Mindful Arts & Creative Expression: Recovery week

Thank you to all those of you who have joined our Mindful Arts & Creative Expression weekly activities so far!

This week we decided to take a break and offer the opportunity to those of you who have not been able to carry out all activities, to catch up. If you, however, have already completed all the weeks, we suggest to revisit one of the previous themes and see how you feel connecting with it now.

You might want to share your output/reflection in our Instagram gallery following these instructions. We would also like to invite you to give us feedback about what we have done so far, what did you find most useful? what would you like to be different? Is there any theme or modality you would like to propose? Perhaps some of you would also like to become our guest facilitator for one of next weeks.

You can use the comments area to provide your feedback/suggestions or use the Contact form in the website.

Thank you for being part of this group and till next week!

Erminia & Jude

 

 

Week 12 Poetry Prompt

Welcome to Week 12 of Mindful Arts and Creative Expression, a reflective space where you can connect with yourself and express your feelings in a creative way.

Each week we will offer a theme or creative suggestion and will talk you through ways to feel centred and connected. We will be including a variety of art forms, for example drawing, painting, sculpture, poetry and rhythm/music. 

Remember, you do not need to have any previous experience or having taken part in any of the previous weekly activities so… turn on your audio, watch your video and start to mindfully create!

When you have finished, we invite you to share your responses as seeing others’ interpretations can create a sense of togetherness in these changing times. If you choose to do so, you can share your creative reflections with others on our INSTAGRAM @MindfulArtsCreativeExpression. Guidance on how to upload can be found HERE.

Enjoy the experience and we look forward to seeing the mindful creative outputs shared in our INSTAGRAM gallery!

See you next week, at the same time at the same place! To make this a reliable weekly routine and receive a reminder with a link to next session, please join the mailing list/follow this blog.

Be well and stay safe,

Jude & Erminia

If you are unable to access the audio, here is a brief summary:

Week 12-Poetry Prompt

  • This week we are going to try another poetry prompt, which you can approach in two different ways:
  1. choose an object that you feel drawn to, maybe something that represents your time during lockdown, or something you have been using to keep yourself grounded or connected, or something that you have kept as a talisman.
  • Look at it closely and see what comes up for you in the here and now.
  • Notice what feelings it evokes and write down any words that come to mind.
  • This is your starting point for a poem.
  • You can also use this prompt as a starting point for an image.
  1. Your second option is to choose a poem or some song lyrics that resonate with you.
  • Choose a line that particularly stands out and in the same way, use this as a starting point for a poem and/or an image.
  • Try to stay in the moment, connecting with yourself in the here and now
  • Give yourself space to reflect on words, images, shapes and colours that you are drawn to.
  • If it is helpful, set yourself a time limit, if not take the time and space you need to express yourself until you feel ready to stop.
    • Remember that it does not have to be finished for you to share it with others, all creative expression is equally valued.
  • if you would like to share your creative reflections with others, please share a picture and/or your words on our Instagram gallery. Guidance on how to upload can be found HERE.
  • If you use photography, please remember to avoid pictures of identifiable people or places.

Week 11 Sharon Mehta’s activity

Welcome to Week 11 of Mindful Arts and Creative Expression, a reflective space where you can connect with yourself and express your feelings in a creative way.

Each week we will offer a theme or creative suggestion and will talk you through ways to feel centred and connected. We will be including a variety of art forms, for example drawing, painting, sculpture, poetry and rhythm/music. 

THIS WEEK WE HAVE THE PLEASURE TO HOST AN ACTIVITY BY  SHARON MEHTA! Sharon has been a picture framer for more than 20 years and her connections with education and young people have shown her how precious and important free spirited creativity is. Over the past few years, she has been exploring the wonder of nature through the camera lens: “Wow, there is so much to see and so much to discover”. You can find out more about her work on Take a walk in Ham lands and bird song.

Remember, you do not need to have any previous experience or having taken part in any of the previous weekly activities so… turn on your audio, watch your video and start to mindfully create!

When you have finished, we invite you to share your responses as seeing others’ interpretations can create a sense of togetherness in these changing times. If you choose to do so, you can share your creative reflections with others on our INSTAGRAM @MindfulArtsCreativeExpression. Guidance on how to upload can be found HERE.

Enjoy the experience and we look forward to seeing the mindful creative outputs shared in our INSTAGRAM gallery!

See you next week, at the same time at the same place! To make this a reliable weekly routine and receive a reminder with a link to next session, please join the mailing list/follow this blog.

Be well and stay safe,

Jude & Erminia

If you are unable to access the audio, here is a brief summary:

Week 11-The wonder of the natural world

  • With a human world that is full of uncertainty, give yourself permission for a little while to let go of the emotions those uncertainties may  bring and use your senses to discover a little more of the view out of your window, or the colours in your garden, or what is occurring in green spaces close to you.
  • Spend a little time just feeling your feet connected to the ground, breath in to a count to 4, hold your breath to a count of 5, and then breath out to a count of  6.
  • Be in the space you want to explore. If you are outside, listen to the sounds, could be bird song, could be a buzzing bee, could be the sound of footsteps passing by.  If it has been raining you may be able to smell the scent of moist soil.
  • The sky is every changing, the clouds, the sunshine, the moonshine and the changing direction, intensity and hue of the light from dawn to dusk and right through the night. Spend time watching the sky. There are so many shades of white, so many shades of blue, so many shades of grey and so many shades of dark.  You may see faces or creatures or objects in the patterns of the clouds, but only for a short time will they be there and then transform into something else. Remember not to look directly into the sun though.
  • Take time to look at how the colours and the light from the sky changes the colours of the space around you. The shades of green in the leaves may change, the vibrance of colour in flowers may change you may see reflection, you and may see shadows.  You can discover the changes in a space enjoy on different days and different times of day.
  • Enjoy the sky and if you feel like sharing your creative reflections with others, please share a picture and/or your words on our Instagram gallery. Guidance on how to upload can be found HERE.

A new short animation based on the Suicide First Aid Guidelines for people from immigrant and refugee backgrounds and blog for Refugee Week

For Refugee Week, the Movie-ment funder Dr Erminia Colucci wrote a blog around issues faced by unaccompanied refugee children (issues about which she has been trying -so far unsuccessfully- to get funds to carry out a film/research project), which contains a freely available short animation based on the Suicide First Aid Guidelines for people from immigrant and refugee backgrounds.

Please share with anyone you think might be interested and also keep us informed of any potential sponsors/funding available to support this important work (both around refugees’ rights and suicide prevention). You can also help support this work by donating to the Movie-ment or organize a fund-raising, any little help can make a difference!

Thank you/Grazie

Week 10 Mandalas

Welcome to Week 10 of Mindful Arts and Creative Expression, a reflective space where you can connect with yourself and express your feelings in a creative way.

Each week we will offer a theme or creative suggestion and will talk you through ways to feel centred and connected. We will be including a variety of art forms, for example drawing, painting, sculpture, poetry and rhythm/music. 

Remember, you do not need to have any previous experience or having taken part in any of the previous weekly activities so… turn on your audio, watch your video and start to mindfully create!

When you have finished, we invite you to share your responses as seeing others’ interpretations can create a sense of togetherness in these changing times. If you choose to do so, you can share your creative reflections with others on our INSTAGRAM @MindfulArtsCreativeExpression. Guidance on how to upload can be found HERE.

Enjoy the experience and we look forward to seeing the mindful creative outputs shared in our INSTAGRAM gallery!

See you next week, at the same time at the same place! To make this a reliable weekly routine and receive a reminder with a link to next session, please join the mailing list/follow this blog.

Be well and stay safe,

Jude & Erminia

If you are unable to access the audio, here is a brief summary:

Week 10-Mandalas

  • This week we invite you to focus on the contained space that can be created by the structure of mandalas.
  • This can be used in whatever way you would like, by using just the outer circle literally as a container and creating whatever comes to mind in the centre, or you can be more structured and map out or use a framework to support you and then start to build designs and patterns around the framework.
  • Think of the outer circle as your starting point and work your way inwards.
  • Allow yourself some time for reflection and try to focus on what comes up for you in the here and now.
  • See whether you are drawn to particular shapes or colours or just having the circle as a frame for an image. 
  • You don’t need any particular equipment to do this, you can make the frame work with anything you have to hand, using plates, bowls or glasses and the side of a box or a book for lines, or folding a square piece of paper down the middle, then again the other way and then folding the corners to meet.
  • if you would like to share your creative reflections with others, please share a picture and/or your words on our Instagram gallery. Guidance on how to upload can be found HERE.
  • If you use photography, please remember to avoid pictures of identifiable people or places.

Week 9 Poetry prompt

Welcome to Week 9 of Mindful Arts and Creative Expression, a reflective space where you can connect with yourself and express your feelings in a creative way.

Each week we will offer a theme or creative suggestion and will talk you through ways to feel centred and connected. We will be including a variety of art forms, for example drawing, painting, sculpture, poetry and rhythm/music. 

Remember, you do not need to have any previous experience or having taken part in any of the previous weekly activities so… turn on your audio, watch your video and start to mindfully create!

When you have finished, we invite you to share your responses as seeing others’ interpretations can create a sense of togetherness in these changing times. If you choose to do so, you can share your creative reflections with others on our INSTAGRAM @MindfulArtsCreativeExpression. Guidance on how to upload can be found HERE.

Enjoy the experience and we look forward to seeing the mindful creative outputs shared in our INSTAGRAM gallery!

See you next week, at the same time at the same place! To make this a reliable weekly routine and receive a reminder with a link to next session, please join the mailing list/follow this blog.

Be well and stay safe,

Jude & Erminia

If you are unable to access the audio, here is a brief summary:

Week 9- Poetry prompt

    • From this week we are going to introduce some different elements and suggestions to support and encourage the creative process.  This week we wanted to focus on poetry in response to what is happening in the world.
    • Use this quote as a sentence starter and finish it with whatever words come to mind.
    • This is a quick exercise to help you connect, so try to go with your instinctive response.
    • “Things unknown, but longed for still….”
    • Read the poem ‘Caged Bird’ by Maya Angelou.
    • As you listen to the words, pick out any words or lines that stand out to you and connect with your feelings in response.
    • Notice what comes up for you.
    • take one of the words or lines that has stood out to you, or continue with the sentence starter and write your own poem in response.
    • You may find it helpful to set yourself a time limit of 10 minutes, or 20 minutes if you would like a little longer.
    • You can also create an image in response to either Maya Angelou’s poem, your response to the sentence starter or your own poem. 
    • Allow yourself some time for reflection in the here and now. 
    • Check in with yourself and see what emerges.
    • Use whatever materials you have available.
    • If it is helpful, set yourself a time limit, if not take the time and space you need to express yourself until you feel ready to stop.
    • Remember that it does not have to be finished for you to share it with others, all creative expression is equally valued.
    • if you would like to share your creative reflections with others, please share a picture and/or your words on our Instagram gallery. Guidance on how to upload can be found HERE.
    • If you use photography, please remember to avoid pictures of identifiable people or places.

Week 8 Emerging

Welcome to Week 8 of Mindful Arts and Creative Expression, a reflective space where you can connect with yourself and express your feelings in a creative way.

Each week we will offer a theme or creative suggestion and will talk you through ways to feel centred and connected. We will be including a variety of art forms, for example drawing, painting, sculpture, poetry and rhythm/music. 

Remember, you do not need to have any previous experience or having taken part in any of the previous weekly activities so… turn on your audio, watch your video and start to mindfully create!

When you have finished, we invite you to share your responses as seeing others’ interpretations can create a sense of togetherness in these changing times. If you choose to do so, you can share your creative reflections with others on our INSTAGRAM @MindfulArtsCreativeExpression. Guidance on how to upload can be found HERE.

Enjoy the experience and we look forward to seeing the mindful creative outputs shared in our INSTAGRAM gallery!

See you next week, at the same time at the same place! To make this a reliable weekly routine and receive a reminder with a link to next session, please join the mailing list/follow this blog.

Be well and stay safe,

Jude & Erminia

If you are unable to access the audio, here is a brief summary:

Week 8– Emerging

  • With the easing of lockdown around the world, we invite you to reflect on what the word ‘emerging’ means to you.
  • Start by focusing on the word and see what thoughts and feelings start to surface. 
  • These could be in relation to lockdown, but also any other associations with the word ‘emerging’, whatever comes up for you. 
  • Check in with yourself how you’re feeling in the here and now and try to anchor some of these feelings in a creative way, using whatever materials you have available.
  • If it is helpful, set yourself a time limit, if not take the time and space you need to express yourself until you feel ready to stop.
  • Remember that it does not have to be finished for you to share it with others, all creative expression is equally valued.
  • If you would like to share your creative response with others, please share a picture of it on our Instagram gallery. Guidance on how to upload can be found HERE.
  • If you use photography, please remember to avoid pictures of identifiable people or places.

Week 7 Inside/Outside

Welcome to Week 7 of Mindful Arts and Creative Expression, a reflective space where you can connect with yourself and express your feelings in a creative way.

Each week we will offer a theme or creative suggestion and will talk you through ways to feel centred and connected. We will be including a variety of art forms, for example drawing, painting, sculpture, poetry and rhythm/music. 

Remember, you do not need to have any previous experience or having taken part in any of the previous weekly activities so… turn on your audio, watch your video and start to mindfully create!

When you have finished, we invite you to share your responses as seeing others’ interpretations can create a sense of togetherness in these changing times. If you choose to do so, you can share your creative reflections with others on our INSTAGRAM @MindfulArtsCreativeExpression. Guidance on how to upload can be found HERE.

Enjoy the experience and we look forward to seeing the mindful creative outputs shared in our INSTAGRAM gallery!

See you next week, at the same time at the same place! To make this a reliable weekly routine and receive a reminder with a link to next session, please join the mailing list/follow this blog.

Be well and stay safe,

Jude & Erminia

If you are unable to access the audio, here is a brief summary:

Week 7 – Inside/Outside

  • This week we invite you to think about what the theme ‘inside/outside’ means to you.
  • Check in with yourself to see what comes up when you think about these words.
  • You may think literally about what it is like to be inside and the contrast with outside,
  • Or you may think about the emotional impact of internal and external, what is seen and what is not seen.
  • Take time to connect with your feelings in the here and now.
  • Allow yourself this time for your thoughts and feelings to settle and see what starts to emerge.
  • Notice what you are drawn to from the materials you have available.
  • If it is helpful, set yourself a time limit, if not take the time and space you need to express yourself until you feel ready to stop.
  • Remember that it does not have to be finished for you to share it with others, all creative expression is equally valued.
  • If you would like to share your creative response with others, please share a picture of it on our Instagram gallery. Guidance on how to upload can be found HERE.
  • If you use photography, please remember to avoid pictures of identifiable people or places.

Week 6 Kindness

Welcome to Week 6 of Mindful Arts and Creative Expression, a reflective space where you can connect with yourself and express your feelings in a creative way.

Each week we will offer a theme or creative suggestion and will talk you through ways to feel centred and connected. We will be including a variety of art forms, for example drawing, painting, sculpture, poetry and rhythm/music. 

Remember, you do not need to have any previous experience or having taken part in any of the previous weekly activities so… turn on your audio, watch your video and start to mindfully create!

When you have finished, we invite you to share your responses as seeing others’ interpretations can create a sense of togetherness in these changing times. If you choose to do so, you can share your creative reflections with others on our INSTAGRAM @MindfulArtsCreativeExpression. Guidance on how to upload can be found HERE.

Enjoy the experience and we look forward to seeing the mindful creative outputs shared in our INSTAGRAM gallery!

See you next week, at the same time at the same place! To make this a reliable weekly routine and receive a reminder with a link to next session, please join the mailing list/follow this blog.

Be well and stay safe,

Jude & Erminia

 

If you are unable to access the audio, here is a brief summary:

Week 6 – Kindness

  • It is mental health awareness week in the UK and the theme for the week is kindness.  With this in mind, we have chosen this as our starting point.
  • Kindness is more important than ever and this includes kindness to self.
  • Check in with yourself, what does kindness mean to you?
  • Try to stay with what comes up for you in the here and now and see what emerges, whether it is an image, other words or emotions, colours, shapes and give yourself time to express this creatively.
  • Out of the materials you have available, notice what you are drawn to.
  • If it is helpful, set yourself a time limit, if not take the time and space you need to express yourself until you feel ready to stop.
  • Remember that it does not have to be finished for you to share it with others, all creative expression is equally valued.
  • if you would like to share your creative response with others, please share a picture of it on our Instagram gallery. Guidance on how to upload can be found HERE.
  • If you use photography, please remember to avoid pictures of identifiable people or places.

Week 5 Lost and Found

Welcome to Week 5 of Mindful Arts and Creative Expression, a reflective space where you can connect with yourself and express your feelings in a creative way.

Each week we will offer a theme or creative suggestion and will talk you through ways to feel centred and connected. We will be including a variety of art forms, for example drawing, painting, sculpture, poetry and rhythm/music. 

Remember, you do not need to have any previous experience or having taken part in any of the previous weekly activities so… turn on your audio, watch your video and start to mindfully create!

When you have finished, we invite you to share your responses as seeing others’ interpretations can create a sense of togetherness in these changing times. If you choose to do so, you can share your creative reflections with others on our INSTAGRAM @MindfulArtsCreativeExpression. Guidance on how to upload can be found HERE.

Enjoy the experience and we look forward to seeing the mindful creative outputs shared in our INSTAGRAM gallery!

See you next week, at the same time at the same place! To make this a reliable weekly routine and receive a reminder with a link to next session, please join the mailing list/follow this blog.

Be well and stay safe,

Jude & Erminia

 

If you are unable to access the audio, here is a brief summary:

Week 5 – Lost and Found

  • This week we invite you to consider the theme ‘lost and found’.
  • Check in with yourself to see what comes up when you think about these words.
  • Take a deep breath and try to anchor yourself in the here and now.
  • Give yourself time and space to feel what you feel.
  • Out of the materials you have available, notice what you are drawn to.
  • Use the arts to anchor some of your feelings.
  • Root and ground yourself in the moment.
  • If it is helpful, set yourself a time limit, if not take the time and space you need to express yourself until you feel ready to stop.
  • Remember that it does not have to be finished for you to share it with others, all creative expression is equally valued.
  • If you would like to share your creative response with others, please share a picture of it on our Instagram gallery. Guidance on how to upload can be found HERE.
  • If you use photography, please remember to avoid pictures of identifiable people or places.