Workshops

The artfulness of living; the skillful means of creating

20130715_059920130715_059920130715_059920130715_0599If you seek skillful means for expressing yourself creatively—through writing, gardening, relationship, drawing, healthy cooking, and more–or for getting through the day with a sense of joy, ease, and productivity, I would love for you to join me in an exploration of your creative spirit. I gather very small, specialized groups of people who are interested in living creatively, intentionally, and with as much awareness as possible. I share the joy and enthusiasm that has come to me through paying attention to the body-mind connection and how this “paying attention” opens us to deeper understanding of who we are and what is possible.

Paying attention is the portal to seeing what is true about ourselves and our lives. And then, we can organize, align, focus, shift our creative work to flow from that good attention. In my workshops, you will gain insights and skills to help you develop your own practice and create your own art—whatever form it may take.

TALKS

1) Manage your Stress:
strategies for reducing high-stress reactions
at home, at work, and in relationships

There are lots of ways to manage stress, right? And a lot of them are really bad for you! Research shows that the way we react to stress is actually what is harmful to us, not the stress itself.

This presentation offers alternatives to some of our “go-to” and not-so-helpful strategies. Each one is a form of Mindfulness Practice. Each will help you retrain you brain and your body to respond wisely and constructively to stress.

1-2 hour presentation

2) Low Stress and High Performance: Mutually Exclusive Terms?

Wellness experts tell us to slow down, calm down, turn off, and ease up on the frantic life of busy-ness and overload. But the world lures us with high-powered missions that require energy, focus, intensity, and high performance. This can lead to compromising our health, happiness, and success with lifestyle choices that boost our performance in the short term, but leave us overwhelmed and burned out in the long run.

Is there a way to have both low stress and high performance? Or are they mutually exclusive terms?

The audience for this presentation is high-performing managers and professionals at risk for burnout, stress, divorce, fatigue, and life imbalances. We’ll cover the importance of crafting of life of low stress that balances the drive toward high performance. In our business, in our physical being, in our relationships, in our creative lives, we don’t want to just get along. We want to thrive.

1-2 hour presentation

3) Foundational Practices to Support Your Life Mission

“Your lifestyle is not your goal. Your lifestyle is how you achieve your goals.”

What are the daily practices you perform that assure you’ll have a happy, productive, creative, or beneficial day? I’m talking about actual habits or routines or practices that ground you, focus you, establish a positive mindset, and direct your energy. Activities that enhance everything do, every encounter you experience, every thought and effort you put into the world.

In this presentation, we’ll discuss the value of establishing 3-5 foundational practices to enhance your life and ramp up your creativity and your productivity. You’ll create your own list of practices and make a commitment to instituting them into your daily routine for at least 30 days.

60 minute presentation

4) Ten Big Ideas For Flourishing in Your Artful Life

As a coach and a public speaker, I find myself coming back to a set of core principles, no matter what topic I am exploring. This presentation gives a snapshot of Ten Big Ideas that run through much of the research on how to live life creatively, happily, and beneficially.

1-2 hour presentation

5) Six Techniques for Coaxing Your Creativity Out of the Basement

If you believe you are not creative, this talk will convince you otherwise. We focus on the nature of creative spirit and why it’s so vital to being successful at virtually anything you want to do in life. This talk is inspiring, up-lifting, and grounded in real-world practices that will enhance your creative capacities.

90 minutes

Workshops

1) Quieting the Inner Critic:
Strategies and Techniques for Cultivating Your Creative Life

Do you have an inner critic who slows down your creative endeavor? Is there a heckler inside you who ridicules your writing? Do you have an inner taskmaster who keeps you too busy to paint or draw or plan that Zen garden you’ve wanted? This cacophony of jokers needs to be quelled in order for you to move more deeply and productively into your creative work. It’s time to fire the committee of voices telling you you’re not good enough to be a writer; you don’t have time to paint or draw; and worse, your artful endeavors don’t make a difference.

In this workshop you will learn

  • how the brain sabotages your creative efforts, and several techniques to silence the critical inner voices.
  • specific obstacles, both inner and outer, that keep you from creative practice.
  • how unconscious habit patterns entrench these obstacles without your even knowing it.
  • four very easy strategies to break those habit patterns that create obstacles (and one very challenging one!)
  • and finally, you will create an action plan to take charge of the committee that keeps barking at you and create a manageable practice that will establish creative authority in your own life.

You’ll establish new goals for a creative endeavor and make sure those goals are aligned with your highest mission in life. And then, you’ll make a concrete plan for implementing a new approach to being creative. It’s time to construct your days around your creative mission instead of around your to-do list.

3-6 hours

2) Ten Tips for Igniting Your Creative Momentum

A review of some of the latest research in creativity studies, especially studies that help us understand how the brain can actually sabotage our most sincere desires to be creative and productive—in work and in life. And within this research we find concrete strategies for upgrading our creativity by examining our life structures, our habits of mind, and the energetic intentions that contribute to creative living and creative working.

2-4 hours

3) Foundational Practices

“Your lifestyle is not your goal. Your lifestyle is how you achieve your goals.”

I believe it is vital to establish a set of foundational practices upon which you build a life that is happy, productive, and creative. In fact, I believe such practices are so vital that I make this workshop a pre-requisite of coaching here at LifeArt Studio.

What are the daily practices you perform that assure you’ll have a happy, productive, creative, or beneficial day? I’m talking about actual habits or routines or practices that ground you, focus you, establish a positive mindset, and direct your energy. Activities that enhance everything do, every encounter you experience, every thought and effort you put into the world.

In this workshop, we’ll discuss the value of establishing 3-5 foundational practices to enhance your life and ramp up your creativity. You’ll create your own list of practices and make a commitment to instituting them into your daily routine for at least 30 days.

two-hours

4) Breathe, Move, Write

The breath helps change the attitude/stance we take toward what we are doing. It brings about presence, and presence allows your creativity to flow.

You’ll practice a number of deep breathing techniques designed to calm and restore as well as to energize and focus. You will experience what happens when the mind becomes more spacious and receptive to what wants to emerge, what wants to be spoken, what is true for you in this moment.

This workshop includes breathing techniques, gentle movement, and writing practice.

3 hours

5) Twelve Doors: Prompts for Writers

Rev up your creative observation skills and establish a writing practice. We’ll write responses to three short prompts and two longer prompts specifically designed to delve into a creative flow. Based on Lezlie’s book, Twelve Doors: Writing for Pleasure, Self-Expression, and Storytelling.

3-6 hours

6) Yoga Off the Mat

The practice of yoga “on the mat” can teach us about living passionately, generously, and creatively “off the mat.” Learn to breathe; focus attention; drop out of the mind; deepen presence. Yoga is a methodology for examining lifestyle decisions that enhance creative living, beneficial action, intentional artfulness, the skillful means of mindfulness and meditation, and our natural tendency to evolve toward the good, the true and the beautiful.

This workshop includes movement, breath work, and conscious relaxation.

3 hours

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  • If you desire individual coaching, please contact me. I would love to discuss coaching options feasible for your current needs and interests.