18 March 2018

Sabre Workshop Today

St Mary Magdalene Church Hall, Trinity Rd, Wandsworth, 2-5pm, with Mark. £22.

15 March 2018

Some pictures

Went to see Stewart Lee in his show 'Content Provider', at the recently restored and rather wonderful Tivoli Theatre, Aberdeen. It had this amazing old electrical control console restored to look at in the bar, but sadly served the worst white wine I can remember having since the 90s.

Stewart was brilliant, I laughed all until it hurt.

Sleeping swans, when I got home. 

Minor venue change tonight

There's a problem with the heating in the small hall at Monymusk so we'll be in the bar area 7-9pm. Please come in via the back door as the yoga group will be in the main hall from 7pm.

Gothenburg ahoy!

I am really looking forward to teaching the 'famous five' students This weekend. I have been given my itinerary! I shall turn up, and teach what has been requested :)

I may also add my own surprises!
See you Saturday 10am.

Workshop dates

Dates for all Mark and my workshops are on this blog which is searchable. Just use the search box on the left at the top and put in 'workshops' or 'weapons' or whatever, and it will come up, and you can scroll down to the appropriate posting, click 'sort by date' to get the latest one at the top. I know some folk hate using the web, and I sympathise, so I usually do a dates hand out at class at Easter, and will do so soon, but for now, this is the resource. It also means we don't have to use a mailing list and clog up your inboxes with emails. Ours are the only schools I know where we don't do that. I get mail from a couple of my friends' schools deliberately, to see what passes for usual communications... Full details for Summer and Autumn workshops will go up after Easter, as I am so busy teaching and travelling right now. But the prices, places, format and facilities are the same as last year, and dates have been here since last November.
Summer: 21-27 July
Autumn: 13-15 October (Fetternear)
Sabre workshop this Sunday 18th March, St Mary Magdalene Church Hall 2-5pm.


Thanks to all who came this weekend, I really enjoyed teaching. The intro to dream work was also interesting and I am looking forward to hearing any reports back. These photos are from working on the Single Whip application for Long Form.

08 March 2018

Monymusk session tonight cancelled

No session at Monymusk tonight after all. See you at the weekend for the workshops with Caroline.

Thursday class tonight

At the new venue, get in touch if you need directions, where to park, or other info.

07 March 2018

T'ai Chi at the V and A

I will be teaching 3 sessions this season at the Victoria and Albert Museum in Kensington. If any friends are interested in an introduction to T'ai Chi, this is ideal, and includes a guided tour afterwards, a hot drink, and entry all day to the museum. It will be held in the beautiful Tapestries Gallery.

Term dates

Mark's classes -This term continues until 22nd March. Easter holidays are 23rd March until 9th April, classes resume on 10th April.

06 March 2018

Shorter session this Thursday at Monymusk.

This Thursday's session is 8-10pm in the Small Hall at Monymusk.

Weapons tonight

Tooting class Sabre, and Sword, and Short Form for the others, as usual. See you there!

121s with Caroline

121s are available any time after 10am with me at the new studio, whether you are one of Mark's students wanting to work on one particular thing, or have some catch up sessions if you have been away, or are one of my students. There is room indoors for sword and sabre, and also now for students taller than 5'10"! Cost is £30 per hour, tea is always provided!

Workshops with Caroline

I am particularly looking forward to coming up to Aberdeenshire this weekend, and also over to Gothenburg next weekend. Lots of great things to share, and of course, nice things to eat!
Hang on in there everyone, spring will come.

05 March 2018

Aberdeenshire March workshops

The next workshops with Caroline are this weekend, 9-11th March. The weather is set to improve by the weekend so roads should be ok, but I'll post on this blog if there are any changes.

The Weapons session is at Fetternear Hall at 6:30pm, all other workshops are at Balvack. Great River students of any level are particularly welcome to the Saturday sessions.

Friday 6:30-9:30pm: Weapons, including Sabre for beginners 6:30-7:30  (£5).
Saturday 1-4pm: Short Form, and related study
Saturday 5:30-8:30pm: Partnerwork
     plus    8:30-9:30pm: Introduction to dream work. More info here
Sunday 1-4pm: Long Form
Sunday 5.30-8.30pm: Advanced Studies and Dance

The price is £18 (concessions £12) per 3 hr session. Please bring food to share on Saturday and Sunday. Get in touch with your instructor if you need travel directions or feel free to contact me with any other questions.

04 March 2018

Turriff-no classes until 19th March

This week's class, 5th March, has been cancelled. There will also be no class on 12th March. We'll restart on Monday 19th March at the usual time.

03 March 2018


True wildness is sometimes 

just one word

Left with care

In exactly the right place

Everyone thinks reclaiming wildness 

is something worth doing

But we know

It is undoing something

Wildness is our undoing

02 March 2018

Thursday classes

Classes got off to a great start last night, I hear, with 7 braving the weather to get here. Trains were cancelled so 4 folks could not make it. I was working, sadly, but I shall be there next week.

The Wyrd School

My good friend and colleague, the writer Paul Kingsnorth, has launched his new Wyrd School today, so make a cuppa and go have a look, as it's already full of good things. Follow the hare... The forest is watching you...

01 March 2018

Are you Nature,
or are you industry?

Thanks to Chris Laver for the pictures of the robin and the River Dart.