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Croydon HeartWorks 2017

Local Teachers:

Sue Bolton is a local teacher of mindfulness, taking bookings for Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses and graduate courses in the Caterham/East Grinstead area. Her website is: http://www.wellbeingusingmindfulness.co.uk. You can contact her on 07443 564394.

Lots of involvement with other projects in Croydon, notably Turf Projects, and Thornton Heath Arts Week.

 

Croydon HeartWorks 2016

Studies include going deeper into the Buddhist roots of mindfulness, particularly with London Insight Meditation and exploring self-compassion.

Continuing to develop contacts across all the communities and faith groups in Croydon in order to develop ideas of community mindfulness practice.

Lots of involvement with other projects in Croydon, notably Turf ProjectsThornton Heath Arts Week and Family Fest 2016, organised by volunteers from the Friends of Park Hill Park.

Sue Bolton is a local teacher of mindfulness, taking bookings for Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses and graduate courses in the Croydon area. Her website is: http://www.wellbeingusingmindfulness.co.uk. You can contact her on 07443 564394.

Croydon HeartWorks 2015

Lots of involvement with other projects in Croydon, notably Turf ProjectsThornton Heath Arts Week and Croydon South End Food Festival.

Continuing to develop contacts across all the communities and faith groups in Croydon in order to develop ideas of community Mindfulness practice.

Sue Bolton is taking bookings for Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses in the local area. You can contact her on 07443 564394.

Croydon HeartWorks: 2014 Projects

Croydon HeartWorks is supporting the formation of the new Croydon Arts Network, in particular the set-up of a new database that will link all grassroots arts organisations in Croydon, together with an application to make their events known to the public.

And the Croydon Fun Palace, a weekend of participatory arts and science fun happening in and around central Croydon on the weekend of October 4th/5th.

Sue Bolton is currently taking bookings for Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses in the local area. You can contact her on 07443 564394.

Croydon HeartWorks: Time to Reflect

Croydon HeartWorks finished its run on October 29th with a fantastic evening of Mindfulness in Schools, MATCH mothers and Shuva Das and Friends.

We are now reflecting on all the different people and ideas that have emerged.

If you would like to get in touch, you are very welcome to use the Contact form.

 

Croydon HeartWorks Final Night on Tuesday 29th Oct!

Croydon HeartWorks reaches it final night this week, at Matthews Yard on Tuesday 29th 7.30 start.

This week’s line-up includes:

Jackie Watson of the Mindfulness in Schools Project will teach us Lesson 1 as taught to teenagers using the project materials and techniques.

Ros Barton will talk to us about MATCH (Mothers Apart from Their CHildren), a charity which offers non-judgemental support to mothers apart from their children in a wide variety of circumstance.

Shuva Das, our music co-ordinator, will premiere a new Croydon song and lead a full rock band through the classics, with guest guitarist Dylan Flahive-Gilbert.

Heartworks week 2: Daisy Froud

Daisy Froud works for architecture practice The AOC, exploring ways to engage communities with the architectural decisions and planning processes that shape their surroundings.Here’s her talk from Croydon Heartworks on 1 October 2013.

Heartworks week 1: Fatima Koroma

Here’s the amazing Fatima Koroma, founder and manager of Croydon’s Community Food Store, discussing the project and its impact on the community, at Heartworks Croydon on 24 September.

Heartworks Week 1: Tessa Watt

Here’s mindfulness teacher Tessa Watt’s talk from Heartworks week 1, in which she gives us an introduction to mindfulness and leads a mindfulness practice.

Croydon HeartWorks Night 5

This Tuesday (22nd October) sees Night 5 of Croydon HeartWorks.

Our very own compere, Chris, steps into the first talk slot to discuss ‘Life Rules’ – expect some wry perceptions of life and a sideways look at mindfulness.

Next up we have John Tindall of the Yuan Centre. John will be talking about his recent visit to Ecuador where he worked with indigenous Amazonian people, teaching tai chi and acupuncture, and learning their shamanic and healing ways.

Music is by Gabriella and The Planets, who recently played the 100 Club in Oxford Street. Gabriella is a prolific songwriter who, as well as writing her own material, writes songs to order.

Heartworks Week 2: Tamara Russell

Here’s Tamara Russell’s talk on mindfulness-based therapies, from Heartworks Croydon week 2.

Croydon HeartWorks Night 4: Tuesday October 15th 7:30 at Matthews Yard

This week we have a fabulous evening of talks and music.

Mark Leonard, formerly of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, now championing mindfulness in organisations with The Mindfulness Exchange, will lead a short mindfulness workshop with time for questions.

Next up will be a short update from Alice Cretney on her Turf projects where she is looking for partners for a new gallery space in Croydon.

Risq Animasaun of Croydon BME (Black and Ethnic Minority) Forum will present a talk on cultural competence ie the way to empower people to confidently ask about each others’ differences.

Finally, Lotte Mullan, the exquisite singer-songwriter will join us from Suffolk to play and sing her beautiful folk/country songs.

Croydon HeartWorks Night 3: October 8th 7.30 at Matthews Yard

Come down to Matthews Yard this Tuesday for our continuing programme of talks on mindfulness and community, and a music section with a difference.

The mindfulness talk will be covered by Juliette Ruffer, Personal Trainer from Epsom, and member of the HeartWorks team. Juliette was previously a trainer at Waddon Leisure Centre. She has taken the mindfulness ideas on board and will demonstrate how they can be applied to fitness and exercise.

The community talk is by Joe Gray and Lucia Lanzalco of Croydon Urban Pioneers, in conversation with Vincent Lacovara, team leader of the Croydon Planning Department Placemaking team.

The music session this week will be Indian Classical, provided by Shuva Das (voice) and Jayesh Vadukul (tabla).

See you there!

Croydon Heartworks event: 1 October 2013

We had a fantastic response to our first event, and are very excited about our next evening of mindfulness, community, fun and music at Matthews Yard, Croydon.

We’re lucky enough to have a talk from Dr Tamara Russell on some of the science behind mindfulness, and how it can improve wellbeing and mental health. Tamara has studied and written about mindfulness, its affects on the brain and how it can promote wellbeing and mental health. She’s also developed her own Mind-body MOT programme of physical exercise and mindfulness, and has delivered courses all over the world.

Daisy Froud will be here too. She works for the AOC, an architectural practice focusing especially on engaging with the communities who’ll be affected by and involved in building and redevelopment projects. She’ll be talking about ways to engage communities in the processes of planning and architecting towns.

…And we’ve got music from geek punk band Fakebit Polytechnic, who make their own crazy instruments from discarded video games machines, and other bits and piece from junk markets.

As before, entry’s free – please bring a food donation for Fatima Koroma’s wonderful Community Food Store based here in Croydon.

Our first event

Thanks to Fatima KoromaTessa Watt and of course Croydon’s own Captain Sensible and Homebrood for making our first event, on 24 September, such a success.

We’re working on the video of the event, and we’ll let you know when that’s online.

Thanks, too, to everyone who attended and brought donations of food for Fatima’s Community Food Store.

We made recordings of the talks and music. They’re all available on our Soundcloud page, but here are Fatima and Tessa’s talks, if you’d like to hear them again.