Earlybird Discount extended til end of March!

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P1150828We’re feeling like spring is finally showing signs of life, bunches of snowdrops, daffodil leaves pushing through, buds on trees, the orange and purple of crocuses hailing the promise of warmer weather and longer days.  And feeling good about that, we’ve decided to extend the earlybird discount for our WoW Week of Wellness. Earlybird discounts will apply if you’ve booked and paid your deposit by the end of March.

And as for a bit of pampering, Jane is now offering not only reflexology but also indian head massage, Bach flower remedies, Bowen technique, Reiki, insights into mindfulness and all round wellbeing. Fabulous.

We’ve only 3 rooms still available so be decisive and get in touch to make that booking. You won’t be disappointed.

 

 

 

Week of Wellness (10/10/15) earlybird DISCOUNT extended to end of Feb.

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P1150784If you’re anything like me, your mind during the second half of January will have been full of invoices, receipts, diaries, creditors, travel claims and so forth, ie. completing and submitting your tax return.  Only now might you be able to see the possibilities beyond the 31st January and start to give the better things in life some attention, like chilling in the pool with the sun on your skin!

And so with this in mind, we’re extending our earlybird discount for our WoW Week of Wellness through to the end of February, giving you a whole month to get your holiday plans in order, and book to join us for a treat of week of tai chi, holistic therapies, walks, chillout time, being mindful, good food and wine, laughter, lazing by the pool, exploring the local area and generally feeling fabulous by the end of it!

We’ve only 3 ensuite rooms left at the wonderful Son Ametler.  Bring a friend and share the fun, save on the price.  And with the earlybird discount extended til the end of February, each person saves £50 off the fee.

Check it out today and contact us with any questions.

 

Earlybird DISCOUNT til end of Jan for Week of Wellness 10.10.15

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P1150847A New Year is upon us and thoughts turn to resolutions, good intentions, healthier lifestyles and new adventures; to holidays, getaways, new places and new challenges.

If however, you’re like me, chances are your good intentions are starting to slide by the end of January and those short, dark, wet days are more conducive to curling up on the sofa with chocolate than a bracing walk on the moors.  Here’s a solution that will give you a focus and something to be excited about for the best part of a year!

Book now for our annual Week of Wellness in rural Mallorca and you’ll have 9 months to anticipate the warmth of sun on skin, of greeting the sunrise with qi gong exercises by the pool, stretching your muscles and heart on our walks through the mountains and by the sea, relaxing into a reflexology or indian head massage treatment, enjoying a spot of pampering, dining on freshly prepared local produce, laughing with new friends, discovering tai chi and its benefits for your body and mind, sleeping well in your boutique hotel ensuite room, catching up with a book by the pool, exploring the local market at Pollensa and so much more.

P1150749And if you book and pay the deposit before the end of January, you’ll enjoy a £50 discount.

The perfect way to ensure your resolutions last throughout the year, to the end of October in any case!   Only a few rooms remaining so be decisive and contact us for the booking form.  And don’t forget the January sales on flights so it’s a great time to get it all sorted!  A very warm welcome awaits…

 

2015 Week of Wellness, 10-17th Oct – block it out in the diary!

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son ametler dee 1014It’s an auspicious date, the 10/10 for our 10th Annual Week of Wellness! Make sure you put it in the diary and email for the application form to secure your place, as spaces are limited.

In 2014 we were blessed with amazing weather, fabulous food and a great group of people. As 2015 will be our 10th year in Mallorca it’s something to celebrate and so we shall.  Details to follow.  What you can be sure of is that Paola and James will once again look after us so well at Son Ametler, and that Jane and Helen will be ensuring that you enjoy a wonderful week and return home chilled, nourished, relaxed and recharged.

We’re offering earlybird discounts for those booking before the end of December 2014. Get in touch for details.

Get up and Go, to Tai Chi locally or Mallorca!

Way back in January I talked about Fred and Freda, two of my lovely tai-chiers, and their “get up and go” can-do attitudes.  At the time I commented thus:

I’ve been pondering on what Freda and Fred have in common. The thing that springs to mind, loud and clear, is a positive “can-do” mindset, despite pain and disability and recovering from illness.  A salient reminder in itself of the importance of engaging the body AND mind in every aspect of our tai chi practise, and that bringing together of mind and body is one of tai chi’s great strengths.”

Here is Colin’s, aka “Fred’s”, story. “I’d encourage anyone out there to go out and find a hobby or a sport which gets them on the move”.  There’s lots of resources to help you on the British Heart Foundation website.  And tai chi is a great way to give your body and mind a gentle but thorough workout.  Check out my Devon classes.

If you fancy a delicious Chillout Short Break or a Week of Wellness, come and join us for a treat of a week of tai chi, reflexology and walks in rural Mallorca in les than a month’s time (4-11th October). Perfect for beginners to tai chi and returners.  Find out more here. Just a couple of rooms remain…

NB. LAST MINUTE Chillout short break available, Sat-Weds 4-8th October.

feed the soul, and your stomach!

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peppers cropA potential guest to our Week of Wellness recently asked for a “sample menu”.  The good folk at Son Ametler were happy to provide one and my mouth watered just reading it, remembering the delicious meals we shared under the sun and stars last Autumn.  I look forward to doing the same again in October (4-11th).

I truly believe an important part of any holiday or retreat is the ritual of sitting down and eating together, sharing stories, reflections, laughter and a glass of wine or two.  At Son Ametler, we relished the culinary delights produced by Paola and Leigh, using fresh and local produce wherever possible, some of it freshly picked from the gardens, or bought that day at nearby markets, such as these peppers.

Our Week of Wellness, combining tai chi, reflexology and walks in rural Mallorca, will feed the soul.  And I can guarantee that the lovely team at Son Ametler will certainly be feeding the stomach too!  Fortunately, we’ve plenty of tai chi and walks to keep it all in balance!

A few places remain.  All the details, prices and feedback are available here. Contact us with any questions.  Come and feed your soul, and your body!

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Global wave of chi coming your way!

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LM Sunrise Branscombe World TC DayOnce again we’re heading towards World Tai Chi and Qigong Day, when people all across the world come together mindfully to send a global wave of positive energy right around the planet.  Last year people in hundreds of cities across over 70 countries took part. It’s a great opportunity for tai-chiers to come together and play, but also to let others know what it’s all about, where to find classes, what the benefits are and to have a go.

It’s always the last Saturday of April, 10am local time.  In previous years we’ve greeted the sunrise at Branscombe (see pic). This year I’ll be found on Cathedral Green, Exeter, where myself and other tai-chiers will be gathering and demonstrating different tai chi styles, and enjoying tea and chi at the Hub on the Green.

Do come along and join us.  And if you can’t make that, head a little further afield with us to Mallorca for our Week of Wellness – tai chi, reflexology and walks, October 4-11th. Hope you can make it. Check out prices including earlybird offers.

One world, one breath.

 

 

what do astronauts and tai chi have in common?

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I’m reading Cmdr Chris Hadfield’s autobiography – An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth.  In case it passed you by, he’s the utterly wonderful Canadian astronaut who, in 2013, brought amazing images/footage from space into our living rooms via social media. He’s made space “cool” again, and his cover of Bowie’s “Space Oddity” (filmed in space) is currently at 20 million+ hits.  It makes me smile every time I watch it.

So what has this to do with tai chi?  A somewhat tenuous link?   Well I’m only about 30 pages in but what emerges again and again is that word “focus”.  A very young Chris Hadfield was very clear and focussed about what he wanted to do with his life, and his decisions were shaped by that goal and that focus.  In tai chi we employ body and mind, using our mind to focus on what our body is doing, whether it’s softening, yielding, grounding or aligning, for example.  If we’re focussed, grounded and balanced, we’re in a strong position to be able to make clear choices and good decisions, in the way we move, the way we feel, and the way we respond to situations.

Cmdr Hadfield’s goal was to be an astronaut.  I’m utterly delighted he’s achieved that.  Delighted for himself as he seems a thoroughly lovely man, and also delighted for the folks like me who have relished the astonishing images he’s shared with us all, making the science accessible and fun.  

Talking of goals, a rather shorter term one, requiring some focus, is to get yourself booked on our Week of Wellness in Mallorca, 4-11 October.  Tai chi, reflexology and walks, good food and wine and wonderful surroundings.  We can’t promise you a space odyssey, though previous participants have said the week is “out of this world”!   Earlybird discounts until end of March 2014.   

Meanwhile back to my book…!