My reflections on art at Gayles

This was the second of our Mindsprings summer retreats exploring the overlap of marking-marking and meditating.

Isobel, my friend and co-facilitator, makes it very clear that there is a distinction between making marks and making Art.

  1. Samadhi, the forgotten twin sister of mindfulness practice, is a meditation approach that focuses on spaciousness and steadiness.
or the magic of the bright darkness

It’s been a couple of week’s since I left the Island. And the resonance of what we explored there seems to be growing.

Isobel's take on the Drawing on Mindfulness retreat

I’ve been thinking about writing this blog all week, to be honest writing isn’t my thing. I tend to overthink it and end up with a rather clunky interpretation of my thoughts. The retreat I co-taught with Alistair was an amazing experience, a hard to describe mix of meditation and art.

Alistair's take on "Drawing on Mindfulness"

There was a lovely moment this Sunday morning where I was sitting in a room full of art - paintings hanging from the rafters, portraits stacked up against the wall, charcoal sketches on the floor - and looking around at the 15 people who had been working for the previous four days to make it.

Polyvagal theory and why clarinets might help...

There was a madcap article in the New Statesman this week which tried to argue that stress was a hoax dreamed up by the tobacco industry to sell more cigarettes in the 1960s.

Moving away from a life in bits

Four months ago, I lost my iPhone up on the South Downs during a particularly blustery winter walk.

I decided to not replace it and bought, in its place, a frustratingly simple Nokia handset with the most basic functionality: phone calls and (painfully slow) texts.

What we need to say to thoughts...

One of my lovely students sent me this photo today today. She said it was the perfect instruction to thoughts that pop into our heads on a dally basis.

Scarborough and London

Looking ahead to 2015 (gulp!) we have some new London courses at the lovely Spa Road Centre and excitingly some new venues: namely, Scarborough (finally, a course in the North of the Country) and Jersey and Dublin.

Very pleased to announce a weekend workshop at the lovely Isis Centre in Jersey.

We're running a mindfulness or rather "Beingfulness" weekend there for the first time. Mindsprings in the Channel Islands... Can't wait.