Creativity and Mindfulness Retreat (Brunswick Organic Nursery)
Saturday, 12 August 2017 at 09:30 - Sunday, 13 August 2017 at 16:30
An opportunity to experience drawing and poetry supported by mindfulness.
Day Retreat Overview
Brunswick Organic Nursery provides a superb setting for exploring our relationship with nature through words and images. On each of these two days we can spend time discovering a new way of creating, through drawing and poetry, by using mindfulness as the foundation.
Each day includes gentle mindfulness practices that will enable and support a playful approach to your drawing and poetry, through the qualities of patience, trust and openness.
Refreshments and entry to the Nursery are included in the ticket price; please bring your own lunch (i.e a sandwich).
This provides an ideal opportunity to:
- Leave behind the busyness of daily life and set aside some time to refresh yourself through the creative pursuits of drawing and poetry.
- Tune into what feels right for you
- Explore the benefits of mindfulness
Who can Attend
This event is suitable for anyone who wishes to explore mindfulness as a fresh approach to creativity, which can be expanded to all areas of life. Tuition will be provided in mindfulness as well as the craft skills of drawing and poetry. The day will happily accommodate those who practice regularly as well as those new to drawing, poetry or mindfulness. Beginners and the terrified are all welcome!
Come for one day (Saturday) or book for the weekend and stay overnight in York (to be booked separately by yourself).
This event will be held at Brunswick Organic Nursery, Appleton Rd, Bishopthorpe, York, YO23 2RF.
The two tutors who lead the weekend are experienced practitioners.
Dr. Lauri Bower has 30 years' experience of meditation practice and 15 years of running and organising retreats. She has recently completed a Ph.D. on Mindfulness and Engaged Buddhism; the key teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh. This work has evolved into teaching Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction courses with York MBSR (http://www.yorkmbsr.co.uk), in the Yorkshire and Humberside region. She has always engaged with creative pursuits in sewing, dressmaking, embroidery, calligraphy, jewellery and bookbinding and has more recently discovered how the practice of mindfulness informs her poetry writing. She regularly posts poems to her Mindful Living blog http://lauribower.blogspot.co.uk/
Clare Belbin is the artist-in-residence at Helmsley Walled Garden and can often be found painting in the garden. She studied Fine Art at Newcastle University and completed her postgraduate in Drawing & Painting at Edinburgh College of Art, exhibiting regularly since then. For twenty-five years, Clare has drawn and painted in two walled gardens. Her work is a daily, animated study through the seasons - winter earth, first shoots, blossom, fruit and leaf fall. This constant change generates a natural curiosity for her to search for ever more fresh observation. Clare has been fully committed to her practice of mindfulness for over ten years. www.clarebelbin.com
What's the refund policy?
If you decide to cancel your place, you will receive:
- A full refund (minus a £5 administration fee) provided we receive notice of your cancellation at least 14 days' before the retreat date
- A 50% refund if we receive 13 - 7 days' notice
- No refund if we receive less than 7 days' notice
In the case that the course is cancelled by York MBSR, all course fees will be refunded in full.
What further information will I receive?
All our retreat attendees receive "Joining Advice" one week before the retreat commences. This email will include information on the venue, facilities and all the details you will need for the day.
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The Northern Centre for Mindfulness and Compassion
The Northern Centre for Mindfulness and Compassion offer a range of courses and events for individuals, healthcare professionals, schools and organisations centred on the practice of mindfulness meditation.