Mindfulness and Creativity
Urban Day Retreat
Date: 10.00am - 4.00pm Saturday, May 6, 2023
Location: Kingston Uniting Church and Community Centre, Rowallan Park, Kingston, Tasmania.
"Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgementally". Jon Kabat Zinn, founder of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.
Mindfulness has been shown to reduce stress and enhance performance. It can help to quieten the mind and soothe frazzled nerves. Experience the benefits of mindfulness - and the different ways to practice it - in this unique one day urban retreat.
Everybody has the ability to be mindful; but it can take practice. Mindfulness tools can take many forms. Different techniques appeal to different people. It might be practiced formally through meditation, but can also be practiced through movement, creative activities or even everyday chores.
The Mindfulness and Creativity Day is designed to give you a taste of various techniques, so that you can see which one works best for you.
We will begin our day with a discussion on what mindfulness is and the different ways that we can practice it.
Explore mindfulness meditation techniques to clear the mind and find some space from racing thoughts.
Enjoy gentle yoga, that moves slowly enough for you to notice the movement of your body and your breath.
Finally, explore mindfulness through creativity and fun. Art and photography teacher Melanie Lunden will lead a Paint n Sip style session. (We will be sipping tea and nibbling on delicious light refreshments, all included in the price). Melanie will guide you to complete a painting on canvas, which is yours to keep.
You will walk away with a clear mind, relaxed body and a completed painting to take home. And perhaps some new friends!
Who is this Day Retreat for?
No experience is required in meditation, yoga or painting! All you need is an open mind and a willing ness to try new things and have fun.
This is for you, if you:
Find it hard to be present
Are often distracted and frazzled
Don't know how to switch off your mind or relax your body
Have been looking for a safe, friendly and welcoming environment to try mindfulness techniques
Frequently asked questions
Do I need any experience at yoga or meditation?
No! The techniques we will try will be suitable for all levels of experience, from complete beginner onwards.
Do I need any experience at painting?
No! Melanie will guide you through the process, step by step.
Do I need to bring my own yoga mat or painting equipment?
No, all equipment will be provided.
Do I need to bring my own lunch or refreshments?
No, all tea and refreshments will be supplied and are included in your ticket price.
Is this suitable for kids?
This event is designed for adults, so participants must be aged at least 15.
Please note the cancellation policy:
Cancellations more than 4 weeks prior to event: 75% refund
Cancellations 2-4 weeks prior to event: 50% refund
Cancellations made with less than two weeks' notice: No refund
You may send someone in your place if you are unable to attend.