Shambellie House Launches Wellbeing Through Creativity Programme

Take a look at the Wellbeing Through Creativity programme at Shambellie House Courses, activities and events to promote health and wellbeing have been launched at Shambellie House.

Supported by the Scottish Government’s Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund, the programme provides opportunities for relaxation and enjoyment whilst learning a new skill. Each workshop is led by a talented local creative who will work with you for a couple of hours to introduce you to an art form.

It’s then followed by tea, coffee and cake, with the opportunity to continue to practice your artform, chat, read, stroll the grounds or just relax.

Textile artist Helen Walsh will help you learn hand embroidery and how it can be used as a creative tool for mindfulness and relaxation, including using running stitch, using stitches to create texture, using adornments and applique. There will be lots of opportunities to enjoy the social side of stitching, either working quietly together or enjoying a good chat! These workshops start on 14 June. Helen is also leading a torn paper collage workshop on 19 July.

On 15 June, leading Scottish Harper Wendy Stewart will lead a taster session to help you discover the traditional small harp. No music experience is needed, and Wendy will provide a selection of harps plus some extra surprise stringed instruments.

Jeweller Derek Banks is leading 2 workshops including simple jewellery making and chainmaille bracelet making. Derek has been making jewellery for about 20 years and is always looking to learn new weaves. His first workshop is on 28 June.

Creative Director and Founder of ‘For Enjoyment CIC’ Frank Hayes is leading a range of art workshops beginning with Automatic Drawing on 30 June. Frank is committed to nurturing artistic ability within everyone and improving mental and social health, confidence and wellbeing through the power of art and creativity. His other taster workshops include Zen Drawing, Frottage and Collage and Print Nature.

Angie Ball is a tutor of Mindfulness, Compassion and Insight and is running two courses The Elements of Mindfulness in the Environment on 14 August and

Mindfulness, Acceptance and Appreciation on 15 October.

These sessions are designed to give you the opportunity to escape the stresses and strains of modern life and soak up the peaceful atmosphere of Shambellie and its location. You can try something different, refresh your skills and perhaps discover a new hobby.

To find out more about the programme and to book visit


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