27 August 2015

So far this summer I have mostly been...
teaching two of my nephews how to fish,

watching lizards basking in the sun,

learning to make buckskin leather from deer hides in the woods using natural methods,
(in the pouring rain and storm force winds...),

then sewing some simple shoes from the finished skin.

19 August 2015

Carved by hand from green birch wood with axe, knife and swan neck gouge, my first bowl is finished at last. I hope you are also having peaceful and productive times. 

17 August 2015

Aberdeenshire Thursdays August to October

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. The cost is £20 for 8 weeks or £4/week. Returning students,  and those learning Long Form are welcome to come along.

20-Aug   Paolo
27-Aug   Scott

03-Sep    Sandy
10-Sep    Davina
17-Sep    Janet
24-Sep    Marie
01-Oct    Paolo
08-Oct    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.

13 August 2015

Aberdeenshire Sunday 16th August

From Scott:
"I'm having a Tai Chi session outdoors at my house just outside Inverurie this Sunday starting around 2 pm until about 5 pm. Please feel free to come along if you fancy it. As its outdoors its weather dependant  so lets hope its fine and sunny. I'm sure it will be.
Let me know if your coming and I will send directions to my place if you haven't been previously.
Also, If anyone fancies coming along beforehand for a guided meditation and / or Auricular Acupuncture please let me know. Probably do this around 12 .15 / 30 pm if anyone fancies it."

11 August 2015

You just can't get the staff...
Thanks to Tim for pic via Janet. 

05 August 2015

I am taking a break from all T'ai Chi related admin (though not T'ai Chi itself...) until September 7th.

I will post lots workshop pictures here in September. Please send me yours then, if you have some good ones.

Wishing you all a peaceful summer.

04 August 2015

Videos, files, info

If you would like any of our resources for you personal study, please bring a USB stick with your name on to class, and I can put files on it for you.

wooden sword order

I may be able to get a reduction in the price for the nice wooden swords we use, for when Mark starts a new Sword class on Tuesdays in October. I will take orders at the start of term. Anyone whio has completed the Sabre form can learn Sword.

Sword Circle

Inverurie, Monymusk, Turriff Short Form classes

The Monymusk class will restart Tuesday 25th August. Inverurie and Turriff classes will restart Monday 7th September. All will be open to new beginners as well as returners. More details will be published nearer the time.

Aberdeenshire Thursdays

Our regular practise sessions at Monymusk Hall will restart on 20th August. In the meantime the Thursday group or anyone who was at the summer Intensive is welcome to come along to Balvack from 7pm on Thursdays to play.
There will also be sessions most Sundays from 2pm open to any Great River students. Most will be at Balvack or if we're at another venue I'll post the details here on the blog.
Have a great summer !

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.