A creative and explorative workshop integrating therapeutic art making with guided mindfulness practices.
Active hope: A mindfulness meditation and art therapy workshop
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 actions. 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 may wish to be part of? We will be connecting with our imagination, 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.
You are welcome to attend if you are a beginner, or more experienced, to either mindfulness and/or art making.
We shall use art-making as part of the learning process so be prepared with some art materials at the ready. This workshop will be delivered via Zoom.
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.