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Mindfulness and Creativity

The Bosque Center
6400 Coors Blvd. NW
January 07, 2017 - 09:30 AM

The workshop meets 9:30am – 3:30pm at the Gorgeous Bosque Retreat Center.
Cost: $125+tax
Workshop leader: Connie Josefs, writer, teacher, writing coach.

“In this tumultuous time, we need your best thing, whether the world is ready for it or not.” ~Cheryl Strayed

How does creativity happen?
What does a creative life require?
Do we find our creative ideas or do they find us?

Join us for a day-dive into mindfulness and creativity at the beautiful Bosque Retreat Center. Away from the demands of day-to-day life, we will open to nature, silence, community and the stirrings of imagination, as we explore the connection between mindfulness and the creative spark.

–Experience how moment-to-moment awareness fuels our capacity to create
–Discover the importance of play and “beginner’s mind”
–Experiment with curiosity as a way to move beyond fear and perfectionism
–Learn how ritual and structure can help foster a creative life
–Identify rhythms and habits that serve your creative process
–Gain practical tools and inspiration to expand your creative journey

The day will include:

-guided sitting and walking meditations
-prompts for creative exercises (writing and drawing)
-readings and discussion
-sharing and supportive feedback

Alternating between stillness and creative activity, the workshop will offer an opportunity to deepen mindfulness practice and nurture the unfolding of creative expression. Please bring a pen, a pad or notebook, and/or the drawing tools of your choice.

This retreat is for writers, artists and anyone who wants to deepen their contact with the creative life. The focus will be on process. No previous writing or drawing experience is necessary, only the desire to explore.

About the Instructor

connie-headshot2Connie Josefs is a writer, teacher, writing coach and long-time student of meditation. She has led workshops in fiction and creative non-fiction writing for 25 years. She served on the faculty of the Osher Institute at UNM in Albuquerque, and at Emeritus College at Santa Monica College in California, where she was founding editor of the literary journal, E-33: Writings from Emeritus. Connie holds an MFA in fiction writing from Antioch University, Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines and literary journals. She leads private workshops and offers coaching, editing and manuscript consultation for writers. Connie currently lives in Marin County, California, where she attends workshops with Jack Kornfield, Sylvia Boorstein, and other teachers at Spirit Rock Insight Meditation Center.

 


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