Press Play

Find a practice of play and creativity to keep yourself mentally well

Upcoming Public Courses

In response to COVID-19,  we are offering online courses for workplaces and the general community.

Press Play: Textile Craft
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Press Play: Drawing
Coming Soon

A 4 week immersion of Play

Press Play themed courses are designed to ignite curiosity, fun, delight and creativity. Whether you spend four weeks learning a range of textile craft techniques, or songwriting, how to grow a garden, or an introduction to painting and drawing, this course builds up your capacity to cultivate a joyful habit of creative play into your routine, for proven mental health benefits.

Your creative facilitator takes you through four weeks to develop skills and technique in a creative practice, alongside a few tools and ways to reflect on how this practice assists in keeping our mental health strong.

Online versions include home delivered materials and zoom sessions.

Craft

Weaving, stitching, knitting, coiling. These traditions create beautiful things, and are proven to help calm our nervous systems.

4 weekly sessions exploring stitching, weaving and coiling. Learn some techniques, start a project, and understand how a practice of craft can be part of maintaining good mental wellbeing

Songwriting

Cultivate a practice of music, through song, melody and writing. Creative expression through music helps to regulate our brains and stress hormones

4 weekly sessions exploring music rhythm and songwriting. Finish this course with some skills and goals for creating your own music!

Gardening

Being busy in a garden is
proven to be great for anxiety, stress and depression. Grow, tend, harvest and enjoy your own!

4 weekly sessions exploring skills in planting, growing, maintaining and tending a garden, whether it's natives, vegies, herbs or flowers. Learn how gardening supports positive mental wellbeing

Draw & Paint

Painting and mark making can help us feel grounded and in the zone. Learn how to cultivate this practice, for joy, fun and delight!

4 weekly sessions exploring drawing, illustration, watercolour and painting. Learn new approaches and prompts to cultivate this practice, plus how it can be a powerful antidote to stress and tension.

Who is it for?

Press Play is a 4 week course for anyone in the community that would like to bring a little bit of play and creativity back into their lives, as part of a commitment to mental wellbeing.

This is a small group creative course of play and creative exploration. We add some content about how each practice can support your wellbeing, but it is not a support group program. It's for everyone and anyone in the community.

MakeShift Programs can be accessed with NDIS funding for self and plan managed recipients. For more information please contact courses@makeshift.org.au

This course is delivered 2 ways

Materials are included and home delivered unless otherwise specified.
Online courses require access to a computer and internet and are open to all Australians over 18.

1

Face to face

Four weekly evening or weekend group sessions (3 hours)

2

Online

Four weekly evening or weekend zoom sessions (2 hours each) plus home delivered materials

"This course plugged me back into remembering to take time for myself. For years I got caught up in being so busy and I lost myself a bit. Being creative took some time to get used to, but it's brought a whole new lease of life to me!"