Mindful Tuesdays for Musicians
Monthly online sessions
Calling all musicians! Come together on Mindful Tuesdays to relax and find calm, inspiration and new perspectives with mindfulness practice. Monthly online drop-in sessions include guided meditations, input on mindfulness, and time for musicians to connect and share their questions, experiences and creative projects.
- Learn more about mindfulness
- Explore how mindfulness can benefit your creativity, performing, practising, teaching and composing
- Get support for your meditation
- Deepen your practice
- Meet other musicians from around the globe who practise mindfulness
Musicians with or without previous experience in mindfulness practice are welcome!
I’ve been back every week. I used to think of myself as not very creative, but through Susanne’s sessions I’ve started to see that I have everything I need inside me – there are methods through which you can bring out what’s inside you and share it. These sessions are nourishing, inspiring, educational.S.S., San Francisco (US)
Dates & time: Second Tuesday of each month 7.30-9pm UK time / 8.30-10pm European time / 11.30am-1pm US Pacific time / 2.30-4pm US Eastern time
Cost: Donation – suggested contribution £5-10, feel free to pay less or more depending on your circumstances.
Booking & information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/138250008497
Spacious into Summer
One-day online retreat for musicians: mindfulness, yoga, deep listening
Susanne Olbrich, Anna Mavromatidi Whyte and Richard Bentley would love you to join them on this day of exploration and discovery.
A day to relax, be present and explore ways in which mindfulness, yoga and meditative listening can refresh and re-energise your musical activities. Whether you’re a musician, artist working with sound, or simply have an interest in listening and music-making, this day of gentle activity is here to support your mindful presence and offer spaciousness and rest.
Mindfulness practice has plenty to offer musicians, supporting clarity of mind, emotional resilience and a deepened awareness of the body. In a supportive atmosphere we will practice listening to the body and allow the mind to calm down as we literally ‘come back to our senses’. We will use mindful movement, meditation and creative listening practices to ground us in the present, explore our relationship with the soundscape, and connect with each other.
The day is suitable for musicians who are new to mindfulness and/or yoga, as well as for those who wish to deepen their experience. Our yoga practices will be gentle, nor requiring any particular level of fitness.
As well as enjoying the day together, we hope that the practices offered can be easily integrated into the rhythms and flow of your everyday life. To help in this, all participants will receive recordings of the guided practices after the retreat.
Facilitators: Susanne Olbrich, Anna Mavromatidi Whyte, Richard Bentley
Date & time: Sunday May 16th, 10am-4.15pm (there will be offline breaks including a lunch break)
Cost: Three levels of pricing are available: £45 / £35 / £25 – please choose a price according to your circumstances. Our wish for this retreat is to be accessible for everyone regardless of financial circumstances. If you need a further reduction in order to take part please contact us to discuss.
Booking & information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/147743600085
Mindfulness for Musicians
8-week online course
This course will explore ways in which mindfulness can benefit your musical activities. It will support you in cultivating mental and emotional well-being and equip you to deal more effectively with stress, anxiety and other challenges.
Mindfulness practice has plenty to offer to musicians. If you engage with it regularly, mindfulness can help you to
- develop inner clarity, focus and presence,
- (re)connect with aliveness and creativity,
- deepen your emotional resilience to deal more effectively with stress, anxiety and other challenges, and
- prevent instrument-specific strains, support technical development and expression through deepening awareness of the body.
This is a course for musicians who are looking for an introduction to mindfulness practice, or who have practised mindfulness before and wish to take their next steps. You will learn key principles and a range of practices to help you bring mindfulness into your daily life.
Practices include Sound meditation, Body scan, Breathing meditation, Walking meditation and Mindful movements, among others. Themes to be covered include: Grounding Through Body and Breathing; Being Present in Life and Musical Activities; Being with Difficult Experiences; Acceptance and Self-Compassion; The Art of Living Mindfully.
Each week you will receive a section of the e-manual and a recorded meditation for your daily practice. You will need a minimum commitment of 15-30 minutes of your time on 6 days per week.
Dates & time: A new course will start in autumn. Please contact me to register your interest.
Cost: Three levels of pricing are available: £115 / £135 / £155 (plus Eventbrite booking fee) – please choose a price according to your circumstances. This includes a detailed e-manual, weekly recorded meditations and e-mail support as needed. I would like this course to be accessible to everyone. For payment options, or for a further reduction, please contact me to discuss.
Publication: Dare to Create!
Susanne’s chapter “Dare to Create! Meditation, Insight and Creative Practices in Music” is part of an inspiring collection of true stories – stories of journeys that changed lives. Taking inspiration from the mythical hero’s journey, the book presents applications of mindfulness practice in a broad range of settings. These include education, health care, business, sports, creative arts and communities. Authors link their personal journeys as mindfulness practitioners with the latest research, telling captivating stories of sharing mindfulness practice with people of all ages and walks of life.
For a free download of Susanne’s chapter, please contact her.
Price: eBook £8.50, print copy £20. All proceeds go to the Everyone Project, helping fund mindfulness courses to groups who otherwise wouldn’t have access to them, for financial or other reasons.
Available here: https://www.inspiredbylearning.eu/book/11