Welcome to The Yard @ Gracelands

A Creative – Holistic Centre in North West London

Please note that some classes are running this week, but the Easter break starts 11th April, and many of our listed classes take a break, resuming from Monday 28th April.  So please check before coming along to any drop-in class, that it is running!

Details of all classes can be found here, or use the search bar to find what you’re looking for.

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

Please note the following classes will continue through the Easter break:

The following classes will take a 2 week break over Easter:

Sing & Sign / Monday Meditation / Hatha Yoga / Piano Lessons / Kids Yoga / Viva Spanish / NCT Post natal/ Toddler Art / Body & Mind / Ballet Tots / Kids Drama / Restorative Yoga / Little Beep Beeps / Rise & Shine Yoga / Hatha Yoga Flow

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

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

This week Samira shares with us two inspirational Yoga poses.

☼ Halasana - Plough pose. Benefits: It opens up the back-line, strengthens and tones muscles of the shoulders, arms and legs. It is calming on the nervous system and in turn helps to reduce stress. Don’t do it if you have any upper back issues, or if your neck is straining or you suffer from high blood pressure.

☼ Matsyasana Fish (or as I like to call it, Mermaid pose) as a counter-posture to Halasana. Benefits: Heart opener and opens all the little muscles in between your ribs, chest and throat. Be careful and ask for advice if you have lower back or neck issues and/ or are suffering from high or low blood pressure.

Samira Schmidli teaches Wednesday morning Restorative Yoga at the Yard, and runs weekend workshops on Being the Best You Can Be.

Fabulous workshops for 5-11 years during half-term week!

Thursday 20th & Friday 21st February 9.45 – 12.15pm

Join us for messy, crafty mornings creating beautiful origami birds & peg dolls, decoupage hearts, paper masks, bunting and much more…

Each class costs £20 per child, or just £35 for 2 booked together

To book please call Kirsty on 07976 74 73 22 / 020 8960 7450 or email: info@gracelandsyard.com

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.

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.

A six week course
Saturdays at 11am to 12.15pm
£50 for six weeks or £10 to drop in.

Yoga is on many of our new years resolution lists – whether it be to lose weight, manage stress or simply kick start a healthier lifestyle. Yoga benefits everyone, whatever your age, body shape or fitness, but getting started and going to your first class can be daunting.

Over 6 weeks you will explore the 12 basic postures,  breathing exercises, mindfulness and  relaxation. We will build strength and flexibility, improve posture and manage stress … the benefits are and will be truly endless. At the end of the course you will feel confident in attending  open level classes and to begin practising at home.

Hannah is a qualified Sivananda Hatha Yoga  teacher and her classes aim to ground our feet, explore our potential and leave our worries at the door. Make 2014 the year you discovered yoga and never looked back…

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, 330pm, only £5 drop-in fee.  To book a place and for more details, please  call Caroline on 07976 05 09 77

Starting Friday 2nd May!

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

Sunday Crafternoons are back, with the lovely Elaine!

Each Crafternoon takes place fortnightly and the next date & Crafternoon is to be announced shortly!

Suitable for children aged 5-11 years.  Leave your child to get creative and learn lots of new art techniques including printing, painting and mobile-making, lots of fun and messiness, while you have a relaxing Sunday afternoon!

Elaine will also be running two crafty workshops over the half-term week:

Dates: Thursday 20th & Friday 21st, 9.45 – 12.15pm

Each class costs £20 per child, or just £35 for 2 booked together

To book on to the half-term week workshops or our next Sunday Crafternoon, please call Kirsty on 07976 74 73 22 / 020 8960 7450 or email: info@gracelandsyard.com

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 Karen Mander
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

More details also available on www.breathetoabetterbirth.com and you can book by calling Kirsty on 07976 74 73 22 / 020 8960 7450

Come and join us for a Valentine Crafternoon Special this Friday 7th February, 430-600pm.

Suitable for children 8-13 years of age, making decoupage hearts, wooden heart key fobs, cards, Valentine bunting and more in this fabulously creative class!

Just £10 per child including all materials and delicious snacks, music will be playing and they can socialise with friends while you have a relaxing Friday afternoon!

Limited places so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Call Kirsty 07976 74 73 22 / 020 8960 7450 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

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 12.45pm

Please note: Times for this class will change to 12.15-1.15pm from 29th April).

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.

Sunday 2nd February 2-4pm.

Suitable for children aged 5-11 years.  Leave your child to get creative and learn lots of new art techniques including printing, painting and mobile-making, lots of fun and messiness, while you have a relaxing Sunday afternoon!

This Sunday we’ll be learning about and celebrating Chinese New Year, as well as making dragons and birds!

Taught by Elaine, price is £15 per child or book two together for £24.  All materials included as well as a delicious snack, too

Places are limited and early booking is advised to avoid disappointment.

To book and for further information, please call Kirsty on 07976 74 73 22.

soul collage @ gracelands yard

SoulCollage® at The Yard

Next dates  31st May, 2014

Morning Workshop (Beginner’s Class): 10.30-1.30pm

Afternoon Workshop (Advanced Class): 2-6pm

If you are looking for a creative activity to boost your energy, bring you joy and enrich your life, SoulCollage® may be for you!

Explore your own spontaneous connection with images to create extraordinary collages. Revel in a plethora of gorgeous imagery at these friendly, intriguing workshops.

Materials, tea & homemade cookies included.

Be one of the first people in Europe to experience this life-enhancing activity!

Please call Kirsty 07976 74 73 22 fro more details or click one of the links below:

www.collageyourlife.co.uk
www.facebook.com/releaseyourcreativity

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

Treat yourself to a Yin Yoga Workshop on Sat 1 Feb, 2-5pm, with Jo Lee, focusing on Stillness and Surrendering.

Yin Yoga is a floor based-practice with postures held for between 5-10 minutes.

We settle into stillness & surrender into our body, tugging on meridians & connective tissue promoting self healing & self- acceptance.  Practicing this way encourages a deep internal release which allows time for self reflection & exploration of one’s own inner landscape.

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 started practicing Yin Yoga in 2006 & regularly runs workshops. Her teachers of this practice are Sarah Powers & Norman Blair.

Pre-book for just £25 or £30 on the day, where space is available.  To book a place in class, please call Jo on 07971 421138/ jo.lee67@tiscali.co.uk

It is a myth that pain must accompany normal birthing. Hypnobirthing makes for an easier, more comfortable birthing that mirrors nature. Learn relaxation and self- hypnosis techniques to enable you overcome the fear and tension that actually cause long labour. Replace the discomfort with calm and confidence. Eliminate the Fear-Tension-Pain syndrome before, during and after birthing. Learn to control the body’s own natural anaesthesia and to trust that the mother’s body is designed to work in harmony with nature throughout labour.

Next date: 5th April 2014 from 1.30pm

Price: £150 per couple.

To book or for more information, call Meira on 07966 659 299 or email info@meirashore.com.

lose weight forever

Another fabulous Lose Weight Forever course starts again on Tuesday 28 January 2014.  Taught by Meira Shore, the course runs fortnightly, for 4 sessions.  A unique weight loss program using Hypnotherapy and NLP and results can be seen in the first two sessions!

Lose inches, fat and self-doubt.  Gain control, confidence, a lean body and self-esteem.  Perfect for those wanting to get back in shape, lose weight & keep it off without diets.

Small group sizes of up to 6 people, only £35 per class (half the cost of a private session).  Attending all 4 classes is essential & must be booked in advance.  Cost includes a toolkit: 4 cd’s & manual

To book, please contact Meira 07966 65 92 99 / www.meirashore.com

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.

We have yet another fun-packed crafting session for our younger Yardlings on Sat 7 December. This time, Christmas Crafts! And our theme? Wildlife in Winter! We’ll be making birdfeeders, Christmas decorations and presents for teachers and the family. Come and join the fun as we get busy, messy and creative!

Leave your children having fun with us and give yourself some time out at the weekend – maybe a chance to do some Christmas shopping!

This class is suitable for 5-11 years and runs from 10am to 12 noon.

Only £15 per child or 2 children for £24. Price includes all materials & a delicious snack.

Call to book as places are limited: Kirsty 07976 74 73 22 / 020 8960 7450.

We have a fabulous special offer for you this Winter! Reduced cost Alexander Technique with Carole Fish. Carole is a qualified teacher of Alexander  Technique and has more than 20 years experience. Carole can show you just how much our habits of posture and tension impact our lives as well as showing you that there is an alternative.

Carole is offering an incredible deal of 4 lessons for £100 (usually £170!). The first lesson is an introduction to Alexander Technique at a reduced rate of  £25 for 75 mins (normally £50). If  after your introduction you decide not to proceed with the next 3 lessons, then £25 is all you are obliged to pay – you can’t say better than that!

To find out more about Carole, visit her website. To take up this offer, email Carole at carole-fish@hotmail.co.uk.

Kids Smoothie Night!
Friday 22nd November @ 6.30 – 8pm

Learn about the benefits of fruits & vegetables from holistic nutrition counsellor Natalie Angstadt. Then make your own smoothies, shakes & juices using your own recipes! At the same time, you can relax, hang out with friends, and listen to your favourite music!

For kids 10-13 years. Only £6 inc. all materials & FREE smoothie glass! (But please bring 1 piece of fruit to add to our fabulous recipes!)

For more info or to book, call Kirsty on 07976 74 73 22. To book: 07976 74 73 22, or info@gracelandsyard.com.

Saturday 23rd November, 2 – 6pm
£30 when booked/ £35 on the day.
~ Meet yourself as you are~

Yin Yoga:

Floor-based practice with postures held for between 5-10 minutes. We settle into stillness and surrender into our body, tugging on meridians and connective tissue, promoting self-healing and self- acceptance.  Practicing this way encourages a deep internal release which allows time for self-reflection and exploration of one’s own inner landscape.

Jo Lee is a Yoga teacher and massage therapist.Originally qualified with Sivananda (TTC ATTC) and currently working under the guidance of Sama Fabien of Aurolab Yoga Project, Jo started practicing Yin Yoga in 2006 and regularly runs workshops. Her teachers of this practice are Sarah Powers and Norman Blair.

Booking advisable as spaces are limited.

To book: 07976 74 73 22, or info@gracelandsyard.com.

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.

Creative Non-fiction at the Yard…  A special workshop evening Tuesday 22 October 2013, 730-930pm.

Do you dream of writing a memoir or telling stories from your own life, but feel self-conscious?  Vritti Bansal wil guide you through the process that will help you shed those inhibitions.

Creative non-fiction is a genre of writing rooted in reality, but not necessarily restricted to factual information.  It includes journalism, essays and memoirs amongst other things.  It is about engaging the reader whilst providing real life accounts that the reader has no direct relation with.

Vritti has completed an MA in creative writing, for which she produced autobiographical writing of her own.  She has also been the Food and Drink Editor of Time Out India for the last year.

The cost of the workshop is £25 and places are limited, so please reserve your space early to avoid disappointment.  Please call Vritti on 07712 28 71 02.

New Friday Night events for kids 10-14 years!

Our next is this coming FRIDAY 8th NOVEMBER, from 6.30-8.00pm at the Yard.

Come along and learn to knit whilst relaxing, chatting with friends, eating yummy snacks & listening to your favourite music!

For kids 10-13 years & just £6 inc. all materials (but bring needles/wool if you have your own; mp3/iPod optional!)

For more information or to book, please call Kirsty 07976 74 73 22.  Places are limited, so please book early.

We are so lucky to have Juliet Morcas join the Yard Family as our new nutritional therapist this week. As a welcome to new clients, Juliet is running an introductory offer of a half price consultation until the end of October 2013. You can book your consultation today by calling Juliet on 07870 632 788 or by emailing juliet.morcas@gmail.com.

If you’d like to find out more about Juliet, nutritional therapy and her consultations, then just click here!

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.

This September, we look forward to welcoming back Linda Woolfson with another wonderful SoulCollage® workshop. This time, “Understanding and Enjoying the SoulCollage® Deck”.

Linda explains that the glory of SoulCollage® is that, once you’ve been introduced to this absorbing creative activity, there are so many ways to enrich your experience of it.

Making SoulCollage® cards is an endlessly absorbing and satisfying process and gives us valuable tools for self knowledge. SoulCollage® becomes even more empowering when you become aware of how each of your cards is a unique piece in the complex mosaic of your personal life story. SoulCollage® has a simple, elegant structure to help you do this – the deck.

Join us here at Gracelands Yard on Saturday 14th September from 2.30 to 6.30 pm and find out more about how the SoulCollage® deck fits together and to see how learning to use the four suits expands and deepens your relationship with the SoulCollage® process.  “Understanding & Enjoying the SoulCollage® Deck” is an advanced workshop, open only to people like you who’ve already done some SoulCollage® and who share your fascination for this life-enhancing process. Seize this opportunity to enter further into the magical world of SoulCollage® as you:

  • Tune into the simple elegance of the SoulCollage® deck
  • Enjoy creating more cards inspired by this perspective
  • Deepen your understanding of your cards as you connect them to the structure of the SoulCollage® deck
  • Enter further into the transformative power of your intuition
  • Get nourished and supported by the strong synergy between participants at an advanced SoulCollage® workshop.

To book your place on this workshop, at a price of £50, click here.

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.

THIS CLASS HAS NOW ENDED

This term we welcome Charlotte Tullett to our family here at The Yard. Charlotte will be joining us on Sunday afternoons at 5pm to teach an hour of end-of-week pilates, where you can let go of the stresses and strains of the week gone by and gear up for the week ahead!

Pilates is for everyone, whatever your age, body shape or fitness. Pilates is wonderful for developing your posture, strength, flexibility and even mental wellbeing. Whether you’re looking for a stronger, healthier back, improved posture, a more toned body, or rehabilitation from minor injuries, Charlotte will help you achieve your goals.

Charlotte is a qualified Pilates teacher with STOTT Pilates®. Her teaching style emphasises the importance of good technique in movement, while you work hard and have fun.

Classes will commence on Sunday 8th September 2013 and will cost £50 for 6 classes, or you can pay a drop-in price of £10. This is an open class and beginners are most welcome! All equipment is provided.

If you would like to book, or would simply like some more information about the class, then give Charlotte a call on 07710 537127, or email her at pilateswithcharlotte@gmail.com.

Well, we’ve had a wonderful term full of fantastic goings on! Lots of new classes and workshops, music recitals and Bee Tea parties! But, the time has come to take a little break for the Summer and most of our classes have now ended and will resume again in September. However, there are some exceptions as the classes and events listed below will be taking place at The Yard during Summer months:

  • Pregnancy Yoga will take place as usual on Monday and Wednesday evenings at 7.15pm.
  • Milo Greek Playgroup will take place as usual on Saturday mornings (every fortnight).
  • NCT workshops will be held on Sunday mornings on 28th July and 11th + 18th August.
  • Milestones Baby Massage will be holding a free taster session on August 30th, with classes running from 6th September to 15th November.
  • Punkin Patch will be returning with another free workshop on how to create your dream nursery on 27th July. See our post on this for further details.
  • It’s business as usual for all therapies and therapists who are not affected by term times.

For up-to-the-minute information about goings on at The Yard this Summer, make sure you’re following us on Facebook and Twitter! And look out for next term’s timetable which will be released in August.


Thu 25th July @ 9.30 – 12.30: Edible Art!

Fri 26th July @ 9.30-12.30: Bees, Butterflies + Bugs!

Fri 26th July @ 1-3.30: Fun Yoga and Art workshop!

We’ve not one, not two, but three fun-filled, creativity-crammed holiday workshops next week!  The workshops are for children aged 5 to 11 years. In our two fantastic morning time arts and crafts workshops we’ll be making some crazy creatures! £20 per child or two children for £35 when booked together. Price includes organic snacks and all materials.

In our afternoon workshop, we’ll have stretchy yoga, games and creative activities. £20 or £35 for two. Or why not bring a packed lunch and join us all day on Friday? £35 or two children for £65. Places are limited so book early by calling Kirsty on 07976 747322 or email info@gracelandsyard.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

This week is Bee Week at The Yard and we’re raising money to help save our hungry and homeless bees! Do your bit to help the bees and win some fabulous prizes! Tickets are only 60p each! Or why not buy a whole strip of them for just £3? Make sure you swing by The Yard to get your tickets. The raffle will take place this weekend and winners will be notified next week. Take a look at what you could win!

Prizes include:

  • Neal’s Yard “Bee-Lovely” products
  • ½ hour Massage/ Holistic Facial treatment
  • ½ hour Acupuncture/Massage treatment
  • ½ hour Reiki/ Head massage treatment
  • Vouchers for Meditation classes
  • Vouchers for Yoga classes
  • Vouchers for Kids’ Yoga classes
  • Organic Manuka honey
  • A bee-autiful bee house for your garden

Don’t miss out!

This Friday, come and celebrate the end of Bee Week with us! The party will take place at The Yard from 4 to 5 pm for children aged 5+. Activities will include bee-themed crafts, bee-themed stories and we’ll have a very special talk where you’ll learn all about why bees are so important to the food that we eat and why they need our help! There’ll also be yummy food and drink, including honey sandwiches. We encourage all children to come dressed as bees! This might be yellow and black or stripey clothing. We ask for a minimum donation of £5 which will go to our two bee charites; Friends of the Earth’s “Bee Cause” and Bees for Development.

To book your place, call Kirsty on 07976 747322.

It’s going to be bee-rilliant!

Confidence Through the Body with the Alexander Technique – a 2 hour workshop.

Friday 19th July – 7.30 – 9.30 pm

Maximum 4 participants

Led by Carole Fish

Explore how confidence is related to having a strong and well-balanced vertical axis in the body:

*  How the axis provides a centre for all movement and activity.

*  How a balanced axis allows the body around it to let go of long-term muscle tension, removes stress on the neck, shoulders and low back and gives a real feeling of confidence and ease in the body.

* This combination of strength and ease can only be felt when we move back into our natural alignment.

* The axis is equally important to performance, health, and ease in life.

To book a place please email Carole at carole-fish@hotmail.co.uk

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.

We have a fabulous new course starting Wed 26 June here at the Yard.  It is Wellness for Women and taught by Natalie Angstadt and it is a three part course, weekly at 7.30pm.

The first week is looking at the Energetics of Food, the second is about Foods and the Immune System and the third part is all about Food, Bones and Skin.

The classes are 1hour each and the cost for all three workshops is just £30.  Drop in is possible where space is available and charged at £12 per class.  For all further information and to book a place in class, please contact Kirsty on 07976 74 73 22.  Natalie also has a beautiful website – please take a look!

Tiny Tap classes start this Tuesday at the Yard at 1pm each week.  The class is taught by our lovely Ballet Tots teacher, Miss Alex, and is suitable for children aged 2-4 years of age.  No previous experience or special shoes required!

We are offering all the first trial classes completely FREE of charge for aspiring young dancers!  Please call to book a place for your child – Kirsty 07976 74 73 22

More details can be found in our Timetable section of the website…

Join us for a special Sunday Crafternoon on the 9th June, 2-4pm, suitable for children aged 5-11 years.

Make the perfect gift for Dad, to celebrate Father’s day!

Ceramic painting

Special Father’s Day cards

Make a case for his ipod or phone

and personalised paperweights… all designed by you!

Leave your child to have fun while you have a relaxing Sunday afternoon! Only £15 per class or 2 children for £24.

Price includes all materials and a delicious snack.  Call to book – limited places:  Kirsty 07976 74 73 22 / 020 8960 7450

Saturday 8 June 10am – 130pm – no previous experience required – open to all.

Inner Qigong: Tai Yang, Bladder and small intestine channels.

Experiencing in our bodies: stepping out with purpose, action, alignment.

With Virginia Walker MRSS, qualified teacher & Movement Shiatsu practitioner, School for Experiential Education.

To book, call Virginia 07909 12 60 19 or email: v4healing@hotmail.com

Sunday Crafternoon: 19 May 2013: Shoebox art with beautiful peg dolls

8-12 years

Design & create beautiful shoebox art with recycled materials & create pretty peg dolls to live inside them!

Leave your child to have fun while you have a relaxing Sunday afternoon!

Only £15 per class or 2 children for £24.  Price includes materials (bring your own shoebox if you have one!) and a delicious snack!  Call to book – limited places ~ Kirsty 07976 74 73 22 / 020 8960 7450

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 =]

Easter Workshops9-12 April 2013, 930-1230 each day for children 5-12yrs of age.

Tuesday 9: TRINKELINKELS JEWELLERY

Create fun, fashionable bespoke jewellery with Trinkelinkels!  Making bracelets, hair bands and necklaces for girls & boys alike, using vintage beads & recycled materials.

Wednesday 10: COSTUMES & PUPPETS

Creating fun puppets & fabulous costumes in this creative class.  From super heroes to fairies!

Thursday 11: CREATIVE SPRING ART

Creating beautiful Spring bunting, fluffy tissue chicks & parrots and Fuzzy Felt art!

Friday 12: EDIBLE EASTER ART CLASS

Creating delicious pieces of art, all with a Spring-like theme – good enough to eat!

£20 per class, £34 for 2 friends / siblings booked together, £65 for all 4 days. Price includes all materials & organic snacks. Call to book – limited places: Kirsty 07976 74 73 22 / 020 8960 7450


Carole Fish, The Alexander Technique @ the Yard

Special Alexander Technique course focussing on body alignment, starts here at the Yard on 28 February. This will be taught by Carole Fish, who is a therapist at the Yard.

The course is 3 consecutive Thursdays and will be an experiential course.  Learn more about how alignment is essential to our health.

All details are available in out Timetable section of the site.  The workshops run on Thursdays from 7.30-9.00pm and cost just £15 each.  If you pay for all three, you will also receive a FREE individual half hour session on a Sunday of your choice, subject to availability!  Maximum 6 participants per workshop, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

To book a place, please call Carole on 07517 655285 or 0208 450 2128

lose weight forever

New course starts on the 8 February 2013**

If one of your New Year Resolutions was to change your size this could be the perfect place to begin!

Meira Shore runs this 4 week course on Friday evenings, using Hypnotherapy and NLP techniques which have both proved to be very popular and highly successful.

Lose inches, fat and self-doubt.  Gain control, confidence, a lean body and self-esteem!

More details in our Timetable section of the site or call Meira to book one of the remaining places in the class: 07966 65 92 99

drama @ the Yard

Drama @ the Yard

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

alexander technique @ gracelands yard

Thursday 6 December 2012  7.30-9.00pm, £5 limited places.

What is the axis of the human body?  How does the axis working well or badly affect our health, our functioning, our performance & our well-being?

Learn something about the extraordinary design of your body in action; poised for action; at rest.

Learn about the common distortions and stresses of the axis and how this affects your life.

Learn how the inevitable habits we acquire, together with our lack of awareness about how we are & what is possible, keep us imprisoned in an uncomfortable or painful and badly functioning body.

Learn about the possibility of moving back into alignment.  Open to all who would like to learn more about the Alexander Technique.

For further information and bookings, please call Carole on 07517 65 52 85 or Kirsty at the Yard 020 8960 7450

sunday crafternoons @ gracelands yard

Shambhala bracelets, Button brooches, Felt leaf scarves, Christmas decorations, Felt bags, Charm necklaces and more!  Different projects every week up to Sunday 16 December.

We have 4 special Sunday Crafternoon workshops booked in, starting this Sunday 25th November 2-4pm.

Drop your children here at the Yard to have fun being creative and making a whole array of beautiful presents for their friends and family, ready for Christmas.  And you can get some of your last-minute shopping done or just enjoy the peace and quiet!

Only £12 per class or two children for just £20.  Limited places per class.

Please see Special Events and Sunday pages of our website for full details, or you can call to make a booking: Kirsty 020 8960 7450 / 07976 74 73 22

alexander technique @ gracelands yard

Another brand new course starts this week!

And we still have places available on the new Alexander Technique introductory course which starts at the Yard this Thursday 22 November at 730pm.  It runs for 4 consecutive weeks and is taught by Carole Fish and costs just £80.

Full details are listed on our Thursday page of the site, or you can call Carole directly to book or for further information about the technique and the introductory course.  Carole:  07517 65 52 85

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!