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June 15 - 21, 2015 10 AM to 1:30 PM each day

The Creativity Workshop in Barcelona

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Program Overview

  • The Creativity Workshop in Barcelona will help you become more creative in your personal and professional life; the creativity training we provide uses the tools of creative writing, memoir, art, photography, storytelling, mapmaking, and guided visualization.
  • Participants come from many different countries and professional fields, including business, education, psychology, the sciences, and the arts.
  • Many people who have taken the Workshop say that it was a transformative experience, helping them to write their books, start new companies, complete long overdue projects, transition to rewarding retirements, and change the way they look at life.

Program Details

  • The Creativity Workshop in Barcelona meets for 5 days, 3 1/2 hours per day (from 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM). You will have the rest of the time to wander around Barcelona and the vicinity.
  • Class will take place at Hotel HCC Open, located in the historic Eixample neighborhood, a 10-minute walk from the elegant shopping district Passeig de Gràcia and some of the most famous architecture of Antoni Gaudí.

Why Barcelona?

  • Barcelona is a city of extraordinary architecture,
    world-class museums, chic beaches, and tranquil parks, boasting a fabulous nightlife and seafood to die for; there is a beautiful beachfront/restaurant district where you can stroll, sunbathe, swim, or people-watch.
  • This magnificent city inspired the artists Gaudí, Picasso, Dalí, and Miró, all of whom have works displayed prominently here.
  • Seaside resort towns, such as Sitges, are only a
    half-hour train ride away.
  • The sounds and sights of this dynamic city will fuel your creative endeavors in the Workshop, while the techniques we explore in class will heighten your appreciation of Barcelona.

What Will You Learn?

The Creativity Workshop is an experiential workshop of doing and experimenting. Our exercises and instructors’ talks focus on helping you:

  • Learn practical techniques to stimulate your imagination and innovative thinking.
  • Explore the process of creativity, rather than simply focusing on the product.
  • Discover how to find inspiration in the world around you.
  • Get over creative blocks and the fear of failure.

More on What You Will Learn
  • Work with many different mediums to develop your creativity in your chosen medium more deeply.
  • Use your memories to trigger your imagination.
  • Engage your curiosity every day and make it work for you.
  • Establish a 15 minute a day creativity practice to accomplish your goals after the Workshop ends.

Daily Schedule


Here is a sampling of just some of the exercises and techniques we will be working with in class. Participants tell us the time in workshop seems to fly by. The order and kinds of exercises and the instructors' talks may vary. Some exercises are done individually while others are collaborative.

Monday, June 15, 2015: Arrival. Free day

  • Time for you to settle in and relax.

Tuesday, June 16: First day of workshop

  • Introduction to the hows and whys of The Creativity Workshop.
  • Relaxation: Exercises in relaxation techniques to help your imagination flow.
  • Guided Visualization: Calling forth the vocabulary of
    your imagination using the myth of the hero's journey as a framework.
  • Automatic Writing and Drawing: Finding your hidden imagery.
  • Show and Tell: Retrieving and sharing childhood memories to spark new ideas. This exercise will sharpen your storytelling skills.
  • Instructors' talk: How some famous writers, scientists, and artists found their inspiration, and how you can use some of their methods to find yours.

More on Daily Schedule

Wednesday, June 17:

  • Relaxation.
  • Guided Visualization: Mapmaking as a way to find, chart, and communicate your creative process and projects.
  • Automatic Writing: How automatic writing (also known as “free writing”) can help you create in new and surprising ways. How you can use automatic writing to outrun your inner judge, get over creative blocks, and discover new ways of developing and editing written work. How alternating between writing and drawing can help you develop creative flexibility and mental dexterity.
  • The Interview: Listening to and experiencing a life outside your own. How listening is as important as doing in creative work.

Thursday, June 18:

  • Guided visualization: Letter writing as a way to express voice, character, and audience.
  • Miniature Theatre: Storytelling with found objects.
  • Automatic Writing: Writing in Groups. How writing and/or drawing with others can stimulate your imagination and expand your point of view.

  • Instructors' talks may include:
    • The importance of play in creative work
    • Valuing creative process over product
    • How to do ongoing creative work in short modules of time
    • How to use luck and coincidence to jump-start creative projects

Friday, June 19:

  • Guided Visualization: The Myth of the Other.
    Imagining yourself living a parallel life. What would you do that you aren't doing now?
  • Trips to the Past: Using a foreign environment to invoke memory and inspire transformation.
  • The Close-Up: Using photography and drawing to focus on details and change the way we see.
  • Instructors' talks may include:
    • Following your innate creativity and listening to its intuition
    • How to rekindle fearless imagination
    • The Power of the Magic phrase: “What If”

Saturday, June 20:

  • Guided Visualization: The Legend of the Hand.
  • Automatic Writing and Drawing continues with a new twist.
  • Cafe exercise: Writing, drawing, photographing about people you find in local cafes.
  • The Illuminated Manuscript: A collaborative exercise in combining mediums and perspectives.
  • Instructors' talk may include:
    • The Gift of the Amateur
    • Creativity is a Muscle: Use it or Lose it
    • Making your home and work environments inspiring
    • How to stay creative after The Creativity Workshop ends

Sunday, June 21: Departure

Barcelona Package Includes Tuition, Hotel, Breakfast

  • Spouses/companions who would like to travel with their partners but do not want to attend the workshop may share a room for an additional fee.
  • Vacancies are limited and hotel rooms will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. We encourage early registration in order to obtain the level of accommodations you seek.


Arrival: June 15 - Departure: June 21, 2015

This package includes:

Tuition for The Creativity Workshop in Barcelona

6 Nights at Hotel HCC Open
in a Single Room with Private Bath

Air Conditioning


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You can register for The Creativity Workshop and make your own housing arrangements.
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The Creativity Workshop will take place at Hotel HCC Open.

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Special Offers

Save on packages for The Creativity Workshop with our Special Offers.

The following offers do not apply to our Workshops in New York and Singapore. Offers are not combinable.

  • $600 off for participants taking the workshop for the third or more times. (Offer does not apply to Workshops in New York and Singapore.)

  • $500 off for participants taking the workshop for the second time. (Offer does not apply to Workshops in New York and Singapore.)

  • $100 off for participants taking the workshop for the second or more times in New York or Singapore.

  • $150 off each participant for groups of 4 people or more registering together. For larger groups Contact us for pricing. (Offer does not apply to Workshops in New York and Singapore.)

  • $100 off your registration if you bring a friend to other than New York or Singapore. (The $100 off will be credited to you after your friend pays for the full tuition.)

  • $100 off each participant for groups of 3 people registering together. (Offer does not apply to Workshops in New York and Singapore.)

  • $50 off each participant for groups of 2 people registering together. (Offer does not apply to Workshops in New York and Singapore.)

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"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

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“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


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