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Mindfully exploring the garden with Clare Belbin and Lauri Bower



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More Curiosity than Fear – mindfulness workshops in drawing, writing and meditation

Course tutors  Dr Lauri Bower and Claire Belbin- Carlile

Saturday April 25th – Drawing, writing, meditation

Saturday May 23rd – Drawing

Saturday June 27th – Writing

Sunday July 19th – Meditation

Each workshop runs from 10.30am till 4.30pm

We offer a set of four workshops, each one addressing a different aspect of Mindfulness and Creativity. You are free to attend the whole programme of four workshops, or any one of them individually. Each workshop runs from 10.30 – 16.30pm on a Saturday (except for final course held on Sunday July 19th) in the beautiful, nourishing setting of Helmsley Walled Garden. * Please bring your own lunch with you.

All workshops are open to beginners (to Mindfulness, drawing or writing) or for those wishing to deepen their practice in any of the areas.


Mindfulness Workshop 1: Drawing, Writing, Meditation

Saturday 25th April

This workshop is a taster day to give you an idea of what to expect in future workshops. We explore each creative aspect of drawing and writing from a mindful perspective. We invite you to rediscover a childlike playfulness to creativity, rather than being put off by a sense of fear or judgement. The day comprises a series of mindfulness, drawing and writing exercises encouraging you to bring an attentive openness to each activity.


Mindfulness Workshop 2: Drawing

Saturday 23rd May

This workshop explores the art of mindful drawing, using the garden as a backdrop from which to draw. We invite you to bring a beginner’s mind to drawing, one filled with openness and curiosity. We will focus on looking at ways to recognise and work with feelings of judgement and fear, shaping them into something positive.


Mindfulness Workshop 3: Writing

Saturday 27th June

This workshop explores the art of mindful writing, and the day offers writing exercises to reignite, or start, a regular practice of writing. We invite you to bring a sense of curiosity to writing, recognising how easily our minds can dwell on negative aspects. We encourage being open to exploring and being playful with what arises.


Mindfulness Workshop 4: Meditation

Sunday 19th July

This workshop offers an opportunity to learn more about the practice of mindfulness meditation. We will use the peaceful setting of the garden as a backdrop in which to explore a variety of different meditations designed to help you become in touch with the present moment, and more aware of what you are experiencing in body, mind and heart.



The tutor for these workshops are Dr Lauri Bower and Clare Belbin-Carlile, both experienced practitioners.

Lauri has 30 years’ experience of meditation practice and 15 years of running and organising retreats. She began teaching Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses in 2013, which expanded into Mindfulness and Creativity retreats, workshops and courses in 2015. She completed a Ph.D. in Mindfulness in 2014. To date, over 300 people have completed mindfulness courses with Lauri.  She has always engaged with creative pursuits in sewing, dressmaking, embroidery, calligraphy, jewellery and bookbinding and since 2012 has been exploring how the practice of mindfulness informs her poetry writing. She regularly posts poems to her blog and her creative work to Instagram and sells handmade books.

Clare is the artist-in-residence at Helmsley Walled Garden and can often be found painting in the garden. She studied Fine Art at Newcastle University and completed her postgraduate in Drawing & Painting at Edinburgh College of Art, exhibiting regularly since then. For twenty-five years, Clare has drawn and painted in two walled gardens. Her work is a daily, animated study through the seasons – winter earth, first shoots, blossom, fruit and leaf fall. This constant change generates a natural curiosity for her to search for ever more fresh observation. Clare has been fully committed to her practice of mindfulness for over twelve years. She sells her prints and cards on her website


Cost of the Session

We have set the tickets as ‘Pay as you feel donation’ rather than a specific amount, in order to make these workshops available to as many people as possible. When you choose your donation please take the following into consideration

  • We have many years’ experience in the areas of mindfulness, creativity and teaching
  • We provide all the art and paper materials you need
  • Eventbrite fees of approximately 10% are part of your donation
  • A guideline amount is £40 – £50 per person per workshop, or £160 – £200 for all 4 workshops. (If you are booking for all 4 please email us after booking to confirm this)
  • If you can afford more, you can support someone paying a lower price to help the workshops go ahead. 


Booking and queries

For further details and booking please go to Eventbrite

If you have any questions please email Lauri or Clare