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
£60
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
£50

*

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
£80

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
£5

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

AromaYoga
Wednesday 17 October
7pm - 9pm
£25

Arm Knitting a Snuggly Throw
Thursday 18 October
7pm - 9:30pm
£80

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

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




Monday, 3 September 2018

What's on in September & October .....


Schools are heading back, the new term is underway

Here are our forthcoming classes for September and October

There are currently spaces available on them all

Tuesday 25 September - Watercolour Greece
9:30am - 3pm  £75  lunch & materials incl.

Friday 28 September - Free From Cookery
10am - 1:30pm  £50  tasting lunch incl.

Thursday 4 October - An Intro to Papercutting
10am - 3pm  £60  lunch & materials incl.

Monday 8 October - Woolly Drop in Club
1:30pm - 4pm  £5  wool & refreshments incl.

Wednesday 10 October - Watercolour Autumn Leaves
9:30am - 3pm  £80  lunch & materials incl.

Wednesday 17 October - AromaYoga Evening
7-9pm  £25  nibbles & warm drinks incl.

Thursday 18 October - Evening Arm Knitting
7pm - 9:30pm  £80  fizz & nibbles incl.

Saturday 20 October - Relax & Restore Retreat
11:30am - 4:30pm  £75  lunch & goody bag incl.

Wednesday 24 October - Watercolour Beginners
9:30am - 3pm  £75  lunch & materials incl.

Thursday 25 October - Watercolour Wild Poppies
9:30am - 3pm  £75  lunch & materials incl.

Email Emily to book

Friday, 31 August 2018

Meet Lucy our new Papercutting Tutor



This is Lucy Nichols one of our new tutors for Autumn Term.

Lucy is a paper and textile artist.

Interestingly Lucy comes from a Mechanical Engineering background, which she studied at Imperial College, followed by a background in IT management!  She had always loved being creative and this took her back to University to study some more, where she really enjoyed working with paper along with her love of textiles.


Our first class is An Introduction to Papercutting
 Thursday 4 October
10am - 3pm
£60

Using templates, Lucy will show us how to be creative with paper and make some lovely things.

Lunch and all of your materials are included.


Lucy returns for a Festive Papercutting class
Tuesday 6 November
10am - 3pm

we will be making cards as well as these fantastic lanterns.


These are perfect classes for if you want to try something new and creative this term.



Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Come and Paint Greece!


Beautiful blues to start the new term ....

Join Claire and I for a bright and beautiful watercolour painting day, keeping the memory of summer alive!

Suitable for any level of artist, you will be in a group of no more than 8-10 people ensuring that you receive plenty of attention from Claire.

Claire teaches in a step by step style and you will complete a finished painting to take home with you,

The class is on Tuesday 25 September
9:30am - approx 3pm
£75

The cost includes all of your materials, refreshments throughout the day and a 2 course home cooked lunch with a glass of wine.



Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Relax & Restore Retreat Class August


Laura returned to hold another Relax & Restore Retreat, we hold these on a Saturday and it's a great opportunity to escape, come somewhere quiet and peaceful, and have us look after you for the day.

The theme was Keep Your Cool, which we used in our yoga practice, our foods and our wellbeing activity.

After a delicious free-from lunch Laura took the group down into the woods, for some mindfulness (and whilst her back was turned, collecting nettles for the tonic we made in the afternoon) she discovered all of them zipping down the zip wire!


 In the afternoon we made some relaxing bath salts to take home, infused with lavender and rose petals.


We finished with a truly relaxing sound meditation and yoga nidra, below is a picture of of the bowls and bells Laura used.


Our next Relax & Restore Retreat is on Saturday 20 October
11:30am - 4:30pm
£75
Only 4 places left.