Self Care Sundays: Writing as an act of self love

23 May

OPEN Ealing Arts Centre W5 2TD


Class details

Join us as we begin our journey of Self Care Sundays on 23 May. Dr Poonam Madar will lead a two hour writing for wellbeing session.

Sunday 23 May

2 – 4pm

Fee: £35 including notebook and pen

Many people have already discovered how reflective writing can calm the mind and increase feelings of wellbeing, particularly when life presents a lot of challenges. Writing in this way is good for us; it encourages us to slow down, breathe a little more deeply, and reflect on what truly matters to us. The poet William Wordsworth certainly understood something of the restorative power of expressive writing when he said, ‘Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart’. This workshop will give us the time and space to do that.

How does the session work?

Using visual imagery and other mixed media as writing prompts, Dr Madar will guide you through specific writing activities designed to help release the words within you in a positive and creative way. You will also discover how these writing activities are tools which you can take away with you to use throughout life.

Writing does not always have to be a solitary experience; and this is what makes group workshops so great; they are enhanced by the support and energy of other participants. We will also be sure to begin with warm up writing games to chase away those “I can’t write anything” jitters.

No previous experience is needed. What’s more, it all takes place in a supportive, nurturing, non-judgemental space. You never have to read out anything you have written—so take comfort in writing whatever you want and in whatever style you want.

How can Self Care Sundays help you?

  • Focuses on key aspects of wellbeing: positive thinking, calmness, and mindfulness.
  • Encourages staying present
  • Increases self-awareness
  • Inspires a fresh sense of perspective
  • Improves mood
  • Unlocks your creative potential
  • Promotes kindness, clarity, and insight
  • Enhances decision-making and goal achievement
  • Prioritises self-care
  • Releases anxiety and stress

About the Tutor

Dr Poonam Madar is a writer, sociologist, and life coach. After winning a scholarship at the University of Warwick, she went on to graduate with a PhD in Sociology.

She specialises in the Sociology of Emotions and writes on the issues and factors that influence the human condition. Her research and areas of expertise include the use of visual arts based methods to explore the themes of identity and belonging.

She has extensive teaching and learning experience and is currently a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Roehampton and London South Bank. In 2018, Poonam was the only woman in her department to be nominated as Lecturer of the Year.

As well as her teaching and writing she has been a guest speaker at many events in the UK and beyond. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of Lapidus.

Poonam founded Working Warrior. Through her company she promotes, encourages, and facilitates personal development and growth. Visit her website and social media platforms to find out more about her work.


Twitter: Dr P @DrPoonamMadar

Instagram: @dr.pm and @working.warrior

Course Details

OPEN Ealing Arts Centre W5 2TD

Dates: 23 May -
Sunday 2:00 pm
Fees: £35

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