Free event: Chinese Calligraphy x Mindfulness workshop

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For most Chinese locals, the week leading up to Chinese New Year can be chaotic when you have to juggle both work and preparation for the festivities.

Why not treat yourself by picking up a paintbrush and learn the therapeutic artform of Chinese calligraphy at theDesk One Hysan Avenue on Monday 12th February? There’s one decor to worry less when you take home a self-made Fai Chun!

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 About this event

It’s easy to succumb to anxiety and stress in a jam-packed and fast-moving city like Hong Kong. Ahead of the full-on Chinese New Year festivities, theDesk is driven by the mission to provide busy professionals with holistic work-life balanced skills.

In this FREE workshop, mental-wellbeing advocate and calligraphy-lover Yuri Hung will teach basic techniques to this traditional art discipline and identify parallels of mindfulness with art.

Date: Monday 12th February 2018

Venue: theDesk, 14/F One Hysan Avenue, 1 Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay

Transport: MTR Causeway Bay, Exit F (Hysan Place) or Exit A (Times Square)

Cost: Free

Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

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Note: the workshop has a limited capacity. Registrations are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Strokes to better health

Research studies have shown that practising Chinese calligraphy benefits to our health. Practising the artform can calm emotions and improve moods by slowing down physiological responses, including heart rate and blood pressure.

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Participants will get to experience relaxation, patience and focus all in one through the practice of controlling a paintbrush and application of the strokes. At the end of the class, you will get to bring home a self-made Fai Chun (揮春), a traditional decoration used during Chinese New Year pasted on doorways as a symbol to welcome luck and prosperity for the new year!

Meet Yuri Hung

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Yuri Hung spoke about mindfulness at TEDx School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London in 2017.

As an advocate for mental wellbeing, Yuri has dedicated much of his time to address the soft skills required as mankind faces the progressive dilemma of technology invading our psychological state of what makes us human.

He acts as a mentor for the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups and SDSN Youth. In addition, he has conducted several workshops and talks for working adults, including at TEDx.

Yuri honed his skills not only as a passion project but professionally as well. He previously worked as a consultant analyst at a global human resource consultancy firm. He was also a Chevening scholar from Hong Kong focusing on International Public Policy at University College London and studied Psychology at the University of Hong Kong.

Yuri picked up Chinese calligraphy from a Hong Kong calligraphy master back in 2015. He has continuously practised the art form and exposed himself to different kinds of scripts, with a focus on Clerical Script (隸書).


Yang, Li, Hong, & Kao. (2010). The effects of Chinese calligraphy handwriting and relaxation training in Chinese Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma patients: A randomized controlled trial. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 47(5), 550-559

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