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 8-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses. As well as pop-ups and one-off events in and out of The Nest. With pay what you can places on all The Owl and The Coconut ran classes and events.

Need some chill out time? Need some space to be your true self? We have loads of Untitled designrelaxing wellness workshops and events on at The Nest in the Old Library this autumn 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 💛 Come chill with us 💛

What’s On at The Nest Space for Health and Happiness? All of this!
With ‘pay what you can’ places on all The Owl and The Coconut ran classes and events, we make sure everyone gets the chance to have a go.


Come and have a chill out! 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 6.00-6.45pm and Sundays 7-8pm
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Mindful Art Workshops

Come and have a play and a chill out! Slow down, take some “me time” to be creative and have fun. Let us guide you through short meditations and simple art making for relaxation. All materials provided and no previous art or mindfulness experience necessary! Join us to Stop Notice Create on Thursdays 7-8pm (no session 31st Oct) Book now:

Mindful Textiles Workshops

Join Gemma for textile-based mindful art combined with relaxing mindful meditation in the relaxed and friendly Nest! This month we’ll be making our own dreamcatchers inspired by native american tradition like those in the video
Mondays 7-8pm (excluding Bank Holidays) Book now at:

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course

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. You may join this course at week one: 30th Oct or week two: 6th Nov, after that the group is closed. This means that we can all get to know our fellow mindful meditators and ensure that you get the most out of the course.
The course starts Wednesday 30th October 7-9pm
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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.
October’s read is Boundless Heart by Christina Feldman, who says, “There is no greater love than the immeasurable friendliness that can embrace all beings, all events, and all experiences with unshakeable kindness. There is no compassion greater than the fearless heart that can turn toward suffering and pain, tremble with empathy, and live with the commitment to end the causes of anguish.”
Come along to meet your fellow readers, discuss, share and have brew at The Nest within Levenshulme Old Library.
Sunday Nov 3rd, Dec 1st 6-7:30pm
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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. on this life-changing 8-week course! 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 on Thursdays 7th Nov, 5th Dec 7-8pm
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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 in 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

**** 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 details ****

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.

28th September – A voice warm up and how to use it – The chance to experience a complete vocal warm up from breath to articulation followed by breaking this down in to useful, bitesized chunks for the busy professional voice user.

26th October: Body and breath – This two hour class will be devoted to releasing bodily tension, connecting to the breath and establishing the foundations of positive, healthy speech.

30th November: Playing with Sound – Do you ever find yourself pushing or straining whilst speaking? This class looks at using the repetition of sound to find ease and vocal stamina.


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 wards 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.