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Online Classes And Workshops


Welcome to Norden Farm's online programme of classes and workshops!

We have worked with our tutors to bring you a fabulous line up of creative and fitness classes digitally via Zoom - so you can still enjoy being part of the Norden Farm community from the comfort of your home!


How does it work?

The classes will take place via a video stream where you will be able to use the camera and audio on your tablet, laptop or other device to see and hear the tutor and other participants.

You simply need to book on to your class or workshop of choice as normal by the cut off time (see event page). We'll then send you an email with a link to your session, a meeting ID and password. These will be emailed to you after the booking cut off time, shortly before the class begins.

If you'd like to learn more about joining a meeting on Zoom, click here for a handy guide.


Browse upcoming live streamed events

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Zen Drawing (online)

Led by Amanda Schenk

Amanda Schenk is the visual artist behind Norden Farm's much-loved (and Instagrammed) glass corridor artwork in the school holidays. Join Amanda for this new drawing course, aimed at helping to create a sense of calm and relaxation through drawing patterns.

Suitable for all abilities, the workshops will focus on building confidence in your drawing abilities - concentrating on the soothing journey of the drawing experience, rather than the finished drawing.

In each session you'll explore how to produce different types of patterns in abstract drawings - looking at different designs each week.

You will need: paper (plain, no smaller than A5), lead pencil, eraser, sharpener, black fine liner or a pen. Optional is a black marker.

Summer
Mon 20 May, 17 Jun, 15 Jul
7.30pm - 8.45pm
£8 per class | £21 for all 3 sessions
Online only

Suitable for ages 18+ years

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Crafternoons

Led by Creative Eye.

From January 2024 Norden Farm are delighted to extend our Crafternoon sessions to Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons!

Norden Farm's Crafternoons are relaxed crafting sessions for older people.

Get crafty with a range of activities, or bring along your own projects to work on with support from tutor Kayleigh Robinson.

You can learn new skills, meet new people and try something new, a cup of tea is included with the ticket price. If you are unable to attend in person you can log on from home to chat and join in the session.

Summer Season

Tues 28 May and Wed 29 May Tie-Dye Socks
Tues 4 Jun and Wed 5 Jun Fruit Coasters
Tues 11 Jun and Wed 12 Jun Peg Doll Decor
Tues 18 Jun and Wed 19 Jun Recycled Paper Beads
Tues 25 Jun and Wed 26 Jun Polymer Clay Food Keyrings
Tues 2 Jul and Wed 3 Jul Decoupage Trinket Boxes
Tues 9 Jul and Wed 10 Jul Plant Pot Bird Feeders
Tues 16 Jul and Wed 17 Jul Dictionary Page Art
Tues 23 Jul and Wed 24 Jul No Session
Tues 30 Jul and Wed 31 Jul Yarn/Ribbon Wall Hanging
Tues 6 Aug and Wed 7 Aug Rock Painting
Tues 13 Aug and Wed 14 Aug Postage Stamp Art

Social Arts Crafternoons is a partially funded project run by Norden Farm with support from The Berkshire Community Foundation.

Local transport can be provided as part of the ticket price for those attending on a Wednesday.

If you need transport to Norden Farm for the Wednesday sessions please contact Jess Thompson at [email protected] / 01628 682563 to talk through your requirements.

Suitable for ages 60+ years.

2pm - 3pm
£5 per session, including a cup of tea

SOLD OUT
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Acoustic Guitar - Absolute Beginners

Led by Jim Maving

Always wanted to learn guitar but never got around to it? Want to trade your air guitar skills for real guitar skills? It is never too late to learn. Learn guitar right from the very beginning. This is a foundation course for those with little to no experience of playing guitar. You will learn how to hold a guitar and to make the right noises out of it. The aim of these lessons is to get you playing your first song within 4 weeks of lessons, as no-one takes up guitar to strum random chords, it’s all about the songs.

If you are returning to guitar having not played for some time and can barely remember chords this is a great way of getting back into the swing of things.

If you've never played guitar you need to book on the Absolute Beginners course!

These classes are split by skills level;

Beginners A - Recently completed the Absolute Beginners course but still some way to go. Yet to tackle bar chords and complicated rhythms.

Beginners B - Well on the way and able to do bar chords

Beginners C - Almost Intermediate but not quite yet.


Summer
Tues 30 Apr - 28 May (5 weeks)
Tues 11 Jun - 9 Jul (5 weeks)
Tues 16 Jul - 13 Aug, exc 23 Jul (4 weeks)
7.45pm - 8.45pm

£50 per 5 week course | £40 per 4 week course

Suitable for 18+ years.

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Beginners/Gentle Yoga

Led by Julie Potter

This class is particularly suited to beginners, those returning to yoga having had a break, those with specific injuries or conditions or even those that consider themselves to be of a ‘certain age’ that might need a less challenging approach. We will cover general breathing practises, the basic and gentler postures, together with general information and possible discussion around movement and the potential difficulties we might come up against.

The aim will be to relax and enjoy.

The yoga I teach is an evolution of nearly 30 years of practice and study, with a broad experience of many styles and teachers. In recent years I have been moving away from ‘external’ evaluation of the postures and moving towards an ‘internal’ sense of the postures, moving away from the more used traditional approach of systemised yoga to a more experiential and ‘felt’ approach, influenced by teachers who have been inspired by the teachings of Vanda Scaravelli.

Please bring a blanket, a yoga / Pilates mat, and wear loose comfortable clothing

Summer
Wed 1 May - 5 Jun (6 weeks)
Wed 12 Jun - 10 Jul (5 weeks)
Wed 17 Jul - 14 Aug (5 weeks)
11am - 12.15pm
£12 per session | £45 per 5 week course | £54 per 6 week course

This class will take place both in person and online via Zoom.

You will find the link to access the session in your booking confirmation email

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Acoustic Guitar - Beginners (A)

Led by Jim Maving

For novice guitarists who can string chords together, strum confidently and move between chords with some ease, to take the next steps. You will learn some classic songs, interesting chords, light music theory and the 12-bar blues.

These classes are split by skills level;

Beginners A - Recently completed the Absolute Beginners course but still some way to go. Yet to tackle bar chords and complicated rhythms.

Beginners B - Well on the way and able to do bar chords

Beginners C - Almost Intermediate but not quite yet.

If you've never played guitar you need to book on the Absolute Beginners course!

Summer
Wed 1 May - 29 May (5 weeks)
Wed 12 Jun - 10 Jul (5 weeks)
Thur 17 Jul - 14 Aug, exc 24 Jul (4 weeks)
7pm - 8pm

£50 per 5 week course | £40 per 4 week course

This class will take place both in person and online via Zoom.

You will find the link to access the session in your booking confirmation email

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

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Acoustic Guitar - Beginners (B)

Led by Jim Maving

For novice guitarists who can string chords together, strum confidently and move between chords with some ease, to take the next steps. You will learn some classic songs, interesting chords, light music theory and the 12-bar blues.

These classes are split by skills level;

Beginners A - Recently completed the Absolute Beginners course but still some way to go. Yet to tackle bar chords and complicated rhythms.

Beginners B - Well on the way and able to do bar chords

Beginners C - Almost Intermediate but not quite yet.

If you've never played guitar you need to book on the Absolute Beginners course!

Summer
Wed 1 May - 29 May (5 weeks)
Wed 12 Jun - 10 Jul (5 weeks)
Thur 17 Jul - 14 Aug, exc 24 Jul (4 weeks)
8.30pm - 9.30pm

£50 per 5 week course | £40 per 4 week course

This class will take place both in person and online via Zoom.

You will find the link to access the session in your booking confirmation email

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

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Acoustic Guitar - Beginners (C)

Led by Jim Maving

For novice guitarists who can string chords together, strum confidently and move between chords with some ease, to take the next steps. You will learn some classic songs, interesting chords, light music theory and the 12-bar blues.

These classes are split by skills level:

Beginners A - Recently completed the Absolute Beginners course but still some way to go. Yet to tackle bar chords and complicated rhythms.

Beginners B - Well on the way and able to do bar chords

Beginners C - Almost Intermediate but not quite yet.

If you've never played guitar you need to book on the Absolute Beginners course!

Summer
Thur 2 May - 30 May (5 weeks)
Thur 13 Jun - 11 Jul (5 weeks)
Thur 18 Jul - 15 Aug, exc 25 Jul (4 weeks)
7pm - 8pm

£50 per 5 week course, £40 per 4 week course

This class will take place both in person and online via Zoom.

You will find the link to access the session in your booking confirmation email

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

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Acoustic Guitar - Intermediate

Led by Jim Maving

Play guitar but stuck in a rut? Want to play some notable songs and impress your friends? Then this is the course for you. Rediscover your 6-string and why you took it up originally.

Learn some classic songs as well as learning your pentationic scales, slide guitar and alternate tunings

Summer
Thur 2 May - 30 May (5 weeks)
Thur 13 Jun - 11 Jul (5 weeks)
Thur 18 Jul - 15 Aug, exc 25 Jul (4 weeks)

8.30pm - 9.30pm

£50 per 5 week course | £40 per 4 week course

Alternative classes include:

If you've never played guitar you need to book on the Absolute Beginners course!

Beginners A - Recently completed the Absolute Beginners course but still some way to go. Yet to tackle bar chords and complicated rhythms.

Beginners B - Well on the way and able to do bar chords

Beginners C - Almost Intermediate but not quite yet.

This class will take place both in person and online via Zoom.

You will find the link to access the session in your booking confirmation email

Suitable for 18+ years.

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Intermediate Yoga

Led by Julie Potter

This class is suited to those who have been practising for at least 6. My intention for this class is to move our practise forward, explore different avenues and approaches to the traditional postures. We will be aiming to be going deeper into ‘awareness’ and ‘noticing’.

The yoga I teach is an evolution of over 20 years of practice and study, perhaps moving away from ‘external’ evaluation of the postures and moving towards an ‘internal’ sense of the postures, moving away from the more used traditional approach of systemised yoga to a more experiential approach. Whilst looking at traditional Hatha Yoga postures and pranayamas, I will be encouraging fun and freedom within the traditional structure, whilst taking into our awareness fundamental anatomical and functional aspects required by our bodies for maximum wellbeing benefits.

Please bring a blanket, a yoga / Pilates mat, and wear loose comfortable clothing.

Spring
Fri 22 Mar - 26 Apr, exc 29 Mar (5 weeks)

Summer
Fri 3 May - 31 May (5 weeks)
Fri 7 Jun - 12 Jul, exc 28 Jun (5 weeks)
Fri 19 Jul - 16 Aug, exc 9 Aug (4 weeks)

11am - 12.15pm
£12 per session | or £45 per 5 week course | or £36 per 4 week course

This class will take place both in person and online via Zoom.

You will find the link to access the session in your booking confirmation email

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Creative Writing: Script Writing (online)

Led by Guy de Ferrer

Do you want to start writing for screen, stage or radio? On this course, you’ll learn how to recognise drama, find the best characters to tell it, break stories down to scenes, create crisp dialogue and be shown the right format for your chosen medium.

Tues 2 Jul - 30 Jul
7pm - 9pm
£100 per 5 week course

Online course

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Crochet and Rosé

Led by Sophie Keaveney

Do you like to crochet or knit? Join us for a relaxed and creative get together over a drink of your choice.

Suitable for those with experience of crochet / knitting.

Please bring your own project along. Some spare needles and wool will be available.

This class will take place both in person and online via Zoom.

If you are taking part online, you will find the link to access the session in your booking confirmation email


Summer
Wed 8 May, 5 Jun, 3 Jul, 7 Aug
7pm – 8.30pm
£6 including a drink from the bar | £3 online


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