Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold, in embracing the flaws and imperfections, you can create an even stronger, more beautiful piece of art.
Kintsugi Hope exists to create a world where mental and emotional health is understood and accepted, with safe and supportive communities for everyone to grow and flourish. A kintsugi Hope Wellbeing Group is a space where we can better understand our mental and emotional health; for those that feel overwhelmed it may help you develop tools or strategies for self-management. The sessions are structured yet flexible, covering a series of 12 topics that include honesty, anxiety, depression, shame and guilt, forgiveness etc. There are group and individual activities designed to help participants to accept themselves, to understand their value and worth, and grow towards a more resilient and hopeful future.
The next course begins on Wednesday 14th September at 7.30pm in Harlow Baptist Church Hall. Please see Paula Hunt or Jenn Clarke if you are interested. (Or click the link here and leave your name and number so we can contact you). The groups are kept small so spaces may go quickly.
We have recently finished our first course and her are some comments from the participants:
"Kintsugi Hope has provided a safe relaxing platform, to openly explore feelings and emotions in a non- judgemental way, that we all face, from time to time.
The facilitated sessions have been supported with kintsugi Hope materials and related videos, leaving participants feeling empowered, valued and encouraged to grow and move on in confidence, hope and our faith in our creator God, who fearfully and wonderfully made us."
"We live in a hectic world where every so often we never have enough time to think about our own problems. That’s why I was so grateful to have spent 12 weeks with other ‘church members’ who I only knew by sight. As a group we discussed many problems that we all often face like grief, anxiety, depression, etc. None of us are specialists in these types of problems but collectively we managed by talking in confidence, openly, frankly and without judgement to realise that we are not alone. Together we gave solace, strength and hope to each other to enable us to be stronger in the future in dealing with life’s difficulties."
"This Kintsugi Hope type of therapy meeting not only helped me personally but also gave me many newer true friends. The most important thing I Learned? It’s ok not to be ok!"
"Kintsugi was my safe zone, 12 weeks came so quickly. It was the place where I had the opportunity to share my worries and feelings without feeling judged. It was a place of comfort and where some of my burdens became light. The chains of shame and guilt are broken as we are not perfect.
At Kintsugi, my hope was rekindled. We all shared our experiences and the coping techniques on how to manage our challenges. I would encourage anyone going through a hard time or difficult situation to attend the sessions. I learnt a lot and I have made friends. I love all the icebreakers."
"I came to Kintsugi thinking I could be the comforter and learnt that I needed the comfort and compassion of the others in the group. What a privilege it has been to listen and learn and to be reassured that it’s ok not to be ok and able to share things that make us feel that way."
Wednesdays from the
14th Sept, for 12 weeks.
Harlow Baptist Church Hall