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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 UK time unless otherwise specified)

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Next Lapidus Events

Time for Mindful Solitude

Thursday May 12th 2022 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm

Mindful Solitude

Write On!

Saturday June 11th 2022 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Mindful Solitude

 


 

Next Member Events

 



Let This Poem Be A Hand Upon Your Shoulder – Poetry Therapy Workshops

Date: 13+ 27 May, 10 + 24 Jun, 8 + 22 Jul

Time:  11:00am to 12:30pm

Where: Online (Zoom)

Cost: £25.00 plus booking fee

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 well-being. She is author of Writing for Resilience, a book that harnesses the power of writing to help boost creativity and self-expression, whilst strengthening resilience.

Bookings via Eventbrite
 

Read Write Express – Writing for Wellbeing and self-awareness

Date:  14th May 2022

Time:  9.45am to 12.30pm 

Where: Online

Cost: Tickets range from £0-27.50.

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.

Brokenness

Through reading, reflection, free-writing, using a poem to prompt writing, discussion and sharing, we will contemplate the theme of "brokenness" and what this means to us.  For this workshop you will need a notebook and pen.  To book, CLICK HERE

Supervision Workshops for Practitioners

Date:  15 May, 12 June, 10 July, 2022

Time:  10am to 12pm 

Where: Online, Zoom

Cost: £35 per workshop

Description: 

These workshops are for practitioners in the healing arts who would find further exploratory writing helpful for their work with others. My approach is experiential: we address a particular theme; share thoughts, feelings and writing which arise during the course of our time together. Participants value how we create a safe place for discussion and writing. In turn this increases the trust in process and confidence in professional practice through also addressing personal responses to issues which are challenging.

Monica is the author of a series of books on creative therapeutic writing: drawing on her own experimental and exploratory writing with exercises and notes for practitioners. She is an experienced workshop facilitator; her background is in humanistic psychotherapy and journalism; she worked as a producer for BBC Radio 4, and gained an MA in Creative Writing (Sussex University 2002). She is a founding member of the ISN (the Interdisciplinary Supervisors Network).

Contact Details & Booking

Further info: www.monicasuswin.com 

Contact Monica directly for queries or booking: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


Storied Selves, Writing for Wellbeing & Personal Development for those in the Caring Professions

Date: Saturday 21st May 2022

Time:  19:00-21:00 PM GMT . 2-8 places in total available per workshop .Please note, the workshop will run with a minimum of two people; if you are the only person who books a workshop you will be offered the option of a refund of Storied Selves fees (less eventbrite refund their booking fee separately if I have to cancel a workshop) 

NEW FOR 2022: you may elect for  a 1:1 session of 90 minutes on the same day of the workshop, for the fee you have paid for the group workshop.Full details on FAQ of website.

Where: Online via Zoom

Cost: £35 full price, £25 undergraduate students/unwaged

Description:

Open to all who work with people in a therapeutic capacity professionally, including in all sectors of healthcare, social care, therapy counselling and voluntary sectors, those who are training in the caring professions, and all those who are involved in teaching and training them (including clinicians, academics and students at all levels).

The themes of this set of workshops ('The Rhetoric of resilience,' 'Celebrating our differences' and 'Finding your space and place' ) are designed to allow you to explore creative and enjoyable ways of exploring and enhancing your wellbeing through creative self-expression, and reflection, through writing and group discussion. The focus in this type of writing (also known as therapeutic writing), is on the process of writing, more so than  on the final ‘product,’ in refreshing and liberating contrast to so much of our professional lives, which are often focussed on outcomes and productivity.I believe that this type of writing can provide an enjoyable adjunct to the mandatory reflective writing portfolios many of us are obliged to maintain at work.

My workshops provide a supportive,nurturing and confidential space, to engage in 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- extracts of their writing and/or reflections on the writing process and/or theme of the workshop, but are not obligated to so, and are certainly and not coerced to share anything unless they feel comfortable to do so.

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

Booking details:Book directly via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/228206360367
Contact details: Please also use the contact form on http://storiedselves.com/ to contact Roshni about commissions for bespoke workshops for your organisations and teams in the workplace/place of study.


Wisdom of Trees - Wellbeing and Words from the Woods

Date: Saturday 30th April 2022

Time:  10am to 4pm

Where: Wordsworth Grasmere, Grasmere, Cumbria

Cost: £70 including lunch, refreshments and Shinrin-Yoku tea ceremony (vegetarian and vegan options available)

Description: Reconnect with nature and reconnect with yourself through our writing and wellbeing retreat day at Wordsworth Grasmere.  We’ll start the day with forest bathing in beautiful woodland where Wordsworth liked to sit.  In the afternoon we’ll return to Dove Cottage to use writing to discover the messages and blessings which the trees have gifted us.

Forest Bathing is a natural well-being therapy originating from Japan (where it’s known as Shinrin-Yoku). It has been scientifically proven to have many benefits including boosting the immune system, lowering blood pressure, reducing stress levels and elevating mood and energy levels.  Similarly, studies have shown that writing can improve mental health and increase self-awareness.

The retreat will be led by Jen Grange, a forest bathing guide and mindfulness teacher and Alex Weston, a creative writing tutor and author.  
For more information and to book go to https://lakelandwellbeing.co.uk/wellbeing-events-and-retreats/ 


To taste life twice … An online therapeutic writing retreat with Sam Gray

Date: Friday 6th May

Time: 10am to 12:30pm

Where: Online via Zoom

Cost: £15 paid via bank transfer on registration. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
for details

Description: 


Reading, writing and reflecting within a supportive group can enhance our wellbeing in many ways. This gentle, stand-alone session offers a chance to explore how engaging creatively and reflectively with words can open us into greater self-connection, presence and joy. Tuning into the magic of
nature, using poems, images and simple therapeutic writing techniques, participants will find a space to slow down and enjoy the connection that words can bring – to ourselves and the world around us. Everyone welcome to this supportive, small group workshop where the focus will be relaxed, ‘process not product’ writing to strengthen our inner resources and tap into natural creativity.


Samantha Gray started life as a teacher and after studying Creative Writing with the Open University, became increasingly involved in therapeutic writing, facilitating workshops in a variety of community and healthcare settings. In 2011, she wrote an article about the ways in which writing
can support us through the bereavement process (Gray, S, 2011, Routledge). In 2019, she gained credentials as a CAPF with the International Federation of Biblio/Poetry Therapy. She has been working with the Nottingham Writers’ Studio since January 2017 as their ‘Writing for Wellbeing’
tutor. Sam’s work in this field has been an exploration of the many ways in which creative words can help us to navigate life’s challenges - including loss, change, anxiety, depression and physical illness. It also has celebrated the magical, transformative power of words and the ways in which they can
lead us to deeper self-understanding, balance and creativity. Sam finds comfort, inspiration and clarity in words – and loves working with others as they do the same


Mindful Words for the Bereaved

Date: Sunday 8th May

Time: 2pm to 4pm

Where: Poetry Pharmacy, Bishop's Castle, Shropshire

Cost: £25 including refreshments

Description: Led by writer and tutor, Bethany Rivers
Aimed at anyone who has been bereaved, a way of finding soothing words to companion you on your grief journeys.  Places limited.
Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book.


Writing for Stress Relief

Date: Wednesday 11th May

Time: 2:30pm to 4:30pm

Where: Cox Green Community Centre, Maidenhead

Cost: £20

Description: Using a series of gentle writing prompts on the theme of ‘Stress Relief’, this workshop aims to help you explore and process uncomfortable thoughts and feelings within a safe space. Participants will leave with a new coping mechanism and hopefully a new perspective. This session will be facilitated by Solution Focused Hypnotherapist and Wellbeing Practitioner Sarah Harlow.

For more information and to book go to www.sarah-harlow.com


Level 1 Seminar - Body-Based Strategies to Lower the Risk of Secondary Trauma for Mental Health and Arts Practitioners (online and face to face)

Date: Saturday 14th May 2022

Time: 10am to 5pm

Where: Online via Zoom, Face to face: The Artworks London Bridge, 60A Weston St, SE1 3QP

Cost: £80, with concessions available

Description: This workshop will be an opportunity to think through and prioritise effective strategies in terms of supporting others, learn specific body-based skills to support self-regulation, resourcing and strategies to lower the risk of secondary trauma.

Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Level 2 Seminar - Body-Based Strategies to Lower the Risk of Secondary Trauma for Mental Health and Arts Practitioners (online and face to face)

Date: Sunday 15th May 2022

Time: 10am to 5pm

Where: Online via Zoom, Face to face: The Artworks London Bridge, 60A Weston St, SE1 3QP

Cost: £80/£140 if you book Level 1 and 2

Description: If you have attended the first Secondary Trauma seminar, this is your opportunity to build on those skills, deepen your knowledge of ill-health prevention strategies, and progress to the next level.

Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Beginners’ Writing for Wellbeing

Date: Monday 16th May 2022, Wednesday 18th May 2022

Time: 7pm to 9pm (or until 8:30pm on Wednesday)

Where: Monday: Cox Green Community Centre, Maidenhead, Wednesday: Online via Zoom

Cost: £20 on Monday or £15 on Wednesday

Description: This is an introductory session for anyone who wants to give Writing for Wellbeing a try but doesn't really know what to expect. Using a series of gentle writing prompts, this workshop aims to help you process thoughts, feelings and find meaning by making connections for personal development, relief from stress and anxiety or generally to improve mental health. There is no right or wrong way to do this.

This session will be facilitated by Solution Focused Hypnotherapist and Wellbeing Practitioner Sarah Harlow.

For more information and to book go to www.sarah-harlow.com 


Creativity & Wellbeing 2022 - Love & Loss Weekend Workshop (face to face)

Date: May 21 & 22

Time: 10am to 5pm

Where: The Artworks London Bridge, 60A Weston St, SE1 3QP

Cost: £150, with concessions available

Description: Our Love & Loss weekend workshop is back! A weekend workshop exploring creative and embodied ways of sharing experiences of love and loss through body-based work, performance and storytelling.

Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Mindful Words for the Bereaved

Date: 6x week course 25th May - 29th June

Time: Wednesdays 6pm - 8.15pm BST

Where: On Zoom

Cost: Cost £195  Discounts available, please enquire.

Description: A gentle invitation to explore how words can be companions on your grief/healing journeys, within a safe space with other bereaved people.  Led by writer and tutor, Bethany Rivers.  All enquiries and bookings please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Buddhist Poetic Meditations

Date: Saturday 28th May

Time: 10am - 4pm

Where: Buddhist Centre, Queen Street, Castlefields, Shrewsbury SY1 2JU

Cost: Cost is £65, discounts available.

Description: A gentle and contemplative day of poetry led meditations and reflections. Bethany Rivers invites you to experience a journey of gently being and acceptance.  Open to all.  Please bring packed lunch, pen and paper.  No previous knowledge of poetry or meditation is needed.  Any queries and bookings, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

 

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