An Evening of Playful Inspiration
An Evening of Playful Inspiration

An Evening of Playful Inspiration

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The Canvas Cafe

42 Hanbury Street

London, United Kingdom

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  • How often do you wish you could recapture some of those childhood moments and ‘play’ again, just for the sake of it?

  • How often do you long to be able to switch off with ease?

  • When was the last time you had fun playing with words and pictures, vision boards and glue, paints and colouring books?

  • When was the last time you did something for no other reason, except to relax and try something new?

And now this:

  • What if you could be given a comfortable space to experiment?

  • What if you could find pockets of peacefulness in your day without having to attend a yoga, meditation or mindfulness class?

  • What if you could give yourself permission to have a little creative fun, just to see what came of it?

  • What if you could spend an evening exploring your playful side with supportive, like-minded people? 

We’re Sophie and Esther and we look forward to welcoming you to our ‘Evening of Playful Exploration’. 

The purpose of the evening is to guide you through some fun exercises which will light your creative spark and to have fun with writing, collage, paint, pencils and colouring books – to play!

When we allow ourselves to play without judgment it’s an amazing form of relaxation and can also be very rewarding. 

Sophie Dubus is an artist, jewellery designer and coach who focuses on helping people to set their intentions, follow their dreams and be their true selves without judgement or fear.

Esther Zimmer is a writer and lifestyle coach and believes that every single one of us has a calling - and it's not necessarily just one thing.  She coaches women to help them follow their calling and also works for part of each year as a personal stylist. 

We both LOVE to encourage and support others to explore their playful side, which is why we’re excited to host this evening for you.

It’s about giving you the space and opportunity to think about what you enjoy doing and to explore your thoughts via mediums such as words, pictures, painting, drawing and colouring.  We both believe that the chance to play – with no censoring and no concern about what you actually create – should be something that everyone gets to do.

Here’s Sophie’s take on the evening:

“As a child I was always creating – whether it was drawing, painting, using modelling clay, cooking – I loved doing anything just for the sake of creating!  Although I continued this to a degree throughout school, I lost my creative side during my twenties, and as a result, I lost myself.  My confidence dropped, I suffered from depression and didn’t really ‘do’ anything.  When I started creating again I found a new sense of achievement, although being a perfectionist I was my own worst critic.  Yet I started to see how many people lose this playful, creative side we all inherently have as children, and I was driven to encourage people to express themselves again and regain their confidence.  We all have the same fears and insecurities, but it doesn’t matter – you are good enough – we all are”.

And here’s what Esther has to say:

“Giving myself permission to play has completely changed my life and my business.  I come from a corproate background and certainly didn't consider myself to be creative, yet it's through exploring this side of myself that I've been able to work out what I'm really meant to be doing with my life.  

We all have a little streak of creativity inside of us.  However, when as adults do we ever really get the chance to just play for the sake of it?  With nobody judging our work because it doesn’t matter what we produce?  Since leaving my corporate career I’ve built a creative business and I’m excited about an  ‘Evening of Playful Exploration’ because it’s about giving you the opportunity to explore a part of yourself you may not even realise exists”. 


This event is for anyone who has a desire to explore their playful side, regardless of what you do for a living.  There are absolutely no prerequisites for the evening – you certainly don’t need to consider yourself to be particularly creative – simply come with an open heart.

The session is also perfect of anyone with a desire to get away from the fast pace of the city and have a relaxing evening.  Expect some thought-provoking questions and exercises and lots of room and materials to experiment with, plus the opportunity for conversation and laughter with like-minded people.

We understand that signing up for something like this can feel a little intimidating – you never quite know what to expect, right?  Well, we’re in this together; we’ll be exploring right alongside you and can guarantee a loving a supportive space to explore your creative side. 

We really hope to see you there!

Sophie and Esther.



What should I wear?

  • We'd suggest wearing something comfortable that you wouldn't mind getting a little messy.  We won't be using anything too destructive - like acrylic or oil based paints - but there will be glue and other materials which could ruin clothing and we take no responsibility for any damage incurred.   

Do I need to bring anything with me?

  • No, all materials are included.

 What if I’ve got a question that’s not answered on this page?

  • If you have any questions before you book your spot or before the event, please contact Esther at


Thursday, 27 October 2016 from 19.00 to 21.00 (BST)


The Canvas Café – 42 Hanbury Street, London, E1 5JL 

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