Everyone’s talkin’ ’bout mindfulness. We like ‘immersion’…

Yep, it’s all around us. Not snow just yet, or Christmas-related bonhommie – that’s all

Porthleven - venue for the Vitreus art stained glass course in Cornwall
Porthleven harbour evening storm – get immersed!

dissipated. It’s beginning to look a lot like  a mindfulness bandwagon and I don’t really subscribe to much of that kind of stuff.

Jenny and I have become much more aware of the concept of immersion this year though.
We’ve had the pleasure of teaching several students this year who have been actively seeking some form of escape or release – in some cases from difficult home situations, in others from impending medical procedures or uncertainty.
I use the word ‘pleasure’ because in those cases being immersed in learning a new art form has provided that escape or release and that gives us pleasure – of course.

This was all brought to the fore during a chat with Amy Bramble who runs a fast-expanding Yoga practice. Our conclusion is that in the current climate – economically and socially – a lot of people are quite understandably seeking new, more wholesome, experiences that will help them deal with modern life. Some explore spirituality or religion, some succumb to shopping ‘therapy’ while others opt to examine their potential for creativity.

Just this morning during a discussion on Radio 4, the idea that buying ‘experiences’ instead of conventional presents for Christmas was identified as a growing trend and this is the kind of business we’re in with our stained glass courses.
Imagine being able to spend a whole week in an inspiring envionment, with like-minded people getting really stuck in to an artistic pursuit.
That’s what I’d call immersion and we’re always delighted when our course participants tell us how the experience has helped them.

So this year Jenny and I are developing a plan to build on the foundation of our twice yearly week-long stained glass courses and bring other art forms, and maybe Yoga in to our Cornwall-based work. Perhaps you can join us? We hope so!

Happy new year when it comes,

P.S. you can find out about our courses in Cornwall here.

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