About This Workshop
Observation is a powerful practice.
This workshop series of five, two-hour workshops uses mindfulness techniques to sharpen observation skills as a jumping off point for complementary creative exercises focused on each of the five senses that will enhance creativity, innovation, and well-being. Each workshop can be a stand-alone (two-hour workshop) or discounts are available for booking the full series of five (five two-hour workshops.)
In order to function in the world we often need to tune out a lot of external stimuli. While this can be useful for our daily survival, it can rob us of much of the richness of experience that the world has to offer. The act of tuning in can help draw us into the present and feel more engaged and connected to our environment and each other.
In each of the five, two-hour workshops in the Deep Attunement series, participants are sent out on a short, solo journey and encouraged to engage in a small creative project based around their own observations for a given sense (sight, sound, touch, smell, taste). Each workshop can be a stand-alone or discounts are available for booking the full series of five.
DEEP ATTUNEMENT: VISION
We spend a lot of our lives looking but how much do we really see? This workshop challenges participants to slow down and spend more time intensely studying visual inspiration around them.
DEEP ATTUNEMENT: SOUND
In this workshop we will cultivate a sense of deep listening as inspired by artists like Pauline Oliveros and John Cage. We will explore questions like what does your environment sound like? How do these sounds affect your experience? How can you co-create your own sound experience?
DEEP ATTUNEMENT: TOUCH
Paying attention to physical sensations can draw us into the present. When taking your journey was it hot or cold, humid or dry, did you feel the wind on your skin or any other sensations? These observations will be points of departure for creative exercises.
DEEP ATTUNEMENT: SMELL
An often-neglected sense, smell has a deep neurological connection with memory and experience. Tuning into the scents around us gives us the ability to both time travel and stay present.
DEEP ATTUNEMENT: TOUCH
What does your journey taste like? Can you create a recipe for an experience? How can you translate a taste across time and space? This workshop challenges participants to engage with these questions and more through a series of creative exercises designed to stimulate and simulate taste.
This set of workshops is based on a course I began teaching at the Rhode Island School of Design in the summer of 2020 and was born out of my own experience with the COVID-19 pandemic. At that time travel and engagement with others was extremely limited. Taking solo excursions around my neighborhood or anywhere within driving distance became a lifeline for me.
Since the COVID-19 crisis continues to limit our ability to travel far from home, this series of workshops explores ways we can bring mindfulness and creativity to the practice of walking or journeying, even if it’s just outside our own front door.
Participants will leave each workshop with:
*Practices and activities to enhance observation skills
*Enhanced sense of wellbeing from mindfulness and observation practice
*Original artwork based on their observation practice
*Tips for courting creativity in their everyday life
*List of resources to keep moving forward with creative practice in daily life
$750 per workshop for up to 10 participants. Additional $25 per person for groups larger than 10. Each workshop can be a stand-alone (two-hour workshop) or discounts are available for booking the full series of five (five two-hour workshops.)