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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.





Daily Schedule for Prague, Crete, Barcelona, Florence and Dublin


Day 1: Arrival Day

Day 2:

  • 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.

Day 3:

  • 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.


Day 4:

  • 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


Day 5:

  • Guided visualization: The Myth of the Other.
    Imagining yourself living a parallel life. What would you do that you aren't doing now?
  • The Sand Mandala:Making an Illuminated Manuscript.
  • Final Group Exercise.
  • Instructors' talks 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.
    • Cafe exercise: Writing, drawing, photographing people you find in local cafes
    • The Illuminated Manuscript: A collaborative exercise in combining mediums and perspectives.


Day 6:

  • Guided Visualization: The Legend of the Hand.
  • Automatic Drawing and Writing continues with a new twist.
  • Cafe exercise: Writing, drawing, photographing 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


Day 7:

  • Departure

Daily Schedule for Singapore

Day 1:

  • 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 our hidden imagery in abstract images.
  • Show and Tell: Retrieving and sharing childhood memories to spark new ideas. This exercise will sharpen your storytelling skills.
    The Interview: An exercise in listening, transposing, and transforming.
  • Instructors' talk: How some famous writers, scientists, and artists found their inspiration, and how you can use some of their methods to find yours.
    • The importance of play in creative work.
    • Valuing creative process over product.
  • Day 2:
  • Relaxation.
    • Guided Visualization: Mapmaking as a way to find, chart, and communicate your creative process and projects.
    • Automatic/Free 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 outrunyour inner judge, get over creative blocks, and discover new ways of developing and editing written work. How alternating between writing and drawing canhelp you develop creative flexibility and mental dexterity.
      Miniature Theatre: Storytelling with found objects. 
    • The Interview:
    • Instructors' talks may include:
        • How to do ongoing creative work in short modules of time.
        • How to use luck and coincidence to jump-start creative projects.
  • Day 3:
  • Guided visualization: Letter writing as a way to express voice, character, and audience.
  • Automatic Writing: Writing in Groups. How writing and/or drawing with others can stimulate your imagination and expand your point of view.
    Guided visualization: The Myth of the Other.
    Imagining yourself living a parallel life. What would you do that you aren't doing now?
    The Sand Mandala: Making an Illuminated Manuscript.
    Final Exercise: Putting It All Together
  • Instructors' talks 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

 




Daily Schedule for Dubai


Day 1:

  • 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 exercise: Finding our 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


Day 2:

  • 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.
  • Writing in Cafes: an exercise that will take place over the next 3 days.
  • Instructors' talks may include:
    • How to do ongoing creative work in short modules of time.
    • How to use luck and coincidence to jump-start creative projects.


Day 3:

  • 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.

Day 4:

  • Guided visualization: The Myth of the Other.
    Imagining yourself living a parallel life. What would you do that you aren't doing now?
  • The Sand Mandala:Making an Illuminated Manuscript.
  • Final Group Exercise.
  • Instructors' talks 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.
    • Cafe exercise: Writing, drawing, photographing people you find in local cafes
    • The Illuminated Manuscript: A collaborative exercise in combining mediums and perspectives.





Daily Schedule for New York


Day 1:

  • 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 exercise: Finding our 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.


Day 2:

  • 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.
  • Writing in Cafes: an exercise that will take place over the next 3 days.
  • Instructors' talks may include:
    • How to do ongoing creative work in short modules of time.
    • How to use luck and coincidence to jump-start creative projects.


Day 3:

  • 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.

Day 4:

  • Guided visualization: The Myth of the Other.
    Imagining yourself living a parallel life. What would you do that you aren't doing now?
  • The Sand Mandala:Making an Illuminated Manuscript.
  • Final Group Exercise.
  • Instructors' talks 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.
    • Cafe exercise: Writing, drawing, photographing people you find in local cafes
    • The Illuminated Manuscript: A collaborative exercise in combining mediums and perspectives.




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“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, UK


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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

 

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