The Water of Leith Visitor Centre provides us with a welcoming setting alongside the Water of Leith. The water flows from its source in the nearby Pentland Hills, and is described as a silver thread in a ribbon of green, running through the heart of Edinburgh, to where it meets the Firth of Forth at Leith. The river itself has a very special quality, and if you are attending a group here you may wish to allow some time to explore it. Crossing the road opposite the visitor centre brings you to a woodland setting, and the path follows the course of the water in both directions, from Balerno to Leith.
Easily accessible from the city center - Approximately 20 minutes by bus from Princes Street stopping outside the center. Slateford train station (Edinburgh to Glasgow Central via Shotts line) is a 10 minute walk away.
Forthcoming sessions in Edinburgh. Scroll down the page for venue information.
Each group is limited to 6 participants. Please note that the booking window may close several days prior to the event. The booking forms below will read 'sold out', or 'sales ended' if tickets are unavailable.
Please take a look at the FAQ section below prior to booking.
Please have a look through the following (fairly extensive) FAQs section prior to booking. I hope any general questions you may have about Creen Craft will be answered here. If you have a question which is not covered then please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Further information can also be found on my website
Do I need to book in advance?
It is important that you book prior to attending the session. Places are limited to keep the group size small. You are advised to book in advance, via Eventbrite, to ensure your place. I will not be offering a 'pay on the door' option for these groups.
Can I bring children to the group / can young people attend?
This event is open to those aged 18 or over. Whilst I have worked with children and young people, and appreciate the importance and value of doing so, this group is for adults, and the space cannot accommodate children during the session.
What is the refund policy?
Please be advised that the ticket price will not be refunded if you are unable to, or decide not to attend.
In the event that I have to cancel the session a refund will be provided.
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
It is valid only for the session for which it has been booked, and can not be transferred to another session.
In the event that I have to cancel the session a refund will be provided.
What can/can't I bring to the event?
A range of art materials will be provided. Please do not bring your own, as it is important that all participants have access to the same materials.
Please do not bring pets to the group.
Is Creen Craft therapy?
These sessions are not intended to replicate art therapy, or group therapy in the traditional sense. However, it is likely that in the process of devoting ourselves to the wonder and beauty of life, that we also encounter the difficult, painful, and problematic - all of which have their place and part to play. The therapeutic, transformative, or healing aspect of this work, will be found through bearing witness to life as we know it to be, in all its various aspects, attesting to what inspires our being in the world through creative acts.
Is Creen Craft an art lesson?
In this work I will not be teaching any art techniques, or skills, or even suggesting how you are to go about using the materials. However, that is not to say that learning will not occur. You may encounter ideas in work made by others, and you might also discover simply by experimenting, or by 'not knowing' what to do, that in fact you have your own way of going about making imagery. An extremely valuable insight!
Are there rules?
There will be some basic, yet essential boundaries that all participants (including myself) will be expected to adhere to. This is in order to establish an atmosphere of trust in which you feel able to express yourself in the company of others. The boundaries particularly relate to confidentiality, use of mobile phones/camera's, inappropriate behaviour. This will be elaborated upon at the beginning of the session.
Do I need to be good at making art?
A purpose of this group is to nurture the spontaneous use of art materials to express yourself, in a particular time and place, and as such you cannot do this wrong. Each work is also viewed in the context of being a single part of a group of works, made by everyone present. So, for example, if you feel it has been very difficult to express yourself as you wished, we would consider this as not just a personal struggle or difficulty, but as a valid part of the experience of the whole group. We would then consider what this may communicate regarding struggle, lack of agency, and frustrations at the difficulty of free expression in the world at large. Sometimes the greatest breakthroughs for a group emerge from difficulties. Likewise, it is also quite possible that one who enters the group not feeling confident in their abilities, may experience surprise and delight at what does manifest.
This area of research has been my lifework/I am an established artist, am I welcome?
Yes, you certainly are.
What if I feel nervous / don't have anything to say in the group / or don't know what to do?
Whilst all participants are encouraged to contribute to discussion and art making, it is sometimes the case that one cannot find the words, especially in a group setting. Or that what is felt does not have words - hence the power of image making to reveal and make visible. It is also acknowledged that often when faced with art materials even a prolific artist can find themselves stuck. If this happens it is considered part of the creative process, and the work of the group as a whole. You cannot do it wrong!
I like the sound of this work, but do not wish to take part in a group session. Do you offer individual work?Yes, I can also work with you on an individual basis, for short-term or ongoing therapeutic work. Please get in touch via my website or email.
I cannot attend on this date. Will you be offering more sessions like this?
To be informed first when new sessions are available, please visit my website and sign up to the mailing list. If you would like to suggest a particular location, or venue then please get in touch.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Upon arrival I will check your name against my list of attendee's, and the ticket would be useful confirmation in the event of any discrepancies.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Please see the individual page for the location you require.
Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Please contact me via email - - with any questions you may have.
The next groups in Edinburgh will be in later summer. Please join the mailing list to receive details when they are announced.
The Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh is a beautiful and enchanting location for Creen Craft work. One mile from the city centre, near Stockbridge, and Inverleith, this tranquil yet stimulating setting provides a unique opportunity to create art in service to Nature, amongst a rich diversity of plant life. The group will be held in the Patrick Geddes room, which is located at the John Hope Gateway. We will spend time out in the Gardens, and offer responses to it in our art.
This group will be limited to 8 participants, so please book well in advance.