Creative Therapy | The Hospice of St. Francis

Creative Therapy

Art has proven therapeutic benefits for people facing serious illness, promoting wellbeing and relaxation as well as building resilience.

Creative therapy is not about a person’s artistic ability and you do not need to be ‘arty’ to enjoy or benefit from this therapy, it’s simply using arts and crafts to improve wellbeing, often helping alleviate symptoms like anxiety, anger, guilt or confusion.

We have several regular creative therapies running each month. Please contact The Spring Centre for more information or take a look at the Spring Centre Calendar.

If yourself, a relative or partner would like to access our Creative Therapy please do fill in our short referral form.

Creative Therapies

Art Making Group

A creative, quiet space for patients and carers to express themselves through art making. Take part every third Monday of the Month, 2pm – 3.15pm.

Open Studio

Drop-in session open to art enthusiasts. Each month a visiting artist will share their own work, advise and inspire. Take part every first Monday of the Month, 1.15pm – 3.15pm

Expressive Life Drawing Course

Suitable for beginners and experienced artists. Booking essential.

Mosaic Workshop

A workshop to learn how to make mosaics, cut tiles & create an individual or group piece. Open to all. Booking essential.

Our Art Bags 

We run an annual ‘Art Bag’ project which includes a different creative activity giving participants the tools to create an ‘artwork’, contemplate and connect with others.

The 2018/9 art bag project has been inspired by The Solace Project, an initiative run by London-based artist Sophie Alston.

The free bags contain all the materials needed to complete a contemporary cross-stitch using easy-to-use large-hole canvas. Anyone can take part and no experience is necessary. You can pick up your art bag from the Hospice reception.

Once completed, participants are asked to return their creations to the Hospice. They will then be displayed at the end of the project in summer 2019.

The Spring Centre

Our Spring Centre is a free Health and Wellbeing Centre in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, which can help you to live your precious life well.

We’re here for adults who have a serious illness such as cancer or who have a neurological, heart or lung condition.

Find out a little more by viewing our Spring Centre video