YASMIN SHAHEEN

FOUNDER

Hello there, my names Yasmin and I am the founder of The Lady Garden Fest. I am a trained counsellor, coach and psychotherapist. Our mission is to organise wellness retreats and workshops for the public and community using creativity to replenish, recharge and refuel our emotional wellbeing. I am a firm believer getting creative helps with our emotional wellness journey and I see it as my mission to spread this message to the public and communities.


I have the fundamental belief if families and our communities have better, healthier, stronger emotional wellness then this will lead to eradicating childhood abuse and neglect. I am passionately driven to promote this message and of breaking the cycle of abuse.

I had never been confident in using my creative self. In fact, I spent many years shying away from any art form. I can't sing. I can't coordinate. I can't really draw or paint - my left-hand shakes. I guess self-doubt, a lack of confidence, low self-esteem and self-worth also contributed to this mindset. After all - showing your creativity is personal. I always viewed it as a reflection of my inner self - and what if others didn’t like it? What if they hated it? What if they mocked it?

I had always loved writing poetry, a way to express my emotions. But for years I spent ripping up my writings before they had a chance of seeing the light of day due to my fear of rejection. Thirty years on the most valuable lesson I have learned - just because someone thinks something. It doesn’t mean it is. Some people will like my work, Some people will hate it. And both spectrums are really now O.K with me. The most important thing that matters is that I love the process of creating and it's meaning to me. If others do enjoy my work  - it's a big Brucie Bonus. 

A year ago I had my poems published in an anthology. I found the process therapeutic, whilst building my self-esteem. It gave me a chance to express myself in a way I previously couldn’t. Those published poetry books had sat in a cardboard box under my desk for the best part of a year.


Then not long ago I found myself getting assessed for learning difficulties - in my forties. Gosh really? Filling in the forms prior to the assessment trying to explain what was going on for me - I wrote a poem in less than five minutes. That was the only way I could explain how it was being me. Somehow the results of the assessment changed everything for me. Suddenly the world kinda made sense - Dyspraxic with learning difficulties. I'd sort of always been against labels - but the diagnosis was a relief. I also realise it doesn't define "me", its just a part of me.


Yasmin The Lady Garden Fest
It's with this experience I have made it my personal mission to promote creativity and wellness, working together in harmony through workshops and retreats. Each of us has our own creative sweet spot, we don’t have to be a genius at being creative - we just have to enjoy it. I hope you find your creative sweet spot too. 

ps I get asked how do you read our name? The Lady - Garden Fest or The Lady Garden - Fest? There’s no right or wrong answer, that's creativity is about. Its what it means to you. We are inclusive to all. 


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WETHER YOU ARE A CREATIVE WHO WOULD LIKE TO JOIN OUR CARAVAN OR YOU WOULD LIKE TO GET INVOLVED I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU. OR IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE YOUR WELLNESS JOURNEY WITH ME - I READ ALL MESSAGES PERSONALLY. FEEL FREE TO DROP ME A MESSAGE. YASMIN
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