How Ya Doing?

How Ya Doing?

How Ya Doing is a creative wellbeing programme for artists and arts organisations who work in the Arts and Health sector.

The pilot project, funded by Arts Council of Wales, took place in 2021-22 and was aimed specifically at artists’ wellbeing post-pandemic. You can find out more about the project here and watch our Evaluation film here.

The second iteration was launched in September 2023 and runs for 2 years funded by The Baring Foundation. This project is focused specifically on artists who work in mental health settings and with groups who are more vulnerable to mental health, as well as offering a range of training for art organisations to develop their own longer-term wellbeing offer for their staff and artists.


Organisations: Strategies for Wellbeing

Tues 30 Jan and Tues 6 Jan, 10am - 1pm | Online

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Tues 30th Jan. 10am - 1pm


Tues 6th Feb 2024. 10am - 1pm


£70 (Revenue Funded Organisations)/ £40 (Non-Revenue Funded Organisations)

We are able to have offer a small number of FREE bursaries. Please contact us if you would like to apply for one of these.

Who is this for?

The training is relevant for any arts organisation who employ freelance artists and/or have their own delivery team for participatory arts projects. In particular, the training is aimed at organisations who work in health, mental health and wellbeing settings. The course is aimed at senior staff in arts organisations and trustees who support strategic wellbeing in an organisation.

The training will help you to:

  • Evaluate what you currently offer and know about wellbeing support for your delivery teams
  • Explore how organisational culture, structures and practice effects practitioner wellbeing
  • Learn about what best practice looks like in other arts organisations
  • Develop an action plan to start your journey towards enhancing your wellbeing support offer


The training will take place over 2 half days on Zoom. Participants need to attend both days.

You will also be asked to complete an information form when you sign up to help us tailor the course for you, as well as a follow-up evaluation form afterwards so we can measure the impact of the training.

Day 1:

  • Understanding your organisational values and how practitioner wellbeing and care fits into that.
  • Practical actions you can take towards developing a wellbeing support plan, including contracting, communication, access, induction.

Day 2:

  • Affective support – understanding different types of support you could offer to you delivery teams including simple creative resources and tools.
  • Examples of best practice to inspire and guide you.
  • Creating your own Action Plan for next steps.



Organisations can apply for some follow-up peer-learning sessions with Justine after the course if you need some extra time and support to implement your ideas. Informatio about this will be shared on the course.



Your trainer will be Justine Wheatley

Justine is a freelance consultant and trainer. An arts professional for over 20 years, she was Executive Director of rurally based arts organisation Peak Cymru, until 2023 and brings a wealth of practical experience about how to creatively support delivery teams in arts and health contexts.


This training is part of the How Ya Doing? programme, funded by the Baring Foundation, which aims to support freelance artist’s mental and emotional wellbeing. WAHWN is committed to developing a thriving arts and health sector in Wales in which we prioritise the wellbeing of our creative professionals who sustain the brilliant work that takes place across the country.

To read about our How Ya Doing? pilot project:

Evaluation report by Jane Willis

Evaluation film

Organisations: Developing a Wellbeing Strategy (1 day)

31/09/23 | 9am - 5pm | Coming Soon

Coming Soon

Artists: Cefnogaeth Ymarfer Creadigol gyda Cai Tomos

31/10/23 | 9am - 10am | Online

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The sessions focus on working with the body-mind in a way that helps create space around those themes or challenges that you bring related to your practice, which may allow you to widen perspective and gain insight.

A supportive, non judgemental, confidential space will be offered where we will enter a free association, easy going conversation to reflect and dialogue together on the themes you bring. This is for those who feel they need some more support in reflecting on own their practice and the impact of their client group and context/or organisation on what they do, and how they do it.

Creative Reflective Practice offers a psychotherapeutic and trauma-informed supportive framework in which to look at the delivery of arts-based activates and ways of caring for oneself inside of the practice demands. Sessions are held on Zoom.

Cai Tomos is an independent dance artist and Arts Psychotherapist, and Somatic experiencing Practitioner. He has worked as a performer and maker in UK and Europe, and over the last 15 years his work has centred around health and the role of dance, movement and visual arts within the field.

Artists: Creative Reflective Practice with Alison O'Connor and Jain Boon

13/11/23 | 6.30pm - 8pm | Online

A 6-week course starting Monday 13th November 6.30-8pm.


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Being a freelance arts practitioner can be a lonely place.

How ya Doing? Creative Reflective Practice is a space to connect with other creative practitioners.

Jain will offer a set of creative somatic exercises to tend to and support your nervous system and bring you to a place of resource so that you can prevent overwhelm. Alison will share a series of exercises, inviting you to reflect on your work and your wellbeing through a compassionate lens.

We intend to create a space where we can support each other and with this in mind we are asking participants to commit to the whole 6 weeks.

This programme is aimed at creative practitioners who are working in mental health settings or supporting participants who are more likely to experience mental health issues, including the criminal justice system, refugees and asylum seekers, survivors of domestic and sexual violence and people who have experienced Adverse Childhood Experiences.

If you are unsure if you fit this criteria, please contact Programme Manager Tracy Breathnach for a chat


Jain Boon - Jain is a theatre maker and trainee Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (Intermediate Level Participant). She is in the process of setting up thisPLACE, a trauma informed dance theatre company with dance artist/Movement Psychotherapist Matilda Tonkin Wells. Jain works with Re-Live Theatre, Sparc Valleys Kids and Music Theatre Wales amongst others. She is passionate about the idea that 'people heal people'. @la_boon

Alison O'Connor - Alison has 25 years experience of groupwork, therapy and theatre in prisons, secure mental health settings, in Romanian orphanages and with military veterans. She is the Co-Founder of Re-Live, an award-winning Arts and Health charity, creating therapeutic life story work with older adults and people affected by trauma and adversity. She is an integrative therapist and clinical supervisor, with a particular interest in compassion-based approaches. She works with humour and gentleness, encouraging practitioners to look after and nurture themselves within the work they do.