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Testimonials

Testimonials

Testimonials from people from many professions, countries and age ranges

Since 1993, The Creativity Workshop has been working with people from many different professions, nations, and age ranges to help them discover or rediscover their unique creativity. A typical workshop will be represented by an exciting mix of participants from different countries and professions ranging from CPAs to artists, medical doctors, educators, and CEOs. This makes for great group dynamics in all our workshops. Here is what some participants have to say about their Creativity Workshop experience.

Barbara Roberts
Columbia University Business School, New York, NY
“The Creativity Workshop is far above any creative seminar I’ve taken in its inspiration, positive spirit, and techniques. It is important for any...
Pam Grout
author, The 100 Best Worldwide Vacations to Enrich Your Life, National Geographic Publishers, 2008
“You will come back (from The Creativity Workshop) with a heart full of artistic passion, completely convinced that creativity and imagination–you...
Chuck Mills
Writer, Timetravel21, Alexandria, VA
“This was a tremendous experience. I wanted to take my writing in a new direction, and with the help of the insights and tools I got at the Workshop...
Amr Arisha
Professor,Head of Departments of International Business and Entrepreneurship, Dublin Institute of Technology/Graduate College of Business, Dublin, Ireland
“Inspiring Superb workshop. It gave me lots of food for thoughts about creativity. Cognitive and mental contexts were put together in a simple yet e...
Vincent Law
Sr. Vice President Business Analysis, CitiBank, Wilmington, DE
“Your exercises proved to me that everyone is creative by nature and just needs to learn how to trust it and release it.”
Neil H. Schwartz
Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, California State University, Chico, CA
"The Creativity Workshop was a turning point in my career.”
Patricia Lancaster
Ph.D. Dean Emerita of the Hamilton Holt School and Professor Emerita of French, Rollins College, FL
“A perfect blend of relaxation and stimulation. The assignments fostered discovery and creativity, yet left us plenty of time to enjoy the wonders o...
Andrew LaRaia
Writer, Upper School English Teacher, Istanbul, Turkey
“An amazing experience. I found the calm and peaceful nature of the Workshop very conducive to thinking in new ways and it gave me the encouragement...
Rita Foley
CEO (ret) MeadWestvaco; PetSmart board member,
“I would strongly recommend attending this workshop and sending your employees. In an amazingly short period and for a small investment you walk awa...
Nancy Welch
President, Welch Design Group, Madison, W
“The Creativity Workshop is one of the best ways to discover a new city. Exploring our creative spirits each evening opened my visual and kinestheti...
Pamela Boll
Writer, Artist, Documentary Director. Exec. Producer Oscar Winner Born in Brothels, Winchester, Ma
“I cannot tell you how grateful I am for having attended your Workshops. I attended 4 Workshops, 2 of them back to back. They sparked my creative dr...
Gloria Berbena
Assistant Cultural Attaché, US Information Service, US Embassy, Rome, Italy
“I unreservedly recommend this course! Shelley Berc and Alejandro Fogel taught their Creativity Workshop as American Cultural Specialists under the ...
Bre-Ann Richardson
Teacher, Alief ISD, Katy, TX, Fund for Teachers Recipient, Katy, TX
“Thank you for changing my outlook on life in such a positive way! The Creativity Workshop allowed me to re-open my creative corridors and share my ...
Carroll Blue
Author of “The Dawn at my Back” and Professor Emerita of Film Studies, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
“I wrote my first published memoir because of this class. The instructors are magicians!”
Daniel Lamken
IB teacher, American School of Prague, Prague, Czech Republic
“One of the qualities of a meaningful experience is that it grows in depth and positive regard as time goes on. That is how I feel about The Creativ...
Maria Gonzalez
Teacher, Fund for Teachers Recipient, Richmond, TX
“The Creativity Workshop was a life-changing experience. I would recommend this workshop to anyone regardless of their career.”
Lia Braaten-Hager
Director of Design, Home Care and Duracell, Procter & Gamble, Cincinnati, OH
"What impressed me most was the creativity that your workshop brought out in our division. We learned new ways to be creative to meet multiple busines...
Noah Kaufman
History Teacher/At Risk Students, FFT Fellow, Boston Public Schools, Boston, MA
“The workshop activities stimulated perception, curiosity, and inspiration in the world around me. The workshop activities have become a source of i...
Kristen Sunde
Writer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, Baton Rouge, LA
“I got enough ideas and fresh inspiration from four days to last me for several years! This was hands-down the best workshop/professional developme...
Ian Holding
GP Liaison Orthopedic Department, Christchurch Hospital, Christchurch, New Zealand
“If you want to breakout of limited and routine ways of thinking and approaching problems or new tasks then I would highly recommend this inspiring...
Melissa Camacho
Associate Professor & Media Reviewer, San Francisco State University/Common Sense Media, San Mateo, CA
“As a four-time participant of this workshop, I find that each experience provides me with different ways of reconnecting with my creative being, an...
Dianne Eysink
Director of Corporate Communications, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Louisiana, Baton Rouge, LA
“I got a ton out of the conference. I think it helped me fill my creative tank for my work and my personal life. I also met and spent time with grea...
Tiffany Dufu
Chief Leadership Officer at Levo League, Named 1 of the 19 “women who are leading the way” by Huff Post, New York, NY
“I had a goal of writing a book but when it came to expressing my creativity through writing, I was out of shape. Shelley and Alejandro taught me si...
Nick Sauer
Copywriter, McCann Erickson/Detroit, Royal Oak, MI
“I didn't know what to expect from the Creativity Workshop. I ignorantly assumed it would be a college-style lecture class with mostly people from t...
Mohey Mowafy
Professor and Director of Clinical Dietetics, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI
“I am using the Workshop exercises in teaching hard-core science classes. The Creativity Workshop remains etched in my mind as one of the most rejuv...
Victoria Maizes MD
Executive Director, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, Professor of Medicine and Public Health University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
“Through evocative exercises Shelley and Alejandro gently lead us back to our creative impulses. As a physician I loved revisiting and reawakening t...
Nathalie Habib
General Manager, Blink Studios, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
“The Creativity Workshop is inspiration for the creative heart, mind and soul. It gives you tools that will creatively guide you wherever your road ...
Teresa B. Day
Senior Writer, Corporate Communications, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, Baton Rouge, LA
“Thanks so much for providing this practical, yet freeing opportunity to find creativity everywhere. Since our return, my coworkers and I have recom...
Myra Frady
Dean for Resource Planning and CFO, Oxford College of Emory University, Oxford, GA
“Can four dots on a page change your life? Give yourself permission to find out. The Creativity Workshop offers an opportunity to get in touc...
Elvy Pang
Lecturer in the Business School, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Kowloon, Hong Kong
“The Creativity Workshop is brilliant! One of the most life-impacting learning experiences I have ever had.”
Penny Peters
Communication and Marketing Strategist, New York, NY
“If you are stuck in your job, or your routines, or your imagination… sign up for The Creativity Workshop. It is fun, inspiring, enlightening, and...
Ahmad Kareem
Ahmad Kareem Foundation Program Instructor/Mathematics, University of Calgary in Qatar, Doha, Qatar
“I really enjoyed the workshop! My facilitators were great! I loved the activities and it rejuvenated my love for drawing. As a teacher, I’m alway...
Kevin Ahern & Indira Rajagopal
Biochemists, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
“I found the workshop to be a wonderful exploration of the roots of creativity with many useful tips and insights about the creative process. As a ...
Toddi Gutner
Former Columnist and Associate Editor for Businessweek, Contributor to Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Forbes and MSN, business communication consultant and author, Chappaqua, NY
“Creativity is the engine of the global economy and is probably the most important characteristic for any business or company to succeed today. The ...
Louise LaRocque
Canada’s Ambassador to Croatia and Kosovo, Zagreb, Croatia
“One measure of the success of this workshop for me is that I want to continue to use these exercises for my further development. The workshop was b...
Heather Vogt
Principal, Endeavor College, Mawson Lakes, Australia
“I really enjoyed the Workshop. Personally for me it was the injection of inspiration I needed at this time in my career. In a job where the day to...
Pamela Pine-Petthong
Grade 8 Humanities, International School Bangkok, Silver City, NM
“The Creativity Workshop was truly inspiring. With our school’s increased focus on creativity, the timing could not have been more perfect. In the...
Beverley Morfitt
Acting Director of the Bermuda National Archives Formerly Assistant Director, Public Affairs, Government of Bermuda, Smith’s Parish, Bermuda
“A thoroughly enjoyable and empowering experience that is the best thing I’ve done for myself in a very long time. The sessions challenged me to e...
Patricia Mechael
Executive Director, The Health Alliance, UN Foundation, Washington, DC
“I don't know where to begin in expressing my appreciation… for the transformative experience that the Creativity Workshop was for me. As an artis...
Robert Davis
Artist, Shanghai, China
“As a practicing visual artist, I came to the workshop desiring to develop my writing skills. I was looking for practical, but creative exercises I ...
Eleanor Carducci
College Professor, Sussex County Community College, Newton, NJ
“Creativity is a delicate flower. You nurtured it with compassion, inspiration, and imagination. Because of your Workshop I now experience the world...
Sondra White
Marketing Communications Manager, Editor, Spirit Magazine, Texas A&M Foundation, College Station, TX
“The class was so much more than I ever expected. It is going to benefit both my career and my personal creative journey. It has also given me sever...
Xavier Cifre
President, Productora Nacional de Teatro, San Juan, Puerto Rico
“The Creativity Workshop helped our professional actors and writers expand their creativity from a new and original perspective in a very nurturing ...
Maria Grabriela Montañez
Business Administration Student, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogota, Colombia
“Every class was awesome. It was really nice to meet all different kinds of people from all over the world, but most at all I appreaciate all the d...
Rondi Aastrup
Principal, Greater Boston Academy, Stoneham, MA
“The Creativity Workshop really changed my life. Freed my imagination. I saw my classmates come alive, too. When a fellow participant said to me: ...
Peter Spellman
Director of Career Development, Berklee College of Music, Author, Indie Marketing Power: The Guide for Maximizing Your Music Marketing, Boston, MA,
“A very inspiring and useful workshop. In the game plan of our education, most of us hardly ever received encouragement to bust from the box, draw o...
Rachel Patterson
Marketing Consultant, Global Consultants Group, Brooklyn, NY
“The creativity workshop really was an incredible experience, due to Shelley and Alejandro’s visualizations, exercises and concept explanations…...
Wayne Morris
Organizational Improvement Consultancy, New Plymouth, New Zealand
“If your creativity needs a shot in the arm… do The Creativity Workshop. Why? Four reasons really: 1. The Instructors – welcoming, passionate, t...
Abigail Hunt
Attorney, Consultant and Executive Coach, previously Head of Client Development Manager at Mayer Brown, Global Law Firm, London, United Kingdom
“The workshop was exactly the right thing at the right time for me. Shelly and Alejandro hit just the right note in terms of content and leadership ...
Cynthia Montgomery
Teacher, The Westminster Schools, Marietta, GA
“The Creativity Workshop is an incredibly freeing experience. Learning so many different techniques for slowing down, observing and feeling in order...
Sabrina Kehoe
Associate Director, Interdisciplinary Centre for Culture and Creativity (ICCC), Arts and Science, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada
“I came to the Creativity Workshop for personal and professional reasons. I felt like I was getting stuck in a rut. I felt like I was losing the “...
Valbona Kuko
MBA, Director, Department of Strategy and Donor Coordination, Council of Ministers, Prime Minister’s Office, Tirana, Albania
“It was the first time in my career to participate in this kind of workshop called the Creativity Workshop. I have learned many things from this wor...
Danielle Rosendaal
EAL teacher International School of Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand
“The workshop activities have activated and encouraged me to use more imagination in my teaching. In my role as an EAL (English as an Additional Lan...
Anne Selvik
PHD. Psychologist, Oslo, Norway
“Wonderful workshop leaders and wonderful participants. I am so happy I took this Workshop.”
Stephen Bracco
Freelance Writer, Brooklyn, NY
”A new self-awareness came to light for me during the Prague Workshop, a realization that the creative and personal issues of my life were not there...
Rencher Gutteridge
Field Operations, Chick-fil-A, Inc., Atlanta, GA
”The exercises helped me to explore my creative side, which in my current profession, I don’t get to do very often. I highly recommend this worksh...
Cathy Kee
Choreographer, Singapore, Singapore
”I had a great time at the Workshop. It made me realise that I can do more for myself and possibly influence others, as well. As I did the writing d...
Marcus Morabito
Art Director, McCann Erickson/Detroit, Dearborn, MI
”Such a positive atmosphere with outstanding instructors and a fantastic group of individuals coming together to find creativity. The people were as...
Janelle Ward
Assistant Professor, Dept. Media/Communication, Erasmus University, Leiden, Netherlands
”This was my second Creativity Workshop, and the experience was even better than the first time! I participated in the workshop because I thought it...
Kim Shaw
Physical Education Teacher, Cary Academy, Cary, NC
”My experience at The Creativity Workshop was outstanding. I was able to learn how to be creative and not so rigid in my thinking. It inspired me ...
Dianne Grinnell
Librarian, Newport, RI
”It amazes me, after a second Creativity Workshop with Shelley and Alejandro, how they create an environment that invites participants to authentica...
Andrew Sidle
PHD, Upper School English Teacher, St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School, Alexandria, VA
”Shelley and Alejandro use the human imagination as their tool for instruction, and each day took my 20 classmates and me on fantastic journeys of c...
Ineke Huyskens
Senior Lecturer on Creative Thinking and Branding, Fontys University, Eindhoven, Netherlands.
”I came back from the Creativity Workshop very inspired: hungry and fulfilled. Both on a personal and a professional level!The program was ve...
Mitchell Dowalgo
Pastor, St Albert Great Newman Center, Las Cruces, NM
”There were so many kindred spirits with such wonderful diversity. The Workshop was the right environment for us to share our insights and experienc...
Violet Towell
Vice Principal, Thames Valley District School Board, London, Canada
”Both my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed The Creativity Workshop. It helped us reawaken our creative instincts and reminded us about the need to ma...
Katie Alaniz
Instructional Technologist/Computer Teacher, River Oaks Baptist School, Houston, TX
”The Creativity Workshop, quite honestly, was the most unique, compelling, and impactful professional (and personal) development workshop in which I...
Colleen Mooney
National Account Manager/ AT&T (retired), New Orleans, LA
”The Creativity Workshop gave me very real, easy to use methods of stimulating ideas and using my imagination. The instructors are terrific and the...
Deborah Nunziata
Psychologist, Calgary, Canada
”I am happy to write about my positive experience at the Creativity Workshop. Shelley and Alejandro were excellent instructors. They were so warm an...
Dr Margaret McVeigh
New Media and Screenwriting, Brisbane, Australia
”I have been waiting to do the Creativity Workshop for a number of years. It was my promised reward to myself through the years I was writing my PhD...
Susie Ellis
President, SpaFinder Wellness Inc., and Board Member Global Spa and Wellness Summit, New York, NY
”Shelley Berc and Alejandro Fogel were keynote speakers at the 2012 Global Spa and Wellness Summit in Aspen – offering aspects of their workshop ...
Prue Andrus
RN, Lecturer in Nursing, Murdoch University, Barragup, Australia
”Wow what a wonderful week it has been. It brought out a very different me. I purchased a small sketch book (that will now live in my handbag). Then...
Eli Zamski
President, Achva College of Education, Moshav Kidron, Israel
”The workshop was very productive and enthusiastic. Shelley and Alejandro are excellent and gifted instructors. They managed to lead a group of stra...
Christina Clodomir
Art Therapist and Dancer, Port-au-Prince, Haiti
”I am so excited to share what I got from this workshop, to enable people to tap into unlimited creativity.”
Elene Catrakilis
Attorney, Atlanta, GA
”You made me come alive again, and my family and friends say that they can hear it from the excitement in my voice when I speak about the Workshop a...
Einar Wensink
Engineer, Eurocopter, Marseille, France
”I have taken the workshop twice. I loved it the first time, but the 2nd time was even more powerful. Because of the workshop I discovered how to a...
Barbara Taylor
Chief Marketing Officer at The Association of Junior Leagues International, New York, NY
”The workshop was an enlightening experience. I was amazed by the tools that I learned for opening up my creative side and thinking about aspects of...
Philippa Naivasha
Social Worker and School Counsellor, Sydney, Australia
”I had a great time attending The Creativity Workshop in Barcelona. I loved it! My experience of seeing the city that I had been dreaming of visiti...
Ben Matthews
Director, Safe and Healthy School Support Division, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, Raleigh, NC
”I found the experience to be mind-altering. Each day I lost myself in the workshop activities and could not believe when class time came to an end....
Jana Hummel
MD, Geriatrics, Heddesheim, Germany
“I very much enjoyed the creativity class, especially the visual journeys and the writing parts. It was also great to meet all the different people ...
Bart De Roeck
Headmaster, International School of Leuven, Antwerp, Belgium
“The Creativity Workshop gave me such an energy boost! It left me wanting to go straight back to my new school to try out all these new wonderful te...
Cherise Ayers
Fund for Teachers Recipient, English Teacher, Maynard Jackson High School, Atlanta, GA
“During the course of the workshop, I felt my creative self come out of hibernation. I left each day having written things that I didn’t know were...
Lissette Sutton
Author, Mexico City, Mexico
“Attending The Creativity Workshop in New York was a blessing. It changed my focus in writing. I was so concerned about the technique that I forgot ...
Kelly Hevel
Pfizer Project Manager, currently Ex-pat Business Consultant, Istanbul, Turkey
“This was my fourth time taking The Creativity Workshop, and every time it has been different and special. These workshops have helped me transform ...
Anna Marie Erbes
Principal, St. Paul Public School District, St. Paul, MN
“The Workshop enabled me to be a stronger instructional leader. I encourage educational leaders to attend The Creativity Workshop with fellow school...
Pauline Crawford
Business Psychologist and Image Consultant, Corporate Heart, London, United Kingdom
“The teachers are brilliant at making one feel you’re the only person being attended to.”
Barbara Bazaldua
Writer, Director of Editorial, Disney Consumer Products, Anaheim, CA
“Too often in the workplace, a fear of being judged, of failure, or of appearing foolish stifles our most creative thinking. The Creativity Workshop...
Ashlee Land
Fund for Teachers Recipients, Houston Fellow, Houston, TX
“Each activity in The Creativity Workshop demonstrated that there are multiple creative means for each individual to follow their own creative proce...
Denise Mullen
Psychologist, Irvine, CA
“This Workshop proved to be more impacting and practical than I could have imagined. Since returning home I’ve used its ideas and methods in my ow...
Peggy Wrightsman Parolin
Creative Director, Hallmark Cards, Kansas City, MO
“My purpose in coming to this workshop was to free myself from the standard expectations of my role at work. I wanted to engage in a workshop where ...
Jagruti Narwani
Advertising Professional, Muscat, Oman
“Shelley and Alejandro- A team, a combo which not only ensures an influence over your mind and actions for those few hours of the workshop, but over...
Lee Anne Fahey
Award Winning Actress, New York, NY
“Your Workshop provides an environment that nurtures and supports the creative process in safety and joyfulness. I found power in the “doing” an...
Deborah B. Reeve
Ed. D., Deputy Executive Director, National Association of Elementary School Principals, Washington, DC
“I cannot tell you how inspiring your workshop was! I continue to draw inspiration from those few days!”
Nancy Gibson
Ridgefield Board of Education, Ridgefield, CT
“Kudos to our teachers for creating a truly safe environment, which forged a sense of community and creativity, new friendships and ideas. Many of u...
Jan Little
AP English Teacher, Brentwood High School, Nashville, TN
“I worked harder in this workshop and had more fun and felt more fulfilled than with any other professional development I have ever taken.”
Francesca Salidu
Ph.D. Candidate in Shakespeare, University of Pisa, Italy
“If it wasn’t for this class I fear I never would have finished my master’s thesis. I was blocked until I took the Workshop. The class breaks do...
Lad Goldberger
Aspiring Novelist and Assistant Principal (Retired), South Huntington Schools, Huntington, NY
“How could imagination not thrive with two such superb teachers? As a former educator, I was impressed by their unending array of mind-stretching ex...
Alexandr Tsimerman
College Professor, The College for Academic Studies, Raanana, Israel
“The greatest experience ever! The most influencing and powerful “intervention” to releasing my inner creative creature. THANK YOU ...
Janine C. Edwards
Professor and Co-Director of the Leadership in Medicine Program, Texas A & M University, College Station, TX
“The Creativity Workshop empowers people of many different ages to make transitions in their lives. The artist-teachers do this by stimulating refle...
Barbara Hansen Epplett
Organist and Professor of Organ Music, Emeritus, University of Oregon, Portland, OR
“My 17-year-old granddaughter and I loved the time we spent together in The Creativity Workshop. Everything was well planned and carried out in the ...
Lee Koran
Principal, St. Patrick Fine Arts Elementary School, Alberta, Canada
“The Workshop helped me to determine the elements to be a successful creative thinker and how to pass those abilities on to my staff and students....
Jan Karman
English Teacher, Wayland High School, Southborough, MA
“The Creativity Workshop was life changing! As a creative writing teacher and a writer for so many years, I doubted whether I’d hear anything new....
Shara Hannah Finerman
Artist, Albuquerque, NM
“A treasure trove of techniques! It was amazing to watch our group begin as strangers and end with open hearts and new friends.”
Hanna Fox
Writer, Publisher, Red Hummingbird Press, Princeton, NJ
“The Workshop was exactly what I needed to reclaim the writer in me. It isn’t often that a trip or a workshop meets all of one’s expectations. B...
Nicki Hambleton
Artist and Art Teacher, Lincoln Community School, Accra, Ghana
“A wonderful way to develop your creativity with like-minded people. The atmosphere is relaxed and respectful. You can join in to your hearts conten...
Doris Doerrie
Award winning Filmmaker of Men (Munner), Professor, Munich Film School, Germany
“Thank you for the great, great inspiration and fun of The Creativity Workshop. It helped me get a whole screenplay done. It was great for me and my...
Dr. Alice Daum Coen
Educator/Administrator, Hartford County, Maryland Public Schools, Hartford County, MD
“I've taken your Workshops twice! They have become a precious part of the ongoing tapestry of this journey called life. And, in deep, deep winter I ...
Diane Pick
President, Negotiation Mastery, Inc., New York, NY
“Shelley and Alejandro started the wheels turning for me. I've been talking for years about writing my book but it was all talk and no action. This ...
Juliana James
4th Grade Teacher, Frost Lake Magnet School, Saint Paul, MN
“Never be discouraged by the doubts of others, keep true to your own being this is what I learned from The Creativity Workshop. Participants are saf...
Courtney Reid
Writer and Assistant Professor of English, Adirondack Community College, Saratoga Springs, NY
“The Creativity Workshop provided the perfect focus for my travel in Greece. The thing that works so wonderfully is the instructors commitment to un...
Vicki Tanner
Vice President of Product Training & Event Management, Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corp (TG), Austin, TX
“Many people subscribe to the conventional wisdom that there are two types of people: creative people and everyone else. Others view creativity as a...
Noel Powell
Head of Unite Program, School of Engineering, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa
“I came because I wanted to do something out of my comfort zone. It certainly was! The whole experience was so relaxing and opened new doors and win...
Stephanie Merrill
Writer, New York, NY
“The Workshop taught me to honor who I am as a writer and how to make time for creativity in my daily life. Inspiration unfolded in ways I never ima...
Bill English
In-House Management Consultant, Chick-Fil-A Restaurants, Atlanta, GA
“This stuff WORKS! The Workshop showed me how to apply my natural creative talents in the workplace. I have already used free writing and free drawi...
Gwendolyn McCormick
Veterinarian, Danbury, CT
“After the workshop ended, I couldn't stop writing and sketching. I filled up three journals over the next week! When my left brain was leading me d...
Kathleen O’Neill
ELL Teacher to Adults, Carver-Scott Educational Coop, St. Paul, MN
“I would recommend this workshop to anyone who, wants to feel more alive. The instructors were like wizards. With the supportive and creative enviro...
Evan Mazunik
Student, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
“In The Creativity Workshop, I found a place to dream, to question, to understand. I strongly believe that we should fearlessly guard such spaces an...
Steve Adams
Small Business Owner, Nacogdoches, TX
“Your Workshop was faithful to every word of its description. Workshops are often misrepresented when marketers attempt to hook as many participants...
Lanette Breedt
Artist and Teacher, Gauteng, South Africa
“I am now using your visualization exercises with 200 children. Your workshop is touching the lives of many, many people here in South Africa. My dr...
Lalita Noronha
Writer, Educator, Editor, Baltimore Review, MD
“Absolutely amazing things happen when you take flight at The Creativity Workshop. Each morning, we awoke to sunny skies and a Mediterranean breeze....
Diana Matteson
Art Therapist, Mechanicsburg, PA
“I liken Shelley and Alejandro to Pied Pipers, leading workshop participants along a path of creativity that opens both inner and outer worlds to an...
Katie McCann
Trainer, London, United Kingdom
“The Creativity Workshop teaches techniques not taught in schools, which are essential for creative thinking. They are also priceless when applied t...
Vera Eisenberg
Painter, Buenos Aires, Argentina
“The Creativity Workshop in Florence opened up new ways for me to paint. I also made new and wonderful friends. The instruction is superb!”
Joanna Reed
Professor, Sussex County Community College, Newton, NJ
“The Workshop was an inspirational connection with body and soul.The instructors moved us to see in a new way. I never would have experienced Floren...
Cheryl Johnson
English Professor, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID
“The instructors do not waste any class time and set a delightful tone of reflective and playful practice. The well thought-out exercises help parti...
Heidi Lang
Teacher of Gifted Students. Falls Church City Public Schools, Falls Church, VA
“The Florence Creativity Workshop taught me the value of sharing my ideas and work with others. The observation exercises had me noticing all sorts ...
Craig Trickey
Managing Director, Victoria Keyboard Academy, Gisborne, Australia
“After denying my creative side for many years, this workshop was the perfect way to get the juices flowing again. It is helping me rekindle my pass...
Marilyn Landis
Music Specialist for Hearing Impaired Children, South Euclid, OH
“The lessons of the Workshop gave us permission to stop rushing through life. The Creativity Workshop is a life-altering experience that changes our...
Pamela Perry
Associate Professor of Sociology, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA
“I brought the workshop exercises into my senior thesis writing class. The students LOVED them, and their writing was far better than students work ...
Mary Cross
Ph.D., Dean and Professor Emerita of English, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Morris County, NJ
“As a writer, I have to say the workshop stands as a crucial juncture in my work. The instructors were excellent guides to finding one's buried or s...
Amy White
Vice President, Corporate Communications, Cardinal Health, OH
“I learned how to get back to that fun part of writing at the Workshop. Because I write for a living, I had forgotten how to write for fun. Writing ...
Chandani Lokuge
Author, Director, Centre for Postcolonial Writing, Monash University, Victoria, Australia
“The Creativity Workshop is a practical workshop that inspires. The imaginative journey into memories, the symbolic associations between memory and ...
William E. Avera
Ph.D, CFA, Economic Consultant, Dripping Springs, TX
“The workshop was amazing! Through the exercises I was put in touch with long-forgotten events of my youth. I learned new ways to access my memory a...
Dr. Drucilla Clark
Principal, Lakeview Elementary School, Denville, NJ
“The Creativity Workshop was a chance to use the colorful pieces of my life story, appreciate their value, and put together those individual gems to...
Sally Naylor
Poet and English Teacher, Baylor School, Chattanooga, TN
“I produced as much poetry in the 5 day Crete Workshop as I did in a month in a conventional poetry workshop. The emphasis on. In process work reall...
Clayton Lachmund
Teacher and Writer, Toowoomba Grammar School, Toowoomba, Australia
“If you want to be pushed to the very edge of your creative limits, then this workshop will deliver. The Creativity Workshop ranks easily with the g...
Judy Spenser-Morris
Designer, Property Developer, Newmarket, United Kingdom
“Thank you for the illuminating experience of your Creativity Workshop in Dublin. Even though I've resumed my usual busy working day, I have already...
Sheri Matascik
Composer, Associate Professor of Music, Maryville College, Knoxville, TN
“Shelley and Alejandro are truly masters of creativity exploration. They guide you on a most amazing journey of yourself. Under their skillful navig...
Noel Shepherd
Creative Writing Teacher, Washington International School, Washington, DC
“I taught a creative writing class yesterday afternoon and felt a new confidence after the summer's Creativity Workshop. My students seem more excit...
Laura Fasick
Professor, Minnesota State University, Moorhead, MN
“One of the best investments of my life! I thought long and hard before deciding to commit the time and money to attend The Creativity Workshop in P...
Claudine Merkel
Dancer/Choreographer, Munster, Germany
“The class's spirit of spontaneity gave me energy. Achieving results in a playful way helped me believe in my imagination!”
Rodman Neumann
Writer/Managing Editor, Sterling Publishing, Inc. New York
“I got so much encouragement to keep writing my own work and such a warm and supportive response from the instructors and participants.”
Stephanie Satie
Actress/Playwright, Los Angeles, CA
“The Workshop was a wonderful celebration of our individual possibilities. I can’t wait to take it again. It is food for life.”
Dianne Stuckey
Teacher, American School of Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
“I only wish that more people could experience what you have to offer. You gave me a feeling a freedom that I NEVER felt before. Shelley and Alejand...
Nikki Kearns
Director, CRM Standard Bank, Gauteng, South Africa
“The Workshop allowed me for the first time to really hear my own voice and find a way of expressing it in a way that has been so freeing. From the ...
Ken Mitchell
owner of the Aviary, a store devoted to creativity. Previously, product development and marketing exec for the toy industry, Seattle, WA
“I attended your workshop in Prague in 2012. It was both inspiring and motivating. As a result of that workshop I ended up opening a Creativity Sho...
Paulette Laufer
Award Winning Playwright, Theatre Manager for the Kennedy Center for the Arts, Washington, D.C.
“The experience of taking the Workshop in Prague two years ago feels like yesterday — it is that close to me. The Workshop has and continues to ha...
Jeanne Arthur
Executive Officer, ACT Board of Secondary School Studies, Sydney, Australia
“The Workshop was extremely valuable in generating my awareness of my creativity and in stimulating ideas for my professional life.”
Joyce Standing
Teacher, Overlake Elementary School, Redmon, WA
“The greatest gift I received from the Workshop was to learn in a different way. We took time to focus, take risks, and experiment with different me...
Lowry Marshall
Playwright and Dramaaturg, Professor of Acting and Directing, Brown University, Providence, RI
“I wrote the first chapter of a first novel, and opened a new door in my creative life. The Creativity Workshop in Florence was an unforgettable exp...
Louis Gleckel
M.D., New York, NY
“The Workshop helped me open my mind to new ways to stimulate my creativity and give me a better idea of direction.All in a warm and supportiv...
Kathleen Paris
Ph.D., Business Consultant, Madison, WI
“I was a participant in your Paris workshop about 5 years ago. I truly cherish the memory of that wonderful week with you and our group. Thank you f...
Yvonne Axmann
Composer and Musician, Asbury, NJ
“I took the creativity workshop to help me with my writing and composing. This class turned out to be one of the best things I could have done for ...
Rita Haque
Branding and Marketing, Haq Centre, Singapore, Singapore
“Shelley and Alejandro take you on an adventure that ignites your creative spirit and opens you to greater choices in your life! We were encouraged ...
Sheila Coelho
Marriage and Family Therapist, Syracuse, NY
“I have taken this workshop twice and have found each time equally enlightening and enriching. The experience allowed me not only to see the world a...
Claudine O’Leary
Entrepreneur, London, United Kingdom
“The Workshop helped me expand my views on myself and my creativity. Most importantly, the Workshop taught me about creative structure. Through the ...
Natalia Bukharova
ESL Teacher, Monterey, CA
“I enjoyed the atmosphere of the Workshop immensely. I have already started applying the exercises in my life. I have a very stressful job so this r...
Kim Oshirak
MD, Pediatrician and former Lieutenant Commander, US Navy, Manassas, VA
“My best friend and I met in NYC to participate in The Creativity Workshop. I traveled from Germany, she from Virginia. We explored the corners of o...
Carolyn Tracy
Decorative Painter, San Ramon, CA
“The workshop was delightful. The work we did was like play and really brought out my creativity I’m just beginning my first non-fiction book, and...
Shekhar Dhain
Creative Director & CEO, Juicy Audio Productions, Leicester, UK
“It was an absolute joy and a real creative “vitamin shot” to attend the workshop. Thank you for the kindness, patience, dedication and above a...
Dr Cathie Harrison EdD
Professor in Early Childhood Education, Australian Catholic University, Alexandria, Australia
“As an academic, researcher, and writer in the area of early childhood education I speak and write a lot about the importance of play and creativity...
Amy Zipperer
Playwright, Assistant Professor of English, Georgia Military College, Milledgeville, GA
“I have attended the Workshop 4 times and each time I discover something new. Things I loved:Automatic writing – I took away from this activ...
Melita Schaum
Author, Professor, Berkeley, CA
“The Creativity Workshop in Florence was a unique and wonderful experience, both individually and in the community spirit it created. Through its or...
Zaid Ansari
Head of Department of Marketing, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudia Arabia
“I had a wonderful experience being part of the Creativity workshop. I would like extend my thanks to Shelly and Alejandro for sharing their experie...
Willemina van Eeghen
Visual Artist, Doha, Qatar
“Working together with others greatly enhanced my capacity to stop being worried about results and simply create. You showed me that process is what...
Doug Neff
Sr. Presentation Content Developer, Duarte, Inc., Oakland, CA
“Half-seminar, half-retreat, my four days with Shelley and Alejandro were filled with discovery, rejuvenation, connections both human and otherwise,...
Noemi Santana
Government Relations Consultant, TANA Communications, City Island, NY
“The Workshop practices are easy to remember and can be used on an ongoing basis to continue to stimulate creativity. The class was well-paced and o...
Sara Waskuch
Interior Designer, Morrisville, VT
“The workshop was a wonderful and a worthwhile experience and very satisfying in every way. The group was dynamic and the material was presented in ...
Mary Theresa Green
Actor, Drama Teacher, Lincoln Public High School, Alliance, NE
“I was learning and actively participating in exciting creativity projects during the day, and experiencing the culture of another country in the ev...
Ramesh Balan
Journalist, The Saudi Gazette, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
“This workshop was truly a reawakening. After decades of working on mostly the creativity of others, my spring was drying, my flow strained, until S...
April Goral
Career Advisor, UC-Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA
“My workshop experience was fun, enlightening and a chance to meet international individuals who were open to increasing their realm of creativity t...
Cindy Tochterman
High School Science Teacher, Andrews, TX
“I am so glad my husband and I took the time to do this. My teaching career requires me to move from topic to topic at breakneck speed, so the luxur...
Adi Al Farei
Architect, Royal Court Affairs, Muscat, Oman
“A ‘stunning’ experience. Thanking you for all the new, inspiring ways of thinking and seeing.”
Marina Duff
Writer, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
“As a creative writing Master’s student, the Workshop in Bruges allowed me to explore my creativity through free-form drawing, storytelling, obser...
Christine Myshka
Artist, Plainfield, NJ
“The Creativity Workshop opened up new ways of thinking and creating for me. I am a visual artist, but I found the writing exercises very freeing an...
Elvin Serrano
 Learning Technology Consultant for Leadership Capabilities and Performance, Humana Insurance,Louisville, KY
“There are many roads to creativity: trusting our instincts and finding a safe environment to manifest them; listening without ears and seeing witho...
Tanya M. Keels
Admissions Records Specialist, Brevard Community College, Melbourne, Australia
“The Workshop awakened the creativity bug within me. I would do this again and again. The new people that I met and the new friendships that I have ...
Melinda Sih
Stay-at-Home-Mom, Kansas City, KS
“The Workshop was one of the best experiences I have ever had. It took me out of my “safe zone” and exposed me to so much more. Amazing people a...
JoAnne Southard
Accountant, JMS Consulting, Los Angeles, CA
“Upon arriving in Bruges, I found myself wondering why I flew half way across the world to take a workshop with a bunch of strangers! Well, due to o...
Renee Kilmer
Vice President of Instruction (ret), Cabrillo College, Aptos, CA
“The Creativity Workshop was the perfect antidote to my stalled creativity. After nearly two decades in senior administration in college, working la...
Jo Sumner
Consultant, Ethics Policy/Organizational Development, London, United Kingdom
“I was delighted by the course and didn’t want it to end. Beforehand, I wasn’t sure what to expect and was pretty nervous. The emphasis on relax...
Kay Young
Award Winning Actress, Middle School Drama Teacher, ACS International School, Surrey, United Kingdom
“Inspirational people, inspirational places and most of all inspirational mentors! This is my third workshop with Shelley and Alejandro. Every time ...
Janette Danielson
Interior Designer, Beaufort, SC
“Thank you so much for helping me to clarify and name so many things about myself that I might never have discovered had I not been prompted by your...
Deborah Whalen
Principal, St. Agnes Academy, Houston, TX
“The Creativity Workshop was presented by Shelley Berc and Alejandro Fogel  for 110 members of our faculty. The feedback was overwhelmingly positiv...
Lisa Caesar
Executive Director, JP Morgan Chase, New York, NY
“Thanks for introducing us to new ways of thinking. I have a feeling that I’ll be experiencing the impact of this class in unexpected ways for the...
Dinka Spirovska
 Assistant Professor of Journalism and Mass Communications, American University of Bulgaria, Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria
“Indeed I want to thank you for an extraordinary experience in the Creativity Workshop – New York City October 17 – 20, 2014. It was full of won...
Juli Evers and Debra Blondeau
Fund for Teachers Recipients, Hospital Agencies, Minneapolis, MN
“One hour a day, Monday through Friday, at either the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital or the nearby Ronald McDonald House,...
Ronda Goodale
Teacher, Boston Public Schools, Boston, MA
“The conference was an incredibly meaningful experience for me. It fueled my creativity in writing and art and provided me with lots of ideas I can ...
Nazarudin A. Bakar
Teacher, Bedok View Secondary School, Singapore
“The Workshop techniques are so simple yet, so relevant to today’s learning context. They teach how to examine the world for details, which at mos...
Francine Filion
Director of Communications, Canadian Teachers’ Federation, Ottawa, Canada
“Thank you for reminding us that it’s okay to play and to allow our creativity to flourish. Shelley and Alejandro are so gentle and inspiring. I s...
Mike Edwards
Photographer, American Greetings Cards, Cleveland, OH
“I’ve worked in a creative field (photography), for over 30 years and I’ve had a bit of the Mindfulness training, but I still came away with so ...
Jean Avera
Social Worker, SW Instructor, University of Texas, Austin, TX
“The workshop in Barcelona was amazing. Using the city as a context for inspiring creativity was a marvelous experience. All of the class activities...
Anna Morrison
Business Education Teacher, Oak Creek High School, Oak Creek, WI
“Prague – what a beautiful and historic city to explore creativity! The facilities were gorgeous. Shelley and Alejandro guided our creative explor...
Gretchen Powers
Tamanend Middle School Social Studies Teacher, Central Bucks School District, New Britain, PA
“Shelley and Alejandro are fabulous teachers. They bring back the inner curiosity and creativity that you once had as a child. They made me remember...
Sara Bordo
President of NowLive, past Exec Director, Interactive Marketing, Paramount Pictures, Santa Monica, CA
“It was such a great pleasure to meet you and experience the workshop, which brought me so much joy! Your offering is desperately needed in the mark...
Megan Fisackerly
Teacher, Houston ISD, Houston, TX
“Just 15 minutes – look what you did!”. This was said so often in the Creativity Workshop as we employed short, targeted, and simple exercises t...
Ashton Applewhite
Author of Cutting Loose: How Women Who End Their Marriages Do So Well and a staff writer at the American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY
“Happy to report that I am working hard and productively, and I do credit The Creativity Workshop with helping me turn a corner, so infinite thanks ...
Melinda Eliza Sabo
Corporate Trainer, BMW Group, Monroe, MI
“The Creativity Workshop rekindled a bright, playful enthusiasm that was hidden deep within me. The skills and creative concepts that I learned prov...
Nancy Miller
Poet and Creative Writing Teacher, Phillips Academy, North Reading, MA
“As a working poet who was in a bit of a dry spell, I found the exercises very helpful and a lot of fun. The exercises were also easily adapted to m...
Amrita McKinney
Librarian, Higher Colleges of Technology, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
“The combination of writing and drawing exercises were a nice blend, as were the varying size groups we worked in and the various individuals we pai...
Cassandra Ohlsen
MD, Monterey, CA
“Thank you for giving me one of the best and most meaningful experiences in my life. Your workshop helped me realize my longing to write. It has ill...
April Gamble
M.Ed-Literacy, 5th Grade Teacher, Ashley IB Elementary Magnet School, Winston-Salem, NC
“Feeling somewhat anxious about traveling to the “Big Apple” alone, I refused to allow fear to deter me from an opportunity to tap into my imagi...
Shari Ray
Teacher, English and Writing, St. Mary’s Episcopal School, Memphis, TN
“Practically perfect in every way! This  was one of the best professional development opportunities I have ever had. The workshop encouraged me per...
Mary Collins
Contemporary Artist and Photographer, Foster City, CA
“This was my 2nd workshop – first was 6 years ago in Florence – also outstanding! The inspiration and support from both the leaders and the grou...
Jumana Swaid
Teacher, American International School of Jeddah, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
“I want to thank both of my amazing instructors for a fantastic experience. The workshop was above expectations and I would love to attend again.”...
Jane Siemens
Learning Consultant, ATB Investor Services, Cochrane, Canada
“I feel rejuvenated after spending time with Shelley and Alejandro as well as the wonderful people I connected with in the class. I have taken away ...
Ava marron
Teacher, Democracy Prep Public Schools, New York, NY
“The Creativity Workshop is a four day exploration into your mind and soul. You are comforted with your fears, goals, dreams. The zen like facilitat...
Lynn Williams
Teacher, Fund for Teachers Recipient, Kingwood, TX
“I want to thank the team for an incredible workshop with so many activities that I can use in the classroom. The idea that I was able start from a ...
Genevieve Procell
Senior Graphic Designer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, Baton Rouge, LA
“I just can’t say enough positive things. It was such a wonderful experience – one that inspired me and shook me to the core. It was amazing wha...
Rachel Escobar
Math Teacher, Westmark School, Encino, CA
“My experience definitely opened my eyes to a new perspective on the world! As a math teacher, I struggle to “shut off my mind” but the exercise...
Vinod Thacore
Psychiatrist, Melbourne, Australia
“The Creativity Workshop in Prague enabled me to think in  new and different directions and to be more observant. In my profession we learn to list...
Yvonne Campos
CEO/Business Founder, Campos Inc, Pittsburgh, PA
“It was a pleasure to attend the creativity workshop with all of you – what a wonderful, diverse, and engaged group of participants! I was so impr...
Alice Sigel
Psychotherapist, New York, NY
“The workshop has sent me to new vistas within myself, parts of me that I really love. I felt I was in my element. Now how to do this without a comm...
Rev. Dr. Molly Dale Smith
Clergy, Nashville, TN
“I am very glad I participated in the workshop and have much to think about as I consider how these four days will impact the rest of my life. Thank...
Kerry Johnson
ESL Instructor, University of the Fraser Valley, Vancouver, Canada
“I was most struck by how quickly a positive, cooperative atmosphere was established within the group. I had some wonderful conversations while work...
Sharon Wood
Scientist, Director Quality Assurance – Food Safety, H-E-B , San Antonio, TX
“Being a scientist and overseeing a Quality Assurance organization for a large U.S. Retailer is a position where innovation and creativity are expec...
Susan Hassler
Teacher, Morris Brandon Elementary, Atlanta, GA
“It was wonderful to meet people from around the world and share our thoughts and feelings. Florence was a gorgeous site for the workshop, full of e...
Jack Degelia and Catherine Huvar
Fund for Teachers Recipients, Katy Independent School District, Katy, TX
“We brought back a flood of new ideas for introducing new lesson plans and formulas for tapping into our students' creativity and expanding their kn...
Eric MacDonald
Educator, Hong Kong Internat’l School, Hong Kong
“The experience was engaging and fun. There was a clear plan. This Workshop really delivers. The reverberations are profound.”
Marjorie Go
Business Owner, BrainRx Learning Plus, Inc., Taguig City, Philippines
"This workshop was an empowering and memorable experience. There was a great chemistry among the participants and with our wise, humble instructor, Dr...
Tamir Greenberg
Tamir Greenberg, Award Winning Poet and Playwright, Tel Aviv, Israel
“The workshop went beyond my expectations. It really helped me to listen to my instincts and emotions again. I hope to take it again soon.”
Michael Kelly
Michael Kelly, Artistic Director, Shakespeare in Action, Toronto, ON, Canada
“I loved the journey this workshop took me on. It reminded me of the rich value and power of story telling. Thank you for all your guidance.”
Marian Xanders
Math Teacher, The Gilman School, Baltimore, MD
“I’ve been raving about the class to friends and colleagues. Shelley and Alejandro created an environment and provided activities that were encour...
Nathaniel Hudson
Educator, Cairo American College, Cairo, Egypt
“I really enjoyed my time in Chania at the Creativity Workshop. It was great to have a period of time in the morning devoted to being creative and e...
Leslie Cardell
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, New York
"Years later, I still think about the richness of that experience, and how much it has helped me to keep creative expression alive in my daily life. T...