Mindfulness & Poetry Uplift

Currently paused – join the mailing list to hear about the next series

Take time out to recharge your energy and creativity.

Mindfulness has been shown to reduce stress and improve well-being, clarity, focus and creativity. I’ve thrown in a sprinkling of poetry for a weekly uplift! Each session focuses on a theme to contribute to positive wellbeing and spark creativity.

Drop-in weekly half-hour sessions – plus an optional 15mins writing together at the end.

Tuesdays 8am UK Time

3pm Western Australia

5pm Australian Eastern Standard Time

You can check your local timezone here against London time here

Meeting room opens 10 mins before the start. Please arrive on time as the meeting room will close 5 mins after the start. Bring a notebook.

SIGN UP HERE and you’ll receive joining instructions the day before each session – drop-in when you can and pay for the sessions you attend by ‘honesty box’.

Payment by honesty box: these sessions are in groups of six with a longer last session (an opportunity to share reflections or writing added to the end). The next block of six is 23 March to 27 April.

Pay before each session £5-10 GBP via this UK Paypal link OR $10- 20AUD per session via this Australian Paypal link. (Or if you have my account details, deposit into my account directly.)

OR you can pay in a block upfront: 6 for the price of 5 for the season. £GBP25-50 // $AUD 50-100

I have some free passes for those struggling financially – get in touch. Of course, free for NHS staff.


I’ve got so much out of these sessions; I’m really grateful. They’ve been amazing – so gentle and inspiring. The mindfulness and the poems are perfect together. Cath is so skilled at leading these sessions… and is very skillful at holding the space, so it doesn’t feel like an online meeting and much more like a real community. Naomi Woddis

I so loved your mindfulness and poetry sessions – they bring me to a place of contentment and quiet creativity. Virginia Gilmour

Cath created a safe and inspirational space, she made sure that everyone had a chance to contribute if they wished to. The content was a great balance of mindfulness, discussion, journaling and well chosen poetry. Great value and a lovely experience. Really well organised and very enjoyable. Pauline Seawards, new year ‘refresh’ mindfulness and journaling workshop.

Why Mindfulness?

 Research has shown that the brain actually changes in response to regular mindfulness practice and that mindfulness can reduce stress and sometimes reduce physical pain, and boost happiness, creativity, memory and concentration. Mindfulness is recommended by NHS. I have found it enriches and deepens my writing practice, and sparks new poems.

Mindfulness is a therapeutic technique that can help you manage and prevent feelings of depression, stress, anxiety, or discontent. It enables anyone who practices it to live a more attentive, appreciative and vibrant life. The University of Oxford, Mindfulness Centre.

About Cath Drake: Cath is an award-winning poet and nonfiction writer living in London. She teaches poetry, creative writing and mindfulness. She has practiced meditation and mindfulness for over twenty years in Australia and UK (a team member for countless retreats and courses). She’s an active member of London Buddhist Centre where she set up a monthly mindfulness and social action group. Cath trains with Breathworks mindfulness teacher training.