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.
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.
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.