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.

Thu 9.30am

Classes may vary so please contact Jacqui Perks on

07968184941 for more information

Shakti Yoga Dance

Maite Alonso   01803 862330

Contact Maite for class details

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.

Chair Yoga

Liz Turner   07765 631877

Contact Liz for class details

Mondays 3-4pm Chair Yoga adapted for the Chair - sequences sitting and also standing using the chair for support. Suitable for those who cannot get down/back up from floor. The class includes many different movements/positions co-ordinated with a breathing technique. Plus relaxation and breathing exercises. The aim is strength, mobility and a sense of peace and well-being. A friendly welcoming class with Liz Turner, please contact Liz for dates. Cost £7 drop-in or £5-7 if paid monthly.

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.

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.

Authentic Movement


Sessions include somatic release work, movement from the Self and reflective speaking.


Birdwood House, upstairs

Fridays, from 2pm

(These are individual sessions or small group and drop-in is not available.)

Please contact Eila on or
077 94 04 64 82 for more information.


Dr Eila Goldhahn has been teaching movement and practicing somatic dance psychotherapy for over 25 years. She has recently published a new book on Authentic Movement & the MoverWitness.


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


Thursdays 7.30-9.30 Drop in or tutored sessions.

Booking necessary


tel 07968 274 086

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.

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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