Events 2017

 

Compton Verney

 

Back again 2017 at this gorgeous venue for some more breathtaking tai chi sessions.

The beauty of the landscape comes together with the flowing graceful movements of tai chi, providing nourishment, health and harmony for body, mind and soul. A fabulous opportunity to experience tai chi immersed in the scenery, and as part of the ever-changing seasons.

 

Every First Thursday of the month

As our 'Museums and Wellbeing' event in March was such a success, we are now holding a regular tai chi session from 1.15pm-2.15pm. Meet at the visitors centre from 1pm onwards. Everybody welcome, you'll need your seasonal pass or membership of Compton Verney, and £7 for the class. Class starts 1.15pm at the Willow Tunnel. Please dress warmly as this is an outside class

 

Every third Saturday of the month, starting on Saturday March 18th.

Participants old and new are welcomed, you'll need to be a seasonal pass holder or member of Compton Verney. Please be at the Welcome Centre for 11am. Class starts 11.15am at the Willow Tunnel, costs £7, and finishes around 12.45pm. These classes take place outdoors so please dress for the weather!

Thursday March 9th

As part of the national 'Museums and Wellbeing' week-long event, we are holding a tai chi taster session from 1pm-2pm. Everybody welcome, you'll need your seasonal pass or membership of Compton Verney, and £6 for the class. Please dress warmly as this is an outside class

 

 

 

Leamington Spa Peace Festival

June 17 & 18

Hoping to be here again! we will recieve confirmation towards the end of January

Come along and visit our stand at this popular and free town centre festival held in the Pump Room Gardens, Leamington Spa. Have a chat with us about our tai chi classes

 

 

 

 

Events 2016

 

Leamington Spa Peace Festival

June 18 & 19

Come along and visit our stand at this popular and free town centre festival held in the Pump Room Gardens, Leamington Spa. Have a chat with us about our tai chi classes

 

Lunar  Festival

June 3-5, Umberslade Estate, North Warwickshire, B94 5AE

Come along and join in our wonderful early morning tai chi sessions held outside on Saturday & Sunday at this marvellous eclectic family friendly festival

 

 

 

                              Compton Verney

We are so pleased to report that we are back in these gorgeous grounds once again in 2016 for some more breathtaking tai chi sessions. 2016 marks the 300th anniversary of Capability Brown's birth, what a beautiful way to mark this occasion by doing some tai chi in grounds that he designed!

The beauty of the landscape comes together with the flowing graceful movements of tai chi, providing nourishment, health and harmony for body, mind and soul. A fabulous opportunity to experience tai chi immersed in the scenery, and as part of the ever-changing seasons.

 

Every third Saturday of the month, starting on Saturday March 19th.

Participants old and new are welcomed, you'll need to be a seasonal pass holder or member of Compton Verney. Class starts at 11.15am, costs £6, and finishes around 12.45pm. These classes take place outdoors so please dress for the weather!

 

 

Shakespeare's Birthday Parade

 

Tai Chi demonstrations in Stratford Upon Avon town centre, participants welcome! 2016 marks 400 years since Shakespeare's death, so this year come along to be part of some spectacular celebrations! We'll be in various locations around the town, please come and say hello

Held this year on Saturday April 23

 

 

Stratford River Festival

Swan tai chi are hoping to be back again for our 2nd outing at this popular festival!

Join us over the weekend on Saturday July 2 and Sunday July 3

 

Swan Tai Chi picnic party

This year Debbie is celebrating 15 years teaching in Stratford upon Avon, Judith is celebrating 10 years teaching and Paul 8 years. We think that 33 years between us deserves a bit of a shin dig! More details to follow!!

 

 

 

 

Events 2015

 

                              Compton Verney

The beauty of the landscape comes together with the flowing graceful movements of tai chi, providing nourishment, health and harmony for body, mind and soul. A fabulous opportunity to experience tai chi immersed in the scenery, and as part of the ever-changing seasons.

 

Every third Saturday of the month, starting on March 21st.

Participants old and new are welcomed, you'll need to be a seasonal pass holder or member of Compton Verney. Class starts at 11.15am, costs £6, and finishes around 1pm. These classes take place outdoors so please dress for the weather!

 

 

Shakespeare's Birthday Parade

Tai Chi demonstrations in Stratford Upon Avon town centre, participants welcome!

Held this year on Saturday April 25

 

 

Stratford River Festival

Swan's first outing at this popular festival!

Join us on Saturday July 6 for a demonstration by the bandstand, followed by a tai chi workshop in the afternoon.

 

 

 

 

Compton Verney September 20 2014

 

We are very pleased to announce an 'Open Morning' class and demonstration, on Saturday September 20 at 10am, held in the beautiful grounds of Compton Verney.

 

This is an all-weather cost-free event where you can combine the beauty of this Lancelot 'Capability' Brown designed landscape with the flowing graceful movements of Tai Chi.

 

Compton Verney is an independent award-winning Art Gallery with inspiring and diverse art exhibitions and collections, set in an historic building within 120acres of stunning classical parkland.

 

Please dress for the weather and come along to this free event which promises to be just gorgeous!

 

Please contact one of the Swan team or Compton Verney to book your place!

 

Compton Verney is situated between Wellesbourne and Kineton - CV35 9HZ

 

 

 

 

 

Events 2013

 

Our Tai Chi 'Move of the Week' - see the 'links' page to watch us on Youtube - has proved very popular, and we will be out and about filming more in 2013, especially as the weather improves!

We'd love for you to join us - your class teacher will know full details

 

More events will be added here in due course.....

Meanwhile, if there is anything you would like to learn or do more of, please contact the Swan team!

 

April 20 Shakespeare Birthday Parade - Tai Chi Demo

Stratford Upon Avon Town. Details TBC. All participants welcome!

We hope to be invited to perform again at this event, more details will appear as they become know to us!

 

 

June 15-16 Leamington Spa Peace Festival

Visit our stand at this popular free festival at the Pump Room Gardens in Leamington Spa

 

Spear Saturday Workshops

At Ettington Community Centre. 10.00am-12.30pm. Cost £20,

Dates to be confirmed

 

 

 

 

 

Events 2012

 

 

April 21 Shakespeare Birthday Parade - Tai Chi Demo

Stratford Upon Avon Town. Details TBC. All participants welcome!

 

 

June 16-17 Leamington Spa Peace Festival

Visit our stand at this popular free festival at the Pump Room Gardens in Leamington Spa

 

Spear Saturday Workshops

At Ettington Community Centre. 10.00am-12.30pm. Cost £20, Dates to be confirmed

 

 

Events 2011

 

 

February 12 Saturday Workshop - Double Fan Revision

Location TBC. 10.00am-12.30pm. Cost £15, Debbie will provide a revision class for those with knowledge of the Double Fan form.

 

February 26 Visit from Eva & Karel Koskuba

Holy Trinity Hall, Stratford. 10.30am-1.30pm. Cost £25

Knowledge of the first 15 moves of Laojia essential

 

March 19 Saturday Workshop - Cannon Fist #1/4

Tiddington Community Centre. 10.00am -12.30pm Cost £15, Paul will be providing the first of 4 sessions to learn the complete Chen Cannon Fist form – knowledge & experience of the Laojia form is essential.

 

April 30 Shakespeare Birthday Parade - Tai Chi Demo

Stratford Upon Avon Town. Details TBC. All participants welcome!

 

May 8 Sunday Bluebell Chi Gung

Oversley Woods, near Alcester 10.30am onwards. Spectacular bluebells!

 

May 21 Saturday Workshop - Cannon Fist #2/4

Tiddington Community Centre. 10.00am -12.30pm Cost £15, Paul will be providing the second of 4 sessions to learn the complete Chen Cannon Fist form – knowledge & experience of the Laojia form is essential.

 

June 11 Midsummer Moonlight Tai Chi

8pm onwards. At the Rollright Stones, price £5.

 

June 18-19 Leamington Spa Peace Festival

Visit our stand at this popular free festival at the Pump Room Gardens in Leamington Spa

 

July 2 - 3 Stonehenge and Glastonbury

6.15-7.15am amongst the stones. Cost £20, max 26 people

Followed by a weekend exploring sacred sites in Wiltshire… Book early!

 

August 6 Saturday Workshop - Cannon Fist #3/4

Tiddington Community Centre. 10.00am -12.30pm Cost £15, Paul will be providing the third of 4 sessions to learn the complete Chen Cannon Fist form – knowledge & experience of the Laojia form is essential.

 

September 17 10th Anniversary - Demo Morning

10am-12noon, Demonstration morning to celebrate 10 years of Swan Tai Chi in Stratford Upon Avon. Charity event. All welcome, bring a friend

Holy Trinity Parish Hall, Stratford

 

October 15 Saturday Workshop - Cannon Fist #4/4

Tiddington Community Centre. 10.00am -12.30pm Cost £15, Paul will be providing the final of 4 sessions to learn the complete Chen Cannon Fist form – knowledge & experience of the Laojia form is essential.

 

November 5 Saturday Workshop - Spear #1

At Ettington Community Centre. 10.00am-12.30pm Cost £15, Debbie will be providing the first session to learn the Chen Spear form. This is an advanced course and requires previous weapons experience.

 

November 12 Nigel Shaw and Carolyn Hillyer

Weaving Winter. Holy Trinity Church Hall.

Afternoon sacred song & drum workshop 2.30-5.30pm £25

Evening concert 7.30pm Cost £12, Nigel Shaw and Carolyn Hillyer will be providing a concert of their music inspired by the beauty of Dartmoor, featuring songs from their new album Weaving the Land. You may recognise the music from our classes. Details & tickets from Swan, or from Carolyn & Nigel.

Link to Seventh Wave Music

 

 

 


News and Reviews

New Classes:

Many of our friendly classes welcome newcomers. We currently have spaces available in Blackwell, Stratford, Tiddington, Hampton Lucy, Warwick, Leamington, Henley-in-Arden and Wellesbourne.

Please contact one of the Swan Team to discuss your requirements

 
Saturday morning and weekend events

We have put together a series of study mornings and outings. If there is anything else you would like to try, or if you know any beautiful location which is crying out for Tai Chi practise then please get in touch!

Our weekend retreat is under discussion, as we are still trying to locate a venue - any ideas?

 
Reviews
 

Well, we all did it! We joined in with the Shakespeare Birthday Celebrations parade on Saturday April 25th 2009.

The rehearsal at 8.30am was held in the rain and we were concerned that the rain was here to stay, but no, the clouds rolled by and the sun shone as we paraded down Bridge Street. One group did the Double Sabres on one side of the road, whilst the other group did the Chen Fan.

It was an amazing sight as so much was happening at the same time - motobikes, skate boarders, BMX bikers, drama groups, circus skills, belly dancing and all to the beat of a Samba band!

We paraded off Bridge Street behind the Coventry Brass Band into the Gardens where we demonstrated the Form, the Single and Double Sabre, the Fan, and finally Debbie and Paul demonstrated the Left and Right handed Double Sabre - stunning!

Thank you to one and all who joined us in the celebrations, either demonstrating in Bridge Street in the Pararde or joining us in the demonstrations on Bancroft Gardens - and a special thanks to Sian, Rosie and Ceri.

The photographs are in our rouges gallery page

Chen Fan Saturday Morning

Phew what a morning! It was brilliant fun, and oh so noisy with 20+ fans closing and opening together. It looked specatular as we all had different coloured fans and we fluttered and spun under our fans like a flock of happy peacocks - golds, blues, reds and blacks.

The Fan is such a joy to do and we learnt the first fifteen moves over the three hours, it took a lot of concentration and co-ordination to learn, and we slowly added on chunks of the form, reviewed what we had learnt, then moved onto the next section.

We stopped for cake, biscuits and teas at 11o'clock, and only then did we notice how much we had used our wrists - but it didn't stop us tasting the cake and biscuits!

Again the morning followed the same agenda as in the Double Sabre, with the more experienced practioners joining us for the final hour.The time flew by in a snap of the fan, and when we all went through the Fan form together at the end of the morning it was super and felt, for me, a real acheivement - well done one and all!

We are planning a review session on June 13th - more details later....

Double Sabre Saturday Morning

We had a great time at the Double Sabre Saturday on Feb 14th, with about 18 of us turning out for the class. We all learnt the first of four parts of the Form, with much swishing, clanging and swinging of swords!

We stopped for tea and biscuits where we tried out the different types of swords - metal or wooden - and talked of the different grips and ribbons used as decoration.

The more experienced group joined us about 11 o'clock, who worked on the second and third parts - it was inspiring to watch them and I was struck by how much they enjoyed learning and doing the Form.

We ended the morning by going through Part One all together and feeling very proud of ourselves, if a little dizzy after all those Salute to the Sun's!

We are going to have a revision day later in the year, so watch out for the dates.

Thank you all for attending and making it such a success.

 
 

Thank You!!!

Our Open Session, where we demonstrated all the forms of Tai Chi, Chi Gung, Single and Double Sabre, Fan and Cannon Fist was a roaring success, raising £100.00 for the Stroke Association.

About 60+ people turned up from all our different classes and other people to watch the demonstrations and meet other members of Swan Tai Chi.

What was the best bit for me was when we started doing the form and apart from a handful of people, everyone stood up and joined in - It was fantastic.

The coffee and cakes went down very well, with not a crumb left by 12.30... the receipes are below - enjoy

Well done and thank you on behalf of the Stroke Association!

 

Our thanks go out to the Guardian and Observer newspaper for including the Swan School of Tai Chi and Chi Gung in their guides to Massage and Relaxation (part two) page 38 - National fame!

It has been great to meet new students and also old friends getting in contact with us - a double winner!

 

If there is anything else you would like us to teach, almost a Tai Chi wish list, please just speak to Debbie, Judith or Paul.

 

Tai Chi Cakes

Seed Cake

6oz butter/sugar/SR flour

3 eggs

2oz ground almonds

Zest and juice of one lemon

2oz mixed dried candied fruit

1 tablespoon marmalade

½ teaspoon baking powder

1 tablespoon Demerara sugar/caraway seeds

Place the butter/sugar/SR flour, eggs, ground almonds, zest and juice of one lemon, tablespoon marmalade and the ½ teaspoon baking powder in a magimix and mix together until smooth, and lightened in colour. It should be a soft dropping mixture. Add milk to soften if required

Add candied fruit, pulse to mix.

Pour into 2lb loaf tin. Add the demerara sugar/caraway seeds to make the crunchy topping.

Cook for 1 to 1 ¼ hours 170 degrees

 

Marble cake

6oz butter/sugar/SR flour

1 oz cocoa powder

3 eggs

A little milk

½ teaspoon baking powder

Place butter/sugar/SR flour, eggs and ½ teaspoon baking powder into magimx and mix together until smooth.

Divide mixture into two by adding half to the baking tin.

Fold in the cocoa powder and milk to the remaining mixture

Add to baking tin

Using a knife, draw the mixture in a figure of eight to achieve the ‘marble effect’

Cook for 30 mins (approx) 185 degrees

 

Lemon cake

6oz butter/sugar/SR flour

3 eggs

2oz ground almonds

Zest and juice of one lemon

½ teaspoon baking powder

Juice of one lemon (for pouring sauce)

 

Place the butter/sugar/SR flour, eggs, ground almonds, zest and juice of one lemon and the ½ teaspoon baking powder in a magimix and mix together until smooth, and lightened in colour. It should be a soft dropping mixture.

Pour into 2lb loaf tin.

Cook for 1hr 170 degrees

Once the cake in out of the oven, immediately pour over the lemon juice. It will bubble up then soak into the cake. Leave to cool in the tin.

 

Chocolate Brownies

5oz butter

4 eggs

11 ½ oz sugar

1 Teaspoon vanilla essence

Pinch of salt

5 ½ oz plain flour

1 big bar of plain/white chocolate (200gramme) broken into small pieces

Melt butter and cool

In a large bowl add eggs, sugar, vanilla essence, salt and plain flour

Add butter and beat together

Fold in chocolate piece

Pour into baking tin – large roasting tin style

35-40 mins 170 degrees for soft centred, slightly longer if you want a more ‘solid’ texture

 

 

As always, please contact Debbie, Judith or Paul for further information