See things differently
Hello, I’m Clare Barry.
I’m a Londoner, an author and a speaker. I’m the founder of Urban Curiosity, a creativity and wellness company that has been featured in Vanity Fair, TimeOut London, InStyle, Women’s Health, Liz Earle Wellbeing and Department Store for the Mind. I have always loved my work—but I haven’t always known how to take care of myself. It took burnout to help me see things differently.
At one point in my corporate career, I was so exhausted, over-scheduled, and out of balance, I ended up with a serious back injury that required major surgery and months of sick leave. I have learned – the hard way – that working around the clock is not sustainable and that taking care of your body and mind is not optional.
I’ve worn many hats over the course of my career and my focus has evolved, but the core of my work has remained the same: sparking creativity, supporting people with exciting ideas, making those ideas a reality, and helping people to live well, work well, and thrive.
Let’s work together
I love to collaborate with brands and businesses to create impactful partnerships, retreats and bespoke walkshop experiences. Past and present clients or partners include: Hoxton Holborn, Savse smoothies and Bugaboo. Please email me for more information.
We live in a city that never stops rushing—but we don’t have to live in a perpetual state of distraction, stress and overwhelm. We can acquire new skills and daily practices. Treat your team or audience to an uplifting experience that will improve morale, boost focus and productivity, and show them how much you care about their wellbeing and success. Topics I cover in my talks and walkshops include: mindfulness 101, digital overwhelm and true priorities.
LUNCHTIME TALKS (45 mins)
In this interactive session we explore what “mindfulness” actually means, and how mindfulness can shift your mood and boost your creativity and productivity. (And no, you don’t have to throw your computer into the bin or meditate on top of a mountain!) How to create a more balanced relationship with technology—especially email and social media—so that technology becomes a helpful tool, not a perpetual distraction and energy-drain. How to reclaim time and headspace for the priorities that truly matter so that you can achieve more in less time, but without burning yourself into the ground.
SHORT WORKSHOP (120 mins)
If you’re able to set aside a little more time, treat your employees, audience or team to a two-hour workshop. It’s identical to a lunchtime talk—I cover all of the same topics—but with additional time for audience questions, interaction, and guided reflective writing exercises.
URBAN CURIOSITY WALKSHOP (120 mins)
This is part creativity session, part digital detox – on foot. This guided mindfulness walk around the neighbourhood will get people moving, breathing, and experiencing their everyday environment with a fresh perspective. With simple prompts, observational practices and creative reflective exercises, participants will learn how to cultivate every day curiosity, spark ideas and feel calmer. Your people will reflect on how to creative a more balanced relationship with technology and social media and learn how to find inspiration in the cityscape.
Book a private group session on an existing route or enjoy one bespoke to your local area (if you are a brand or PR, please email me and tell me about your project and timeline).
How to book
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for rates and availability.
The Urban Curiosity founder was far from the tie-dyed, dread-locked, ‘I spent one week in an Ashram’ mindfulness leader I had been expecting. She was an everyday Londoner, someone who had been there, done that and could talk to us without being condescending. The tips she gave us were easily applicable and relatable to everyday life.
– Faith Strickland, Design My Night
We worked with Clare for a series of consumer events in which she hosted incredibly engaging mini workshops – we could not have been more pleased with the collaboration. Each session Clare hosted gained great feedback from the participants (a mixture of consumers and media), with many commenting that the exercises and comments really resonated.
– PR Director, Savse smoothies
There’s a lot to be said for giving oneself “permission” to have time away from all the routines and technological noise of everyday life to explore the inner mind a bit. I can’t recommend this highly enough to anybody who wants to workshop their creative ideas or just to take some time out.
– Stephanie Zia, founder of Blackbird Digital Books
Past work life
My career began in event management at the International Tennis Federation. After that, I managed the Entrepreneurship department and then became a client relationship manager on custom management development programmes at London Business School. Later, I moved to the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) where I worked in management, organisational behaviour and philanthropic partnerships.
I co-founded the LSE’s entrepreneurship hub before leaving to set up Urban Curiosity. Along the way I wrote two unpublished novels (the first would make your eyeballs bleed) and joined an east London filmmakers’ collective. I did PR for an independent film company with a documentary on mental health and human connection: The Stranger on the Bridge. I was an intern for a lifestyle and luxury journalist and then a renowned celebrity interviewer. My favourite role during that experimental time? Being a creative writing mentor at the Ministry of Stories.
Note: I am a member of both Lapidus – the writing for wellbeing organisation – and the National Association for Writers in Education. I have full public liability insurance and a valid DBS certificate.