11 December 2017

Turriff class cancelled tonight

Due to the road and weather conditions I don't want anyone to risk travelling to Turriff tonight, so I've cancelled the class. The last week of term is next week - hope to see you then! Keep warm and stay safe.

06 December 2017

Shorter session this week at Monymusk

This week we have the small hall 8-10pm only as the bowlers are in the main hall.

04 December 2017

December workshops with Caroline, Aberdeenshire

This months workshops with Caroline are this weekend 8-10th December.

The Weapons session is at Fetternear Hall at 6:30pm, all other workshops are at Balvack. Great River students of any level are particularly welcome to the Saturday sessions.

Friday 6:30-9:30pm: Weapons, including Sabre for beginners 6:30-7:30  (£5).
Saturday 1-4pm: Short Form, and related study
Saturday 5.30-8.30pm: Partnerwork
Sunday 1-4pm: Long Form
Sunday 5.30-8.30pm: Advanced Studies and Dance

The price is £16 (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. The weather is forecast to be very cold this weekend so wrap up warm and travel safely.

The confirmed dates for all the 2018 workshops are available here.

30 November 2017

The Boy Who Stole Time

Mark Bowsher, who made the great short film for my Unbound page for The Illustrated Wake, has a book out himself and you can read about it here.

Wild Twins - Art and Writing Course


Here's the flyer for my upcoming course, Wild Twins, with award-winning writer of The Wake, Paul Kingsnorth. We have a great week planned, so if you have ever wanted to write, draw or paint, or take those things further and wilder than you have before, then this is for you. Also, if you know any venue, college or library where this flyer could be displayed, then please do print it out, or ask me to send you the file. That would be much appreciated, as would sharing the link. Come and get rewilded...

Aberdeenshire December sessions

I will be teaching the last workshops of the year 8-10th December and am looking forward to seeing everyone for a bit of winter cheer. There is one 121 space left on the Sunday, if anyone wants it.

Prices are going up a tiny bit in the New Year, but not concessions, which will remain the same.
121s £30
Sessions £18 / £12
As usual, if the cost means you cannot afford to come along, further reductions are always available for regular sincere students, by arrangement.

Gothenburg

I will be teaching in Gothenburg this weekend, focusing on getting the Short Form to a high level, by request. there will also be some pushing hands. looking forward to seeing the crew!

Dark Mountain Book 12 'Sanctum' launch

There will be a launch of the new book, which features 10 of my tiny paintings, at Dartington Hall on 9th December. Details are here.

No Monymusk session tonight

Tonight's session at Monymusk has been cancelled.
There will be a bowling tournament in the main hall next week (7th December), so we'll be in the small hall 8-10pm only.

23 November 2017

Marks term dates for London classes

The last classes of term are: 12th and 14th December, we return on Tuesday 9th.

Venue charge this evening, 23rd November

We'll be using the bar  area 7-9pm tonight as the Community Council are meeting in the small hall.  Main Hall from 9-10pm as usual once the yoga class has finished.

19 November 2017

Session at The V&A

Many thanks to Davina for assisting me at the beginners' workshop at the Victoria and Albert Museum this Saturday, which was held in the great hall full of incredible Raphael cartoons. We had a great session, and studied sticking, warm ups and Five Element Chi Kung. There may be some more sessions in the future. here's a few pictures.

sticking

two hand sticking, not stepping

Short Form

Warm ups

Things of beauty

my apple, yesterday

misty morning at home

green light through stained glass

cherry tree gum, enough for a year's paints

Aberdeenshire workshops

Thanks to all who came for a great set of workshops, with the wonderful combination of the deepest work and most fun mixed with the usual great food!
Long Form applications, the split within Step Forward to the Seven Stars

Sword on Friday, Lark Over the Waterfall.


Shetland

the Shetland workshops last month were lovely, and only now have I had a chance to sort the photos, here are a couple of us doing 5 Element Chi Kung.




The wind swirling across the bay - next day calm with sea otters!


14 November 2017

Plaistow class this week

All who have finished Short Form are welcome, 7-9pm, get in touch for the address.

09 November 2017

Shorter session this evening at Monymusk

This week we have the small hall 8-10pm only as the bowlers are in the main hall, so no weapons or tea-break...

this weekend

I am looking forward to travelling up to teach tomorrow and spend time with the students in Aberdeenshire. It's ben a very busy week of T'ai Chi and other work, so I haven't blogged the Shetland pics yet, but will. Autumnal greetings to all from the chilly river.

07 November 2017

November Aberdeenshire workshops with Caroline

This months workshops with Caroline are this weekend 10-12th November.

The Weapons session is at Fetternear Hall at 6:30pm, all other workshops are at Balvack. Great River students of any level are particularly welcome to the Saturday sessions.

Friday 6:30-9:30pm: Weapons, including Sabre for beginners 6:30-7:30  (£5).
Saturday 1-4pm: Short Form, and related study
Saturday 5.30-8.30pm: Partnerwork
Sunday 1-4pm: Long Form
Sunday 5.30-8.30pm: Advanced Studies and Dance

The price is £16 (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.

The confirmed dates for all the 2018 workshops are available here.

06 November 2017

Wild Twins

I will be teaching a new course for artists and writers with Paul Kingsnorth next May called Wild Twins. It will take place on the wild Atlantic coast of Ireland at Sherkin Island, North Shore. There are places for 8 writers and 8 artists, and people of any level of practice are welcome to attend. We will be spending much time in wild nature as well as making all the materials we need to draw or write from scratch from natural materials. Get in touch if you are interested, as it will probably sell out quickly.

Turriff class

The Turriff class will continue until 18th December. For those paying in advance, this will be a 7-week rather than 6-week block.