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Resilient Artist Workshop with Jo Hensel

In this 85-minute interactive workshop that is suitable for all artists, whatever their craft, background or experience, Jo will explore the important topic of resilience. She describes resilience as the capacity to respond adaptively to life’s challenges (big and small), enabling us to emerge from adversity with renewed strength, knowledge and abilities.   

During the session, you will gain an understanding of your own resilience profile, including the factors that are likely to protect your resilience and those that might be risk factors for you. Together, we will look at how you can resource your resilience so that you can continue your resilience-building journey beyond this brief workshop.   


As a horn player, Jo plays with some of the UK and Europe’s leading orchestras and chamber ensembles and has been a member of Academy of St Martin in the Fields since 1998. Throughout her career, Jo has been deeply involved in learning and participation work and as a coaching psychologist, trainer and workshop leader, she has worked in settings and for clients as diverse as Sydney Opera House, Frost School of Music, The Connection at St Martin’s, Surrey Education Services, Women of the World Orchestra, HM Reading Prison, HM Treasury and KPMG. In 2011, Jo was appointed Deputy Head of Wind Brass and Percussion at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. A Master Practitioner of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council, Jo became a Guildhall Coaching Associate (GCA) in 2017 and Guildhall’s first Performance Confidence Associate in 2021. In each of these roles, Jo has worked with people to increase their self-acceptance and resilience, enhancing psychological wellbeing, and reducing performance anxiety.