Mind To Move is an outreach programme  devised and delivered by Julia James-Griffiths out of The Box project.

The programme involves delivering free community movement workshops, for those with experience of mental health issues; no dance experience necessary. Each workshop involves discussion, relaxation exercises, and led movement improvisation; with a focus in exploring and enjoying the benefits of exercise and creative expression. Participants are encouraged to take part in whatever way they feel comfortable.  All workshops end with a short excerpt sharing of The Box and an opportunity for participants to give feedback.


The Box  is a dance theatre piece that explores the impact of depression and how our society responds to it.  For more information about The Box, please click here.

Booking a workshop:

If you are interested in booking a workshop, please contact Julia: julia@jjgdance.com

Julia offers two kinds of Mind To Move workshops ; one that is open to the public to book and attend, and another that is private and for select groups or organisations only. Open Mind To Move workshops  are intended to be inter-generational; an opportunity for individuals of various ages and backgrounds to come together under the common theme and understanding of mental health. The focus has so far been to reach adults aged from 18 to 65+. Julia has also delivered Mind To Move workshops specifically for young people / teenagers in secondary schools. Mind To Move workshops are currently only delivered during performance periods of The Box. However, due to interest and demand, it is Julia's intention to enable these workshops to also run out with The Box project periods in the future. 


 You can find dates for upcoming workshops on this page or on the news page.

“A short and powerful workshop experience which imprints on the mind…the somatic movement spoke to the psychic stiffness in a reenergised and more musical voice”

“I have never experienced anything like it and was so glad I went along. I fully understood what the dancers were speaking ‘without words’ their vulnerability was very moving... Everything about the day was just perfect!”

“Awesome, a chance to share and connect with others. A different perspective and positive way of helping my mind and body”


“It shows we do not need to hide…Thank you for bringing us together, it is so good to know you are not alone!”

“It offered a glimpse into how movement and dance can be used to begin conversations about mental health and how it can be used creatively”

“I thoroughly enjoyed it because it was fun, relaxing and you get to know people. It helped me get away from everyday life. It was my first time doing something like this. I found it interesting how to show ideas through movement.” 


“That’s just it, that’s what it’s like, it’s really powerful.”  

(commenting on The Box)



Date: 8th August

Time: 10 - 11:30am

Venue: St Columba's Free Church hall



Date: 7th October

Time: 10 - 11:30am

Venue: Beacon Arts Centre


Date: 22nd October

Time: 5:30 - 7pm

Venue: The Space


Date: 11th October

Time: 10 - 11:30am

Venue: Paisley Arts Centre

St Andrews

Date: 24th October

Time: 1:30 - 3pm

Venue: The Byre


Date: 17th October

Time: 5:30 - 7pm

Venue: Citymoves Dance Agency


Date: 31st October

Time: 10:30 - 12pm

Venue: Eden Court

Anyone who attends a Mind To Move workshop will also be eligible to receive a discount on tickets to see The Box on tour

Contact Suzie should you have any queries about the workshop or would like to book a place: hello@jjgdance.com

Please note that spaces for workshops are limited.

Past Workshops:

  • Mind To Move workshop

         As part of The Work Room Residency                                 Programme


         Friday 26th October, 5:30 - 6:45pm


         Tramway, 25 Albert Dr, Glasgow G41 2PE

  • Mind To Move workshop                                        As part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival 18                                                                                                                                                                                       


        Friday 18th May, 10 - 12pm                                                                                                                                                                             Where:

        North Edinburgh Arts Centre (Studio 1), 15a                        Pennywell Court, EH4 4TZ

  • Mind To Move workshop

         As part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival 18


         Tuesday 22nd May


         Broughton High School & Royal High School


         Please note these workshops aren't open to the public

  • Mind To Move workshop                            As part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival 17                                                                                                                                                                              When:                                                                       Friday 13th October, 10 - 11:30am & Friday 20th October, 5 - 6:30pm                                                                                                                                Where:                                                                        (13th) : Dance Base, 14-16 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2JU                                 ​                        (20th) : St Columba's Free Church hall, Johnston Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2PW​​


  • Mind To Move workshop

         See Me Scotland, Gathering event


         5th December, 17


         Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

         Please note this workshop isn't open to the public

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