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 August Join 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Autumn I am offering a new programme of workshops and weekly sessions for mental health Carers.
A time to put down your responsibilities to others and nourish yourself in Nature.
Learn a practice for relaxing, releasing stress and grounding anxiety.
An opportunity for self reflection and an invitation to share with others in a safe supportive space.
Open up your senses mindfully absorbing the elemental benefit of being in Nature. Find peace and stillness away from the business of your mind.
Experience the beauty of the woodlands throughout the changing seasons.
Step into a space of playful imagination.
Open to your intuition and the whisperings of your own creative muse.