18 September 2014


For fans of colour and textiles, there's still time to catch the Kaffe Fassett exhibition at Aberdeen Art Gallery. If you can't make it, then you can see a large number of the exhibits in this video.

Venue for tonight

A reminder that tonight's Long Form and weapons session is at Millbank Hall as Monymusk is being used as a polling station.

17 September 2014


Thanks to David for covering Hackney class at short notice tonight. I shall be back next week.

Fruity Union

Scottish rowans and English quinces will fuse to make a jelly tomorrow to eat with venison at the weekend for a meal with friends. Being 1/4 Scots, having lived in Aberdeenshire for 6 years and still travelling there most months to see my wonderful friends and students, I shall be sad if the Union is dissolved. However, I wish all of you a peaceful polling day, and feel that those who live in a country should decide how it's run. The famous 'Westminster elite' mean as little to this fruit foraging Dorset girl as they do to any Highlander. Which ever way the vote goes, I shall continue to come north and teach as long as I am wanted, even if that means changing my Euros at the border!

16 September 2014

Dates for your diary

T'ai Chi Centre Dates
Sabre and sword sessions: weeks of 16/09, 07/10, 04/11, 02/12.
Final Sunday workshop of 2014: Staff 2-5pm 26/10.
Aberdeenshire workshop all welcome 11-13/10, see previous posts or het in touch for details. 
No London TCC classes 14 and 16/10 due to Aberdeenshire workshop. GR class will run in Hackney. 
Last class of term 18/12.
Term resumes 06/01/15.

Fetternear Hall fundraising

As many of you know we've been using Fetternear Hall for workshops for a number of years now. The committee have done a great job of improving the facilities but they require significant funding to carry out repairs to the roof.  I've received this email from the committee chairman.  If you'd like to add your support, voting closes on 10th October.

"Everyone in Scotland knows there is an important vote taking place this week...but you may not have realised there is another valuable cause that you can vote for and that is  through the Bank of Scotland Community Fund!  Fetternear Hall is on the shortlist to receive a much needed funding boost from Bank of Scotland, but how much we are fortunate enough to receive depends on how many votes we get.

It would mean so much to the Hall Committee and all the users of our building if you could do some clicking on the link below and vote for our cause to help provide a sustainable future for Fetternear's village hall.


15 September 2014

October workshop

If there are any Scottish students who could put up a visiting Swedish student for the workshop, please do get in touch with me. Thanks.

11 September 2014

Mark's classes

Classes resumed this week. Sabre and sword sessions will be next week. Power training is this Sunday from 2-5pm at the usual St Mary Magdalene Church Hall. All are welcome. 

09 September 2014

10 years ago today...

... Caroline started teaching in Inverurie. Heartfelt thanks to her for 10 wonderful, life-changing years. My thanks also to all the open-hearted students I've met at classes and workshops over the years since then. I feel very lucky to have such loving friends and family.

08 September 2014

Foray hurray

A good selection of delicious mushrooms: cep, bay bolete, chanterelle, hedgehog fungi, amethyst deceivers, brown and orange birch boletes, puffballs, then not to eat: shaggy parasol, red cracked bolete, a mystery boletus to identify and some other new species to me. A handful of rowans for jelly. A great day in the woods, thanks to Marie for her recommendation. 


Cep, penny bun, porcini, boletus edulis- a rose is a rose...

No Turriff class 8th September

There's no class this evening, 8th September. We're back as usual on Monday 15th from 6:30pm.

07 September 2014

Oldmeldrum Class

The new term at Oldmeldrum starts tomorrow the 8th of September 2014 - 10.30 am - 12pm - in the upstairs Room at Oldmeldrum Town Hall.

The class is open to new students and those with more expereince. Just wear loose comfortable clothing and soft shoes/trainers.

The cost is £8 per session, £7 for concession.

Please get in touch with any questions. 07714 - 267057

Thanks ,


Upper Hall,
Oldmeldrum Town Hall
The Square
AB51 0DS

04 September 2014

Terry Knight

Terry Knight, father of David and our dear long term T'ai Chi Centre colleague, died peacefully at home last week. His cremation will be held next Wednesday. If you knew him and would like to attend, please get in touch with me for details. We send our love and deepest condolences to his family. 

03 September 2014

Aberdeenshire Workshops 5-7th September

The next Aberdeenshire workshops with Caroline are this weekend. 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.

There will also be a mushrooming expedition on Monday 8th September. Let Caro or me know if you'd like to come. Wear suitable outdoor clothing, and bring a penknife if you have one.

The October workshop is a 3 day intensive with Mark on 11-13th October.
The dates for 2014 workshops in Aberdeenshire are listed here.