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Creative Mindfulness for Dementia Course Is Back!

This “excellent” course is back this year thanks to The National Lottery Community Fund, Healthy Arts Power of Good, Wellbeing Activities project, Healthy Arts | Power of Good

Are you or someone you care for living with a Dementia diagnosis?

Would you like to live well with this disease, sooth your mind & body and have some fun?

The first Creative Mindfulness for Dementia Course in 2023, based on the renowned Breathworks Mindfulness for Stress was described as “excellent” and increased every participant’s sense of wellbeing. It includes learning skills to calm worry and anxiety, enjoyable creative activities, tea and cake in a small group.

“I have found it very useful; the course is very important in your everyday life”

Taking place over eight weeks it is FREE to attend for both you if diagnosed with Dementia or a family member, Carer or friend.

“Hi, I’m Cath the course teacher. I’m Breathworks trained and offering this course as I wish my Dad and I could have done this in the first few years of his Alzheimer’s diagnosis.”

Thursdays 18th April-6th June/ 1-3pm

The Gold Room at Leigh Miners Welfare Institute, 1 Kirby Road, Leigh, WN7 4EF

Contact Cath for a chat about the course on,

Mobile-0798 4123 445 or Email-cathhawkins@yahoo.co.uk

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Carers Dementia Mindfulness Movement

Good News!

We are part of the Healthy Arts-Power of Good Wellbeing Activities Project funded by the National Lottery, Community Fund. So, Mindfulness weekly sessions, trips and course are on and all FREE for Carers and people living with Dementia.

Sessions restart on 19th September and run up until 5th December.

This weekly session is open to anyone. Come regularly or drop in when you can on Tuesdays, 1.30-2.30pm at Kingsleigh Methodist Church, Leigh, WN7 4LR. Enjoy a de-stress with short and longer restful meditations and gentle tension releasing movement in a friendly group.

Session’s cost: £6/£5 Conc, Drinks and biscuits are free.

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Creative Mindfulness for Dementia

I am really excited to be offering this new course soon!

Are you living with a Dementia diagnosis?

Do you know or care for someone affected by Dementia? Would you like to live well with this disease, soothe your mind and body and have some fun?

Creative Mindfulness for Dementia is a new opportunity, based on the renowned Breathworks Mindfulness for Stress course. It will include learning skills to calm worry and anxiety, enjoyable creative activities and tea and cake in a small group. Taking place over eight weeks it is FREE to attend whether you are diagnosed with Dementia or a family member, Carer or friend.

“Hi, I’m Cath the course teacher. I’m Breathworks trained and offering this course as I wish my Dad and I could have done this in the first few years of his Alzheimer’s diagnosis.”

Contact Cath for a chat about the course on,

Mobile-0798 4123 445 or Email-cathhawkins@yahoo.co.uk

When-Wednesday, 1-3.30pm, 26th April-14th June

Where-Leigh Youth Hub, Sale Way, Leigh Sports Village, Leigh, WN7 4JY

Breathworks Accredited Teacher

Supported by the Breathworks Seed Fund, Dementia United Big Brain Health Fund and The Deal, Wigan.

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Movement & Mindfulness 2022

Earlier this year I received Arts Council England, Homepage (artscouncil.org.uk)Developing Your Creative Practice funding to research combining my movement and mindfulness practice. I spent the summer returning to studio spaces in Liverpool and West Yorkshire and also worked in a new environment for me, up on the moors above Hebden Bridge.

I created four postcards to document, what was a precious time that feature images by Sarah Mason, Filmmaker and photographer for brands and families (sarahmasonphotography.co.uk)a photographer and film maker who I was so lucky to work with and whose amazing images I will begin to include on this website. The postcards include information about the project and also dip into the process I explored.

Here is the back of one postcard:

A summer spent combining practice in movement studios and the natural environment. Catherine Hawkins has worked in dance for nearly thirty years, in improvisation, environmental movement and art making. In 2021 she became an Accredited Breathworks Mindfulness teacher.

“This research harboured a powerful autobiographical undercurrent. High in the hills on the West Yorkshire moors I could reflect, hearing the roar of water flowing lower down in the valley. Mindfulness has offered new paths, un-paths even to help me find my way to wellbeing. To be with challenges of recent years and a strong, supportive feeling that something creative is gathering to further express this being human.”

Thank you to Helen Poynor and Padmadarshini Cole for your mentoring, Mary Prestidge at the Liverpool Improvisation Collective Studio, Bluecoat, Liverpool, Rob Hopper at Wainsgate Dance, West Yorkshire and photographer Sarah Mason for supporting this process-based research.

I’m really looking forward to what comes next after this valuable time to follow an ‘un-path’.

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Mindfulness Group Autumn Sessions

The Mindfulness Group sessions have restarted following a break for the summer. They will run right up to 6th December, with no session on 8th November, then begin in 2023 on 10th January.

This session is open to anyone. Come weekly or drop in when you can on Tuesdays, 1.30-2.30pm at Kingsleigh Methodist Church, Leigh, WN7 4LR. Let me know if you would like to come. Be kind to yourself, take an hour to de-stress, meditate, enjoy restoring your wellbeing with a small friendly group.

“Thank you so much for making Tuesday afternoons a haven of calm that carries on into everyday life.”

Session Cost: £6/£5 Conc, Drinks and biscuits are free.

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‘Animated’ Article

It’s great to see my short reflection on participating in the People Dancing, Perspectives on Practice, Tree Time by Helen Poynor, included as an article in ‘Animated’, the People Dancing magazine.

Read and download the Spring/Summer 2022 digital edition of Animated magazine online in a flipbook. This is an 80 page bumper edition offering contributions from 30 diverse dancers, teaching artists, community practitioners, academics, researchers and leaders. Produced in collaboration with the Centre of Dance Research (C-DaRE) at Coventry University.

https://www.communitydance.org.uk/developing-practice/animated-magazine

Many thanks for including this People Dancing.