Art for Wellbeing - Doctors' Retreat Day

Sat 19th Nov 2022, 10am-4pm - ONLINE

A joyful day to focus on your wellbeing as a doctor, through the exploration of creative arts...

Please join us for an inspiring and rejuvenating day of wellbeing activities, with like-minded doctors all curious about the healing power of art and creativity.

No talent or experience needed!

Just come along and relax into a day full of music, art, poetry and writing... and earn 5hrs CPD!


What to expect on the day...

We will be exploring how positive psychology and creativity can reduce our stress levels and improve our wellbeing as doctors, through:

  • An improvisation-based warm-up
  • Inspiring stories from doctor-artists throughout the day
  • Creative life coaching exercises
  • A creative writing workshop
  • A poetry reflection exercise
  • A taster class in line-drawing
  • Original doctor-artist music 

All you need is a computer with access to the internet, some blank paper and pens and a favourite photo from your phone.


Yes please, I'd love a place!

Is this for you?

  • Has your medical career left you with little room to explore the artistic hobbies you love?
  • Are you desperate to bring some more creativity into your day-to-day life as a doctor?
  • Are you juggling a career as a doctor alongside family life and other roles?
  • Are you looking for a more interesting and joyful way to gain some CPD points?

Then come along and enjoy a few hours, just for you, to explore and nurture your wellbeing through art...


Book your place now - just £119 incl VAT

Meet your host...

Hi!  I am Dr Caroline Walker and I founded The Joyful Doctor.

I have struggled with my own mental and physical health problems over the years, and this led me to specialise in the wellbeing of doctors.

I am passionate about helping caring professionals, to look after themselves as well as they look after others... and I love being creative!  I am a keen writer, paper-crafter, cross-stitcher and I enjoy poetry, art and music in many forms.

I created these Art for Wellbeing days to encourage doctors to have more fun with their learning and to reconnect with their creativity, and explore its many benefits for our wellbeing.

If you come along you will also be supporting the work of The Joyful Doctor with your ticket fee - helping us to reach more struggling doctors with our message of hope, compassion and wellbeing - so thank you!

Yes please - I'd love to come along!


Meet the speakers

I have invited some inspirational 'real' doctors and artists to share their talents and joy of creativity with you on this special day...


Dr Rebecca Winterborn

Consultant Vascular Surgeon and Perform Coach

 Singer/song-writer, saxophonist, PTSD survivor and mental health campaigner


Dr Nicki Doddridge-McCoy

Consultant Physician, Associate Dean & Coach

Wellbeing coach for doctors, passionate about improving wellbeing through creativity


Dr Julia Baxendine-Jones

Associate Specialist, Cytopathologist

Keen photographer, multi-material artist, Head of Joyful Doctor Art and anti-stigma campaigner


Dr Katya Miles

Wellbeing Trainer, GP and Occ Health Doctor

Writer, trainer, and Founder of 'Working Well Doctor', passionate about creativity and wellbeing


Dr Sarah Goulding 

GP, TPD, GP Mentor, Speaker and Coach

Wellbeing coach for doctors, passionate about meaningful career development


Dr AJ Oxbury

Occupational Health Physician

Enjoys translating photos of people and pets into line drawings


We are sad to announce the passing last year, of one of our first Art For Wellbeing speakers, a wonderful and inspirational doctor-poet, whose memory we will celebrate on the day:

Dr Jessi Tucker

Emergency Medicine               Speciality Doctor

Writer, Spoken Word Artist, conservationist and 'Cancer in the time of COVID' blogger


Frequently Asked Questions

Question #1 Do I need to be creative?

No!  We will be taking you through some fun creative exercises on the day but you do not need any previous experience or talent to participate and benefit!

Question #2 What if I buy ticket but I then can't make it on the day?

Simply let us know and we will offer you a choice of a full refund or a place on a future course/event of equal value.

Question #3 Is the whole day online?

Yes - but we'll make sure we take lots of breaks and you can move about and do whatever you need to stay comfortable throughout the day.

Question #4 Will I need to have my video on?

Yes please!  We want to encourage a sense of togetherness and connection on the day, so we would like you to keep your camera on throughout the day.

Question #5 I came to the last Art for Wellbeing Day - is this one the same?

The day will have the same lovely feel and themes, but there will be lots of new content in each of the workshops/sessions - so definitely come along again!

Question #6 I can't make this date, will there be a recording?

No - we want to keep the day relaxed and special for those attending so we won't be recording.  We will run other dates though so watch this space!


Hear what those who've attended previous Joyful Doctor events have to say...

  • The Joyful Doctor

    “...really special and important event!”


  • The Joyful Doctor

    “Really life-affirming and gave me new ways of thinking/ approaching things”


  • The Joyful Doctor

    “The friendly atmosphere made it easy to share experiences with the other speakers and attendees”


  • The Joyful Doctor

    “I felt really re-energised and positive about my future afterwards”


  • The Joyful Doctor

    “I just wanted to thank you again for the course and your support. You do a brilliant job”