We can bring Mindful Art Club to your treatment service, support service, workplace or residential home. Drop in to one of our existing classes to find out about this new way to manage anxiety and stress. We offer groups on line, one-off sample sessions, and an eight week staff wellbeing programme.
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Peggy and Emma at Mindful Art were really pleasant and made everyone on the mindfulness session feel comfortable. They delivered a session that was really easy to take part and was enjoyable for all. I believe Mindfulness Art has a positive impact in promoting good Mental Health.Dr Liam Slack, Chartered Sport Psychologist, PGMOL
Book an Online Art Session
We offer an hour long Zoom session for up to 10 participants. A session usually starts with a brief check-in for everyone to introduce themselves, then five minutes of guided mindfulness with a screen-shared relaxing slideshow. Then we offer a mindful drawing exercise, then a simple art project for which participants would need felt tip pens and plain A4 paper. Finally we end the group with a check-out with each individual getting a chance to share their drawing and share how they felt after trying mindfulness and art. The group is hosted by two members of our staff; usually Peggy and Emma, unless one of us is unavailable.
We started running a mindfulness art club at Harbour on February 14th 2020 on a Friday. We didn’t specifically choose a Friday but this seems to work well as it is a calming space just before the weekend. Attendance has been steady. The simplicity of the sessions works well for this client group. Not needing to be able to sit and do a full meditation session or be any good at art.
The art offers an informal space to chat, get support and relax with no agenda or expectation. The combination of art and mindfulness helps clients to explore difficult emotions without realising they are doing it. It is a gentle way of accessing thoughts and feelings and learning to process them which is really important for drug and alcohol users and those in recovery. It is early days for this group at Harbour but I am hoping in the future to build on its success.Jocella Peck, Harbour Drug and Alcohol Services, Plymouth