creative mentoring event

11/05/2023: Creative Mentoring Network: The Joys of Embodiment - Creative Learning Through Our Physicality, with Creative Mentor Usha Mahenthiralingam.

  • Thursday 11th May 2023 at 4:30pm - 6:30pm
  • Dakeyne Street, Nottingham NG3 2AR, UK
  • FREE for Creative Mentors
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This in-person session is for members of The Mighty Creatives’ Creative Mentor Network only. If you’d like to find out more about Creative Mentoring, visit our webpage.


This is a free optional session for Creative Mentors, with all facilitator, venue and refreshment costs covered by The Mighty Creatives.

Join us and Creative Mentor Usha Mahenthiralingam for an in-person skills sharing session to support the development of Creative Mentor’s practice. This session have been developed as an opportunity for Creative Mentors to connect in person and learn from the brilliant talents within the Creative Mentor pool.

This session will be led by one of our experienced Creative Mentors Usha. Usha is a mixed media and movement artist working in the fields of health, education and ecology.


What is ‘Embodiment’?

Embodiment is how we connect with our bodies and learn through them. Our physical bodies and our mind are not as separate as we think, and they are in fact very much interwoven.

Our bodies are an amazing vehicle for awareness and self-expression. 75% of communication is non-verbal and is expressed through our bodies in several ways, such as:

  • Facial expression
  • Body language
  • Posture and gestures
  • Movement
  • Sensory processing

Creative activities provide powerful opportunities to develop children and young people’s awareness and expression. They support self and social regulation and a sense of purpose and agency. Whether we are crafting, filming, cooking, building a den, choreographing a dance, playing an instrument, sorting pebbles or watching swans on a lake, we are becoming present through the experience of the activity.

As artists, whatever our specialist area is, embodiment will be an aspect of our practice, we often use our physicality, intuition and 6th sense to create, whether we are ceramicists, writers, painters, musicians or dancers.

We hope by the end of the session you will have:

  • A deeper insight into Usha’s interdisciplinary practice
  • A more in-depth understanding of embodiment practices and how you can apply this practically within your work with children and young people
  • A brief introductory insight into the neuroscience behind embodiment, and an understanding of why it is important, especially for our children and young people
  • Have an opportunity to put yourselves in the shoes of Creative Mentees by participating in practical activities and simply getting creative!

Refreshments will be served, so please do let us know about any dietary requirements in your booking.

If you have any questions about the session and its content, please don’t hesitate to email our Youth Programme team at


Thursday 11th May 2023


Start 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm Finish

Creative Mentors are free to arrive as early as 4.15pm for a prompt start and 4.30pm

Venue Address

Dance4’s international Centre for ChoreographyIC4C
2 Dakeyne Street

Venue Details

We recommend you try to use public transport to get to Dance4’s international Centre for Choreography, but we recognise this might not always be possible.

You can find how to get to Dance4 on their website: There are directions for walking, driving, bus, tram, train and even airport if you’re feeling snazzy!

The venue is fully accessible, including:

  • Disabled parking bays
  • Lift
  • Level access to all areas
  • Disabled WC/showers
  • Baby changing
  • Loop system in the studios

Attendee Requirements

Refreshments will be served, so please do let us know about any dietary requirements in your booking.