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The Creativity Workshop in Iceland

The Creativity Workshop in Iceland

The Creativity Workshop in Iceland is not scheduled this year.
Please see our Calendar for our current schedule.

The Creativity Workshop in Iceland will help you become more creative in your personal and professional life. We use many techniques in creative writing memoir, art, photography, storytelling, mapmaking, mindfulness and guided visualization to help you explore your inner creativity.

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What Will You Learn?

The Creativity Workshop is an experiential course of doing and experimenting. Our exercises and instructors’ talks focus on helping you learn practical techniques to stimulate your imagination and innovative thinking.

  • Explore the process of creativity, rather than simply focusing on the product.
  • Discover how to find inspiration in the world around you.
  • Get over creative blocks and the fear of failure.
  • Work with many different mediums to develop your creativity in your chosen field.
  • Use your memories to trigger your imagination.
  • Engage your curiosity every day and make it work for you.
  • Establish a 15 minute a day creativity practice to accomplish your goals after the Workshop ends.
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Why Iceland?

Traveling outside one’s own culture is known tobe one of the greatest ways to awaken creativity and achieve self-discovery. We will be holding the workshop in the capital, Reykjavik, a small, walkable city full of culture, music, theatre, history, and excellent cuisine. You can take many day trips after class, especially because it won’t get dark until after 11:00pm!

  • This is a mysterious country, where nature is magnificent and history and culture fascinating. A perfect place to ignite your own unique and mysterious creative spark.
  • Encounter a world of magnificent glaciers, waterfalls, quaint fishing villages, puffin colonies, and ride the famous Icelandic ponies.
  • The techniques we explore in class will deepen your appreciation of Iceland, and the sounds and sights of this ancient and magical island will, in turn, feed your creative work in class.
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Daily Schedule

Some exercises are done individually while others are collaborative. Here is a day by day schedule:

Day 1:

Introduction to the hows and whys of The Creativity Workshop.

Relaxation: 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 our 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.

  • The importance of play in creative work.
  • Valuing creative process over product.
Day 2:

Relaxation.

Mapmaking: Mapmaking 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 mental dexterity.

The Interview: Listening to and experiencing a life outside your own. How listening is as important as doing in creative work.

Miniature Worlds: Storytelling with found objects.

Writing in Cafes: an exercise that will continue to take place over the next 2 days.

Instructors’ talks may include:

  • How to do ongoing creative work in short modules of time.
  • How to use luck and coincidence to jump-start creative projects.
Day 3:

The Myth of the Other: Imagining yourself living a parallel life. What would you do that you aren’t doing now?

Writing in Groups: How writing and/or drawing with others can stimulate your imagination and expand your point of view.

The Sand Mandala: Making an Illuminated Manuscript.

  • Final Group Exercise.

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.
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...
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 ...
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 ...