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Event Round Up

There are a lot of events going on at the moment, run both by ourselves and our members. We don't want you to miss out, so please find below a summary of the events happening over the next few months. We'll continue to update it every time someone sends in something new! (All times are in timezone GMT+1 unless otherwise specified)

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Creating A New Legacy - Poetry Therapy Workshop

Date: Wednesday 7th, 14th April

Time: 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Where: Online

Cost: £22.15

Description: 

“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others”. Pericles

Your legacy is being created every day. With every choice you make, you shape the world around you and add to the legacy that you’ll leave behind. By crafting a legacy that you’re proud of, you can enrich your own life and the lives of others – now and in the future.

We’ll use carefully selected poems as springboards for conversation and self-reflective writing. You’ll get the chance to deepen your understanding of yourself and explore the impression you are making on the world.

Together, we’ll define the legacy you wish to leave and create a bold new future.
Come along to all six workshops, or just join one or two. If you’re able to attend the full series then you’ll get the most from the experience, but you’re also welcome to sign up to individual sessions. Join me to start crafting your legacy.

Charmaine Pollard is an experienced poetry therapist, counsellor and life coach with a passion for leading therapeutic writing workshops to promote health and wellbeing.

Bookings via Eventbrite.

Wed 7 Apr 2021- click here

Wed 14 Apr 2021 - click here

 

Storied Selves, Writing for Wellbeing & Personal Development

Date: Wednesdays 7th April, 5th May, 9th June 2021 

Time: Available at two time slots, 11:00AM-12:30PM or 19:00-20:30PM on each of the above dates; maximum of 10 places in total available per workshop

Where: Online via Zoom

Cost: £15 full price, £10 students/unwaged

Description: 

Open to all adults, these set of four themed workshops are offered for those wishing to explore creative and enjoyable ways of enhancing their self-expression, reflection and wellbeing through writing. The focus in this group is on the process of writing, and less so on the final ‘product,’ in refreshing contrast to so much of our working lives focussed on outcomes and productivity. In this way, Writing for Wellbeing differs from Creative Writing groups, where the writing produced/in-progress, is the focus of peer feedback.

Instead, these workshops provide a supportive, confidential space to try out a range of enjoyable writing activities, using a blend of creative, expressive and reflective writing approaches, including poetry, fiction, quotes, images and other mixed media, as ‘writing prompts’; participants are then invited to share their writing, but are not obligated to so, and are certainly and not coerced to share anything unless they feel comfortable to do so.

No formal experience is needed, just a willingness to give writing a go!

As well as being a published poet and short fiction writer, and trained Writing for Wellbeing Facilitator (MA Creative Writing & Personal Development, Sussex University 2005), Storied Selves facilitator Dr Roshni Beeharry, is a former Consultant-level NHS doctor with over 25 years of experience of caring for people, teaching, supporting and mentoring others, in her capacity as doctor and highly experienced medical educator.Roshni is also open to commissions for design and facilitation of workshops for teams and organisations including the NHS and Higher Education settings, and in healthcare and social care with patients/service users-please do not hesitate to contact her via the Storied Selves website to discuss further. 


Read Write Express Writing for Wellbeing and Self Awareness

Date: Saturdays - 17th April, 15th May, 19th June.

Time: Available at two time slots, 11:00AM-12:30PM or 19:00-20:30PM on each of the above dates; maximum of 10 places in total available per workshop

Where: Online via Zoom

Cost: £23.50

Description: 

Read Write Express offers workshops for adults who wish to explore writing as a means of improving wellbeing, gaining confidence and moving forward with life.

The workshops provide a nurturing and supportive space to experience different writing and other fun, releasing and relaxing exercises to help participants stimulate their creativity and encourage self-awareness. Writing experience is not essential, just a willingness to join in and give it a go.

Writing is optionally shared with the group and participants are encouraged to respond from their own experience of hearing it as opposed to offering a critique. This is the difference between writing for self development and creative writing for literary development. Writing and voicing writing in this way can be therapeutic but these workshops are not group therapy and participants need to be aware of this when choosing what to write or share.

Saturday 17 April 2021
Roles
Through reading, reflection, free-writing and sharing, we will contemplate the theme of "roles" and access roles we have played and how they relate to one another.  For this workshop you will need a notebook and pen.  To book, click here

 

Saturday 15 May 2021 - 10.00am to 12.30pm  
Self-love

Through reading, reflection, free-writing and sharing, we will contemplate the theme of "self-love", how we show love to ourselves and dialogue with aspects of self that show us self-love in different ways.  For this workshop you will need a notebook and pen.  To book, click here

 

Saturday 19 June 2021 - 10.00am to 12.30pm
Going away

Through reading, reflection, free-writing and sharing, we will contemplate the theme of "going away" and what this means to us as well as what we may bring back and how these items serve to remind us of our experiences of being away.  For this workshop you will need a notebook and pen.  To book, click here.

Bookings are via Eventbrite and the meetings are held on Zoom.

Classes held monthly. Check website for dates.

 


Journaling for Creativity and Wellbeing

Date: 3rd Saturday of every month

Time: 1pm to 4pm UK time

Where: Online

Cost: £15 for three hour workshop

Description:

Myszka leads an interactive safe workshop space, with discussion and prompts around wellbeing and creativity, as both a mental health therapist and a writer, she combines these two fields to support and explore issues on a monthly theme.  Please see the website for details of each month's theme.

www.foxesretreat.com/journaling-workshops

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Let This Poem Be A Hand Upon Your Shoulder 

Date: Friday 23+ 30 April, 14 + 28 May, 11 + 25 Jun 2021

Time: 11:00am to 12:30pm

Where: Online via Zoom

Cost: £13.52

Description: 

In times of crisis and uncertainty, poetry can bring comfort and healing. Let this poem be a hand upon your shoulder consists of a series of workshops that can help you build your resilience as you connect with others in these challenging times.

The theme for the workshops was inspired by a poem written by Deborah Cooper. We will use carefully selected poems as a springboard for writing, reflection, and dialogue. The workshops are for anyone who wants additional resources, in these unsettling times. It is for those who enjoy creativity, journaling, writing for personal or professional development.

No prior knowledge of poetry or expressive writing is required; you simply need to be willing to share, reflect and experiment with words in a supportive environment.


Charmaine Pollard is an experienced poetry therapist, counsellor and life coach with a passion for leading therapeutic writing workshops to promote health and wellbeing.


Bookings via Eventbrite

 


Writing for Wellbeing for those in Healthcare related fields (including clinicians, academics and students)

Date: Saturday 24th April, Saturday 22nd May, SUNDAY 27th June 2021

Time: 11:00-12:30PM or 15:30-17:00PM on each of the above dates; maximum 10 places in total available per workshop

Where: Online via Zoom

Cost: £15 full price, £10 students/unwaged

Description: 

Open to those in all healthcare fields including clinicians, academics and students and trainees, these set of four themed workshops are offered for those wishing to explore creative and enjoyable ways of enhancing their self-expression, reflection and wellbeing through writing. The focus in this group, is on the process of writing, and less so on the final ‘product,’ in refreshing and liberating contrast to so much of our professional lives focussed on outcomes and productivity. I believe that this type of writing can provide an enjoyable adjunct to the mandatory reflective writing portfolios at work e.g E Portfolio systems.

Instead, these workshops provide a supportive, confidential space to try out a range of enjoyable writing activities, using a blend of creative, expressive and reflective writing approaches, including poetry, fiction, quotes, images and other mixed media, as ‘writing prompts’; participants are then invited to share their writing, but are not obligated to so, and are certainly and not coerced to share anything unless they feel comfortable to do so.

No formal experience is needed, just a willingness to give writing a go!

As well as being a published poet and short fiction writer, and trained Writing for Wellbeing Facilitator (MA Creative Writing & Personal Development, Sussex University 2005), Storied Selves facilitator Dr Roshni Beeharry, is a former Consultant-level NHS doctor with over 25 years of experience of caring for people, teaching, supporting and mentoring others, in her capacity as doctor and highly experienced medical educator.

Dr Beeharry is also open to commissions for design and facilitation of workshops for teams and organisations including the NHS and Higher Education settings, and in healthcare and social care with patients/service users-please do not hesitate to contact her via the Storied Selves website to discuss further.


Writing, Reading, Storytelling for health and wellbeing Facilitator Training

Date: runs over 4 dates (total of 12 hours) 24th April, 5th May, 19th May, 5th June

Time: times vary per day

Where: Online via Zoom

Cost: £145 (discounts available for unwaged/ students)

Description:

Our LS AGM is scheduled for the evening of 5th May, (5pm-6pm) after which we will be launching our new anthology of work from our Words Work Well for All project which also includes our amazing guest, Gerda Stevenson.  (funded by Wellbeing for Longer in Glasgow). The launch will commence at 6:30pm till 8pm. 
 
A very warm welcome is extended to all.

 
Crossing Thresholds is a Lapidus Scotland 12-hour on-line training programme for facilitators of reading, writing & storytelling for health and wellbeing. It will be delivered over 4 dates / 24 April5th May19th May5th June by facilitators Larry Butler, Valerie Gillies, and Ted Bowman. 
For further information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


From Feldenkrais to Improvised Movement and Writing

Date: 8th May

Time: 9am to 12pm

Where: Online via Zoom

Cost: £30

Description: 

This workshop will be informed by the Feldenkrais Method and other movement-based practise as a springboard to your own creative movement and improvised writing.
 
We will explore ways to enliven your body and imagination and how images and changes in our state can be taken into embodied creative practice.
 
This workshop will be of interest to those working with the arts, movement, performance or for anyone interested in personal development through embodied and creative expression.
 
Booking details:
For further information and to book a place please contact Charlie Blowers:
Tel: (+44) (0)780 164 1300 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

A writing for well-being workshop inspired by Animals and Spirituality

Date: 9th May

Time: 12:30pm to 4:00pm

Where: Online via Zoom

Cost: Cost £15 (£10 low/unwaged- spaces limited so £5 deposit needed)

Description: 

Express yourself in writing about the way you feel about animals. What do you see when you look into the eyes of a dog? Are you drawn to the magnificence of a raven? Does a lamb have symbolic value to you? What about cows? Lizards? Foxes? Dragonflies?
 
For details or to book contact me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.       
 
No experience of writing for well-being necessary. No specific religious or spiritual beliefs needed, but all welcome.


Celebrating 25 years of Lapidus - a networking event

Date: Saturday 25th May

Time: 10am to 12pm

Where: Online via Zoom

Cost: Free to Lapidus Members/Donation

Description: 

To start our 25th Birthday celebrations, we are pleased to offer a Saturday morning networking event on the 22nd May 2021.

We are offering Lapidus members an opportunity to share their experiences of writing for well-being/ personal development/therapeutic purposes.   

Lapidus International is a leading organization in supporting this work and we would like to discover more about the diverse and distinct ways practitioners are working during these challenging times.

Working in this area can feel isolating at times and even with good clinical supervision and support it can feel like we are a bit outside the mainstream of both the writing world and the world of therapeutic services. We see this event as part of practitioner development and an opportunity for the Board to discover how Lapidus International can learn from its members.


Introduction to Therapeutic Writing - City Lit Course

Date: Sunday 13th, 20th + 27th June 2021

Time: 10:30am to 4:30pm

Where: Online

Description:

Poetry therapy can be summed up as the interactive use of literature and/or writing to promote growth and healing.

Learn how to introduce therapeutic writing into your work to help people improve their health and wellbeing.

What will we cover?

This course offers insights into poetry therapy and therapeutic writing at an introductory level. The course is experiential and will explore the use of poems and expressive writing as a tool for healing, growth and personal development.

Using our own experiences, we will reflect upon this process, and be introduced to some basic knowledge of poetry therapy which will support you and your clients through the process of self-discovery, creativity, healing and personal development.

Who is the course for?

This course will be of interest to writers of all kinds, medical and healthcare professionals, counsellors, therapists, social workers, librarians, academics, teachers, service providers in a variety of health and therapeutic environments.

https://www.citylit.ac.uk/courses/introduction-to-therapeutic-writing

To enrol and for further information visit City Lit website.

Charmaine Pollard is an experienced poetry therapist, counsellor and life coach with a passion for leading therapeutic writing workshops to promote health and wellbeing.


Journaling and Yoga Retreat (3 days, fully inclusive residential)

Date: 20th to 22nd September

Time: 10am on 20th to 5pm on 22nd September

Where: Online

Cost: £275

Description:

Price includes full home-cooked catering, plus three full days of Yoga and Journaling sessions

Three days to unwind in the Peak District, with Journaling and Yoga Workshops to unwind the mind and body, in a small and friendly setting

www.foxesretreat.com/wellbeingretreats

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