Yoga, Pilates, Movement...

Body Control Pilates

Jacqui Perks has been teaching in Birdwood House for over 11 years. She works closely alongside osteopaths, the classes are limited to 11. Mats and equipment provided.

Drop-in not available.

Tue 9.30am, 10.40am, 5.50pm & 6.40pm Thu 9.30am & 10.40am Fri 9.30am & 10.40am

Classes may vary so please contact Jacqui Perks on

07968184941 for more information

Shakti Yoga Dance

Sat 10am to 12.30pm monthly    

Maite Alonso   01803 862330

A Shakti Dance class is woven around a compilation of mantric music of different styles and tempos. A class starts with an opening mantra and builds through floor stretches to standing exercises and into free dance. Flowing gentle stretches and deeply relaxing the body before leading into rhythmic, breath-coordinated standing movements and dance steps that induce high-energy states. The free dance is followed by a deep relaxation and the class rounds off with a moving meditation accompanied by a mantra. Contribution: £15 per workshop (£12 booked and paid in advance).Bring comfortable clothing, your own yoga mat and blanket.

Continuum Fluid Body Explorations

One Sunday each month 1pm - 5pm monthly    

Cherionna Menzam-Sills 07801 515865

Continuum involves slow, gentle mindful breaths, sounding, movement to slow down, rest, deepen under patterning and return to essential health, resilience and creativity.

Cherionna Menzam-Sills has been authorized as a Continuum Movement teacher by Continuum founder, Emilie Conrad, as well as incorporating her experience as a Somatic Dance/Movement psychotherapist, prenatal and birth therapist and Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist.

Yoga for all - Scaravelli inspired

Mon 9.30am - 10.15am      

Justin Dalton    07985 453150

Yoga for all, both gentle and deep, Scaravelli inspired, releasing tension and effort from the body. Refine and deepen your sensitivity to the more subtle interior connections enlivening the soft centre of the fluid body, to find a deeply restorative calm through cultivating a breath-sensitive embodied stillness. Back room of Birdwood House, drop-in sesion.

Gentle Hatha Yoga

Mon 6.15pm - 7.45pm

Monica 07939 247 241

Whether you are new to yoga or a more experienced practitioner, together we will explore this ancient practice, uniting body, mind & breath to travel inwards.
£9 drop in.  £45 5-class card.  £75 10-class card.

Slow Flow Hatha Yoga

Tue 9.30am to 11.00am Tue 6.15pm to 7.45pm Sat 10 am to 1 pm

Neville Cregan 07915 650106

Slow Flow Hatha Yoga . Pre book only . Drop in sometimes available but please call or text first. Saturday morning workshops are monthly.

Welcome Reality

Fortnightly Tue 12pm to 2.30pm

Joanna Watters   01364 643505

Closed group (which opens each term); for more information please refer to the Devon pages on my website.

Circle Dance

Wed fortnightly 2pm to 3.30pm

Lucie Minne 01803 732761

We dance joyful and energetic, flowing and meditative circle dances from different cultures and also dances created in our time. No need for a partner. You are welcome to join the group at any time during the term but please contact me beforehand.

Kundalini Flow Yoga

Wednesday weekly 6.30 to 8pm and Friday 10:15 to 11:45am

Steph Bailey 07778 811555


Kundalini Yoga is a journey of self-discovery through breathwork, movement, sound and meditation. It ranges from gentle to vigorous in each session, through a series of exercises and poses. Modifications are offered for each exercise, and the class can be practised in a chair.

£10.00 drop-in. Bring a yoga mat and layers or a blanket for the rest period. A meditation cushion or zafu is recommended. I do have some spare mats and cushions.

Yoga Mindfulness

Thursday  weekly 9.30am to 11.00am (back room)

Gemma Mallol 07745 300237

Synthesising principles of mindfulness into the practice of yoga asana. Cultivating a grounded awareness and connection to body, a curiosity around how the body moves and feels, and a caring attitude towards body, heart and mind.

Some drop in space, contact to confirm, props and mats available.

Hatha Yoga for Over 50’s

Thursdays 10 - 11.30 am Upstairs back room from Thursday 8th September.

For info and to book:-

Alix Riley 07891 138765

Hatha Yoga class for over Fifties, and those who prefer a gentle class. It is a drop in, term time only, small class of 6, suitable for beginners and continuers and those with specific health conditions such as arthritis. We cover a variety of warm ups, gentle flows and held poses, followed by a deep relaxation. I encourage you to go at your own pace and level, making adaptations to suit your body and resting when necessary. 
Please bring a mat and a blanket.
Cost:  £10 to drop in, £36 for four classes.
Please text or email me before first session for availability.

WildLife Yoga

Thursday weekly 5:45pm - 7:15pm

Amie 07855919237

This is a vinyasa flow class which draws on our inherent strength, creative sequencing and precise alignment to open pathways so that we may live an engaged life.  
If you are new to yoga - you are welcome!
If you are already deep into your practice - you are welcome!   
Let’s come together as a community, have fun, and
create real transformation.

Three Rivers Tai Chi

Fri 6.30 -7.30pm Beginners and intermediate mainly term time
Friday 7.45-8.45pm. Advanced (invitation only)

Mick Read   07852831730

FB: Three Rivers Tai Chi

Mick Read has been teaching Tai Chi since 1991. He is quietly passionate about the benefits of Tai Chi for our overall health and well-being. The classes include a mix of Cheng Man-ch’ing short form, push hands, standing meditation and internal energy work.
There is also further study into how Tai Chi practice, especially practice of the Tai Chi form can be used to help illuminate, support and strengthen one’s mental and emotional states of being.


VIVA (womens choir)

Thu 1pm to 2.30pm Term-time    

Roz Walker   01803 862246/07816 936521

Viva is a small choir of up to 20 singers- enjoying songs from around the world written by and for women, mostly traditional such as Gospel and folk, and some contemporary and pop. The choir perform locally a few times a year for charity. A fun but committed group which requires accuracy as songs are all in 3-5 part harmony, no audition or sight reading needed though.

Singing Vibrant Voice

Selena 01803 762438

Courses held at Birdwood House, please contact Selena for details

Art and other classes

Keeping a Sketchbook Journal

Thu 11.30am to 1.30pm - please check when courseis running

Roger Hart BA (Hons) 07935 879425

A uniquely personal way to recall experiences. Suitable for those with little drawing experience as well as the seasoned artist. In the six week course we will: Look at materials and sketchbooks. Find what suits you. Learn and try out different techniques – line and colour. Get ideas for subject matter. Develop visual language. We'll also touch on figure drawing and perspective.

Life Drawing

Andrew Stacey 01803 652969

Playback Theatre

 Wed 7.30pm to 10.00pm Sat 10.00am to 5.00pm

Amanda 07875 097209

A form of spontaneous improvised theatre; personal stories, memories and experiences are given artistic expression by the actors, and everyday events are transformed into dramatic and compassionate theatre. It is a powerful tool for affirming life experiences and building community. It is a vehicle for promoting the unheard voice, active participation and empathy.


Thu 7.15pm (for 7.30 prompt start) to 9.15pm

Contact: Claire Greenland 01803 868501

We are a friendly independent Buddhist meditation group meeting weekly (except Christmas) We have a number of teachers who regularly lead the evening, giving some meditation instruction and Dharma (the Buddha’s) teachings. Newcomers are always welcome


Wed 6.30pm to 9.30pm

Caroline Aitken 07938 213664

A fully certified Permaculture Design Course. Permaculture ethics, principles, design processes, methods and tools. Runs January to March annually. See website for bookings.

This page provides a list of classes held at Birdwood House usually in one of the two meeting rooms on the first floor but the venue can vary. If you are interested in attending a class please contact the practitioner/teacher in advance. Not all classes are listed here and The Birdwood House Trust is not responsible for any inaccuracies. Enjoy.

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