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What is Mindful Movement & Expressive Art?

What is Mindful Movement & Expressive Art?

Julia Fry is an artist and facilitator, based in Brighton. She runs sessions which combine movement and expressive art to help people:

Feel grounded and calm

Express non-verbal feelings/sensations/thoughts using art materials

Tap into embodied creativity

Gain insights into yourself and others

Why are we running this workshop?

At Womenclimb we know how important the mind is when climbing. We have invited Julia to run a series of three workshops exploring mindful movement and incorporating expressive art to help us to connect our bodies and minds, so that when we are ready to go out climbing, we can access what we need to climb with enjoyment.

These aren’t therapy sessions, but they can feel relaxing, therapeutic and grounding. This is a time when stresses can be running high, so we felt that this might be a welcome workshop to help and support our members.

What happens in the workshops?

What is the workshop format?

The sessions start with a brief (about 5 to 10 minutes) check-in to see how people are feeling and what they might want to get out of the workshop. Workshops are welcoming, non-judgmental and there is no obligation to share if you don’t want to.

After this short introduction, the workshop runs in three parts.

Part one involves some gentle, chair-based movements, which can be done with your eyes closed or open. Every movement is an invitation – you can choose whether to do the movement, or not, or do a different movement. You’ll be invited to note sensations, based on the authentic experience of the facilitator, and it might be that you don’t feel a sensation or you feel one somewhere else. You will be invited to notice and observe. This part will last around 20-25 minutes.

In the second part of the workshop you’ll be invited to use any materials you have at home to make something of your choosing, which could be based on your movement experience, or could be something else entirely. If you feel critical of your creative skills, you can choose to use your non-preferential hand to make your creation to ease the self-criticism. You might choose a biro and a piece of paper, or sewing textiles or making a sculpture of household objects.

Part three is about sharing experiences if we want to. There is no pressure. The facilitator will hold the space in a non-judgmental and empathic way so that you can safely share your experience.

Is this for me?

Based in the principles of Trauma Sensitive Yoga, the mindful movements in this workshop are trauma informed. However, this it is not a therapy workshop, although it may feel therapeutic.

If you have experienced hospital admission within the last six months for trauma-related crisis, this workshop is not suitable for you.

What others have said:

“Feeling a lot calmer and more grounded. Freed from some negative emotions. It’s affirming regarding not just my life, but life.”

“Combination of movement with creativity helped me be in my body and not think.”

“Liked the structure and how you guided us. Nice balance of working alone and you guiding.”

“I felt more relaxed and left stresses behind.”

“I felt more relaxed, and conscious/aware of the ‘space’; more grounded.”

“I felt grounded. It was calming. My anxiety faded.”

We would love to welcome you to this session with Julia. This is a Member-only session. No need to book, just turn up – the link is in your weekly Members’ email. If you have questions, please email hello@womenclimb.co.uk.

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