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Online Mindfulness and Expressive Writing - November


The four-week Mindfulness and Expressive Writing course (MEW) provides an introduction to mindfulness meditation combined with expressive and creative writing practices.

Each meditation practice is paired with a poem and a specific expressive writing practice. The course will include six key themes: present moment awareness, expressive writing, mindfulness of body and breath, compassion and loving-kindness. Each session lasts two and a half hours, including a short break. The course will take place on Zoom. Please bring something to write with and wear something you are comfortable meditating in. Lastly, remember to choose a room or quiet space (including something comfortable to sit on) where you can practice each session relatively free from distraction.

You do not need to share anything you write however you can share if the opportunity arises, and you are comfortable to do so. We will also have a shared discussion after each practice (feel free to share or listen, whichever is most comfortable for you).

The course is open to all people, levels of mindfulness and writing experience. All you need is curiosity and intention to give it a go.

• One ticket is for a block of 4 workshops (one each Sunday for four weeks).

• A workshop is two and half hours long, with breaks.

• Tickets are £100 per block of 4 workshops.

• The content of each four-week block will be the same, so there’s no need to buy a ticket for each block.

Course facilitator

Led by Colin McGuire. Colin has trained as a Mindfulness Teacher with the Mindfulness Association. He is qualified to teach the Mindfulness Based Living Course MBLC. He has an M.Sc. in Mindfulness from The University of Aberdeen (2020). Colin is a poet and mindfulness teacher, who has run Creative Writing and Mindfulness workshops in High Schools, Libraries, Community Centres. He has published three pamphlets and one full-collection; his most recently collection is ‘Enhanced Fool Disclosure’ with Glasgow-based independent publisher Speculative Books. His poetry features numerous anthologies and has worked published in a variety of literary journals and magazines. In 2018, he won the Out: Spoken Prize for ‘Film Poetry’ and ‘Best Poem’ in London. His poetry was recently shortlisted for the 2019 ‘I’ll Show You Mine’ competition. He is also on the Scottish Book Trust Live Literature Database, which allows community-based organisations to request him to run works in for their organisation. He received the Scottish Book Trust Ignite Fellowship in 2020.

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    • £100.00
    • 7-28 November 2021
    • 150 minutes
    • Scottish Poetry Library
    • subvenue SPL Zoom
    • Age 16+
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      All workshops will start at 10am on the given dates.
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    5 Crichton's Close, Canongate, Edinburgh

    EH8 8DT

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