Writing for Wellbeing

I have lived experience using creative writing and poetry as a way to process life challenges and as a way to explore creativity. I offer a safe space to explore the hidden. This approach often leads to insights and light bulb moments that surface on the page. I run small workshops for beginners to introduce you to different techniques exploring your inner world and to inspire your creative potential.

I’m a freelance wellbeing writer and a published poet with an MA in Creative Writing (Birkbeck, London). I’m currently working on my debut collection of poetry about sleep, dreams and the subconscious mind. There’s more about my work here: www.leahlarwood.co.uk

I have undertaken various CPD and short courses in mindfulness, counselling and writing therapy. I’m currently training with the International Federation of Biblio Poetry Therapy under the supervision of world leading Poetry Therapist, psychologist & author, Dr Geri Chavis.

Interested in learning more? You might like to read this article I wrote about the therapeutic powers of poetry for In the Moment magazine.

What is writing for wellbeing, and how does it differ to creative writing?

Writing about Dreams Workshop: Nocturnal Journaling

Thursday, 9 December 2021 | 7 -9pm

Use your dreams to understand yourself better. Learn the golden rules of dream journaling, the benefits of documenting your dreams, and take part in some guided writing exercises to help you process and explore your inner world. Learn some introductory approaches to dream interpretation, and find creative inspiration while you sleep. No writing experience is needed, just a desire to write and an active curiosity about your dreams. You’ll leave with a valuable toolbox of approaches. (Please note this isn’t a creative writing workshop but a therapeutic one, where you will learn exercises and ways to explore your dreams therapeutically via the written word)

Held via Zoom. To book email me: leah@themoonlab.net

£30 (US $42)

Winter Solstice: Twinkles in the Coal Pile 

Tuesday, 21 December 2021 | 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Back by popular demand. Grab a blanket and soothing warm drink, and join me on Winter Solstice. Understand where you are in winter and how you feel about the season. Find meaning with winter poetry. Harness winter and tap into the still and wild beauty of the season, embracing the darkness and slowing down. Cultivating acceptance, creating aspirations, hopes, and gentle goals to see you through the rest of the season.

Held via Zoom. To book email me: leah@themoonlab.net

£20 (US $28)

After the Clock Strikes: Using poetry to find New Year Gifts 

Sunday, 2nd January 2022 | 3 – 5pm

Another workshop back by popular demand. Reflecting and Rebirthing: Examining the highs and lows of 2021, ways we’ve grown or adapted, things we’ve learnt. Looking at poems of re-birth, reflection, change, courage and bravery. Participants will create, not New Year’s resolutions, but sankalpas (a more positive and yogic approach to goal-setting) by using prompts from poems. Exploring what we will do with our “one wild and precious life” in 2022. Learn journaling approaches and exercises designed to support the start of your year.

Held via Zoom. To book email me: leah@themoonlab.net

£20 (US $28)

The Royal Road to Dreams: An Online Writing Series for Self-Discovery and Wellness 

Starts Wednesday, 12 January 2022 for 6 weeks. 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm (every Wednesday)

This series offers a safe and creative space to harness and explore your nocturnal world using poetry, writing exercises and journaling, to help you to discover new insights, deepen your connection with your unconscious mind, and to understand yourself better. Notice what your dreams are signalling to you and learn to embrace and explore anxiety dreams or nightmares. Each week we will focus on a different function of sleep and dreams.

Held via Zoom. To book email me: leah@themoonlab.net

£70 (US $85) for 6 weeks

Winter the Spring of Genius:Wellbeing Writing 

Starts Monday, 31 January 2022 (for 5 weeks every Monday)
6.30 pm – 8pm

A workshop for both those who struggle with winter and those who thrive during it. This 5-week writing for wellbeing series offers a safe and creative space to harness the season’s wild and still nature in all its magnificent messiness and seeming harshness. Discovering what you can learn about yourself in winter, how you feel about the season, and what you’re grateful for, how you can embrace it, and survive and thrive the rest of winter. Using a different theme, poetry and other writing exercises each week to find ways to witness, understand and work with the darkness and places to find the light.

Held via Zoom. To book email me: leah@themoonlab.net

£60 (US $85) for 6 weeks

Valentine’s Day (Eve): A love letter to self

Sunday, 13th February 2022
3pm – 5pm

A Valentine’s Day gift to yourself: We’ll explore the concept of self-compassion and the ways in which we sometimes judge ourselves unknowingly, using poetry and writing prompts. Exploring how to overcome the barriers preventing self-compassion and identifying opportunities for change. While learning how to tango with that inner critic and enhance how we feel about ourselves through compassion-based meditations.

Held via Zoom. To book email me: leah@themoonlab.net

£15 (US $20)

Pic credit: Rolling Stone

Kate Bush: An Online Writing Series for Self-Discovery

Spring 2022 DATES TBC – 6.30pm – 8.30pm
(5 weeks)

Held via Zoom. To book email me: leah@themoonlab.net

£60 (US $85)

Combining lyrics by Kate Bush as inspiration, poetry therapy techniques, music videos & writing prompts related to her songs to understand what we can learn about ourselves. A space to help you discover new insights, deepen your connection with yourself. Themes include: Perspectives: Seeing things differently; Inner child: Embracing and working with our inner child; Cultivating Joy: What brings you happiness; The Masks We Wear: Exploring our shadow self; Alchemy: Transformation of self. We’ll watch her music videos, read her lyrics and you’ll be led through different writing prompts and exercises to help you explore your emotional responses to her works.

Find your writing voice, step within

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