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  • Symposium:  A Vision for the Arts & Healing

    Posted on March 26, 2019 by in Uncategorized

    Transcript of Peter Watkin’s Talk “A Vision for the Arts and Healing” Please sit quietly while you wait for the session to start.  I’d like you to take an A4 sheet notice its proportions, its boundaries, its whiteness, its emptiness; all that it offers to the imagination. Now allow your mind/ your imagination to conjure […]

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    Twelve Good Reasons to Join an Arts and Wellbeing Group

    Posted on March 13, 2019 by in Uncategorized

    Promotes relaxation, enjoyment, inner calm. Enables personal and emotional expression in safe and creative ways Increases social contact and inclusion Increases motivation and energy for living Strengthens self esteem and confidence Develops self awareness and understanding Offers a meaningful, purposeful, socially valued activity Enhances coping skills and resilience Develops artistic/creative skills and interests Encourages self […]

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    Connecting Circles- Dance Day

    Posted on February 20, 2019 by in Events

      Round & round we went. We stepped & we swayed; we moved rhythmically & not so rhythmically, as the music led us on. At times we danced expressively & individually mostly we danced together following steps danced by thousands of others over time from different cultures, in a connecting circle. How good it felt […]

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  • The art of Living Well

    Posted on November 12, 2014 by in Uncategorized

    THE ART OF LIVING WELL A Conversation about arts and mental health between Pete Jan and John (23/2/14) Pete The more I think about creativity the more elusive it seems. It seems a mysterious process.  I think it is a universal human quality, something innate in everyone, that enables us to express the fullness of ourselves in a […]

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  • On Finding You Have Wings

    Posted on April 22, 2014 by in Uncategorized

    On Finding You Have Wings Perhaps it is wise to leave the question ‘what is creativity’ alone, and simply celebrate it as a vital  part of human nature; as Julia Cameron  author of The Artists Way says ‘at the heart of creativity is mystery’. There is always the fear that if we analyse it too […]

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    Creativity & Well-being in Later Life 2017

    Posted on March 25, 2014 by in Uncategorized

    Creativity & Well-being in Later Life 2017 The Secret Garden :A Symposium on Creativity & Wellbeing in Later Life Our second annual symposium on arts and health 2017 explores the theme of whether active participation in the arts – be that singing, dance, drama, writing or one of the visual arts – can make a […]

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    The Art of Wellbeing – An Invitation to a Conversation.

    Posted on August 12, 2013 by in Uncategorized

    The Art of Wellbeing – An Invitation to a Conversation.  Is the urge to create, deeply and innately embedded in the human psyche? I have long felt it to be so! And if so for what reason has it evolved? Human beings are blessed with the power of higher consciousness; we have the capacity to grasp […]

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    The Case for Arts in Mental Health

    Posted on March 1, 2013 by in Uncategorized

    The Case for Arts and Mental Health  Can participation in the arts make a real contribution to recovery from mental ill health? Can the arts contribute to a more sustained state of well-being? The testimony Inside Out has received from participant students in evaluations and surveys during10 years of running therapeutic arts programmes suggests the […]

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    Art as a Lifeline

    Posted on February 18, 2013 by in Uncategorized

    Art as a Lifeline  The key theme at the 2012 Aldeburgh poetry festival was LIFELINES. Can poetry and other creative arts offer a lifeline during those times when we are troubled, in crisis or extremis? Can they be a source of consolation and inspiration? When I think of the word ‘lifelines’ I imagine something to […]

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    Creative Spirit

    Posted on November 13, 2012 by in Uncategorized

     Creative Spirit We believe in the power of the creative process to strengthen the spirit: this has been Inside Out Community’s inspirational slogan since the charity’s beginnings in 2003.  There is an almost indefinable strength that enables us to keep going when faced with the challenges of life: the disappointments, the traumas, the hardships, the conflicts, […]

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