Strengthen Your Thinking - Haiku - Creative Writing

Notice your surroundings in a new and inspirational way.
Focus on the present moment and the positive aspects of your life.
Feel connected to the world through your senses.

Haiku have rules about how they are written (length, syllable count, subject matter). This may seem restricting at first but, in fact, it can be liberating. It will help you to develop lateral thinking, practise decision making and find strong images to express yourself in a small number of words.

Wellbeing benefits:

Think clearly
Solve problems
Notice surroundings

Examples of how this activity can help me:

I want to keep my mind in the present and ‘enjoy the moment’ more.
I want to feel part of the world and more positive about my place within it. 

Length:

30-40 minutes.

Who can I do this activity with?

On my own or with others.

Where can I do this activity?

Online or print off and do anywhere. We recommend taking this activity outdoors to use it as inspiration.

How often can I do this activity?

Haikus are inspired by nature, weather and seasons, so do this activity weekly, monthly or each season!

What do I need?

  • Pencil/pen
  • Paper

Did you know?

Our brains have two halves, which specialise in different types of thinking. The right hand excels in lateral thinking, metaphors, intuition, emotion, and holistic perception, whilst the left hand brain likes order, lists, logic, and analysis. Artistic processes have been shown to fire up the whole brain and encourage the two sides to work together, building strong connections between the two.

"I enjoyed the free writing and the discipline of doing a Haiku. When I read my work I feel a sense of achievement."

Workshop participant

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