Sound and Movement at Sussex Recovery College
A Music and Drama course to enhance wellbeing for adults with mental health challenges.
“I always get a buzz and look forward to the next session. We’re always laughing. You make me feel relaxed. It has a knock on effect.”
Music – Drama – Creating – Playing – Moving!
Soundcastle have been working in partnership with Simon Magnus of Root Experience to combine our respective music and movement practices with a view to enhancing and developing our facilitation practice. This exploration of cross-arts facilitation in a mental health setting is supported by Arts Council England, Awards for All and Worthing Community Chest and runs in partnership with Sussex Recovery College and Brighton University. For the past year, we have been researching how music and movement can be combined to promote wellbeing, resilience and confidence building in mental health settings.
We have been delighted to offer CPD sessions in how cross-arts work can be utilised in a mental health context and we hope to offer more in the future so follow us on Twitter (@TeamSoundcastle) or sign up to our mailing list for announcements!
“Just wanted to say that the Soundcastle training has _transformed_ my teaching this week. My sessions had a more natural flow, my students had more agency and we achieved a musicality that we hadn’t before. Brilliant. Thank you!“
Sound and Movement at Sussex Recovery College 2017/2018
This music and drama course provided an opportunity to discover the sounds and movement we hold within ourselves. We created and shared imaginative stories and scenarios using voices, movement and musical instruments.
“I felt like I could do it for hours, I could make a rhythm and go on forever.”
This was a safe space for people to bring to light their own personal creativity, learning how to communicate freely and confidently, losing their inhibitions and exploring their varying levels of personal challenge. By working as a group over the course, we wove characters, landscapes and atmospheres together, spontaneously exploring our creative potential as a group.
“What you’re getting us to do – it makes us forget the rubbish outside. We just have a laugh. It’s about losing inhibitions isn’t it. That’s something I’ll take away.”
We welcome all levels of experience, including those who have never done any music or drama in the past. This is a group experience and everything we create together is done with the group in mind.
“It made me feel involved and part of something, included.”
This course is now closed to new applicants but watch this space for future courses in 2019!
If you have any questions about the course, please email Hannah Dunster: firstname.lastname@example.org
To talk directly to the Sussex Recovery College, call: 0300 303 8086
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