This autumn and winter I am really happy to be offering two expressive arts courses at the Mansion in Totnes. It’s a lovely venue in the middle of Totnes with good parking nearby and a great cafe downstairs. It’s been a while since I’ve run a session and I have missed it even though I’m loving developing my Creative Journeys in Nature.
Tue, 25 Sep 2018 – Tues, 20 Nov 2018 with a break for half -term on 25th Sept
Day 6 tomorrow. In the morning we will lead members of the public on a therapy walk in Dartington Hall Gardens which are bright bursting with blooms of every variety. The hankerchief tree is a particular favourite of many folk.
Tea ceremony marks the end of the journey. Distilling the medicine recieved and giving thanks for the wisdom received from the Forest.
“The Forest is the Therapist, the guide opens the doors”
Ian Blackwell and I had a great day out on Saturday with a top bunch of folk for our gentle walk and picnic by the Dart. Here’s some of the lovely feedback they gave us.
'Would be a wonderful grounding day for working with the clients I work with over 50s with mental health difficulties to choose list and to meet other people and socialise'
'An opportunity to be still and take a slower pace allowing time to immerse in nature sense of peace and to enjoy noticing the beauty of small things and just being in the tranquility of what nature provides naturally joyousness simple depth'
'Enjoyed today in being able to stop and enjoy the immediate nature around me and being the present I feel I've slow down and feel match a great opportunity to meet others love the fire and the foraging - more info on foraging if possible. I just loved the gentle pace of today'
'A real Delight - playful creative and informative. sitting around a campfire with strangers who become really close by the close of the walk and I'm feeling extremely relaxed having enjoyed the company of the other lucky people in such a beautiful natural setting'
'Rushed to meeting feeling tense and a little stressed within 15 minutes into the walk all this started to leave me and a calm feeling ensued everything was wonderful and all the group were great fun. Emma and Ian made this walk very interesting and made a fantastic soup 10 out of 10'
'Thoroughly lovely day educationally interesting regarding Plants and Flowers relaxing and peaceful'
'Fantastic had a lovely day very educational lovely bunch of people and great super many thanks'
'Today was a wonderful change from my daily routine work has been very stressful and working in mental health sometimes it's very upsetting it is hard to leave things at work. On the walk I felt like I could Breathe Again great opportunity for the people that I work with'
'I have learnt that I'm part of a group of time traveller's from the future a place and time we're all humans are honoured and loved for their unique parts of the greater whole one beautiful World thank you with love'
'This was a wonderfully relaxed day a chance to slow down live in the moment appreciate the sounds and smells of the countryside and to become more grounded I definitely feel better for doing something physically outside and forgetting. Getting back to the simple things of life - the invitation exercises we did help ed to calm my thoughts'
This month saw me on a wonderful creative journey for the Woodland trust in their Fingle Woods with a lovely bunch of folk from the group drink wise- age well. Click this link to the Fingle blog and find out more of what we got up to in the words of Matt Parkins who co hosted with me.
This academic year I have taken a place at Schumacher College, Dartington as their artist in semi-residence. Semi as I’m only there part time and not living on campus.
Due to the sudden death of my father in September, I did not get stuck in straight away. Instead an organic raveling is occurring as I gently find my place and purpose within this inspiring and loving community.
I started last week, offering a weekly creative journey on a Thursday afternoon to Students, staff and volunteers. We set out in the sun enjoying the leaves crunching underfoot on a journey around the grounds of the college, discovering parts of the garden unknown to the participants. We found ourselves by the turf Labyrinth and by unanimous agreement took part in a moving ritual, walking inward to the center releasing our fears and blocks and then walking out to chants of our own words of self encouragement and positive affirmation.
This Thursday, if the rain is not too heavy we shall venture deep into north woods.
“I have found participating in Emma’s Creative Journeys to have been a really worthwhile thing to have done. She thoughtfully prepares and leads each journey, but the guiding is gentle and sensitive to the needs of the participants, and there is openness to the spontaneity of what might happen en route. I particularly liked the creation of something personal out of materials from nature gathered on the walk, and the symbolic use of this in ritual elements of the journey later on. The invitation to write and share something of each journey was a nice way to close the experience. I felt more aware, relaxed and connected as a result of taking part. I’d certainly recommend coming along if your interest is sparked – you won’t regret it . Time in nature is always worth it, and Emma has a lovely way of facilitating creativity in that experience.” – Adam Skerrett Schumacher student Myth and ecology 2017/18
For the last two years I have been involved as a provider in the Dartmoor Naturally Health Project. Aimed at residents in the Buckfastleigh area with low emotional, mental and physical health. The project has been a three year research and action project into the benefits of spending time in Nature in held groups. Running alongside the successful walking for health programme supported by GP’s across the county we have offered, basketry, Forest tai chi, electric bike rides and art in Nature.
The benefits to the participants are huge, as you can imagine and I can only hope that the NHS will continue to fund, promote and support these activities as an alternative to drugs.
I am offering two more Creative Journeys ;
Wednesday 9th AugustJoin Emma Capper and the Dartmoor Naturally Healthy Project for a Creative Journey along the banks of the River Dart in Hembury Woods. We will be collecting materials to create expressive art inspired by nature whilst creating a sense of wellbeing and relaxation whilst enjoying gentle exercise. The workshop is free – numbers are limited so to book a place call Chrissy Mason on 01626 831057 or email email@example.com
Meet at Victoria Woodholme car park 09:45 am for a 10.00 am departure to Hembury. Returning to car park for 1pm.
Wednesday 18th October as above.
To find out about Dartmoor Naturally Healthy next activities here is a link to their facebook page.
Reflections on a Creative Journey at Henbury hillfort from participants
Gave me a chance to get out in nature with others. I feel so much more alive being outdoors.
I don’t get many opportunities to really focus on my surroundings. I have anxiety & stress issues and this has really helped me feel much calmer
Took me out of my hectic lifestyle to drop into myself and find some peace and stillness. It’s helped me to take some time out for myself and this has been very restorative for me.
This August I am offering two creative journeys at this special location.
Sunday 6th August and Thursday 17th August 3-6pm.
Here in the wild wind swept headland above Gara rock, Devon, sheltered by thick abundant hedges i invite you to slow down and connect to the natural and elemental world around you . Let nature stir your imagination through some simple invitations to create ephemeral art and poetry.. No art experience necessary.
Suitable for all ages 7 and up.
One kid free with each paying adult. £15
Please call or email to book your place.
This is not a drop in event.
Check out the program for other inspiring and fun activities at High Nature centre. Devon.