Mindfulness Based Creativity (MBCr)

THE Creative SPACE

“We do not become artists. We came as artists.
We are.
Some of us are still catching up to what we are.
We do not become writers. dancers. musicians. helpers. peacemakers.
We came as such. We are.
Some of us are still catching up to what we are.”
Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Course Overview

Mindfulness Based Creativity (MBCr) is an 8-week group course exploring the relationship between mindfulness and creativity as a means of playfully enhancing wellbeing and getting in touch with living the life we always imagined by pursuing creative interests as a counter-balance to our busy and stressful lives. Each session provides an aspect of mindfulness meditation, creative writing and drawing exercises.

Based on the original Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course the MBCr Course utilises Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Attitudinal Foundations of mindfulness (also known as the 7 Pillars of mindfulness) as a structure. We explore what having more curiosity than fear in our lives could look like, feel like and ultimately mean. The two elements of mindfulness and creativity knit together extremely well as both can be addressed from a standpoint of curiosity being greater than fear*, or recognising the fear but not being overwhelmed by it. For many people fear can be crippling or overwhelming, and stops them from exploring new avenues or interests. If we can consider that fear may sometimes be False Evidence Appearing Real (Neale Donald Walsch) we can acknowledge its presence as a natural function of the mind, but not allow it to restrict our choices.

Course Structure

Duration: 8 weeks, 1 session per week of 2.5 hours.

Group size: min 6 to max 12

Individual commitment to meditation practice: 20 to 40 minutes per day is recommended for long-term benefit

Week 1: Beginner’s Mind

Week 2: Non-judging

Week 3: Acceptance

Week 4: Patience

Week 5: Trust

Week 6: Letting Go

Week 7: Non-striving

Week 8: Beginner’s Mind

Led by experienced facilitators in a structured format, each session covers particular drawing and writing exercises that are examined within the context of mindfulness.

These include different forms of mindfulness meditation practice and mindful awareness and are designed to guide you through in establishing (or deepening) a meditation practice, thereby allowing mindfulness to become part of your day-to-day life.

Course Facilitators

Please note that this course is run by two of our associates, Dr Lauri Bower Ph.D. and Clare Belbin-Carlile, and you will be redirected to their website for course dates and booking information.  Their courses may vary from the structure above so please contact them directly for further information.

Upcoming Courses

THE Creative SPACE

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Who Can Attend?

This course is ideal both for those wishing to prioritise their wellbeing and those who wish to adopt a complementary approach to managing a wide range of physical, emotional and mental health concerns.

  • If you already have a creative pursuit and would like to bring more mindfulness to it
  • If the ‘C’ word (creativity) terrifies you
  • If your practice of mindfulness would be enhanced by developing your creative side

Our courses are:

  • suitable for beginners as well as those wishing to refresh their mindfulness practice
  • open to all adults (minimum age 18 yrs, no maximum – our oldest participant to date has been 84 and he completed the course twice)
  • ideal for people who see their health and personal growth as their own responsibility and who like to learn from their experiences, rather than looking for a quick fix.

Mindfulness is a skill which takes both time and personal commitment to be learned. Whilst participants may well experience a change in ‘state’ as a result of ad-hoc meditations, the researched benefits of mindfulness come from the regular practice of mindfulness meditation and the possibility of changes in ‘trait’*. If you are interested in learning mindfulness we therefore ask that you read the ‘Commitment Required’ section of the course booking page.

Is There Anything Else I Should Be Aware Of?

Yes, mindfulness is often both more challenging and more rewarding than people imagine. It is not unusual for people to attend mindfulness courses during periods of change and/or difficulty in their lives with many often experiencing significant benefits as a result. There are however times when attending a group mindfulness course might not be beneficial. We would ask that you read the terms and conditions of the course carefully before booking. If you have any concerns or questions please contact Lauri on lauribower@the-creative-space.org.uk

Why the link between mindfulness and creativity?

If you want to read more on the research behind the links between mindfulness and creativity, and how each enhances the other, here are links to some relevant articles.

Mindful – Doing Something Creative Can Boost Your Well-Being

Mindful – The Mindfulness of Drawing

Fulfillment Daily – Can’t meditate? Here’s why you should try art

*More curiosity than fear – Elizabeth Gilbert