Summer Holiday Mindfulness and Expressive Writing Course


The five-day Summer Holiday Mindfulness and Expressive Writing course pairs mindfulness meditation practices with expressive and creative writing practices. The course is not a therapy group, but an experiential training in which participants are helped to take responsibility for their own process. The theory of each practice will be explained, practiced, and reflected on with various expressive and creative writing prompts. We will also read poetry that has a mindful theme before each session. There will be a short break for tea and refreshments (you can bring your own if you like). You will also have the opportunity to look around the poetry library, and even join for free, if you like.

The course is designed as an introduction to Mindfulness and Expressive Writing. It will give you a solid grounding on the theory and practice of mindfulness meditation and will support your writing practice both creatively and reflectively. It is hoped that the course will support your well-being and the well-being of others too.

The course will include key themes: intention and motivation, present moment awareness, expressive writing, mindfulness of body and breath, compassion, and loving-kindness. Each session lasts 3 hours, including a short break.

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.

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. He has an M.Sc. in Mindfulness from The University of Aberdeen (2020). Colin is also a poet who has run Creative Writing and Mindfulness workshops in high schools, libraries and 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.

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Visit Beginner’s Mind Website: http://beginnersmind.click

Visit Colin’s poetry website: http://www.colinmcguirepoet.co.uk

Course Schedule:

Monday 18th July 10-1 (including break)
Tuesday 19th July 10-1 (including break)
Wednesday 20th July 10-1 (including break)
Thursday 21st July 10-1 (including break)
Friday 22nd July 10-1 (including break)

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    • £200.00
    • 18 July 2022
    • 900 minutes
    • 10:00
    • Scottish Poetry Library
    • subvenue Meeting Room 1
    • Age 15+
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