Linda Murgatroyd led a session of guided watercolour painting with meditation. We painted onto wet watercolour paper with our eyes closed for a while, and then opened them to work further into the painting we had started.

Linda asked us to consider our journeys to get to the space that day, and what is happening in the wider world at the moment, and also to listen to the sounds we could hear around us. Then we started painting.

After we had finished we each said something about what we had done and how we had found the experience. We then composed a poem together.

During the woskshop we had the door open to the street because there is no ventilation in the room otherwise. This meant that it was quite noisy, and also someone came in while we were talking about our paintings. He stood and watched but refused to join in. Some people didn’t mind this, but after a while I started to find it too threatening and we asked him to leave. It seemed to confirmed my worries that space is a difficult one to use for a workshop activity where you dont want to be disturbed. But it also made me wonder about whether the activity could happen in such a way that people could come in and out. It seems to me that the more you create a scenario where people can come in and out, the more proscribed the activity has to be, and the less room for participant input. I wonder if thats really is the case.

The participants all seemed happy with the workshop, and said that it had given them something, either a break from their busy day, or something to think about, or both.