An Oasis of Calm @ Dragon Cafe – 23rd June 2014 12 noon – 8.30pm

A truly unique community of creatives, who each Monday at the heart of London next to Borough Tube offer a FREE smorgasbord of creative activities, talks, massage and wellbeing sessions…

This week Dragon Cafe are considering the different pushes and pulls on the relationship between patient and doctor within the mental health care system… and much more! Dragon Cafe are working in collaboration with the Anxiety Arts Festival London 2014

And the partnership with Borough Market is in full swing to share produce that would otherwise go to waste being used for good in the Cafe kitchen to make super tasty food for the soul!

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A real oasis of calm in the city! Dragon Cafe rocks!

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Cathja Curates – new film by Albert Potrony @ Hermitage Moorings 18th -21st June 2014

The Potential Space is a new artist film made by artist Albert Potrony in collaboration with Friends of Cathja, Dave Auld and Dan Saul.

You will have your chance to jump into the world of Cathja through Albert’s eyes 18th – 21st June 2014 as part of Anxiety Arts Festival London 2014.

You really just have to bring yourself and immerse yourself in the power of making for the sake of it, and discover how unjudged creative processes support new found confidence, friendship and healing tucked away in a hidden corner of Isleworth on Friends of Cathja Dutch Barge.

Private view 18th June 6.30pm – 8pm Hermitage Moorings, Wapping London reserve a place HERE

Photograph – Albert Potrony 2014

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A lyrical and touching portrait of a community uncovering their true potential through making…

The Potential Space – Albert Potrony films Friends of Cathja

The Potential Space – a film by artist Albert Potrony.

A film developed during a period of research when Albert visited with Friends of Cathja boat in Isleworth, London between December 2013 – May 2014.

The film allows you to submerge into a hidden world of making in free and unjudged ways, most of us would be unfamiliar with. You will get the feel of the rhythms of work made by Cathja’s friends and how they learn new ways of being and connecting in this safe space.  Cathja is a Dutch barge moored in Isleworth and is a regular meeting place for adults seeking support at different times of challenge and isolation. The boat provides a place for meeting, making and moving forward very much at each individual’s pace and flow.

Commissioned by Friends of Cathja and the Mental Health Foundation for Anxiety Arts Festival London 2014.

Funded by Time To Change.

Cooltan Arts – well they are cool!

Mad Hatters Tea Party 14th June 2014 1pm – 6pm 

CoolTan Arts opens its doors for a fun filled afternoon at the Mad Hatters Tea Party as part of Anxiety Arts Festival London 2014.

With four FREE workshops running and the official opening of our new exhibition, the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party will be a chance to try out new things and get creative. There is no need to book, everyone is welcome to turn up on the day.

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Truly a space where you can come as you are a be welcomed..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Schedule:

Food and Mood, 1-2pm: ‘An interactive, hands-on, drop-in workshop looking at foods that have both positive and negative impacts on our nervous systems, sleep cycles and brain functions.

Understanding ‘Panic Attacks’, 2.15-3.45pm: “What is a panic attack? And how come it can make you feel like you’re going mad or having a heart attack?”

Postcard Art-‘A Message 2U’ , 2.30-3.30pm:
‘A Message 2U’, from Object to Word(s) an Image Emerge!
Come along and bring along; something dear to you or even discarded, such as a newspaper clipping, old lipstick, favourite mug, photograph, past postcard, extract of text, or a poem..

Anxious to get painting, 4.-5pm:
Get creative and practice your painting skills in this fun art workshop. No previous experience necessary!

SummerTime Blues: Art Exhibition Opening, 5-6pm: Private viewing of the new exhibition Summertime Blues. All artwork is created by CoolTan participants in creative workshops, and the theme is ‘anxiety & summer’. The exhibition is open from 11 June-11 August but this event marks the official opening.

Free entry – no tickets required

The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party is part of the Anxiety Arts Festival London 2014: http://anxiety2014.org/

Info: 020 7701 2696/ Olivia@cooltanarts.org.uk.

http://www.cooltanarts.org.uk/2014/03/cooltan-arts-mad-hatters-tea-party/

And on 21st June 2014… Largactyl Shuffle a night walk to celebrate the Summer Solistice and learn more of the darker side of London’s history in relation to mental health care…

 

Giving centre stage to London’s less well known creative communities…

You know of amazing projects happening in your own backyard, perhaps you even run one or attend a group that inspires you to reconnect with yourself after a hard day, unwind after a long week and more importantly feel a sense of connection to where you live or work…

Seeking out such groups on some of the more well hidden nooks and crannies of London has been at the heart of co-curating Anxiety Arts Festival London 2014 – and now June is finally here do take the many opportunities we have cooked up with The Dragon Cafe, Mental Fight Club, Mind and Soul Choir, Friends of Cathja, Cooltan Arts and Lambeth Addiction recovery just to name few… blink and you will have missed so many treats!

An Oasis of Calm – Dragon Cafe opens her doors to a month of creatively exploring anxiety…

An Oasis of Calm springs to life this Monday…

In June Dragon Cafe will be partnering with the Mental Health Foundation’s Anxiety Arts Festival London 2014, and creating a place of calm contemplation away from the often anxious world we live in. 

Random Acts of Mindfulness between 1 – 4 pm and SoundWorks at 4.30 pm – which will introduce us to singing bowls – are just two of the many activities throughout the day.

Regular groups will continue and we shall also engage with the festival’s theme in the first part of our Anxiety Dialogues at 6.30 pm. Take your mind and body to a place of peace.

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Celebrating all the wealth of creative, mindful and thought provoking ways to explore anxiety this June 2014…

 

 

Ignite Your Creativity – Oh Comely reader offer until 9am 20.09.13

I love being curious about my own and other’s creativity that it’s only fair to share the love with fellow readers of Oh Comely magazine

Click here to claim (until 9am 20th September 2013) an offer price for your place on Ignite Your Creativity Day Retreat in the City… bring a copy of the current edition along with you!

https://igniteyourcreativityinthecitysept13.eventbrite.co.uk/

Oh Comely readers offer to ignite your creativity...

Oh Comely readers offer to ignite your creativity…

Will you ignite your creativity with me?

photo by Suke Driver

Creatively escape with Penny Stanford & Anna B. Sexton 21.09.13

Ignite Your Creativity Day Retreat in The City 21.09.13

Creative Retreat, East London with Anna B. Sexton & Penny Stanford

   Creative Retreat, East London with Anna B. Sexton & Penny Stanford

  Open To Create… presents

  Ignite Your Creativity retreat day in the City

 

Saturday 10am – 5pm 21st September 2013

This bespoke creative making and thinking day has been specially made for those of you who find it hard even to retreat away from the city f      for a weekend.

Picture yourself slipping away for the day to a magical place hidden in the East of London – that really is a hidden gem…

One step through the front door into the creative making hub you will feel inspire, welcomed and at home.

    Your Investment  –  £80 (waged)   £60 concessions (full time student/low income)

We deliberately keep the group size intimate to no more than 12 places. Secure your place by sending your deposit NOW

    £30 deposit – your remaining fee due by 19th September 2013

 

 

Venue

The Create Place, 29 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, London E2 9PJ

Directions

What will you being doing?

Together during the day you will re-ignite your unique version & vision of creativity in this special hub space created to champion all forms of creativity in the heart of bustling East London.

You will be encouraged and supported to play with making your own personal road map, hand folding and filling your personal guide book and experiment with your unique creative ways to think and make creatively on your own or in groups.

The session runs promptly from;

10am – 5pm Saturday 21st September 2013

Investment of your time 7 hours over a Saturday £80 / £60

We deliberately keep the group size intimate to no more than 12 places*

For your gift to yourself you will receive;

Benefits – based on feedback from previous retreaters

  • Feeling myself in free flow and connection within an extraordinary group
  • The reconnection I had with my own sense of play
  • The feelings of great joy from creative making especially my handmade book
  • Being in the group helped me to see I can do what I creatively love to do and that what was missing was the ‘community’ of creative explorers to do this with me
  • Re-connection to fun whilst being grounded and connected at the same time
  • How important being in a trusting and supportive atmosphere brings about pure creativity, love, warmth and this helped my creative process no end
  • To know in myself I am on my right path
  • To have re-discovered that place within me where creativity lives – to have re-discovered my creative engine

Features

  • Personal creative coaching and mentoring from Anna B. Sexton on both days
  • Work with guest creative professionals – Penny Stanford – hand made book maker & fine art printer
  • All creative materials
  • Morning tea & coffee and pastries
  • Afternoon tea
* one place on the day is gifted to those of you who feel a calling to join in & right now it’s not doable to join please email anna@opentocreate.com for more details of how to apply

Call ME!! 07941 655 856 to let us know your needs

or email anna@opentocreate.com

Join in with the conversation via Open To Create… dedicated events page

https://www.facebook.com/events/379197532198076/

Ignite Your Creativity Retreat In The City… 21st-22nd September 2013

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Escape into a world of colourful & creative play…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How many times do you get the invited away for the weekend for a creative playful escape and you can’t say yes as it’s just too far away and doesn’t fit with your busy schedule in town…

This is what we found when I ran Ignite Your Creativity Retreat early in 2013 – feedback from those who couldn’t make it was 3 whole days away was too much and couldn’t it just be for a couple of days to work around family and work commitments.

Read and digest a review of our March 2013 retreat – HERE

WELL HELLO!  Don’t let it be said we don’t listen to feedback – the best re-designing and finessing tool in the world, right!

So Open To Create…  Ignite Your Creativity Retreat In The City 21st – 22nd September 2013 was born – book your place

http://igniteyourcreativityinthecitysept13.eventbrite.co.uk/

With all the depth, detail and benefits of our 3 day retreat away on our magical island in Essex I have tracked down a magical oasis of calm right in the heart of East London – yeah, I know – how can that be?

Well The Royal Foundation of St. Katherine’s is just that – tranquil, deeply peaceful and grounding is powerful way whilst being in a mega position to be reached easily from all parts of London and further afield being 2 minutes walks from Limehouse Station http://www.rfsk.org.uk/about/get-here

Your can book you place on the retreat http://igniteyourcreativityinthecitysept13.eventbrite.co.uk/

You can find out more about Open To Create… http://www.opentocreate.com/

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