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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Let This Poem Be A Hand Upon Your Shoulder 

Date: 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: 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.


Facilitating Writing for Wellbeing groups - an introduction

Date: 8th June 2021,  6 sessions for 2 hours per session

Time:10:00am-12:00pm

Where: Online

Cost: £38.40 (Free course for adults who receive income-related benefit or earn a low income)

Description:

Are you interested in the benefits of Writing for Wellbeing?

Would you like to explore some of the issues around becoming a practitioner in this area?

The WEA is an adult education charity founded in 1903.

One of its very experienced Writing for Wellbeing tutors, Elizabeth Sarkany, has created a short, introductory course to look at some of the research and policy context of this field, the possibilities it presents and ways of working and keeping things safe.

Elizabeth has facilitated Writing for Wellbeing groups in a wide range of settings over many years and is particularly experienced in working with people who identify as being in mental distress. Prior to her work in this area, she spent twenty years as an NHS doctor, specialising in child and adolescent psychiatry. She also has a Masters in Creative Writing, PTLLS level 4 and attended level 2 of the Orchard Foundation professional development course: creative writing for therapeutic purposes.

This course is a step towards further training and will be helpful if you are hoping to set up your own local group or work with another organisation.


Storied Selves, Writing for Wellbeing & Personal Development

Date: 9th June 2021 

Time: Available at two time slots, 11:00AM-12:30PM or 19:00-20:30PM; 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. 

 


Summer-time

Date: An unfolding series of three related workshops on Saturdays- June 12th, July 10th & July 31st

Time: 10:30am to 1pm

Where: Online (Zoom)

Cost: £45 - Please only book if you are available to attend all three dates.

Description:

Summer Time - On-line (Zoom) series of writing workshops exploring our relationship with the season we are entering. This constitutes the third in a seasonal cycle, led by Kate Pawsey, MSc in CWTP (Metanoia Institute). £45 for three workshops. Ten participants max.

Summer Time
Using the prompts of poems and objects, pictures and exercises that stimulate our senses and imagination, we shall explore aspects of this season. Collectively and individually, we shall savour and assimilate our passage through the summer months so that they do not pass by as a backdrop. Our writing will allow us to let in the moments of promise and disappointment, the blue skies and summer storms, the bright gifts and the shadows. You will be folded into a writing group. Some people have been writing together since Writing into the Heart of Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb); others joined for Spring Rites (March, April, May).
 
For a booking form for the Summer Time series please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or click HERE.

Money, Practice and Payment - Supervision workshop

Date: Sunday 13th June

Time: 10am to 12pm

Where: Online (Zoom)

Cost: £35

Description:

These monthly supervision workshops explore how we work with others in the light of our own experiences and make connections between our personal inner lives and our professional practice. 

As always discussion, writing, sharing. For practitioners in the healing professions looking for a supervision groupusing reflective writing to support their working lives.

Please see www.monicasuswin.com for more info and booking


 Finding Community and Connection

Date: June 21st

Time: 7pm to 8pm UK time

Where: Online

Description:

A supportive space, for those running groups using writing for health and wellbeing, personal development and therapeutic purposes.

Mary Burns and Christine Hollywood offer an opportunity to chat and connect with your community, share ideas and resources. To book see below and for more details, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Click here for June Tickets


 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.


Read Write Express Writing for Wellbeing and Self Awareness

Date: Saturday 19th June.

Time: 10.00am to 12.30pm

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 19 June 2021 -
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.


The Royal Road to Dreams: An Online writing series for Self-Discovery and Wellness

Date: Sunday 20 June 2021 (for 6 weeks)

Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Where: Online

Cost: £60

Description:

“Dream is the royal road to the unconscious” – Sigmund Freud

Roll out the red carpet, and explore the royal road to your unconscious during this 6-week writing for wellbeing dream series.

Workshop Goals

This series offers a safe and creative space to harness and explore your nocturnal world using poetry, writing exercises and journaling, to help you to discover new insights, deepen your connection with your unconscious mind, and to understand yourself better.  

Establish a dream journal practise, understand how to write affirmations to support your dream work and guide your dreams, notice what your dreams are signalling to you and learn to embrace and explore anxiety dreams or nightmares.

Each week we will focus on a different function of sleep and dreams: In week one we will be preparing for sleep, week two we will slowly pass through the hypnogogic (the state we pass through before falling asleep), and as the series progresses, we will work with the dream state, before emerging into the wakeful refreshed state, ready to explore this dream within a dream we call life.

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Culture, Health and Wellbeing International Conference (CHW21), 21-23 June 2021 - Inequality | Power | Sustainability

Date: 21st -23rd June

Time: 8am to 11pm

Where: Online

Cost: Early Bird Tickets - £150 (on sale until 7 May); Regular Tickets - £200 (on sale from 8 May – 7 June)

Description:

Drawing on over 200 submissions from 20 countries, there will be 100+ live sessions and 10 country panels from around the world. CHW21 will showcase inspiring arts and health work from across the globe and encourage lively debates informed by different perspectives spanning policy, research, practice, lived experience and co-production.

Based on the key themes - Inequality | Power | Sustainability, the digital programme will provide a space for exploring individual and collective experiences and articulating a vision for the future. Designed to engage audiences from around the world with key notes in the morning, afternoon and evening and interactive sessions that take into account different time zones for presenters and audiences, tickets offer full access to the 3-day live programme, as well as access to recordings of sessions on demand between 21st-25th June.

Find out more including how tickets can be shared, and book an early bird ticket- www.ahsw.org.uk/event/chw21/


Self-Care Sundays: Writing is Self-Empowering

Date: Sunday 27th June

Time: 2pm

Where: Online

Cost: £35 - includes all materials

Description:

Many people have already discovered that the connection between writing and empowerment is a strong one. In this workshop we learn how to make the connection and spend the time focusing on our words, our way and our power.

You’ll find that writing in this way is good for us; it increases our feelings of wellbeing and encourages us to focus on what truly matters. The award-winning writer Margaret Atwood certainly understands the restorative power of expressive writing when she said, ‘A word after a word after a word is power.’

By coming to this workshop you will learn to trust the power of your own written words. You will discover writing is self-empowering and how these writing activities are tools which you can take away with you to use throughout life.


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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Practitioners Residential Retreat

Date: 4th to 8th October 2021

Where: Online

Cost: £595, all inclusive of workshops, meals, drinks

Description:

For those working therapeutically in the field of Writing for Wellbeing with time to connect, reflect and re-charge. A four night fully-catered stay in the English Peak District.

-  Morning meditation circles
-  Three workshops each day, with free afternoons
-  Evening activities as a group
-  Fully catered with local produce, including afternoon tea and cake
-  A range of coffees and teas, cordials and juices
-  Comfortable double rooms with writing desks
-  Fireglobe and cacao on final evening