the phoenix can fly

We have been closing our Only When Its Feathers are Grown creation days with Yinspired Stretch and Re-set; an hour of held poses, deep breathwork, and surrender.  Our practise comes from the Yin Yoga concept of universal connectivity and an awareness to inner silence.  The physical aims of Yin are to increase circulation in the joints to improve flexibility by holding stretches for several minutes.  The practise of long-held poses was introduced to the West in North America in the 1970s by a martial artist Paulie Zink.  He had developed his practise under Master Cho Chat Ling, a specialist in Monkey Kung Fu.  Today Lauren became Roni, became the Monkey King and with the help of a group of enthused young people, we filmed Roni the Monkey King flying through the trees and jumping across the rooves of shipping containers.

Join us at Cambridge Junction, 2nd May to see the final film and meet Roni the Monkey King in person.

Join us sooner at Abington Woods for more Yinspired Stretch and Re-set, Tuesday 16th, Wednesday 17th, Thursday 18th April, 5.00pm – 6.00pm

only when its tuesday

London the Husky slept very well in the yurt last night, and we started our first full day back in the woods, insulated with shedded siberian dog hair.  At 7.30am we opened with candle-lit Creative Meditation.  Focussing on the breath, we calmed our minds to simply observe the experience.  Breathing through our noses allowed our lungs more time to extract oxygen from our inhalation, helping to slow everything down.  We considered the benefits of dissolving thoughts, and wondered what it means to create a beautiful space, beyond structure and interior design.  While we chanted, the dog dosed on the sofa, and we were held in a state of peacefulness.  Chanting has been scientifically proven to stimulate the limbic system, naturally supporting the regulation of emotions, and as we embark on the creative phase of Only When Its Feathers are Grownwe know we are headed for a rollercoaster whiplash.  Our project is to create a performance installation on the theme of the descent – a psychological process which strips you of everything you have ever known, smashes you to the floor, skins you, rolls you in chicken feathers, and leaves you for a rabid dog.  Somewhere in our essence, we find our own capacity to transform.  This is our story.

Creative Meditation open to drop-ins, tomorrow, Thursday and next week Tuesday – Thursday 7.30am at Abington Woods, Church Lane, Little Abington.  Bring a blanket.

the feathers are back in the woods

Very very very very electrifyingly excited that thanks to support from Arts Council England, Fly No Filter have returned to Abington Woods for the creation phase of Only When Its Feathers are Grown.  Lots of crazy news with new company members, new catch phrases, new superstars, and a new box.  But to avoid internal combustion en mass, we will maintain anticipation by drip feeding project updates via this blog.

As part of our creative process, we are providing FREEEEEE opportunities for all people of all ages to get involved.

Tuesday 9th April
7.30am – 8.30am Creative Meditation – suitable for ages 16+
9.30am – 11.00am Open Company Class – suitable for professional dancers, dancers in training, and bboys
5.00pm – 6.00pm Wellness Yinspired Stretch and Reset – suitable for ages 14+
Wednesday 10th April
7.30am – 8.30am Creative Meditation – 16+
9.30am – 11.00am Open Company Class – professional dancers, dancers in training, bboys
11.30am – 4.00pm Filmmaking workshop – 7-14yr olds
5.00pm – 6.00pm Wellness Yinspired Stretch and Reset – 14+


Thursday 11th April
7.30am – 8.30am Creative Meditation – 16+
9.30am – 11.00am Open Company Class* – professional dancers, dancers in training, bboys
*10.30am – 11.00am special addition for 0-6yr olds
2.30pm – 4.00pm Theatre Trip to Cambridge Junction to see Little Prince – note this is the only ticketed event, £8 payable in advance
Monday 15th April
9.30am – 11.00am Descent Meditation – suitable for all adults
Tuesday 16th April
7.30am – 8.30am Creative Meditation – 16+
9.30am – 11.00am Open Company Class – professional dancers, dancers in training, bboys
5.00pm – 6.00pm Wellness Yinspired Stretch and Reset – 14+
Wednesday 17th April
7.30am – 8.30am Creative Meditation – 16+
9.30am – 11.00am Open Company Class – professional dancers, dancers in training, bboys
5.00pm – 6.00pm Wellness Yinspired Stretch and Reset – 14+


Thursday 18th April
7.30am – 8.30am Creative Meditation – 16+
2.30pm – 4.00pm Descent Meditation – 18+
5.00pm – 6.00pm Wellness Yinspired Stretch and Reset – 14+
Abington Woods Outdoor Learning Centre
Church Lane
Little Abington CB21 6BQ
No need to book, just turn up.  For more info please contact: director@sincru.co.uk

circuit creative workshop

Circuit HBK are leading a free creative workshop for young people.  Drop-in to this exciting character generating costume workshop.  Explore and play with new materials while connecting with the people and stories around you.  No experience needed, you will be guided by members of Circuit HBK, a group of young people based at Hinchingbrooke School.   This drop-in workshop will run from 2pm – 5pm at the Godmanchester Baptist Church and is completely FREE.  Event run as part of The Bridge Arts Festival.

put it to the people

Take back control this Saturday by joining the march in partnership with the Independent’s Final Say campaign, to stop Brexit:

Saturday 23rd March, Park Lane, London, 12pm

“The Government is in chaos, May’s authority is in tatters, and Brexiteers are still chasing no-deal delusions — this is the moment to fill the streets and show there’s only one way to break the deadlock: Put it to the people!” People’s Vote March

For more info on coaches from out of London, or to register your interest, click on the link: https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/en/brexit_march_2019/?koBBlab

studio sessions

Artist Cheryl Warren is leading a weekly creative studio session to help people who are interested in developing and exploring their art process.  These weekly groups are suitable for all, and are based on the premise that everyone is creative and can be expressive in the visual arts when working in a supportive setting.  No previous art experience or training necessary.  Each week there will be a starting point and guidance provided by the artist but participants are also free to pursue their own projects in a safe and supportive atmosphere.

The sessions are every Monday, 7.00pm – 9.00pm starting on 29th April.  If you would like to book, or for further information, please contact: cheryl.warren@ntlworld.com

lionel march memorial conference

Lionel March was a mathematician, architect, and digital artist.  He was a pioneer in connecting design with architecture, and the founding director of the UK’s first research centre for architecture, the Centre for Land Use and Built Form Studies.  In the 1960’s March started experimenting in serial art, becoming one of the world’s first digital artists. In 1962 he held an exhibition titled “Experiments in Serial Art” at the ICA.  From 1966 – 1967 artist and SIN Cru fam, Judith Crowe moved to Cambridge to work as March’s assistant, painting many of his pieces.  March continued to produce art with geometric and mathematical principles in design for the next 50 years.

March died February 2018 leaving a collection of seminal works which the Centre Pompidou in France are interested in archiving.  This week Cambridge University are hosting a two day conference to celebrate March, his work, and the impact he has had on modern design.

20 – 21st March, Cripps Court, Madgelene College, Chesterton Road, Cambridge CB4 3AD

hip hop tots coming soon

The long awaited new Hip Hop Tots course is starting next week.  Hip Hop Tots is our specially designed course for 0-6yr olds, to explore movement, music, and creativity.  We took a break as our regular Tots tutor, bgirl RascElle left to share her magic skills in Vietnam, and now we have a new team in place, ready to rhumble.

Wednesdays 4.30pm – 5.30pm
20th + 27th March, 3rd April + 10th April
at The Church of the Good Shepherd, Mansel Way, Cambridge CB4 2ET
Course fee: £30/ £8.50 drop in
We are also very excited to announce that thanks to Cambridge Junction, we will be organising an end of course social for participants and their parents, to see Protein in The Little Princeon Thursday 11th April.
To register or for more info, please email: education@sincru.co.uk


neutral space relaxation

Neutral Space Relaxation® was developed by Lyn and Graham Whiteman, synthesising many years of work in light touch therapies, counselling, nutrition and yoga. It works on core levels of the body’s systems to bring balance, restoration and our natural healing responses into alignment. As a somatic, body based approach, Neutral Space Relaxation® is the perfect complement to existing therapies of all sorts as well as its own stand alone work.

Long time SIN Cru associate, Dr Hannah McClure is running a two week Neutral Space Relaxation practitioner training course.  Participants will learn basic techniques for balancing the core systems of the body through touch.  The experience is deepened through meditation, movement and guided supervision. Theory of touch, the body’s physical and energetic systems, is presented for a fullness of understanding.  On completion of the course, participants will be certified to practice Neutral Space Relaxation techniques with clients.

UK training dates:

March 21st – 24th 2019 Week One

June 24th – 28th 2019 Week One/Two

September 19th – 22nd 2019 Week One/Two

For more information, or to book, please contact Hannah

arts and health

Interested in finding out more about the intersection between the arts and health? Register for this FREE event at Romsey Mill on Tuesday 19th March 2-5pm. The event has been organised by Emily Bradfield (East Anglia Area Representative for the Arts Health Early Career Research Network) and is open to anyone who would like to find out more about arts & health. More details & booking can be found through eventbrite