The Creativity Workshop in Prague (The Creativity Works)

Venue: Hotel Paris

Location: Prague, Czech Republic

Event Date/Time: Mar 24, 2013 End Date/Time: Mar 30, 2013
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Program Overview
The Creativity Workshop in Prague 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, and guided visualization.

Home to Kafka and Mozart, Prague is a charming city of grand pastel colored buildings, world-class music, enchanting puppet theatres, and verdant parks.

Class will take place in the famous Old Town district, which is primarily for pedestrians only. The Workshop meets for 5 days, 3 1/2 hours per day. You will have the rest of the time to take in this breathtaking city, famous for its blocks of original Baroque and Art Nouveau buildings.

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 culture 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.

The techniques we explore in class will sharpen your appreciation of Prague. This small city invites you to wander its winding, cobblestone streets, stopping in at one of its sumptuous old cafes for a luscious dessert or Bohemian beer. Prague is the perfect city for inspiring the creator in you.

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 24, 2013: Arrival. Free day

Time for you to settle in and relax.

Monday, March 25: First day of workshop

Introduction to the hows and whys of The Creativity Workshop. Exercises in relaxation technique and guided visualization.
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.

Tuesday, March 26:

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.

Wednesday, March 27:
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 28:

Guided Visualization: The Myth of the Other. Imagining yourself living a parallel life. What would you do that you aren't doing now?
Trips to the Past: Using a foreign environment to invoke memory and inspire transformation.
The Close-Up: Using photography and drawing to focus on details and change the way we see.
Instructors' talks may include:
Following your innate creativity and listening to its intuition
How to rekindle fearless imagination
The Power of the Magic phrase: “What If”

Friday, March 29:
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