workshops

Workshops Leeds 2024

Monday 18 March 2024

Monday 25 March 2024

Monday 8 April 2024

1:30-3:30pm

Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds

Free

Join SongPath for relaxed and friendly workshops in the beautiful 900-year-old ruins of Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds. Led by SongPath’s musicians, we’ll explore mindful breathing, deep listening and group music-making in these special outdoor workshops.

 

All are welcome to join us (no musical experience required!) as we explore how creativity can help foster mental wellbeing and a sense of connection to the world around us.

To book your place contact Jane at:

info@artsandmindsnetwork.org.uk

 

Questions?

Get in touch at songpathuk@gmail.com

Presented in partnership with Kirkstall Abbey and Arts & Minds Leeds

“Being outside in nature & birds singing felt therapeutic & refreshed."

Workshop participant – SongPath Leeds 2023

Frequently Asked Questions

The workshops take place on three Mondays:

Monday 18 March 2024, 1:30-3:30pm

Monday 25 March 2024, 1:30-3:30pm

Monday 8 April 2024, 1:30-3:30pm

The event will take place at Kirkstall Abbey in Leeds.

Abbey Road
Kirkstall
Leeds
LS5 3EH

Please meet at the Visitor’s Centre.

Kirkstall Abbey is closed to the public on Mondays, so it will be open especially for us.

Bus: Numbers 33, 34 and A1 from Leeds stop outside Kirkstall Abbey.

Rail: The nearest train stations are Kirkstall Forge and Headingley, both 1 mile away.

Parking: A large free car park is situated next to Abbey House Museum on Abbey Walk. This includes disabled parking. There is an additional disabled access parking space immediately outside the museum entrance.

 

More information about transport & parking can be found here:

https://museumsandgalleries.leeds.gov.uk/kirkstall-abbey/visit-kirkstall-abbey/

We’ll be exploring the unique sounds of this special place and our own creative connections to it. We’ll be doing some breath work, deep listening, mindful group music-making (no experience necessary) and other creative activities. We’ll also create a special soundscape together as a group, inspired by Kirkstall Abbey and our experiences there.

 

Most importantly, we will have fun, explore and experiment!

Yes! The workshops are open to anyone and everyone. We are a relaxed and friendly bunch.

 

You do not need any musical experience, the voice of an angel, or any ability to read music or play an instrument. We always have very varied groups attending SongPath workshops, many of whom have never done anything like it before. Absolutely everyone is welcome!

During the workshops we will be outside in the Abbey, exploring the wonderful intertwining of the ruins and natural world, so do bring a warm jacket and sensible shoes! In the case of rain, there are some covered sections of the ruins and we may also use the Visitor’s centre.

 

As we will be outside, please wear suitable clothing and footwear.  Bring layers to keep you warm and waterproof clothing in case of rain. If the weather is hot, please bring sunscreen and a hat or cap. Mostly we will move on gravel or stone paths, but there are sections of grass that you may want to venture on to, so waterproof trainers or wellies are recommended.

 

Other than suitable clothing, you do not need to bring anything. All materials will be provided.

We want SongPath workshops to be open to everybody. If you have any requests, queries or concerns, please get in touch with us at songpathuk@gmail.com so that we can accommodate you.

We will be sticking to the most accessible areas of the Abbey in the workshops, which is all at ground level. As it is a historic site, there are some areas of uneven ground in the rest of the Abbey.

There is more access information about Kirkstall Abbey here, including disabled parking space, accessible toilets etc:

https://museumsandgalleries.leeds.gov.uk/kirkstall-abbey/visit-kirkstall-abbey/#access

 

Yes, there are toilets in the Visitors’ Centre, including accessible toilets.

Yes, they are completely free.

 

We also have free tickets for workshop attendees to our main SongPath public event at Kirkstall Abbey, taking place at 2pm on Saturday 13 April (normally £10).

 

Yes – to book your place, email Jane at info@artsandmindsnetwork.org.uk

“SongPath has made me realise how music can help you feel happier & calmer & less stressed. Thank you."

Workshop participant – SongPath Oxford 2023

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