Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY
- The Creativity Workshop at Omega Institute 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.
- This 3-day Creativity Workshop will take place at the Omega Institute.
- Founded in 1977 by Stephan Rechtschaffen, MD, and Elizabeth Lesser, Omega Institute for Holistic Studies was inspired by scholar and Eastern meditation teacher, Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan. Together, they envisioned a dynamic “university of life” designed to foster personal growth and social change.
In 1981, Omega expanded from rented facilities in New York and Vermont to their current Rhinebeck home with 200 acres and more than 100 buildings, including the Sanctuary, the Ram Dass Library, and the new Omega Center for Sustainable Living.
Today, Omega is the nation’s most trusted source for wellness and personal growth, welcoming more than 23,000 people to our workshops, conferences, and retreats in Rhinebeck and at exceptional locations around the world.
A nonprofit organization, Omega has consistently been at the forefront of human development. From nurturing early dialogues on the integration of modern medicine and natural healing; to designing programs that connect science, spirituality, and creativity; to laying the groundwork for new traditions and lifestyles, Omega continues to be a place where people from all walks of life come for inspiration, restoration, and new ideas.
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.
- 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.
(Order and kinds of exercises and instructors’ talks may vary. Some exercises are done individually while others are collaborative.)
Day 1: Friday, September 18
8 PM to 10 PM
- Introduction to the hows and whys of The
- 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: Saturday, September 19
9 AM to 12 PM and 2 PM to 5 PM
- 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 Worlds: 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: Sunday, September 20
9 AM to 12 PM
- 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.