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Mindfulness and Creativity Retreat (Helmsley)

The Northern Centre for Mindfulness and Compassion

Saturday, 28 July 2018 at 10:00 - Sunday, 29 July 2018 at 16:45

Mindfulness and Creativity Retreat (Helmsley)

Registration Information

Registration Type Sales End Price * Fee Quantity
Early Bird Sat 28th July
10% off standard ticket price for tickets booked at least 4 weeks in advance
Ended £70.00 £0.00
Sat 28th July - Standard
Ticket price includes a day of drawing and poetry supported by mindful exercises and refreshments and entry into the Walled Garden. Please bring your own lunch.
27 Jul 2018 £77.00 £0.00
Early Bird Sat & Sun 28-29th July
10% off standard ticket price for tickets booked at least 4 weeks in advance
Ended £130.00 £0.00
Sat & Sun 28-29th July - Standard
Ticket price includes 2 days of drawing and poetry supported by mindful exercises, refreshments, and entry into the Walled Garden. Please bring your own lunch.
Ended £145.00 £0.00
Supporter, Sat 28th July
This ticket is only for those attending as a supporter to someone else buying an early bird or standard ticket for Sat 28th. Please indicate the name of the person you are supporting.
27 Jul 2018 £20.00 £0.00
Supporter, Sat 28th & Sun 29th July   more info Ended £35.00 £0.00
* Prices include VAT

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Event Details

 An opportunity to experience drawing and writing supported by mindfulness. 


Day Retreat Overview


Helmsley Walled Garden 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 writing, by using mindfulness as the foundation.


Each day includes gentle mindfulness practices that will enable and support a playful approach to your drawing and writing, through the qualities of patience, trust and openness. 

Refreshments and entry to the Walled Garden 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 writing.
  • Tune into what feels right for you 
  • Explore the benefits of mindfulness
The Orchid House in the Garden will be our indoor space for meeting, with the whole of the Garden and it's different areas available for our creativity.

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 writing. The day will happily accommodate those who practice regularly as well as those new to drawing, writing or mindfulness. Beginners and the terrified are all welcome!

Come for one day (Saturday) or book for the weekend and stay overnight in Helmsley (to be booked separately by yourself).


The Venue

This event will be held at Helmsley Walled Garden, Cleveland Way, Helmsley. YO62 5AH.


Our facilitators

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 joined York MBSR in 2012 to teach Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses, which expanded into Mindfulness and Creativity retreats, workshops and courses in 2015. She completed a Ph.D. in Mindfulness in 2014. To date, over 300 people have completed mindfulness courses with Lauri. She has always engaged with creative pursuits in sewing, dressmaking, embroidery, calligraphy, jewellery and bookbinding and since 2012 has been exploring how the practice of mindfulness informs her poetry writing. She regularly posts poems and her creative work to her blogs, Mindful Living and Creative Living


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 twelve years.



What's the refund policy? 

If you decide to cancel your place, you will receive:

  • A full refund (minus a 10% 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.

Do you have questions about Mindfulness and Creativity Retreat (Helmsley)? Contact The Northern Centre for Mindfulness and Compassion

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When & Where

Helmsley Walled Garden
Cleveland Way
YO62 5AH North Yorkshire
United Kingdom

Saturday, 28 July 2018 at 10:00 - Sunday, 29 July 2018 at 16:45

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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. 

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