A creative and explorative workshop integrating therapeutic art making with guided mindfulness meditation, open to all levels of experience. This is part of a series of three art therapy and mindfulness workshops occurring monthly on Sunday afternoons. Each workshop will have a specific focus, with guided art making and mindfulness meditation practices in each. You can attend each individually, or book all three for a 10% discount.
Active Hope: a mindfulness meditation & art therapy workshop
Active hope is waking up to the beauty of life on whose behalf we can act. We belong to this world’ –Joanna Macy
These are difficult and challenging times we find ourselves in. We are in the context of climate crisis, a global pandemic and structural racism. Through mindfulness meditation, creative art expression, and group sharing we will open to our individual and collective responses. We will share and have time to express our responses through image making and discussion. Feelings of fear and grief will be held with the compassion and care that is the orientation of mindfulness practice and will help us engage and potentially take action. We will be meeting the challenges and difficulties that are present for us, and move into including our hopes and aspirations. What positive change do we wish to be part of? We will be connecting with our imagination, our potential to be resilient and the ways that we can resource ourselves.
This workshop is inspired by the approach of The Work That Reconnects, and the book Active Hope by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnston, and incorporates elements of mindfulness meditation and art therapy practices. During the session there will be opportunity for self-expression, exploring care for oneself and others, investigating your direct experience, and practicing with others in a group context. You will be guided and supported during the workshop by the facilitator.
All levels of experience with mindfulness and/or art making are welcome to attend!
This workshop will be delivered via Zoom. You will need access to a private space to make art, and at least two art materials of your choice. This workshop can be attended individually or as part of a series of afternoon mindfulness & art therapy workshops on 7th Nov, 5th Dec, 16th Jan.
Nicky Roland, is an experienced HCPC registered Art Therapist, a trained mindfulness teacher, and a Work That Reconnects facilitator with several years work experience in the NHS, voluntary sector and in private practice.