01 August 2015


Taking it easy for the evening. Thanks to all for a wonderful week of T'ai Chi. Please send any good photos my way and I will post them here next week. 

Lost property- we found only one thing- a pair of grey leggings, if they are yours get in touch. Whoever has my print out of the Cook Ting article, please return it to me: it was not on the board for the last two days. 

The boat trip home was a delightful end to a week full of great work and people. I wish a restful time to all. 

To avoid 'post workshop blues' make sure you keep a bit of practice up every day. 

29 July 2015

Intensive in full swing

It's been a wonderful week so far, thanks to all who have brought their good energy. See you this afternoon. Here we all are last night practising some figure 8s.

26 July 2015

The workshop has begun...

We have been glad of the spacious, light venue to keep out of the rain, but have enjoyed the balcony when it's been sunny. Thanks to Mark for a great first day and welcome to all, especially those who are attending for the first time. Get in touch if you have any queries.

25 July 2015

Summer workshop details

Here are the details for this summer's workshop, The Tenth Annual T'ai Chi Centre Summer Intensive. It is being held at a new venue as our previous venue was not free for the whole week. We are at Leander Sea Scouts, 92 Lower Ham Road, Kingston Upon Thames, KT2 5BB. The same bus as we used last year, no 65 from Kingston or Richmond, goes past the end of Albany Park Road, 1 minute's walk to the venue from the 'Durlston Road' stop. The entrance to the venue is in Albany Mews, off Albany Park Road. There is no public entrance from the Riverside on Lower Ham road, so please come to the back. (This was part of our hire agreement). If you are walking along the river from Kingston then turn up Bank Lane near the end of Canbury Gardens, turn left into Albany Park Road, and continue along until you get to Albany Mews. There are parking spaces in nearby roads and there are two spaces at the venue by arrangement for those who need to park close by, let me know if you need this. Come by public transport if you can.

Class times are 2-5 and 6.30-9.30pm daily from Saturday 25th until Friday 31st July. All GR and TCC students are welcome, as are students and grand-students of John Kells, please let me know if you plan to come. If you are a more junior student, make sure you come on the Saturday or Sunday, then stay for as long as you can, as the week builds in intensity, so dropping in later is not advised. Old hands, please come when you can! There is the traditional optional stepping partner work session on the Friday evening from 7-10pm for Ta Lu, Wabu and the Dance.

If you are not a regular student of our T'ai Chi family, but wish to come along, please get in touch to discuss suitability.

Each day we bring food to share at meal times. Bring your favourite teas and soft drinks too. On the Saturday we can all bring something to share. On the Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday, please bring food if you were born in an even number year. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday please bring food if you were born in an odd number year. It always seems to work out, although there's usually a bit too much houmous! We have the use of ovens, a microwave and plenty of space to prep food.

Fees will be £40 per day or £20 per session. There are concession prices of £24 / £12 for those who feel they cannot afford this. This venue is somewhat dearer than the previous venue, but we have not changed the price this year.

Students can camp indoors at the venue, there is no charge, you'll only need sleeping bag and maybe a roll mat, as there are gym mats there already. I will bring a donation box so you can make a contribution to the wonderful Leander Sea Scout troop as they are renting us their hall on very reasonable terms!

I send love and best wishes to all who are coming, and to those who cannot attend this year due to ill health, moving abroad, or unforeseen events, who will be in our thoughts and hearts.

Please get in touch with me if you need more information or if I can be of any assistance.

River side view of the venue.

Albany Mews, the way in.

Entrance to the venue on Albany Mews.

View from the terrace over the river.

Looking to the front of the hall from the entrance.

Small scout troop rooms can be used for indoor camping, there are showers and good facilities. Please bring towels, bedding and maybe an extra sleeping mat to put on top of gym mats provided.

There is a large kitchen and scullery, crockery and cutlery are provided.

Looking towards the venue entrance.

Canbury Park Gardens, 1.5 mins walk upstream, where we can work outside when the weather is good. There are picnic tables, lovely big trees for shade and a good pub nearby (The Boaters Arms)with public loos and good food and beer for after class.

Pots and pans

The venue is excellent but the scouts have taken the pots and pans to their summer camp. If you plan on cooking or heating anything at the venue, best bring the right pan or dish with you.

24 July 2015

On our way...

Coming by boat... Just passed Thames Ditton Marina, should be on time!

Workshop tonight

7pm, stepping partnerwork until 10pm. At week long workshop venue: Leander Sea Scout Hut. See earluer post for all travel details, etc.

As there will be rain on and off for at least the next few days, I am very glad we have such a nice hall to call home for the week. 

23 July 2015

Weapons at the workshop

There will be time and space for weapons during the week so bring them along but make sure you have put your name on them so they don't get lost.

Friday at the workshop venue

I plan to have the venue open for students to arrive from 4pm on Friday. Please feel free to come and help me tidy, clean and prepare the space for our workshops. Tea and milk are always good to bring!
See you soon, happy travels. 

22 July 2015

Last night

Thanks to Mark for a great year of T'ai Chi classes, here's a picture from last night where Short Form students were learning the applications of White Crane.

Last Hackney class of term

... Is tonight!

16 July 2015

Thursdays at Monymusk

Tonight is our last session at Monymusk before we take a short break for the summer. Thursday sessions will restart on 20th August. In the meantime get in touch if you fancy meeting up for some T'ai Chi before or after the weeklong in London.

12 July 2015

T'ai Chi today

Today's Aberdeenshire drop-in session is at Anneke and Neil's place. All welcome from 2pm onwards.
Classes are taking a break but there will be a drop-in session most Sundays over the summer. Or get in touch if you fancy meeting up for some T'ai Chi any other time.

Photos from Sweden

Davina & Carmen
Carmen & Anna
Swimming companion

My bedroom on the rocks

Dawn view from the hut