usually a welcome back dinner in Sept, incl. spouses and often a summer excursion.
International Cooking Vevey
When & Where: Monthly at a member’s home
Each month, our group prepares and shares a lunch with an international theme. You don’t need to be a great cook, just to have an interest in exploring different cuisines and trying new dishes. We take turns hosting, the day is flexible, but always a weekday. We also try to include culinary trips and activities in our program.
When & Where: Monday, 10:00-11:30 at the bakery “Aime Pouly”, around the corner from the clubhouse
Do you like to knit? Do you want to improve your knitting? Do you even remember how to knit? Answer yes to any of the above and you are ready to join us. We use a doodle sign-up to know who’s coming. If there are not at least two people, the meeting will be canceled.
Moms & Kids – New Leader needed!
The Kids’ Group is looking for a new leader so that IWC members with young children or grandchildren can meet for informal play dates, outdoor activities or simple arts and craft labs. Please email the above address if you are interested.
When & Where: 4th Wednesday of the month, 9:30-11:30, at members’ homes
Our group is interested in music in all its aspects, modern, classical, oriental, jazz or world music. Some of us like giving a short conference on a subject – a composer, period or a player – but you are not obliged to. You are also very welcome to simply come and listen.
Out to Lunch Bunch
When & Where: Once a month, Wednesday, at a local restaurant
Cost: Each member pays for her own meal and beverage
Join us as we discover new and interesting restaurants in our region… a culinary ‘field trip’ shared with other food enthusiasts. What could be a better lunch experience? Once a month we will reserve a table for 12 at different venues, known for either their history, setting or cuisine, on a first-come, first served basis.
When & Where: Tuesday morning from 9:30-12:00* Block of 6 classes starting 9 &16 October, 6,13, 20 &. 27 November, at Cornelia’s studio in Nouille (1845).
Cost: CHF 300. Block of 6 classes. Everything supplied. Class size of 6!
We will start with dark, light, and shading in the first lesson. After that, will be something chosen by the participant with guidance. This is a “fine art” group, not an abstract group. First come, first served basis, with the possibility to make up missed lessons (as life gets in the way).
Cornelia has exhibited in Montreal, Dubai, and Trinidad with training under artists Tinko Trivonof (Dubai-based Bulgarian painter. Moscow University), Jonathan Shimony (Paris-based American painter, sculptor, printmaker. American University of Paris) and Chantal Moret (Swiss painter)
*The group could be moved to Tuesday afternoon from 1:30-16:00 if the mornings are not viable.
When & Where: Monthly at local cinemas
If you love good-quality cinema that inspires songs, childhood memories or even a particular phase in your life, then this is the activity for you! Join this group for a monthly cinema outing where good cinema is the leading actor. Only English-language movies will be selected.
Cross Country Skiing
When & Where: Meets twice a month on Saturday, all throughout the ski season
Winter 2018/2019 exact dates and locations will be posted on the club Facebook page.
When & Where: monthly, Saturday evening at members’ homes, couples and singles welcome
The host will provide non-alcoholic drinks, main course, as well as tea/coffee. Guests sign up to bring wine, appetizers, salads, side dishes and dessert. The goals of this group is to get to know one another, exchange viewpoints and of course spending a nice evening together!
When & Where: every 2nd week, Mondays, 14:30 at the clubhouse
We chat for about an hour and discuss anything and everything; our chats are very informal. Please get in touch by email on the Monday to confirm the class as sometimes venue or times change, or we have lunch together.
French Conversation, Advanced Beginner
When & Where: every Tuesday from 14.30 to 16.30 at the Clubhouse.
The leader is French and has been living in Lausanne for ages. On Tuesdays she holds Advanced Beginner’s French conversation in a friendly atmosphere. She hopes to help you use your knowledge of French, allowing you to speak with no fear of making mistakes, whilst still having fun in the group.
When & Where: meet few times per year in informal setting (often at the Clubhouse.)
Do you enjoy practicing your French? Meeting new people? If you are a fluent English speaker, please join this group with our French-speaking equivalents of Lausanne Accueil! All levels of French ability are welcome! Sign up to WhatsApp group via email address mentioned above.
French Conversation, Advanced
When & Where: every Tuesday from 09.30 to 11.00 at the Clubhouse
We are a group on average of six to eight participants out of 10 members. Most of our time is devoted to very lively discussions on current events and various topics. We also read a French book and see a French movie.
German Conversation, Advanced
When & Where: 2x a month, Fridays, 10:00-11:30, at the clubhouse
Most of the time we are six eager and interested ladies. We read texts about German historical events, German enterprises, and German towns to be visited. Once in a while, we watch a German film.
When & Where: 3rd Thursday morning of the month, at homes of different members
We were the first group to be formed after the club was founded, and the group is still going strong. We discuss a different topic each time and many of us participate. Our meetings are nearly always dynamic and enjoyable. We welcome new members.
When & Where: 1st Monday morning of the month, in the clubhouse library
We keep our numbers from 8 to 10 people in order to give everyone the chance to express herself. We take turns suggesting books for the group to read. We vary our selection, incl. novels, biographies, short stories, current affairs, classics and books in translation. Our discussions are lively, open, friendly.
When & Where: Every 2nd Friday of the month, 14:00, at alternating members’ homes
For anyone interested in reading and discussing contemporary literary fiction written or translated into English. Every month, we discuss the book of the month. Join us for friendly, frank & lively discussions, reflecting the diverse backgrounds and viewpoints of our members.
When & Where: 3rd Wednesday of the month, 9:30, having lunch at members’ homes
We read contemporary literature and enjoy lively discussions. Although everyone misses a meeting occasionally, we hope all members have travel schedules that allow them to fully participate in the group.
When & Where: 1st Thursday of the month, 13:30-15:00, in Vevey
We choose our books based on members’ recommendations/nominations and take turns leading discussions.
When & Where: 2x per week: Mondays 10:00-11:00 am and Wednesdays 2:00-3:00 pm, at Malley Badminton-Center in Lausanne-Prilly
Cost: Court fees
When & Where: Tuesdays during the season, visiting many different ski areas
Cost: Ski passes
If you are an enthusiastic skier, this is the group for you. We have skied in most ski areas in Vaud up to Valais… and are open to suggestions. One of us usually knows the ski area well and leads the group. We carpool from La Croix-sur-Lutry and have a quick lunch in a mountain restaurant. We are not expert skiers but we like to ski.
When & Where: every Friday, 14:30-16:15,
New: every 2nd & 4th Tuesday, 19:00-20:45 at Roussy Park, Vevey when warm. Otherwise, at Carole’s home in La Tour-de-Peilz
Falun Gong is an ancient form of qigong to improve health & well-being. This method aims to harmonize body and mind through a set of five easy, powerful exercises. Bring a little mat.
Fit & Fun Walking
When & Where: Thursdays, weekly or fortnightly. Mostly within Vaud
Looking for a fun and social way of keeping fit? Walk information is communicated no later than the Monday each week via email. The only requirements are a good pair of walking shoes or boots and sufficient physical fitness to walk continuously for 2.5-3.5 hours.
When & Where: games at local clubs
Cost: green fees (hopefully preferential !)
A network of members interested in playing golf and a resource for finding golfers of a similar ability level. Please indicate your handicap and which club (if any) you belong to here in Switzerland. Beginners are welcome and we can help you organize some lessons.
When & Where: Tuesdays between April and November, in Vaud, Valais & sometimes further
Hikes start out gently in the spring and increase in difficulty as the season progresses, usually between 3.5 to 4.5 hours, incl. a picnic break and refreshments at a local café afterward. Good boots required, hiking sticks recommended. We always carpool and bring along a picnic lunch.
This is a low-impact, full-body workout thanks to specially designed poles which help improve your aerobic capacity and muscular strength. We communicate via a private WhatsApp group to confirm the time & place. *You must have already completed a course in Nordic Walking to join us.
When & Where: Thursdays, 9:30-11:30, Puidoux
Cost: court fees
We are a happy group of ladies who play in Puidoux on Thursdays from 9:30-11:30. We have two levels of play.
Singing for Fun
Instructor: Gill Brigginshaw (professional instructor)
When & Where: Thursdays, 14:00-15:30, at Les Monts-de-Corsier (near Vevey)
Cost: CHF 20 per week. Free trial class
The aim of our group is simply to have fun whilst learning and singing a selection of new and favorite songs together. It’s a chance to learn skills in harmonizing, rhythms and breathing techniques without the feeling that the spotlight is on you. No previous singing experience or musical knowledge is necessary. The sessions are led by an experienced and local musical director. It is a friendly, relaxed and informal setting.
MEMBERSHIP RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES (IWC Constitution – ARTICLE IX , Section 1-3)
MEMBERSHIP RESPONSIBILITY: Members shall be responsible for payment of all reservations made and not cancelled by the stated deadline.
DISCLAIMER: Participation in Club activities is entirely at the member’s own discretion and/or risk. Neither the Club nor its representatives shall be held responsible for injury, damage, or loss incurred by participation in Club events or while using Club property.