Book Holiday is a 15-day e-course which allows you to immerse yourself in the joy of books, arts and crafts, with a view to improving mental health and wellbeing.
It will help you to calm your mind, lower your anxiety and make space for your own needs.
I had a very difficult upbringing and endured multiple traumas. Over the years, I have engaged with many different therapies in an effort to improve my mental health. When I came up with the idea for Book Holiday, I was super-stressed, and a friend told me to just take a week off and do nothing but read books.
I loved that idea of taking a vacation from life – and from my own head, really – and so Book Holiday was born.
As an author, paper artist and book sculptor, I wanted to expand the course beyond merely encouraging you to read and give you the opportunity to use books as springboards for craft, illustration and word-play as a form of creative care.
An instructor at New York's Center for Book Arts, I have been shortlisted in the World Illustration Awards twice and have an illustrated book out worldwide called Papercut This Book, with another self-illustrated title, First Art Kit, to be released by Simon & Schuster in 2021.
By immersing myself in books, arts and crafts, I found a way to calm my mind, lower anxiety and make space for my own needs. During this course, I will teach you how to do the same, and:
*Give yourself permission to indulge in creativity
*Build and use your own Creative Care Plan
*Experience a sense of mastery from your achievements
*Reach an absorbing ‘flow state’, where you don’t notice time passing
*Learn to incorporate Book Holiday skills into your daily life
*Build a creative toolkit to allow you to de-stress anywhere, any time, when you finish the course.
*Learn and improve your book-arts skills
*Find encouragement and support from @thebookholiday community on Instagram
Book Holiday is, of course, laid out like a book. Each chapter contains an introduction, then a craft or a prompt for you to make or do something without direction.
Throughout Book Holiday, there are also book-related articles, reading lists, advice and tips from experts, spoken-word, dressing-up… and even food and drink!
Book Holiday, like the best kind of vacation, allows you to unwind and de-stress, but also to try something new, inspire, delight and make you smile.
There’s no pressure on this Book Holiday – just do everything in your own time at a pace that’s pleasurable for you, whether it’s the absorption of all day, every day, or once a week. You choose: it’s your holiday.
Some of Book Holiday is portable, so you have a de-stress kit to hand whether you’re riding on public transport, sitting at work, or stuck at home.
Wherever you are, I want you to take a break for creative care and visit new places in you mind that will soothe your soul.
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Photo by Alex Robson
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WHAT PEOPLE SAY
I absolutely loved the Book Holiday course - I learned so much and felt a lot calmer afterwards. I'm going to carry on doing Creative Care.
Book Holiday was just the thing I needed during lockdown - it gave me loads to do and really put me in a positive mood, so I was more able to deal with stress.
I love books and I love crafting, so this course was perfect for me.
Lucy, New York
There's so many different, interesting crafts to learn and the instructions are very clear. I never thought I'd be able to make beautiful wooden bookends - but I did!