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

02 October 2014

Fetternear Hall fundraising - Please help with a vote

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.


From Caro: Just voted, took 10 seconds, please do click the link as this is an ace hall and we love using it. Thanks.

Proposed Aberdeenshire workshop dates 2015

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 22nd
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.

Hackney Classes

The next two weeks (8th and 15th) we are back to normal times and venue for Wednesday night class. On 22nd we have just been told that the hall will be used for filming. I am hoping to find a smaller room for a partner work intensive session, which should be great fun - all your push hands, Ta Lu, uprooting and sensitivity training questions can be addressed! If you have a lounge or room large enough for us to do partner work in on that night, do get in touch, as it might be nice to be 'at home' for an evening and have tea and cake at break time. I can provide cake...

01 October 2014

Hackney Class Tonight

Hi all, we are next door at the Church Rooms 7-9pm (no tea! Ta'i Chi straight thru'...) tonight. See you there.

29 September 2014

Free Taster Sessions in Inverurie

Please pass on this flyer to anyone who may be interested.

24 September 2014

Hackney next week

On 1st October class will be 7-9pm only next door in The Church Rooms as our usual hall is booked for a meeting. Please come along for our shorter intense session! Back to normal the week after that. 


Just got these great white oak T'ai Chi swords from Nine Circles, (ninecircles.co.uk) as an alternative to the plain but very nice ones some of the Scots use. They are solidly made and nicely weighted, and arrived very swiftly. I happy to recommend them to students.

Coming soon to Inverurie!

A new Short Form class suitable for beginners is planned to start in Inverurie on 27th October. Ahead of that there will be free (!) taster sessions on Monday 6th and Wednesday 8th.  More details soon...
In the meantime if you want more information, please contact me by email or call 07540 351742.