The Owl and The Coconut

Manchester based Mindful Arts Organisation

Mindful Art is a powerful tool in helping people to Stop. Notice. Create. Helping us to live our lives to the full. Connecting to our inner wisdom and the people around us. Creating a better world for everyone. Try it today and join us on a Mindful Art adventure to change the world. We run events in and out of The Nest.



The Nest!

We are delighted to have set up our Nest in the beautiful 1900s building of Levenshulme Old Library. The centre runs a weekly timetable of events, including 8 week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction courses, 8 week Mindful Art courses, and drop in sessions ranging from Mindful gardening to yoga with art making. Click here to see What’s On.

Donation based sessions available for local residents, thanks to Big Lottery, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Santander, Manchester City Council and the Manchester Wellbeing Fund. Sign up to our mailing list now to be the first to hear about our upcoming events: owlandcoconut@gmail.com

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We share Mindful Art for vibrancy, whole hearted living and social change. Sharing Mindful Art tools, workshops and events for all.

The Owl and The Coconut was founded in 2014 by Art Psychotherapist & Cognitive Behaviour Therapist Gemma Bowden and MBCT Mindfulness & Cognitive Behaviour Therapist Louise Taylor.

We grew from sole traders to an arts organisation and registered as a Not for Profit Community Interest Company in 2016. The organisation is now led by directors Gemma Bowden and Pam Allen.

We deliver Mindful Art projects and events, informed by evidenced guidelines (NICE Treatment Guidance for Depression 2009) and creative events (NICE Guidance for Psychosis & Schizophrenia 2014).

We are based in Manchester at The Nest in Levenshulme Old Library and are happy to travel around to bring Mindful Art to all.

We have a team of creative therapists, artists and volunteers who deliver projects that promote a collective community, social inclusion, self care and enhanced well being . Our work is preventative. We work with people to help share tools for wellbeing with people facing issues of poverty and mental health problems. We work with people who have exhausted other options and want to regain power over their lives and take steps towards social action for world change.




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