The Creativity Workshop in Istanbul (The Creativity Works)

Venue: Hotel Sultania

Location: Istanbul, Turkey

Event Date/Time: Mar 10, 2013 End Date/Time: Mar 16, 2013
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Description

The Creativity Workshop in Istanbul will help you be more creative in your personal and professional life. To this end, the Workshop uses the tools of creative writing, memoir, art, photography, storytelling, mapmaking, associative thinking, body relaxation and guided visualization. We carefully choose our worldwide locations, such as Istanbul, for their uniqueness and inspirational qualities.

The Creativity Workshop will take place in Sultanahamet, the historic district of Istanbul, at Hotel Sultania
You will be walking distance from the ABlue Mosque, Agia Sophia, and Topkapi Palace.


Istanbul is one of the most remarkable cities in the world. It is feast for our eyes and ears, those luminous portals of our imagination. Straddling Europe and Asia, Istanbul is a place where literally east meets west and history meets the future. Newsweek recently named Istanbul “the coolest city in the world”.

Istanbul is traditionally known for Ottoman and Byzantine architectural beauties such as Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, and the Grand Bazaar. It is also home to fabulous contemporary arts, culture, fashion and design scenes. Creativity flourishes in places where many cultures and histories converge. That makes Istanbul a deeply inspiring place to explore and express your imagination. As Istanbul will help you get in touch with your creativity, The Creativity Workshop techniques will help you experience Istanbul in ways you never dreamed.

The Creativity Workshop in Istanbul meets for 5 days, 31/2 hours per day. You will have the rest of your time free to see the historic sites, relax in the many river cafes by the Bosphorus, sample the exquisite Turkish cuisine, and wander through ancient bazaars and contemporary fashion boutiques.

The Creativity Workshop is attended by people from many different countries and professions, including business, education, psychology, the sciences and the arts.
Experts agree that creativity is key to success in all professions. It also helps individuals feel more fulfilled, relaxed, and happier. Travel outside our own cutlure is known to be one of the greatest inspirations to creativity and self discovery.

Many people who have taken The Creativity Workshop say that it was an essential and transformative experience. It helped them write their books, start new companies, complete long overdue projects, transition to rewarding retirements, and change the way they look at life.

What will you learn?
The Creativity Workshop is an experiential workshop of doing and experimenting. You will go straight to the source of your imagination and outrun creative blocks and negative self criticism. The Workshop's exercises, techniques and instructor talks are focused on helping you:

Learn practical techniques to stimulate your creativity and imagination
Get in touch with the innate creativity you already have
Explore creativity as a way of life: a process rather than just a product
Find inspiration in the world around you
Get over creative blocks and the fear of failure
Learn how to make time in your life for creative work

Engage your curiosity every day
Work with many different mediums to more deeply develop your creativity in your chosen medium
Use your memories to engage your imagination
Discover how to use your creativity for a lifetime of learning
Give yourself the time, permission, and nourishment to do the creative projects you love
Establish a 15 minute a day creativity practice to accomplish these 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.


Sunday, March 10, 2013: Arrival. Free day

Time for you to settle in and relax.

Monday, March 11: 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 excercise: 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.


Tuesday, March 12:


Relaxation.
Guided Visualization: Map-making 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 mind 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 2 days.
Instructors' talks may include:
How to do on-going creative work in short modules of time.
How to use luck and coincidence to jump start creative projects.

Wednesday, March 13:

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 on-going creative work in short modules of time
How to use luck and coincidence to jump start creative projects

Thursday, March 14:


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 Excercise.
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.
Friday, March 15:

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
Saturday, March 16: Departure

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