We are so pleased to be running our fourth in person session as part of our Mental Health and Wellbeing Series with support from Belfast City Council.

For the last four months, Theatre and Dance NI have hosted these sessions led by a team of professional facilitators helping to reconnect people while sharing information resources on mental health and wellbeing.

We hope you can join us for some Mindfullness and Movement at 10am on Friday 4th March at The Crescent Arts Centre. To book your place click here! 

The session will run as follows:

10am – 11am Mindfulness with Fiona Montgomery

This 60-minute introduction to mindfulness course is designed for anyone who is coming to mindfulness for the first time but suitable for those who practice mindful meditation in their life already. The session will include the following elements:

• Brief explanations of the key concepts relating to mindfulness

• A chance to try out some short mindfulness meditation practices, guided by Fiona

• Opportunities to find support through sharing experiences of doing the practices with other participants

• Guidance on how to do the practices at home each day

• Suggestions for ways to promote self-care in difficult circumstances

• Resources such as links to video clips, suggested reading materials and useful websites

Fiona is a fully qualified mindfulness teacher registered with the Mindfulness Teachers Association of Ireland (MTAI) and the British Association for Mindfulness Based Approaches (BAMBA). Fiona has been teaching mindfulness since 2018, including the scientifically backed mindfulness-based stress reduction course (MBSR), mindfulness for parents, mindfulness for pre-schoolers and preschool teachers.

11am – 12:30pm Exploring Movement with Suzannah McCreight

Choreographer and movement educator Suzannah McCreight will lead a session that explores how aspects of Laban’s movement concepts can transform a performer’s sensation of movement in the body; through somatic explorations connecting patterns of breathing with the body and the space.

Suzannah McCreight, an experienced dancer, choreographer, rehearsal director and contemporary dance tutor has been working as an independant dance artist for over twenty years. She recently launched Green Light Dance Company, based in Belfast, and plans to continue creating her own work whilst supporting dancers and perfoming artists through movement coaching and mentoring. Suzannah also teaches movement on the Rose Bruford foundation course for actors.

This session is designed for performers (theatre, drama, tv, dance) at any stage of their career.

12:30pm-1:30pm Tea, Coffee and Sweet Treats

Tickets will be on a first come first served basis. Cost of tickets are as follows:

Individual/Student Members: £10

Funded Organisation Staff Members: £15

Non TDNI Members: £20

Please note, if you have any allergies/dietary requirements could you please let Molly know via email at projects@theatreanddanceni.org to make sure we have the right sweet treats to accommodate all!

TDNI are committed to the Health & Safety of our staff, members and the general public. Whilst the government guidelines have been eased, to protect everyones safety, and given the nature of some of our workshops, we will still require participants who are attending in person to provide:

Proof of a negative Lateral Flow Test taken no more than 12 hours prior to the event. This result should then be sent to Molly at projects@theatreanddanceni.org. Please be aware participants may be asked to take a lateral flow test on arrival to the building if no prior information has been provided.

If your lateral flow test is positive do not come along to this event and please report your test result here. Theatre and Dance NI will not be recording the lateral flow test results, they are just for use for your event.