Sisters doing it for themselves at creativity and mindfulness workshops

Thursday, 22 September, 2022

Creativity and mindfulness are being brought together at free workshops taking place at Bishopbriggs Library next month.Jo (left) and Deborah

Two Mindful Crafting and Meditation Experience sessions will be hosted at the Library on Saturday 8 October as part of a funded initiative with local sister-led businesses.

The workshops will be run by sisters Deborah and Jo Craig, who decided to blend parts of each of their existing businesses to create a fun and relaxing learning experience to inspire and motivate people.

They recognised after the peak of the pandemic that people were struggling even more and the sisters decided to try to do something about it for themselves.

Each two-hour workshop will include a strategically chosen craft technique and a deep, group meditation using appropriate tools/techniques reflecting the theme of the session.

Deborah said, "The sessions will explore thoughts, feelings and experiences through creativity and mindfulness.

"Being able to acknowledge and express how you're feeling is key to processing emotions that can lead to bigger problems.

"This programme supports all learning styles - talking and expressing thoughts and feelings, expression of self through creativity and relaxation with guided meditation to release emotions to help stay in the present. All we have is the here and now. We can't change the past and we don't know the future - staying present is key to maintaining balance."

Jim Neill, Chair of East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture (EDLC) Trust, added, "I know a lot of people are still feeling overwhelmed and stressed as a result of the COVID pandemic. This can lead to feelings of being unmotivated and some difficulties re-engaging again in groups following the lifting of restrictions.

"The free sessions are jam-packed with tools, strategies and techniques that are transferable to everyday living, including learning how to meditate, craft, release emotion, ground yourself, and create your own inner peace and happiness."

The two-hour sessions will take place at 10am and 2pm on Saturday 8 October. Places are limited to 10 for each session. Book via eventbrite mindful crafting Bishopbriggs library.

Funding for the project came from East Dunbartonshire Voluntary Action's (EDVA) Communities Mental Health & Wellbeing Fund.

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