Classes with Barney

THE PICTURE above was drawn by Liz Stephensen-Payne after a recent Breathing Space class that I was teaching at Leeds Buddhist Centre. (For information about ongoing Breathing Space classes, click here).She conveys, beautifully, the grace and serenity of T’ai Chi and Chi Kung, two movement forms that I have been teaching and practising since 1986, and that I offer as a staple of many classes I lead, whether it be dance or quieter, contemplative sessions. Stillness is the root of everything.

A lot of my teaching these days – whether with words or movement – is at West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds, where I am part of the Creative Engagement team. I often teach on the Heydays Over-55s Programme on Wednesdays, both as a writing and movement tutor; and am also involved in rich collaborations with fellow practitioners – theatre makers, musicians, artists – on the theatre’s extensive dementia-friendly programme. The theatre is a Theatre of Sanctuary for refugees and asylum seekers: and I have been particularly privileged to work with people from that community too, building skills in voice, text and physical confidence.

If you are interested in the Playhouse work, have a look here:

And if you would like to take part in my independent classes – presently offered at Leeds Buddhist Centre – there is information on my Breathing Space Facebook page, here:


I also work with Leeds Creative Contemporary Dance, who run imaginative dance and movement sessions for all age groups, using improvisation, words, music and visual art. A lot of their sessions take place at Dance Studio Leeds – but they burst out across the city too. You can read more about them here.