The Bowtop Project

by Clara Plumtree in Stone, Staffordshire, England

The Bowtop Project

To raise money to promote positive mental well-being by offering creative therapy across UK in a unique and safe setting - a bowtop caravan.

by Clara Plumtree in Stone, Staffordshire, England

We did it
On 17th December 2017 we successfully raised £636 with 15 supporters in 42 days

As a qualified art therapist / creative therapist with 12 years experience I understand how powerful the act of being creative can be in understanding more about ourselves and therefore gaining insight and wisdom. My focus is on mental health and promoting positive well-being for all so I believe people from all walks of life can benefit, not just those with obvious issues. Sometimes we just need to stop in this busy world and listen to our hearts. Even better if there is someone to listen with us, to witness and to help us reach clarity. My experience has taught me that people respond to many different wa742b4be5130b64aae76ae5a8f2a0b82d31d9f62bys of working so I use puppets, poetry, miniatures, angel cards and clay as well as the more usual tools of paint and pens. These help us access our 'inner child' or our 'highest self' - and therein lies the wisdom we often need! 

Recent findings from www.mentalhealth.org.uk state that current levels of mental health are low and deteriorating. Only 13% of people in the UK report living with high levels of good mental health. The website defines 'thriving' in their 'Surviving or Thriving' report as 'the capacity of each of us to feel, think and act in ways that enhance our ability to enjoy life and deal with the challenges we face.' Sadly many people are really just surviving. And I want to make a difference.

It is my intention to provide a safe, welcoming space where time stands still for a while: a space to be truly you. A space different from any other - a bowtop-type caravan - which will  symbolise the unique journey we are all making in life. 039c41ddf92c8bca801908e5c35c3cc3416f2055 I intend offering a variety in length of session, but usually short, to anyone who wishes to step inside for a while.  Perhaps a person may decide this is work they would wish to pursue and I will help them find ways of doing that. We will sit together and see what we need to do. The 'tools' will look on, waiting to be utilised or not; waiting for the work to begin - it is underpinned by my membership of the Health and Care Professions Council and the British Association of Art Therapists. We will seek a way forward. 

The project requires purchase of a gypsy caravan or 'bowtop' (one similar to the drawing above sometimes for sale at around £7,500 ) and a vehicle with which to tow it. I have all other necessary equipment. Alth914a8e3cea8ba965e8f5bc5fc741c3d0b80f6c58ough I would be based in Stone, England, it would be wonderful to extend this service to all parts of the UK, especially more isolated, rural areas . I intend that payment for sessions in the bowtop would be flexible and when appropriate, and when funds allow, I would hope to offer some sessions for free. If I do not meet my target I will pursue match funding, so all donations would be hugely appreciated. Thank you! 

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

I will pull a card for you from my beautiful Wildwood Tarot pack and email you a short reading. Maximum of 3 emails each way...

£20 or more

£20 Reward

A photographic print of The Lady of the Woods - see Etsy Shop - Claraplumtree or Facebook The Bowtop Project page

£25 or more

£25 Reward

I will put together a little 'bundle' of surprises for you.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

5 vouchers for a 3-card Angel Card or Wildwood reading by email. Think of an issue, let me know, and I'll pull the cards for you. Can be used for yourself 5 times - readings can be redeemed until June 2018 or given to family and friends. A maximum of 3 emails each way per reading.

£100 or more

0 of 5 claimed

£100 Reward

I will offer you or someone of your choosing 3 x 1 hour creative well-being sessions at a venue to be arranged within 50 miles of Stone in Staffordshire.

£500 or more

0 of 4 claimed

£500 Reward

I willcome to deliver a workshop on well-being for a group of up to 10 people. You would need to provide a venue within 200 miles of Stone in Staffordshire and I will facilitate a workshop that looks deeply at who you are and offer you the skills to continue the search. Please note this may not include using the Bowtop.

£1,000 or more

£1,000 Reward

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