We also want to share some other great news that we got onto the Start Something project with the Real Ideas Organisation. We are now linked in with Ocean Studios at the Royal William Yard, which is a beautiful space to hold Mindful Art Club sessions.
RIO were offering 10 free membership packages worth over £3,000 each to entrepreneurial people with ideas that they thought could become brilliant businesses.
The fully funded membership package from Real Ideas gives us access to their co-working spaces, specialist facilities, expert business support mentors and access to events, workshops and one to one coaching.
So, we will be getting some expert business advice, as well as being part of a creative community. It was lovely meeting other creative people at the team event last week and I’m looking forward to developing these relationships.
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.
Last week Emma and Peggy held a Mindful Art Club committee meeting with two of their volunteers, (in Peggy’s backyard!) and made a note of all the things we have managed to achieve since our last committee meeting, in January 2020.
We set up weekly Zoom meetings and hosted them throughout the coronavirus lockdown, and beyond.
We held a staff wellbeing session on Zoom for ColebrookSW support services.
Peggy’s counselling course was moved onto Zoom. She continued to attend classes, and gained her Level 3 qualification.
We wrote a Mindful Art Activities eBook, to go on sale next month.
We wrote an 8-week Mindful Art Wellbeing Course, which we will be testing out with a small group during September.
Our volunteer, Lee, has learned to play the tongue drum, providing relaxing sounds at our outdoor mindfulness groups.
We hosted four, small, socially-distant, outdoor, one-day retreats.
After lockdown eased, we started a weekly art group at The Sunflower Women’s Centre, in their beautiful, outside courtyard.
Our loyal clients have continued to support us throughout this pandemic by turning up to our online groups, and outdoor groups, and contributing donations to our running costs.
How to Celebrate When We Can’t Even Have a Party
We are so grateful that we have been able to do all of these things, and keep mindful art club going, despite the global pandemic. On 10th September it will be one year since we held our first mindful art group at The Brook Inn, Plympton. We’d love to hold a big event to celebrate, but we’ll have to be content with a small, outdoor meal to celebrate Mindful Art Club’s first anniversary.
We will be able to celebrate in a virtual way at our online art group on 15th September, and we would like to reward our loyal clients with a small gift, which will be sent out to our mailing list on our ‘birthday’, 10th September.
Get on the list!
Don’t miss out, join our mailing list here, and get free mindful colouring pages, and news about our upcoming free and low-cost events.
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.
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.
Week beginning 16th March 2020 – All Mindful Art Clubs are currently running as normal. The situation will be reviewed again on Friday 20th March 2020. Next week we may move to running online groups. Please watch emails for updates.
Update: 18th March2020 – Friday’s group at The Harbour Centre is cancelled for the foreseeable future. Current social distancing advice is to avoid social activities, such as going to pubs, restaurants, theatres and cinemas.
Update: 20th March 2020 – All of our groups have been moved to Facebook live events. Read more: Free online art group.
We are happy to be featured in The Plymouth Chronicle this month (March 2020). However, please note that our Monday venue has changed its name since this was published. ‘The Pig Bar and Grill’ is now called ‘Jack n Mols’.
The Plymouth Chronicle is delivered door to door, in four local areas, to 90,000 homes per month.
We are pleased to announce we have won some #NationalLottery funding to deliver mindful art classes to those in recovery from addiction. This will allow us to offer weekly classes at the reduced rate of £2.00 per session at The Harbour Centre, starting 14th February2020.
Harbour are keen to invite people working a 12 step program to these sessions, to encourage their service users to try fellowship meetings.
Harbour Drug & Alcohol Services, Hyde Park House, Mutley Plymouth, Devon, PL4 6LF
Create Your Recovery – This session is for people in recovery from substance dependency, offered at the reduced rate of £2.00 per session.
Fridays, 1.00pm – 2.30pm Starting Friday 14th February 2020
Our new mindful art class will help you to chill out and socialise, even if you’re anxious.
Our new class is launching on Friday December 6th 2019.
Myself and my colleague Emma have been running weekly mindful art classes at The Brook Inn, Plympton on Wednesdays. People have been loving the mindful meditation, easy art projects and relaxed, sociable atmosphere. So, in response to popular demand we are now launching a class in central Plymouth, upstairs at The Caffeine Club on Friday mornings. All materials are supplied and we are running these introductory taster sessions on a ‘pay what you feel’ donation basis.