Fresh Start – the acupuncture clinic made it through the winter…come along!

Today, 8th Feb marks the Chinese New Year or the spring festival.
It is the year of the fire Monkey!


Fire + Monkey = powerful, energetic, creative, blazing, adventurous….a time to create change with both of these cheeky elements.

Motto for the year: soon as you realise the path is not fruitful, try a new one instead of staying stuck in analysing the past; just be careful not to play with fire, or you will get burned literally and figuratively.

So in that, I wish you all a Happy New Year! The worst of the winter has passed…we’ve surpassed January (!!!) and spring is, in its own fluctuating way coming: growth, expansion, a time to bring reflections of the winter into action.

Momentum is building; whether this is physical, thought or action – now is a time to begin to implement the changes necessary into our lives.

Common House clinic is now continuing to run through 2016 with me, Beckie. Hello!
Alice has moved on to greener pastures, but I would like to welcome you with open arms. Most regular users have met me before, but for those who haven’t visited – Common House runs a community orientated clinic where we aim to make acupuncture accessible to all, especially those who cannot ordinarily afford it.
It is a radical acupuncture clinic where multiple beds in one space allow for a massive reduction in treatment prices. This environment also creates a mutually healing space where you can benefit from being treated within a community context – something massively void in our current society.

I would like to invite during this period with the movement of Spring, to consider your own health – where on your list of priorities does it fall? What changes and causes you would like to make for your own health? What physical, mental, emotional aspects of your being, you would like to positively modify, if any?

Health and wellbeing are an ongoing process in our lives, which require continuous check ups and maintenance towards ‘good’ health.this is such a relative term for each individual. Symptoms we experience whether physical, environmental, emotional, social or mental are a manifestation of internal balance.

We are all born with different circumstances, and this is not dissimilar to our health. Some of us have to work harder than others; some chose to deal with the symptoms once they arrive, others take a preventative measure to their health. Regardless, every step you take towards improving your health and wellbeing will not be without effect.
Chinese medicine looks at the individual within the context of their lives and treatment is individually tailored with this in mind. Common house clinic offers you a radical treatment option to your specific healthcare and general wellbeing within the Common House community.

Please drop in for a treatment or just a chat about how I can help you.
Every Monday 12-7pm (doors shut 5.58pm!).

Yoga classes on hold

I have decided to take a break from teaching the Tuesday yoga class. Numbers have been very low since last year. I would like to re-start in Spring, unless I get a ton of people promsing to join sooner. I will have to restart it as a course next time around to make it sustainable. Meanwhile the mats are all there if other groups need them.

I am still running another gentle yoga class for trans and queer people at CliniQ, people can contact me or look at my website for more info on that or any other class. I am teaching full time, so there are lots of other opportunities for practicing with me, including some FREE classes.

I am really up for any groups contacting me for workplace yoga/conference yoga/private yoga or any other set up.

Best wishes


Update on Riso Printing at Common House

We are sad to say that Ava, our risograph printer, has broken down beyond repair and we are in the process of finding a replacement one so that wonderful agit prop printing can continue at Common House.  We are fundraising for the replacement riso: you can donate towards it via our Friends of Common House scheme or by leaving something in the piggy bank when visiting the space.

We’ll post an update once printing is possible again at Common House.

Common House Xmas Fundraiser @ The Old Fire Station

Friday, 18th December, 7pm – 11pm.

Music, DJ’s, drinks on donations. Save the Date!

Note: The party is taking place at The Old Fire Station, 61 Leswin Road, N16 7NX

Tickets – or to donate even if you can’t make it to the party:

£5 (waged):

£3 (unwaged):

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AntiUniversity: Cryptobazaar | Cryptobizarre. (Sat 21st Nov, 6-10pm)

Come to an evening of art and encryption on Sat 21st November, 6-10pm at the Common House. Autonomous Tech Fetish is proud to present a bizarre crypto bazaar, with stalls for practical encryption skills, the launch of Charles Hutchins and Jet Moon’s interactive installation Please Touch and chance to meet the developers of Freepto, a secure Linux operating system.

More details are here. Let us know that you’re coming via the Eventbrite page.



The Common House acupuncture clinic is now running 1 – 2 more clinics every week until the end of the year!

Monday clinics will continue as normal but we are running extra clinics to allow patients to be treated 2 or 3 times per week – the clinics are NOT to allow more flexibility when to come, but to allow more frequent treatment to achieve better outcomes.

Dosage matters. ‘Dosage’ in acupuncture is frequency of treatments, and just like with medicine dosage is critical to clinical outcomes. Frequent treatments are much more effective, in China patients are often treated daily.
This is an amazing opportunity to receive acupuncture in a way that is almost impossible to access in the UK, and address some of your health problems, even if you have lived with them a long time – take this opportunity to have some very powerful treatment and see what can radically transform!

We want to make this available to all and our charges are £3-5 unwaged, £5-10 waged per treatment.

After 2 great years and many wonderful patients the clinic will be closing at the end of the year as Alice is moving away. We are so happy we had the opportunity to meet, treat and be part of such an amazing community. We feel really happy that our small stance against healthcare for profit could exist and flourish in Common House and we are very grateful.
We love our clinic, our patients and Common House, and we want to do the most we can to help people before we go.
We believe frequent treatment produces amazing results and that is why we are committing to these extra clinics, so please do come along, tell all your friends and anyone you think would benefit EVERYONE IS WELCOME!

COMMON HOUSE CLINIC runs every Monday 12 – 6pm drop in (no appointment necessary).
POP UP CLINIC times will change slightly each week and will be posted on the Common House calendar, facebook and twitter every Sunday.

SEE YOU THERE!! Alice and Becky.

Babel’s Blessing – Radical Language School

Classes are every Sunday (see Common House calendar).

Do you want to learn more Yiddish than the occasional Oy Vey? Get a crash-course in Hebrew and/or Arabic before setting off to the Holy Land? Or have you recently moved to this rainy country, and need to work on your English?

Fun, affordable classes in Jewish and Jew-ish languages, and free English classes for migrants. More info and registration:

At Common House, Sundays:
6-8pm: Hebrew
8-10pm: Adults batmitzvah class

Arabic, Thursdays
ESOL, various
Yiddish, Baker Street
In the pipeline: Ladino; Judeo-Arabic


Common House monthly meeting, 4 Oct, 3-5pm

Feminist Fightback will be hosting the next Common House open meeting this Sunday from 3-5pm, at the Common House. We will be facilitating a discussion on the migrant crisis and East London over drinks and snacks, as well as going over proposals for projects and getting the all important admin done. This is a chance to contribute to the running of our vitally important activist space, and we would really love to see as many people there as possible.

In Solidarity,
Feminist Fightback


When: Wednesday 23rd September, 7pm
Where:The May Day Rooms, 88 Fleet Street, EC4Y 1DH
This is event is organised by Feminist Fightback. More information here.