to Dec 10


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New Art & Meditation course starting Tues 12th November in Brighton at the newly refurbished STARLING STUDIO (formerly Hummingbird Studio). TUESDAYS 6.30-8.30pm6.30-8.30pm 

Drop in or  4 or 5 week block booking options - £25// 4wk £80 or 5wk £95

Exploring creative practise and breathwork, observation of flowers and nature, the inspiration and effects of music, mandalas and working devotionally. 

BOOK HERE Or email for enquiries.

12 Nov - Week 1. Art Meditation & The Influence of Breathwork

It all starts with the breath. Every traditional system in every culture has a practise of breath work, it's the first and foremost link to the life force and nervous system.  We will practise some simple techniques to energise and also to bring us into quiet stillness, experimenting with before and after art work so you see the difference and power of breath work on your attention and imagination.

19 Nov - Week 2. Art Meditation & The Observation of Flowers

When we observe nature, the mind quietens. The form and harmony of flowers can influence how we feel and calm the nervous system. Attention is brought in. They bring so many feelings and associations into awareness, and like flower essences, they have healing characteristics. Some people report getting warm cheeks whilst drawing.

26 Nov - Week 3. Art Meditation & The Inspiration of Music

There are so many benefits of Music for the mind, body and soul. We will look at artists who used music to influence their work, and listen to different pieces of music with different rhythms and moods and gently playfully and powerfully see how it inspires and in forms our art work and effects our whole being. 

3 Dec - Week 4. Art Meditation & The Practise of the Mandala

Everyday Carl Jung mystic and psychotherapist would paint a mandala as a self diagnostic tool. The mandala is very much a tool for both devotion, intention, stillness and meditation and when drawn with consciousness they can be very healing and helpful and bring you into inspiring calm mindfulness.

10 Dec. Week 5. Art Meditation. & The Power of Devotion

When you devote your creative practise to something, your focus and attention are different, and the heart opens. We will work in a number of ways of using art with intention, enquiry, reproduction of other images we are inspired by, and also how to draw/paint something or someone you are in devotion to.  This is a deeply moving practise.

Facilitated by Eleanor Darley

Eleanor is founder of a new venture The School of Botanical Arts which is based on the acknowledgment of the medicinal properties of plants, and their effects on us physically and emotionally. Her work extends to teaching, counselling and facilitating art and creativity workshops for groups, or one to one. Trained in anthroposophical art therapy, she also practises as a transpersonal art counsellor, specialising working with plants and ecology.

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to Apr 7


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Drawing Inspiration from Plants

7 week Botanical and Plant Medicine Art Class - Brighton

A chance to work with plants as your art muse, producing great work and drawing inspiration from their form, characters and healing properties. This weekly class will be working with different observation techniques and artistic skills to capture the essence and aliveness in our subjects, nature paints, abstraction, pattern, colour and inspiration from other artists - so many great artists worked with flowers and plants to understand nature and art. We will also uncover how the artistic process makes the medicine of a plant accessible.

DATES: 3 March / 10 March / 17 March / 24 March / 31 March / 7 April / 14 April

COST: £160 - Full Payment. - book here

Concessions or part payments - please email

Some materials will be provided but a full list will be emailed on booking.

10 places maximum

Beginners and advanced painters welcome.

Brief overview of each week.

  1. Observation techniques, freedom of expression and the relationship with form

  2. Taking observation further into imagination and the medicine of plants

  3. Inspiration from other artists, movements, ecology and consciousness

  4. Exploring with colour, abstraction, and how art speaks, creative writing from your art work

  5. Beginning an in-depth study with one plant

  6. Continuing to work in-depth to finish final works, reviews

  7. Exhibition of all works, presentation and reflection

About Eleanor Darley - Artist teaching

Eleanor is founder of a new venture The School of Botanical Arts which is based on the acknowledgment of the medicinal properties of plants, and their effect on how they make us aware of ourselves and the world. Her work extends to teaching, counselling and facilitating art and creativity workshops for groups, or one to one. Trained in anthroposophical art therapy, she also practises as a transpersonal art counsellor, specialising working with plants and ecology.

“Eleanor’s teaching changed the way I looked and related to the plant I was drawing, and from that point on my pictures were completely different, and I’ve learnt to trust much more in the art as a way to mirror myself and understand nature can do that too!” Fiona, Brighton

“I never realised that drawing the detail and form of plants could be so calming and informative, I had huge realisations about things I couldn’t see before” Ana, Lewes

“I loved every aspect of it - it was very liberating to be given permission to draw so freely without worrying about what was on the paper. I love the free writing element too and it has reawakened a joy for writing in me. I found the whole day a deeply emotional experience.” Tish, Sussex

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This day course brings you into deep connection with your own artistic practise, and also the plants who will be the muse and inspiration for the day. If you are interested in plants, the energetics of plant medicine or just interested in botanical art, or bringing your artistic practise alive this will be perfect. Previous drawing skills are not necessary as the way I teach brings everyone into contact with a way to draw that is freeing, and often surprising to to those who don’t class themselves as artists.

We will work on a large scale across the floor in charcoal and ink, and a small scale on paper.

I will be leading some directive exercises to loosen up your technique but at the same time define your ability to capture the gesture of the plant. In doing so we are often able to see into the characterisation of a plant, and also it’s medicine.

I will be drawing on the teachings of Goethe who through plant observation was able to identify key stanges of transformation. Observation is key. So, we will be looking, drawing with clear intentions and working hard. But the results are worth it - we want to make art that lives!

A delicious vegan lunch will be provided.


Includes some materials but a list will be sent on booking.

Please book direct with me:

Through Paypal: BOOK HERE

or Bank Transfer: ref PLANT ART

Miss E Darley: 53761510. 60-60-40

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09 Jun, 13:00 – 15:30

The Well Garden , 17 Amhurst Terrace, Clapton, London E8 2BT - get tickets HERE 🌻⠀
As Summer draws closer, the second workshop of the 5 Element Series focuses on the Fire Element. How do you feel in the Summer? Is it when you feel at your peak energy or do feel like it is more of a challenging time where things can be overwhelming? This workshop combines shiatsu & flower remedies to explore how you feel as we move through the fire energy of this season. ⠀

What to expect from this 2 hour workshop? ⠀
Hands on shiatsu and acutonics (sound healing) from Joy Rose will be paired with flower remedies with Heloise Sombrero & Eleanor Sara Cihuaoctoquiani . You’ll gain an understanding and embodied awareness of the Fire element, whilst learning shiatsu stretches, qi-gong movements, flower remedies to take into your daily life. ⠀
8 spaces in total and only a few early bird tickets so get your ticket now  — at The Well Garden.

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