Mental Wealth Festival

Mental Wealth Festival

The seventh Mental Wealth Festival, hosted by City Lit, will take place from 10 – 15 October 2021 to incorporate with World Mental Health Day on Sunday 10 October. The Festival will focus on ‘Positive Impact’, and ways to adapt to the changes in our relationships with ourselves, other people, work, home, and the communities in which we live. The festival will include stories and tools to help people recognise and respond to mental health issues with positive impact as we adapt and evolve in these extraordinary times.

As usual, City Lit is running a programme of interactive taster courses throughout the week, introducing people to the therapeutic power of learning and feeding the mind.

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  1. Drawing and mindfulness: morning meditation taster session
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 11 Oct 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    In this single session taster as part of City Lit's Mental Wealth Festival, explore the beauty and simplicity of the ancient practice of mindfulness in the context of drawing. Explore how the two disciplines of mindfulness and drawing complement each other, leading to greater clarity of perception, aliveness and appreciation. The session will involve drawing from observation.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £5.00 Senior fee £5.00 Concession £5.00
  2. Watercolour painting: markmaking, colour and the imagination
    Course start date:  Mon 11 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    In this taster session as part of City Lit's Mental Wealth Festival, join us to make wonderful watercolour paintings inspired by a range of flowers and plants.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £5.00 Senior fee £5.00 Concession £5.00
  3. Storytelling
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Mon 11 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Gain some skills and confidence in structuring and delivering a story: short, long, traditional, anecdotal, personal, fairytales, fables. This session is part of the 2021 Mental Wealth Festival hosted by City Lit and partners.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £5.00 Senior fee £5.00 Concession £5.00
  4. Discover Lipreading
    Course start date:  Mon 11 Oct 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Join this fun, interactive session to have a go at some basic lipreading. You’ll discover how lipreading works and will realise how much you can already do with some helpful strategies. Experience how developing this skill could benefit your mental wellbeing if you have a hearing loss.



    This session is aimed at those who use spoken English as their main means of communication (not sign language). Suitable for complete beginners.



    This session is part of the 2021 Mental Wealth Festival hosted by City Lit and partners.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £5.00 Senior fee £5.00 Concession £5.00
  5. Dance for wellbeing
    Course start date:  Tue 12 Oct 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Introduction to learning how to focus on deepening one’s awareness of the body and the processes going on within through engaging with internal physical perception and experience. This session is part of the 2021 Mental Wealth Festival hosted by City Lit and partners.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £5.00 Senior fee £5.00 Concession £5.00
  6. Poetry circle
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 12 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  OS - Off Site

    Poetry can be a powerful tool for exploring and bringing understanding to our lives and our wellbeing, and sharing our favourite poems or lyrics with a group provides a simple way to connect with others through language. This poetry circle is open to all, and invites you to come along and share your favourite poem or lyrics, listen to others read, and engage in discussion exploring the power of words and creativity. If you write yourself, you are welcome to bring and share your own poetry or writing. To ensure everybody has time to read, your chosen reading should be no more than 40 lines in length.



    Course takes place offsite at Bethlem Royal Hospital, Monks Orchard Road, Beckenham, BR3 3BX.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  7. Panel Discussion: “Keep Up Art” - creativity and mental health in a pandemic
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 12 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Artist and former resident at Bethlem's Anxiety Disorder Residential Unit, Keith Clapson joins artist Karen McBride and colleagues from the Bethlem Gallery and City Lit to discuss the role art-making can have in maintaining our mental health during challenging times. Keith will also talk about his personal experience of living through these extraordinary times, and the ways in which art has helped him. This is an online event, and will be broadcast via Microsoft Teams webinar - links will be sent a week before the event.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  8. In Conversation with Sir Kenneth Olisa OBE
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 12 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    City Lit are delighted to welcome Sir Kenneth Olisa OBE to discuss his life and career with City Lit Principal Mark Malcomson CBE as part of this year’s Mental Wealth Festival. In 2015, Her Majesty the Queen appointed Sir Ken as Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for Greater London and he was knighted in the 2018 New Year’s Honours List for services to business and philanthropy. Providing hope and encouraging talent have played a central role in Sir Kenneth’s life. He has held key roles at Thames Reach, Shaw Trust and the Aleto Foundation, tackling homelessness, unemployment and the personal development of young people in achieving their full potential. The discussion will conclude with a presentation of Sir Kenneth’s Fellowship Award to celebrate his newest achievement of becoming a City Lit Lifetime Fellow.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  9. Finding Hope
    Course start date:  Tue 12 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    The last 18 months have been an incredibly difficult time for so many of us. It has been especially hard to find hope amidst all the constant negative news. In this discussion, the panellists will talk about how they have found hope whilst living with their various mental health challenges. All the panellists have contributed to The Book of Hope: 101 Voices On Overcoming Adversity which was curated by Jonny Benjamin MBE, who will lead the discussion. There will be a chance for audience participation.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  10. The influence of the Greek language on English
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 12 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Join this lively workshop where you will be introduced to how Ancient Greek influenced the vocabulary of the English language.







    This session is part of the 2021 Mental Wealth Festival hosted by City Lit and partners.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £5.00 Senior fee £5.00 Concession £5.00
  11. Improve your wellbeing through acting
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 12 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Increase your physical and emotional well-being through playful and fun acting exercises. Connect, take notice, be active, learn new skills, become more present and engaged with others using tools drawn from actor training.



    This session is part of the 2021 Mental Wealth Festival hosted by City Lit and partners.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £5.00 Senior fee £5.00 Concession £5.00
  12. Shinrin Yoku - Nature Bathing Workshop at the Bethlem Nature Walks
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 12 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  OS - Off Site

    The Japanese tradition of shinrin yoku or forest bathing, is a process of relaxation designed to improve your physical and mental health.  You will guided on a slow, mindful walk near trees on the beautiful Nature Walks in the grounds of Bethlem Royal Hospital (Monks Orchard Road, Beckenham, BR3 3BX) to help reduce stress levels and boost your immune system. The workshop will help you to slow down, breathe freely, awaken your senses and connect with woodland in a deeply personal way. Please wear suitable outdoor clothing e.g. a waterproof jacket, comfortable walking shoes, and bring a bottle of water. This course involves light, non-strenuous walking through forest paths.



    Offsite, meeting outside the Museum of The Mind/Bethlem Gallery, Bethlem Royal Hospital, Monks Orchard Road, Beckenham, BR3 3BX.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  13. Yoga and Compassionate Mind Workshop
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 12 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  OS - Off Site

    'This unique workshop combines the opportunity to join in the yoga group our residents enjoy twice a week with an introduction to our use of compassion in our therapeutic approach. The workshop will be hosted by ADRU residents and staff.



    Course will take place offsite at Bethlem Royal Hospital, Monks Orchard Road, Beckenham, BR3 3BX.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  14. Spanish for the Soul
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 13 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Get a flavour of a new language and its basic sentence structure. Learn some useful phrases and some pronunciation guidelines. A fascinating introduction for complete beginners. This session is part of the 2021 Mental Wealth Festival hosted by City Lit and partners.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £5.00 Concession £0.00
  15. Yoga workshop in German
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 13 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Enjoy your love of Yoga with the German language. Combine the two skills in an invigorating session. No knowledge of German required as the tutor will demonstrate all the exercises. This session is part of the 2021 Mental Wealth Festival hosted by City Lit and partners.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £5.00 Senior fee £5.00 Concession £5.00

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