Creativity and Wellbeing Week 2020

This year’s Creativity and Wellbeing Week is taking place 18-24 May. During the course of this week, we are 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 features a different type of object and guides you through a creative exploration with this object. The way these exercises work is twofold: they 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 are shared as audio files, available to listen to below:

Mindful puppetry exercises

Mindful puppetry exercise 1. For this exercise you will need a scarf and a place where you can sit undisturbed for a few minutes.
Mindful puppetry exercise 2. For this exercise you will need a piece of paper and a place where you can stand or sit undisturbed for a few minutes.
Mindful puppetry exercise 3: For this exercise you will need a natural object, such as a leaf, twig, stone or shell, and a place where you can sit undisturbed for a few minutes.

Feedback

We have created a short feedback form you can download below, which you can complete and email to us at hello@noseyhedgehog.com.

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.

Please note: these exercises are created by a professional puppeteer and not a qualified dramatherapist.