WELLNESS, MINDFULNESS & CREATIVE THINKING

Yes, our 'Charcoal and Champagne' classes are fun, and if that is all someone gets out of them - that is a huge success for us!

Behind all the fun and laughter however, lay a whole array of other benefits, and we sometimes get to work with some incredible individuals and organisations where together the full benefits of what we strive to offer gets an opportunity to shine.

WHO WE WORK WITH

TEAMS, CORPORATES & SMEs 

We can adapt our classes and their length to work in a whole range of settings suitable for groups including Corporates and SMEs ensuring they fit in with their Programs and Events, even Conferences providing a unique experiential-learning opportunity for you and your guests.

THERAPISTS & PSYCHOLOGISTS

We work with Therapists and Psychologists like Kirstin Bouse during her 'Conscious Mother Retreats' where we add a creative dimension to her Workshops.  Fun, yet personally challenging 'ice-breakers' which "help create a therapeutic environment and experience" for the mothers that attend. (see testimonial below)

SCHOOLS

Aneta Wnek has been a Keynote Speaker and Mentor at the Penrhos College 'Enterprise Conference' and has been working with Christina Habib and their year 10 Business Studies classes since 2015 providing 'Creative Thinking Charcoal Challenge Workshops', helping the Business Studies students experience lateral-thinking and creativity in a unique and challenging way. (images)

We have been part of the Wesley College 'Wellness Day' where we've worked with some of the teachers, pushing them out of their comfort-zones and taking them through a fun yet personally challenging 'Charcoal Creative Challenge' Workshop. (below)


OUR CLASSES

Our classes are specifically designed to be social and cater for all levels of experience, including those very individuals who are nervous about drawing or might ‘believe' the ‘stickman’ is the limit of their ability.

There is NO right or wrong in the classes, and technique is NOT a focus. 

Rather, it is a class designed to inspire the personal development of each individuals’ creativity, irrelevant to everyone else in the class.

The only thing required for someone to participate, is wanting to give something a go that they might not normally get an opportunity to do, and so, allow themselves to have a go at an unique experience, in a unique setting … and ultimately, the opportunity to ‘maybe’ surprise themselves with what they achieve whilst having a bit of fun and a laugh.

On another level, some might find it a little uncomfortable having a life-model before the class.

This is also a unique setting where the human body is celebrated and appreciated in a non-sexual arena. The models are all professional, comfortable with their bodies, and are of various shapes and sizes. 

I have a strong belief this too promotes a healthy attitude to body-image, challenging common media  perceptions. Its a beautiful opportunity for students to respectfully observe and ‘celebrate' the form of the body in the class whilst interpreting to paper what they see. 

At its very core, I run the classes because I don’t believe in the boxing in of people who ‘are' or 'are not' creative. Creativity is a fundamental part of everyday for everyone – we are born with it, it just needs to be nurtured.

All art materials are supplied as well as lighting and music is specially selected to set the right atmosphere.

Please feel free to read through some of the testimonials to get more of an idea about what people get out of the sessions, and please feel free to get in touch if you require any further information.

Aneta – Creativity Coach


"I am a Clinical Psychologist and I run therapeutic retreats for mothers via my business and community, The Conscious Mother. 
I have asked Aneta and her 'Charcoal and Champagne' life-drawing classes to be part of my retreats and start the weekend’s activities. I was confident that the Charcoal and Champagne experience could help create a therapeutic environment and experience. Well it has done exactly that, each time it's been a truly powerful experience for the women and myself as the therapist. 
The experience of observing and drawing a naked woman really sets the scene for the weekend. Just like the model was exposed and sharing her most raw ‘self’ in a safe and respectful environment, so too do the mothers on our retreats. It proved to be a safe way for them to begin this process of sharing their truest and most vulnerable selves. 
It also gives us the privilege of observing and honouring the impact of a life well lived and explore the physical and emotional impacts of becoming a mother. 
Finally, the experience pushed the mothers outside of their comfort zone. Drawing in itself often creates anxiety as we get in touch with old beliefs that we ‘can’t draw’ or that we’re ‘hopeless at drawing’. At times this can be how we feel about motherhood. 
So the experience laid the groundwork for our mothers to push themselves to face their fears and foibles (about drawing and motherhood) with compassion and respect and to find the beauty in the gifts they DO have. 
All in all, within the environment that the retreat itself offers, Charcoal and Champagne delivered a challenging yet truly healing and growth creating experience for my mums. It gives me goose bumps to remember it. I will be inviting Aneta to my retreats again. 
Kirstin Bouse,
Clinical Psychologist and Creator of The Conscious Mother Retreats