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Community Writing project Spring - Summer 2017

Writer Elaine Reid is leading our community project Flourish - encouraging the community to start writing outdoors in our Wild Garden.

Flourish started in Spring of 2017 as a community project offering a wide range of opportunities for people of all ages to engage in creative activities aimed at enhancing their sense of wellbeing. From writing workshops to mindfulness activities, there are lots of great events to take part in. 
Workshops are held in the Wild Garden and a variety of community locations and will focus on taking notice of and connecting to the world around us. Please check out the workshop section on our What's On page to find out about Flourish events you could sign up for.

Writing Prompt

Calling all budding writers! Explore our Wild Garden to find the hidden words in the trees and use them to write your very own poem - or just use your own words. When you're done, pop your poem into the post box that sits on the picnic table. The best ones will be selected for the Poetry Exhibition at the Barn in spring 2018.

Download and print your instructions here or pick them up from the Barn.

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Explorer Packs

Looking to get out and about with the family? Discover our Wild Garden and get creative using our free Explorer packs available to collect from the box office. Packs include writing, nature and craft activities. All you need is your imagination, a pencil for scribbling....and maybe a picnic. Watch out for the pond!


Flourish results 2017

Wild Words Workshop

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 2017.

Flourish Video

"Our writing and wellbeing project is FLOURISH-ing" - 16 June 2017

Read the news article about FLOURISH

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As a workshop facilitator, I am constantly in awe of the writing people produce in workshops. And witnessing how each person benefits from the telling of their story strengthens my belief in the power of sharing as medicine for the soul. Elaine Reid

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