Forest Meditation Workshop

a small group of people walk through a deciduous woodland in summer, with lush green foliage creating shade. The words ‘Forest Meditation’ are overlaid in dark grey on a green background.

Artist duo Breakwater lead a walk with meditation in ancient woodland. 

 
Ecclesall Woods has a long history of industrial use since its enclosure in the 14th Century. In the past, trees were cut down to produce charcoal for smelting workshops, centuries of coppicing transformed the ancient woods into a plantation, whilst its edges have been lost to housing developments. Despite these human focused activities, Ecclesall Woods stands strong.
 
Using this resilient history as inspiration, artist duo Breakwater (Youngsook Choi & Taey Iohe) will facilitate a gentle walk around Ecclesall Woods. Using the senses as anchoring points, participants will be guided to different spaces to take part in meditation, finding connection with plants, soil and geological objects in the woods, and exploring the collective healing stories of the ancient forest. 
 
This event is designed to centre the voices of those who have lived experience of migration. 
It is part of Arts Catalyst's Emergent Ecologies programme. 
 
Tickets are free but please reserve a place to help us manage capacity. If you can no longer make it, please request a refund so your place can be reallocated. 
 
ACCESS: The workshop takes place outdoors, with gentle pathways. Some terrain may be uneven. There is a disabled toilet near the walk start at the discovery centre. Regular bus services are in place along Abbeydale Road which is a 5 minute walk from the meet point off Abbey Lane. 
 
EXTRAS: We advise wearing suitable warm, waterproof clothing that will keep you warm for the duration of the workshop.
For more information please email: admin@artscatalyst.org or call  Arts Catalyst on 07871 358337
 
We are taking extra precautions to manage the risk of COVID-19.
We ask everyone attending this event to wear a mask indoors unless exempt. We are limiting capacity to enable social distancing and hand sanitiser is provided.
 
We ask everyone attending this event to take a Lateral Flow Test on the day of the event. 
 
Please note: If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 such as sore throat, continuous headache, dry cough, runny nose, loss of taste of smell, or high temperature, or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please do not attend. We want to keep everyone as safe as possible. Thank you for your understanding. 
 
If you develop symptoms of COVID19 after the event please email us at admin@artscatalyst.org and mark it 'URGENT' . This way we will be able to contact all who attended the event.
 
About the Artists
Breakwater is a London-based Korean diaspora artist duo of cross-disciplinary artist-researchers Youngsook Choi and Taey Iohe. With a mutual interest in counter-narratives of spiritual knowledge, folklore, and queer methodologies, Taey and Youngsook’s collaborative practice centres around socio-politics of post-colonialism, climate justice, and migrant's lived experiences.
 
Breakwater developed a seasonal radio programme for Radio Arts Catalyst emerging from their Becoming Forest - Solidarity Practice, in collaboration with cultural producer Cường Phạm. Recently, their large scale fabric and sound installation, Fermented Flower was shown as a part of the ‘Future Ages Will Wonder’ group show at Fact Liverpool. They formed and launched the Decolonising Botany Working Group with support from Liverpool Biennial and a-n in 2021. Breakwater will present their current encounters and spirits at Documenta 15 with members of Decolonising Botany.