21 December 2014

Happy Solstice!

From the great river... 

19 December 2014

Calendars have arrived

They look great! London students- let me know if you want yours posting, or if you'd like to collect it, or if you will wait til term starts. I am putting a new order in this week for more so let me know if you want one. Large are £9, small are £5. 

17 December 2014


Thanks to all who came for T'ai Chi and the last of Kevin's delicious stollen tonight. It was a lovely class- good work by all. Have a great Solstice, Christmas and New Year. 

Goodbye and good luck

...to Michael H, next to Mark in this photo from last night, my excellent class mate for over a decade on Tuesday nights. He and his wife and children are returning to SA be be with their wider family. There are rumours of a T'ai Chi group to be started in Cape Town. That would be a great change of venue for a future workshop! Safe journey Michael, see you in the south some time, we will miss you lots. 

15 December 2014

Emails to www.greatrivertaichi.co.uk

Please bear with us another couple of days and use our alternative email addresses, text or call to get in touch. I am just testing all the '@greatrivertaichi.co.uk' emails to see if they forward to the instructors correctly... so far one definitely does, so you can email Scott at least... More news soon, best wishes in the meantime.


I have ordered a batch of 10 brown varnished good quality Japanese bokkens from Nine Circles so that we can begin Sabre in Hackney in the Spring. If anyone wants else one, they will only cost £12.50 from me, (which includes the VAT and postage) so let me know. Pictured below right.

From the air

Heading out of London, Friday evening.

The Force is strong in him, I feel.

Alfie the Jedi
Cheers to Tim for this awesome picture and permission to post it. He and Kate are raising a true Jedi, here doing (Light) Sabre Form. What poise and energy! He has been reminding his dad that the power really comes from the movement of the hips... When Tim is too old to fight The Empire, he can safely pass the task on. I am totally inspired, and now I want a light sabre too.


The senior students, last night.
Thanks to all for a great weekend of T'ai Chi, with the students old and new. I wouldn't travel 1200 miles round trips each month if you all weren't such a pleasure to teach (and be with). Love and best wishes to all of you this winter, be well and happy. 


The first batch have been ordered and will arrive by 22nd, apparently. I will post a batch to Davina for the Scots and the we'll work out how to distribute the London ones!

14 December 2014

@greatrivertaichi.co.uk emails

Just to let you know that our website www.greatrivertaichi.co.uk has just been moved to a new server, and the @greatrivertaichi.co.uk emails have been down for 2 days and will get reinstated by tomorrow evening, I hope. I will have full control of the system after that, but please bear with it until then, and use texts, phone or send emails after Tuesday! Thanks, Caro.

12 December 2014

Stuck on a plane

On the way to Scotland to teach this weekend but air traffic UK is down. Have crochet and a good book but looks unlikely I'll make it to weapons class on time... Will post more when I know. At least we are not on the runway with engines off. Still on stand, with facilities.

10 December 2014

Shorter Session this Thursday

A reminder that we're in the Small Hall at Monymusk from 8-10pm only this week as the bowlers are in the main hall. All dates for Thursday sessions to the end of the year are available here.

09 December 2014


Mark and I have just finished finalising the photos for the calendars, and there were so many great pictures from this year that there will be a few differences between the wall and desk calendars, so we can include them all. Please get your order to me by 16th December, so they will arrive in time for the New Year. Prices will be £4 for desk and £9 for wall.

08 December 2014

This week's photos

Cormorants drying their wings

Ice crystals Saturday morning

Yellow dawn light slanting in

White Snake puts out Tongue application practice at Mark's Tuesday class.

Aberdeenshire Workshops 12-14th December

It's almost time for the final Aberdeenshire workshops of 2014. Many thanks to Caroline and Mark for another wonderful year of teaching. All the dates for the 2015 workshops are here, and they will follow the same format as this year with a mini-intensive with Mark in October.

This weekend's workshops are from the 12-14th December. 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 £15 (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.

04 December 2014

Workshop photos and Photoshop injuries

I have just cropped and filed over 180 T'ai Chi photos from the summer workshop and other classes, and I am still only up to July's stash. I think I need to get a more ergonomic mouse and hand rest, as my wrist and fingers are sore... any recommendations? Anyway, the photos have brought back wonderful memories and I am posting a few almost random choices below, more coming soon. It'll take me all my spare time this weekend to get the whole lot ready for Mark to choose from for the calendars, but they should be lovely this year.

All Great River Aberdeenshire T'ai Chi Classes

John Kells Blog, updated and organised by Camillo, is here.


Watch Karen's beautiful video for 'Deep Down Things' here.