- Free, weekly community groups
- Eight week wellbeing course (evenings)
- One day mindful art retreats
- Online sessions
- Qi Gong sessions
- Staff wellbeing sessions (details below).
Mindful art online, in-person or outdoors.
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. We also offer an outdoor mindful art retreat as a staff away day.
Read more: Why is Staff Wellbeing So Important?
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
I really enjoyed the session, and am feeling very relaxed and creative. I will definitely use this drawing technique in the future. I will also try to take more time out to try and relax, and release tension. Brilliant guidance.Lisa, NHS staff, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth.
Fantastic session thank you. Am feeling super chilled.Jen, NHS staff, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth.
“The Mindful Art Club was a great session that I enjoyed participating in. The first five minutes of meditation and breathing exercises were great for me. I could feel all my worries and stresses leaving my body if only for those five minutes.”Gary Furzeland from Clinical Engineering, and one of the hospital’s People Wellbeing Champions.
Book a Mindful Art Session
We offer a session in person or on Zoom video chat, 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. Then we offer a mindful drawing exercise, then a simple art project. Finally we end the group with a check-out with each individual getting a chance to share their art work and share how they felt after trying mindfulness and art. The group is hosted by two members of our staff; usually Peggy, Emma or Lee.
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