In October of every year we notify our long list of Janet Bolton and Julie Arkell enthusiasts of their dates for the following year's workshops here, and within a very short time all places are filled. However, altered circumstances sometimes mean that participants have to pull out, and disappointed as we are that guests we were looking forward to meeting will no longer be able to join us, it does mean a couple of people will now have the unexpected but guaranteed pleasure of being taught by either Janet (Narrative Stitches) in May, or Julie (Toys), at the beginning of June. Spaces are for luxury accommodation only, but cheap flights are still available (the Euro is weak so more spending power whilst you are here). For more details contact Susie as soon as possible so she can pencil you in.
But if you're looking for an opportunity to work quietly on your own project, away from the hurly burly of domestic chores and family responsibilities, our Bring Your Own Project week at the end of September may be just your cup of tea. You'll have first class accommodation, shared use of our inspirational studio space, breakfasts and evening meals, transport as well as an optional daily Iyengar Yoga class. We'll leave the rest up to your imagination.
If you haven't seen the latest copy of Uppercase Magazine we recommend you drop everything and run out to buy one immediately as this issue is all about textiles! My initial training was as a Graphic Designer, and I have long been besotted with typefaces, fonts and scripts. Add to this a fascination about the weaving process and hand-loom tapestry and Sarah Swett, whose extraordinary work is featured in the magazine, presses all the right buttons. My only attempt at a tapestry a very long time ago was a spectacular failure so it may be that this variation of weaving is a) impossible to do on a hand loom, and b) difficult to teach over a five-day workshop; but wouldn't it would be great if we could persuade Sarah (or maybe you can recommend another suitable teacher?) to come over next year to lead a workshop? We'll keep you posted!
As a postscript, there may be one or two of you who'd like to join us for an exclusive Yoga event at the end of June, designed for beginner, intermediate and advanced students. This five-day intensive (with all the leisure attractions that our venue offers, plus a salon therapist available for treatments) is to be led by Liz Bolton of Silver Yoga, who trained as a teacher after 15 years as a Iyengar Yoga practitioner; anyone interested in joining us at this beautiful time of year should contact me as soon as possible for more details as places are already filling up.
That's all for now folks