Best-friends local artist Kelly Eastwood and Meditation and Yoga Teacher Carla Martini are combining their passions in a special workshop that combines the creative practice of automatic drawing with the calming and centering techniques of a form of meditation called Yoga Nidra.
The aim is to provide a unique space for you to explore your creativity while cultivating a state of relaxation and inner focus.
In the first half of the workshop Carla will facilitate the Yoga Nidra where you are gently guided through a series of breath, awareness, visualisation and guided imagery exercises in order to slow down the brainwaves and enter the super conscious state. By shifting out of the thinking and doing mode and into feeling and being mode you are able to create the space to explore their inner universe.
The beauty of Yoga Nidra is that it makes meditation accessible to everyone and results happen very quickly.
Automatic drawing is a technique where you allow your hand to move freely across the paper, without consciously controlling or directing the outcome. The intention is to bypass the critical mind and tap into the subconscious or intuitive realm.
You may choose from various drawing tools such as pencils, pens, or markers. They are encouraged to let go of any expectations or preconceived notions about what the drawing should look like. The focus is on the process of creation rather than the final result.
Kelly may provide prompts or suggestions to spark your creativity or invite you to explore specific themes or emotions. However, the emphasis is on personal expression and individual interpretation.
Throughout the workshop, Carla and Kelly aim to create a supportive and non-judgmental environment, allowing you to freely express yourself through art. They may also offer gentle guidance and encouragement to help you deepen your meditation practice and further unlock their creative potential.
The combination of meditation and automatic drawing can have several benefits. It allows you to access your subconscious mind, tap into your intuition, and discover hidden aspects of yourself. The process of engaging in creative expression can be therapeutic, providing an outlet for emotions, promoting self-reflection, and fostering self-discovery.
Overall, an automatic drawing and meditation workshop provides a unique and transformative experience, blending mindfulness, self-expression, and artistic exploration. It offers a space for you to relax, rejuvenate, and connect with their inner selves while creating beautiful and meaningful artwork.
About Kelly Eastwood
Art for me is a way of making sense of the world. My imagination has always been intense. It is almost like dreaming, it can be a wonderful space to be in, filled with positivity, light and beauty, but, it can also be a dark and negative space, tipping me into paranoia, anxiety and insomnia. Fortunately I have art and through daily drawing and painting practice, I am able to better understand myself and process what goes on inside my head.
This is pivotal to my wellbeing and running alongside this, I have the pleasure of having the wonderful Carla Martini, tantra yoga specialist, in my life. Carla is blissful, beautiful and big- hearted and has helped to boost my confidence and wellbeing with her teachings. Combining my art, with the practices that Carla recommends, brings me feelings of pure bliss and peace. Merging Yoga Nidra and art has changed my life and whilst I cannot stop my imagination from conjuring up imagery and leading me to mysterious destinations, I can employ pranayama, chanting and techniques to help deal with what comes up, not only in my mind, but in life.
My world consists of my gorgeous children Eryn, Pearl and Me, they reflect every ounce of my being and inspire all of my creative products. I give thanks to the wonderful people that bring positivity, joy, love and laughter to my world. If you bring any of this positive force into my life, you have inspired me and I am truly grateful. I love the sea – it provides me with cleansing, calmness and inspiration. Aside from art and Carla’s yoga, the sea is the one place that can still my mind. It captivates me and caresses me with its healing powers.
I am a huge believer in sharing the cathartic properties of the arts. There are so many benefits to be had from tapping into creativity, from body, soul and mind, to connecting communities. I have had the privilege of hosting workshops for children and adults. It is a dream come true to share my love and passion for art with others. In September 2023, I am looking forward to starting training, with Kairos Arts, to become a Level 6, qualified, therapeutic art practitioner with children and young people.
About Carla Martini
I was never very sporty at school. I was always one of the last to be picked for the team! It wasn’t until I discovered ashtanga vinyasa yoga in my early 20s that I found my passion.
In 2015 I finally fulfilled a dream and completed a Yoga Alliance registered 300-hour Level Ashtanga and Yin Yoga Teacher Training course with Melanie Cooper and Norman Blair.
In 2020 I qualified as an accredited Yoga Nidra Facilitator in the Integrative Method of Yoga Nidra from the Amrit School of Yoga with Kamini Desai and was initiated into the lineage of Amrit Yoga Lineage of Masters – descendant of one of the most esoteric yogic traditions of India, the path of Shaktipat Kundalini.
Widely misunderstood in the West, Tantra is an ancient practice-orientated tradition that realises and harnesses the divine within one’s own body.
Tantra invokes the worship of Shakti, the feminine principle of cosmic consciousness, in quest for the divine. The ultimate goal is self-realisation achieved via practices that reunite Shakti (energy) with Shiva (consciousness).
Rather than reaching enlightenment via austerity, the tantrics consider the whole person – where every aspect of life is seen as a tool for spiritual growth. The body is a living temple, a manifestation of the divine. Practices include rituals, mantras and mudras, yantras, meditation, pranayama and visualisation of deities.
Through the practice of Yoga Nidra and tantra I have understood that we are caught up in a wheel of consciousness. When we learn how to observe ourselves in the drama of our lives rather than attaching ourselves to our thoughts and emotions we can overcome anxiety and fear. It’s actually when we surrender and let go of what is and stop trying to control everything that we can heal from within.
Like sport I was always told that I was never very good at ‘art’. It’s astounding how much other people’s opinions can influence the way you think. One of the many things I love about Kelly is how inclusive she is towards art and showing people that they ARE creative, they just need to let go of the stories they have been told and that have held them back.
I absolutely love that I am finally collaborating with my best-friend and hope that we are able to help others let go and tap into their own creative source and potential.
Bolsters, eye pillows and art equipment will be provided. Please bring a mat and blanket if you have them but we will also have some available.
14:00 – 14:15
Arriving and centering
14:15 – 15:00
Yoga Nidra (Psychic sleep)
15:00 – 15:15
16:15 – 16:50
Chai, chat & vegan sweet treats
16:50 – 17:00
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