Yoga teacher and art therapist Laura Watson, loves where she lives.
“Whitstable is a magical seaside town on the North Kent coast, like many people my husband and I moved here from London for the stunning sunsets, fresh air and relaxed way of life.”
As with Padstow in Cornwall, and Tenby in South Wales, Whitstable is leading the revival in fortunes of our native coastline, and the rise of our staycation nation. People love its award winning high street full of independent shops, fantastic restaurants and characterful pubs. The surrounding area is steeped in history and in some places protected due to its special scientific interest.
Beyond nostalgic beach holidays Whitstable also offers culture in abundance, Watson states,
“The town is full of artists, musicians and other creatives… You don’t have to try very hard to find a talented singer songwriter playing their music around town at the weekends, we also have a bunch of fantastic festivals to enjoy including the soon to start Whitstable Biennale a festival of performance, film and sound running from Saturday 2nd - Sunday 10th of June 2018.”
To coincide with this years event, Watson has just announced the launch of The Whitstable Colouring Book.
“Art can be used as a tool, or at least a process to connect and maybe even understand our unconscious selves. I would love to see more kids doodling and colouring, using something analogue like my book or even their tablet or mobile phone whilst on holiday. As a trained art therapist and yoga teacher I have seen the positive impact this relaxing practice can have on the lives of both children and adults alike”.
The Whitstable Colouring Book was developed because Watson wanted to create engaging graphic materials to support the work she does with her Whitstable art therapy clients. “After doing some research I was surprised to find that nobody had put together a Whitstable colouring book”. Watson continued to say, “Whitstable is a hub for creatives of all disciplines, and this is my little contribution” The five or six pages of marine animals she initially started out with, quickly grew into eighty pages covering Whitstable landmarks, various characters from seaside myths and legends, not to mention a whole lot more sea creatures!
The Whitstable Colouring Book is printed on 100% recycled materials, retails for £10.00 and will be available to buy both online and from independent retailers on Whitstable’s fantastic high street during and after the Biennale. Budding artists and casual colouring fans are encouraged to learn more about the history of Whitstable, art therapy and ultimately yoga through the book. Ten percent of all proceeds generated from the sale of the book will be donated to Sea Shepherd UK.
For more information or if you are a journalist to arrange a review copy please contact Paul at Yoga Wellbeing.
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