Mindfulness & Creative

Come and enjoy a range of courses within the relaxed setting of Woodbrooke, with its ten acres of beautiful gardens, lake, and ancient woodlands. The former home of the famous chocolate maker George Cadbury.

Don't forget if you are new to Woodbrooke you can use the discount code INTRO50 for £50 off your first course with us!
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Mosaics My Way! A Journey of creative self discovery

There is beauty in the process of mosaic making. You jig-saw fragments to describe your story, which may include items of personal significance. Within the process of play, we discover a stillness in making. No previous mosaic experience necessary. All equipment and materials provided. During the course you will learn essential skills: cut shapes with tile nippers, score snappers, create with crockery, use a variety of adhesives, translate your ideas into mosaic and learn how to grout. www.mangomosaics.co.uk Comments from Woodbrooke 2018 Making Mosaics: “What a week! I have felt completely happy... really good to feel that. So good to laugh and create and to learn” “What an amazing week & how much we’ve all accomplished, much more than expected & no pressure. The seed has fallen on fertile ground & created.” “ Many thanks for your inspiration and expert tuition in your inimitable style! I feel encouraged...” “You’ve bounced us through a week of enthusiasm, joyous creativity & a wonder of mosaic world. Total enjoyment.”

Drawing a labyrinth

Labyrinths are creative resources for spiritual practice, and offer space for prayer, play and discovery. Starting with paper and pencil, we'll create labyrinth patterns from around the world, from simple to more complex designs. We'll make labyrinths small enough for postcards - and big enough to walk, using natural and temporary materials. By the end of the course, everyone will know how to create a temporary labyrinth indoors or outdoors.

Dance for Joy

If you enjoy dancing and music from all around the world, then this is the weekend for you. We will dance to a wide variety of music and in different styles, some lively, some more meditative. Circle dance enhances our sense of community, of wholeness and of harmony, drawing as it does on the diverse heritage of traditional cultures and a range of musical genres. Experienced and less experienced dancers are all welcome.

The Wonder of Seed: the whole world in your hand

An oak tree inside an acorn, a conker on a string, the wheat grains that makes our bread – seeds will provide beauty, wonder and inspiration to stimulate creative ideas and writing. We will also draw on the rich meanings and resonances of seeds by dipping into myths, our imaginations and memories, finding how the seed offers a way of thinking and speaking about our deep selves and inner growth.

Experiment with Joy

Christianity exhorts us to rejoice and give thanks. It’s quite hard to do in the face of our many world challenges. We’ll come together in an experimental spirit to enquire together as to what might support us in the practice of joy. We’ll include singing/sounding, giving thanks, praying for each other.

A Taste of Life Writing for Transformation™

This self-paced course, led by Joanne Klassen and Eleanor Chornoboy, introduces a process of writing for authentic, creative self-expression and personal development. The course emphasizes mindfulness through an awareness-based approach to writing by turning attention within. It does not involve interactive sharing and this “no red pens” approach results in greater awareness, mindfulness and self-acceptance through a gentle stream of guided tools you can use just five minutes at a time. The course includes six multimedia sessions and a workbook, based on the work of Joanne Klassen, creator of Life Writing for Transformation™.  The sessions are released weekly throughout the course and are yours to keep and work through at your own pace; each session introduces key concepts followed by exercises, examples, a review and additional optional learning activities.

There are limited places available for this course so book early to avoid disappointment. Unfortunately we are unable to accept late bookings, please make sure you have booked before 16 September.

Please note the change of course dates: This course now runs from 23 September to 3 November, one week later than the dates originally published in our brochure.


Dances of Universal Peace: Dancing Into the New Year with Hope and Joy: 2019

“Come into your heart”, holding hands, honouring various religions / spiritual traditions, moving and chanting in a circle. Simple words and simple movements are taught, attuning to love, harmony and beauty: dancing inter-faith. A joyful and powerful experience of oneness, freeing the voice. We move, breathe and sing together, holding hands - like one organism, like a cell in the body, remembering being part of something much bigger than the small self. No singing or dancing experience is required.