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OUR RECENT EVENT 

Learn easy-to-use and science-supported skills that make your world a more positive place. Discover the life-changing power of positive psychology, through celebration, live music, comedy, performances, games and other proactive, pro-social activities. 

Can't join us in Edinburgh? 

Check out the unique offerings on our zoom-agenda! 

Sponsored by:

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In PERSON

Join us at The Pear Tree beer garden in Edinburgh, located at: 38 W Nicolson St, Newington, Edinburgh EH8 9DD, United Kingdom

Sign up to get 1st dibs on tickets for our next festival

noon

🎶  10 min - Shalhavit-Simcha Cohen - founder of PosiFest, Welcome Song

🎤  10 min - Brian Dobie, owner of The Pear Tree introduces the festival

🎶  15 min -  Kirsty Heggie, singer, guitarist and performer

🎤  2 min - Dr. Oliver Escobar, Senior Lecturer, University of Edinburgh

1:00

🎤  20 min - Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar, Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and founder of The Happiness Studies Academy

🎶  15min - Shalhavit-Simcha Cohen - PosiMusic Performance 

🎤  10 min - Emma Harper, Member of Scottish Parliament

2:00

🎶  5 min - Shalhavit-Simcha Cohen - PosiMusic

🎤  10 min - Luís Simões, self-organisation enthusiast on empowerment in the workplace

🎶  15 min - Chris Gimby, musician and performer

🎤  10 min - Dr Jacqui Hutchison and Dr.  Martin speaking on stereotypes

3:00

🎶  15 min - Nataniel Cartier, musician

 

🎤  5 min - Prof. Matthias Schwannauer, University of Edinburgh

 

🎶  15 min -Venus As a Boy, positive-message music

 

🎤  10 min - Tai Esteban Sunnanon, founder and CEO of the strategic insights group, on living with purpose. (Download PDF exercise here.)

4:00

🎤  10 min - Revd. Dr Harriet Harris

🎶  20 min - Sketchy Beats, interactive jam (your participation is wanted!)

🎤  15 min - Revd. Dr Harriet Harris

5:00

🎶  60 min - Sketchy Beats interactive jam (your participation wanted!)

 

🔥   with dance performances by Zója Daravi & The Edinburgh Fire Club

6:00

🎶  30 min - Shalhavit-Simcha Cohen, PosiMusic 

🎤  10 min - Cassandra Pereira, creative director of PosiFest. "What is the mission of The Festival of Positive Psychology?"

7:00

THE PARTY MOVES INSIDE to 32 BELOW. (Located below The Pear Tree.)

🎤  15 min - Jessica Jarrad, LMHC

😂.  20 min - Ben Aitchinson, positively minded comedy

🙌.  3 min - Blessing of the Festival, by children of the Nepal Childrens’ Home 

🎥  20 min - Screening of "The Lorax Community Film" made in partnership with the Dr. Seuss Foundation

 

🎤  5 min - Monica Worline PhD, The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) and CEO of EnlivenWork

8:00

🎶  10 min - Sara Davey teaching everyone a positive-mindset song

🎭  30 min - Play "Vessel" about body-image, created and performed by students of the University of Oxford

🎶  15 min - Shalhavit-Simcha Cohen, PosiMusic 

9:00 -MIDNIGHT

Body-Positive Dance Party! All are welcome to join in or just watch and enjoy sets of positive-message music spun by

🎧  DJ Haptic &

🎧  DJ Maaster

online

The PosiFest Zoom Room will be open from noon-9:30pm. Pop-in anytime to see what we're talking about, watch a livestream of the festival's main stage, or join an activity! 

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noon

Welcome and introductions.

12:45 -
CONTRIBUTE TO THE FESTIVAL'S TREE OF KINDNESS

Words of kindness that you share on zoom will be written down by someone at the festival and hung on the tree there.

1:00

1:10 - Discussion of constructive self-talk.

1:30 - Self-affirmation WRITING EXERCISE (15 min)

2:00

2:00 - CREATE A NEW POSSIBILITY

 

Exercise in opening space to create new possibilities in your life, borrowed and adapted from the Landmark Forum. Led by Will Van Der Merwe.

3:00

3:15  CONTRIBUTE TO THE FESTIVAL'S TREE OF KINDNESS

Words of kindness that you share on zoom will be written down by someone at the festival and hung on the tree there.

4:00

4:00 - LEARN BREATHING TECHNIQUES for a calm mind and body with Paula Trafford

4:45 - DEVELOP YOUR LISTENING SKILLS playing an interactive game with others. 

5:00

5:15 - LEARN SELF-MASSAGE TECHNIQUES for self-love and self-care with Paula Trafford

5:45 - DEEP RELAXATION GUIDED MEDITATION with Kiera Zammit

6:00

6:15 - EXPRESSIVE WRITING MINI-WORKSHOP 

Learn about the groundbreaking work of Dr. James Pennebaker and put it into practice.

7:00

7:00 - POETRY OPEN MIC! 

Share your poetry. Welcome are poems that speak about self-love, self-acceptance, optimism, normalizing the negative, and other principles of positive psychology.

7:45 - GUIDED MEDITATION with flute music by Martin Khasar

8:00

8:00 - MINI-WORKSHOP IN CONSTRUCTIVE SELF-TALK with Cassandra Pereira, creator of "Spiraling Upwards in Self-Affirmation" workshop.

8:45 - Quiet your mind and enter the healing state of deep calm with BHAKTI CHANTING by Martin Khasar

9:00

Open discussion about positive psychology. Q&A with Cassandra Pereira, creative director of PosiFest.

⏰  Reminder: Set an alarm on your phone to remind you when it's time to log-on! 

THINGS TO DO AT POSIFEST

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Butterflies Scavenger Hunt

Find all 10 butterflies, and take home 10 gifts! 

We've hidden 10 butterflies around the festival, each representing a different life skill identified by positive psychology: Optimism, goal-setting, gratitude, living a meaningful life, coping with stress, resilience, self-compassion, mindfulness, knowing your strengths, and self-esteem. 

When you find a butterfly, scan its QR code to access a free, simple, actionable resource that will help you develop this skill in your own life. 

 

The Tree of Kindness

What are the words you long to hear?

Write words of encouragement on colorful tags and tie them to The Tree of Kindness for someone else to find.

 

Discover what words of encouragement and recognition other people long to hear, and consider these words the next time you go to give a compliment or pep talk! 

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The BeFriending Zone

Do you want to make more meaningful connections?

Positive social interactions increase your personal well-being and life satisfaction. 

 

The Befriending Zone at Posifest stimulates meaningful connections by guiding strangers to start a conversations using active listening, a powerful communication skill that increases human connection.
 

Self-Affirmation Art

How can you make your self-talk more constructive?

Self-affirmation activates your brain’s reward and self-processing systems. After learning the basics of constructive self-talk, you'll turn your most empowering affirmation into a work of art using environmentally-friendly art supplies. 

Take home this free souvenir to remember that the skills you learn at PosiFest are skills for life!
 

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Safe Space

For anyone who'd like to rest amidst the festivities 

Inside this calm, separate space, PosiFest provides journals and writing prompts based on the writing therapy research of psychologist Dr. James Pennebaker. 

 

Dr. Pennebaker conducted the original work on "expressive writing," showing that people's health and productivity can improve through writing. 

Resource Hive

How can you make your self-talk more constructive?

One of our goals at PosiFest is to help you access more meaningful, truly helpful resources to make your world a more positive place. 

 

Visit The Resource Hive to discover more people, places and things to help you continue your personal growth and development outside of PosiFest.

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