Workshops & courses at St Andrews Church Centre, Cheltenham

Introduction to Thai yoga massage - Saturday 1st July 10.30am - 5pm

Join us for another of our popular Thai massage workshops! Guaranteed to make you feel energised and relaxed at the same time!
This introductory workshop will include:

  • Background to and theory behind this ancient yoga related therapy
  • Links and cross over with yoga theory
  • Demonstrations and the opportunity for some hands on experience
  • Some practical moves to take away and use on friends and family

Ideal for anyone thinking of doing our practitioner training diploma course that starts in October but also an interesting and practical experience for anyone with a casual interest.
The cost is £60 for the day (but £30 of that can be off-set against the cost of the practitioner diploma course).

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Advance booking is essential!

Sound bath - Saturday 8th July 6.30pm - 7.30pm

David Tipper is back in Cheltenham in July with his cacophony of sounds!

Sound work is an excellent method of releasing both physical and emotional tension. To be immersed in relaxing and therapeutic sound allows you to be fully present within yourself and has the capacity to stimulate self-reflection and bring an awareness to your own well-being.

Sometimes when we relax ourselves on the mental level we can be drawn to areas of physical tension in the body that had been previously hidden from our awareness. It is only when we stop that we are often drawn to the imbalances in our system. Through regular sound work this type of therapy can bring continued development to the processing of stress within the bodily system and potentially relieve relating physical symptoms.

Experience the sounds of Nepalese and crystal singing bowls, gong and percussion in the wonderful surroundings of the main church.  Many people return time and time again to absorb the therapeutic sounds that are cerated by David and his wonderful medley of instruments.  This is NOT TO BE MISSED!

Contact Gareth or Chantal to book and for more information please visit

Please note although sound is suitable for anyone it is not recommended during the 1st trimester of pregnancy, if you suffer from Audiogenic Epilepsy or any severe mental problems. Sound therapy is not a replacement for conventional medicine and if ever in doubt speak to your doctor first.

Yoga Foundation Course

The foundation course typically lasts 7 days in total, starting with one Saturday and then a further 3 weekends spread over 3 months. We study different aspects and concepts of Viniyoga and yoga as a whole. It really is a great way to immerse yourself into the tradition of yoga, its’ history and many different paths. In our regular yoga classes we focus mainly on the posture work whilst referencing aspects of philosophy and we also run the occasional workshop but this course goes beyond that and will enable you to deepen your understanding of yoga and Viniyoga as a specific approach. The foundation course is appropriate for anyone who regularly attends group classes but it also prepares you for the Viniyoga teacher training course should that be your next step!

For further information including how to book and costs please contact Chantal or Gareth.  The next foundation course will begin in September on the following dates:

Saturday 23rd September (10.30am – 5.30pm)

Saturday 21st (10.30am – 5.30pm) and Sunday 22nd October (10am – 4pm)

Saturday 18th (10.30am – 5.30pm) and Sunday 19th November (10am – 4pm)

Saturday 9th (10.30am – 5.30pm) and Sunday 10th December (10am – 4pm)

Thai yoga massage diploma practitioner course - next one starts in January 2018

The training course consists of 72 teaching hours split into 6 weekends (1 weekend per month). Each day is divided into theory, demonstration and practice sessions with the focus very much on hands-on learning. Students have different reasons for attending the course. They might have an interest in yoga, they may be working as a massage therapist, physiotherapist and want to develop their skill set, or might just simply enjoy the idea of spending a whole weekend every month being ‘worked’ on and reciprocating!  It really is a lovely and relaxing way to spend a weekend and a great way of learning new massage techniques in a friendly environment.

If you intend to practise professionally, after the course has ended you will be required to qualify by completing a series of case studies, taking both a written and practical exam, submitting a short, related essay and taking professional indemnity insurance.

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