The Art of Wellbeing: Art & Meditation Workshop
Sunday, 8th May ’22   
1:00pm – 3:30pm 
Eccles, Manchester
£30

Fee includes materials, tutorage by two professionals and light refreshments. Free parking. 


Description

Join us in the studio for a creative workshop that will aid your curiosity, wonder and happiness. The session will be led by myself Raneesha in the capacity of a meditation teacher and Hannah Brown, an artist and Founder of Humbug Art. The class will begin with a reflection of the intricate relationship between our mind, body and nature, before we head outdoors to contemplate elements of the natural environment. You will produce a mini sketchbook and journal based on your observations before heading back into the studio to engage in a meditative weaving activity. You will explore your creative practice with Hannah and find new personal discoveries with me, gaining valuable tools and tips in the process. By the end of the session you will have spent time learning about yourself and you will have a book of drawings and a woven artwork to take home with you. 


  • Contemplate elements of the natural world and its relationship with your mind and body (and therefore thoughts and experiences) – led by Raneesha
  • Create sketches based on observation – led by Hannah
  • Journaling your internal responses while in creative zone for personal discovery – led by Raneesha
  • Meditative weaving activity – led by Hannah

Art and us – what we create & who we are

Artistic activities reveal a great deal about us, if we inquire into ourselves with curiosity. Our thoughts and tendencies can reveal fascinating discoveries while we’re in creative zone. When we are in our creative space, the brain and body shifts from survival to ‘alert & relaxed’. Our tendencies then show up in a way that is easy to work with. Here are some ways we can use art as a meditative process:

  • Taking time to breathe consciously and create artistically, noticing the change in motor movements in fingers
  • Recognizing our response towards uncertainty when creating our work of art (the freedom to decide our own piece). Creating something of our own can be challenging for some of us, which holds us back from exploring our potential. Through art we can safely hold this response and guide it towards possibility, mindfully.
  • Being happy with ourselves and our work – nurturing curiosity, non-judgement and joy towards our work no matter what the outcome
  • Investing in journey more than result – dissolving our need to control or produce a specific outcome or result.
  • Appreciating each moment as it is – each weave, finger-thread, pencil stroke, and each moment in all its simplicity.

All of the above are embodied practices we nurture through art and take outside, into our worlds and daily life.

One of my own personal development through art was patience – learning to soften into enjoying the process more than the result which was a skill I transferred into many realms of my life in the weeks that followed. 

About Hannah
She’s a joy to learn from. Hannah encourages art as a form of enjoyment. In a world that is overstructured and linear, I can’t recommend her art teachings enough – an essential for that creative part of us to emerge and drive us forward.

We’d love to have you join us. If this ignites your curiosity and you’d like to book or enquire, you know where to hit!


 The Art of Wellbeing: Art & Meditation Workshop
Sunday, 8th May ’22   
1:00pm – 3:30pm 
Eccles, Manchester
£30

Fee includes materials, tutorage by two professionals and light refreshments. Free parking. 

The essence of session – reconnecting with body with love, kindness and gratitude – is an invaluable gift transmitted with the most gentleness, honesty and sincerity. Talking also about emotional nerve endings and muscles is something you know instinctively then realize. It’s so powerful. Not just the message but the methodology and mannerism that we learn on so many levels.
– Parvati Rajamani, Ananda Arts
Learning from Raneesha is a gift. One that keeps giving with time too. By learning with her, I have found a piece of myself once lost. It has been self care at its best and the wisdom offered will be carried throughout my life.
– Alex Clarke, Writer