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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
Please note this is in the Parish Church Small Hall
Fishing Skills and Fly Tying - with Sandy McIntosh
Try lessons in fly tying whilst improving your fishing by listening to our local expert with advice on such things as casting lures or finding a good location. Two hours with Sandy improving your skills in a convivial atmosphere
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.
Get Writing! With Dr. Ian Garbutt.
A new course starting October 2021. This is the chance to develop your writing skills through a discussion group led by Dr. Garbutt. You will look at how to develop your writing skills and examine good editorial practice. Topics covered will include storylining, character development and creating a plot. There will be paper handouts, you just need to bring along a pen and paper.
Hill Walking with Derek Johnston.
NEW CLASS! Improve your knowledge and skills for a safe and enjoyable day in the hills. Let Derek, a Mountain Leader with Wild Walks Scotland guide you through important topics such as, walking & route finding, clothing & equipment, navigation, weather, hazards, emergency procedures, access, flora & fauna. Learn how to get the most from a day out on our wonderful hills in safety and comfort. Suitable for beginners and improvers. You will require a compass.