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Qi Gong ~ profound; powerful; peaceful.

“I shall never forget this day ~ wonderful class, fabulous views, excellent food. Thank you so much!” Frankie

I’m in agreement with Frankie! We were a cosy group for the Qi Gong workshop yesterday, and I was so pleased I had the opportunity to join the class. What power in the slow, deliberate movements! Such grace and gentleness in the simplicity of sequences! We were all quite amazed really at how peacefully powerful qi gong could be. This ancient practice has its origins in chinese martial arts and was developed to improve and maintain one’s health on all levels – body, mind and spirit. Stress is the number 1 cause of the body falling into dis-ease but with these simple – although, surprisingly not easy – techniques, we can keep the body in optimum condition, and in so doing, keep the dreaded symptoms of stress and its related side effects at bay.

The reason simple movements can be difficult to do is because generally, we move at such speed and with so many other distractions going on in our mind that we ‘forget’ either to breathe or how to be deliberately slow with our movements, or both! I was deeply impressed and found the day profound, powerful and peaceful.


Beautiful sunshine for our Meditative Mandala day!

Super weather for yesterday’s Meditation & Mandala Day. Here’s what happens when you mix a little bit of guided meditation with a little bit of mandala work and a little touch of magic…


An Afternoon of Meditation with Jackie Maude

Isn’t it funny, or maybe even sad, how we rarely give ourselves the time to sit still and be in the center of the whirlwind that seems constantly pulling us in all directions at once? Like every whirlwind though, the centre is the calmist place to be, and of course, the most difficult to maintain! Energetic, experienced, empowering, and a wise seventy-something-sage, Jackie will guide you step by step how to use simple visualization techniques so that you can always and quickly return to your center. Don’t fall into old habits of panic and distress, this workshop of mindful Meditation with Jackie will focus your mind/thoughts to cope and deal with situations in an easy and accepting way, again and again…

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Vinyasa Yoga Flow Classes at UTLT!

You can check out the details here….


2nd Meditation & Mandala day!

This was so successful last month that we’re already hosting another! Let Reiki Master Jackie Maude guide you through a creative visualisation in the morning and then from your notes and memory, let Sue Hackney guide you through creating your own mandala in the afternoon. Lunch is pretty colourful too! The next one is Friday June 14th ~ let us know if you would like to join the group…

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Here’s what the folks on the last course came up with… Pretty cool stuff eh? But don’t be influenced by what you see here, come along and see what’s inside your mind!

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Qi Gong (Chi Kung) Workshop!

If you’ve ever wondered what Qi Gong is all about, or even how to pronounce it, now’s your chance to find out! We’re running a workshop to introduce Qi Gong to Beginners on Tuesday 25th June here at UTLT. Try something new by learning this ancient practice! Similar to Tai Chi but different, you’ll understand balance and coordination, strength and softness, stillness and movement all at the same time!

qi gong workshopWith its origins in centuries old martial arts, the regular practice of Qi Gong will revitalize mind and body, bringing improved health, reduced stress and clearer thinking to the student. Don’t miss out on this chance to learn from established practitioner and accomplished teacher Brigitta Wingate, who’s been successfully running courses in other areas of France for some time now. Sign up and book this date into your diary – you won’t be disappointed!


Art Workshops at UTLT!

It doesn’t matter if you’re a budding beginner learning how to create a painting or a a more accomplished artist looking to improve your techniques, local artist Jocelyn Bridge will skillfully guide you up to the next level of achievement! Sign up for one of these dates from May to August and make sure you don’t miss out on expressing those hidden talents! Or on a tasty palette of nutritious delicious food!

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The above dates are designed to suit those of you already local to the area. During all Painting courses, materials and equipment will be for hire and for sale.

We are also offering two 4-day Residential Summer Painting courses in July and August for those of you who want to stay at Under The Lime Tree and combine art workshops with your holiday! Book your self in to one of these two 4-day full board Residential holiday courses ~ Monday 8th to Thursday 12th July or Monday 12th to Thursday 15th August ~ for a truely relaxing but informative break away from the mundane and familiar.

Day 1 & 2 @ Under the Lime Tree (learning to paint en plein air)

Day 3 @ Local market town (painting en plein air)

Day 4 @ Under the Lime Tree (Unstructured/Free Painting with Jocelyn available to give help, discuss progress, achievements etc) 

Come for just the 4 days or stay for longer if you like at a discounted rate. Please contact me for details.

Local artist Jocelyn Bridge is ideally placed to share her favourite painting locations with you. Following a career as a Landscape Architect & Urban Designer, Jocelyn studied Fine Art. She now paints full time, exhibiting regularly and teaching. Her professional background gives her a deep understanding of landscapes & townscapes around her. A vegetarian for 22 years and a Vegetarian Society member she says: “Under The Lime Tree is a fantastic setting for an art holiday. The location offers variety, from distant views of rolling countryside to ancient buildings bursting with character. All this with gourmet vegetarian food too! ” 

Jocelyn is a very experienced artist and teacher and has exhibited extensively, both locally and abroad in her home country of Scotland. See more of her work at

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Grow Baskets!


Aren’t these beautiful! The basket weaving courses we’ve lined up in March and April (February’s date is fully booked) will get you well on the road to making these wonderful additions to your garden or patio!

And here’s a reminder of the courses we’re running and what you can expect in the two days…


2 day Basket Weaving at UTLT!

What a great opportunity we have for you to learn a new skill that will last a life time! For the second year running, Pierre Contamine & Mary Williams will be guiding you through the process of identifying and gathering materials to weave into your own wonderful baskets. Wild clematis, which we have in abundance and brambles, which we also have in abundance (and have the scars to prove it!) are ideal materials to use in baskets and what we don’t have, Pierre brings with him, so there’s a good selection to work and weave from.


Choosing materials from the woods at UTLT

Armed only with your own secateurs or sharp small knife, you’ll be shown how to strip off the bark and well, just get going!




We advise you to wear or bring warm clothing and boots as the weather might be unpredictable.

The courses run over 2 days and are on the following dates: February 26th & 27th ; March 23rd & 24th ; April 20th & 21st.

Each course is 80€ in total. This includes all tuition fees, all materials, 2 course lunches, refreshments and use of the Jacuzzi. At the end of the day, why not jump in the Jacuzzi to relax and unwind after all your hard work! Please bring your swim suit, towel and foot wear (flip flops, crocs or slippers) if you would like to take advantage of this unique offer!

Please contact us NOW to reserve a place on your preferred course dates or risk having to wait till next year!


You too could be making baskets like these!

End the day with a free dip in the Jacuzzi! Your body will love you for it!

End the day with a free dip in the Jacuzzi! Your body will love you for it!