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Creative Wellbeing: Explore your Personal Narrative

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Key Information:
Class Size: 4 - 12 people
Destination: Ireland  
Category: Performance Workshops
Specialty: Theatre  
Season: March
Courses Per Year: 1
Course Level: All levels
Min Price: 200 Euro (EUR) per person
Max Price: 240 Euro (EUR) per person

This course combines the work of three experts in their own creative fields - yoga, drama and creative writing - under the direction of an experienced psychotherapist - to work with you on aspects of your personal narrative. By taking aspects of your memory - perhaps a fragment from childhood, or a broad-based aspect of your development (eg parents), these four teachers will work with you to discover creative expression for your own experiences.

This will involved four half-day sessions:
- One with the therapist, Valerie Wistreich, an expert in PTSD, examining the range of personal narrative and how it can be explored in disussion.
- One with the creative writing teacher, Tina Pisco, who specialises in unlocking creativity through writing.
- One with acting teacher, Marcus Bale who works with groups in improvisation and expressive acting techniques.
- One with yoga teacher and expert in Astanga and Hatha yogo techniques, Libby Wakely.

Note: The course runs on Saturday and Sunday from 10-5pm and home-cooked lunches are provided each day between 1 and 2pm.

Faculty Information:
This teaching center does not affiliate with state education facilities and provides courses without examinations for enthusiasts. Since 2001, we have provided classes and courses to suit all levels of skill and experience ranging from the complete beginner through to exhibitor standard and the school has become the largest and most established center of its kind in Ireland. We stock a wide selection of clays and glazes, our pottery courses cover the full range of ceramics and sculpting techniques.

Other Activities:
Visit Kinsale, internationally renowned for its cuisine, its cosmopolitan style and the beauty of its harbor. There are many excellent pubs and restaurants in the town, as well as a wide range of art and craft shops. What better place to learn a craft, or take a break.

The school is situated just 20 minutes from Cork Airport, close to the center of the beautiful historic harbor of Kinsale, famed for its restaurants and shops. The pottery is in the converted stables of the home farm for Ballinacurra House, and the gallery is in the eaves of its coach house, which dates back to 1795.

Facility Information:
The Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre provides arts and crafts, drama and creative writing courses for adults and children, specializing in pottery, art, drawing and painting, glass fusing and stained glass, bronze casting, creative writing, improvisation, clowning, creative wellbeing and mosaic-making. We run weekly morning and evening classes, weekend breaks, summer schools and tailor-made workshops for corporate groups and private parties. There are four teaching rooms, each of which can accommodate up to 20 people, so a group of 50+ can be booked.

We can accommodate up to 20 people in one class and up to 60 in a group, or as few as two or three at a time. All our courses suit beginners, enthusiasts and professionals, using a wide range of facilities and techniques. The pottery includes electric and raku kilns, stoneware and earthenware clays, and we teach throwing, hand-building and all varieties of glazing.

The school is located close to Kinsale town, about 15 minutes walk from the harbor. Accommodation is available in the town at various levels of quality and price, and there are several bed and breakfasts mid-way between the town and the pottery.

Notes:
This weekend, including lunches, costs €240 per person, but bookings for two or more at one time include discounts - €200 per person over the first person.

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