Our writing and wellbeing project is FLOURISH-ing

Young and old get creative in the Wild Garden

Workshops and events are well attended

Group poem:

Group poem written by: 
Ruth Emslie, Joan MacMaster, Mary Malcolm, Sheila Moir, Olga Moroni, Cheryl Paul, Gemma Price, Elaine Reid, Jan Simpson, Kelvin Tonner
during the 'Wild Words' workshop series held as part of The Barn's FLOURISH programme.

In May our new community writing and wellbeing project FLOURISH kicked off with a fabulous Garden Party. The project, which is part of Elaine Reid's writing residency at the Barn, is now well under way with workshops, school visits and free activities for anyone to get involved in.

We have had hundreds of adults and children coming to our writing and wellbeing events, joining the workshops and visiting the Wild Garden to let their imagination run wild with pen and paper. From stories to poems, people are coming up with great written work, inspired by the nature in our garden. A mindfulness workshop also took place, with participants reflecting on their life and creating 'vision boards'.

Several classes from a local primary school have also visited the garden. Although writing poetry is not something many primary aged children are familiar with, most of them had a go and really enjoyed their visit and time spent outdoors.

"I have never seen the children write so much in such a short period of time" A teacher from Hill of Banchory primary school
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The post box set up in the garden for people to post their poems in is also slowly filling up. Anyone is welcome to sit and write. Your poem may even end up as part of an exhibition... 

If you need inspiration or a bit of help, we have free instructions available at the Barn. 

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A poem written by a Wild Garden visitor, left in our 'post box'

More exciting news!

The Barn has been shortlisted for the TESCO Bags of Help scheme to fund an Outdoor Poetry Trail in the Wild Garden for the community. Pick up your blue coins at the checkout in Banchory from the 1st of July and put put them in the dedicated coin box. More information about this soon.

Get involved

Do you fancy giving writing a go? Sign up to one of the free workshops or come and do our free writing activities in your own time when visiting the Barn's Wild Garden. Our first writing prompt is 'Found Poetry'. Collect instructions from the Barn or download them here.

Writing Prompt #1

Found Poetry

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Elaine explains the Found Poetry writing prompt