Penny Brohn UK

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Creative Sessions

Creative Sessions for Wellbeing

Explore creative activities for self-care, relaxation, and fun!

No art experience or fancy materials required – just a willingness to experiment! It’s all about discovering what feels good for you and helps you get in the flow. The sessions aim to provide space for your playful self, to get you absorbed in the moment, and to slow down the mind.

You will also be shown ideas to help you develop a creative journaling/self-care practice at home.

Each session will be 90 mins including a break and delivered via Zoom.

3rd September – Session 1 theme: relaxation and soothing

Learn different ways to ‘zendoodle’ (a.k.a. ‘zentangle’). This is like an active form of meditation – it involves mark-making and pattern drawing.

Materials needed:

  • Pen or pencil (anything that you can write or draw with)
  • Paper – several pages (e.g. printing paper or a notebook – any type/size of paper)
  • ‘Warm-up’ paper (e.g. old newspaper/magazine/envelopes/letters)
  • Optional: different coloured pencils, felt pens
  • Ruler
  • Something round you can draw around to create a circle shape (e.g. jar, round tape).

1st October – Session 2 theme: connection with nature

Discover ways of creating with nature, using the colours of autumn as inspiration! This session will focus on creative nature-themed activities, including making a ‘nature mandala’ with found natural objects.

Materials needed:

  • Found natural objects (e.g. fallen leaves, pebbles, sticks, petals).
  • Magazines/leaflets including colour or any nature images
  • Paper (any type/size)
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Pens/pencils (including colours if available)

5th November – Session 3 theme: expression and reflection

This session will focus on different ways to engage in creative journaling and using collage to help you express, reflect, and release! You will also be shown how you can create and bind your own journal.

Materials needed:

  • Old magazines/newspapers/leaflets/books
  • Paper (any type/size)
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Pens/pencils (including colours if available)
  • Optional (to make your own journal): PVA/liquid glue, pegs, ideally thicker paper

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Frequently Asked Questions

We believe that everybody should have equal access to the practical, emotional and social support they need to live life as fully as possible with the impact of cancer.
These sessions are made possible by your generosity. They are run entirely on a donation basis. There are no set charges, we simply ask you to give what you can - if you can.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email from Zoom containing information about how to join the session.

We use Zoom for our online sessions. You can download Zoom for your PC/Laptop or find it on iOS App Store or Google Play.

Zoom have created a video and guidance on joining a session.

For the comfort and safety of everyone joining our online groups we have a few room rules we ask everyone to observe.

  • Try and arrive on time for the start of the session if you can, if you do join late please mute yourself on entry to avoid disturbing others.
  • In general it makes for a better group experience if people can see each other, but do feel free to turn your video camera off if you are not feeling up to being visible that day
  • Make yourself comfortable and join the meeting from your favourite cosy space, but if your video camera is on, please check what can be seen by others. Although pyjamas are fine if you’re currently bed-bound, do dress in a way that is appropriate for a group gathering.
  • Please keep yourself on mute unless you are talking, especially when there may be distracting noises in the background.
  • Take part in discussions and question-and-answer sessions, if you want to, but please listen to others and help the meeting host to ensure everyone has time to speak if they wish. The group lead may suggest using the hands up icon or typing questions into
    the chat box.
  • If group participants share personal stories and sensitive information, please treat this as confidential and avoid disclosing anything outside of the group without their permission.
  • Should a group participant share information that raises a concern for their personal safety, we will follow this up privately in line with our safeguarding responsibilities.
  • Technical failures and internet problems are quite common with online platforms, if the facilitator or another participant experiences problems please be understanding.
  • In the unlikely event that a group participant says or does something inappropriate in a session, we will immediately remove them from the room and may take further action.

Thank you.

Advice given by Penny Brohn UK does not replace advice given by your healthcare professional or medical guidance.

Online group meetings are not suitable for discussing individual medical treatments or concerns, please note that we offer integrative doctor consultations and other therapeutic support by phone or video consultation for Penny Brohn UK clients requiring tailored advice and support.

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Nov 05 2021


2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

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