Our current workshop series
Writing for Self-Discovery
Our current workshop series is Writing for Self-Discovery: therapeutic creative writing workshops. Sarah Richings and Lucy Watt have been delivering these workshops in London and, more recently, online (via Zoom).
Therapeutic writing in groups can be a powerful way of exploring our own feelings and experiences, and having these witnessed by others.
In these workshops, we provide you with writing prompts and encourage you to write freely in response to these. We focus on areas such as relationships, childhood memories and life transitions. You do not need to be skilled or experienced in creative writing to take part, you just need an openness to the process as it unfolds. The writing exercises often lead to areas of personal surprise or revelation, as an area of self-knowing that was out of our awareness emerges.
There are opportunities to share your writing, or your experience of doing the exercises, with your fellow participants in these workshops and to experience the powerful connection with yourself and with others that can emerge as a result of this process.
Next Writing for Self-Discovery workshops:
Saturday 24th April 2021, 10am to 12.15pm. 10 places available. Theme: Neighbours and Neighbourhoods.
Saturday 22nd May 2021, 10am to 12.15pm. 10 places available.
You can book onto a Writing for Self-Discovery workshop by joining our MeetUp Group and making the booking on that site. You can also hear about future workshops by joining the MeetUp group. Please contact us if you need support to use MeetUp or would like to make any suggestions. You can book directly with us if you prefer.
We can also design Writing for Self-Discovery workshops for companies and organisations, for example to help teams who are working remotely during the pandemic maintain contact and bonds at a time where they are physically distanced. We are both experienced bereavement counsellors and can run workshops on the theme of grief if needed. Please get it touch if this might be of interest and we can design a series of workshops to suit your team.
Workshops in development (watch this space...)
Just as creative writing with prompts can help us access those parts of ourselves that are hidden, guided image work can facilitate a process of self discovery and surprise.
Vision boards can be used to help you realise what it is you want in life, set intentions and achieve your goals.
Meet the team
A team of experienced facilitators holding space for you
Sarah is a BACP registered humanistic counsellor and group facilitator.
She works in further and higher education in London.
Sarah began her working life as a teacher and worked in Bristol communities with young people out of education. Since training in counselling at Metanoia Institute, London, she has completed a practitioner's certificate in creative writing for therapeutic purposes, also at Metanoia. She is also an assistant on their Counselling Skills training course. She would like to be a better allotment gardener and is working on this.
Lucy is a BACP accredited humanistic counsellor in private practice in London, where she works with individuals and facilitates therapeutic groups. She is also a member of the humanistic counselling tutor team at Metanoia Institute, London. Lucy started her career as a campaigns intern at Stonewall, before working with young unemployed adults in Tower Hamlets. She went on to work in public service innovation and in local politics, before retraining as a counsellor. She enjoys ongoing personal development, attending retreats in Ireland and Sweden and being in nature.
Once booked, we will only refund places on workshop if we can not provide the workshop or if the workshop is full and we are able to reallocate your place.