How do we change what is if we don’t allow ourselves to dream of what could be?
The Creative nest is an online community space for engaging your head hands and heart in reimagining what you offer in the world!
What can I expect?
30 mins of movement (Movement Medicine) to engage your body, heart, and mind and set intentions.
45 mins for your creativity
15 mins for closing with some movement and the option to share.
These sessions offer space to focus on any aspect of your work or creative practice that you want to inject more creative energy into. Some examples of what people have worked on include:
Brainstorming new ideas for a project/offering
Planning drafts of newsletters/speeches/blog posts, webpages and funding proposals.
Processing and editing ideas – writing, dancing, drawing/sketching, dance-drawing, painting
Learning/practicing – a new craft or skill: drawing, sculpture, model-making
Getting into flow on a current piece of work or putting final touches on a project
Photo by Amy Behrens
What are the benefits?
There is power and joy in coming together.
- Embodiment – one of the most powerful supports I have for my creativity is through movement. It shifts me out of a place of thinking and brings me into flow. There ideas emerge as I move – as images, words and sensations. BEing more fully in your body gives you far more access to inspiration and creative energy.
- Accountability – we can set the best of intentions but if you are anything like me you know that it’s all too easy to say you will start tomorrow. The sessions offer a structure that you can lean into – you don’t need to create it.
- Focus – this is a set period of time that you can focus on one area of work.
- It is a source of inspiration and an opportunity to put ideas into movement and expression in your own work.
- Connection – this is a chance to witness and share others’ creative processes and offerings – this opens opportunities for inspiring and being inspired, cross-pollination, co-creation and that sense that we are in this together.
- Weaving – this is a way of bringing together thoughts, emotions and actions into new rich offerings in the world.
What happens after I register?
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the session.
When can I join the session?
Please join the session 5mins before it starts.
How can I prepare?
Take time beforehand to prepare any materials you might need to work on (paper, paint, pens, pencils, etc), and create a space so that you can focus on one project.
Clear space for moving – You don’t need lots of space but it is good to have space to stretch your arms right out and above you at the very least. You are responsible for the care of your body so stretch a little beforehand if it helps you warm up and always pay attention to your needs and limitations, taking rest if you need it.
Dress comfortably, have water or a cup of tea ready, and ensure that your phone is on airplane mode.
Photo by Sinéad Cullen
By joining the Creative nest session you agree to the following
– Keep your camera on during the session: you don’t need to be in front of the screen all the time but it is important to maintain a connection. If you are having problems with Internet access then you can have your camera turned off during the ‘open space’ session – please let me know if this is the case.
– Join the session 5 mins before it starts so you can check your connection and have everything you need and so we can all start together and on time. Please stay for the duration of the class. Your presence in the group is important
– This is not a closed group and new people may join from week to week.
– You are willing and able to take full responsibility for your own physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health during the session and afterwards.
– Sessions include Movement Medicine which is an activity that involves physical movement. You are fit and well and able to move and ensure you have an area to move in which you have checked is safe.
– Listen to your own body. Move at your own pace, if something hurts, pay attention and take care of yourself.
– You understand that this session may bring emotions to the surface.
– When you register I will add you to my email list. You can unsubscribe anytime. I agree to only use your contact details for my events.
What people say about the Creative Nest
“I really love your cozy creative nest. It is inspiring and safe. I am able to let go and immerse in my art. Beautifully held.”Birgit P. Cologne (Participant)
“Creative nest is one of the highlights of my week. This is my chance to play-to let go of the “should be’s and have to’s”, To hear the music and Sinéad’s gentle guiding voice, to feel soft breezes around me created by movement of my own making, Then to take my selection of art supplies and a blank page to do what I want, seeing something come to life on the page-it doesn’t matter what. It’s a space that simultaneously feels my own and yet is part of a safe, undemanding, supportive group. The positive effect has extended beyond the nest and has oiled some rusty creative cogs that were almost seized.. It has restored some joy.”Brenda (Participant)
What is Movement Medicine?
Dance is a catalyst for change, it is a source of inspiration and it is a way to connect with others beyond words.
Movement Medicine is a conscious dance practice that requires no experience and has no steps. It is based on bringing greater awareness into your moving body, heart, and mind and is a powerful practice for learning to listen to your needs. It has the capacity to bring us into greater connection with our authentic inner wisdom, inspiration, and access to creative flow.
Sinéad has been practicing Movement Medicine since 2007 and is a fully qualified Movement Medicine Teacher.
Photo by Amy Behrens
Creativity and Movement medicine
“Dance connects us – with our bodies, with our souls, with each other, with the space within and around us and with the spirit of life. It gives us breathing space away from the noise of our busyness. In that space we come into deeper alignment with ourselves and our own intuitive knowledge…Once we enter the flow of our movement we learn to trust the natural creativity of the life force inside us.”Susannah and Ya’Acov Darling Khan *The School of Movement Medicine