Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Announcing our Autumn Term dates with New Classes and New Tutors

I write this as the rain finally falls .....

We have some great classes and workshops coming up next term, with some BRAND NEW tutors and subjects, I will write a bit more about these in another post, but if you have any questions before you book please email me ....

I am really excited about welcoming Lucy Nichols a paper and textile artist to Treetops to run some paper cutting workshops.
(Lucy has had her work exhibited in association with the V&A and also at the Morley Gallery in London)

An Introduction to Papercutting
Thursday 4 October
10am - 3pm
(£60 includes lunch and all of your materials)

Following on from that we will be doing a Festive Papercutting day which will include cards and these fantastic lanterns.  A great idea to make for people's Christmas gifts!

Festive Papercutting
Tuesday 6 November
10am - 3pm
(£60 includes lunch and all of your materials)


Sophie from A Boat Full of Wool, who helped me run our recent Crafternoon, will be holding a great evening workshop, to create a snuggly blanket/throw by ARM KNITTING!

Using wonderful chunky wool, Sophie will guide you step by step to create this masterpiece.

Arm Knitting
Thursday 18 October
7pm - 9:30pm
(to include all materials, some fizz and nibbles)

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I will be running a monthly Monday afternoon Woolly Drop-in Club, not only a chance to have a cosy autumnal afternoon get together by the fire, but mainly for us to create squares to send to the amazing charity Woolly Hugs

2nd Monday of every month
8 October
12 November
10 December
1:30pm - 4pm
£5 per session
(this will cover tea/biscuits, your wool and postage of the squares to the charity)


NEW is our Autumn Nutrition Workshop with Amber

Amber, from Dandelion Wellbeing, will share her passion for real food and correct supplement support, incorporating the latest nutritional research.

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We will start with a nutrient dense breakfast and Amber will share some great recipes, ideas and lifestyle tips to get our bodies (and minds) into tip top condition for the autumn/winter months ahead.

Wednesday 17 October
10am - 1pm


I will be running a FREE FROM Cookery Class in September, having had requests from many of you to do so.  Due to health reasons I have spent the last 10 years on a gluten free, dairy free, soya free and egg free diet.  So I have plenty of tips and information to share with you.

Having cooked regularly for large groups of people at our classes over the last 14 years, there isn't a dietary requirement or condition I haven't dealt with. I know how difficult it can be to eat out, so I like people to come to Treetops and not have to worry about their lunch or supper, I can take care of it!

On Friday 28 September
10am - 1:30pm

In October I will be running a general Autumn Cooking for Friends & Family cookery day, lots of great ideas for when you have get togethers, how to simplify things with what can be prepared ahead so that you can spend more time with your friends and family rather than cooking in the kitchen!

Tuesday 9 October
10am - 1:30pm


Laura and her Relax and Restore classes continue to calm all of us that join her!

Our next Retreat Day is on Saturday 20 October
11:30am - 4:30pm

Look our for our Candlelit Yoga and Supper dates throughout the Autumn
7pm - 9:30pm

Laura is here every Monday morning for

Yoga 9:30am - 10:30am   £10
Meditation & Breathwork  10:45am - 11:45am   £10

(Please book ahead to check that there is a mat for you)


Instant Pause Workshop


Run by Ria Ingleby as part of Danielle Marchant's Pause Retreats, this is a full day that will, by the end, leave you feeling confident and inspired.

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In the morning there is an exercise that helps you to look back and review your year.  The afternoon allows you to look forward and set your intention and vision for the year ahead.

Saturday 6 October  10am - 5pm  £110
This includes lunch, all of your materials (you will leave with a vision-board) refreshments throughout the day, a copy of the book Pause and access to Ria and Danielle's Wellbeing info.

I'm delighted to have Ria facilitating this day in West Berkshire.




It wouldn't be the Christmas season without Sarah Whitaker and her Christmas Aga class

This year she joins us with the turkey on
Tuesday 27 November
9:45am - 1:30pm
(includes a tasting lunch of all the food cooked and a glass of wine)

And finally Claire Warner and our Art classes, we have a variety of subjects and mediums for you this term .....

Watercolour - Greece
(Claire & I are not influenced by Mama Mia in the slightest!)
Tuesday 25 September  9:30am - 3pm  £75

Watercolour - Autumn Leaves with texture
Wednesday 10 October  9:30am - 3pm  £80

Watercolour Beginners
Wednesday 24 October  9:30am - 3pm  £75

Watercolour Poppies - new image
Thursday 25 October  9:30am - 3pm  £75

Pen & Wash Winter Sunshine
Thursday 8 November  9:30am - 3pm  £75

Watercolour Wildlife (Foxes, Hares, Deer)
Friday 9 November  9:30am - 3pm  £75

Watercolour Winter Scene
Tuesday 13 November  9:30am - 3pm  £75

Acrylics - Boats by the Beach
Friday 30 November  9:30am - 3pm  £80

Oils - Water Lilies
Wednesday 5 December  9:30am - 3pm  £80

Watercolour - Loose & Free
Tuesday 11 December  9:30am - 3pm  £75

All of our Claire's classes include all of your materials and a 2 course lunch with a glass of wine

Once you've digested all of that and would like to go ahead and book, please email me!


PS: If you make it this far I have FOUR spaces left for this Friday evening's AROMAYOGA with Rachel.  7pm - 9pm with drinks and nibbles.  £30

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Treetops through the Summer .......

Treetops is open throughout the Summer for Relax & Restore classes.

We are here every Monday morning for Restorative Yoga and Meditation/Breathwork

9:30am - 10:30am
10:45am - 11:45am
£10 per class

We have our Retreat Day on Saturday 11 August
11:30am -4:30pm
A great day, full of relaxation, yoga, meditation, time outside, nutritious food, creativity ...

Next Friday we have our new class AromaYoga, this is with guest tutor Rachel, the evening is a mix of gentle yoga flow with essential oils.  I went to one of Rachel's recent classes and thought we must have an AromaYoga evening here, it was so relaxing, both in our poses and the gorgeous smells.  Rachel talks us through which oils are useful for various ailments and their health benefits.

The class runs from 7pm-9pm and includes time for drinks and nibbles

We also have another date booked with Rachel on Friday 17 August.

I'm busy putting together our new Autumn timetable of classes, the usual mix of watercolour, pen & wash, oils, yoga and Aga BUT with some new additions and new tutors!

Dates will be sent out mid-August, watch out for an email in your inbox or keep checking the blog.

Enjoy the sushine

Saturday, 14 July 2018

New Class AromaYoga Book Now!

Join us on Friday 17 August for a new class


7pm - 9pm

A great way to wind down the week, a gentle yoga flow with Rachel, our guest tutor, which incorporates various essential oils.

Rachel explains how oils can help with various ailments, chronic illnesses and other health conditions.

The room smells amazing during the course of the evening.

After our 90 minute practice, we will enjoy a drink and some nibbles and there will be an opportunity to ask Rachel any questions.

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Charity Crafternoon & Cream Tea

Thank you to everyone who came to Treetops yesterday for our Crafternoon

It was held in aid of Mind, the mental health charity and we raised £100!


Sophie, from A Boat Full of Wool joined us with her expertise and we are really grateful to the lovely Damaris Crafts and lovecrochet for donating raffle prizes and wool bundles.

Inside the house we had tables full of different makes, below are the flowers for our Floral Crown and Floral Hair clips

Hard at work below!

We had our creative and wellbeing table

and the bath salts work station, which filled the hall with gorgeous smells of lavender, rose and geranium.

Here are two floral crowns beautifully made and modelled!

Thank you gorgeous ladies!
And thank you to Susan for the delicious scones 💜

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Pebeo Seascapes

And now for something a little different ....

On Thursday we had a Pebeo class

Pebeo are acrylic paints with a high viscosity that can be used on boards, canvas and also glass.

You can create great effects with their fantasy paints and watch them bleed into the other paint you've already put down.

More information on the paints can be found here

They are easily available from places such as Hobbycraft.

Today's theme was all about Seascapes, making blue sea effects of waves, rolling skies and becoming mesmerised as the paintings developed in their own way (and time!)

We stopped for lunch allowing some of them to dry, it takes about 24-48 hours for them to dry, or DAYS if you add alot of paint and alot of layers!

Claire is now heading off to teach at Marlborough Summer School, but once she has finished we will be announcing our Autumn term dates and subjects.

Pen and Wash In the Garden Day

When Claire and I planned this class many months ago, calling it 'In the Garden', we didn't expect to actually be able to be outside in the garden sketching!

I sent everyone an email saying hats and suncream, we are heading outside!

We found plenty of shady little spots for our artists to settle and make little pen sketches of flowers, plants, trees and even the house!

It was an incredibly chilled day, although Claire was kept busy having a larger area to get round and see everyone.

Once the sketches had been done, some watercolour washes were applied over the top.

Great practice for summer holiday sketchbooks!

Well done everyone and thank you sunshine!