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Testimonials from people from many professions, countries and age ranges

Since 1993, The Creativity Workshop has been working with people from many different professions, nations, and age ranges to help them discover or rediscover their unique creativity. A typical workshop will be represented by an exciting mix of participants from different countries and professions ranging from CPAs to artists, medical doctors, educators, and CEOs. This makes for great group dynamics in all our workshops. Here is what some participants have to say about their Creativity Workshop experience.

Advertising, Marketing, Communications professionals
Artists, Writers, Performers
Business professionals
Higher Education
Government
Health professionals, Coaches and Therapists
K-12 Teachers




Author, National Geographic
“You will come back (from The Creativity Workshop) with a heart full of artistic passion, completely convinced that creativity and imagination--yours and everyone else's--is the answer to just about any question the world could pose. Plus, you'll have the tools to enable you to fill a whole cargo hold's worth of luggage with paintings, poems, drawings, and essays. This is one of the 100 Best Worldwide Vacations to Enrich Your Life.”

Pam Grout, author, The 100 Best Worldwide Vacations to Enrich Your Life, National Geographic Publishers, 2008


CEO, New York, NY
“I would strongly recommend attending this workshop and sending your employees to it. In an amazingly short period and for a small investment you walk away with ideas on how to free oneself from rigid and restrained thinking and how to allow creativity to flow into many aspects of work.”

Rita Foley, Former President of MeadWestvaco; PetSmart and Dresser-Rand board member. New York, NY


Writer, Alexadria,VA
“This was a tremendous experience. I wanted to take my writing in a new direction, and with the help of the insights and tools I got at the Workshop, I feel that I can now do this.  Thanks to Shelley and Alejandro, two wonderful and inspired teachers, I will look back on my experience in Florence as the beginning of my creative renaissance.”

Charles Mills, Writer, Timetravel21, Alexandria, VA


Business Professor, Dublin, Ireland
“Inspiring Superb workshop. It gave me lots of food for thoughts about creativity. Cognitive and mental contexts were put together in a simple yet effective way with excellent balance of exercises and interaction. I particularly liked the explanation around the exercises and the trainers’ insights.”

Amr Arisha, Professor, Head of Departments of International Business and Entrepreneurship, Dublin Institute of Technology/Graduate College of Business, Dublin, Ireland


Filmmaker, Winchester, MA
“I cannot tell you how grateful I am for having attended your Workshops. They sparked my creative drive and gave me permission to say YES to the making of my films. The Workshops strengthened the practice of using my imagination and my confidence. I have you to thank, in large part, for putting me on my present path.”

Pamela Boll, Executive Producer of Oscar Winning Documentary "Born into Brothels" and Director/Producer of the Documentary "Who Does She Think She is." Winchester, MA


Teacher, Katy, TX
“We brought back a flood of new ideas for introducing new lesson plans and formulas for tapping into our students' creativity and expanding their knowledge and ability to learn on a much more creative basis!”

Jack Degelia and Catherine Huvar, Fund for Teachers Recipients, Katy Independent School District, Katy, TX


Corporate Marketing Director, Burlington, MA
"An excellent workshop! You provided new ideas for how to evolve individual creativity into creative collaboration. You were skilled facilitators with a wealth of expertise and knowledge that inspired without overwhelming or intimidating. It was a great experience for my team and one that I know will improve our marketing efforts.”

Gail Freeman, Sr. Director Corporate Marketing, RSA, Security Div of EMC, Burlington, MA


Professor of Nutrition, Marquette, MI
"I am using the Workshop exercises in teaching hard-core science classes. The Creativity Workshop remains etched in my mind as one of the most rejuvenating, nurturing, enlightening, relaxing, growth-inducing experiences of my life.”

Mohey Mowafy, Professor and Director of Clinical Dietetics, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI


Teacher, Richmond, TX
"The Creativity Workshop was an amazing, life-changing experience. I cannot wait to teach my students to develop their creativity. I would recommend this workshop to anyone regardless of his or her field or career.”

Maria Gonzalez, Teacher, Fund for Teachers Recipient, Richmond, TX

Copywriter, Royal Oak, MI
" I didn't know what to expect from the Creativity Workshop. I ignorantly assumed it would be a college-style lecture class with mostly people from the advertising world. Boy, was I wrong. It was 30 people from 16 countries. To my right was an economist from Nigeria and to my left was an aerospace engineer from Poland. The diversity in the class actually heightened the amount of creativity I was unlocking. Hearing everyone's stories was a reminder to myself that I can do anything. And once a person thinks that, the chains restricting creativity and imagination are broken. The Workshop taught us that our brains are can take us places we never thought possible. That's where new ideas live. I would definitely recommend this class to everyone. No, really – everyone.”

Nick Sauer, Copywriter, McCann Erickson/Detroit, Royal Oak, MI


Procter & Gamble Design Director, Cincinnati, OH
"What impressed me most was the creativity that your workshop brought out in our division. We learned new ways to be creative to meet multiple business needs. Our team and the individual relationships are stronger and deeper after this experience. It was amazing just how much we accomplished while at the same time coming away refreshed. It was an incredible time for us all.”

Lia Braaten-Hager, Associate Design Director, Global Homecare, Procter & Gamble, Cincinnati, OH


University Math Instructor, Doha, Qatar
"I really enjoyed the workshop! My facilitators were great! I loved the activities and it rejuvenated my love for drawing. As a teacher, I'm always looking for ways to bring out the creativity of my students and I learned a lot of great tools and tricks to do that now.”

Ahmad Kareem Foundation Program Instructor/Mathematics. University of Calgary in Qatar, Doha, Qatar


Executive Director, University Integrative Health Center, Tucson, AZ
"Through evocative exercises Shelley and Alejandro gently lead us back to our creative impulses. As a physician I loved revisiting and reawakening this part of myself. Stimulating and fun, I would recommend this workshop to anyone who feels their professional role has cut them off from their creativity.”

Victoria Maizes MD, Executive Director, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, Professor of Medicine and Public Health University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ


University Dean, Oxford, GA
"Can four dots on a page change your life? Give yourself permission to find out.
The Creativity Workshop offers an opportunity to get in touch with yourself in exciting and unexpected ways.
You will meet encouraging and motivating people from all over the world.
You will find yourself reflecting on the experience often and will be inspired to continue to expand your creative boundaries.
You will want to share the experience with others and you will want to return.
I have already incorporated much of what I learned with my work and have experienced a renewed confidence to pursue other creative opportunities.”

Myra Frady, Dean for Resource Planning and CFO, Oxford College of Emory University, Oxford, GA


General Manager Animation Studio, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
"The Creativity Workshop is inspiration for the creative heart, mind and soul. It gives you tools that will creatively guide you wherever your road takes you.”

Nathalie Habib, General Manager, Blink Studios, Dubai, United Arab Emirates


Biochemist, Corvallis, OR
"I found the workshop to be a wonderful exploration of the roots of creativity with many useful tips and insights about the creative process. As a scientist, I approach creativity in a slightly different way than an artist or a novelist does, yet in many ways the end products are not that different. Shelley and Alejandro have many exercises that allow one to explore one's creativity on one's own terms and get over hurdles that often hinder the creative process.”

Kevin Ahern & Indira Rajagopal, Biochemists, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR


Lecturer in Business, Kowloon, Hong Kong
"The Creativity Workshop is brilliant! One of the most life-impacting learning experiences I have ever had. ”

Elvy Pang, Lecturer in the Business School, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Kowloon, Hong Kong


Artist, Shanghai, China
"As a practicing visual artist, I came to the workshop desiring to develop my writing skills. I was looking for practical, but creative exercises I could use outside of the idyllic conditions workshops offer. I was not disappointed! The visualization exercises, and the daily observational writings were creative, practical and transferable to any situation. I also left with many ideas for personal short stories and am happy to say have made time to write everyday!”

Robert Davis, Artist, Shanghai, China


Communications Specialist, New York, NY
"If you are stuck in your job, or your routines, or your imagination ... sign up for The Creativity Workshop. It is fun, inspiring, enlightening, and makes you feel damned good! (and Shelley and Alejandro are some of the best teachers I've ever had the pleasure of working with). Combine a vacation with a creative adventure. This is not to be missed!”

Penny Peters, Communication and Marketing Strategist, New York, NY


Writer, Filmmaker, San Diego, CA
"I wrote my first published memoir because of this class. The instructors are magicians! They gently pushed us into discovering our unique creativity.”

Carroll Blue, Author of "The Dawn at my Back" and Professor Emerita of Film Studies, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA


 


Theatre Producer, San Juan, Puerto Rico
"The Creativity Workshop helped our professional actors and writers expand their creativity from a new and original perspective in a very nurturing atmosphere.”

Xavier Cifre, President, Productora Nacional de Teatro, San Juan, Puerto Rico


Businessweek Editor, Chappaqua, NY
"Creativity is the engine of the global economy and is probably the most important characteristic for any business or company to succeed today. The problem is, most of us are trapped in our day-to-day thinking and unable to access our creative minds. To unlock it, we need a key. The only key I've found that fits is The Creativity Workshop. Through structured exercises, the workshop shows rather than tells you how to be tap into our natural creative capabilities. ”

Toddi Gutner, Former Columnist and Associate Editor for Businessweek, Contributor to Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Forbes and MSN, business communication consultant and author, Chappaqua, NY


8th Grade Teacher, Silver City, NM
"The Creativity Workshop was truly inspiring, both personally and professionally. The creativity exercises for self-exploration helped me immensely in facing a number of mid-life decisions. Professionally, the workshop included a number of techniques which could be used/adapted in a variety of educational settings. In the first few weeks of school I have used free drawing as a way for eighth graders to explore perspective in our identity unit, and the "ten small items" technique is perfect for introducing creative writing, as well as revision. With our school's increased focus on creativity, the timing could not have been more perfect.”

Pamela Pine-Petthong, Grade 8 Humanities, International School Bangkok, Silver City, NM


Career Development, Director, Topsfield, MA
"A very inspiring and useful workshop. In the game plan of our education, most of us hardly ever received encouragement to bust from the box, draw outside the lines, and see things anew. The Creativity Workshop introduced me to some helpful tools on that account, which I will continue to explore, and it amped many other things I hold dear.”

Peter Spellman, Director of Career Development, Berklee College of Music, Topsfield, MA


College Principal, Mawson Lakes, Australia
"I really enjoyed the Workshop. Personally for me it was the injection of inspiration I needed at this time in my career. In a job where the day to day decisions take over time to think and see and reflect, it was a reminder of who we are and our creative capacity. I will also take back some great ideas for the staff in my workplace, things that can challenge and enlighten”

Heather Vogt, Principal, Endeavor College, Mawson Lakes, Australia


CEO, New York, NY
"The Creativity Workshop changed me forever and moved me forward in managing my companies. The Creativity Workshop is far above all the other creative seminars I've taken in its inspiration, positive spirit, and techniques for nurturing creativity. This workshop is important for anyone who wants to develop their creativity in their personal or business life.”

Barbara Roberts, CEO (ret), Acoustiguides and FPG. Advisor to The Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center of the Columbia Business School, New York, NY


Organizational Consultant, New Plymouth, New Zealand
"If your creativity needs a shot in the arm ... do The Creativity Workshop.Why? Four reasons really: 1. The Instructors - welcoming, passionate, talented and committed to drawing out the best in people. 2. The process and tools - challenging, empowering and illuminating. 3. Time - to take a block of time from my busy schedule to focus on developing me and my creativity. 4. The other participants - supportive, each on individual journeys but leaving open opportunities to learn from each other.”

Wayne Morris, Organizational Improvement Consultancy, New Plymouth, New Zealand


International Health Director, Washington, DC
"I don't know where to begin in expressing my appreciation… for the transformative experience that the Creativity Workshop was for me. As an artist trapped in the life of a scientist, I especially loved the examples of creativity from the sciences. Every exercise and assignment provided a wonderful opportunity to tap into my heart and brain in ways that I had not done so freely in a long time. The structure also made it easy to share (and get comfortable sharing) and to establish relationships with others in the workshop that will carry on. I have come home with a revitalized sense of self and enthusiasm to apply what I learned to my work, family life, and creative pursuits. Thank you, thank you, thank you! ”

Patricia Mechael, Executive Director, The Health Alliance, UN Foundation Washington, DC


Public Affairs Director, Smith's Parish, Bermuda
"A thoroughly enjoyable and empowering experience that is the best thing I've done for myself in a very long time. The sessions challenged me to examine what lies beneath my everyday thoughts and passions and this in turn helped to unleash hidden gems of my memory-long-forgotten stories and experiences that are an important part of who I am today. Through the visualization and relaxation exercises I learned to really listen to my inner voice, to self-reflect, to daydream, to release stress and to write... and write and write!”

Beverley Morfitt, Acting Director of the Bermuda National Archives Formerly Assistant Director, Public Affairs, Government of Bermuda, Smith's Parish, Bermuda


Writer, Brooklyn, NY
"A new self-awareness came to light for me during the Prague Workshop, a realization that the creative and personal issues of my life were not there by accident, that they were in fact central to my growth. I reached this awareness due to the Workshop's special exercises focused on Prague. What was remote became intimate, and your view of yourself and your perception of the past, present and future is amplified.”

Stephen Bracco, Freelance Writer, Brooklyn, NY


Business Administration Student, Bogota, Colombia
"Every class  was awesome. It was really nice to meet all different kinds of people from all over the world, but most at all I appreaciate all the different activities I learned. They reminded me that I am creative and that creativity is inside me. I just need to go further and explore it.!”

Maria Grabriela Montañez, Business Administration Student, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogota, Colombia


University Marketing Manager, College Station, Texas
"The class was so much more than I ever expected. It is going to benefit both my career and my personal creative journey. It has also given me several specific tools that I plan to introduce to my team to help us push our ideas from OK to WOW. The lessons we learned from Alejandro and Shelley were life lessons from which everyone can benefit. The structure of the class allowed me to approach the exercises at my own pace, without the stress of trying to outdo anyone else or wondering if it would be just another workshop in which the same people in the class talk all the time about themselves. I give The Creativity Workshop a 10 out of 10 and would highly recommend it to anyone, from a high school student to a retiree, from an entry-level employee in any industry to a top executive. I have a new sense of FREEDOM to BE CREATIVE EVERY DAY, at work and at home!”

Sondra White, Marketing Communications Manager, Editor, Spirit Magazine, Texas A&M Foundation, College Station, TX


Field Operations, Atlanta, GA
"The exercises helped me to explore my creative side, which in my current profession, I don't get to do very often. I highly recommend this workshop for people who are just beginning to explore their creative talents.”

Rencher Gutteridge, Field Operations, Chick-fil-A, Inc., Atlanta, GA


College Professor, Newton, NJ
"Creativity is a delicate flower. You nurtured it with compassion, inspiration, and imagination. Because of your Workshop I now experience the world in a new way. I can see without looking, listen without hearing, and speak without words. Thanks for a truly memorable course!”

Eleanor Carducci, College Professor, Sussex County Community College, Newton, NJ


Global Marketing, Brooklyn, NY
"The creativity workshop really was an incredible experience, due to Shelley and Alejandro's visualizations, exercises and concept explanations… and in large part to the fascinating participants. I was amazed at what came out of each of us! the whole experience was very enriching, from both the fun/personal/learning perspective and and the productivity-management aspect. I intend to get it again, like so many other participants! ”

Rachel Patterson, Marketing Consultant, Global Consultants Group, Brooklyn, NY


School Teacher, Alexandria, VA
"Shelley Berc and Alejandro Fogel use the human imagination as their tool for instruction, and each day took my 20 classmates and me on fantastic journeys of creative exploration. We wrote plays  based on tiny, found objects like coins, shells, and charms; we drew images of creatures we imagined as our avatars in the animal kingdom; we wrote letters as our fathers to us at age 16; we relaxed our bodies, and subsequently, our minds, with meditation and fought our inner critics; and we embraced our natural metamorphoses and used them as creative instruments.  Outside of our classes, we undertook assignments like taking pictures of Cretan doors and windows—an exercise in paying attention to the wonderful details around us. And quite frequently what we discovered was the importance of the exercise over the result. I thoroughly enjoyed my classes, and of course, the island of Crete, and I look forward to helping my English students quiet their inner critics, relax in the solace of the classroom, and pursue the vastness of their imaginations in order to compose clever, vibrant, concise essays on literature or anything else. ”

Andrew Sidle, PHD, Upper School English Teacher, St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School, Alexandria, VA


K12 Principal, Stoneham, MA
"The Creativity Workshop really changed my life. Freed my imagination. I saw my classmates come alive, too. When a fellow participant said to me: "For the first time in a long time I feel joy," I knew it wasn't just me who had been transformed. It was a magical experience. One that will stay with me forever.”

Rondi Aastrup, Principal, Greater Boston Academy, Stoneham, MA


Teacher, Marietta, GA
"The Creativity Workshop is an incredibly freeing experience. Learning so many different techniques for slowing down, observing and feeling in order to allow our individual creativity to surface was amazing. The way we moved from one kind of activity to another allowed us to stay in the moment--without any self-editing. Truly an unforgettable experience. ”

Cynthia Montgomery, Teacher, The Westminster Schools, Marietta, GA


Pastor, Las Cruces, NM
"There were so many kindred spirits with such wonderful diversity. The Workshop was the right environment for us to share our insights and experiences. In each session we were encouraged to open ourselves to new imaginative possibilities. Something dormant within me came back to life as I rediscovered my own creative spirit. Barriers seemed to melt and my horizons in creative expression have begun to expand.”

Mitchell Dowalgo, Pastor St Albert Great Newman Center, Las Cruces, NM


Business Coach, London, United Kingdom
"The workshop was exactly the right thing at the right time for me. Shelly and Alejandro hit just the right note in terms of content and leadership and facilitation. They were extremely warm and generous while still maintaining a positive distance. There was also a definite feeling of respect for the varied perspectives, talent and experience in the room.”

Abigail Hunt, Consultant and Coach, Previously Head of Client Development Manager at Mayer Brown, Global Law Firm, London, United Kingdom


Teacher, Katy, TX
"Thank you for changing my outlook on life in such a positive way! The Creativity Workshop allowed me to re-open my creative corridors and share my creativity with the world through writing. The five-day journey was a life changing experience. ”

Bre-Ann Richardson, Teacher, Alief ISD, Katy, TX, Fund for Teachers Recipient, Katy, TX


College President, Moshav Kidron, Israel
" The workshop was very productive and enthusiastic. Shelley and Alejandro are excellent and gifted instructors. They managed to lead a group of strangers (we started as complete strangers and ended up as a family...) through the labyrinth of imaginatory thinking.”

Eli Zamski, President, Achva College of Education,Moshav Kidron, Israel


Government Strategy Director, Tirana, Albania
"It was the first time in my career to participate in this kind of workshop called the Creativity Workshop. I have learned many things from this workshop: the importance of being creative, innovative, bringing new instruments and ways to bear which will generate more ideas, creativity and results in our work. Each of the participants came from different professional areas but for all of us was a common thread: the spirit of cooperation, group working and good communication. The value added of this workshop was the way the professors gave to everybody the possibility to think in depth, to use imagination and creativity in a very relaxed environment. This unique experience will serve me in my professional career in the Council of Ministers, as well as in my personal life, by making the best use of all opportunities, dimensions and possibilities that exists around us. ”

Valbona Kuko, MBA, Director, Department of Strategy and Donor Coordination, Council of Ministers, Prime Minister's Office, Tirana, Albania


University Administrator, Saskatoon, Canada
"I came to the Creativity Workshop for personal and professional reasons. I felt like I was getting stuck in a rut. I felt like I was losing the "spark". Professionally, I need to image, create, and engage. I need to hear new ideas, get exciting about possibilities, and create ways to make those ideas a reality. I need to look at isses from many perspectives and develop creative solutions in consultation with many. I could feel this ability slipping away. The Workshop brought it back. The ideas of outrunning the inner critic, letting go of perfection, and the joy of play really struck home. Through your guidance, the workshop felt like a safe yet challenging space. There were moments that were uncomfortable and maybe even a bit unsettling, but the end result was powerful. The work was energizing and inspiring. The lessons will remain for a very long time. I would highly recommend this Workshop to others. Shelley and Alejandro are a dynamic duo that were motivating, supportive, encouraging and very knowledgeable.”

Sabrina Kehoe, Associate Director, Interdisciplinary Centre for Culture and Creativity (ICCC), Arts and Science, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada


Engineer, Marseille, France
"The workshop has been a wonderful experience. Because of the workshop I discovered how to arrange the interior of the chalet that I'm rebuilding in the mountains in the very north of Provence. The workshop helped  my ideas start their transformation from thought into reality. Perhaps we can teach engineers  that their work starts with ideas and not with formulas.


Director Safe and Healthy School, Raleigh, NC
"I found the experience to be mind-altering. Each day I lost myself in the workshop activities and could not believe when class time came to an end.  I highly recommend this experience to anyone "stuck at the moment" or who wants to explore themselves for greater growth."

Ben Matthews, Director, Safe and Healthy School Support Division, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, Raleigh, NC


Psychologist, Oslo, Norway
"Wonderful workshop leaders and wonderful participants. I am so happy I took this  Workshop."

Anne Selvik, PHD. Psychologist, Oslo, Norway


EAL Teacher, Bangkok, Thailand
"The workshop activities have activated and encouraged me to use more imagination in my teaching. In my role as an EAL (English as an Additional Language) teacher at the International School of Bangkok I hope to inspire my students more and make them curious about learning English. The Creativity Workshop has become a great source of ideas for my program and has contributed to my personal development as an international educator."

Danielle Rosendaal, EAL teacher International School of Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand


Headmaster, Antwerp, Belgium
"The Creativity Workshop gave me such an energy boost! It left me wanting to go straight back to my new school to try out all these new wonderful techniques. Alejandro and Shelley were just the perfect guides throughout this entire process that made me realise just how much creativity there is already to be found in myself.”

Bart De Roeck, Headmaster, International School of Leuven, Antwerp, Belgium


Choreographer, Singapore, Singapore
"I had a great time at the Workshop. It made me realise that I can do more for myself and possibly influence others, as well. As I did the writing drawing exercises, these words came to light: "Be more than my potential. Be potent." The mix of people from all over the world was fantastic. I was able to see how all our brains interpreted the same instructions differently while unlocking the creativity within.”

Cathy Kee, Choreographer, Singapore, Singapore


Writer, Leiden, Netherlands
"I greatly enjoyed the Creativity Workshop. I loved the storytelling/introducing each other in pairs. That exercise in particular contributed to an incredibly positive, friendly vibe that permeated the whole workshop. Though strangers from all over the world, I felt a kinship with the group that isn't easy to create. I'm not quite sure how Shelley and Alejandro did it, but they did, and very well! Though I am not used to drawing to express my thoughts/emotions (I am a writer), this turned out to be an excellent exercise. Though awkward during the workshop, since returning home I find myself turning to my paper and colored pencils - and my three year old is enthusiastically joining me! ”

Janelle Ward, PHD. Writer, Political Communications, Leiden, Netherlands


Physical Education Teacher, Cary, NC
"My experience at The Creativity Workshop was outstanding.  I was able to learn how to be creative and not so rigid in my thinking.  It inspired me to the point of creating a Creativity Club at my school for next year.  Shelley, you are an inspiration to me and your work is the work of beauty.  Thank you so much for unleashing my imagination and creativity.”

Kim Shaw, Physical Education Teacher, Cary Academy, Cary, NC


Senior Lecturer on Creative Thinking and Branding, Eindhoven, Netherlands
"I came back from the Creativity  Workshop very inspired: hungry and fulfilled. Both on a personal and a professional level! The program was very well balanced and thought-oughg. Doing excersises using little else but our own imagination and wisdom, guided by great teachers, was a wonderful and playful journey. Thank you Shelley and Alejandro for your knowlegde, carefulness and energy, it was a great experience working with you!”

Ineke Huyskens, Senior Lecturer on Creative Thinking and Branding, Fontys University, Eindhoven, Netherlands.


Assistant Professor, Dallas, TX
"I think the most important thing that I learned in the workshop with Shelley and Alejandro is that it is more important to engage regularly in the creative process than it is to worry about producing some perfect ideal. I suppose I could have learned that by reading it somewhere, but learning it in an experiential class was much more powerful. The workshop introduced me to several excellent activities that I now use on a daily basis to get into creative mode.  I now have an early morning creative practice that I consider to be the most important part of my day, and I learned all the skills I now use in my daily practice from The Creativity Workshop. Now I am regularly meditating, generating artwork, unfocused writing, and focused writing in just a couple hours at the start of each day.  I can say from experience that The Workshop offers the right combination of travel, inspiration, and practical tools that can turn you into a daily practitioner of creativity. I'm already making progress on some of my creative goals and I am even producing things that I had not specifically set out to create.  Now I am considering making another visit to the workshop in another city to mark a year of practice and to keep my practice active and inspired. If you are curious about how to become a productive creative, I highly recommend Shelley and Alejandro's workshop.”

Darren M. Roesch, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University, Dallas, TX


Advertising Professional, Muscat, Oman
Shelley and Alejandro- A team, a combo which not only ensures an influence over your mind and actions for those few hours of the workshop, but over a lifetime!
Using simple, easy to use tools, these creativity exercises leave an extraordinary impression and impact!
I thank the Creativity Workshop for contributing in my evolution. I not only give it a 5 Star rating but also highly recommend it to my peers in ___!"

Jagruti Narwani, Advertising Professional, Muscat, Oman


Writer, Huntington, NY
How could imagination not thrive with two such superb teachers? As a former educator, I was impressed by their unending array of mind-stretching exercises. I particularly admired their ability to connect people, ideas, and techniques seamlessly.”

Lad Goldberger, Aspiring Novelist and Assistant Principal (Retired), South Huntington Schools, Huntington, NY


Professional Development Director, Calgary, Canada
The workshop was fantastic--a once in a lifetime opportunity. What surprised me most was how it 'unblocked' my drawing and changed the way I am teaching my classes. You have both truly inspired me! As Director of Professional Development here at West Island College, I went to the Workshop also with the possibility of seeing whether or not your sessions could help us here in our own staff development. I was not disappointed. This workshop has a lot to offer teachers who need to change their way of teaching due to the very dramatic changes we are experiencing in education at this time.”

Nicole Tremblay, Director of Professional Development, West Island College, Calgary, Canada


College Professor, Raanana, Israel
"The greatest experience ever! The most influencing and powerful "intervention" to releasing my inner creative creature. THANK YOU SHELLEY AND ALEJANDRO!”

Alexandr Tsimerman, College Professor, The College for Academic Studies, Raanana, Israel


Librarian, Newport, RI
It amazes me, after a second Creativity Workshop with Shelley and Alejandro, how they create an environment that invites participants to authentically connect and explore, connections that, often, continue after the workshop is over. This experience helped me to slow down, stop, observe and see. In this busy world this is a gift. Finally, I was reminded that 15 minutes a day could unlock doors. Yes, I can find, make 15 minutes a day.”

Dianne Grinnell, Librarian, Newport, RI


Art Director, Dearborn, MI
A fantastic workshop. I learned new ways to bring forth inspiration and motivation from within. Such a positive space with outstanding instructors and a fantastic group of individuals coming together to find creativity. The people were as diverse as the activities, a complete experience in itself. I've never been had such great personal experiences with people. Being in New York also contributed to the whole experience. So many new experiences at this Workshop that sparked inspiration and stimulated imagination. Thank you for such a different outlook on what's inside Creativity.


History Teacher, Boston, MA
"The workshop activities stimulated perception, curiosity, and inspiration in the world around me. They have become a great source of ideas for my curriculum units. The Workshop pushed me to overcome my inner critic and become more comfortable with spontaneity - an invaluable tool for an educator, especially one that works with emotionally and behaviorally challenged students in a school where classroom dynamics shift moment to moment. Since completing the workshop I have felt more confident as I strive to present complex historical concepts to a challenging student body.”

Noah Kaufman, History Teacher, Fund for Teachers Fellow, Boston Public Schools, Boston, MA


Instructional Technologist/Computer Teacher, Houston, TX
"The Creativity Workshop, quite honestly, was the most unique, compelling, and impactful professional (and personal) development workshop in which I have ever had the opportunity to participate. Our instructors were simply fabulous, and they expertly guided participants in expanding their creative processes in a welcoming and comfortable environment. They truly are highly gifted at what they do, and they skillfully weave together a refreshing, motivational, and enjoyable experience for all involved. I hope to be able to return to a workshop again very soon - and to bring my husband with me next time!”

Katie Alaniz, Instructional Technologist/Computer Teacher, River Oaks Baptist School, Houston, TX


Vice Principal, Canada
Both my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed The Creativity Workshop. It helped us reawaken our creative instincts and reminded us about the need to make creativity part of our daily lives. Our creative instructors and the wonderful setting of Barcelona made this a truly memorable experience.”

Violet Towell, Vice Principal, Thames Valley District School Board, London, Canada


PhD, Brisbane, Australia"I have been waiting to do the Creativity Workshop for a number of years. It was my promised reward to myself through the years I was writing my PhD and finally in Summer 2013 the time was right. To find myself in the middle of the artistic and cultural hub that is New York with a room full of like-minded people from around the globe was truly one of the great experiences of my life. As a long time tertiary educator, publisher and professional writer who has taught, researched and mentored many through the Creative Process, I thought I knew a lot.  But I also knew that there was something else I needed to know. I found the answers to what I was looking for with Shelley and Alejandro. Their intuitive and intellectual, yet practical and individual approach to opening my eyes to the heart and soul of creativity was something that I will take with me for the rest of my professional and personal life.


Art Teacher, League, TXThe Creativity Workshop was very meaningful to me. The setting being in a foreign country made it all the more effective. Shelley and Alejandro were lovely facilitators and I'm grateful to them for what they delivered and inspired.


Head of Unite Program, Durban, South AfricaI came because I wanted to do something out of my comfort zone. It certainly was! The whole experience was so relaxing and opened "new doors and windows" to areas that were foreign to me. I always battle to find a "quiet place in my mind" and I was able to do that more than ever using some of your activities.


Psychologist, Calgary, Canada
I am happy to write about my positive experience at the Creativity Workshop. Shelley and Alejandro were excellent instructors. They were so warm and nurturing as well as extremely knowledgeable and interesting. The days were well planned and I felt I learned something from every activity. I feel committed to giving daily time and energy to further my creativity. I would highly recommend this workshop to anyone.”

Deborah Nunziata, Psychologist, Calgary, Canada


Corporate Management Consultant, Atlanta, GA
This stuff WORKS! The Workshop showed me how to apply my natural creative talents in the workplace. I have already used free writing and free drawing exercises in business applications to jump-start a team in solving a time-sensitive problem through creativity.”

Bill English, In-House Management Consultant, Chick-Fil-A Restaurants, Atlanta, GA


Corporate Account Manager, New Orleans, LA
"The Creativity Workshop gave me very real, easy to use methods of stimulating ideas and using my imagination. The instructors are terrific and the participants as well. It was great to meet people from all over the world and share ideas. It is truly one of the unique learning experiences of my life. Thank you!”

Colleen Mooney, National Account Manager/ AT&T (retired), New Orleans, LA


Nursing Educator, Barragup, Australia
"Wow what a wonderful week it has been. It brought out a very different me. I purchased a small sketch book (that will now live in my handbag). Then I went to a small cafe and spent the afternoon sketching. Thanks you so very much for this awesome opportunity.”

Prue Andrus, RN, Lecturer in Nursing, Murdoch University, Barragup, Australia


Small Business Owner, Nacogdoches, TX
Your Workshop was faithful to every word of its description. Workshops are often misrepresented when marketers attempt to hook as many participants as possible. Not this one! Your planning, experience, talent, and dedication create a wonderful flow. I left inspired and energized. ”

Steve Adams, Small Business Owner, Nacogdoches, TX


President, SpaFinder Inc., New York, NY
"Shelley Berc and Alejandro Fogel were keynote speakers at the 2012 Global Spa and Wellness Summit in Aspen – offering aspects of their workshop to delegates who want to flip on their creativity switch. Personally, I feel as though this session is closest to the heart of our "Innovation through Imagination" theme.
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Grade 5 Elementary School Teacher, Baltimore, MD
I can't think of a time when I was surrounded by so many diverse and interesting individuals. The workshop exceeded my expectations. I feel energized to continue with my drawing and painting over the summer and return to school with new ideas about how to inspire the creativity of my students. ”

Lisa Teeling, Grade 5 Teacher, Gilman School, Baltimore, MD


University Music Student, Iowa City, IA
"In The Creativity Workshop, I found a place to dream, to question, to understand. I strongly believe that we should fearlessly guard such spaces and ensure that they remain a part of this university. The Creativity Workshop and Shelley Berc and Alejandro Fogel's teaching are invaluable assets to the University of Iowa.”

Evan Mazunik, Student, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA


English Teacher, Bekkestua, Norway
As a teacher I am constantly trying to bring inspiration to my students' work, which I love, but at the same time feel I am not giving myself the same opportunities. The Creativity Workshop has refueled and re-energized my passion for learning about my own creativity while giving me tools to use in the classroom.”

Shelli Lake, English Teacher, Oslo International School, Bekkestua, Norway


Attorney, Atlanta, GA
I want to thank you for the incredible experience that you provided for me with your Creativity Workshop. You made me come alive again, and my family and friends say that they can hear it from the excitement in my voice when I speak about the experience and my writing… Somehow the stresses of life seemed to overwhelm the ideas that I had, making them sink downwards till they got buried deep down inside me. You showed me how to mine them out from beneath the surface… Despite having to deal with life, the anticipation of what I am going to find when I go to my sketch pad, has allowed me to stay at it. This is incredible. You taught me many things, all of which I will use. The one I love the most is the automatic writing where you showed me how to let my hand outrun my inner Critic, the fear of which paralyzed my creativity before I even began. I look forward to the journey and to be able to share my progress with you. ”

Elene Catrakilis, Attorney, Atlanta, GA


Psychology Professor, Chico, CA
"I regard The Creativity Workshop as a turning point in my career. It was after the workshop that I began thinking about how I wanted to combine my love and interest in the visual arts with my expertise as a psychologist. I developed a new international program: the international cognitive visualization program — a dual Masters degree between the University of Grenoble in France and the California State University. Thanks to The Creativity Workshop, for making a huge contribution to my creativity and my career.”

Neil H. Schwartz, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, California State University, Chico, CA


Dancer, Art Therapist, Pourt-au-Prince, Haiti
"I am so excited to share what I got from this workshop, to enable people to tap into unlimited creativity. ”

Christina Clodomir, Art Therapist and Dancer, Port-au-Prince, Haiti


Geriatrics MD, Heddesheim, Germany
"I very much enjoyed the creativity class, especially the visual journeys and the writing parts. It was also great to meet all the different people from all over the world and from many different professions. ”

Jana Hummel, MD, Geriatrics, Heddesheim, Germany


IB Teacher, Prague, Czech Republic
"One of the qualities of a meaningful experience is that it grows in depth and positive regard as time goes on. That is how I feel about The Creativity Workshop.”

Daniel Lamken, IB teacher, American School of Prague, Prague, Czech Republic


Social Worker, Sydney, Australia
"I had a great time attending The Creativity Workshop in Barcelona. I loved it! My experience of seeing the city that I had been dreaming of visiting for decades was greatly enhanced both by the creative exercises, which expanded my vision, and by the companionship of the other members of the group. That week will remain in my memory as a 'sparkling moment' in my life. As well as utilizing my increased confidence in my own creativity, I intend to incorporate several of the exercises we engaged in into my work as a counselor and therapist with both children and adults.”

Philippa Naivasha, Social Worker and School Counsellor, Sydney, Australia


Guidance Counselor, New York, NY
"I found The Creativity Workshop to be a most unique and thoroughly enjoyable experience. Having the opportunity to tap into my imagination and give voice to it through writing and drawing was quite exciting. Exploring the past in terms of early childhood memories and family relationships was particularly satisfying.”

Barbara Grill, Retired Guidance Counselor, New York City Public Schools, New York, NY


Managing Director, Music Education, Gisborne, Australia
"After denying my creative side for many years, this workshop was the perfect way to get the juices flowing again. It is helping me  rekindle my passion for music, drawing, and writing-- a very satisfying experience.”

Craig Trickey, Managing Director, Victoria Keyboard Academy, Gisborne, Australia


Chief Marketing Officer, New York, NY
"The workshop was an enlightening experience.  I was amazed by the tools that I learned for opening up my creative side and thinking about aspects of my life in new ways.”

Barbara Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer at The Association of Junior Leagues International, New York, NY


Economics Consultant, Dripping Springs, TX
The workshop was amazing! Through the exercises I was put in touch with long-forgotten events of my youth. I learned new ways to access my memory and how to uncover unexpected relationships in my ideas. An excellent investment indeed and so much fun!”

William E. Avera, Ph.D, CFA, Economic Consultant, Dripping Springs, TX


Writer, Mexico City, Mexico
"Attending The Creativity Workshop in New York was a blessing. It changed my focus in writing. I was so concerned about the technique that I forgot about the roots of creative practice. I'm thankful of the way Shelley and Alejandro reminded me about the triggers and the tools to set free my creative process, as well to keep focus on the process itself and not just look to the final product. The workshop was so dynamic that the three and a half hours of class time went by like three and a half minutes. I came back home full of energy, ideas and the desire to write from another angle now.”

Lissette Sutton, Author, Mexico City, Mexico


English Teacher, Atlanta, GA
"During the course of the workshop, I felt my creative self come out of hibernation. I left each day having written things that I didn't know were inside of me to write I wanted to take this creative journey because creativity is a skill that is valued in all aspects of society, but we often don't know how to fully tap into it and maximize it for ourselves and our students.”

Cherise Ayers, Fund for Teachers Recipient, English Teacher, Maynard Jackson High School. Atlanta, GA


School Director, Litchfield Park, AZ
"I was amazed at how The Creativity Workshop led me to tap a wellspring of experiences, ideas, and inspirations. The Workshop gave me the keys and the discipline to prod the unconscious to manifest its work and inspire me to write.”

Cora A. Gaabucayan, PH.D, Director of School, Montessori West, Litchfield Park, AZ


Psychologist, London, United Kingdom
"The teachers are brilliant at making one feel you're the only person being attended to.”

Pauline Crawford, Business Psychologist and Image Consultant, Corporate Heart, London, United Kingdom


Principal, St. Paul, MN
The Workshop enabled me to be a stronger instructional leader. I encourage educational leaders to attend The Creativity Workshop with fellow school administrators. It has helped us be supportive of each other as we implement new curriculum and instructional strategies. The Workshop experience was enlightening for my professional understanding of the creativity journey and enhanced my understanding of students' writing process.”

Anna Marie Erbes, Principal, St. Paul Public School District, St. Paul, MN


Business Consultant, Istanbul, Turkey
"This was my fourth time taking The Creativity Workshop, and every time it has been different and special. These workshops have helped me transform my life.”

Kelly Hevel, Pfizer Project Manager, currently Ex-pat Business Consultant, Istanbul, Turkey


College Dean, Winter Park, FL
"A perfect blend of relaxation and stimulation. The assignments fostered discovery and creativity, yet left us plenty of time to enjoy the wonders of Crete. I came away from the workshop with an array of techniques that I can call upon to encourage my creativity. ”

Patricia Lancaster, Ph.D. Dean Emerita of the Hamilton Holt School and Professor Emerita of French, Rollins College, Winter, Park, FL


Corporate Editorial Director, Anaheim, CA
"Too often in the workplace, a fear of being judged, of failure, or of appearing foolish stifles our most creative thinking. The Creativity Workshop showed me how to examine, and then overcome my personal insecurities. Now I am contributing with more freedom, boldness and confidence than ever before.”

Barbara Bazaldua, Writer, Director of Editorial, Disney Consumer Products, Anaheim, CA


Creative Director, Hallmark Cards, Kansas City, MO
"My purpose in coming to this workshop was to free myself from the standard expectations of my role at work. I wanted to engage in a workshop where I didn't know anyone, in an environment that would encourage me to explore and create. Participating in the Creativity Workshop in Florence did just that. The workshop was not too intimidating for those who felt out of their element in a class on creativity, but provided a treasure trove of new techniques and inspiring approaches for those of us who come from a creative profession. I was amazed at the diverse group of individuals involved. I believe there were at least 12 countries represented in my class. I learned much from each of them. I loved the interactive portions that allowed us to know more about each other's cultures and how we approach creativity differently. It was a great experience. I would love to participate again. I want to go through the experience with a different group of people and come back fully energized...just as I did from the Florence Workshop.”

Peggy Wrightsman Parolin,  Creative Director, Hallmark Cards, Kansas City, MO


Private School Teacher, Toowoomba, Australia
I f you want to be pushed to the very edge of your creative limits, then this workshop will deliver. The Creativity Workshop ranks easily with the greatest experiences of my life. The creative activities were some of the most challenging tasks I have ever attempted. I came from Australia with my young family to attend the workshop, and it was worth every kilometer of the 40 hour round trip. ”

Clayton Lachmund, Teacher and Writer, Toowoomba Grammar School, Toowoomba, Australia


Psychologist, Irvine, CA
"This Workshop proved to be more impacting and practical than I could have imagined. Since returning home I've used its ideas and methods in my own writing and in behalf of others in my practice. When I recall the time with our instructors, I think of the warmth and acceptance they extended to each of us. They created a positive atmosphere that enhanced creativity and our connection with one another.”

Denise Mullen, Psychologist, Irvine, CA


Fund for Teachers Fellow, Houston, TX
Each activity in The Creativity Workshop demonstrated that there are multiple creative means for each individual to follow their own creative process in order to fulfill their creative potential. We now feel more inspired than ever to nurture our students' creative potentials and lifelong love of learning.”

Ashlee Land, Fund for Teachers Recipients, Houston Fellow, Houston, TX


Broadway Actress, New York, NY
"Your Workshop provides an environment that nurtures and supports the creative process in safety and joyfulness. I found power in the "doing" and a safe place to be in an atmosphere of deep respect and creative energy with affection and warmth that circulated in the air.”

Lee Anne Fahey, Award Winning Actress, New York, NY


High School English Teacher, Nashville, TN
I worked harder in this workshop and had more fun and felt more fulfilled than with any other professional development I have ever taken. ”

Jan Little, AP English Teacher, Brentwood High School, Nashville, TN


Board of Education Member, Ridgefield, CT
"Kudos to our teachers for creating a truly safe environment, which forged a sense of community and creativity, new friendships and ideas. Many of us didn't want to leave.... ever!!!!”

Nancy Gibson, Ridgefield Board of Education, Ridgefield, CT


Deputy Directorof School Principals, Washington, DC
"I cannot tell you how inspiring your workshop was! I continue to draw inspiration from those few days!”

Deborah B. Reeve, Ed. D., Deputy Executive Director, National Association of Elementary School Principals, Washington, DC


Graduate Student, Pisa, Italy
If it wasn't for this class I fear I never would have finished my master's thesis. I was blocked until I took the Workshop. The class breaks down all your fears about thinking and writing. ”

Francesca Salidu, Ph.D. Candidate in Shakespeare, University of Pisa, Italy


Organist, Portland, OR
"My 17-year-old granddaughter and I loved the time we spent together in The Creativity Workshop. Everything was well planned and carried out in the workshop. It was especially nice to hear the philosophy: "Creativity is a Journey, rather than a Goal." "Learning is a Process, not a Product."”

Barbara Hansen Epplett, Organist and Professor of Organ Music, Emeritus, University of Oregon, Portland, OR


Creative Writing Teacher, Washington, DC
I taught a creative writing class yesterday afternoon and felt a new confidence after the summer's Creativity Workshop. My students seem more excited about their work using your exercises. I feel that in several months' time I shall still be doing and saying things that echo what we covered in your wonderful workshop.”

Noel Shepherd, Creative Writing Teacher, Washington International School, Washington, DC


Director, Leadership in Medicine, College Station, TX
"The Creativity Workshop empowers people of many different ages to make transitions in their lives. The artist-teachers do this by stimulating reflection, remembrances, interactions, and by drawing upon the wellsprings of creative energy deep inside each of us. This Workshop provides a safe space and support for the inner exploration so lacking in today's hectic world.”

Janine C. Edwards, Professor and Co-Director of the Leadership in Medicine Program, Texas A & M University, College Station, TX


Visual Artist, Albuquerque, NM
A treasure trove of techniques! It was amazing to watch our group begin as strangers and end with open hearts and new friends.”

Shara Hannah Finerman, Artist, Albuquerque, NM


High School English Teacher, Southborough, MA
The Creativity Workshop was life changing! As a creative writing teacher and a writer for so many years, I doubted whether I'd hear anything new. But I came away with some eye-opening processes that will keep my "creative muscle" flexible and strong. Joining drawing and writing is sparking renewed energy. The generosity and intelligence of the participants was palpable.”

Jan Karman, English Teacher, Wayland High School, Southborough, MA


Elementary School Principal, Alberta, Canada
The Workshop helped me to determine the elements to be a successful creative thinker and how to pass those abilities on to my staff and students.”

Lee Koran, Principal, St. Patrick Fine Arts Elementary School, Alberta, Canada


Award Winning Filmmaker, Munich, Germany
"Thank you for the great, great inspiration and fun of The Creativity Workshop. It helped me get a whole screenplay done. It was great for me and my film directing students. I don't think I've ever seen them so happy.”

Doris Doerrie, Award winning Filmmaker of Men (Munner), Professor, Munich Film School, Germany


Art Teacher, Accra, Ghana
A wonderful way to develop your creativity with like-minded people. The atmosphere is relaxed and respectful. You can join in to your hearts content, participate reflectively, or just sit back and listen.”

Nicki Hambleton, Artist and Art Teacher, Lincoln Community School, Accra, Ghana


Writer, Publisher, Princeton, NJ
The Workshop was exactly what I needed to reclaim the writer in me. It isn't often that a trip or a workshop meets all of one's expectations. But my sojourn to Crete to attend The Creativity Workshop did, and then some. I immediately responded to the relaxed yet structured workshop sessions, which lent themselves to connecting with other participants. The three-and-a-half-hour sessions sped by.”

Hanna Fox, Writer, Publisher, Red Hummingbird Press, Princeton, NJ


4th Grade Teacher, Saint Paul, MN
Never be discouraged by the doubts of others, keep true to your own being--this is what I learned from The Creativity Workshop. Participants are safe and wade into the creative waters gently. The Creativity Workshop is a door to understanding the unique path one can take to creative fulfillment.”

Juliana James, 4th Grade Teacher, Frost Lake Magnet School, Saint Paul, MN


Business Strategist, New York, NY
"Shelley and Alejandro started the wheels turning for me. I've been talking for years about writing "my book" but it was all talk and no action. This class taught me valuable techniques to get over writer's block. It is no longer something I fear as I've gained practical tools to work through it. I also met great people at the Workshop and had a lot of fun. Hats off to Shelley and Alejandro for their wisdom, patience, and guidance.”

Diane Pick, President, Negotiation Mastery, Inc., New York, NY


Educator / Administrator, Hartford County, MD
I've taken your Workshops twice! They have become a precious part of the ongoing tapestry of this journey called life. And, in deep, deep winter I am warmed by your exercises in visualizations, 'free drawing', and memories of the collective stories we shared.”

Alice Daum Coen, Educator/Administrator, Hartford County, Maryland Public Schools, Hartford County, MD


Vice President of Event Management, Austin, TX
"Many people subscribe to the conventional wisdom that there are two types of people: creative people and everyone else. Others view creativity as a universal trait; for them, it's practically impossible to get through a day without making creative choices. The TG 2009 Annual Training Conference offered a variation of this debate with a thought-provoking "Creativity Workshop. Using various real-life examples, including artist Joan Míro and author Herman Melville, Fogel illustrated the unique nature of human thought — humans are considered to be the only creatures who think in metaphor — and how failing can be a critical component of success. Berc discussed the unique ability of humans to empathize with others, or "put ourselves in another creature's shoes." In the financial aid office, this important skill can be key for providing creative responses to problems and designing customer service approaches that work.


English Professor, Saratoga Springs, NY
"The Creativity Workshop provided the perfect focus for my travel in Greece. The thing that works so wonderfully is the instructors' commitment to understanding and explaining the purposes of each activity. I brought back so many ideas from this Workshop - both for the classroom and my own writing. I returned home inspired by the passion, intellect, and integrity of Shelley and Alejandro.”

Courtney Reid, Writer and Assistant Professor of English, Adirondack Community College, Saratoga Springs, NY


Designer, Madison, WI
"The Creativity Workshop is one of the best ways to discover a new city. Exploring our creative spirits each evening opened my visual and kinesthetic senses for the following day. The participants were wonderful. They warmly shared their personal lives through the creative writing and drawing exercises.”

Nancy Welch, President, Welch Design Group, Madison, WI


Writer, New York, NY
"The Workshop taught me to honor who I am as a writer and how to make time for creativity in my daily life. Inspiration unfolded in ways I never imagined.”

Stephanie Merrill, Writer, New York, NY


Managing Editor, New York, NY
I got so much encouragement to keep writing my own stuff and such a warm and supportive response from participants as well as from the leaders, especially Shelley. And I enjoyed working on the many exercises and projects alone and with others.”

Rodman Neumann, Managing Editor, Sterling Publishing, Inc. New York, New York, NY


Ell Teacher, St. Paul, MN
"I would recommend this workshop to anyone who, wants to feel more alive. The instructors were like wizards. With the supportive and creative environment they created, their knowledge and various techniques, and our basic tools of pencil and paper, they raised my consciousness about how important it is to exercise the imagination.”

Kathleen O'Neill, ELL Teacher to Adults, Carver-Scott Educational Coop, St. Paul, MN


Veterinarian, Danbury, CT
"After the workshop ended, I couldn't stop writing and sketching. I filled up three journals over the next week! When my left brain was leading me down one path, the Workshop exercises reminded me that it was the right brain's turn this time. I was totally amazed at what came out on my paper and out of my mouth.”

Gwendolyn McCormick, Veterinarian, Danbury, CT


Teacher, Atlanta, GA
"It was wonderful to meet people from around the world and share our thoughts and feelings. Florence was a gorgeous site for the workshop, full of everything to fill the senses! Thank you for allowing me to participate in such a life long memory.”

Susan Hassler, Teacher, Morris Brandon Elementary, Atlanta, GA


Art Teacher, Gauteng, South Africa
"I am now using your visualization exercises with 200 children. Your workshop is touching the lives of many, many people here in South Africa. My dream is to attend another of your workshops, in another country because I do believe that the newness of ones surroundings is playing a magical role in my own perception of creativity.”

Lanette Breedt, Artist and Teacher, Gauteng, South Africa


Literacy Magazine Editor, Baltimore, MD
"Absolutely amazing things happen when you take flight at The Creativity Workshop. You will return to earth, magically transformed. Each morning in Barcelona, we awoke to blue, sunny skies and a warm Mediterranean breeze. We spread out with our journals and colored pencils near by, and then, lulled by the cadence of our instructor's musical voice, we switched off the editor in our heads and set out to capture lost dreams.”

Lalita Noronha, Author, Fiction Editor of The Baltimore Review, Baltimore, MD


Trainer, London, United Kingdom
The Creativity Workshop teaches techniques not taught in schools, which are essential for creative thinking. They are also priceless when applied to the creative process of living.”

Katie McCann, Trainer, London, United Kingdom


Art Therapist, Mechanicsburg, PA
"I liken Shelley and Alejandro to Pied Pipers, leading workshop participants along a path of creativity that opens both inner and outer worlds to an extreme new awareness. Shelley and Alejandro are trustworthy guides on the varied paths being traveled by the workshop participants. The workshop will charm you, challenge you, and refresh the very way you approach your work and daily living.”

Diana Matteson, Art Therapist, Mechanicsburg, PA


Professor, Newton, NJ
"The Workshop was an inspirational connection with body and soul. I am so grateful to have been a part of such an elegant, kind, soulful and intellectual group. The instructors gently moved us to see in a new way. I never would have experienced Florence so thoroughly, so awake without your gifts.”

Joanna Reed, Professor, Sussex County Community College, Newton, NJ


Painter, Buenos Aires, Argentina
The Creativity Workshop in Florence opened up new ways for me to paint. I also made new and wonderful friends. The instruction is superb!”

Vera Eisenberg, Painter, Buenos Aires, Argentina


Gifted Students Teacher, Falls Church, VA
"The Florence Creativity Workshop taught me the value of sharing my ideas and work with others. The observation exercises had me noticing all sorts of new things. In the past my rolls of film might have been filled with the typical pictures of the Duomo. The Workshop changed all that. Now I've captured on film, or in writing, or simply in my memory, images of the delicate turn of a leaf, the petals of a hydrangea on a terra cotta terrace, the contrast of a freshly fallen lemon on a bed of grass.”

Heidi Lang, Teacher of Gifted Students. Falls Church City Public Schools, Falls Church, VA


Professor, Moscow, ID
"The instructors do not waste any class time and set a delightful tone of reflective and playful practice. The well thought-out exercises help participants sift through the surface layers quickly and get to what matters. Each exercise was relevant to my own classroom so the workshop is very useful. But what was most valuable to me was how engaging the workshop was for my own imaginative work, the very work that will support my own writing and how I pay attention to and engage the world.”

Cheryl Johnson, English Professor, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID


Sociology Professor, Santa Cruz, CA
"I brought the workshop exercises into my senior thesis writing class. The students LOVED them, and their writing was far better than students' work in previous classes.”

Pamela Perry, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA


Hearing Impaired Specialist, South Euclid, OH
The lessons of the Workshop gave us permission to stop rushing through life. The Creativity Workshop is a life-altering experience that changes our perception of the world It was also a chance to experiment, explore, and learn from fellow participants. I returned home with a stronger vision of possibilities and a pocketful of tricks to renew the creative spirit when too much "life" interferes.”

Marilyn Landis, Music Specialist for Hearing Impaired Children, South Euclid, OH


Corporate Vice President, Cardinal Health, OH
"I learned how to get back to that "fun" part of writing at the Workshop. Because I write for a living, I had forgotten how to write for fun. Writing without rules or consequences -- letting words and ideas spill out -- taking off the handcuffs I've been wearing in my corporate life. The bonus for me was exploring my creativity in other ways: drawing--to learn how my hand moves; photography-- to learn how to see differently; working with classmates to learn how to collaborate. All this on a Greek Island!”

Amy White, Vice President, Corporate Communications, Cardinal Health, OH


Writer, University Dean, Morris County, NJ"As a writer, I have to say the workshop stands as a crucial juncture in my work. The instructors were excellent guides to finding one's buried or stifled creativity, coaxing it out with intriguing assignments in art and writing, and teaching us to let go of the various "blocks" The Workshop participants-writers, advertising executives, teachers, artists, poets--were especially interesting companions in this enriching experience. Being on a Greek island in a lovely ancient town meant there was inspiration at every turn.


Elementary School Principal, Denville, NJ
"The Creativity Workshop was a chance to use the colorful pieces of my life story, appreciate their value, and put together those individual gems to build a bigger picture. Friendships were quickly made and the bonds of our common history enhanced the experience. Each day as I walked to class, I looked forward to the new treasures my mind would unearth.”

Dr. Drucilla Clark, Principal, Lakeview Elementary School, Denville, NJ


Novelist, Victoria, Australia
"The Creativity Workshop is a practical workshop that inspires. The imaginative journey into memories, the symbolic associations between memory and life, and the wonderfully visual aspects of the course are just some of its highlights. Shelley and Alejandro have a gift for tapping the creative founts of every participant.”

Chandani Lokuge, Author, Director, Centre for Postcolonial Writing, Monash University, Victoria, Australia


Composer, Knoxville, TN
"Shelley and Alejandro are truly masters of creativity exploration. They guide you on a most amazing journey of yourself. Under their skillful navigation, the cramped, stress-laden adult attitudes that you arrive with seem to melt away. They are replaced with the precious gift of childlike wonder for the world and all she holds. Your creative self spills out with a giggle. Oh, what joy to feel the beauty of the world and to honor your own creative self!”

Sheri Matascik, Composer, Associate Professor of Music, Maryville College, Knoxville, TN


Designer, Newmarket, United Kingdom
"Thank you for the illuminating experience of your Creativity Workshop in Dublin. Even though I've resumed my usual busy working day, I have already put into practice”

Judy Spenser-Morris, Designer, Property Developer, Newmarket, United Kingdom


Poet, Chattanooga, TN
"I produced as much poetry in the 5 day Crete Workshop as I did in a month in a conventional poetry workshop. The emphasis on 'In process' work really helped me. I also enjoyed the company of my husband in this workshop; he isn't a poet and wouldn't attend a poetry workshop. The multi-genre approach of The Creativity Workshop has many benefits to this end.”

Sally Naylor, Poet and English Teacher, Baylor School, Chattanooga, TN


Choreographer, Munster, Germany
"The class's spirit of spontaneity gave me energy. Achieving results in a playful way helped me believe in my imagination!”

Claudine Merkel, Dancer/Choreographer, Munster, Germany


Professor, Moorhead, MN
"One of the best investments of my life! I thought long and hard before deciding to commit the time and money to attend The Creativity Workshop in Paris. Every hour brought fresh insights, ideas, and inspirations for both professional and personal development. I'm still drawing from the wealth of stimulation that I received. Will I return for another Creativity Workshop in the future? Absolutely!”

Laura Fasick, Professor, Minnesota State University, Moorhead, MN


Banking Executive, Gauteng, South Africa
The Workshop allowed me for the first time to really hear my own voice and find a way of expressing it in a way that has been so freeing. From the work we did, I now have loads of snippets from which to continue to write and explore. I see this workshop as a transition point in my life where a new and more powerful way of being will come in to its own. I met some fantastic fellow participants.”

Nikki Kearns, Director, CRM Standard Bank, Gauteng, South Africa


Teacher, International School, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
"I only wish that more people could experience what you have to offer. You gave me a feeling a freedom that I NEVER felt before. Shelley and Alejandro have a great gift to share with others. They give of themselves in a way that is incredibly beautiful. Thank you for touching my soul, for helping me soar!”

Dianne Stuckey, Teacher, American School of Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates


Actress, Playwright, Los Angeles, CA
"The Workshop was a wonderful celebration of our individual possibilities. Everyone jumped in wholeheartedly and supported each other's undertakings. One of the biggest surprises was the effect of drawing on my work and life. I'm one of those non- drawing people, but as I sketched, it helped me to see more and more. I can't wait to take the Workshop again. It is food for life.”

Stephanie Satie, Actress and Playwright, Los Angeles, CA


Playwright, Washington, D.C.
The experience of taking the Workshop in Prague two years ago feels like yesterday -- it is that close to me. The Workshop has and continues to have a huge impact on me and my work.”

Paulette Laufer, Award Winning Playwright, Theatre Manager for the Kennedy Center for the Arts, Washington, D.C.


Author, French Teacher, Acton, MA
" There was a diverse bunch of interesting people all bent on developing a side of themselves that is all too often ignored. I left the Workshop with a lot of great ideas to motivate my students to write more and better, a sketchbook full of essays for myself, and many sweet and fun memories. I give this course an A.
Nicole Fandel, Author, French Teacher, Concord Academy, Author, La Maison d'Oncle Max, Acton, MA


Executive Officer, Education, Sydney, Australia
The Workshop was extremely valuable in generating my awareness of my creativity and in stimulating ideas for my professional life.”

Jeanne Arthur, Executive Officer, ACT Board of Secondary School Studies, Sydney, Australia



Teacher, Redmon, WA
The greatest gift I received from the Workshop was to learn in a different way. We took time to focus, take risks, and experiment with different media. I now use many of the Workshop ideas and exercises in the classroom.”

Joyce Standing, Teacher, Overlake Elementary School, Redmon, WA


Art Professor, Washington, D.C
"The Creativity Workshop transformed my art and teaching. It is a gift that I treasure and at every opportunity and share with my students. It gave me new ways of "seeing" and interacting with my images.”

Savneet Talwar, Artist, Associate Professor, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C


Playwright, Dramaturg, Providence, RI
I wrote the first chapter of a first novel, and opened a new door in my creative life. The Creativity Workshop in Florence was an unforgettable experience! I'm still in touch with friends I made there.”

Lowry Marshall, Playwright and Dramaturg. Professor of Acting and Directing, Brown University, Providence, RI


Composer and Musician, Asbury, NJ
"I took the creativity workshop to help me with my writing and composing.  This class turned out to be one of the best things I could have done for myself and my work. The instructors: Shelley & Alejandro are inspirational and there were so many amazing things that I took away from the class that have stimulated the creativity in my work. I highly recommend this class to everyone who needs motivation or encouragement in their creative process."

Yvonne Axmann, Composer and Musician, Asbury, NJ


Business Consultant, Madison, WI
"I was a participant in your Paris workshop about 5 years ago. I truly cherish the memory of that wonderful week with you and our group. Thank you for the confidence you gave me and permission to create something new! After 15 years, I finally finished my book, "Staying Helathy in Sick Organizations". In writing this book, when I would get stuck, I would imagine myself back in the workshop doing our visualization and free-form writing and drawing exercises. Somehow, that would get my mind flowing again”

Kathleen Paris, Ph.D., Business Consultant, Madison, WI


Owner of Aviary, Seattle, WA
"I  attended your workshop in Prague in 2012. It was both inspiring and motivating.  As a result of that workshop I ended up opening a Creativity Shop to encourage and enable creative expression. I have found retail to provide an exceptional way to initiate dialogue about the topic of creativity.”

Ken Mitchell, owner of the Aviary, a creativity shop. Previously, product development and marketing for companies in the toy industry, Seattle, WA


Branding Consultant, Singapore, Singapore
"Shelley and Alejandro take you on an adventure that ignites your creative spirit and opens you to greater choices in your life! We were encouraged to see, smell, taste, and feel Dublin as a creative task. A journey of co-creation with strangers who became friends. A journey that makes you see life in a whole new way.”

Rita Haque, Branding and Marketing, Haq Centre, Singapore, Singapore


Therapist, Syracuse, NY
"I have taken this workshop twice and have found each time equally enlightening and enriching. The experience allowed me not only to see the world around me in a different way; it also paved the way for a deeper understanding and perspective of myself. The Workshop stimulated my imagination and brought out parts of me I never knew existed. As a therapist I found the journey into my own inner world enables me to be that much more available to my clients, and paves the way for my own continuing exploration.”

Sheila Coelho, Marriage and Family Therapist, Syracuse, NY




US Government State Dept. Official, Rome, Italy
"I unreservedly recommend this course! Shelley Berc and Alejandro Fogel taught their Creativity Workshop as American Cultural Specialists under the United States Information Service. To say that they were extremely effective is a vast understatement. They have abundant creativity, energy, and a wealth of skills.”

Gloria Berbena, Assistant Cultural Attaché, US Information Service, US Embassy, Rome, Italy


Entrepreneur, London, United Kingdom
The Workshop helped me expand my views on myself and my creativity. Most importantly, the Workshop taught me about creative structure. Through the gentle guidance of the instructors and through the trusting forum created by the group, I found my route.”

Claudine O'Leary. Entrepreneur, London, United Kingdom


MD Pediatrician, Manassas, VA
My best friend and I met in NYC to participate in The Creativity Workshop. I traveled from Germany, she from Virginia. We explored the corners of our minds where creativity had been pushed aside by busy work and family demands. I have written more since attending Creativity Workshop than I had in the decade prior!”

Kim Oshirak, MD, Pediatrician and former Lieutenant  Commander, US Navy, Manassas, VA


ESL Teacher, Monterey, CA
I enjoyed the atmosphere of the Workshop immensely. I have already started applying the exercises in my life. I have a very stressful job so this relaxing, inspiring workshop was like a piece of heaven for me.”

Natalia Bukharova, ESL Teacher, Monterey, CA


Decorative Painter, San Ramon, CA
" The workshop was delightful. The work we did was like play and really brought out my creativity I'm just beginning my first non-fiction book, and now I feel energized to keep going and not give up.”

Carolyn Tracy, Decorative Painter, San Ramon, CA


Professor, Alexandria, Australia
"As an academic, researcher, and writer in the area of early childhood education I speak and write a lot about the importance of play and creativity for children, for teachers and for families. While I have been busy telling others I had filed and forgotten my own capacity to play and imagine. Shelley and Alejandro gently and exquisitely peeled away the layers of debris dumped over years of daily doing and help me to re-discover my own wonder, curiosity and playfulness. The Creativity Workshop was a joyful encounter with a hidden self and a precious source of insight and wisdom that I now weave into my work and daily living.


Playwright, Milledgeville, GA
I am not a good at drawing, but it didn't seem to matter at all. Because the instructors were passionate and inspiring, I felt at ease and happy to engage in something that fell well outside of my comfort zone. The Workshop experience was beautiful and goes down as one of the most productive professional development activities ever.”

Amy Zipperer, Playwright, Assistant Professor of English, Georgia Military College, Milledgeville, GA


Artist, Doha, Qatar
Working together with others greatly enhanced my capacity to stop being worried about results and simply create. You showed me that process is what counts, and we owe it to each other and the world to share our gifts.”

Willemina van Eeghen, Visual Artist, Doha, Qatar


Math Teacher, Baltimore, MD
"Shelley and Alejandro created an environment and provided activities that were encouraging and supportive. The class was fun and tapped into a part of me that had been dormant and underdeveloped. Their book is a helpful follow-up to their worthwhile class. I've been raving about the class to friends and colleagues.


School Reading Specialist, Conshohocken, PA
The workshop was a cultural renaissance for me.... It will help me prepare a new summer literacy course for young writers. Also, it has reawakened my own creative spirit to pursue writing endeavors. The new discoveries, friends, and cultural experiences will last forever!!”

Eileen Hutchinson, Reading Specialist, West Chester Area School District, Conshohocken, PA


Professor, Berkeley, CA
"The Creativity Workshop in Florence was a unique and wonderful experience, both individually and in the community spirit it created. Through its original weave of play and process, it reminds us that creativity must be allowed, not forced, and provides useful tools to access and stimulate the imagination. A lively group and a supportive, learning-friendly atmosphere, all in one of Europe's loveliest cities.


High School Biology Teacher, Fishers, IN
The Creativity Workshop was enriching and enlightening. There were no right or wrong answers, no grades, no judgment. We had ample time to write and think freely. I am going to use the exercises that I learned in my classes. The workshop was inspirational. I learned innovative ways in which to encourage, and teach, my at-risk students.”

Amy Kempler, High School Biology Teacher, Fishers, IN


Interior Designer, Morrisville, TX
"The workshop was a wonderful and a worthwhile experience and very satisfying in every way. The group was dynamic and the material was presented in a beautifully orchestrated and well-planned way.”

Sara Waskuch, Interior Designer, Morrisville, VT


Government Relations Consultant, City Island, NY
"The Workshop practices are easy to remember and can be used on an ongoing basis to continue to stimulate creativity. The class was well-paced and offered a lot of ingenious techniques to spark creativity. It was good to see the teamwork between Alejandro and Shelley and to experience their different approaches. I especially liked the good mix of folks who participated in the workshop.”

Noemi Santana, Government Relations Consultant, TANA Communications, City Island, NY


Science Teacher, Andrews, TX
I am so glad my husband and I took the time to do this. My teaching career requires me to move from topic to topic at breakneck speed, so the luxury of complete focus on one task at a time allowed my mind to go places I had not dreamed it could find. The people who were drawn to the workshop, along with the gentle guidance of Shelley and Alejandro, reinforced the positive experiences of the four days.”

Cindy Tochterman, High School Science Teacher, Andrews, TX


French Teacher, Marshall Islands
I spent a terrific week in Bruges with The Creativity Workshop. I didn't think I had one single creative bone in my body but the Workshop exercises proved otherwise. I was quite surprised. Now I'm hoping to find ways to let my new creativity flow in my "real" life.”

Barbara Bicanich, French Teacher, Kwajalein High School, Marshall Islands


Career Advisor, Santa Cruz, CA
"My workshop experience was fun, enlightening and a chance to meet international individuals who were open to increasing their realm of creativity through various exercises. I was very much at ease in the class and it positively reinforced my way of thinking and operating, personally and professionally. ”

April Goral, Career Advisor, UC-Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA


Actress, Alliance, NE
"I was learning and actively participating in exciting creativity projects during the day, and experiencing the culture of another country in the evening. I met and collaborated with wonderful people from all over the world who share my ideals and love of incorporating the arts into the classroom, and was able to begin to find my own creative voice as an educator and a writer. I would like to mirror the climate of the learning environment that I experienced in The Creativity Workshop in Crete by creating a safe, positive, and respectful classroom to ensure that my students can share their verbal and written ideas freely and take risks, without fear of failure or ridicule.”

Mary Theresa Green, Actor, Drama Teacher, Lincoln Public High School, Alliance, NE


Development Director, Annandale, VA
The workshop in Florence was wonderful. I'd spent months imagining who the leader and participants would be and how I would reach the creativity within. This workshop far exceeded my expectations. And, I am so glad I took the workshop in Florence. What a beautiful city. I would assign a grade of "A" to the entire production.”

Jill Mendelson, Development Director, Westminster School, Annandale, VA


Creative Writing Student, Los Angeles, CA
"As a creative writing Master's student, the Workshop in Bruges allowed me to explore my creativity through free-form drawing, storytelling, observation, and automatic writing. As a result of the class activities, I am more connected with myself and the world around me. This experience has given me new outlets for my poetic soul. Thank you Shelley and Alejandro for being such nurturing souls.”

Marina Duff, Writer, University of California, Los Angeles, CA


Franch/Latin Teacher, Cranford, NJ
Having just gotten back yesterday and reflecting on my Workshop experience in Florence, I feel as if it has all been a dream...that is how outstanding my entire experience was. The workshop, the professors, the participants (and the Florentine atmosphere) were all wonderful. I cannot wait to implement what I learned in my classroom. I even made some friends for a lifetime...it took coming to Florence, Italy for us all to meet. I feel blessed to have had this experience. ”

Maria Bountempo, French/Latin Teacher, Mother Seton High, Cranford, NJ


Artist, Plainfield, NJ
"The Creativity Workshop opened up new ways of thinking and creating for me. I am a visual artist, but I found the writing exercises very freeing and flowed quite easily. This surprised me because I communicate through my paintings and drawings. It excited me that I could create through words as well as images and I am now contemplating ways to blend the 2 in new pieces of work. Thanks to Shelley and Alejandro, they where very inspiring!”

Christine Myshka, Artist, Plainfield, NJ


Accountant, Los Angeles, CA
"Upon arriving in Bruges, I found myself wondering why I flew half way across the world to take a workshop with a bunch of strangers! Well, due to our fabulous instructors, within the first fifteen minutes of the first day of class, there wasn't a stranger in sight, only friends!”

JoAnne Southard, Accountant, JMS Consulting, Los Angeles, CA


Stay-at-Home-Mom, Kansas City, KS
"The Workshop was one of the best experiences I have ever had. It took me out of my "safe zone" and exposed me to so much more. Amazing people and talents. I loved being in NYC and surrounded by such a unique group. I have signed up for the November class already.”

Melinda Sih, Stay-at-Home-Mom, Kansas City, KS


College Admissions Specialist, Melbourne, Australia
The Workshop awakened the creativity bug within me. I would do this again and again. The new people that I met and the new friendships that I have formed will last me till the end of my lifetime. I am so grateful to you.”

Tanya M. Keels, Admissions Records Specialist, Brevard Community College, Melbourne, Australia


Vice President of Instruction, Aptos, CA
"The Creativity Workshop was the perfect antidote to my stalled creativity. After nearly two decades in senior administration in college, working largely with statute, policies, reports and budgets, most of my creativity was drummed out of me, or at least so I thought. But this four-day workshop invigorated me, inspired me, and opened doors to my imagination that I thought were lost. At first I thought the benefit would be the awakening of the creativity locked in my mind alone, but the interactive exercises encouraged us to work with partners and to share our ideas and our work. I returned home and reflected on the week, I realized that I learned so much more from the process of sharing my "works in progress" with others in the class. ”

Renee Kilmer, Vice President of Instruction (ret), Cabrillo College, Aptos, CA


Consultant, London, United Kingdom
"I was delighted by the course and didn't want it to end. Beforehand, I wasn't sure what to expect and was pretty nervous. The emphasis on relaxation, fun and imagination was excellent. This experience has helped me to continue on my personal journey in a more integrated and soulful way. What a lot to get from five days!”

Jo Sumner, Consultant, Ethics Policy/Organizational Development, London, United Kingdom


Actress, Surrey, United Kingdom
Inspirational people, inspirational places and most of all inspirational mentors! This is my third workshop with Shelley and Alejandro. Every time it has given me a fresh and invigorating approach to stimulating my perceptions and kicking off those creative juices. As a teacher of drama for middle schoolers... I have utilized, adapted and integrated the workshop ideas to develop techniques in improvisation and storytelling styles. I have also adapted the Workshop's wonderful use of listening, retelling, retrieving memories, using prior knowledge and the environment.”

Kay Young, Award Winning Actress, Middle School Drama Teacher, ACS International School, Surrey, United Kingdom


Interior Designer, Beaufort, SC
"Thank you so much for helping me to clarify and name so many things about myself that I might never have discovered had I not been prompted by your workshop! The most important thing I learned is that I don't need a huge block of time to make art!”

Janette Danielson, Interior Designer, Beaufort, SC


Teacher, Boston, MA
"The conference was an incredibly meaningful experience for me. It fueled my creativity in writing and art and provided me with lots of ideas I can use with other teachers and students. Despite the incredible range of experiences and abilities of our group, Shelley and Alejandro facilitated experiences that pushed and supported each of us. We had opportunities for meaningful and productive individual, pair, and group work. I ended up with an exciting idea for children's books with another participant, and had the opportunity to share and get feedback. Prague was an incredible backdrop for the workshop.”

Ronda Goodale, Teacher, Boston Public Schools, Boston, MA


Communications Director, Ottawa, Canada
"Thank you for reminding us that it's okay to play and to allow our creativity to flourish. Shelley and Alejandro are so gentle and inspiring. I sincerely appreciate their compassion and encouragement throughout this workshop.”

Francine Filion, Director of Communications, Canadian Teachers' Federation, Ottawa, Canada


Social Studies Teacher, New Britain, PA
Shelley and Alejandro are fabulous teachers. They bring back the inner curiosity and creativity that you once had as a child. They made me remember that it is okay to be imaginative at all times and that thinking outside the box is really what makes the world go round. And what better place to experience creativity, curiosity and imagination then in Bruges?”

Gretchen Powers, Tamanend Middle School Social Studies Teacher, Central Bucks School District, New Britain, PA


Teacher, Oak Creek, WI
"Prague--what a beautiful and historic city to explore creativity! The facilities were gorgeous. Shelley and Alejandro guided our creative exploration so that it was non-threatening for even the most inartistically inclined. It's given me excellent ideas I'll be using in my classroom as well as applying in my daily life. ”

Anna Morrison, Business Education Teacher, Oak Creek High School, Oak Creek, WI


Kindergarten Teacher, Boston, MA
I attended with professional goals in mind, both for myself and the children that I teach, and I was very pleased with what I got. I can also appropriate many things for myself on a purely personal level. I enjoyed the variety of exercises as an adult, and can very much see how I can adapt them for use with children. ”

Amy Sicarios, Kindergarten Teacher, Boston Public Schools, Boston, MA


Social Worker, Austin, TX
The workshop in Barcelona was amazing. Using the city as a context for inspiring creativity was a marvelous experience. All of the class activities were interesting and stimulating. I came home with a greater appreciation for patience, relaxation and the concept of the beginner's mind.”

Jean Avera, Social Worker, SW Instructor, University of Texas, Austin, TX


Corporate Trainer, Monroe, MI
"The Creativity Workshop rekindled a bright, playful enthusiasm that was hidden deep within me. The skills and creative concepts that I learned provide an immediate application (as well as amazing and unexpected ideas) - both for my own creative projects and for my professional career. I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to learn from two such amazing artists and passionate instructors.”

Melinda Eliza Sabo, Corporate Trainer, BMW Group, Monroe, MI

Interactive Marketing Expert, Santa Monica, CA
"It was such a great pleasure to meet you and experience the workshop, which brought me so much joy! Your offering is desperately needed in the marketing and entertainment realm.”

Sara Bordo, President of NowLive; past Exec Director, Interactive Marketing, Paramount Pictures, Santa Monica, CA


Journalist, New York, NY
"Happy to report that I am working hard and productively, and I do credit The Creativity Workshop with helping me turn a corner, so infinite thanks again.”

Ashton Applewhite, author of Cutting Loose and, (as Blanche White), the Truly Tasteless Jokes series. New York, NY


Poet, North Reading, MA
"As a working poet who was in a bit of a dry spell, I found the exercises very helpful and a lot of fun. The exercises were also easily adapted to my creative writing classes. Your office in New York was very responsive to my practical needs. I strongly recommend this experience to my colleagues.”

Nancy Miller, Poet, Phillips Academy, North Reading, MA


Librarian, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
The combination of writing and drawing exercises were a nice blend, as were the varying size groups we worked in and the various individuals we paired up with. The class had a nice flow to it and enabled us to dip our hands and feet into various creative art forms.”

Amrita McKinney, Librarian, Higher Colleges of Technology, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates


MD, Monterey, CA
Thank you for giving me one of the best and most meaningful experiences in my life. Your workshop helped me realize my longing to write. It has illuminated my ideas and experiences and showed me the way to bring them into my writing.”

Cassandra Ohlsen, MD, Monterey, CA

Scientist, Director, Food Safety at H-E-B Company, San Antonio, TX
Being a scientist and overseeing a Quality Assurance organization for a large U.S. Retailer is a position where innovation and creativity are expected.  How do you practice this?  How do you set yourself up for success in these areas when you rarely feel you have time to breath? This workshop was just what I needed to establish ways to tap into my creative being.  I was totally impressed with the expertise and approach and it was such a pleasure learning the new skills.  I was more creative than I knew and have put into practice the methods that I learned and have also extended this to my team. The Creativity Workshop was value added and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a way to better channel their creative / innovative minds to a place of increased output. ”

Sharon Wood, Scientist, Director Quality Assurance - Food Safety, H-E-B , San Antonio, TX



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