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Be Well - Free relaxing art and nature sessions at Ruchill

Be Well – Free relaxing art and nature sessions at Ruchill

Adult Wellbeing Group After the winter break the group restarts on Thursday 19th January 2023, join us then! Thursdays– 10:30 – 11:30: nature walk/ foraging/ nature activity, with Claire and Blair  🌳 🌸– 11:45 – 12:30: meet back in Ruchill for a social brunch ☕️–… Read More »Be Well – Free relaxing art and nature sessions at Ruchill

Midsummer Zen Shodo Calligraphy

Midsummer Zen Shodo Calligraphy

At Zen Brush, our online Shodō calligraphy group (monthly on zoom) we brushed the four kanji characters in the heartful zen phrase Anjin-ryumyo 安心立命 (literally ease/peace ;  heart-mind ; stand; fate). This can be translated in various ways  such as peace and enlightenment, or letting… Read More »Midsummer Zen Shodo Calligraphy

Relaxing mindfully drawing summer rockpools

Relaxing mindfully drawing summer rockpools

At our colourful June De-stress drawing group we had a relaxing and summery theme of rockpools, their visual delights and endless pleasure, finding inspiration in shells and seaweed and creatures at the coast 🦀🌊 It was a friendly group with a chilled atmosphere before the… Read More »Relaxing mindfully drawing summer rockpools

Nature and arts in Chinese and Japanese writing

Nature and arts in Chinese and Japanese writing

At Kanji Club class we explored a nature and art theme in June, with the phrase 花鳥風月  Kachōfūgetsu (literally flower-bird-wind-moon) about natural beauty and inspiring Japanese aesthetics 💮🐦🌬🌙 Together we looked at nature and arts related kanji and commonly used vocabulary and the fascinating kanji… Read More »Nature and arts in Chinese and Japanese writing

Swirling inky clouds and water in Shodō calligraphy

Swirling inky clouds and water in Shodō calligraphy

At our online Shodō calligraphy group (monthly on zoom) we brushed the elemental zen word Unsui 雲水, literally meaning clouds and water, and more specifically meaning novice zen monks and nuns (it is shortened from going clouds-flowing waters), coming from a Chinese poem ‘to drift… Read More »Swirling inky clouds and water in Shodō calligraphy

De-stress drawing spacious Cloudscapes

De-stress drawing spacious Cloudscapes

In May we had an inspiring theme of clouds and cloudscapes, embracing their ever changing sense of impermanence and the unknown, enjoying doodling their lively vitality, textures and colour 🌤 It was a friendly and cosy group on zoom, and after Blair did some relaxing… Read More »De-stress drawing spacious Cloudscapes

Discovering Kanji by Train Travel!

Discovering Kanji by Train Travel!

At our Kanji Club in May we were whisked away across Japan by super fast Shinkansen trains and up through the valleys in mountain traversing carriages. It is amazing what we could discover about Kanji and also Japanese culture from exploring characters and words related… Read More »Discovering Kanji by Train Travel!

Brushing Zen Calligraphy: Turning the Light Inward

Brushing Zen Calligraphy: Turning the Light Inward

At our zoom Shodō calligraphy in March, we brushed the beautiful zen phrase Ekō -henshō 回向返照, meaning ‘turning the light inward and illuminating the self’, or ‘turning facing, answering with light’. Blair talked about the meanings of the phrase and use in Master Dogen’s meditation… Read More »Brushing Zen Calligraphy: Turning the Light Inward

Relaxing drawing the bright start of Spring

Relaxing drawing the bright start of Spring 🌱

At our De-stress drawing group online on zoom, we had a fab theme of new beginnings, hopes and transitions. We peacefully doodled, and explored the change from winter to spring – enjoying drawing the light and shapes of the time of year as more colour… Read More »Relaxing drawing the bright start of Spring 🌱

Exploring Sekai 世界 World!

Exploring Sekai 世界 World!

At our March zoom language and cultural Kanji Club group we had a green theme of growth and world this month, with the expansive word sekai 世界 meaning world, society or generation 🌎 Blair guided participants on how to write the kanji characters with a… Read More »Exploring Sekai 世界 World!