MindfulnessWhat are the links between clear mind and creativity? Can mindfulness enhance a creative process, aid self awareness and self expression?

The relationship between the practices of mindfulness meditation, breathing techniques and art therapy are considered together in this workshop. This is an opportunity to creatively and experientially explore the connections between these practices.

There will be instruction on coming fully into the body through mindful attention on the breath; specific techniques on relaxation as well as a guided meditation. There will be time to explore and externalize these practices through the use of art mediums and visual exercises. There will also be the consideration of the connections between mindfulness and art making. It is suitable for beginners and those with experience of mindfulness practices and art therapy.

Mindfulness practices are recognized by NICE, can reduce stress and benefit a wide range of problems and are used in healthcare in a range of settings.

Who is it for?
Beginners and more experienced at mindfulness practices and art therapy.
Art therapists, artists, meditators (experienced or no experience) or those wishing to learn mindfulness techniques, psychotherapists, healthcare professionals and other therapists.

Facilitator/s:
Sue West, Meditation Teacher
Sue West has been teaching meditation, breathwork and yoga for over 30 years. Through her own practice she became curious about the links between creativity and a quiet mind and is now a very keen student of life-drawing and painting with acrylics.

Nicky Roland RATh
Nicky Roland is a qualified art therapist who works with adults in the NHS and voluntary sector. She has an interest in exploring the relationship between mindfulness and art therapy. She is a practitioner of mindfulness-based meditation.