Monday, 22 October 2018

Retreat Day - Forest Bathing

It's been really busy with classes at Treetops this term, so it was lovely on Saturday to have one of our Relax & Restore Retreat days with Laura.

What a beautiful autumnal day it was too!

Our theme for the day was Forest Bathing

Forest Bathing (aka Shinrin-Yoku) is letting nature into your body through all five senses, the woodland and grounds at Treetops are just perfect for this.

In the morning Laura led some grounding Yoga indoors, followed by a delicious and nutritious lunch.

Lunch was inspired by Deliciously Ella's new book

After lunch we had our Wellbeing session where we talked about the benefits of being outside, especially as we head into Winter, how being amongst the trees and nature is so good for our blood pressure, stress levels, immune functions, helping our minds and bodies relax.  Just 15 minutes has proven benefits.

The book below "The Nature Fix: by Florence Williams, is brilliant and I really recommend it.

We headed outside into the woods and Laura led a gentle meditation, listening to the trees and the birds (and the falling acorns landing around us!)

Everyone had some quiet time to wander and collect some autumnal treasures

In the afternoon we made our own Smudge Sticks

Smudging is the ancient practice of burning herbs for spiritual cleansing and purification.

We had lavender, rosemary and rose petals from the garden

Sage and a variety of acorns, sticks and leaves from the woods.

You tie them together with string and wrap them tightly together, leave them to dry upside down for a week or two.  You then light the smudge stick and allow it to smoulder in a dish.

The benefits include improved mental focus (thanks to the rosemary) an increase to your wellbeing, improves sleep (lavender) increases energy, clears negative energy and the air around you.

We finished the Retreat with some meditative candle-gazing and amazing sound therapy under snuggly duvets and warmed eye pillows.  Bliss!

This was our last Retreat Day for 2018 but if you would like to join us in 2019, please send me an email.  Gift Vouchers are now available for Christmas Gifts

Sunday, 14 October 2018

Autumn Watercolour

A vibrant watercolour class full of stunning autumnal colours.

A really bright and brave first wash, followed by some texture paste.

We worked on some negative painting before adding final details to the leaves.

Claire is back on Wednesday 24 October for Beginners & Refreshers Watercolour (places available) and we have one place left on our Poppies class on Thursday 25 October.

Further ahead in November & December, how about coming to try

Pen & Wash Winter Sunshine
Thursday 8 November

A Winter Scene Watercolour
Tuesday 13 November

Oils - Water Lilies
Wednesday 5 December

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Our new Papercutting Workshop

We had a fantastic day last week with new tutor Lucy on our Introduction to Papercutting Workshop.

Lucy spent some time explaining about the blades used and best techniques to try, before everyone got to work.

There were some lovely templates to choose from.

We had a break for lunch which today was a delicious and autumnal Chicken Tagine with Lemons, Pomegranate and Olives

Here are the finished papercuttings, everyone did brilliantly!

Lucy return to Treetops for our Festive Papercutting class on
Tuesday 6 November
10am - 3pm
This includes all of your materials, a 2 course lunch and refreshments throughout the day.
3 places left!

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Meet Sophie, our new Arm Knitting tutor ...

This is Sophie, another of our new tutors for the Autumn Term

Sophie lives on a houseboat near Newbury and runs knitting and crochet workshops both for adults and local schools.

She has been featured in many a crochet and knitting magazine as well as BBC Radio Berkshire and Waterways World magazine!

Sophie will be joining us to run a really fun Arm-Knitting Workshop!

On Thursday 18 October
7pm - 9:30pm

* You don't need to be able to knit *

Fizz and nibbles will be served as you make a fantastic throw/blanket for you, your home or as a gift.

Cost £80

To book, please email me and I will send you the colours to choose from.

Friday, 28 September 2018

Free From Cookery Class

We had a really interesting and delicious morning, for our Free From Cookery Class.

We covered most of the intolerant and allergy foods such as gluten, wheat, dairy, egg, soya and nut.

We looked at the variety of alternatives, spoke about the different places that are available to buy ingredients both instore and online.

We made some crunchy chickpea nibbles coated in spices with a starter of mackerel dip.

Our main course was a gorgeous fish pie, topped with both potato and sweet potato.

After the demonstration, there as a tasting lunch of all the food cooked.

These meringue kisses were a huge hit, especially when everyone discovered that they were #eggfree and were made from chickpea water aka Aquafaba!

We made perfect pastry and had some little jam and nut butter tarts.

The kitchen smelt delicious from the Carrot Cake, full of sweet smelling orange and cinnamon.

To finish with we had an apple and chocolate crumble, heavenly, served with dairy free ice cream or oatly dairy free cream.

Everyone went home with a copy of the recipes and full tummies!

I will be running this class again on Friday 23 November
6:30pm - 9:30pm


Next week we have our Monday morning Yoga & Meditation classes and our new Introduction to Papercutting on Thursday (2 spaces left).

Thursday, 27 September 2018

Watercolour Greece

A beautiful and bright painting to start the new term 

Santorini in Greece

Claire simplified the composition with limited colours and tones

Showing hints of buildings using just basic brush marks

Beautiful skies from the first wash

We are looking forward to our next class with Claire on
Wednesday 10 October which is

Autumn Leaves Watercolour
with texture

Stunning jewel colours of Autumn
9:30am - 3pm

Last few places remaining ....

Monday, 24 September 2018

Cosy Autumnal Classes

Hello Everyone

I'm just back from Cornwall, and it's definitely feeling chillier and more autumnal in Berkshire.

We have some cosy autumn classes coming up, some of which we will have around the fire!

New Woolly Drop in Club
Crochet and knit for charity
(Wool provided)
Monday 8 October
Monday 12 November
1:30pm - 4pm

Autumn Leaves with texture Watercolour
Wednesday 10 October
9:30am - 3pm

Wednesday 17 October
7pm - 9pm

Arm Knitting a Snuggly Throw
Thursday 18 October
7pm - 9:30pm

Candlelit Yoga Supper
Friday 16 November
7pm - 9:30pm

If you have any questions regarding any of the classes, please drop me an email