Events & Workshops

Mindful Art Classes in Manchester

At The Nest we run a weekly timetable of Mindful Art workshops such as Mindful Textiles and regular 8-week Mindful Art Practice (MAPs) and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction courses.

Need some chill out time? Some space to be your true self? We have loads of relaxing wellness workshops and events on at The Nest in the Old Library this new year to help you boost your levels of health and happiness all season long! We offer ‘take what you need, pay what you can’ places thanks to Big Lottery funding to make sure everyone gets the chance to have a go. 💛 Come chill with us 💛

What’s On at The Nest Space for Health and Happiness? All of this!


Come and chill with us! Slow down and take some time for you. Rest and restore your inner calm through guided meditations at The Nest.
No previous meditation experience is needed and no need to bring anything other than yourself.

Tuesdays 6.00-7.00pm and Sundays 7.00-8.00pm Book now:

Listen to our meditations for free at: Letting go into Autumn Audio on the Insight Timer recorded at Sunday meditation:

Mindful Textiles Workshops

Join Janet and the team for textile-based mindful art combined with relaxing mindful meditation in the relaxed and friendly Nest. 

Mondays 7.00-8.00pm (excluding Bank Holidays) Book now at:

Creative Recycling

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle! But how? We’ll show you! Join our simple, mindful, creative recycling workshops to use your old waste to make a variety of lovely or useful items such as hanging plaskets, bottle top art and Ecobricks, and help to care for the planet at the same time! Saturdays 2.00-3.30pm. For more details and bookings visit:

We are delighted that Levenshulme Manchester City Council Neighbourhood Investment Fund (NIF) team have awarded us funding for these workshops to help cover core costs. If you’re facing financial hardship please select a donation-based ticket option so you can ‘pay what you can’ for your place, no questions asked.

Mindful Art Practice (MAPs) course tasters

Reduce stress, add to your self-care toolkit and improve your levels of health and happiness on this life changing 8-week course! Working in a small, friendly and supportive group at our beautiful Mindful Arts Centre, The Nest, learn how to use meditation and simple art making to Stop. Notice. Create. Come along to a taster session to learn more about our Mindful Art Practice (MAPs) course.
No experience of meditation or art making needed and all materials are provided. Adults only. For more info please email us at

This taster will give you a chance to try mindful art for yourself, chat to us and get a feel for the course, and help you decide if you would like to attend the full course. Just turn up or book now, ‘pay what you can’ places available for sessions or subscribe to our mailing list at:

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Courses

Join us for this life-changing 8-week course! Learn how to use meditation to Stop. Notice. Create. Reduce stress and increase your tools for self care to improve your health and happiness!
You will explore mindfulness in a small, friendly and supportive group at our beautiful Mindful Arts Centre, The Nest in Levenshulme, South Manchester.

No experience of meditation needed and all materials provided. Adults only. Book now at or subscribe to our mailing list at:

Health and Happiness Book Club

Each month we share a book by leaders in the field of health and happiness such as Russell Brand, Sharoo Izadi and Ruby Wax. Come along to meet your fellow readers, discuss, share and have brew at The Nest within Levenshulme Old Library.

See you again on monthly Sundays in 2020, 5.30-7.00pm

The Kindness Club!

In times when we feel divided, we need kindness more than ever! Join our Kindness Club to share your experiences of random acts of kindness and accept secret kindness challenges for the month ahead! Each meet up at The Nest we’ll report back our kindness experiences to the group. Let’s change the world together, one random act of kindness at a time!

Meet ups are on the second Sunday of the month 5.30-6.30pm and are followed by 7pm guided meditation for an hour of chill out time. Book now at

Hire The Nest

Are you looking for lovely and affordable space for hire in Levenshulme for your health or arts business’ next session or event? We are now taking bookings from freelancers, businesses and groups looking to run wellness or arts workshops, wellbeing groups or one to one counselling sessions at The Nest within Levenshulme Old Library​.

We have a beautiful group room, 1-2-1 room and a meeting room to hire – visit for more info or get in touch at

Can’t make a workshop yet? Sign up to receive information straight to your inbox and peruse all at once by subscribing to our mailing list at: 

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**** The events and services below are ran at The Nest by friends of The Owl and The Coconut. For further information about them please contact them via the links ****

Gong Baths

A gong bath is a super-vibrational experience. Gongs are such a vibrational instrument, with tremendous, organic beauty in their sounds, often reminding us of something of our inner nature. The vibrations swim around the room, through our every cell, massaging away our tensions, our stresses, our blockages.

They affect our brainwaves so that our minds move easily from thinking mind to dreaming mind, meditation and sleep.

£12. Booking in advance is essential. Please buy your tickets via

Northern Voice Collective 

Northern Voice Collective is about making voice training accessible, affordable and responsive to the demands of your industry.

Perhaps you’re a teacher or your job requires public speaking, you’re an actor or voiceover artist? NVC offer two monthly Voice Workouts in Manchester. Each class will explore a different element of voice training and are designed as standalone drop-in sessions.

Nic’s evening workout is on the second Tuesday of each month and takes place at 53two in Manchester City Centre and Laura’s weekend workout is on the last Saturday morning of each month in Levenshulme at The Owl & the Coconut.


With Simone, a World Champion in Sports/Swedish massage. Dedicated to wellness and good health and here to assist with yours so you can continue succeeding, the right way. You can find me at the wonderful wellness center in Levenshulme,The Nest, by booking an appointment.

Visit today to book yours. 🙂

Life Coaching

Lucy Bull is the founder of Brighter Prospects Coaching. She has a Diploma in Personal Performance coaching and works as a life coach. Her background is in the technical arts and she has been practicing mindfulness for the last eight years. Balancing practicality, creativity, focus and compassion, Lucy offers personally tailored coaching sessions that facilitate positive life changes. Whether there is a goal to accomplish or an obstacle to overcome, Lucy offers support in navigating the most effective path to beneficial results. Clients experience greater clarity, increased confidence, deeper insight, reduced stress, more self belief, stronger motivation, inspiration to take action and an empowered commitment to success. Progress is reviewed for learning, development, gaining perspective and celebrating the wins. For more information or to tap into your brighter prospects visit

Levenshulme Life Drawing

For experienced & novice artists alike, this relaxed arty social is a chance to use your chosen medium to capture the ultimate subject: an actual human person.
Pencils & paper are provided, however feel free to bring the materials you like to work with.
There’s no bar, but you are more than welcome to bring your own, interlude snackage and a Jazzy Jazz playlist included.


We have a team of creative therapists, artists and volunteers who deliver projects that promote a collective community, social inclusion, self-care and enhanced wellbeing . 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 want to regain power over their lives and take steps towards social action for world change.

Donation-based sessions are available for local residents thanks to support from the The National Lottery Fund, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Santander, Manchester City Council and the Manchester Wellbeing Fund.