Monday, 6 November 2017

Cosy Yoga on a Frosty Morning!


This morning's white frosty lawn took me by surprise.

This morning's restorative yoga and meditation was perfect inside with warm blankets as the golden sun shone through.

Laura took us through a guided meditation, using all of our senses and I found myself looking out to sea, it was so calming.

The deep stretches are perfect after a busy weekend, especially the hip ones, having had my 10 month old nephew on my hip this weekend!

Today's cake after class today was a warming apple, cinnamon and chocolate chip cake, with warming pukka teas.

Come and join us for a session, perfect for beginners or those looking for some calm in a very relaxed and friendly setting.

Laura is here on:

Tuesday 14 November
Monday 4 December
Monday 11 December

9:30am - 11:30am
£25


We have 1 space left on our Candlelit and Fireside Yoga Evening on Thursday 7 December

7pm - 9:30pm
£30
This includes a warming soup supper and hot drinks.

The evening will include restorative yoga, meditation & breath work, finishing with yoga nidra.
(pyjamas and onesies optional!)

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Autumn Watercolour Class



A beautiful sunny day for our Autumn Watercolour class.

The lunch table was covered with just a selection of the colours and leaves I found in the garden the afternoon before, plus conkers, feathers and fircones.


The paintings were full of rich warm colours


You can hear the leaves crackle


Darker hues needed to be dropped in to make the conkers stand out amongst the leaves










The sun streaming in .....


Lovely smells from the kitchen were coming from this pan full of plums, port, fresh ginger, lemon peel, cardamom pods and sugar.

I used them to make a delicious Spiced Plum Trifle 


Before we know it we will be back for our Winter Scene classes!

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Candlelit Yoga by the Fire - Book now 7 December


COSY YOGA EVENING

On Thursday 7 December we will be holding a meditation and restorative yoga class by firelight and candlelight with Laura.

The combination will help destress your body and mind and release any held tension with gentle movement, combined with Laura's soothing breathwork.

It will be so relaxing and comforting, you can even come in your onesie or pyjamas!


A warming bowl of soup and hot drinks will be served during the evening.

7pm - 9:30pm
£30 

Places are limited

(We will provide all the equipment needed).


Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Relax & Restore - Meditation & Restorative Yoga


We have had a great start to our Monday morning Relax and Restore classes this half term.

It's a wonderful way to start the week.

Laura has two hours to spend taking us through a meditation practice followed by some restorative yoga stretching poses, finishing with yoga nidra, a lovely relaxation part where we have blankets, eye masks and pillows.

It really is a time to put yourself first, focussing on your mind, body and soul.

Why don't you come and give a session a try after half term and see what it's all about?

We are taking bookings on the following dates:

Monday 30 October

Monday 6 November

Tuesday 14 November

Monday 4 December

Monday 11 December

It's £25 per session, and this includes cake, fruit and drinks.

All the equipment you need is provided by Laura, you just need to be here for 9:30am!

(If you would like to book all 5, there is a reduced rate of £110)


Monday, 9 October 2017

Venice Watercolour


On a beautiful day last week our artists (and Bambi) joined us for a Watercolour Class.

The subject was Venice, a place we have painted some years ago.


Claire used the lovely Saunders Waterford heavyweight paper, perfect to keep the transparency in this lovely painting's shadows, reflections and glazing.

The class started with 'vanishing point' exercises, which were needed for drawing in the buildings.

Below are the finished works of art ....








Saturday, 30 September 2017

Heavenly - Our first Relax & Restore Retreat day!


We had a wonderful Retreat day today with Laura.

The day was spent taking part in yoga and meditation.... 


Mindfulness walking in the grounds ....


After a delicious and nutritious lunch Laura led a 'gratitude' session


Deliciously Ella's Bean Stew served with brown rice and smoked quinoa, roasted cauliflower, sweet potato wedges and houmous

followed by


 

This is a great book The Wellbeing Journal, it has been developed in partnership with Mind, the mental health charity, with all royalties going to the charity.  It's full of colouring pages, quotes to contemplate and plenty of space to record your own thoughts, feeling and experiences.
I love the colourful illustrations.



We had some great postcards, everyone chose one that spoke to them today to take home.
 

We finished the day with a very very relaxing Yoga Nidra session, which is lying down on the yoga mat with a blanket, cushion and eye mask whilst Laura's calm and gentle voice guided us through some breathing and relaxation.

One hour of Yoga Nidra is the equivalent of 4 hours sleep!
(I won't mention the snoring!)

A really great day, join us for our next one on Saturday 25 November

11.30am - 4:30pm

#breathe
#namaste




Thursday, 28 September 2017

Oils in the style of Turner


This week's Art class with Claire, was with Oils.

Creating work inspired by Turner.

Claire spent the first part of the morning demonstrating and talking about Turner and his life and style.


Some of our artists managed several works of art during the day.

For some it was quite hard to begin with, learning how to work with the paints, especially if they had previously worked with watercolour.

Once you find the movement within the paint and your brush the magic happens.....


There is always time for a cuppa whilst paint dries!


We had to allow them to dry flat in the hall.

These paintings will take several weeks to dry, depending on the depth of paint.


As you can see there are some great seascapes, light in the skies and some Venetian images.




The colours in the painting below are fabulous.




 At the end of the class we always leave time to enjoy the 'gallery', it's an opportunity to see everyone's work from the day.


 We have a space available on our Venice Watercolour Class, please email me if you would like to come, it's on Thursday 5 October, 9.30am - 3pm, £70 to include all materials and a 2 course lunch with wine.

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For those of you who enjoy Turner's work, there is currently an exhibition in Winchester;

at The Gallery, Winchester Discovery Centre
Until 15 October

after that it will be transferring to the Willis Museum (The Sainsbury Gallery) in Basingstoke
21 October - 16 December 2017

There will also be some interseting workshops and talks during the exhibition.