£215 – £236

Mindfulness, Drawing & Writing Course

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"Inspiring, very supportive with excellent teachers"

"Enter with an open mind and find it opening in ways you never imagined. Something for everyone in this course"

An 8-week course exploring the relationship between mindfulness and creativity, both of which operate from a basis of 'more curiosity than fear'!*

Mindfulness, drawing and writing Course

This course uses Jon Kabat Zinn’s Attitudinal Foundations of Mindfulness (also known as the 7 Pillars of Mindfulness) as a guide to explore what having more curiosity than fear could look like, feel like and ultimately mean in our lives. Each session includes guided meditations, practical creative exercises and group discussions led by two experienced facilitators in a warm, friendly atmosphere with a maximum of 12 participants.

We invite you to rediscover a childish playfulness to creativity through the means of mindfulness. The physical act of writing or drawing can allow us to be fully immersed in the activity and engage in a subtle relationship with our materials and implements.

Throughout this course we encourage you to unlearn the habits of judging and saying to yourself, ‘I can’t do this’ or ‘it’s no good’ and to have a go. These habits are often learnt in childhood. How many of us live with the belief we cannot draw or write creatively, because we were told so as children? What impact did this have then? How does this belief impact our lives more subtly now? Writing and drawing are basic elements that children do naturally, until they learn one way or another that they are no good, or not as good as others and so they stop writing or drawing other than for necessity. Give a young child a pen or pencil and they will instinctively make marks until fear becomes greater than curiosity and they stop.

Course Content

Session 1 – Beginner’s Mind
Session 2 -
Session 3 – Acceptance
Session 4 -
Session 5 – Trust
Session 6 -
Letting Go
Session 7 – Non-striving
Session 8 -
Beginner's Mind

Who Can Attend

This course is suitable for beginners (to mindfulness, drawing and writing), as well as those wishing to refresh or deepen their mindfulness practice, or explore their creativity in a new way. We invite everyone to put aside their previous knowledge and experience (or lack of it!) and engage a Beginner’s Mind.

If you already have a creative pursuit and would like to bring more mindfulness into your practice then this course is for you. If the ‘C’ word (creativity) terrifies you this is exactly the course for you!

Commitment needed

The course is not simply a drawing or writing class. Nor is it a "quick fix", relaxation class or group therapy session. The goal will not be to have pristine and finished pieces of work to take home, but to use these playful exercises to engage in learning a valuable life skill offering many potential benefits. The development of this requires a personal commitment to attending all eight sessions and developing regular mindfulness and creative practices at home. As each class builds on the preceding week, we would recommend that anyone who misses a session contacts us for advice on how to continue your mindfulness and creative practices. We are happy to accommodate this in the case of illness etc., but regret that if more than two sessions are missed you may not be able to finish the course. Please carefully check the course schedule below before booking a place.

Course Schedule

This course is taught over 8 weeks. You are expected to attend all 8 sessions.

Dates: Tuesday mornings 10.15 - 12.45
Sept 24th
Oct 1st, 8th, 15th
Nov 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
(Please note there is a 2-week gap for half term. We do not meet on 22nd or 29th Oct).

NB as well as the course fee you will need to already have or purchase a York Museums Trust membership card, for access to the Art Gallery. This is £22 per person or £11 if you are on means tested benefits or a York resident. Membership is free to York residents on means tested benefits. The YMT Card gives unlimited free entry to York Castle Museum, York Art Gallery and the Yorkshire Museum & Gardens for 12 months from the date of your purchase. This can be purchased just before the first session.


The tutors for this course are Dr. Lauri Bower and Clare Belbin-Carlile, both experienced practitioners.

Lauri has 30 years' experience of meditation practice and 15 years of running and organising retreats. She began teaching Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses in 2013, 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 to her blog and and her creative work to Instagram and sells handmade books.

Clare 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. She sells her prints and cards on her website


What aspects of creativity are covered on the course?

Creativity can take many different forms, including how we build a home, cook a meal, or create an atmosphere where people feel relaxed. For the purposes of the course these are specifically drawing and writing as we consider these to be the solid foundations upon which to build creativity into all areas of our lives. All creativity involves an openness to what is in front of us, noticing what is present which is why we use the term ‘more curiosity than fear’.

What if I miss a session?

It is ideal if you can make all the sessions as this way you will gain a sound foundation in the mindfulness, drawing and writing practices. If you have to miss a session and know ahead of time, do let us know and we will advise you on how to continue your mindfulness and creative practices. We would not recommend missing more than two sessions, as you will lose a lot of the course content.

What further information will I receive?

You will receive a confirmation email once you have booked a place. This will confirm the information on the class dates, venue etc. Please save this email for reference when you arrive on the course.

What is your cancellation policy?

If you cancel your booking at least 7 days before the start of the course we will refund your full course fee minus a £15 administration fee.
If you cancel your booking less than 7 days before the start of the course we will issue a 50% refund of the course fee.
Once the course has started no refunds will be issued.

If the course is cancelled by the organiser you will be refunded in full.

Do you have any other questions about the Mindfulness, Drawing & Writing course? If so we’ll be happy to help. Please contact us on: lauribower@the-creative-space.org.uk

* Elizabeth Gilbert

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