Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Mindfulness and creativity workshops

2018 is going to be a big creative year for me, I'm sure!

Not only am I offering an 8-week course in York Art Gallery
I'm also offering evening workshops at my house 
where each session we explore a different craft-based creativity, all supported by mindfulness.
So what's the difference between any creative class and one based in mindfulness?
Well. for a start there won't be a radio or music on in the background, 
as I find this a distraction rather than a help.
We begin with a mindfulness practice that sets the tone for the session
then proceed to different creative crafts
where we work quietly and gently, exploring together.
The stimulus for each session is one of playfulness rather than having to produce something.
All creativity involves an openness to what is in front of us, noticing what is present 
which is why we use the term ‘more curiosity than fear’.

There will be time for a tea break and questions or discussions as we go along
but the emphasis for each session is a mindful awareness of what is going on, 
maybe working with doubts that arise about our abilities,
 judgements about what we are producing or
comparing ourselves with others.
 These are not just ‘have a go’ sessions, but a chance to deeply explore creativity from a present awareness.
Session 1: Playing with words, including a creative writing exercise 

Session 2: Playing with paper, including making a card or simple concertina book

Session 3: Playing with colour, including a technique with watercolour pens and water droplets.

Session 4: Playing with pattern, including a contemplative exercise exploring pattern-making

Session 5: Playing with words II, including exploring a meaningful word or emotion from a creative perspective.

You can attend one session or sign up for all 5, but booking is essential, 
so please follow this link for more information and booking via Eventbrite. 
Evening sessions are Wednesdays, starting on January 24th, 6.30 - 9pm.
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