The Museum of Happiness is hoping to open a brand new and bigger space in North London and you can help us make it happen in just 3 months!
A Happy Partnership
We are passionate about spreading happiness and have been delivering an outreach programme for community groups and people who may have access barriers to our space in Shoreditch. One of the organisations we have been working with is One Housing Group at Arlington House - the UK’s largest mixed homeless hostel! We have been working with the employment and training team to deliver training sessions in yoga, mindfulness, positive psychology and confidence building. The sessions have been a tremendous success and One Housing have offered us a beautiful room to set up a dedicated base in Arlington House.
In order to transform this space into a sanctuary of calm and learning environment as well as run a full programme we need to raise £25 000, hence the launch of our crowdfunding campaign last Saturday.
Last Saturday celebrated our first event at this new venue. The space is currently used for a construction training academy, so it's semi-industrial. With the help of our amazing volunteers and a lot of flower petals we managed to get the space looking presentable for a packed day of activities.
We kicked things off with Sanderson Jones from Sunday Assembly encouraging us to appreciate life and find the beauty in everything. This was particularly helpful as it made us realise that no matter what the situation, if you look hard enough you can find a glimmer of beauty.
We were then graced with a lecture from Heather Mason of The Minded Institute, who shared her mind-blowing research on the neuroscience of yoga and how it can change the brain to help us feel more connected, relaxed and happy. Heather is on a mission to have yoga implemented in the NHS so please check her out and support her cause!
Over lunch our very own Vicky Johnson led us in a beautiful game of gratitude bingo where we were able to learn about each other and share connections! Gratitude is scientifically proven to boost the mood and we can't get enough of it at the Museum of Happiness!
Next up was Sarah Weiler from Power of Uke teaching us all how to play the ukulele. Sarah helped us challenge our negative self-beliefs about musicality and creativity. We are all musicians apparently! Apart from regular workshops, she is also hosting a festival this summer - certainly worth checking out!
John Purkiss then gave an inspiring talk about the power of letting go. He encouraged us to look within and embrace all parts of ourself - even the bits we're not so proud of. We were introduced to practical exercises to help with acceptance. Some of us were truly inspired!
Laughter Genius Mel Bloch then invited us all to let go even further and get involved in some laughter yoga! Mel's mesmerising voice allowed us to let go, connect, laugh, heal and relax. Mel is also a coach and healer and trains people to become laughter leaders.
We wrapped the day up with the amazing Luce from Antidote London. Antidote explore play as a form of stress relief and becoming more present. We unleashed our inner child with a variety of games including grandmothers’ footsteps ... with an audience! The highlight was going through the day with each person mimicking their most memorable sound. It was like a symphony with Luce being the conductor - you have to try it for yourself!
The Future Plans
All of the money from our crowdfunding campaign goes towards transforming the space, running a full programme of events and expanding our outreach service so we can keep the community growing.
If you feel moved to support, please check out our campaign and share it with all your friends and colleagues. We are here if you have any question!
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