FREE Mindful Art Course

There’s hardly a moment to breathe in Brighton in May, let alone find time for your own artistic pursuits. The Brighton Festival, the Brighton Fringe, The Great Escape and Artists Open Houses catapult the city into a frenzy of culture and creativity. With so much theatre, music, dance, performance and art to feast on this month, June will be a good time to give your mind and body a break, whilst tapping into your own creative potential.

Stop Look Breathe Create 3 Challenge

To celebrate the upcoming release of her new creative mindfulness book, Stop Look Breathe Create – Wendy Ann Greenhalgh author of Mindfulness and the Art of Drawing: A creative path to awareness  is launching a new FREE three week creative mindfulness course you can do online and at home. The first ever run of it starts on the 5th of June and continues for 3 weeks until the 25th of June and she’s inviting the Art of Mindfulness Community to do it TOGETHER as a follow up to their Mindful Drawing Month. Here’s how it works…

Boosting Creativity

Over the 3 weeks of the challenge you’re going to explore the 3 Stop Look Breathe Create creative mediums – mindful photography, drawing and writing.

It doesn’t matter if you don’t consider yourself an artist or even especially creative. Wendy Ann has taught these simple creative mindfulness practices to people who’ve told her they can’t draw, are awful at taking photos, and can never think of anything to write.

These people always leave a workshop with drawings under their arm, photos on their cameras, and words on the page.

Mindful creativity is all about process – about enjoying creating and using it as a way of becoming more mindful of our bodies and minds, and of the world around us – it’s not about end results or being perfect. This means Stop Look Breathe Create is for everyone.

Deepening Mindfulness

So you’ll have your 3 creative mediums and over 3 weeks you’re going to combine them with the 3 minute breathing space, a very special mindfulness meditation.

The 3 minute breathing space was developed through MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) and MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy) programs by teachers like Jon Kabat Zinn and Professor Mark Williams.

It’s considered a key part of these programs because it’s the meditation practice that helps people develop the habit of mindfulness in every moment of their lives.

The breathing space is an immensely accessible and powerful practice for growing inner resources of groundedness, calm and self-compassion. In the case of a Stop Look Breathe Create breathing space – you’re nurturing creativity too.

Developing the daily mindfulness habit

Just as daily mindfulness has proven benefits – so too does daily creativity.

The Stop Look Breathe Create 3 Challenge will help you develop the habit of daily practice so that you can start to feel the benefits too.

The FREE 3 Challenge course materials will support you through the 3 weeks of the challenge. You’ll get:

* Three guided 3 minute breathing space meditations on MP3,
* Three MP3 mini-tutorials on drawing, photography and writing
* Three tips on how to develop your creative mindfulness practice for each week of the challenge in your 30 page PDF course booklet
* A Meditation Diary for you to keep track of your progress on the weekly challenges.

If you’d like to join us for the first ever 3 Challenge then you’ll need to sign up for the Art of Mindfulness community Enews by following this link:

https://artofmindfulness.wordpress.com/sign-up-for-e-news/

PLEASE DO SHARE this event with all your friends, the more people who join in the better – let’s spread the word about the benefits and joys of daily mindfulness and creativity.

If you do intend to join in and take the 3 Challenge then it would also be great if you registered by clicking the GOING button on the Facebook event. This will give everyone a strong sense of the community of creative, mindful people they’ll be sharing the experience with.

Any questions just contact Wendy Ann.

There’s lots going on in May at Evolution Arts, so if you’re suffering from festival fever, take time out and enrol on one of this month’s innovative and exciting courses, workshops or drop-ins: Introduction to Enamelling  Hatha Yoga, A Journey Within The Body, Silent Tea Ceremony, Figure Drawing & Costume in Mixed Media, Introduction to Portrait Photography, Freedom in Music, Butoh Dance and Introduction to Portrait Photography.

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(Brighton &) Hove Grown Festival

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Over the last few months, the creative community in Brighton & Hove has been sowing the seeds of a brand new mulit-arts festival.

From 18th – 27th March you can reap the rewards of their creative labours as  (Brighton &) Hove Grown bursts to life, showcasing the best in Brighton & Hove’s creative community in three venues across the city.

(Brighton &) Hove Grown is a celebration of new writing, consisting of 29 shows and workshops covering comedy, impro, spoken word and theatre.

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The festival grew from a cross-polination of ideas between Guy Wah, founder of ZLS TheatreBrighton’s only social enterprise theatre company, and Sweet Venues, which manages the award-winning Duxebox Theatre.

In autumn last year Guy had the eureka moment of bringing together the best local writers and performers through a new affordable festival. At the same time Sarah Johnson, assistant venue manager for Sweet Venues, was looking at ways of increasing the awareness of venues in the Western Road area of Hove. Guy says:

“We wanted an affordable festival that draws attention to the huge variety of fantastic new writing and performance in Brighton and Hove and more importantly we wanted to give these new works an opportunity to be performed.We’re thrilled to have so much support in our first year, particularly from Brighton Fringe, as we always set out to be a forerunner for local writing and performance leading up to the fantastic line-ups at The Fringe and other festivals.”

The festival aims to shine a spotlight on some of the brilliant venues in Hove ahead of their participation in Brighton Fringe in Mays. Sarah Johnson, assistant venue manager for Sweet Venues, says:

“We hope by being loud and proud about our love for Hove, we will raise awareness of the hub of creative activity that has developed in the Western Road area and in time we believe this will drive new footfall and spending to the venues and surrounding local businesses.”

The performances in this year’s festival, which all cost £10 or less (some only £3!), will be taking place in the Brunswick, the intimate Dukebox Theatre and the cool and quirky Artista Studio. The shows, many of which are being performed for the first time, will showcase the talent of some of Brighton & Hove’s freshest and most fertile creative seeds.

Comedy includes Funny Women Awards Finalist Jane Postlethwaite’s special edition of her character comedy Made In Cumbria’, Banana Skits standup comedy evenings and Ant McEwan’s The Man Who Looks Like Goat, a self-deprecating account of his mad-capped life so far.

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If theatre is more up your artistic street, don’t miss the multisensory, multi-media theatrical extravaganza Insomnia (featured photo), the Semi Narrative Musical Theatrical performance Television Terrorists (below) or Cast Iron Theatre’s seventh showcase of brand new plays from local writers.

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As well as many exciting improv and spoken word events there will also be a variety of workshops with a tailored section for educational family-friendly shows.

Tonight sees the festival’s launch party at The DukeBox in celebration of its first year.

If you fancy taking part in (Brighton &) Hove Grown’s future festivals – they have committed to presenting this festival for the next three years – Evolution Arts‘ writing, drama and improv courses and workshops can help bring your creative ideas to fruition.

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Try writing a poem in 5 minutes.

Have you every tried writing a poem? It can be a very liberating experience, and it needn’t take more than 5 minutes.

In our poetry classes at the Brighton studio people sometimes tell us that their childhood experiences of poetry at school were horrendous; their teachers made them learn poems off by heart, or they had to write lengthy essays about poems they didn’t understand.

The way we do things around here is different. Writing poems is a way of playing with words. It can be wildly liberating and fun, even if you have no experience of creative writing whatsoever.

How to write a poem in 5 minutes.

A haiku is usually only three lines long. It’s a form of Japanese poem and it’s beautifully simple. Here’s an example of a Haiku written by Basho in the 1600s;

“The first cold shower;
Even the monkey seems to want
A little coat of straw.”

Isn’t it amazing how this tiny, simple poem has survived for more than four centuries? This traditional haiku form usually involves an indication of the season. Also, if you count the syllables of each line, you’ll find that the first line is 5 syllables, followed by 7 and the final line is 5. This is a great little puzzle to try out on a train, or while you’re waiting for the kettle to boil.

If you’d prefer to try something a bit more free-form, you can do what Jack Kerouac did in the 1960s; he ignored the rules;

“Alone, in old
clothes, sipping wine
Beneath the moon”

Jack Kerouac wrote hundreds of little haikus that were all just snapshots of his daily life. As you can see, a poem can just be a very simple tiny fragment; something you notice about your life.

Here’s an exercise from our poetry course for you to try right now, before you do anything else:

  1. Write a haiku about a thing you can see, and its colour
  2. Write a haiku about the things you can hear
  3. Write a haiku about the quality of the light around you

And no matter how your haiku turned out, share it with us – Jack Kerouac didn’t seem to care how his turned out, they were all beautiful in their own way!

If you enjoyed this post you might enjoy one of our writing courses.

The next poetry workshop in a day is: 22nd February 2015 with Subhadassi.

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