Our courses aim to support students to learn more about wellbeing, offer opportunities for self-reflection and provide space to consider new possibilities for the future. Our prospectus has been developed through consultation with local people and we will continue to listen to your ideas for courses as we grow.

We offer a variety of courses, ranging from half-day sessions to learning experiences of two hours spread over eight weeks. From information sessions that enhance knowledge to opportunities to share and reflect on personal experiences of mental health, we hope we have a course to interest or inspire you.

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  • 22 June 2020

    Crafting - Apartment Blocks Project

    Lara Armitage, of At Birkhill House crafting centre, offers home crafting kits to make apartment buildings - inspired by the stories coming out of Italy at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic when people sang to each other from their balconies.

    "My kids and I were so moved by these stories that we decided to make some apartment buildings of our own. We enjoyed the process so much that we then put together some packs for others who might enjoy making apartment buildings too."

    Putting to use some of the rolls of wallpaper she has saved in her stashes over the years, Lara and her kids used a window shape to trace and cut out fabric and paper backgrounds and create wallpapers and curtains as backdrops for singers and musicians and other residents of their buildings.

    What will you put on your apartment building?

    You could draw people singing, dancing or waving to a friend. Or create a bookcase, a display of plants or other interesting things going on in the windows.This craft is for children and adults alike and provides a lovely little getaway from the hum drum sameness of our time spent at home just now. Make it as vibrant and diverse as possible! Maybe we could even get them all together when we are able to meet in person again and create a whole city of apartment buildings that we made together... when we were apart.

    If you would like to try this activity at home, you can do so now! Simply use any materials you have at home and get creating.

    Check out Lara's How To Video for some inspiration! 

    If you don't have any materials at home, let us know by registering your interest below and we can order one of Lara's crafting kits to be delivered to your door so that you can join in. 

    Make sure we have an up to date address for you and we’ll post your crafting kit straight to your door. (Please note that numbers of kits are limited and will be sent on a first come, first served basis). 

    Don’t forget to send us an image of your finished apartment which you can share on our social media or via email.


    • At Home

    • Lara Armitage and Annette Murray

  • 27 August 2020

    Creative Writing for Wellbeing (Online)

    This present siutation doesn’t need to deter our creative writers.

    You are invited to the new way to meet - to enjoy each other’s company and to turn words into phrases, into prose or poems, through remote creative writing meetings on your computer, laptop or phone.

    Over four remote sessions, we will be looking at prompts, pictures and poetry for inspiration.

    We shall be trying different forms of writing -- mindful, free, descriptive, fictional, journaling and more.

    Let your imagination run free as you write for you —with no pressure to share what you have written.


    • Online


    • Gilly Beckett and Kirsty Bremner

    • 10.30am-12.30pm

  • 18 September 2020

    Branching Out (Duns)

    Branching Out is an innovative development for adults living with mental health challenges in Scotland.

    Branching Out provides three hours of activities per week in a woodland setting over 12 weeks and is coming to Duns, Berwickshire.

    Thanks to funding from the Berwickshire Community Grants fund we are delighted to be able to offer our first Branching Out project to Berwickshire residents. 

    The programme will start in September 2020 and we are now taking notes of interest. 

    Please note:

    We are only able to accept applications from those living in Berwickshire at this time. If you do not live in this area but would be interested in attending a future Branching Out project, please let us know here.  

    Due to Covid-19 restrictions, delivery dates are subject to change dependent on Scottish Government advice regarding group sizes. We will keep you informed of any changes. 

    • Duns

      Location To Be Confirmed

    • The Project will be run in Partnership with Instinctively Wild and re:discover

    • 10am - 1pm