September at the LiLi Centre

The LiLi Centre has reopened with a full programme for the international community. We are so excited to be offering such a variety of events all focused on improving your chance to connect, grow and thrive whilst living in Switzerland.

Women’s Health Advisory Session

Do you struggle to understand the health system in Switzerland? Are there questions about your health you are not sure who to address to?

Dr Catherine Muff was born and raised in Basel, Switzerland but has lived extensively abroad, including the United States where she gave birth to both her children. They recently moved to Lucerne and as a board certified OB/GYN Catherine has offered to set up a Q&A hour for questions concerning the Swiss Health System with a focus on women’s health. She would love to guide you through all the uncertainties that may come up and also tell you about dos and don’ts if there are any. Since she just returned from a two year stay in the US she can perfectly relate to what it means to be confronted with a foreign health system.

So please come by on Monday September 9th from 10:00 to 12:00 with any questions, she is happy to help and support you as best as she can!

This event is open and free to all Lili Centre members (there is a small charge for non members)

IMPORTANT: Dr. Muff cannot give you any specific medical advices or diagnosis. 

Where: Lili Centre
When: Monday 9. September
Time: 10:00 – 12:00

German Conversation Group – B1

Our German conversation groups will continue starting in September 2019, with 13 new classes. Sign up now to practice your German in a fun and relaxed environment.

The conversation groups will run weekly on Wednesday mornings for advanced speakers (B1 and up). If you are unsure if you are advanced enough, don’t worry – just contact your teacher on and she will assist you.

The group will be led by Letizia. Please note that this group does not teach German but focuses only on conversation. You should be able and willing to understand and contribute to the conversation (on your level). Don’t be shy…practice makes perfect!

Where: Lili Centre
When: Wednesdays, starts 11. September
Time: 9:30 – 11:00
Cost: LiLi Members CHF130.00 / Non-Members CHF260.00 (Tickets can be brought online here)

Coding for Kids

The LiLi Centre is hosting a Kids Coding Club for kids aged 10 and up. The club aims to inspire and educate kids with coding skills for the 21st century. Working in Python, Scratch, and HTML/CSS, we’ll build a range of projects from websites, games, animation, and even artificial intelligence! We will learn the 4 basic concepts in coding – variables, conditionals, loops, and functions – and also have fun exploring new trends in technology. No previous coding experience required!

This class runs for 10 weeks, not counting school holidays and students should enroll for entire semester.

About the leader: Laura Kinkead: I didn’t take my very first coding class until I was 19, but I’ve been coding ever since! I’m passionate about giving kids the opportunity to learn about coding at a younger age. I am a professional Software Engineer and Data Scientist, and I’ve led a kids coding club for the last 3 years with the US-based organisation Girls Who Code.

Where: Lili Centre
When: Wednesdays starting 11. September
Time: 17:30 – 19:00
Cost: CHF 250.- for 10 sessions


Zero Waste Body

An introduction to zero-waste living, with a specific focus on toiletries and cosmetic products: Have the opportunity to ask questions and discover practical zero-waste swaps, followed by a short natural cosmetic workshop and the chance to make your own lip-balm with Sarah.

Where: Lili Centre
When: Saturday 14. September 
Time: 14:00 
Cost: CHF 5.- (to cover material costs for workshop)

Sign up here

Winter Swimming

We meet every Tuesday at 12:00 at the LiLi Centre in Luzern. If it is really cold, will start off with a quick warm up, followed by a refreshing swim in the lake. Afterwards, we will head back to the Centre to warm up with a cup of tea and/or a bowl of soup and share some snacks. At about 13:00 we all head our separate ways again.
Participation is free of charge and everybody is welcome to join. If it is your first time, please get sign up on:

• Comfortable and warm enough clothes
• Swimwear (ideally, already worn underneath your clothes) + towel + underwear
• Plastic bag to put the wet swimwear in after the swim
• Optional: bathrobe (facilitates changing after the swim)
• Flipflops or neopren shoes/socks to avoid sandy/cold feet
• A wetsuit is not required but if you have one, feel free to use it
• Optional: picnic lunch

Where: Lili Centre
When: Tuesdays starting 17. September
Time: 12:00 – 13:00
Cost: Free

Sign up here

German Conversation A1/A2

Our German A1/A2 Conversation Group will continue starting on 17. September for 12 weeks. Sign up now to practice your German in a fun and relaxed environment. Don’t be shy … practice makes perfect!

This conversation group will run weekly on Tuesday evenings. Please note we won’t be able to accept any complete beginners; new students should have some first experience learning German. If you are unsure if you are advanced enough, don’t worry – just contact us on and we will assist you.


In this course you will learn basic phrases and expressions in German, learn how to build simple sentences and answer common questions. You will be able to talk about yourself, your family, job, hobbies, food, your preferences, days, time and dates. Get ready to use basic German in your everyday life.

Where: Lili Centre
When: Tuesdays starting 17. September
Time: 19:00 – 20:30
Cost: LiLi Centre members CHF 130.- / Non-members CHF260.-

International Evening

Do you know your Riesling from your Gewürztraminer? Do you enjoy a glass of wine but sometimes wonder what to eat with it? On September 21st we will be pairing wines from Alsace with food from the region.

Many of you will know LiLi Centre member Esther Miller as an experienced sew-er and textile expert, however, her career before leaving the UK was as a professionally trained wine specialist. 

On the 21st September, Esther will be guiding us through the main wine styles of Alsace while Charlie Hartmann (Lili Centre director and trained chef) will pair them with typical Alsatian dishes.

Where: Lili Centre 
When: Saturday 21. September
Time: 19:00 – 22:00 
Cost: CHF 30.- per person (+ CHF 20.- for wine tasting)

Sign up here

International Bookclub

Our International Book Club will return on Monday 23. September! Join us as we discuss what we thought of the book whilst enjoying a glass of wine and some tasty nibblies. The book for September will be: The Hundred Foot Journey, by Richard Morais.

Where: LiLi Centre
When: Once a month
Time: 19:00 – 21:00
Cost: Free

JIFF Workshop – Preparing for the Swiss Job Market

The next 3 part JIFF workshop will be starting on Thursday 26. September at the Lili Centre. 

SESSION ONE: 26. September 2019 (18:30 – 20:30)

This session will be led by Dr Brandi Eijsermans & Denise Mattsson. How are your CVs interpreted by recruiters? How to make your weaknesses your USPs?! 

SESSION TWO: 3. October 2019  (18:30 – 20:30)

This session will be led by Denise Mattsson and is all about preparing your CV for the Swiss market. Your USP, your CV & selling yourself on paper. Participants should bring their CV’s with them on this evening.

SESSION THREE: 10. October 2019 (18:30 – 20:30)

This session will be led by Lina Petraviciute who will talk about LinkedIn, your social media profile and its importance. 
The second part will be led by Evelin Bermudez of SIVO who will talk about strategic volunteering.

Where: The LiLi Centre (Alpenquai 40a, 6005 Luzern)
When: 26.09 / 03.10 / 10.10
Time: 18:30 – 20:30
Cost: 3-part workshop* – CHF 80.- for Lili Centre Member / CHF 120.- for non-members

Payment must be made in advance to confirm your spot. Please click here to pay for the workshop.

Sign up here.

*Please note a minimum of 5 participants is needed to run the workshop.

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