If Only: Revisiting Regret
Date : Sunday November 26th 2023
Time: 3-5pm UK
Cost: 25 €
Where: Online via Zoom
Description: Most of us would consider our life well-lived if we could say we had no regrets. Yet according to a 2021 survey by The American Regret Project, 82% of Americans report experiencing regret at least occasionally. Regret is a part of our human experience, and can actually help us lead richer lives, if we face it, and learn from it. In this two-hour online workshop, you'll be invited to identify some of your regrets, write about them, and experience them through your body using simple somatic exercises. It's an opportunity to revisit a potentially harmful and limiting way of looking at your life, and turn it into a map that will help you move forward, or simply be more at peace with where you are.
With Elaine Konopka, writer and somatice practitioner
Date: Saturday 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th November 2023
Time: 4.00pm to 5.00pm
Where: Online (zoom) Creative Writing Pick And Mix course (ten places available)
Creative Writing Pick And Mix course (ten places available)
Come and experiment with different forms, including the short story, mindful writing and memoir.
This course is suitable for beginners who are keen to try different styles of writing in a warm and supportive atmosphere.
Sunday, December 10th, 2023Time:
3 – 5 pm UK Cost:
Online via ZoomDescription:
Everything from the Bible to neuroscience tells us that it’s better to give than to receive. But sometimes we’re so invested in the action of providing or bestowing that we become strangers to the possibility of accepting and allowing. In this writing-and-somatics workshop, we’ll write about different aspects of receiving and our own ability to welcome the world in. Through simple somatic exercises, we’ll also explore what it means to be receptive in our bodies. If you’re a caregiver or in one of the helping professions, if you’re entering this end-of-year season running on empty, or if you’re someone who finds it hard to take time for yourself and just be – these two hours will fill your cup.
With Elaine Konopka, writer and somatic practitioner
The Reflective Journal | Mapping Experience
Date: Friday 8th December 10am - 12pm and Wednesday 13th December 7pm - 9pm
Online, drop-in workshop: creative writing and journaling. This December, by paying quiet, close attention to what we see around us and what we feel within us, we will practise writing as a form of active mindfulness.
Drawing in to write - together: a series of three words for wellbeing workshops to accompany the winter months
Date: Sat. 25th November, Sat 16th December and Sat 20th January
Time: 10.30am to 1pm
Cost: £48 for the series
Max group number of ten participants
Writing shall accompany our passage through the shortening days, wilder weather and the withdrawing nature of the season we are now entering. Using the prompts of poems, objects, pictures and music, we will explore how we take care of ourselves through these times and what creative, cultural and communal feasts we can conjure between us. We will experiment with enriching the darker days, enhanced and amplified by the dynamic of the group.
Using Poetry to Find New Year Gifts
Date: Fri 29 Dec 2023
Join me for this writing for wellbeing workshops specifically created to help you reflect on the highs and lows of 2023 before you create not resolutions but sankalpas (a more yogic way to set intentions).
The two-hour Zoom session will include:
✨ New Year journaling
✨ Reviewing 2023
✨ Set sankalpas for 2024
✨ Leave with a ritual for when the clock strikes 🙏🏼
I’ve been running this workshop for the last four years, which I can’t quite believe! I think it’s probably my favourite individual poetry therapy workshop in my offering at the moment.
We will also do a lovely ritual together which you can do on New Year’s Eve.
Poetry in Motion: inspire your creativity through movement and writing
Date: Sunday December 3rd, 10th, January 7th and 14th
Time: 3- 5.30pm GMT On Zoom
Cost: £20 - £72
Using a combination of mindful movement, poetry and expressive writing this workshop series aims to help release the stories and metaphors that you hold within. Book for one, two, three of four sessions.
Or contact Anne Taylor for further information on discounts.
Writing for wellbeing for vulnerable groups
Date: 20th January 2024 (one day workshop)
Where: Via Zoom
This virtual, experiential workshop considers how to set up and run writing for wellbeing sessions for vulnerable groups. We will consider who are vulnerable adults and the professional skills and qualities required to run such a group. There will be ideas for suitable activities and practical advice.
Tutor: Helen Stockton has many years experience of delivering writing for wellbeing sessions for a wide range of different groups including palliative care outpatients, carers and those with mental health conditions.