In the past five years of running a small business I’ve physically made over a thousand handmade wooden accessories from flasks to business card cases, and I’ve made every product with my own two hands. I’ve learned a great deal in those past years of my handmade business. I feel so fortunate to be able to wake up each day and do what I love and create with my hands, however I felt selfish in a small way, everyone should be able to experience the joy, and therapeutic nature of working with their hands. Which lead me to expand my small business in a new avenue. I have the pleasure of leading hands on woodworking workshops, where I teach the importance and joy of working with your hands.
I’m extremely thrilled to be traveling to Barcelona Spain in October where I’ll be leading a hands on woodworking workshop at The Collective Europe which takes place October 5-8, 2017.
Why working with your hands is good for your brain and your creativity.
Research has shown that creating or tending things by hand enhances mental health and makes us happy. It has also shown that hand activity from knitting to woodworking to growing vegetables or chopping them are useful for decreasing stress, relieving anxiety, and modifying depression. Which I think we can all agree in today's fast pace world we could all use a little more therapeutic stress relief. Brain-wise, moving our hands activates larger areas of the cortex than movement of other parts of the body such as our legs or back muscles. And more importantly, what drives that effort-driven rewards circuit are physical activities that involve our hands, particularly activities that produce tangible products that we can see, touch, and enjoy. Its time to step away from the keyboard and put your hands to work
The Collective Europe is offering just that. An opportunity to put down your phones and computers and connect with like-minded entrepreneurs and innovators. This unique all-inclusive, tech free retreat-style conference is the first of its kind in Europe.
I want to invite you to join me at this amazing conference, in Barcelona October 5-8th, 2017. Use Code WOODBRAIN20 to receive an additional 20% off Early Bird tickets.
I'd be over the moon to see you there!