On the 19th of March, 2017 CandleX held its second Emotional Wellbeing Workshop, as a part of its Bipolar Disorder Awareness Campaign. These workshops are a major part of the community education pillar of the campaign. The second workshop took place at the W_Stage Beijing at World Culture Open, at Dangdai MOMA. The workshop lasted for more than two hours (way longer than originally planned due to participants enthusiasm) and was filled with lively discussions, physical and artistic activities, and informative presentations. The event had an attendance of around twenty young locals and expats.
Muscle relaxation for emotion relaxation
The event was led by CandleX’s technical team: Melena Slaven, Kate Lee, and joined by Jess Hardcastle, and Ugnė Mikalajūnaitė. The event was hosted by Mara Horowitz, the Operation officer from CandleX. If you have been following our news, you’d know by now what our workshops are like.
Today, let’s take a look at some pictures from our workshop.
CandleX’s workshop facilitators, volunteers and organizers
You remember Ugne Mikalajunaite? Coordinator of moodlab project, and an inspiring individual sharing her own story with bipolar disorder to raise awareness.
Melena Slaven giving a presentation on the diversity of emotions.
Physical movement for emotion circulation.
Participants engaging in more talks and discussions.
A drawing activity that helps to visualize one’s emotions.
Breathe to be aware of your emotions.
Collecting feedback from participants to improve our workshop. We strive to provide better information, in the most powerful way to have an positive impact in lives of the community.
The workshop was much enjoyed by the participants. They were open to share various experiences from their lives, in regards to dealing with different emotions and mental health issues. The activity allowed everyone to not only listen to the presenters, but also move around, and try out different ways of stress release, such as popping balloons or tearing newspaper. Everyone was able to leave the workshop with the main take-away that there are no bad or good emotions, only good or bad reactions to them.
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Rooftop Yoga is back! This is an comfortable, social place for people who make an effort in enhancing wellbeing to come together, do yoga, drink tea and hang out. Our first session in 2017 will be on 16th April. Registration Open now.
For details, please go to Roof Yoga (click here) post. 12 spots only and half are gone.
This MoodlaB Emotional Wellbeing Workshop is one of the major parts of the CandleX MoodlaB Project – Bipolar Disorder Awareness Campaign that will run till 2018. Several of the participants in the workshop will continue their participation through empowering photo-shoots with a globally known Spanish photographer Pere Ibañez. Selected photos will be released throughout a year both online and in exhibitions domestically and internationally. The project has many activities included, such as a video campaign, subway ad campaign, interviews, online psychosocial education project and more.