Creative Detox!

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Last Sunday (the last day of July!), we held a wonderful workshop – playshop, really! – in the midst of rice fields, on the outskirts of Ubud. The afternoon unfolded slowly, with people showing up here and there…until we were a dozen playful souls, dipping in, breathing in and out of our creativity.

There was a full slate of activities to get our minds and bodies moving: cathartic writing & releasing thoughts into the ‘sea’ (ie. sending banana leaf boats afloat into Felice’s pool); shaking out our bodies in the garden; toothpaste-tube mime; visualizing the emptied insides of our bodies; popcorn kernels popping or unfolding in the pits of our stomach; hands-on art projects – including the grande finale, creating crowns from coconut and banana leaves, marigolds and other flowers, all of which involved some kookiness and an abundance of laughter and joy.

Thanks to all who participated. We look forward to another day of fruitful, playful, detoxifying & nourishing creativity! Stay tuned…

 

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Diving Into Your Creativity

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Are you curious to take a dip into your soul, to creatively explore your life & experiences in Bali? This workshop will combine elements of movement, writing, relaxation, visualization and hands-on art project(s). No previous arts-related experience is required! All you need is a desire to join others in releasing your creative spirit, to find an expressive outlet for yourself.

Please bring whatever materials you can – the more natural or recycled the better: leaves (banana, coconut, palm), grains, bamboo sticks/reeds, writing paper, newspaper, scissors, glue, stapler, pens, colored pencils, pastels… nothing ‘wet’ like paint & brushes please!

Date: July 31, 2011

Location: Villa Sawah, Singakerta, Ubud, Bali.

Time: 2-5 pm

More info: http://existentialparty.com/happenings/

Upcoming in Ubud…

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Stay tuned for news about creative arts work-&-playshops on the Island of the Gods, Bali!

First up, Ubud: Join us for a day among the coconut palms, banana and frangipani trees, rice paddies and kites swaying in the sky.

It’s not about learning the art or art, of writing or dance; nor is it about making the best ‘anything.’ It’s about observing, breathing, paying attention, and letting your body tap into your creative core. Above all, it’s about reminding yourself that you were once playful – and can be so again.

Details to follow!

Namaste,

Amit

Cross-Cultural & Creative Expression Open Workshop – Kinyei

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Under the auspices of Kinyei (http://www.kinyei.org. Battambang, Cambodia):

Using the creative process for effective communication and selfexpression

Upcoming open workshop! This one would be great for anyone who needs to communicate cross culturally (expat and Khmer); teachers, people working with a local/expat counterpart etc. Please RSVP asap if you are interested in attending.

When: Saturday 12 March 2011 2pm-5pm

Language: English (Khmer translation)

Objective/Description: To share an experience of self-discovery and dialogue through the creative arts; writing, movement, visualization and a hands-on art project.

You don’t need to consider yourself an artist to engage in creative expression! Join us at a Creative Arts Open Workshop to enjoy the process of creative self-discovery – for yourself and with your colleagues. Learn how to communicate and express your ideas and concepts in a variety of different ways and reap the benefits this has to offer when working cross culturally. Don’t let different languages and culture be a show stopper. Explore new creative ways to communicate in the workplace this Saturday!

Kinyei will provide refreshments and a Khmer translator for the workshop. For those who express interest in attending we will send a vocabulary list through so participants can start thinking about the types of creative concepts that will be discussed and referred to often in Saturday’s workshop.

For whom: For colleagues who would like to explore new and creative ways of communication and to improve their own personal and professional development. Ideally, we are looking for 5-7 pairs of colleagues, one foreigner + one Khmer.

Who’s behind the workshop: Amit Janco is a Canadian woman currently volunteering at the Emergency Surgical Centre in Battambang. She has been involved with the creative arts since childhood; dancing, singing, writing, gardening, photography, design, sculpture, pottery and many other art and media projects. She has spearheaded community-wide arts projects and led art classes in Nepal. After surviving a serious accident two years ago, Amit turned to the arts as a therapeutic and meaningful way of rehabilitating from her injuries and to deal with pain. She has since been leading creative arts workshops, primarily for groups of women and sufferers of chronic pain.

Wherever she lives and travels, Amit is always excited about engaging others in creativity, in helping people discover their unique gifts and potential for self-expression.

Email to RSVP: workshop@kinyei.org

This message was sent via the Battambang Connect group: http://groups.google.com/group/battambang-connect

New Year’s Arts Workshop!

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Welcome 2011 into your life in a creative way; using your voice, body, the written word and artistic expression.

Please join us for a New Year’s creative arts workshop on Sunday, January 9th, from 1-4 pm (not, as previously indicated, from 6-9… sorry!)

This workshop is being offered free of charge – with a simple request for participants to make a small contribution to cover the cost of materials.

Location: Centre Communautaire NDG (3757 Prudhomme; near Cote St. Antoine and Decarie Blvd. Villa Maria metro station).

Please RSVP via email by January 7: butterflybridgearts@gmail.com.

Looking forward to seeing you there! Feel free to bring a friend or relative too!

 

Bienvenue 2011 dans votre vie de façon créative; avec l’aide de votre voix, le corps, la parole écrite et l’expression artistique.

S’il vous plaît joindre à nous pour une nouvelle année de création de l’atelier arts le dimanche, Janvier 9th, 13h-16h.

Cet atelier est offert gratuitement – avec une simple demande pour les participants de faire une petite contribution pour couvrir le coût des matériaux.

Lieu: Centre Communautaire NDG (3757 Prudhomme, à proximité de Côte-Saint-Antoine et du boulevard Décarie station de métro Villa Maria.).

S’il vous plaît confirmer votre présence par courriel en Janvier 7: butterflybridgearts@gmail.com.

Au plaisir de vous y rencontrer! N’hésitez pas à amener un ami ou un parent trop!

Painless Arts Workshops / Ateliers D’arts Sans-Douleur

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FALL SESSION (Oct-Dec): PAIN

If you are recovering from illness or injury…

If you suffer from chronic pain…

If you are seeking alternative, non-medicinal relief…

The PAINLESS ARTS WORKSHOP is for you!

The PAINLESS ARTS WORKSHOPS are a new initiative, providing an opportunity for you to explore and express your feelings and emotions as you struggle with the often-debilitating aspects of living with pain.

I invite you to join us at the Painless Arts Workshop where you can delve into the creative process in a peaceful, non-judgmental space.

No previous arts-related experience – professional, amateur or otherwise – is required. All you need is a desire to join others in releasing your creative spirit and finding an expressive outlet for your pain and, possibly, healing.

Feel free to bring a mat, pillow, cushion or other items to make your experience a more comfortable one; and to wear loose and comfy clothing.

FALL SESSION 2010:

Choose from two modules:

Days, 1-4 pm: Oct 31, Nov 28 & Dec 12 (to be confirmed) OR Evenings , 6-9 pm: Oct 28, Nov 25 & Dec 16

Centre Communautaire NDG,   2nd floor,   3757, rue Prud’homme  (at Cote St-Antoine),   Montreal, QC   H4A 3H8

Cost for 3 sessions (Day or Evening module): $120 – includes registration fee and materials.

The workshops will be conducted in English and in French.


 

SESSION d’AUTOMNE (oct-dec):  DOULEUR

Si vouz souffrez de douleurs chroniques…

Si vous aimeriez trouver des moyens complémentaires, sans médicaments, pour apaiser vos douleurs…

Les Ateliers d’Arts sans-douleur sont pour vous!

Aucune expérience en arts n’est requise! L’expérience créative vous aménera à vivre vos douleurs d’une façon plus équilibrée.

Choisissez un des deux modules:

Jours, 13h-16h: 31 oct, 28 nov & 12 déc (le dernier à confirmer)

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Soirs, 18h-21h: 28 oct, 25 nov & 16 déc

Centre Communautaire NDG, 2ième étage, 3757, rue Prud’homme  (à Côte St-Antoine), Montréal, QC H4A 3H8

Prix pour 3 sessions (jour ou soir): $120 (incluant frais d’inscription et matériaux)

Les ateliers sont offerts en français et en anglais.

Pour votre confort, apportez-vous des coussins ou tapis de yoga et habillez-vous de vêtements confortables.

Pour plus d’ information, visitez le site:  https://butterflybridgearts.wordpress.com

Inscrivez-vous par courriel butterflybridgearts@gmail.com (ou téléphonez au 514-773-8802)


Butterfly Bridge Arts launches!

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Hello & bonjour!

I am pleased to announce the launching of Butterfly Bridge Arts: Creative Arts Workshops. Based in Montreal, Canada, Butterfly Bridge Arts offers sessions that help awaken your dormant creative spirit. The creative process is within reach to each and every one of us, if only we take that first step.

Workshops are thematically designed: Transitions; Chronic Pain; Your Soul Trek – and more.

Please check in for details about workshops-in-development!

Thanks, and I look forward to hearing from you,

Amit