Opening to Joy and Expression – with Art Therapy and Mindfulness

A morning series of  art therapy and mindfulness workshops. Beginners welcome, all art materials provided.
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Each session includes guided art making and mindfulness meditations, and has a specific focus (see below). You can attend each individually or attend all four as a series. This workshop series is available to attend either in person or online via Zoom (on different dates).

Series of Art Therapy and Mindfulness Workshops (3 hours)
Workshop One: Opening to Joy - Saturday 29th April (face-to-face) /Sunday 30th April (online)
Workshop Two: Inviting Compassion -  Saturday 10th June (face-to-face) / Sunday 11th June (online)
Workshop Three: Exploring Resilience and Creativity - Saturday 15th July (face-to-face)/ Sunday 16th July (online)
Workshop Four: Active Hope - Saturday 16th September (face-to-face)/ Sunday 17th July (online)


Workshop One: Opening to Joy and Expression 

To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives― James Baraz, Author of ‘Awakening Joy’  

How can we open to joy and creative expression? This is a creative and explorative workshop integrating therapeutic art making with guided mindfulness meditation, open to all levels of experience.

This session will develop your understanding of mindfulness, gratitude and appreciation practices.  . During the time of environmental and economic challenges (amongst other individual and collective challenges) the practices of mindfulness and opening to joy have the potential to support our own personal wellbeing, and ways in which you can meet others facing their own challenges. From the basis of our own resourcing and resilience we may find new ways to be able to meet and respond to the collective challenges we are experiencing.


  • Deepen your understanding of mindfulness, gratitude and appreciation practices
  • Understand some of the potential barriers to these practices
  • Find ways to resource and nourish yourself in challenging times

All levels of experience with mindfulness and/or art making are welcome to attend!


Nicky Roland, is an experienced HCPC registered Art Therapist, a trained mindfulness teacher, and a Work That Reconnects facilitator with several years work experience in the NHS, voluntary sector and in private practice.

Free Parking available, side road from A26 on outskirts of Lewes (full directions will be supplied when booking), next to bus stop (number 29 Bus route from Brighton/Uckfield).


£40 - General Admission
£25 - Concession
£15 - Reduced Concession
(Plus Eventbrite Booking Fee)

Concessionary rates are available for people who may be experiencing financial constraints at this time (low or no income).

When: 10 - 1pm on Saturday 29th April 2023
Where: The Gather Rooms Upper Stoneham Lewes BN8 5RJ
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Online via Zoom
When: 1-4 pm on Sunday 30th April 2023
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