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Calligratherapy Beginner’s Programme

Calligratherapy Beginner’s Programme

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  • Thu 5 Aug, 5:30pm – 7:00pm
  • Thu 12 Aug, 5:30pm – 7:00pm
  • Thu 19 Aug, 5:30pm – 7:00pm
  • Thu 26 Aug, 5:30pm – 7:00pm
  • Thu 2 Sep, 5:30pm – 7:00pm


Wellington High School, 249 Taranaki St, Wellington


All Ages

Many of us live sedentary lifestyles, sitting for up to eight hours or more a day hunched over our keyboard - all the while rarely taking a proper breath! Even if we wanted to take a deep enriching breath into the lower lobes of our lungs, we are limited due to our posture. Often due to the stresses and strains of a busy work and life balance, our unconscious brain can develop a pattern of holding, irregular and shadow breaths.

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Not being able to breath properly is the key cause of many chronic respiratory diseases (Nestor, 2020)

Calligratherapy combines science journalist James Nestor's theory on proper breathing with the philosophy of ancient Chinese calligraphy to promote a state of optimal wellbeing.

Calligratherapy has been developed specifically for those who have never practiced calligraphy before and who are interested in deriving the benefits without having to learn the language or all the characters. It integrates the simple and intuitive act of inhaling and exhaling into calligraphy practice with Eastern philosophy behind it.

A range of different breathing exercises are embedded into each 90-minute session focusing on different calligraphy scripts. Over the five weeks, you will develop and practice the awareness of healthy breathing, while learning new techniques of Chinese soft brush calligraphy covering five different scripts.

All materials included in course fee.

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to:

Start a new creative practice in Chinese soft brush calligraphy.
Develop your own mindfulness strategy.
Better manage everyday stress levels and access a calm, empowered and positive state of mind.
Find ways to explore eastern philosophy and develop deeper connections with your spiritual self.

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