Writer Elaine Reid is leading our community project Flourish - encouraging the community to start writing outdoors in our Wild Garden.
Do you enjoy being outdoors? Do you enjoy spending time on creative activities? Would you like to meet new people and learn a new skill in a beautiful environment? Then come and take part in FLOURISH!
Flourish is a fantastic new 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.
From May onwards the Barn’s Writer-in-Residence, Elaine Reid, offers a variety of writing workshops focused on the wellbeing benefits of spending time in nature. 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.
All workshops and events are free unless otherwise stated. Many have limited spaces so please book in advance!
How to get involved:
This summer discover our Wild Garden and get creative using our Explorer packs available to collect from the box office. Packs include writing, nature and craft activities that are free for the whole community to use throughout summer.
Wednesday 10 May, 10am - 12pm
Introductory words for wellbeing workshop
NUMBER ONE Scott Skinner Square, Banchory
Celebrate health and well-being week and try out the words for well-being approach and get a taster of what you could achieve doing a short course. FREE.
Saturday 13 May, 1 - 4pm
Wild Garden at the Barn.
Fun for the whole community. Discover the Wild Garden and take part in a range of activities. FREE. No need to book, just turn up!
Flourish: Wild Words. Short writing course.
Block 1: 5, 12, 19, 26 June, 10am - 12.30pm FULLY BOOKED
Block 2: 21, 28 August 4, 11 September, 10am - 12.30pm
At the Barn.
Open to anyone age 18+. Write in a supportive group environment. FREE. Booking essential.
Saturday 10 June, 10am - 4pm
Banchory River Festival
Flourish is also part of the Banchory River Festival in Bellfield Park. Take part in the labyrinth or our well-being activities. FREE, just drop-in.
Thursday 15 June, 10am - 4pm
Thursday 31 August, 10am - 4pm
Connect and Create
At the Barn
Join Leonie Gordon for this 1-day workshop using mindfulness techniques to unlock your creativity. Age 18+. FREE. Booking essential. BOOK
Tuesday 20 June, 11am - 2pm Tuesday 15 August, 1 - 4pm Meet the Writer In the Wild Garden
Find out about Elaine Reid's own writing practice and inspiration. FREE. Drop-in, no booking needed.
Thursday 21 September, 10am - 3pm Group Poetry Workshop
Explore the Wild Garden and learn how to create Haiku poetry – a short, traditional Japanese form and come together as a group to create a Renga, a form of collaborative poetry. No previous writing experience necessary, just a love of nature and words and a willingness to have a go. Led by Elaine Reid. Free but must be booked.
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
Need more information?
Email us or phone 01330 - 826520 with any questions or to book your space.Email