Welcome to The Yard @ Gracelands

A Creative – Holistic Centre in North West London

Details of all classes can be found here, or use the search bar to find what you’re looking for. Please note that we have a reduced timetable throughout the summer so check your class details on our Timetable page.

Complementary and Holistic Therapies
Adults
Kids, Toddlers and Babies
Music Lessons
Special Events
Studio Hire
The Gracelands Yard Gallery

If you would like any further information or would like to make a booking, please call us on 020 8960 7450 or email info@gracelandsyard.com.

We look forward to welcoming you to The Yard soon!

Kirsty Slattery - Proprietor of The Yard @ Gracelands

31st August and 7th September, 1.30-3.30pm

This workshop is led by our hypnotherapist here at The Yard, Meira Shore who aims to assist in an easier, comfortable birth that mirrors nature.

Replace discomfort with calm and confidence, and eliminate the myth that pain must accompany normal birthing. Learn techniques to enable you to overcome the fear and tension (which actually cause long labour) and to control the body’s own natural anaesthesia.

The course includes two sessions, each lasting 2 hours and costs £150 per couple.

To book, call Meira on 07966 659299 or email info@meirashore.com

Monday’s – 5:15-6pm

This is a fun, creative dance class each Monday taught by Julie McNamee, aimed at 10-13 year olds with a passion for dance or for those who want guidance to prepare them for the professional dance sector. Julie graduated from Middlesex University with a first class degree in Dance Performance and she continues to perform regularly as well as teach all over London. In this class Julie aims to help her students learn contemporary moves & routines alongside freestyle dance, all promoting co-ordination, fitness & nurturing a love of performance.

£45 for 6 weeks / £5 trial class

To book please call Kirsty on 07976 74 73 22, or email info@gracelandsyard.com

Autism Parents Support Group

A supportive space for parents of children on the Autistic Spectrum, to talk, exchange ideas, tips, experience and care.

Price: £2 donation are welcome. Please bring biscuits or cake to share!

When: 2nd Wednesday of every month 8.15 – 9.15pm (Next date Wed 9th April 2014)

To book, please contact Kirsty on: 07976 74 73 22 or email info@gracelandsyard.com

You can also keep up to date with The Autism Parents Support group on  Twitter

Relax and Restore in our special classes on Fridays from 7.00-8.30pm

Supported yoga postures designed to balance & restore energy levels, calm the nervous system & release tension, in the mind & body.

With the invitation being ‘letting go, relax & surrender to the breath’, join the Friday evening Restorative class as the working week draws to a close.

Jo Lee is a Yoga teacher & massage therapist.  Originally qualified with Sivananda (TTC ATTC) & currently working under the guidance of Sama Fabien of Aurolab Yoga Project. Jo qualified with Tri Yoga’s Anna Ashby; restorative yoga teacher and regularly incorporates this practice into her life & is keen to share the benefits with others.

Pre-book £12/£15 drop-in, booking is strongly advised, as spaces are limited.

To book please call Jo on 07971 421138/ jo.lee67@tiscali.co.uk

The wonderful Samira  Schmidli takes theses lovely morning Vinyasa Yoga classes each Wednesday morning. Classes start at 9.30am and lasts 60 minutes which gives you plenty of time to stretch out, breathe, tone up and relax at the end! It is an open class for all levels, including beginners and suitable for those with back problems.  Samira is a qualified yoga and movement teacher (RYT500) and has a diploma in contemporary dance.

6 x 90 minute classes for just £50 or £10 drop-in fee.

Booking is advisable, as class size is limited to 8 places. Call Kirsty on 07976 74 73 22. Further details are available on our Timetable page. See you there! Omm shanti…

These classes will resume in September.

Incorporating both traditional ballet music and popular children’s songs, these classes will develop your child’s musicality, imagination, co-ordination & love of performance.

Basic ballet technique is taught along with the use of props: pompoms, fairy wands, ribbons, tambourines, scarves & feathers!  A colourful, inspiring setting for your little ones to share their love of dance & start to explore the magic of ballet.  Classes are for both girls & boys to enjoy.

Miss Alex & Miss Julie are our teachers, who are both trained professionally and teach ballet, street dance, tap & jazz classes in a number of London dance schools including the Roundwood Stage School & are experienced in co-ordinating children’s parties.

6 classes for just £35 or £7.50 drop-in fee, when spaces are available.  Trial class only £5.  For further details and to book a place, please call Kirsty on 07976 74 73 22 or email info@gracelandsyard.com

Class times are as follows…

Tuesday afternoons:

  • 3-4 years @ 1.30pm
  • 2-3 years @ 2pm
  • Thursday afternoons:

  • 2-3 years @ 4pm
  • 3-5 years @4.30pm
  • 3-5 years @ 5pm
  • Friday mornings:

  • 2-3 years @10am
  • 3- 4 and a half years @ 10.30am
  • 2-3 years @ 11am
  • Be the best you can be!

    Are you a runner or a cyclist who does not want to get injured? Or are you tired of facing the same old injuries again and again? Is stress in your way?

    Or are you someone that wants to learn new ways to move, in order for you to feel healthy and youthful again?

    The Yard brings you a two-hour workshop from Samira Schmidli, a movement and yoga teacher RYT500. She is qualified as a Fascia Fitness Trainer through Robert Schleip.

    In this workshop, you will get a better understanding as to how and why we need to develop our fascial (connective tissue) system in order for you to achieve more in your current movement regime and to help you avoid getting injured.

    You will be given practical tools that will enable you to put this work in to practice. We will also look at different breathing and meditation techniques to help you find improved concentration and greater relaxation.

    Our next Be the Best you Can Be date is to be announced.

    Prices are £20 per person. Please bring a notebook if you wish to take notes and wear loose comfortable clothing. Limited places, so please reserve a place in advance. To book email: info@gracelandsyard.com or call Kirsty on 07976 74 73 22.

    Gracelands Yard is thrilled to announce a new class: Emotional Freedom Technique with Joy Rendell. The class will take place once a month on  a Tuesday evening from 7.30pm to 9pm at a price of £12 a session.

    Do memories of an accident or injury disturb you? Do you feel awkward doing day to day activities? Are you uneasy about how you look? Do you want more control over your pain? EFT or ‘tapping’  is a simple way of rebalancing our energy points to clear imbalances created by thinking, attitudes, beliefs and memories that are not in harmony with our true selves.

    For more information, see: http://www.joyrendell.co.uk/news-and-events/

    To book, call Joy on 07708 439876.

    Classes will resume in September.

    Viva! Spanish Classes

    6.30pm beginners, 7.30pm advanced & 8.30pm exam revision class

    Adult classes

    Communicate quickly and confidently in a relaxed atmosphere in a small group at Gracelands Yard.  Whether you’ve never learnt a language before, or would like to pick up from where you left off, Caroline has developed an excellent method of teaching to suit everyone, and guarantees to have you communicating with confidence from the start.

    Caroline Nelson divided her education between Spain, Northern Ireland and England.  She has a degree in Spanish and French and has taught modern languages in both the mainstream an private sectors for the last ten years.

    For further details or to book a place, please call Caroline on 07976 05 09 77 or email caronelson@aol.com, www.espanaviva.biz

    Thursday and Friday mornings

    18 months to 4 years @ 9.30am

    0 to 18 months @ 10.30am

    For carers Little Beep Beeps sessions are an opportunity to meet new people in a safe environment, to share experiences with other adults and to enjoy seeing children being stimulated and having fun.

    ‘Little Beep Beeps’ music classes are aimed at 0-5 year olds and their carers, and are high-quality music and movement sessions, using familiar songs, bubble-play, parachute play and musical instruments. We find children are enthused by our sessions; they help their confidence, sociability, motor skills, language and numeracy.

    6 classes for £40 or 7.50 to drop-in. For more information, click here. To book, call Nicole on 07976 37 95 20

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    kids yoga @ gracelands yard

    Kids’ Yoga takes place here at the Yard every Monday afternoon from 4-5pm.  Suitable for children aged over 5 and only £6.50 per class. Or, two siblings can attend together for just £10!  Becca Harrison shows the perfect way for children to exercise, stretch out, learn about yoga and breathing techniques, have lots of fun and learn how to relax!  If you would like to attend a trial class, these are priced at just £4.  Please call Kirsty for more information or to book a place in class: 07976 74 73 22.

    Mother and Baby Yoga, now at The Yard!  Katie Myers will be teaching the class which is suitable for new Mums and their babies from newborn to crawling!

    Mother and Baby is a great way to practise yoga with your baby, in a friendly and supportive environment. The focus is to encourage post natal recovery, by stabilising the pelvis, strengthening core muscles and releasing tension from the body. This helps to raise energy levels and increase a sense of ease within the body. All of this is done whilst engaging your baby with songs and movements, providing an excellent opportunity to bond and spend time with your baby and meet other parents and carers to share the experiences of caring for a new baby.

    No experience is required and all are welcome. Babies start at approx 6 weeks + and continue until they start to crawl.

    Katie Myers is an experienced Pregnancy, Post Natal & Children’s Yoga teacher.  She has studied pre-natal yoga with Birthlight & Children’s Yoga with the Special Yoga Centre.

    Classes cost £10 to drop in where spaces are available or 4 classes for £32.  Booking is advisable for this class.  For all further information and to book a place in class for you and your baby, please contact Katie Myers on 07974 712 422.

    Want to feel more energised? Want greater flexibility and a stronger and more toned body? Want to make space in your day for some gentle relaxation to calm mind, body and spirit?

    This gentle hatha yoga class with Becca Harrison will run on Mondays from 1.45pm to 3pm and include breathing exercises, asana practice and a meditative relaxation to leave you feeling restored, re-energised and ready for the week ahead.

    This class is for adults only, but suitable for all ability levels and no previous experience is required. Mats, blocks and blankets are provided, as well juice and water. £35 for four classes, or £10 to drop-in.

    To book or for more information, call Kirsty on 07976 747322.

    This class will resume in September.

    This Fun, engaging and highly effective!  Infants from birth make no distinction between music, language, singing and speech, and so imitate the rhythm of a language long before they can say the words.

    Young children imitate and reproduce other languages with perfect pronunciation. Singing in a foreign language is a fantastic way of learning single words and whole phrases in context.Signing helps reinforce the words,

    Viva Sing Spanish is a fun and engaging introduction to Spanish for toddlers and their Carers.  It offers an opportunity for children to begin learning one of the world’s most important languages through a uniquely tailored combination of singing and signing.

    Every Wednesday afternoon, 3.30pm, only £5 drop-in fee.  To book a place and for more details, please  call Caroline on 07976 05 09 77

    Gorgeous early morning yoga comes to The Yard on Fridays at 7.30am till 8.30am. The lovely Becca Harrison joins us to help you relax and let go of the stresses of the week, and give a healthy kick-start to your weekend.

    This class is for adults only, but suitable for all ability levels and no previous experience is required. Mats, blocks and blankets are provided, as well juice and water. £32 for four classes, or £10 to drop-in.

    Booking essential!

    To book or for more information, call Kirsty on 07976 747322.

    Gong Meditation Spring Equinox!

    730-930pm Friday 21st March

    Join us for a very special Spring Equinox celebration with gentle yoga, breathing, gong, story telling, food and drinks!

    Price is £10 per person & food donations are very welcome. There are limited places so booking soon is advisable!

    For more information and to book, please call Kirsty on: 07976 74 73 22 or The Yard on: 020 8960 7450.

    Alternatively, you can email us on: info@gracelandsyard.com

    Chi Gong Anne-Sophie Morel

    Qi Gong is a powerful and effective health care practice, aligning breath, movement and awareness for better health and energy.

    We will look at posture, breath, centered mind and focused intent. We will integrate these concepts in an easy five-move form, based on the traditional chinese medicine theory of the Five Elements.

    Immediate benefits are a calmer, brighter mind and more energy!

    Anne-Sophie Morel is a PhD qualified Acupuncturist and Tai Chi/Qigong instructor since 2002.

    www.equilibreacupuncture.co.uk

    The workshop will be held on Sunday 9th February 2014 4pm-6pm

    Class size is limited and booking essential. Price is £25.00 for the session.

    To further information and to book, please contact Anne-Sophie 0777 11 12 48 or email: annesophiemorel@yahoo.co.uk

    Monday @ 7.15-8.15pm

    Wednesday @ 10 – 11.15am

    Wednesday @ 7.30-8.45pm

    Make time for you, and take the time to really connect with your baby, with our gorgeous Pregnancy Yoga classes, exclusively for and specifically designed for pregnant women. Gentle yogic postures  release tension and breathing exercises bring about mind-body awareness connection. Connect with your baby and prepare for labour and birth through movement.

    Dina Kanjee is our resident pregnancy expert and you couldn’t be in better hands! Dina is also able to provide pregnancy massage (for which we have a special massage couch), reflexology and craniosacral therapy to give you and your baby the best possible start.

    Classes are also a lovely chance to meet other expectant mothers in a relaxed space and spend time together.

    To book, call Dina on 07545 279282 or email info@gracelandsyard.com.

    A fortnightly class with Cristiana de Melo, Jagadamba
    Cristiana de Melo, Jagadamba, is a mother, prenatal yoga teacher & Doula.  She is also a birth educator & meditation teacher.  She was the first person in the UK to be trained to teach this workshop, by founder, Karen Mander, & has taught in London for the last 25 years.

    Breathe to a better Birth is a highly practical workshop which helps parents bring the joy back into birth.

    ~ Learn how to reach a profound level of relaxation, trust your body & create the best possible opportunity for a calm & gentle birth.

    ~ Work with your baby to eliminate tension & resistance.

    Learn how to keep anxiety under control & eliminate fear & return birth to it’s creative & powerful potential!

    ~ This workshop complements other antenatal classes & is ideal for both new & returning mums & couples.

    “This class was transformational.  I left feeling confident & self-empowered.  My husband & I completely changed our ideas about birth & it gave us the tools we needed.  I recommend to all parents” ~ Jane Potteiger

    A powerful midwife-recommended workshop that teaches you how to breathe and assist your birth, not fight it!

    Prices are: £75 per couple or £65 for single and classes run fortnightly.

    To book a place or for more information, please call Kirsty on 07976 74 73 22 / 020 8960 7450

    New to the Yard – Hatha Yoga Flow with Denisa Nenova.

    Mastery of breath flow – conscious, specific application of Pranayama, pinpoints every single movement in the class and makes Transcendence possible. Gentle hands on adjustments, Mantras application, Mudras, Bandhas, meditation and deep relaxation (Yoga Nidra) are weaved into the class structure.

    Class is open to all including beginners and runs Sunday evenings from 6-7.30pm

    Price is £10 per class and £8 Concessions.

    To book, please contact Kirsty on 07976 74 73 22 or email: info@gracelandsyard.com

    This class will resume in September.

    An exciting new Body-Mind integration class has started at The Yard and promises to bring  ”a state of complete aliveness to your very core”!

    The class is a Pilates and Yoga fusion – based on Marcela’s personal and professional practice of these disciplines – designed to help you gain core strength and body alignment.

    We will work with core muscles to bring strength from within and to develop proprioceptive awareness, which is the body’s ability to feel itself, and the awareness of the position of one’s body.

    Anatomical alignment comes form a deep understanding of body mechanics, and by centring our physical body we also in turn bring focus and alertness to the mind.

    By dismantling habitual patterns that have become stuck in tense muscles, we will slowly bring balance back to our nervous system.

    “In general, we should be aware that changes in the neuromuscular system automatically create change in our consciousness”. Eleanor Criswell-Hanna, Ed.D.

    This class will help for people suffering from:

    • Any kind of stress
    • Pelvis unbalances specially after pregnancy and delivery
    • Lack of energy
    • Spinal misalignments

    Marcela is an experienced Vinyasa Flow teacher and facilitator in anatomy & physiology of yoga. Since 2009 she has been the lead Teacher in this role on the 200h Yoga Alliance programme with Still Flowing Yoga Teacher Training.

    The class takes place on Tuesdays at 12.15pm

    Prices are: £50 for 6 classes, £10 to drop-in.

    To book, or for more information, call Kirsty on 07976 74 73 22.

    Calling all pre-teens looking for a fun and funky Friday night! Want to hang out with your friends, listen to your favourite music and learn some cool new stuff, too? Then come and join our club!

    We’ve already had a couple of BRILLIANT Club hang-outs, which you can see here and here. We don’t meet up every week, but when we do it’s normally between 6.30 and 8 on a Friday night here at The Yard. You can bring your friends, too, if they’re the right age; our club is for 10 – 13 year olds.

    Keep an eye out for our next event! Or get in touch with us to find out when it is and what we’ll be up to: info@gracelandsyard.com or 07976 747 322.

    Reiki Practitioner Training

    Connection – Community – Healing Energy – Relaxation

    A monthly session from 2-4pm on Sundays. It costs just £10 to attend and classes are led by Kirsty Slattery and Becca Harrison.  A place to come and relax and share some healing in a warm, friendly atmosphere. Price includes Reiki treatments and further learning on all things associated with Reiki, such as Chakras, Auras, Meditation and more…  For all attuned practitioners of any level of Reiki.

    Spaces are limited. Please call Kirsty to book and for more information: 07976 74 73 22.

    In love and light, Kirsty x

    We have a brand new time for our Toddler Yoga class!  Starting next Thursday 16 January, the class will run at 1.30-2.30pm.  This is because many of our attendees have now started Nursery in the mornings, so the afternoon time was needed.  The class is still run by the lovely Katie Myers and full details of the class can be found in the Timetable section of our website.

    At the moment there are places available so feel free to drop-in for a trial class at the special price of £3 for this week!  2-4 year olds all welcome.

    You can also call for more information – Kirsty 07976 74 73 22

    Zest4Life

    Our new Spring Vitality Course is now in full swing.  Zest4Life is from Patrick Holford, so come along to keep up those new year’s resolutions in the healthiest way!!

    Weightloss coaching followed by nutrition seminar including digestion, bone health, immunity, good mood food, hormone health & more!

    Please call  Antonia 07779 295086 to book on to the course or email antoniamaguire@zest4life.com

    Prices are: Weight loss coaching: £12

    Nutrition Seminar: £12 or £22 for both.

    gong meditation @ gracelands yard

    Our popular Gong Gatherings are led by the wonderful Faze Al and provide us all with an opportunity to begin to turn the spotlight inwards and reflect on our own being. A time to reflect on the challenges and lessons that we have received, how we have grown and the strength that we developed, as well as a time of acceptance, of all the aspects that make up who we are, including shadows and setbacks. Sessions normally last around an hour and no previous experience in meditation is required; you need only lie down and let the  beautiful gong vibrations wash over you. The gatherings normally take place on a Tuesday evening on selected dates.

    Sometimes we pair Gong Gathering with some rejuvenating yoga, normally at our special Equinox celebrations. The yoga is suitable for all levels (even complete beginners), and is followed by a relaxing, refreshing session with the gong – the combination of yoga and gong is a very powerful one, and a great way to enter the new season. We then reconvene in the second studio at Gracelands for some tea and snacks at the end, and a little bit of traditional-style aural storytelling

    As this is a celebration and an opportunity for people to come together on a significant day in the calendar, we run it on a donation basis to cover our costs and to encourage people to come along. We also ask that people bring some offering of food to share with the group at the end – nothing major, just a contribution, savoury or sweet. A perfect opportunity to practice your baking skills!

    Our Solstice and Equinox events are very popular and a lot of fun. We will fit as many people in as we possibly can, but places will be limited so it is very important that you book your spot!

    If you have any questions or would like to book a place at our next gathering, then contact Faze on itsjustafaze@gmail.com or 07584 575 088. You can also contact The Yard at info@gracelandsyard.com or 07976 747 322.

    This Autumn we are delighted to offer a new 10-week baby massage and yoga course with Clare Pidden from Milestones

    Increase your baby’s muscle tone, body awareness and flexibility whilst deepening the bond between baby and parent through the power of touch. Learn the art of massage for health, relaxation and development. Keep your baby healthy whilst making new friends at the same time. The perfect treat for happy babies!

    Classes will take place on Friday afternoons from 2.30 to 3.30pm and will run from Friday 1st November . The cost includes all equipment, oils and a course manual.

    For more information, please see the Milestones website. To book, Call Clare on  07528 68 87 34 or email clarebabymassage@gmail.com.

    TUESDAYS @ 9.30 – 10.30am

    Suitable for 15months – 4yrs

    6 classes £36 / £7.50 drop in

    Around the World in 30 days!

    Play, create and learn with Elaine Gristock.

    Join us for a world tour of exciting cities, exploring art, animals & more. Along the way we’ll paint like Picasso,

    make mad monkey masks and fish for food. Sign up for your passport & be ready to set off on a special Art journey perfect for creative little people!

    To book, email info@gracelandsyard.com or call Kirsty on 07976 74 73 22.

    Early Days postnatal courses are designed for babies aged between 6 weeks and 6 months and cover topics such as sleeping, feeding, relationships, and returning to work. Sessions are held once a week for 6 weeks and are led by NCT trained Postnatal Leader, Claire Maguire. These courses are designed to support you to become the parent you want to be. The groups provide a relaxed, friendly and suportive atmosphere in which to openly talk about your life as a parent. It is a chance to put YOU first; to discuss your hopes and fears, to gather ideas to help meet the challenges, to celebrate the successes and reconcile your expectations with reality. You will get to meet other people with babies of a similar age, make friends, develop new ideas, gain support and encouragement and have a hot drink!  The Postnatal Leader will not act as an expert or dispense advice, but will help you decide what is best for your baby, yourself and your family. Subjects covered may include: The difference between expectations and the reality of parenthood; Skills for being a mother or father; Daily patterns; Returning to work, or not; The change in your relationship with your partner and the wider family. To find your nearest Early Days course, please visit http://www.nct.org.uk/courses and enter your baby’s birth date and your postcode or email Clare at bookings5t@nct.org.uk to reserve a space or for more information.”

    Introducing Solids workshops are designed for babies aged 3 to 6 months and cover topics such as when to start weaning, purees and baby-led weaning, and what foods to avoid. This course will be led by a qualified NCT Practitioner. Your baby does not have to be breastfed for you to attend the course. These courses are designed for a parent or carer to attend with their baby. Anyone responsible for a baby as they face the transition from milk to solid foods is welcome. It does not matter if you have already started giving your baby solids when you come to the course, or if your baby is breastfed or bottle-fed. Subjects covered generally include:  What, where, when and how; What to do about milk feeds; Allergies; Baby-led weaning – skipping purees and starting straight with finger foods. To find your nearest Introducing Solids workshop, please visit http://www.nct.org.uk/courses and enter your baby’s birth date and your postcode or email Clare at bookings5t@nct.org.uk to reserve a space or for more information.”

    Every second Saturday @ 10-11.30am

    A Greek playgroup for Greek parents and their babies! Non-Greek partners are also welcome. The group is for babies and toddlers up to 4 years old. Come and make new friends whilst enjoying favourite Greek rhymes, games, dancing and activities! Coffee and tea is provided.

    First session is free, the rest of the sessions will be £6. Please note that this is a non-profit playgroup, with all contributions being towards the running of the playgroup (hiring the hall, etc).

    If you’d like to come and join us then please email: milo.playgroup@gmail.com.

    Baby Massage @ gracelands yard

    Gracelands Yard are offering a FREE baby massage and baby yoga class on Saturday 30th August from 1.30 to 2.30pm.  Suitable for babies up to crawlers!

    The class will be led by Milestones Baby Massage and is intended as a taster session for their five week courses which will be held here at The Yard this Autumn term; perfect for meeting other new mums and learning about the benefits of massage and yoga for your baby.

    Baby Massage – Friday 6th October to Friday 4th October – 1.30 – 2.30pm

    Baby Yoga – Friday 18th October – Friday 15th November – 1.30 – 2.30pm

    If you’d like to attend the free taster session or book a place on the course, please call Clare Pidden on 07528 688734 or email clarebabymassage@gmail.com.  Visit the Milestones website for more details.

    Great news! For all of you who love Milo Greek Playgroup (now Milo Baby), this term we introduce Milo Junior – meaning the fun doesn’t have to end just because your baby has grown up into a lovely little toddler. Milo Junior is a fun, creative workshop for Greek parents and children aged two-and-a-half to six years. Non-greek partners are also made very welcome.

    Milo Junior will take place on the last Saturday of every month here at The Yard from 3 to 4.30pm and will cost £12 per child. Or if you have already have a child in attendance, extra siblings may join at a reduced rate of £10.

    To book or for more information, email milo.playgroup@gmail.com.

    On Tuesday 16th July, we will be welcoming photographer Alberto Catania to our dance classes at Gracelands Yard. Alberto will be joining us during Ballet Tots and Tiny Tap to take fun, relaxed and playful portraits of our little ballerinas and tap dancers in action. Afterwards, he will be holding a special photo shoot in the studio next door where props will also be provided.

    Parents will receive a link to a secure site with a private password, where they will be able to choose and receive their favourite image for free. All parents need to do is leave their name, number and e-mail. Parents must also sign a model release form.

    Alberto is also offering local families a complementary photoshoot in their garden or their favourite park.

    For examples of Alberto’s work, please go to: www.facebook.com/AlbertoCataniaPhotography

    Bee-autiful!Sunday Crafternoon is back and this one’s going to be bee-rilliant! Sunday Crafternoon is a super fun and creative kids’ workshop! Have a relaxing Sunday afternoon to yourself as the kids become busy little bees making bee-autiful bee-themed gifts to give to their teachers as end-of-year gifts.

    Sunday Crafternoon- Bee Week Special will take place at The Yard on Sunday 7th July from 2 to 4pm and is for children aged 5 to 11. £15 each, or a special price of £24 for siblings (or best friends!) booking together. The price includes all materials and a delicious snack!

    Be sure to book to avoid disappointment by booking your place soon! Call Kirsty on 07976 747322.

    How you handle time is particularly important in terms of one of your most precious resources: your creativity.  The fast pace of city life can erode your joy and cause your spontaneity to dwindle. And joy and spontaneity are the fuel of creativity.

    The workshop “Slow Down or the Wisdom of Snails” will give you a leisurely interlude in your busy week and a unique opportunity to reconnect with your creative spark.  It is designed to entertain and engage you while shifting your perspective on the role of time in your life. Through an intriguing blend of breathing, visualizing, drawing, collaging, writing, speaking and listening you will be able to:

    • Relax into a quiet rhythm of enjoyable musing
    • Reconnect with your fertile imagination
    • Surprise yourself as you enter easily into a world of creative pleasure
    • Enjoy seeing what emerges as you get absorbed in a range of playful activities
    • Experience how slowing down to a snail’s pace can boost your creativity.

    The children who attended the Jewellery making class this morning loved it!!  They were so creative and made the most beautiful Pandora style bracelets along with Friendship bracelets with beads and Beaded surfer-style necklaces and bracelets!

    Three more classes this week and we can’t wait to see what they create next!  930-1230 each day for children age 5-12 yrs.  Still a few places available, but going fast!  Call 07976 74 73 22 to book, or see our Special Event page in the timetable section for further information =]

    drama @ the Yard

    Classes will resume in September

    Tuesdays @ 4.45-5.45pm

    9-12 year olds

    Drama classes for children that heighten creativity, self-esteem, speaking skills & imagination, with an end of term production.  As they progress towards performances, students use all the skills of voice, movement & characterisation they’ve learnt.  Important aspects include connecting with others, taking direction & improvisation.

    Classes include specific games to explore improvisation, encouraging children to improve their focus & listening skills.  The classes are designed to focus on the needs & levels of each child, building confidence so they can feel comfortable to express their individuality.

    Classes are taught by professional actor and writer, Miranda Pleasence.  The cost is £85 for 12 weeks and an end of term performance.  You can start at any point in the term and pay for the remaining weeks.  To book, please call Kirsty on 020 8960 7450 or email kirsty@gracelandsyard.com

    Take a look at our lovely photos from the Yard in our Gallery section of the site.  Pictures of classes, therapies and all the gorgeous things that we’ve made here in the recent workshops!  Beautiful!!

    Take some time out and get creative this month at the Yard.  We are running another day of beautiful SoulCollage® workshops on Saturday 27th October.  Beginner class in the morning and advanced in the afternoon.  You are welcome to attend just one or the full day of workshops.

    Led by facilitator, Linda Woolfson, these classes have proved to be very popular over the past few months and not to be missed.  Book your place now!  Call Kirsty on 07976 74 73 22.  More details are available on the Special Events page of our Timetable section, with information on special offers, prices and timings of the classes.

    monday meditation @ gracelands yard

    Beautiful Meditation class, each Monday at 12.30pm led by Kristina of Meditation on the Rise, and suitable for everyone – no previous experience required.

    Lovely and relaxing, helping you to focus and feel more grounded.  All in all a fabulous way to start the week and feel good!

    Come along to try the class for FREE!  Classes are just £8 thereafter or pay for four for only £20.  Classes are taken sitting or lying comfortably in our light and airy studio and commence with a mini shoulder and neck massage treatment.  What could be nicer?!!

    If you would like to come along, please call in advance to check there is space in class.  Call Kirsty 07976 74 73 22.  We look forward to seeing you here!