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Project Calm Issue 15

Project Calm is a brand new quarterly magazine filled with quality writing, beautiful photography and new ideas to try, all with the aim of helping you achieve mindfulness through making. Every issue is packed with gorgeous projects, ideas, people and great stories and interviews to read. You will discover how to enjoy mindful moments every day, learn about new crafts, trends and relaxation therapies, as well as inspiring travel and adventure ideas. Plus, we’ve created an original collection of templates, posters, stickers and bookmarks for you to enjoy making your own.

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It struck me as I was writing the words for the cover this issue how much of the edition is about creative release. From letting tears flow (page 30) to combating creative blocks (see our pull-out creativity kit starting on page 66), binning the ego (page 74) to pouring yourself into a passion project (page 120), we all need an outlet for our emotions, art and energy. So much good comes from finding the right channel – for your own wellbeing, and other’s too. Peace has a knock-on effect, and it’s always inspiring to participate in, and be around, artistic expression. Maybe, for you, it’s sisterhood that gives you the strongest sense of freedom. We look at it literally and figuratively this issue in Sally Wyatt’s beautiful prose about her two…


The sheer beauty of this world can be overwhelming, and in our effort to do our bit for the planet, it’s entirely natural to experience eco-anxiety. Tiffany Francis explores this newly-coined term this issue and what we can do to remain positive and proactive. Because, you are not just a drop in the ocean. This leads us on to our central theme this summer: salt water in all its healing forms. Katie Antoniou explores the therapy of sweat, tears and the sea, and three surfers share their wonder of the waves. Quote: Rumi; illustration Getty Images…

nature news

1 PEACE BY THE WATERSIDE Spend a week in the Dorset countryside for the three-day Wellbeing by the Lakes festival from 19-22 September. Explore what it means to be mindful and live well in our fast-paced modern world, and enjoy a curated blend of expert talks, art, live performance, meditation, movement sessions and healing therapies. Set in the picturesque Sculpture Park in Dorchester, the event brings together a wide-ranging programme to inspire and revitalise its guests. Tickets start from £35 and include entry to all talks, workshops and movement sessions. Visit sculpturebythelakes.co.uk/wellbeing-festival for more details. If you can’t make it to the West Country, we love the Audio Dharma podcast on simple buddhist teachings, from the Insight Meditation Centre in California. audiodharma.org 2 LANDLINES IN LONDON Don’t miss the exciting first exhibition from…

the sea, the sea

The oceans cover 71 per cent of the Earth’s surface. These immense expanses of salty water can be raging one moment, tranquil and shimmering the next. The daily tidal movements and rhythms are both completely relaxing and totally stimulating. A trip to the sea is blissful, a chance to stop, gaze and daydream, to let yourself go and completely unwind, to hear the waves crashing against the rocks or calmly caressing the sand. A beach is a place of happy carefree memories, somewhere to run barefoot, skim stones, let the sand tickle between your toes, paddle in the shallows, hear the laughing seagulls, build sandcastles, read a book, fish, snorkel and swim. Laying on the beach, letting the fresh sea air fill your lungs, while soaking up the sunshine, all while…

salt water cures all

In 1934 Isak Dinesen wrote a short story in which a character claimed, “I know a cure for everything: salt water… sweat, or tears, or the salt sea.” It’s a quote that has aged well and can now be found on many a Pinterest board or Instagram post. For though our lives have changed radically in the last 100 years, our bodies and minds have not. So it’s no wonder that as record numbers of people suffer from anxiety and depression, we’re starting to look to ancient remedies to help reset ourselves when we’ve spent too long sitting still, away from nature, bottling up our emotions. More people are sharing their mental health struggles, so we finally seem to be understanding that our physical and mental health are inextricably intertwined. Much…

salt works

ALICE POTTS Alice Potts is an artist who makes crystals out of sweat. “I had a background in science, mathematics, sport and fashion and wanted to combine every part of my life into one piece. I’d always been fascinated by sweat so it felt like a good place to start. I also liked the purity of it, not limited by size, gender or race, meaning I could create for everyone. Nervous, dancing, sex, working-out; we sweat at the points we feel the most. ”Most people find it beautiful and can really connect to the emotions behind each piece. Yet some people are still uncomfortable with the idea of wearing sweat as an accessory. It’s still seen as a human secretion that has come out of the body, but with the development of my…