25 October 2014

Havstensund 2014

Short Form demonstration.
Thanks to Anna for taking some photos at the Havstensund workshops.

23 October 2014

Hackney last night

Thanks to all who came last night, good work by all!

Proposed Aberdeenshire workshop dates 2015 -revised

Below are my proposed dates for next year, working around dates I've been asked to avoid. There is still plenty of wiggle room, so if you want me to change a date, just ask. I will set up the London workshops tomorrow accordingly. All dates given below are for the Friday evenings and include the weekend sessions.

February 6th
March 13th
April 24th (with Mark TBC)
May 29th (note changed date to avoid Bank Holiday))
June 26th
September 11th
October 9th - 12th 3 day workshop with Mark, plus 3 days 121s afterwards.
November 6th
December 11th

July weeklong workshop will be in London, date and venue TBC.
There are no classes with me in Aberdeenshire in January or August.

22 October 2014

Turriff class restarts 27th October

The Turriff T'ai Chi class restarts on Monday 27th October at the Gateway Centre (behind the swimming pool) from 6:30pm.  This term runs until 15th December.

The Short Form section of the class, including partnerwork and warm-ups, is from 6:30 to 8pm. Total beginners as well as returners will be very welcome. The standard price is £56 per 8 week block, or £9 per session if paying weekly. Concession prices are £40, or £6 weekly.

From 8-8:30pm there is the opportunity for more experienced students to study Yang Style Long Form. This will cost an extra £1 per week.

If you need any further information please contact me on 07540 351742 or email davina (at) greatrivertaichi (dot) co (dot) uk.

21 October 2014

Hackney class tomorrow

..Due to a lucrative filming event at the Round Chapel we will be at a different venue for one week, normal times apply. Call or email for address.

20 October 2014

Staff session this Sunday in London

Usual venue and price, 2-5pm. all TCC and GR students are welcome. It will be the last Sunday workshop for a while, so do come along.

This month's random lovely photos

This year the fungi have been vast and numerous, this was 1m across.

One of my current feline housemates, Tiger.

Stunning skies, 15 mins before I almost drowned in a New Forest bog.

Almost full moon looking east towards the Isle of Wight, past Hengistbury Head.

Some photos from the Autumn Intensive

I took too few pictures this year, but here's a few from what was a wonderful workshop.

Pulpit Rock

New Inverurie class starts 27th October

A new Short Form class will start in Inverurie on Monday 27th October and will run until 15th December. The class is suitable for total beginners and is also open to returning students ... so regardless of how long it is since you've been to class, you'll be very welcome !

Sessions will run on Mondays from 3:30-5pm at the Community Space in Tesco on Harlaw Road. The price is £6 per session, £4 concessions. Please get in touch if you need more information or would like to enrol. Or just turn up on the day.

To find the space:  Go up the escalator, turn immediately right and then right again to face towards the front of the shop, and the room is at the end of the clothing department.

Thursday Long Form sessions - October to December

Here's the rota for the next block of Thursday sessions. We'll be in the Small Hall 7-9pm and Large Hall 9-10pm at Monymusk as usual except where shown. The cost is £30 or £4.50/week.

16-Oct    Paolo   
23-Oct    Neil   
30-Oct    Sandy   
06-Nov   Anneke   
13-Nov   Davina   
20-Nov   Janet      8-10 Small Hall
27-Nov   Marie   
04-Dec   Neil        8-10 Small Hall
11-Dec   Paolo      8-10 Small Hall
18-Dec   Sandy   

If you can't make the session that you're due to lead then please contact someone on the list to arrange a swap.

14 October 2014


From Karen Grace:

Just a heads up about my gig this Sunday 19th October at 7pm at :

The Gladstone Arms
64 Lant Street

I'm on first at 7pm and it's a short set so be punctual and orderly like my good self !


I'm supporting Ellie Rose Rusbridge who is wondrous so don't miss this wonderful night !!

More gigs coming up too! And lots more up my sleeve including my album launch on 29th January at Passing Clouds. I've been designing my album cover after a crash course in photoshop last weekend. So exciting and fun! :)

British Grown Quinoa

We were talking about this at the dinner table at the workshop, here's the link I mentioned:

No classes at The T'ai Chi Centre this week

...as Mark is teaching 121s all weak in Aberdeenshire. Classes resume on Tuesday 21st as normal.

Aberdeenshire workshop

Thanks to Mark and to all who helped out at and attended the workshop this weekend: it was excellent. Great to see old and new faces, students from Sweden and south of the Watford Gap too.  I have just this minute got in, and it'll take a few days for me to get pictures and info together as I have a lot of work and travel coming up. Thanks again for a great weekend of delicious food, warmest company and great T'ai Chi.

09 October 2014

Sunday London workshops for 2015

These will all be held at our usual church hall venue from 2-5pm, £20, all welcome.

February 15th Sword
March 22nd sabre
May 31st Staff
June 14th Sword
September 20th Sabre
October 25th Staff

Heartwork and Power sessions (2 of each) will be held at a riverside venue, and outdoors if weather allows, details to follow.

Sword tonight

...at Mark's class.

08 October 2014

Thursday session this week

A reminder that we're in the Small Hall from 7-10pm this week as the bowlers are in the main hall.

Hackney class

As normal tonight.

06 October 2014

Tonight's Turriff class cancelled

Tonight's class at Turriff has been cancelled.  Term will resume on Monday 27th October after the tattie holidays.

03 October 2014

Aberdeenshire Autumn Intensive

Connecting Hands at last year's Autumn workshop
The annual Autumn workshop in Aberdeenshire with Mark Raudva will be held on Saturday 11th to Monday 13th October at Fetternear Hall near Kemnay. The sessions are 2-5pm and 6:30-9:30pm each day and the format is a mini-intensive covering Form, Partnerwork, and Heartwork. Come from the Saturday afternoon for as many consecutive sessions as possible. The price is £20 per session, £12 concession. Please bring some food to share each day.

There is also a Weapons session on Friday 10th October from 7-10pm at Fetternear. All 121 slots with Mark on 14th to 16th October have been taken & will be held at Balvack.

Please get in touch if you need any further information, or help with travel and accommodation.
Fetternear Trees. Photo by Caro.
Blast from the past: 4th Annual Intensive, July 2009