The Creativity Workshop in Crete

June 29 - July 3, 2016 9 AM to 12:30 PM each day

We are all born creative, curious and imaginative but these qualities can fade as we grow up.
This workshop will help you get your creativity back.

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Crete Packages Include Tuition, Hotel, Breakfast

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Program Overview

  • The Creativity Workshop in Crete 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 Crete meets for 5 days, 3 1/2 hours per day (from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM). You will have the rest of your time free to swim in clear waters, sit in sunny cafes, and go sightseeing on this magnificent island.
  • Class will be held at the Hotel Samaria, near the cafe-lined harbor of old Chania—Crete’s most picturesque town.

Why Crete?


  • Traveling outside one’s own culture is known tobe one of the greatest ways to awaken creativity and achieve self-discovery. We have chosen Crete to be one of our worldwide locations on account of its exquisite beauty and one-of-a-kind inspirational qualities.
  • Many of the buildings in Chania (the city on Crete in which the Workshop will be held) date from the fourteenth to the nineteenth centuries, when the island was under Venetian and Ottoman rule.
  • The creativity of Chania’s traditional artisans remains alive and well; specialties include handmade rugs, leather goods, and gold and silver jewelry.
  • The Minoan Palace of Knossos, mythical home of matriarchal culture and the Minotaur in the Labyrinth, is only 2 hours away.
  • The techniques we explore in class will deepen your appreciation of Crete, and the sounds and sights of this ancient and magical island will, in turn, feed your creative work in class.

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.

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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.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016: Arrival. Free day

  • Time for you to settle in and relax.

Wednesday, June 29: 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 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.

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Special Offers

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

Offers are not combinable.

    • $400 off for participants taking the workshop for the third or more times. (Offer does not apply to Workshops in New York, Dubai and Singapore.)
    • $300 off for participants taking the workshop for the second time. (Offer does not apply to Workshops in New York, Dubai and Singapore.)
    • $100 off for participants taking the workshop for the second or more times in New York, Singapore and Dubai.

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    “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, FL

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