Art Club Safely Returns to The Brook Inn

Mindful Art Club are looking forward to returning to our old venue, The Brook Inn, Longbrook Street in Plympton, as of 10am on Thursday 17th September.

The new six person rules – which come into force on 14th September – are a change to England’s current guidance. But regular Brook Inn customers will know that landlord John Govier, and his team, have been following all the government guidelines since they re-opened, so this won’t make any difference to how they operate, when it comes in to force from Monday.

At-a-glance: How do the new rules affect mindful art classes?

  • Social gatherings of more than six people in England will not be allowed in law from Monday 14 September.
  • The new rule applies to pubs, cafes and public outdoor spaces.
  • However, gatherings can be more than six if it is for education purposes.
  • Support groups can take place in gatherings of any number if the support group is organised by a business or a benevolent institution to provide mutual aid.
  • Our mindful art classes at The Sunflower Women’s Centre will be run in groups of six, and booking for these is essential. (Phone 01752 977614 to go on the waiting list.)
  • Pubs and restaurants are still allowed to have more than six customers inside, but the groups of six have to be socially distant from each other.
  • Mindful art club tends to be around six to eight people. There is plenty of space for us to all sit on separate tables, safely distanced from one another.
  • The Brook Inn follows all safety and hygiene measures set out by the government, and always has done since reopening in July.

For Your Peace of Mind

At The Brook Inn and The Sunflower Women’s Centre we check temperatures on arrival, and take client details for track and trace. Paper and felt tip pens are provided, but you can also bring your own felt tip pens to reduce the risks of sharing pens.

If you have any questions or concerns about coming to Mindful Art Club during the current pandemic crisis please contact us.

You may also like to try a free, online class .

Mindful Art Club will be at The Brook Inn every Thursday from 10 am until 11.30am.

[Photos] Mindful Art at the Beach

Do you struggle to pay attention to the present moment?

Does your mind wander when you’re at a mindfulness class?

Are you avoiding indoor public places because of Covid-19 risks?

Outdoor mindfulness could be the answer you are looking for!

Before March 2020 we were comfortable running our mindful art groups in cosy pubs, cafes and community venues around Plympton and Plymouth. However, after lockdown restrictions were eased this summer, we started running small outdoor groups, and discovered this adds an extra dimension of fun to mindful art club.

A review of scientific research has indicated that the mental and physical benefits of practicing mindfulness in nature may be considerable. (Mindful.org March 2020)

You won’t be surprised to learn that being in nature boosts our health and well-being, and that combining the outdoors with mindfulness can lead to even better results.

As the Autumn weather approaches we are going to have to take our regular groups indoors, bearing in mind Covid-19 safety guidance, such as social distancing and limits on numbers. But keep an eye on our Facebook page because if the weather forecast is good, we may be able to take some spontaneous trips outside, like this small group we held on Wembury beach recently.

Don’t miss our next event. Follow our Facebook page and join our Facebook group.

How to Reduce Stress and Increase Confidence

Want to improve your mental health, make new social connections and learn some fun new ways to cope with stress?

It could be time to try Mindful Art Club!

Some of the issues being tackled in our community mindful art groups are social isolation and poor mental health. We address these problems by using creative activities to make it easier for clients to engage in meaningful conversations. Often when depressed or anxious people are put in a position where they have to talk about how they feel, it’s the last thing that they want to do. In our art groups they have a place where there is something slow and steady to do, and there is no pressure to talk about anything. We find in our groups that as people begin to trust each other, they open up about how they feel and get support and identification from the rest of the group.

Two of the most common mental health issues are anxiety and depression. Research shows that the activities of mindfulness and art can be more effective than antidepressants and counselling. Author of ‘Lost Connections’, Johann Hari, believes that to help people change their lives they have to have a connection with other people, to find meaning and purpose.

Being in a supportive group builds up self-esteem and confidence. We do a different art project each week, and trying new activities has been proven to be good for our wellbeing and emotions, (in a survey by BBC Arts 2018). The same survey said that nothing beats taking part in art classes that involve face to face social interaction for people’s mental health.

So, our community groups give people the opportunity to share their feelings, practice mindfulness, create art, relax and chat. Mindful art club:

  • 1) Improves mental health
  • 2) Improves social connection
  • 3) Teaches new skills.

Try mindful art club for free by checking out our online group.

[Video] How to Draw a Mandala

  • What are the benefits of drawing a mandala?
  • What are the spiritual origins of mandalas?
  • What can mandalas symbolise or represent?

Find out now, in this video micro-lesson, with Peggy and Emma.

In this short excerpt from a Mindful Art Club Zoom session, we draw mandalas using household objects, and show you some examples of both simple designs, and complicated designs, for inspiration.

You can share your mandala with us at www.facebook.com/mindfulartclub

Now we’d love to hear from you. What would you like to see Mindful Art Club do next? Visit www.tinyurl.com/mac-feedback to tick off the things that you like, on an easy checklist.

Our Zoom sessions are free to join every Monday at 10.00am. Send us a message if you would like the meeting link. Alternatively, watch the live sessions as a Facebook live video, as the Zoom session will be live broadcast to our Facebook page. You can join in with the guided mindfulness, and join our discussion by writing in the comments below the video live stream.

Can you spare 2 minutes to help us please?

Can you spare two minutes of your time to help us in our decision making please?

We have decided to continue offering online sessions, and are now also following the government guidelines to offer small, safe, outdoor art groups.

It would really help us if you would take two minutes to complete this quick survey to give us an idea of your current concerns and intentions.

The more responses we can gather, the better we can react to the new ways of working.

Many thanks.

Peggy and Emma

Click here: www.tinyurl.com/mac-feedback

How to Feel Connected in the Age of Social Distance

Would you like to socialise without even leaving your home?

Want to try mindfulness, but have no motivation to practice it alone?

Are you kind of creative, but don’t take art too seriously?

It sounds like you’d love our online art group!

Watch this short video to find out how we are responding to COVID-19, how to join us online, how did we meet, and why did we start an art club?

We interviewed ourselves in April 2020 to discuss how COVID-19 has affected our clients and how we can move forward with life after lockdown.

Watch Now:

Join us for a Facebook Live every Monday at 10am.

Now we’d love to hear your thoughts. How can we best support you? Go to https://tinyurl.com/MAC-feedback now and let us know.

[Video] New: Outdoor Art Group

Our new outdoor art group makes mindfulness more fun. We usually like to offer coffee, creativity and company, but for this group you will have to bring your own coffee! (Or tea.) Please also bring your own felt tip pens and paper, as we can’t share materials due to COVID19. The group meets at 10am on Wednesdays in Plympton St Maurice. Message us to book your place.

  • Isolated?
  • Anxious?
  • Stressed?

Watch now to find out how mindful art club can change all of that!

Now we’d like to hear from you. Do you have any questions about our new way of working outside? Leave us a comment below.

New Facebook Group

Feeling socially isolated? Pop into our new group for a chat with others from Mindful Art Club. https://www.facebook.com/groups/MindfulArtClub/

A Facebook Group is a place for chatting and and sharing ideas. In our new group we can express our thoughts and feelings, discuss issues, post photos, and share related articles or inspiring quotes. We want to keep the topics similar to our ‘real life’ art groups, so please remember our themes of mindfulness, art, mutual support and social connection.

No Art Club This Week

We are taking a week’s break from Mindful Art Club this week, from 17th to 24th May. We will be back on your screens on Monday 25th May!

If you have missed any of our online classes, or want to try some mindfulness and art you can catch up with the recordings on Facebook.

If you are feeling creative Heads Count have invited Mindful Art Club to be part of The Rainbow Connection project. Send your artwork, words or photo to their email. (See image above).

You could also create a COVID-19 Time Capsule with this free printable.

Or draw yourself looking out of the window to be part of our group art project called Windows of the Souls.

And finally, cheer up your neighbours by putting this free printable rainbow poster in your window.

Grab some free, mindful colouring pages when you join our mailing list here: Doodle or Die, Monthly Scribbles.

We look forward to seeing you again at 10am Monday 25th May 2020.

Peggy and Emma

How to Share MAC With Your Community

Would you like to cheer up your neighbours?

Want to connect your local community?

Want to share our creativity and company with those who need it most?

This printable A4 poster is the answer you are looking for!

Be the change you want to see in the world, and put this A4 rainbow poster in your window, to invite others to join our online art groups. It could really make a difference to somebody who lives alone, or someone who is struggling with their mental health.

Download printable A4 poster.

It doesn’t have to cost any money to share a little bit of happiness with the world outside your window. Thank you so much. Stay safe.