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.

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

As it is half term this week, there is a limited timetable running. All kids classes are taking a break this week, but pregnancy yoga and other evening yoga classes will take place. Milo baby playgroup and NCT antenatal class will continue as usual over the weekend.

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.

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We look forward to welcoming you to The Yard soon!

Kirsty Slattery - Proprietor of The Yard @ Gracelands

Few people would rate February as their favourite month of the year! The bulbs are already showing their new green shoots and yet the short, rain-washed days and long, dark nights make Spring still seem very far away.

SoulCollage® offers you a unique mix of joyful creativity and gentle self-discovery which can transform the dullest February day. Here is your opportunity to get in touch with your imagination, connect with your dreams and surprise yourself with the beauty of what you create!

The “Discover SoulCollage®” workshop is specially designed to introduce you to this amazing collage process. Experience a morning of creative revelation as you:

Enjoy browsing at your leisure through a lavish array of colourful images

Connect with your intuition by homing  in on images with a strong personal resonance

Immerse yourself in a joyful flow of creative pleasure as you make your first SoulCollage® cards

Welcome new insights into yourself, your life and your dreams

Get a glimpse of how you can access your wisdom by consulting the SoulCollage® cards you’ve made.

Time: Saturday, 28th February from 10.30am – 1.30pm, and Must-Make workshop 2.30 – 6.30pm

Connect with your creativity, give yourself some replenishing “me-time” and bask in the supportive, encouraging atmosphere of this workshop.  Or come with your friend and benefit from a special bonus: pay only £40.00 each instead of the normal £45.00 for this workshop.

And to tempt you even further, how about opting for a full day of SoulCollage® by coming to the afternoon workshop too? “Some Must-Make SoulCollage® Cards” is the perfect extension to a morning’s introduction: you’ll have time to create more cards, get into the flow of consulting them and learn a little about the intricate yet simple structure of the SoulCollage® deck. Only £85 instead of the normal £100 for a full day’s SoulCollage®.

Monday 15th December, 3:45-5:15pm

For children aged 7-13 years.

Create unique Christmas Gifts and decorations for family or teachers. Painted Candles, Glass Pebble Magnets, Cranberry Heart decorations & more!

Get creative whilst relaxing & chatting with friends, eating snacks & listening to your favourite music!

The cost of this workshop is £10 or £16 for siblings inclusive of all materials and snacks. MP3 player / iPod optional if you’d like to play your favourite tunes.

For more information and to book on to our Christmas Crafternoon, call Kirsty on 07976 74 73 22 or email info@gracelandsyard.com

The wardrobe accessory that cannot be hidden in the drawer…….

Yes that’s right – your hair!

While most of us have far more low-maintenance hair than our sisters of years gone by, have less time on our hands to spend hours and weeks of our lives in salons, and often like to wash and go, we all know that if it goes horribly wrong that it can be a nightmare – not forgetting the time cost and damage to getting the hair back to an acceptable state.

With this in mind it is important to point out to your stylist not just your ‘wants’ but more importantly your ‘don’t wants’…..this gives them a clearer view of where NOT to go with your tresses!  Many misunderstandings are through lack of communication or occasionally a determined hairdresser ‘that knows what is right for you’ and not always with the best consequences!………

Yes, confidence from your stylist is of course important, but equally so, is listening and hearing (which are different!) and building up a dialogue with customers and earning their trust.

However we are lucky in that this this a first-world problem and what is life without a little risk-taking, adventure and looking after yourself?
So why not start with your hair?  If you are rather nervous and view the hairdresser with the same love you reserve for your dentist, a pre-consultation is a must – if not and you accept that hair DOES grow back, then a little impulse is no bad thing!
In any case, regular trims are a must – even if it is a teeny amount – this builds trust with your stylist while you discuss your options and retains the good condition of your hair.

With regard to colour, a few soft face-framing highlights do wonders to lift your complexion and give your hair a boost – whilst also showing off the haircut.  Stray greys can be disguised with a combination of hi/low lights together with a colour bath, which catches any remaining light hair and blends them.  This has the more gentle option of a less visible re-growth than with a permanent tint, thereby saving you time spent (and money, darn!) with your hairdresser!  If greys are not your issue, then colour baths in any case add deep condition and shine.

So now you know how hair can be transformed with a select few foils, temporary colour or just a well-delivered/deserved blow-dry; just don’t forget to book your appointment early for perfect Christmas hair!

Julia recommends anyone wishing to have any colour technique to book a free consultation, as all colour prescriptions are custom-blended for each individual client, and may need to be ordered in!

Straker Hair Design is located at: 54 COLLEGE RD, LONDON NW10.  Nearest transport links are Kensal Rise Overground, Kensal Green Underground/Overground, local buses 18 and 187. On-street pay and display is available and there is free parking on the weekend.

Julia Straker: 07956 311876

Email: strakerhair@gmail.com

FB: https://www.facebook.com/JuliaStrakerHairDesign

Twitter: @strakerhair

Saturday 29th November, 9:30-11am

Milestones Baby massage and Yoga is bringing the Daddy’s Only Baby Massage and Yoga work shop to The Yard!

In this workshop Dads will get to spend some quality time bonding with their precious babies. They will learn new skills including the full massage routine and lots of Yoga songs, and as a bonus mum gets time off to relax. A perfect early Christmas present or just to say thank you Daddy, you are the best.

The cost of this workshop is only £30. For more information or to book a space, please call Clare on 07528 68 87 34, or  Kirsty on 07976 74 73 22 or email info@gracelandsyard.com

Saturday 22nd November, 2-5pm

Join us at The Yard for a lovely afternoon full of vintage treats and beautifully crafted gifts.

With Christmas approaching, this is a perfect opportunity to find unique gifts whilst supporting local businesses such as HerbieMensahVintage, Jessie G cards, Holistic Silk, Difa Dolls, Dandy Lion Days, Handcrafted Wands, Vintage Homewares, Knitwear & Handmade Gifts and more!

We have an inviting and relaxed vibe here at The Yard. If you’re not a shopper you can relax with a mug of mulled cider and some yummy homemade brownies. There will also be massage treatments on offer!

Parking is free outside The Yard & entrance is also free!

For further enquiries please contact Kirsty on 07976 747 322 or info@gracelandsyard.com

We hope to see you here!

Wednesday’s 10:15-10:45am

Science is slowly catching up on the miracles of meditation. We need to sit still and listen. We need to become present to what’s going on inside our bodies and do this with an open mind and without expectations. Then you will find the many miracles and benefits of this ancient art.

Samira’s Meditation class is a small gathering of like-minded people, all wanting to find ways to better cope with today’s stress. Samira will give you many different techniques which you can add to your tool box.

If you think of all the stress your body has to endure on a day to day basis, you will realise that your body needs a way to release and let go of all this wasteful energy. If meditation is practiced on a regular basis (ie 5 or 10 min p day) you can help restore the body and bring it back to homeostasis; a place where the body is in perfect balance.

The cost of this class is £8 drop in or 6 classes for £30. Also if you would like to attend both Samira’s yoga class (9:30-10:30) and the meditation, it is £15 for both! First meditation class is a FREE trial!

For more information or to book a space please call Kirsty on 07976 74 73 22 or email info@gracelandsyard.com

We all know that it can be rather scary when a child injures themselves in your care but if you know exactly what to do then you have nothing to worry about. That is why anybody taking care of a child should have some knowledge of how to act in an emergency.

‘First Aid for Adults’ workshop took place here at The Yard on Saturday 11th October, 10-1pm with Early Bird First Aid Training. This was led by Emergency First Response Instructor and founder of Early Birds, Sarah Kohn.

“I have always felt passionately about the necessity of having basic first aid skills but after giving birth to my son, I realised the importance of having the confidence to care for my newborn and started concentrating on providing new parents with basic first aid skills. This led to me setting up Early Bird First Aid becoming a full time first aid provider.” Sarah Kohn.

Many things were covered such as CPR, choking, spinal injury management, serious bleeding management, shock, recovery position, burns, febrile convulsions and meningitis. The group seemed more than happy with the practical knowledge they gained at this workshop. Here are a few words from new Grandparents who attended the workshop.

“As new grandparents we thought the Early Bird CPR and First Aid course taught by Sarah Kohn was extremely valuable. We were told by our son and daughter-in-law that if we wanted to babysit for our baby grand-daughter, we HAD to take a First Aid and CPR course for babies and children. It turned out to be one of the best things we’ve done. Not only did it give us confidence to deal with possible emergencies, it was fun as well. I really think it’s valuable for parents, grandparents, siblings, and anyone who is a potential carer for babies and children. I’d highly recommend this course.” Suzie Page and Tim Shread.

Sarah is happy to be flexible and fit the course around you. If you have a group of four people or more and would like to use a specific venue for your training then she is happy to come to you. Alternatively, we would absolutely love Sarah to run another session here at The Yard so please express your interest.

Wednesday 8th October, 8-9:30pm

Would you like to get insight & answers about your life without going to therapy?

Then join us at The Yard for an introductory talk by Antony Rosenbaum on Spiritual Counselling through trance/overshadow mediumship. This is an introductory talk exploring the work that Antony does, & the real practicality of helping people expediently.

Spiritual Counselling is not about connecting with loved ones from the past, or predicting the future. It is based in the present moment, empowering you, by direct input, to positively transform your life.

The cost of this workshop, with refreshments included is only £12. To book a space or for more information, please call Kirsty on 07976 74 73 22 or email info@gracelandsyard.com

Tuesdays 7:30-9pm

Open class; everyone is welcome!

Samira’s 90 minute classes are inspired by the moving body & will open your body & calm your mind. A faster paced class, moving deeper into postures with more emphasis on the breath. This class incudes flowing sequences, pranayama & meditation.

Classes are led by Samira Schmidli, a qualified Yoga and Movement teacher RYT500 and Dip. Contemporary Dance. The cost of this class is 5 classes £50 or £12 drop in.

For further information or to book please call Samira on 07713 94 14 79 and see: www.samirayoga.co.uk

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.

For more information or to book a space, please call Jo on 07971 421138/ jo.lee67@tiscali.co.uk

Wednesdays 9:15-10:15am

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.

You can attend this class and Samira’s meditiation class (10:15-10:45am), for just £15.

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…

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 Margaret Dance Academy & are experienced in co-ordinating children’s parties.

7 classes for just £42 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
  • 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.


    Beginner Aults @ 6:30pm

    Advanced Adults @ 7:30pm

    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 more information or to book a space, 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


    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.


    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/4pm/4:30pm, only £5 drop-in fee.  To book a place and for more details, please call Caroline on 07976 05 09 77

    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.


    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 @ 7:15-8:30pm

    Wednesday @ 10:15-11:30am

    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.

    Classes are led by Dina Kanjee. Dina 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 Kirsty on 07976 74 73 22 or email info@gracelandsyard.com.

    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

    Tuesdays 12:15-1:15pm

    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.

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

    For more information or to book, please call Kirsty on 07976 74 73 22 or email info@gracelandsyard.com

    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


    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.

    Fridays 1:30pm & 2:30pm

    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 at 1:30pm and 2:30pm with the lovely Clare Pidden . 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

    Tuesdays @ 4:30-5:30pm

    9-13 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, Emerald Gould.  The cost is £75 for 10 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.

    Mondays (fortnightly) 12:30-1:30pm

    (12th & 26th January, 9th & 23rd February)

    Beautiful Meditation class, 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!

    Since starting my meditation journey with Meditation on the Rise my life had changed dramatically. Love and light have returned to my life. I can’t be more grateful.” GP

    Classes are £10 drop in or £60 for 7 classes. 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. For more information or to book a space, please call Kirsty on 07976 74 73 22 or email info@gracelandsyard.com

    We look forward to seeing you here!