This year’s Creativity and Wellbeing Week is taking place 18-24 May. During the course of the week, we will be sharing three short mindful exercises using a type of puppetry known as object manipulation. Anybody can do these exercises in their own home. No previous puppetry experience is required – this is not about the quality of your puppetry, but the quality of the experience for you.
Each exercise will feature a different type of object, and will guide you through a creative exploration with this object. The way these exercises will work is twofold: they will invite you to channel your energy into an object outside of yourself, while at the same time impartially observing the ‘puppet’ and following its direction rather than imposing your own intentions onto it. Observe and explore your puppet with curiosity, and make no judgements. You may find it surprises you!
The exercises will be shared as audio files, available to listen to from our Creativity and Wellbeing page. There will be three exercises shared online during the course of the week, one on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. The audio files will then remain online until the end of the following week, so you can do the exercises in your own time and revisit them as many times as you wish.
There will be a short feedback form available to download from the same page, which you can complete and email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. With so many interesting events going on during Creativity and Wellbeing Week we realise you may have a rather full diary, but if you do take part in one of our mindful puppetry exercises and have five minutes to spare to send us some feedback we would be extremely grateful. This is a pilot project and something we hope to build on if people find this initial stage beneficial, and your feedback will be invaluable in helping us to do this. Thank you.