17 April 2014


...to David who covered my class last night as I am still ill with this nasty chest cold. It has also kept me from getting up to date with photos on the website, and from other admin jobs, but I will resume them when I am well again. I have just designed and sent off for the invites to this year's Summer Intensive, and will distribute them at the start of next term. I hope to make it to class tonight for at least some of the session. I wish everyone a Happy Easter and a relaxing few weeks off.

T'ai Chi in Sweden

I'm delighted to be going to Sweden again in August. Contact Anna if you need more information.

09 April 2014

Heartwork session

Will take place this Sunday 2-5pm at the usual hall in Wandsworth. All GR and TCC students are welcome. 

08 April 2014

Thanks to all the great Aberdeenshire students who made this weekend with Mark so good. Also well done for finishing learning the moves of The Dance. Photos to follow soon.
"Though I sleep, my heart keeps watch"
Ego dormio sed cor mio vigilat.
Thanks to Mary for this, the Prayer of Gentle Drift.

03 April 2014

Proportion workshop with Turriffic Arts

On Saturday from 10-3pm I'll be teaching a fun introduction to proportion workshop at the Turriff Gateway Centre. All are welcome and no experience is necessary. Call tel: 07936124298 for details. We shall be working from the model, and from still life, learning many different approaches to getting good proportions down on paper or for a sculpture. We'll learn different ways of measuring, assessing proportion and getting it 'feeling right'. I tel:07936124298 ill then return to Mark's T'ai Chi workshops from later that afternoon! Feel free to get in touch. 

Weapons tomorrow in Aberdeenshire

...will mainly feature Staff, but bring swords and sabres too.

Just making final preparations. See you tomorrow.

31 March 2014

Aberdeenshire workshops, 4-6th April

The next workshops in Aberdeenshire are this coming weekend and will be taught by Mark Raudva of the T'ai Chi Centre. All workshops are at Balvack, except for Weapons which is at Fetternear Hall. Great River students of any level are particularly welcome to the Saturday sessions.

Friday 7-10pm: Weapons
Saturday 2-5pm: Short Form, and related study
Saturday 6.30-9.30pm: Partnerwork
Sunday 2-5pm: Long Form, Heartwork, One Posture
Sunday 6.30-9.30pm: Dance, etc.

The price is £20 (concs available) 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.

The dates for 2014 workshops in Aberdeenshire are listed here.

Turriff class, Easter Break

The Turriff class will be taking a break over the Easter holidays. The last week of term is tonight, 31st March. The next session will start on Monday 21st April. New students are welcome to join the Short Form class from 6:30-8:00pm.

26 March 2014

Last Sunday

At Holy Trinity we did a demo during the open day, here's the only pic that the vicar had, we're un-photogenically mid-way through single whip, but at least nicely in sync with each other!

24 March 2014

Recipes lost - please help

I was just sitting down to compile all the T'ai Chi recipes I have collected over the last 10 years for our website, but they are nowhere to be found on my PC and backups. I am surprised they have gone missing, but will just have to start again... Please email me recipes that you would like to share, (including all the regulars please,) when you have a mo. Please send:
Neil: nut roast
Anneke: beetroot salad
Janet: carob cake and butternut squash tart
Sandy: hot smoked fish, stir fry
Marie: choc swiss roll or other delight
Paolo: torta di riso
Davina: koftas, cobbler, soda bread
Scott: anything you'd like to add!
Everyone one, also send any other favourites that have gone down well.
I'll add my channa dahl soup and goats cheese.

There's no hurry, but thanks in advance. Pictures would be a bonus.

22 March 2014

Good idea

The demo & stall went well today at Holy Trinity, a big thanks to those who came and helped out. The vicar took some shots of us doing the form and I hope to get those from him soon. The local paper took photos and we spoke to Sadiq Khan, the local MP. All very local, with tasty cake and some nice folks making this a good celebration of the new halls and refurbishment. We saw this in the nursery hall:
We hope to see Edward at class in about 16 years time. 

21 March 2014

Walking with Dragons

This dragon has kept us company at Monymusk since Chinese New Year.

T'ai Chi beginners class in Tooting

A rescue and gosling possibilities

Happy first day of spring! Just watched a gallant  rescue of some rowers stuck fast against the weir booms, one in the water (brr). In other news, the local friendly geese (we call these ones 'the hopeful geese' as they are always hopeful of some food; a term coined for their local goose family by Chris and Mary of Thursday class) are definitely expecting a big clutch of eggs. Mrs Hopeful can barely waddle as she's so broad now. I shall try to take a photo of her shortly without disturbing them and getting hissed at by Mr Hopeful. It's all go here.