Tuesday, 12 December 2017

2018 Relax & Restore Classes

Yoga and Meditation

From Monday 8 January 2018 we will be holding Relax & Restore Classes with Laura Routh-Parsons.

Session 1
Gentle Flow Restorative Yoga: 9.30am - 10.30am

Session 2
Meditation: 10.45am - 11.45am

Time to connect, balance and restore your body, mind and soul.

Ideal for beginners and others wanting a gentle start to the week in a small and welcoming environment.

The price is £10 per session and everything will be provided for you; mats, towels, cushions, blocks, belts, eye masks and blankets.

(If you book the 5 week block you receive 10% off)

Please email to book up to 8am on the Monday mornings to ensure that there is a mat for you. 

Candlelit Yoga Evenings

On Tuesday 23 January we are holding another wonderful Candlelit Yoga Evening by the fireside.

Gentle yoga and meditation led by Laura with a delicious supper of nutritious soups and warming drinks.

The class runs from 7pm - 9.30pm and costs £30.

Relax & Restore Retreat Day

On Saturday 20 January we will be having another relaxing Retreat Day at Treetops.

Running from 11:30am - 4:30pm you will enjoy a great day in a small group taking part in gentle yoga, meditation, yoga nidra, a wellbeing workshop, a delicious and nutritious lunch, a creative activity and a gentle mindful walk within the 3 acres of grounds and woodland at Treetops.

We cater for all dietary requirements. 

Around the fire in the woods.

The day costs £75, we currently have 3 spaces left for this Retreat.

Friday, 8 December 2017

Candlelit Yoga & Meditation Evening

We had the most relaxing and blissful evening last night.

7 of us being led by the lovely Laura in a gentle yoga flow and meditation, by the fireside lit by just candlelight.

Supper was enjoyed; a choice of nutritious soups and warming chai-lattes.

The second part of the evening was a sound meditation and yoga nidra.

We could have stayed under the blankets listening to the roaring fire, it was amazing ...

We have another evening like this next Thursday at 7pm.

The evening lasts until 9:30pm and costs £30.

Places are limited, so book now to secure your place.

In 2018, we will be holding a Yoga Evening on Tuesday 23 January.


Our Second Winter Scene Class ....

This was our second Winter Scene Class this term, back to the Cotswolds for this lovely painting

Beautiful, cool colours with lovely reflections and shading.

All of the paintings so different from one another

We all enjoyed a delicious lunch of fish stew, rice, roasted cauliflower and poppadoms.

And that marked the END OF OUR ART TERM!

For new 2018 dates please click HERE

Winter Pen & Wash

On Tuesday we held our popular Pen & Wash Class.

It was officially our quietest class of the year!  So much concentration with the drawing and a lesson in perspective.  Always a good one!

After sketching the drawing, the artist then used a permanent black pen, followed by their pale watery watercolour washes.

It was a very calm image to draw and paint, the lovely lawn in front of the pub with the river meandering past.

See below for our gallery of great pictures:

During lunch we had the wonderful news that Claire's latest grandson had been born safely in Shangai!

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Beginners & Refreshers Winter Watercolour

We had some very talented Beginner and Refresher artists at Treetops, they painted these lovely Winter Scenes.

Our Beginner & Refresher classes are brilliant at building your confidence, and Claire does a great introduction that covers all you need to know about brushes, papers, paints and methods of watercolour. 

(We provide notebooks for all the useful tips that Claire provides during the day)

The paper we use is from St Cuthberts Mill

and Claire buys most of her materials from

Claire also produces her own range of paints, and these can be bought at Treetops, she has some beautiful colours.

Claire teaches in a step-by-step style so that no-one gets left behind and it ensures an even, steady pace. 

Claire talks about painting from light to dark ....

.. explains about where the light is coming from ...

... shows everyone how to apply their washes before the paper dries ...

.... how to add reflections and shadows ...

and how to use different brushes on the trees, I thought the trees were amazing today.

Our next Beginners & Refreshers class is on Thursday 1 February 2018

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All other 2018 dates are HERE 

Friday, 1 December 2017

Aga Christmas Parties with Sarah Whitaker

Thursday was Christmas Parties Aga with Sarah Whitaker

A new class full of delicious ideas for entertaining, canapes, meals, recipes that can be made ahead and frozen and tasty puddings.

It was also a good opportunity to get all of my festive bowls out of the cupboard!

Above are bacon pinwheels and below cheese puffs made with choux pastry, which Sarah demonstrated step by step.

Some warm home made onion bread, baked in the roasting oven.

We discussed how to cook root vegetables and potatoes in the Aga

A delicious mince family dish, perfect to make ahead and freeze in it's dish

Festive Flapjacks, these have a yummy mincemeat layer in them, Sarah then sprinkled them with icing sugar, edible glitter and her sprinkles!

Delicious Treacle & Walnut Tart

Sarah with her Wondrous Mushrooms, deliciously stuffed with caviar, dill and cream cheese.

There were so many festive things cooked, the kitchen smelt delicious!

We then enjoyed a tasting lunch of all the food cooked.

Sarah will be back at Treetops in 2018