Second Personal Creativity workshop

February 14, 2010

Above are Aafke and Martine two friends who organize my creativity workshops, and more than that, make sure that they happen. Their playful, enthusiastic and caring energy sets the stage for a truly nurturing and satisfying day of creative exploration.

We had a smaller group this time and though it was less noisy and dynamic, it was more relaxed. There was time to really get around to everyone and give personal attention.

We started out by talking about the things in our lives which keep us from taking time to create, and how we could integrate creativity better into a busy daily schedule. Being inspired by Sandra Hobson’s podcast on rituals from the newest Art & Healing Network Newsletter , we did a simple ritual then went on to material exploration using felt.

We paused for a delicious lunch (I’m not going to get going on the Death by Chocolate cake we were welcomed by in the morning) full of fresh ingredients baked by Martine and Aafke, then got back to work. In the afternoon we made books and decorated them. From the previous workshop I knew not to schedule another activity in the afternoon because once people get started on the books, you can’t get them to stop!

All in all this was a very enjoyable workshop that was agreed upon to be a success all round. I saw people begin to have faith in their own unique creative ability and begin to challenge the censor in them that says you can’t create unless you are an artist. A woman who hadn’t worked with the visual arts in 10 years made some wonderful archetypal little objects and said she felt as free as a child again.  Several others were able to bypass their inner perfectionist and let the work lead them rather than trying to be in control all the time.

Basically what we try to do is create a nurturing and stimulating atmosphere to welcome people into. The materials are there inviting them to come and play, and they usually just take off.

More pictures at Flickr   http://www.flickr.com/photos/29918827@N00/

2 Responses to “Second Personal Creativity workshop”

  1. Kay Pere Says:

    Just wanted to let you know that I stopped by your blog today. Congratulations on the success of your creativity workshops! I really enjoyed see the pictures.

  2. szoutewelle Says:

    hi kay, thanks for your visit and support.
    Know that your approach to living a creative life is an inspiration to me.

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