Workshops

ONE-OFF WORKSHOPS

L Napran photo_0017Workshops are offered at locations in the North East, Yorkshire, Cheshire, Glasgow, and beyond. Enjoy some time with like-minded and friendly people who love to write in a welcoming atmosphere. You never have to read aloud anything you have written. See below for upcoming workshops. More workshops are always being arranged, watch this space for new postings. You can also follow us on Twitter @write4wellbeing or on Facebook to see notices of workshops. Or book me to do a workshop at your location!

SCHOOLS – I also do workshops specially designed for schools, as a unique approach to helping students use their own creativity to express ideas and emotions, become more self-aware, and engender self-confidence. We may use storytelling, writing prompts such as objects and photographs, and visualization to help words and ideas flow. The activities are fun and easy to do, and are all oriented to encouraging students to try new perspectives and increased mindfulness. Students will gain confidence in their own writing ability, as whatever they write in Writing for Wellbeing is the right thing for them. They can feel comfortable in expressing themselves, as they never have to read aloud what they have written. Writing provides a safe and imaginative way for students to articulate their emotions, think about their lives in a new way, and have some fun in the process.

 

UPCOMING WRITING FOR WELLBEING WORKSHOPS

In addition to the workshops already listed below, we are planning more workshops in locations such as County Durham, Cumbria, North Yorkshire and West Yorkshire. Watch here for more info, or email contact@writingforwellbeing.co.uk to be put on our email newsletter list.

2018

MONDAY 4 JUNEpoetry is music
7 pm to 9 pm
Poetry for Healing
at
ERNEST CAFÉ BAR
1 Boyd Street
Ouseburn, Newcastle
NE2 1AP
Only £20
For online booking, just click on this link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/poetry-for-healing-writing-for-wellbeing-tickets-44921745149

Poetry has a way of touching our heart and emotions, and can provide a pathway to healing. We will do enjoyable activities inspired by beautiful poems, which encourage us to be more self-aware and practice kindness towards ourselves. You don’t need to be a poet to come to this workshop! As always in Writing for Wellbeing, whatever you write is the right thing for you – so you can choose either to write in prose or have a go at writing poems. Write in the way that is best for you.

No previous writing experience needed, all writing levels welcome. You never have to read aloud anything you have written. Just come and give it a go and enjoy an evening of writing and lively discussion with like-minded and friendly people. Refreshments are available for purchase from Ernest

 

SUNDAY 24 JUNEmindfulness crane
10 am to 1 pm
Mindfulness and Calm
at
THOUGHT FOUNDATION
Clarity House
Durham Road
Birtley, Tyne and Wear
DH3 2TB
Only £25
To book a place email contact@writingforwellbeing.co.uk
or message me on my Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/WritingforWellbeingUK/

We will be doing writing activities designed to release the words within you in a positive and gentle way. Our focus will be on mindfulness and calm. We’ll explore living in the moment, do some writing based on creative visualization, and find peace in everyday life. Writing for Wellbeing increases self-awareness, fosters clarity and insight, and lifts your mood.

Remember – writing is good for you! No previous writing experience is needed, all writing levels welcome. Just bring a notebook and a pen, and your own wonderful enthusiasm to give it a go!
(Please note that the programme for this workshop is different to the one in my Creative Mindfulness workshop.)
Refreshments will be available for purchase from the Thought Foundation’s marvelous café with their amazing cakes (including vegan and gluten-free options). Parking is available in the carpark in front of the building.

Sound Lodge Hexham

 

SATURDAY 14 JULY
1 pm to 430 pm
Sound Writing
at
THE SOUND LODGE
Intake House
Intake Lane
Hexham NE46 1RU
Only £30 (includes tea and biscuits)
To book email johanna@soundtouchforlife.com
or telephone 01434 606159

Her website is http://www.soundtouchforlife.com

Spend a perfect afternoon of sound healing and Writing for Wellbeing. Words have their own sound and resonance, and this workshop offers a unique combination of writing, gongs, and singing bowls. Johanna Sheehan will work her magic with the healing vibrations of her gongs, and you will have a chance to try the singing bowls yourself. Laura Napran will guide you in gentle writing activities flowing out of and complementing the sound, to help you discover your personal wisdom and your own inner resonance. It’s a nurturing afternoon of self-exploration. You may just leave finding yourself on a new and better frequency.

The workshop will be held in the very special Sound Lodge yurt. Most of us will be sitting on the ample cushions and blankets provided for our comfort, but a few chairs will be available for those who prefer. If you’d like to bring any blankets or cushions of your own, please do. Clipboards will be provided for a writing surface.

 

SATURDAY 8 SEPTEMBER100_3119
10 am to 1 pm
Nature as Inspiration
at
DILSTON PHYSIC GARDEN
Corbridge (near Hexham)
Northumberland      NE45 5QZ
Only £25 (hot drinks and biscuits included)
To book a place email contact@writingforwellbeing.co.uk
or message me on my Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/WritingforWellbeingUK/

What better place than beautiful Dilston Physic Garden to do a writing workshop on Nature as Inspiration? We’ll do some gentle writing activities centred on the natural world to help us find inner calm, gain some mindful focus, and remind ourselves that the world is a wondrous place.

No previous writing experience is needed, all writing levels welcome. Anyone can do it. You will be guided through each activity in a non-judgemental manner. Technique is unimportant — whatever you do is good for you.

 

SUNDAY 30 SEPTEMBERYork Yoga Studio Sign Cropped
1 pm to 4 pm
Theme to be announced
at
YORK YOGA STUDIO
112 Acomb Road
York      YO24 4EY

Details and booking info to follow

 
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SOME PAST WORKSHOPS

19 May 2018
Creative Mindfulness
Dilston Physic Garden, Corbridge

12 May 2018
Poetry for Healing
Pure Yoga Cheshire, Macclesfield

25 March 2018
Change and Growth
Thought Foundation, Birtley

11 March 2018
Opening Up to Kindness
York Yoga Studio

3 November 2017
Creative Mindfulness
York Yoga Studio

1 November 2017
Stress Awareness Day
Newcastle College

23 September 2017
Mindfulness and Calm
TCR The Hub, Barnard Castle

9 September 2017
Poetry for Healing
Dilston Physic Garden, Corbridge

17 June 2017
Storytelling for Self-Exploration
Merchant City Yoga, Glasgow

2 June 2017
Even More Poetry for Healing
York Yoga Studio, York

20 May 2017
Storytelling for Self-Exploration
Dilston Physic Garden, Corbridge

6 May 2017
Storytelling for Self-Exploration
Pure Yoga Cheshire, Macclesfield

8 April 2017
Balance and Perspective
Lit & Phil Library, Newcastle

1 April 2017
Poetry for Healing
Whitley Bay Library

5 March 2017
Stillness and Focus
York Yoga Studio, York

25 February 2017
Mindfulness and Calm
Om Yoga Works, Farsley, Leeds

7 February 2017
Change and Growth
Northumbria Cancer Support Group, Hexham

5 February 2017
Change and Growth
Hospitality and Hope Soup Kitchen, South Shields

27 November 2016
Change and Growth
Merchant City Yoga, Glasgow

5 November 2016
Poetry for Healing
The Lit and Phil Library, Newcastle

29 October 2016
Change and Growth
Pure Yoga Cheshire, Macclesfield

21 October 2016
Truth and Authenticity
York Yoga Studio, York

10 September 2016
Change and Growth
Dilston Physic Garden, Corbridge

19 June 2016
Poetry for Healing
York Yoga Studio, York

17 June 2016
Positive Attitudes towards Change & Growth
CIPD Northern Area Partnership Conference
York

4 June 2016
Storytelling for Self-Exploration
The Lit and Phil Library, Newcastle

21 May 2016
Balance and Perspective
Dilston Physic Garden, Corbridge

30 April 2016
Mindfulness and Calm
Merchant City Yoga, Glasgow

23 April 2016
Mindfulness and Calm
Pure Yoga Cheshire, Macclesfield

17 April 2016
Finding Mindfulness and Perspective
Helmsley Arts Centre, Helmsley

20 March 2016
Storytelling for Self-Exploration
York Yoga Studio, York

12 March 2016
Mindfulness and Calm
Ecclesfield Library, Sheffield

8 March 2016
Writing for Wellbeing session
Professional Development Day, Newcastle College

20 February 2016
Mindfulness and Calm
The Lit & Phil Library, Newcastle

6 December 2015
Change and Growth
York Yoga Studio, York

29 November 2015
Change and Growth
Westoe Practice, South Shields

22 October 2015
Two Writing for Wellbeing sessions
Professional Development Day, Newcastle College

18 October 2015
Balance and Perspective
Hearth Arts Centre, Horsley

19 September 2015
Mindfulness and Calm
Dilston Physic Garden, Corbridge

13 September 2015
Balance and Perspective
York Yoga Studio, York

2 August 2015
Mindfulness and Calm
The Granary Yoga Studio, Nawton, North Yorkshire

31 May 2015
Mindfulness and Calm
York Yoga Studio, York