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

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

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
Only 4 places left.

AromaYoga Class with Rachel

We recently held an AromaYoga evening with Rachel, which was really good.

It was great to welcome some new faces to Treetops too.

Rachel talked us through the oils she had chosen for the evening and their health benefits.

We enjoyed a gentle yoga flow class that incorporated the oils.

After 90 minutes, darkness had fallen and we relaxed into our savasana positions whilst Rachel soothed our brows with some lavender oil.

Truly relaxing.

The evening finished with some warm drinks and delicious nibbles.

Rachel will be back with us in the Autumn.

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)


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