Attention cat-loving friends! Pets are proven to enhance happiness, so as part of Freedom of Mind festival 2019 we’re bringing you an evening of tranquility with a series of feline mindfulness workshops at You&Meow Cafe.
Anyone who has spent time around or living with cats knows the difference it makes having them around. Cats make an environment feel relaxed and peaceful – at least, they do when they’re not causing mayhem. But there’s also genuine research to suggest that cat owners live longer. Maybe being a ‘crazy cat lady’ isn’t so crazy after all…
Here’s an interesting fact: cats purr at a frequency of 26 Hertz, which is also the frequency scientists use in vibrational therapies to promote tissue regeneration. There is an old veterinary saying that goes: “If you put a cat and a pile of broken bones in the same room, the bones will heal”.
Maybe strategically placing a purring cat on your broken arm isn’t the best way to fix it, but cats certainly have other healing powers. They reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and reduce your risk of developing heart disease. No wonder past civilisations thought they were enchanted! Read more about this in the wonderful blog over on You&Meow Cafe’s website.
The host of our second workshop of the Feline Mindfulness evening is Becca from To Be Adorned. During the creative weaving session you’ll have an opportunity to unwind and hone your yarn craft skills in a relaxed setting. Becca will show you how to use simple weaving techniques to create a colourful yarn wall hanging to take home and display. You’ll learn:
The workshop is completely beginner friendly and no special craft skills are required. It will be an opportunity to calm your mind, get creative and dig deep in the yarn stash! You’ll play with colour and texture to create your own one-of-a-kind textiles wall art by using yarn, thrifted haberdashery and foraged twigs, all in the company of some feline friends!
Becca’s a Bristol-based designer-maker specialising in vintage-inspired accessories for colour lovers and creative brides. She also runs yarn-based workshops locally and believes in the power of crafting. You can find Becca on social media @tobeadorned and on Etsy www.tobeadornedshop.etsy.com
The third session of our Feline Mindfulness evening is Cat Life Drawing with Phoebe Kitcher. This activity will include taking time to observe your moving, purring subjects. The aim will be to represent cats through your drawings, whilst accepting that we can’t get them to lie perfectly still for us. Take some time to yourself and sink in to this activity, leaving your worries for the week at the door.
Phoebe Kitcher is a local arts and wellbeing practitioner who thinks cats are great. Phoebe works in Bristol and study in Newport – and her interests include joyful art, intersectional feminism and queer identity.
These intimate workshops are part of our Feline Mindfulness series. They will be held from 6pm – 7pm and 7.15pm – 8.15pm on Wednesday 30th October at You&Meow Cafe. Tickets are only £6, you can get yours here.
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