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Class Fee: $150
Format: Weekend Class, including 2 hours on Friday evening
Class Minimum: 2
Storytelling, Imagination and Creativity:
Instructor: Maureen Carlson
Stories are how we experience and
remember our lives. Stories are also
one of the ways in which we
experience - and understand - the
Sacred dimension of being alive. Stories
are how we give shape to things.
But what does any of this have to do with Mindfulness? To answer that, we'll first look at one definition. (We'll look at a few others in class. ).
Reading from the Psychology Today website:
What is Mindfulness?
a state of active, open attention on the present. When
you're mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from
a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of
letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in
the moment and awakening to experience.
In this class we'll practice mindfulness in the sense of being present, without judgment, as fully as we can, to the moment, to the experience of remembering and telling and hearing and feeling our stories.
The retreat will be in three parts, beginning with a Friday night Storyclay Telling event where retreat facilitator Maureen Carlson will invite everyone to take part in a fun and fast-paced group storytelling experience. This light-hearted and playful evening will close with sharing circles and a pen and paper doodlethon.
Saturday activities will be all about using various creative tools, including words, songs, sharing circles, poems, pencils, color, scissors, collage and movement to open up and make visible our stories. No arts experience is necessary for any of the activities. In fact, a beginner's mind can be most helpful in getting past that pesky inner critic and into the company of the focused inner child-self where imagination and creativity are most at home.
The intent of the day is to help participants become familiar and
comfortable with the use of various
creative activities as pathways to
being present in the now. Our
stories and our experience of them
will be the framework.
Sunday is about celebrating and sharing our stories. This day is purposely left a bit sketchy in order to make way for serendipty and wonder.
collage and mixed Media as a form of expression
Part of this safety comes from respecting each person's experience of the Sacred Mystery, by whatever name or story we choose to express it.
Participants are invited to come with a listening and compassionate mind, both for themselves and for each other.
'We'll make cards with the use of simple dooldling and overlays of pencil colors and crayons.
|Supplies needed for class||We'll play with words and sounds and rhythms.||Also bring|
Everything else that you will need will be supplied in the kit.
|There will be an opportunity to play with clay to make your childhood "heroes and sheroes"|