Whilst it is essential we embrace the contributions of black people all year.
We celebrated Black History Month 2021, by facilitating a therapeutic writing workshop focusing on self-care and resilience, working with poems written by Black African Caribbean poets.
Ways to Wellbeing Through Therapeutic Writing Practical Workshop
Writing can be a powerful tool for enhancing and maintaining wellbeing.
In this experiential workshop, we will use poetry and self-reflective writing for your own self-care and personal development.
Working with The National Archives and Stillpoint Spaces, at Knowledge Share Spring Event Series 2021. Using therapeutic practice to support the emotionally intense work of addressing histories that relate to racism, colonialism and empire. We worked with a letter written by a Jamaican Seaman in 1919 to David Lloyd George the Prime Minister of the day.
You can watch the video.
A series of three exploratory workshops, where we will explore items from the archives, presented by specialist archive staff. Later we will use creative and expressive writing to explore our responses and feelings.
A Panel discussion on poetry and mental health with amazing poets, Dikshi Bijlani and Sabrina Benaim.
Followed by an online taster poetry therapy workshop. I used a poem from The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes as a springboard for writing and discussions. Langston Hughes, was an African American poet, social activist, and central figure in the Harlem Renaissance.
A series of 3 online workshops using expressive writing and biblio-poetry therapy techniques to explore racism and identity. After the killing of George Floyd, myself and Victoria Field were moved to start a more open conversation about racism in all its forms.
Writing Down Your Priorities
Are you yearning to spend time in nature again? Are you contemplating what you could do with your life when lockdown is over?
This pandemic may have forced you to slow down and reassess your situation.
We will use poetry and writing to explore your priorities.
We worked with selected paintings from 1500-1700's room at Tate Britain in London.
We then focused on Colonel Mordaunt’s Cock Match 1784-6 and used this brilliant piece of art to inspire our conversations. This painting evoked a range of emotions that inspired our self-reflective and expressive writing.
"There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self.” Aldous Huxley
We tap into our creativity and discover more about ourselves through poetry, self-reflective writing and conversation.
The emphasis of this group is on self-discovery and self-improvement.
Writing Through Transitions
An experiential and interactive workshop where you will have the opportunity to explore new ways of finding your path through difficult life transitions.
“The inner critic isn’t an enemy” – Yong Kang Chan
Sometimes we can take the view that the inner critic - the critical voice inside your head that judges, shames and makes you feel inadequate – is an enemy to be ignored or to wage war against. However, this is not always the case: it is possible to work harmoniously with your inner critic and attain great results.
“No matter how much falls on us, we keep plowing ahead. That's the only way to keep the roads clear.” Greg Kincaid
Resilience is essentially about how we bounce back from stressful situations without experiencing long term adverse effects.
"The mother-daughter relationship is an essential, powerful force in every woman’s life. When a woman understands more about her relationship with her mother and her daughter(s), she has the opportunity to develop a stronger sense of herself as an individual and a woman." – Geri Giebel Chavis.
“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” Aristotle
Have you ever asked yourself the question ‘Who am I’ and answered it truthfully? Taking time out to define yourself can be challenging, particularly after overcoming adversity or experiencing major change.
“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.” Leo F. Buscaglia
Worrying is a destructive habit that can drain all your energy and take the fun out of your day. If not kept in check, worrying can lead to stress, anxiety and physical illness.
“There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time.” Malcolm X
All around us, we hear stories of natural disasters, wars, and misfortunes of all types. Within your own life and circle of family and friends there is unavoidable loss and disappointment. At times we can feel we have a huge mountain to climb.