Bringing mindfulness to the public in weird and wonderful ways is the intention of the Public Understanding of Mindfulness Activities (P.U.M.A.) strand of the work of the Mindfulness Centre of Excellence.
We find fun ways to communicate serious messages about mind, brain, well-being and impact of mental habits and conditioning on our well-being.
Blending Art/Science/VR and embodied movement practices, we can curate an eye opening experience for your event, festival, school, organization. We love to play (and most of all in nature).
Below you can see some shots from a recent exploration of the observer effect using a blended digital and analog format for a senior leadership conference. Our engaging and playful style masks some deep thinking and cutting edge neuroscientific concepts. We need to think deeply and from a different perspective if we really want to shift humanity into more healthy ways of living on this planet. Ask us how we do it…… (contact firstname.lastname@example.org and ask about our Curated Experiences).
Come and find us at The Mindful Living Show with the Mini Dragons, March 2020.
Various Events and Stories below to give a sample of our international flavour.
I’m here…Let’s Dance.
A Public Understanding of Mindfulness Activity sponsored by the Mindfulness Centre of Excellence. Osmosis explored by Creative Catalyst Delphine Perrot.
What happens when you blend together Tango, Creativity and Mindful Movement? Osmosis of course. Join the Mindfulness Centre of Excellence for a Creative Public Understanding of Mindfulness activity with MCoE collaborator Delphine Perrot.
She’s here…let’s dance. We will be playing in Brockwell Park by the Clock Tower on Sunday April 7th from 11AM-1PM exploring in a mindful and embodied way (of course) Delphine’s new project – Osmosis.
What is Osmosis?
Osmosis is a term that describes the moment when molecules move from an area of high concentration to where they are needed in order to attain balance. This is at the heart of Delphine’s danced based creative process and work – helping people to find balance, through movement and creative play.
Come and move your molecules – alone or in partnership and explore what happens when you move your body and make your mark on the world.
Drawing together a variety of skills including a social dance (Tango, Salsa, Forró), art practice and creative coaching, this blend of dance, art and mindfulness is a synergy that represents Delphine herself.
Delphine travels the world, drawing inspiration from artistic and dance traditions in France, Brazil, Argentina, the United Kingdom. She offers creative coaching (including to Tamara and the Mindfulness Centre of Excellence) in an embodied way that helps ideas move freely through the mind-body system and out into the world. Have you got something that needs shifting? In Body? In Mind? Come and explore with us on Sunday and see what emerges.
Delphine’s work with social dance means she knows how to support the process of learning to dance together. Whether you come with a friend or meet someone at the event, we know that the brain loves touch and that when we connect physically with each other the oxytocin flows.
It seems now more than ever we need guidance in how to really connect and come together and how to do this in ways that are healthy and nurturing.
In these partnerships we have the opportunity to be intimate and move together in and out of our natural rhythms. Yet this is not easy for many people and care and attention is required to make this process feel safe for everyone involved. In this collaboration, a Mindful 360 design process has been applied to this creative movement activity to ensure we can connect in these deep embodied explorations in psychologically safe and impactful ways. This creates the experience of trust which in turn provides the foundation for people to express and experience themselves in new ways.
The intention of this exploration is
- To feel free to move in the beautiful natural space of Brockwell park.
- To get over the worries of “what will other people think” as you move your body either alone or in partnership
- To experience a movement and danced based creative process as a way to understand more of your inner world and what you show to the outer world
- To play, move and create art!
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Taking it to the streets in Sao Paulo Brazil – August 19th 2018 between 12 – 2 pm.
#VamosPraPaulista a Brazil/UK collaboration exploring our shared journey. Sylvia Affonso from Unifesp and in collaboration with Folha de Sao Paulo will be hosting a pop-up event with Dr. Tamara Russell from the Mindfulness Centre of Excellence, London. Bringing mindfulness to the masses in fun and creative ways. Let’s play together to learn quickly and deeply about our common connections and experiences. We all have our unique journeys and the soles of the feet tell our stories. Let’s explore our unique commonality in this cross cultural collaboration.
Mindfulness of the Soles of the Feet is coming to one of the largest streets of Sao Paulo. Paulista Avenue is closed on Sundays for public activities and the PUMA team will be there under the viaduct by Consolação Metro station for a pop up.
We are inviting members of the public to PAUSE, drop into the soles of the feet and really connect with the here and now and each other. We work with this amazing practice in all sorts of creative ways to support mindfulness in everyday life.
Activities: Try out some Tai Chi, Mindful Walking, Sensing the Soles of the Feet and Creative Exploration.
A short soles of the feet practice (English)
We are inspired by the amazing Graffiti Artists of Sao Paulo. Here’s a short video of the graff in Villa Madalena. Come and join us on Sunday!
Mindfulness of the Soles of the Feet is one of the key applied mindfulness exercises (#nocushion). You can literally do it anywhere – on the bus, on the tube, waiting at the bus stop, waiting at the bank or in the supermarket queue. All you need to do is set your intention to pay attention to the soles of the feet. This practice was developed in the clinical setting to help young people with anger management (the work of N. Singh – VERY AMAZING) but its useful to us all. Simple, practical, accessible to all.
London Science Museum Lates 10th Anniversary
A Brazil/UK Creative Science Celebration. Move your body to move your mind: an embodied exploration of curiosity. On 26 September 2018: Lates is 10 years old – Science of celebration
Join Dr. Tamara Russell and Sylvia Affonso for this engaging workshop exploring our most valuable human capacity – curiosity.
We often believe we are curious, but if we really check what our brain is up to, we discover that true curiosity and openness is much harder than we first think.
How can we harness our brain to maintain interest, curiosity and discernment? Especially when we are faced with things that are novel, uncertain or unappealing? In our modern times, this exploration is essential. We are being asked to look deeply at our behaviours and assumptions – and may find that some of them need rapid modification if we are to survive as a species with any type of quality of life.
Dr. Tamara Russell will share the brain science underpinning the following questions:
- Why is it so hard to maintain the focused attention needed to really gather high quality data about our experiences?
- How does the fast pace of the modern world stop us from really seeing what is going on?
- How can we learn to be curious and interested even in those things that upset us?
Drawing on movement practices from martial arts (Tamara) and dance (Sylvia) we will use the moving body to illustrate and illuminate these questions. This enacted learning approach is shown to deepen the learning. It is particularly helpful to illuminate areas of “not knowing”. When we start to enact and embody learning, we find out much more quickly what we don’t know.
Sylvia is a dance teacher, yoga practitioner and specialist in exercise physiology. Since 2016 she has been a student of the Body in Mind Training Program developed by Dr. Tamara Russell. This neurocognitively informed movement training is used to underpin her “Dance in Mind” work.
Dance in Mind has been offered as a way to train both body and mind in a fun and engaging way to individuals with severe and enduring mental health conditions at the Dragon Café (London) and within UNIFESP’s program for those suffering from schizophrenia. This innovative approach includes both physical and mental training to support well-being in whatever way is possible.
PUMA History and Previous Events
It began with a meditation Flash Mob outside The Ritzy cinema in Brixton, South London, where a hardy group of meditators participated in 25 minutes of mindfulness in public view while red London buses rumbled by and local police stopped by to see what was going on (and invited to join in).
More recent projects include mindfulness classes on the glass walkway of Tower Bridge (video here), mindful movement sessions at Wilderness Festival (2015, 2016), Deptford Festival (with Now Live Events) Latitude Festival (2015), Secret Garden Party (2015), Citidel Festival (2018) and several events at London’s Southbank (Why I Care festival, Changing Minds).
Mindfulness has been conducted at the National Gallery, London. Several live events have supported mindful or deep viewing experiences with particular pieces or exhibitions.
Mindful cooking and eating experiences with chef Anna Jones at Wilderness Festival helped festival-goers get a new appreciation of food, nutrition and the links between body and mind.
Tai chi safari’s and take-overs all over London. Inspired by the work of Dragon Cafe – taking mental health awareness and mindfulness to the streets of London for the benefit of all.
Brixton Flash Mob – Part of Make Brixton Mindful.