ThriveFest #2 Programme is now live!

01 October 2021

Thrive Fest #2 Programme is now live!

There are lots of different events taking place around World Mental Health Day 2021 (10 October). See below for a full list of events taking place:

Willow Tea Party on 6 October

Time: 3.30 – 4.30 pm
Venue: Cyrenians Royal Edinburgh Community Garden, Royal Edinburgh Hospital, Tipperlinn Road
Contact: Kim Wingate
Registration: email
A garden gathering where people can come together, outdoors and enjoy some conversation, hot drinks made on the fire, and participate in some willow crafts. For those new to the garden, we can give an informal tour of the space and introduction to the ongoing activities available. This session is designed for people who may be interested in getting involved in Thrive activity at the garden as a participant or volunteer, those who may like to make referrals to the project.

A window into mental health and wellbeing from 7 to 11 October

Time: opening hours of shopping centre
Venue: The Image Collective, Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre Contact: Valerie Cannon 07436 227 303
Registration: (If required) n/a
Young people have been researching – 5 Ways to Wellbeing with a focus on Taking Notice. They will be practising Mindfulness ‘using their senses’ and the ‘54321 coping technique’ in creative ways. They have also been working on Identity and the important of knowing ‘Who they Are’. These themes will all come together in a magnificent window display about the important of expression, positive coping skills and that it’s okay to talk about mental health. The aim is to intrigue the public and to boost their interest in mental health.

Transform Through Transitions from 7 to 11 October

Online: Microsoft Team
Contact: Or 07936369885
Our sessions aim to provide people with the skills to recognise and understand the challenges they face. We support participants to develop positive behaviours and teach them self-help techniques to cope with managing day to day life. Sessions include Mental Health Awareness; Distraction and Coping Techniques; Sleep Training; Conflict Resolution; Social Media Awareness; and Stress Management.
• Mental Health Awareness – 7 October at 10.00 am – 12.00 pm
• Distraction and Coping Techniques 7 October at 10.00 am – 12.00 pm
• Conflict Resolution – 8 October at 10.00 am – 12.00 pm
• Sleep Training – 8 October at 2.00 – 4.00 pm
• Social Media Awareness – 11 October from 10 am – 12 pm
• Stress Management – 11 October from 2.00 – 4.00 pm

Express Yourself on 7 October

For more information email:
The Ripple Project will run a one-off 2-hour graffiti session looking at getting the young people to express themselves showing how they see themselves and how they identify themselves. They will then if they have time look to further this by exploring what young people think wellbeing is to them through art and graffiti. This will all be very relaxed and will be done on canvas based boards that the young people can then take home and keep however we will take lots of photos and create a short film of the young people’s work so that they can document this and display it on The Ripple’s YouTube Channel and Website.

Mind Over Subject Matter – An Introduction to Mindfulness & Creative Writing on 7 October

Time: 12.00 – 1.00 pm
Online: Zoom
Contact: Caroline Ross – or
Registration: Eventbrite link –
Mark National Poetry Day (7 October) and World Mental Health Day with a special event held by Cyrenians Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution as part of ThriveFest 2. Mindfulness combined with creative writing can end writers’ block and support creativity. The therapeutic qualities of private expressive writing can also improve one’s own well-being and the well-being of others. This short session is an introduction to Mindfulness Meditation practices combined with creative writing exercises. The course is open to all levels of mindfulness and writing experience. It’s led by award-winning poet Colin McGuire, who is a Mindfulness Teacher with the Mindfulness Association and qualified to teach the Mindfulness Based Living Course (MBLC). He has an M.Sc. in Mindfulness from the University of Aberdeen and has run Creative Writing and Mindfulness workshops in high schools, libraries and community centres. Get a taste of what practicing mindfulness can do for you and your writing on National Poetry Day with this free and online event.

Wellbeing with Wander Women on 7 October

Time: 10 to 12.30 pm
Venue: Holyrood Park
Contact: Anna Neubert-Wood 07816188615
A walk for up to 8 women at Holyrood Park. Meditation, barefoot walking, nature Connection and sharing, Silence and tea. Join this socially distanced, mindful outdoor WanderWomen adventure for women. Meet like-hearted women, explore the wide open skies and horizons of opportunities, restore balance, and inner calm, be at one with nature, and live your truth! This is your opportunity for some time out, a change of scene, selfcare and grounding, reflect on life, connect with nature and with like-hearted women! What to expect: Mindful, gentle walking, Silent Reflection, Nature Connection & Nature Art, Meditation. Yoga Play.
Please bring your own mugs and bottled water. Snacks and drinks are provided, as well as seat mats. You will leave feeling refreshed, invigorated, inspired and happy to be alive, smelling of fire and freedom! Limited numbers of tickets available, to keep the group small, dynamic and supportive.

Take It to The Streets – Spray Paint Workshop on 8 October or 9 October (wet weather contingency)

Time: 1.00 – 4.00 pm
Venue: Coatfield Lane Hoardings
Contact: Lotte Walters
Registration: Essential, please email
An afternoon of learning to spray paint and some of the history behind street art and graffiti culture. An opportunity to learn new skills and then to design and create your very own street art piece at the Coatfield Lane Hoardings. No experience necessary. All materials provided. Please wear clothes that can get painty. Registration is essential as numbers are limited.

Building an equal world together on 9th October

Time: 6.00 – 8.00 pm
Online: Zoom
An art workshop for members of Active 50 + group – Poles over 50s. During COVID-19 pandemic health inequalities became even more visible than before and Poles over 50s are in a group affected by it due to language barrier and cultural differences. Through art we would like to explore how as a community we can contribute to building an equal world and what each of us can do to make the world a fairer place.

Find your Ikigai: your passion and purpose in life on 9th October

Time: 2.00 – 4.00 pm
Venue: Art and Spirituality Centre, 6-8 Alexander Drive, EH11 2RH Edinburgh
Contact: Giada Gaslini from Invisible Caims
Registration required:
The Ikiga is your “reason for being”, the mission of your soul that you can only understand with your Heart, not with your Mind. During our workshop together, where all the material will be provided, we will start with a Japanese shamanic ritual to set your powerful intention. You will then visualize your fears and blocks and write them on some paper that will go inside your bowl. With full awareness, you will firmly and safely break your pottery and with the help of others, you will purify the space around you and inside yourself with an incense.
It will be now time to easily repair your pottery with gold through a modern reinterpretation of the art of kintsugi, that teaches that broken objects are not something to hide but to display with pride. This is the essence of resilience: the present situation that blocks you from joining your passions should be taken in their positive aspect of imperfection, according to the Wabi Sabi philosophy. While repairing your unique piece in a very easy way, you will learn about the Japanese Aesthetics principles of the Wabi Sabi and the Ikigai. To reach your ikigai, you need skills, talents and energy that are already inside yourself, just waiting to be unveiled.

‘Emotions, Assemble! How Superheroes Can Be Good for our Mental Wellbeing’ on 9 October

Time: 11.00 am
Online: Zoom
Contact and Registration:
Welcome! This will be a one-hour talk on the ways that superheroes in film and TV can help us to understand common mental health stresses and provide ways for coping, taking care of ourselves, and recognising our resilience. We will explore these paths to wellbeing with the help of iconic heroes including Black Widow, Jessica Jones, Black Panther, Wanda Maximoff, Jean Grey and Iron Man. Amy Beddows is an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist with 16 years’ experience in mental health and nine years working in Higher Education. She has a special interest in media representation and ways of bringing beloved characters into the therapy room.

Clay Time! On 9 October

Time: 2.00 – 4.00 pm
Venue: Leith Community Pottery, Leith Business Centre, 4a Marine Esplanade, EH6 7LU
Contact and Registration: Contact Andy at 07505 113 836. or email:
A 2-hour pottery workshop giving participants the opportunity to build a vessel or object which will be glazed and fired for them and returned at a later date. 6 places are available. As similar workshops have been offered in the past, please only register if you have not previously attended. Face coverings will require to be worn and 1 metre physical distancing will be in operation.

Light us up in Neon Armour on 10 October

Time: 6.30 – 8.00 pm
Venue: Santosa Wellness Centre, Leith
We will explore our mental well-being in relation to the menopause, creating and sharing in a safe space with a gentle return to connecting with ourselves and each other. Artist Lynn Fraser (Mrs Fantoosh) leads this arm- painting group workshop, a hopeful journey to improved self-expression and self care (when words are often hard to find), and enhanced feelings of wellbeing. We will be using neon body paint on arms with UV light to create a vibrant, other-worldly experience. This workshop is open to anyone currently navigating the menopause on their journey through life.

Where I Thrive: Photography and wellbeing on 10 October

Time: 2.00 – 3.15 pm
Online Forum: Zoom
Contact :
Join us to celebrate iThrive Edinburgh’s first birthday on 10 October 2021, World Mental Health Day. We are hosting an online event with a focus on photography and wellbeing. There will be speakers and activities from the iThrive Edinburgh team, Project Home and Stills: Centre of Photography. Come along and learn more about how photography can boost your wellbeing and help us to share our stories. We’ll also be sharing some practical tips on taking photos to get you started. As part of the event, we will be sending out packs in advance.

Intuitive Art in Nature on 10 October

Time: 11.00 am – 4.00 pm
Venue: Planetary Healing Community Woodland, Balerno, Edinburgh (directions will be emailed)
Contact: 07556575645 (Elisa)
Registration: To book please email or text/phone 07556575645. More information is available on
A chance to celebrate who we are, connect with nature, and explore the gifts of the creative process together. The workshop combines intuitive art, meditation, and nature connection practices. It wishes to create a safe space, a relaxing and positive environment, where participants can connect with nature and explore the gifts of the creative process. The event provides an opportunity to create together in community and to celebrate all the aspects of our being. The woodland of Balerno is a magical place, full of beautiful trees and plants. Through some creative exploration, we will connect with the natural elements of this place and will tune into the season of life in our surroundings. What to bring: The workshop will be indoor but we will spend some time outdoor also, so please wear warm and comfortable clothes. Bring with you some packed lunch, a blanket for relaxation, and some water. The workshop is facilitated by Creativeflow Arts and is in collaboration with The Planetary Healing Centre. For more information about what we do please visit or

Blanket Fort Drop In Crafting on 10 October

Time: 2.00 – 4.00 pm
Venue: Edinburgh’s Summed Hall Courtyard
As part of CL Gamble’s ongoing Blanket Fort project, anyone with lived experience of mental health issues is invited to contribute a fabric patch to a “comfort blanket” which will be shown at this year’s Out Of Sight Out Of Mind exhibition in Edinburgh’s Summerhall. CL Gamble will provide fabric, markers, threads, ribbon, buttons… patches can be as simple as writing on a scrap of material or use as many materials and ribbon, buttons… patches can be as simple as writing on a scrap of material or use as many materials and techniques as you like! May also be done from home and sent in for contribution.

Space making for Creative Practice on 10 October

Time: 10.30 am-12.00 pm
Venue: Online via Zoom
The workshop, facilitated by Clare Robertson and Stefanie Blum, provides an opportunity for artists and creatives of varying levels of experience to consider and process their journey through the pandemic, with a focus on considering how they are feeling in this moment and making space for new seeds of inspiration to grow. Participants will go on a slow walk wherever they are based, reflect on the past months and their creative practice. We will then come together and hold an open conversation, contribution isn’t compulsory by any means and this is a safe space should you wish to share any stories.

The Future Of Lived Experience Storytelling – An invitation to a brave space on 10 October

Time required: 2- 3 hrs in the morning
Venue/Online: face-to-face in a community centre
Contact: Collective Community Action to Inspire Hope
Registration: (Numbers limited – priority will be given to the members of the collective)
Exploring the future of lived experience story- telling, Workshop -Invitation to Brave Space* – The proposed workshop attempts to provide a dedicated time and space for all members of our collective to explore physical and digital spaces that are secure enough for authentic storytelling and lean into wellbeing practices, strategies and philosophies. Together we will explore personal adaptations as individuals with lived experiences in the past year.

Centering the Mind: My self portrait on 10 October

Time: 12.00 – 1.00 pm
Online: online via Zoom
In this drawing workshop, we are going to create a self-portrait that will help recentre our mind by focusing on a positive image that makes you happy or smile. This one hour online workshop’s aim is to allow participants to unwind, relax, perhaps find a little balance but mainly to have fun, get creative and go with the flow.

Sharing & Caring Weekend Event 0n 8 – 10 October

Venue: Visitor Centre at HMP Addiewell
Contact: Lesley Frame Whitelaw, Senior Keyworker, 01506 874500 ext 3914
Registration: N/A
Aa ‘Sharing & Caring’ Event with Wellbeing gift bags for children & adults – including a letter writing pack to including stamped envelope to send a letter to their loved one in prison. From Friday 8th – Sunday 10th we will distribute the packs to visitors coming to HMP Addiewell and take the opportuity to talk about mental health & World Mental Health Day.

Never Alone! Sound workshop for autistic teens on 10 October

A day-long participant-led music and performance workshop primarily for our local association’s teens with autism and learning needs to take place in our premises in EDI, with a team of music makers, independent of carers and using amplified band equipment. The planned session will enable the 30+ participants (on top of parents and guardians and volunteers) to understand how to communicate their needs and emotions. We are happy to share a welcome tune (see attachment) and shout out our outcomes to the world (some tips about music making sessions for autistic teens to improve their mental health).

Aye Feel on 10 October

Contact: Email for further information
An evening of creative performances in the community cafe “August 21” with 3 spoken word artists and 2 musicians to perform on their relationship with mental health. They will be invited to talk about their creative process and how creativity helped them overcome trauma. The artists will be exploring how their gender identity, race and social class impacted their mental health in different ways.

Side by Side: LGBTQ+ Stories of resilience & recovery on 10 October

Time: 2.00 – 2.30 pm
Online: Zoom
Three LGBTQ+ writers share stories of trying to thrive in an unequal world. Join LGBT Health and Wellbeing and our special guest writers as we highlight the lived experiences of those impacted by multi-layers of stigma and discrimination and their hopes for the future. Special guest writers / performers include: Andy McRae (He/him), Ari Bone (They/them), Susannah Laing (She/her). The event will be hosted by Jules Stapleton Barnes and supported by LGBT Health and Wellbeing’s Edinburgh Community Programme, Volunteer Events Team.

Huichol Beading Art on 10 October

Time: 1.00 – 3.00 pm
Venue/Online: Art and Spirituality Centre, 6-8 Alexander Dr, Gorgie, EH11 2RH
Contact: Mario at or
Registration: email
A free arts and crafts workshop for adults of any artistic level in which participants will glue colourful beads onto premade small clay animals creating beautiful decorative patterns inspired in Huichol art and imagination. In addition, a video tutorial which will be published on the Gorgie Collective YouTube channel teaching the viewer how to make the Huichol art pieces from scratch, from modelling the animal to gluing the beads and adding the protective finishing coat.

Expressive Arts with Sound and Relaxation for women on 11 October

Time required: 2.00 – 7.00 pm
Venue: Planetary Healing Centre
Contact: Iza at Nomadic Heart Art Medicine
Registration: If you wish to join get in touch via email at to or text 07561387034 or see
A workshop combining creative arts with sound healing, meditation, and relaxation.
The physical space at the Planetary Healing Centre offers a safe space excellent for creativity and relaxation. We will be working in a safe and relaxing space where participants can connect with their inner creativity and explore the gift of the creative process. We will be adhering to social distancing, yet able to bring people together safely.

Creativity and Kindness on 11 October

Time required: 4.00 – 5.00 pm
Venue: Online

Inch Park Community Sports Club presents Creativity and Kindness, an online creative session. Join us to reflect, draw, write, and share stories. Our host Sita Thomas is Artistic Director of Fio, a theatre company that tells stories of those less heard, and presenter of Milkshake! on Channel 5 TV. During lockdown Sita created short films for children celebrating Acts of Kindness and Wellbeing Walks. Take part to explore and share your creativity. Be inspired, feel uplifted, meet new people. Register now! Suitable for adults aged 18+. Maximum 30 spaces. Free admission.

VOCAL on 11 October

Time: 10.30 am – 12.30pm for carers; 2.00 – 4.00 pm for professionals
Venue: VOCAL Carers Hub, 60 Leith Walk
Contact: Fiona Barrett,
Registration: email
Carers have an essential role to play supporting people’s mental health, but often struggle to know how best to get involved and have their say. In the morning session for carers, we will outline carer rights to be involved in decision-making and offer tips and suggestions on ways you can actively take part in formal meetings, assessments and consultations. It will also be a chance to meet other carers and share experiences in a relaxed, informal setting. The afternoon session, for professionals, aims to create more of a level playing field for carer participation. It will cover steps professionals can take to support carers to develop the skills and knowledge needed to feel more confident and less anxious when attending meetings.

Volunteer Voices on 11 October

Venue: Corstorphine Community Centre
Registration: n/a
As a way of celebrating everything volunteers do for the Corstorphine Community Centre, we are inviting our team to get together, enjoy coffee and cake and explore what volunteering means and gives to them. We will create a large window display which will be photographed and made into a permanent legacy of the day and the work of our volunteers.

You are invited to Out of Sight Out of Mind 2021 Exhibition and Launch

Out of Sight Out of Mind 2021 organisers and exhibitors are delighted to invite you to the online launch and exhibition at Summerhall in Edinburgh and online, of 100 artworks made by people who have lived experience of mental health issues. Find more information below and a poster attached. Everyone is welcome so please feel free to share this invitation with your colleagues, friends and networks.
“A beautiful collaboration of unique voices lifting each other up and placing fragments of humanity together, shaping a whole.”

Join the online launch on Tuesday 12 October, 6.00 – 7.30 pm. This will be the first opportunity to see the artworks of the 2021 exhibition together, and we will hear from some of the OOSOOM team and project supporters. Sign up for the launch here:
If there is something we can do that will meet your access needs for the online launch then please get in touch, and we will work with you within our capacity to meet them.

Exhibition at Summerhall, 13 – 30 October Wed to Sun 12.00 – 5.00 pm (Saturday 11.00 am – 6.00 pm)

You do not need to book your visit. Please note the last day of the exhibition is Saturday 30 October. If required, visit the website for information on planning your visit to Summerhall
Online exhibition, from Tuesday 12 October, 6.00 pm

A number of online and in-person events will be shared on the website soon! For now we announce…
OOSOOM Uncovered, Tuesday 26 October, 2.00 – 4.00 pm, online. This ‘meet the exhibitor’ event has become a regular feature of Out of Sight Out of Mind exhibition. It is sure to be an interesting afternoon. Everyone is welcome. This year it will take place online using Zoom. Visit the website for booking details.

Get in touch
Arts As Advocacy Worker Pam: or phone: 07989 402634
Exhibition Assistant Steph: or phone: 07469 660 996

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