Go with the flow - A Stress Management / Art Therapy Workshop

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Ninety minutes of creative activity aimed at reducing stress and finding a little inner peace.

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A little time away just for you at my Stress Management / Art Therapy Workshop.

Do you find it hard to switch off?

Do you suffer with intrusive thoughts which you wish you could shake?

Is stress and/or anxiety a feature of your life?

If you’ve answered yes to any of the above, then my 90 minute virtual stress management / art therapy workshop will provide you with a skill which has the potential to reduce and/or eliminate feelings anxiety. The benefits are experienced both during the workshop and longer term when practiced regularly.

Do I need to have creative skills to take part?

No artistic skill is required and no special equipment. Just you, some paper and just a biro (as a minimum). You are welcome to bring additional items (coloured pencils, pens and paint etc) if you’d like to do more. It is your choice. You will receive guidance on what to bring when you sign up.

How did you develop the workshop?

I’ve always loved art, doodling, drawing, painting and creating. However, like many of us, I lost sight of this part of myself for a good few years whilst getting on with the job of earning a living, raising children and finding my way in the world. As a result of going through quite an intense period of stress (I won’t bore you). I found myself naturally reaching for pens, pencils, paints and pads of paper… I started to doodle.

Very quickly I realised that whilst engaged in this process of ‘mark making’ (because in real terms that’s all it is and was), I couldn’t think about anything else. The process allowed me to escape the intrusive, stress inducing thoughts that were circling around my head and it helped me out of a negative cycle. It gave my brain an opportunity to rest and the process of recovery began.

So, on the back of my personal experience, I recently created a 90 minute workshop titled: Go with the Flow. I designed the workshop out of my personal experiences with the aim of helping participants to think about utilising art (in the form of simple mark making or doodling) to manage feelings of stress and/or anxiety. There really is no artistic skill required, but what you can produce can certainly be labelled as ‘ART’ and my very first foray into this is hanging in my lounge currently.

What will I get?

Whether you use the time and space in the workshop for art therapy or just for fun, you will produce something beautiful and that is always worth a little time and effort. It is certainly an opportunity to take time out, chill with others and just ‘be’ in a supportive calm space.

All participants receive a workshop guide in advance just to help outline the shape of the session… it will be relaxed. The session includes a brief presentation giving the background to the workshop and some guidance on what we will do together during the sessions. Then it’s on with the process of mark making.

What usually happens during the sessions?

I would describe the sessions as interactive periods punctuated by peace and tranquillity.

What do other people say about the workshops?

Snippets from feedback received from recent sessions:

“Carolyn sets a relaxing and warm environment (which is difficult to do in the online world). It was surprising how quickly the 2 hours went… I was both pleased and surprised with the results… I did feel relaxed and slept brilliantly…”

“Carolyn delivered a wonderful Stress Management course at Pearls Networking last week. It was so relaxing to be able to switch off from the day… It felt re-energising and I’d recommend Carolyn’s Sessions to everyone.”

“I was very impressed with the calming effect that the artwork I produced had on me… I would highly recommend attending a class.”

Read more reviews on google by clicking here.

I've run a number of free workshops now with the aim of ensuring that I am providing the best possible experience for you as a participant before setting a fee for payment. This is the last of the free workshops.

When is the next workshop?

The next workshop will be held on Wednesday 12th May, 2021 @ 7pm. The workshop spaces fill up fast as I limit numbers to just 10 people – keeping it small and relaxed.

I will be guiding the group activity, but there is also space for 1:1 working so that you get the level of support you need throughout. I hope this will make it feel a little more special and interactive.

If you need any further information before booking just drop me a line.

The event will be hosted via Microsoft Teams (further details on sign-up) - closed captioning will be available.

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