Data of the Heart

Workshops for Well-being

For adults, young people, and children

All creative materials are provided

Please enquire about these workshops, where we discuss a range of mental and emotional health difficulties and explore them creatively. All resources and materials are supplied. It may be possible to hold a workshop that is bespoke to your particular interests. Those that are for children and young people do not involve overt discussion of mental health but do require the attendance of a parent or guardian. I also offer workshops that share creative approaches to working with those who live with cognitive impairment.

Our Words, Our Senses, Our Health: In this workshop we look at how our choice of words influences the way we see and judge our difficulties. We also pay attention to what our sensations may be telling us, and consider the possibility that our feelings are an important source of information. Two hours, £14.00 per person.

Creative Writing; Mini-poem Therapy: Writing about things that have meaning for us can open the heart and bring a feeling of peace. In these workshops a range of lovely objects from the natural world, vibrant photographs and quality art materials encourage our imagination. The workshops are suitable for participants of any age and ability.  Two hours, £10 per person. (This fee goes to a charity.)

Emotional resilience – what does it mean to us as individuals, and can we really develop it? In these workshops we look at what we might do to enhance our well-being in educational settings, at work, and in daily life. We acknowledge the kinds of circumstances that can reduce our resilience, and look at how we might sometimes expect too much, or too little of ourselves. We also discuss how our society and the behaviours of other people can reduce our resilience, and think about how we might challenge these problems where possible. Three hours, £20 per person.

Literacy and the young person’s world:  This workshop shares principles and approaches that can help you to engage children and young people in developing their literacy and communication skills, while enabling them to consider and discuss the influence of the world they live in. Compassion and respect for the learner are essential in any educational process and Aleph shows how these can create a foundation for self-esteem. Three hours, £30 per person.

Confidence at Last!  (Our theme: Me as a Creature, Me as a Tree.) For young people aged nine years and upward who are facing challenges in literacy and experiencing elevated levels of anxiety, a relaxed and creative workshop where innate ability can arise. Through an imaginative literacy activity, young people can gain the confidence to widen their vocabulary and enjoy the process of learning. This workshop can also be made bespoke to the needs of the young people you support. Ninety minutes, £9 per young person. (This fee goes to a charity.)

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Therapeutic activities for people living with cognitive difficulties:  A workshop that shares therapeutic and creative activities for people living with dementia or other cognitive impairment. Offering new ideas with sensitivity can enable people to enjoy activities that they have never tried, and hidden abilities can often come to light. Two hours, £18 per person.

Creative Life: A service provided directly to people who are living with cognitive impairment.  One hour, £25 per person.

Opal Heart: Those who have lost a child of any age will be warmly welcomed at a monthly gathering in Brixham. You are invited to write, paint, talk, or just to be among others who understand. There is no charge, but a small contribution is welcomed towards materials and refreshments.

You may be interested in the short pieces below, which are related to issues that affect our well-being. You are welcome to send your comments. I always reply.

Understanding therapeutic learning

A different approach to the process of learning

Bullying – please let’s stop saying, “It’s because…”

Why the term ‘political correctness’ is unhelpful to us

You are welcome to ask for a free copy of the booklet Data of the Heart. It describes ways to develop helpful communication between the emotions and the subconscious.