Meet the Team

Mindful Art in Manchester

Our dedicated team are leading fantastic sessions and courses around Mindfulness in Manchester that you can be a part of!

Gemma Bowden


Gemma is the founder and director of The Owl and The Coconut. She has an MA in Art Psychotherapy and is a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist. With over ten years experience of working in adult mental health, Primary Care NHS services, and not for profit organisations. This experience guided her to naturally bring the skills and tools of Art Psychotherapy and Mindfulness together. Gemma completed her Mindfulness Practitioner Training Programme (PTP) at Mind in Salford. Click here to read why Gemma thinks Mindful Art can Change the World!

Pamela Allen

Pam is a qualified Person-Centred Counsellor and CBT therapist with over ten years of experience working in local NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). Pam has a particular interest in sharing Compassion Focussed and Mindfulness skills with young people. Pam is a director and project facilitator at The Owl and The Coconut.  She loves running and spending time with her boys. 

Alice Toomer

Alice is a fabulous filmmaker.
Alice worked with us as a volunteer and is now our go to filmmaker. Alice is amazing at connecting with people and social organisations, and helping them to tell their stories.

Check out her ace vids here.

Jodie Silverman

Jodie is an amazing painter and a qualified Art Psychotherapist. She joined us many years ago as a group member on a continuing professional development (CPD) Mindful Art course for therapists. Jodie then became a member of The Owl and The Coconut team, as a session facilitator. She has a wealth of experience working with adults in a wide range of mental health services, both in the NHS and the third sector. Click here to check out Jodie’s oil paintings on her website.

Melissa King

Melissa is an Art Psychotherapist. She has over ten years of experience using Art Psychotherapy with children and young people, in both schools and Pupil Referral Units (PRUs). Melissa runs the Community Interest Company she founded at Manchester Art Therapy Space (MATs). Melissa is also an Art Therapy clinical supervisor. She delivers Mindful Art sessions at The Owl and The Coconut, and has been a key influence in informing the growth of our organisation, working alongside us, as we develop and grow.

TAMzin forster

Tamzin is a multi-disciplined visual artist and creative wellbeing specialist, with over 20 years experience working within NHS, third sector and educational settings.

Lucie Fitzpatrick

Lucie is a marketing consultant who worked with us as an intern during her Masters in Digital Marketing at the start of 2019. She conducted market research and supported us to explore a rebrand of the organisation to ensure the right people are finding us. She works on a freelance basis with non-profits and artists in Manchester and Stockport to help them to refine their offer, improve their practical skills and define their audiences better, some of them harder to reach audiences such as vulnerable adults experiencing mental ill health and young people. She completed our MBSR and MAPs courses and loved them, and because her skills vary from strategy to content creation and copywriting, we thought we’d get her on board to assist with our marketing development and social media marketing! Find her on LinkedIn, Instagram @LucieFitzCreate and her website.