Arts & Nature Workshops

Being outside and having access greenspaces is recognised as an effective way to support your mental health and wellbeing, resulting in a reduction in stress, anxiety and depression. Many people have struggled with mental health due to the challenging circumstances of the pandemic and lockdowns, so Escape Arts has developed a programme of 4 or 6-week outdoor courses in partnership with Warwickshire Wildlife Trust and Arc (Achieving Results in Communities) to help adults to support their own mental health.  The courses are free to Warwickshire residents thanks to funding from Warwickshire County Council and are a great way to meet new people, share creative activities and learn new skills whilst enjoying the inspirational local landscape. All courses will involve working outside in small groups. Covid safety is a priority in all activities. To view our current courses, visit the What’s On page.

If you have previously attended a course at a particular venue, please do not rebook onto the same course, even if you enjoyed the course and would like to participate in the same activities again. Numbers are strictly limited and we would like as many people as possible to have the opportunity to benefit from a course.  You are very welcome to book onto a different course on the Arts & Nature programme, or please visit The Recovery and Wellbeing Academy for a wide range of different courses. Thank you for your understanding.

Creative Wellbeing in Nature with ARC (Achieving Results in Communities)

This course will focus on building confidence using mindful practices and developing new practical and creative skills.  Sessions will include nature based crafts, seasonal gardening and exploring elements in nature in a relaxed outdoor environment.

Aimed at: ​ The course is aimed at anyone looking to develop creative and nature inspired outdoor coping strategies that can improve wellbeing.

Course tutors:  ARC staff.

Duration: ​Six, 2 hour sessions.

Venue: Packmores Garden, Packmores Community Centre, Lyttelton Rd, Warwick CV34 5EP

Dates: Thursdays 1 – 3pm 16th Sept – 21st Oct (6 weeks)

To book, contact info@escapearts.org.uk

Creative Ceramics with Ros Ingram

A clay-based wellbeing in nature project, taking participants on a journey exploring the natural environment. This outdoor project will help you connect with and focus on nature, take time out to relax and observe the local wildlife and landscape, using found and natural objects to inspire and create pots and vessels. You will learn and use different techniques to create and decorate clay pots which you will be able to keep.

Aimed at: ​The course is aimed at anyone looking to develop creative and nature inspired outdoor coping strategies that can improve wellbeing.

Course tutors: Escape Arts staff and ceramic Artist Ros Ingram.

Duration: ​Four, 2 hour sessions.

Venue address: Chilvers Coton Heritage Centre, Avenue Road, Nuneaton, CV11 4LU

Dates: Thursdays 2:30 – 4:30pm 23rd Sept – 14th Oct (4 weeks)

To book, please contact info@escapearts.org.uk

Create in Nature - Coming Soon

Participants will go on a creative wellbeing journey, involving connection, visual meditations, forest bathing and craft-work using nature. Activities will include creating a mini mandala out of materials found in the woodland, Hapa Zome (more commonly known as ‘leaf bashing’!) and nature weaving.

Aimed at: ​ The course is aimed at anyone looking to develop creative and nature inspired outdoor coping strategies that can improve wellbeing.

Course tutors: Escape Arts staff and artist John Noble

Duration: ​Six, 2 hour sessions.

Venue address: TBC

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