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Taichi with Iain Naylor
Our Taichi teacher, Iain Naylor, has studied taichi since 1980 and has been a registered teacher since 1995. From 2005 until 2011 he regularly trained in China and now trains in the UK with International renowned teachers, Masters Chen Lisheng and Master Gordon Faulkner. Now entering his 25th year of teaching in this course Iain offers an introduction to taichi and qi gong that develops term by term into a deeper understanding of everything that it entails.
The class is in two parts; qi gong – a general full body routine designed specifically for its health benefits and taichi – the simplified Wudang 9 powers form.
Art with Douglas Matthews
Douglas is a professional artist. He runs two art classes for us on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. These are informal classes where members work on their own projects. Douglas provides guidance to all alongside the occasional demonstration. The Thursday afternoon class also includes Sculpture in Clay for those who wish to learn more about this medium. Douglas will show you how to use air dry clay and armatures to create small sculptures depicting human figures, facial sculpture and both animal and bird studies. The clay is supplied at an additional cost.
Scottish Country Dancing with Jane Rattray
Jane runs a very friendly, informal class where the emphasis is on fun. This is an excellent way of getting some exercise for both the body and the brain as you try to memorise the dance sequences called by Jane. Beginners are very welcome and will find that they quickly pick up the moves. You do not need to wear special dance shoes, light pumps or trainers you can dance in are fine.
“This class proves you can have fun while you learn and gives you lots of exercise into the bargain. You don’t have to be expert to join this class and you smile while you learn. “ Malcolm Gillies class member
Upholstery with Bob Farmer
Bring along a small/medium piece of furniture and Bob will help you to re-upholster it. In recent times students have tackled small/medium chairs (you need to be able to carry it to class), footstools, dining chairs and bed headboards. The class is held in the metalwork room at the school. You can access the classroom directly from the carpark via the ramp or steps, so you do not have to carry your furniture through the school. Bob will contact any applicants before the start of term to discuss what you need to bring along on the first night.
Community Choir with Sandra Miller
The choir has been running for two years now and has moved evening, time and venue over the period. However, we are now settled on a Wednesday evening 7.30pm to 9pm at the Community Church Centre, which is a lovely venue to sing in. Sandra has plenty of experience in arranging music for and conducting choirs. We sing a wide range of music from christmas carols, songs from musicals, African harmonies, rounds andpop songs to the occasional traditional Scottish air. This terms innovation has been a couple of numbers sung to a backing track. You do not need any experience of choirs to join us and you do not need to be able to read music, and there is no audition. All the research shows that singing is good for your health and wellbeing, so why not come along and join in the fun?
Kundalini Chair Yoga with Julie Henderson
Kundalini Chair-led yoga is a gentle series of exercises practiced from a chair and focusing on building strength, balance and flexibility. Each class finishes with relaxation and meditation helping to reduce stress and increase overall wellbeing. Suitable for those who would like to practice yoga and meditation but are not comfortable with sitting on the floor. All are welcome.
Making the Most of your iPhone with Joan Fleming
This is a four week course of two hour lessons where you will have the opportunity to explore your iPhone. Learn about iPhone settings, download and manage Apps, customize your home screen and lock screen, create folders, browse the web, take notes, shoot and edit photos and back them up on iCloud, PC or Mac. Joan will show you a range of iPhone tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your iPhone. Suitable for iPhone or iPads. Please note this class if for Apple products only, we do not cover Android phones and tablets.
Introduction to Microsoft Publisher with Joan Fleming
A new course from January 2020. The classes will be based in the IT suite at the school. Joan will take you through the basic tasks in the Publisher interface, show you how to add content to publication, manage text, work with graphics and prepare documents for printing and sharing. You will have the opportunity to create a variety of publications including posters, birthday cards, calendars and certificates. Suitable for beginners or those wishing to add to their basic skills.