Courses shall be held on the beautiful Gower Peninsula South Wales, with qualified tutors Robert Ripley and Bel Spencer. If you want to ensure a place on the course of your choice, contact us to make your reservation as spaces are limited
Sat 21st January
2 – 5.15 pm
Tai chi / Qi Gong, with Meditation and Relaxation
Using movements that encourage freedom, loosen joints, improve balance and posture and promote fitness and wellbeing. With qualified Robert Ripley and Bel Spencer. Beginners are welcome.
Time: 2 – 5.15pm Cost: £10
Sat 18 February:
2 – 5.15pm
Tai chi / Qi Gong with Meditation and Relaxation
Using movements that encourage freedom, loosen joints, improve balance and posture and promote fitness and wellbeing. With qualified instructors, Bel Spencer and Robert Ripley. beginners welcome. For more information view: www.healthyspineuk.com
Time: 2 – 5.15pm Cost: £10
NB The courses held will be in a small group setting where it is possible to focus on the individual needs and requirements of those present. Please contact us prior to the course to discuss any of these with us.
Booking are made on a first come first served basis
For more details call Bel on 07942 816 502
Glad Tidings – to Start the New Year
You may already have some thoughts of what you want for the year again …. here are some additional pointers to give you a head start.
What would you like your 2016 to be like? What do you enjoy that you would like more of in your life? Is there something not present that you’d like to include in your life next year?
It might help to write down any goals that you may have, even if they are not yet clearly defined. Once you’ve got a few things down – take a look at the list you’ve made.
Ask yourself which of these things feel like priorities. Which aspects could you be letting go of – such as activities that drain you, unwanted / unhealthy habits… – you know the ones I mean!
Check your list and see what is included / missing that could help your well-being further. In a survey for The Times we can see the most popular new year resolutions for 2014 – although it seems that those intending on new year resolutions were in the minority – 30% and the rest did not intend to set any personal rules for the New Year. So of these,
51% Said they wanted to do more exercise/ improve fitness 47% Wanted to loose weight, while 41% wished to improve their diet. Other popular personal ambitions included: Saving more money, Pursuing a career ambition, Giving up Smoking and Decorating/renovating at home Cutting down on drinking plus Volunteering and doing charity work
What would you like to let go of before midnight on the last day of 2015?
Think about it. So while we can work on aspects such as being healthier exercising more and consuming less junk food / alcohol What about making a resolution to have healthier thoughts and identify ways in which we can feel happier, lighter and more peaceful in ourselves. See if you can identify something you’d like to resolve or heal, and not carry forward into the new year.
Here’s a starting point: Make two lists The first is of ‘appropriate concerns’ – issues that can be dealt with and can be dealt with in a step by step manner The second is a list of all the unfounded worry and ‘what ifs’ that you may be carrying round and are often things that you can’t do anything about and are taking up valuable time and energy.
Now, one suggestion is to burn the second list – but before you do lets look at it more closely so that you can really let go of it. When we really look at some of these feelings it can be surprising how tricky it can be to release them – yes, they’re the ones which go round and round in your head/ you wake up thinking about – or however they manifest to you. Often there will be physical sensations accompanying – like feeling uncomfortable all over. If you recognise this somewhere in yourself, just take a moment to ask what you could personally let go of – we’ll all have something!
Sit down somewhere where you won’t be disturbed for a few minutes think of the situations or person and be willing to feel get in touch with your breathing staying in the moment and repeat to yourself: “I choose peace I am willing to let go of anything that comes between me and peace.”
Focus more fully on a specific situation you would like to work with. Sit quietly and let the thoughts feelings or images come up within you then say to yourself again: “I choose peace. I’m willing to let go of these feelings thoughts and I’m ready to forgive this person /experience/ situation.”
This will help not only you, but all the people involved. Just experiment – you may notice a difference in your experience. If you do not, you may simply need to look at it again and if there is anything else that needs to be released and forgiven that you really don’t want to be carrying round with you any more. Perhaps recognise where there have been mistakes and misunderstandings, or even go beyond needing to understand the thoughts and feelings and simply release them anyway. You may be surprised at how much better you feel as you let all those feelings just melt away in whatever way feels easiest for you. Then notice any changes in your feelings and thoughts. Even if you’re left feeling a little calmer and more peaceful than when you begun, you’ve made some progress! You’ve already begun the process. Now you can burn the second list, but use this approach whenever you feel the need – and perhaps clear some space to make room for a whole load of new positive experiences – and a truly Happy New Year!
Places to Visit include a rich cultural heritage and colourful array of visitor centres, castles, markets and museums
Clyne Gardens is a botanical garden based in Swansea The park as it is now known was formed from the landscaped gardens originally created by Glynn Vivian who bought the castle in 1860. There is a gentle slope to the gardens, with paths that meander amidst trees, beside brooks and over little bridges – a wonderful way to spend the afternoon and spot your favourite plants and shrubs.
Dylan Thomas Centre
The Dylan Thomas Centre is a permanent exhibition featuring Swansea’s famous poet, which holds regular events relating to Dylan Thomas throughout the year. 2014 saw the Centenary of Dylan Thomas’s birth and there were many events: exhibitions, shows, readings, festivals (including the Dylan Thomas Festival) held not only in Swansea but in many locations around the uk.
The centre is well worth a visit, set in a lovely location in the popular maritime quater – it is an atmospheric building – with its own cafe and book shop with free entry for the centre’s permanent exhibition.
Gower Heritage Centre
The Centre is a rural life museum, holding regular events throughout the year. There are craft shops and activities, a children’s play area, cafe, a rural life museum and a small animal farm. The centre is open every day from 10am to 5pm
King Arthurs Stones
A legendary site, well worth a visit and located on Cefn Bryn in the heart of the Gower is known as “Arthur’s Stone” or “King Arthur’s Stone”. The description is said to originate from a legend that King Arthur threw a large stone from Llanelli which landed on this spot. Another story says that if a girl crawls around the stone three times and views the face of her lover, then she will know that he will remain faithful to her.
The site is a well known neolithic burial ground and the stone is situated on the north facing slope of Cefn Bryn with fine, expansive views across the estuary of the River Loughor and towards Llanrhidian sands. There are several other simpler cairns spraid along the same slope.
Pennard castle is located in a superb position, overlooking Three Cliffs Bay and is often described as one of the most picturesque ruins on the Gower Peninsula. Pennard castle is an early 12th Century Castle and is believed to probably have been built by the Earl of Beaumont, 1st Earl of Warwick. While there are castles with more renown and history on the Gower, Pennard castle remains have both atmosphere and mystery… even more so at dusk – where it provides the perfect setting for watching the sunset!
National Botanical Gardens
The National Botanic Garden of Wales are located near Llanarthne in Camarthenshire, providing 568 acres of parkland with historic and futuristic buildings, lake, horticultural displays, flower meadows and artwork such as sculptural exhibitions. There is a lovely cafe and bookshop, and a surround-sound experience of Theatre Botanica, with films celebrating the world of plants.
The Glasshouse is perhaps its most famous feature, designed by architects Norman Foster and Partners. Inside the glass dome is a Mediterranean landscape, rock terraces, streams and waterfalls. Outside, there is a peaceful Japanese Garden, double walled garden and more – this is the first National Botanical Garden to be created in the new millennium.
Swansea market is well worth a visit with its rich choice of local produce, from seafood such as fish, cockles, muscles larverbread and more as well as local cheeses, bread chutneys, meats and more and all manner of things that you’d find in a traditional welsh market including crafts, quirky gifts and marketfayer.
Enjoy a wide range of events on the Gower Peninsula, from festivals to shows, talks, fairs – here are just a few….
Gower Bluegrass February
at the Gower Heritage Centre
Cheese & Cider Weekend May
at the Gower Heritage Centre
The Gower Walking Festival June
The largest walking festival in Wales with over 1,700 walkers in 2014. Centred on Britain’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Gower Walking Festival is organised and run entirely by volunteers. It is a great chance to view the fabulous wildlife and scenery of the Gower Peninsula and the surrounding area. http://www.gowerwalkingfestival.org
The Gower Folk Festival June
This years Gower Folk Festival is at the Greyhound Pub the http://www.gowerfolkfestival.co.uk
Gower Bluegrass Festival September
The annual Gower Bluegrass Festival attracts many bluegrass musicians from the South Wales area and also from further afield across the Severn Bridge.Open picking sessions and instrumental workshops.