Thursday: Evoking the Muse through Visual Art & Journaling
Svetlana is an accredited Soul Collage© facilitator and will lead this workshop of imagination, intuition and images to help catalyze your creative writing. Soul Collage© is an innovative process using images and collage to craft personal cards that one can use for self reflection and insight. It is a powerful tool for ongoing self-enquiry and can inspire deep creative experiences possible in reflective writing, creative thinkng and expression of one's authentic voice. No artisitic ability is necessary. Anyone can do it!
Saturday: Focusing with Your Muse
We begin our journey with exercises that tune into your creative spark and uncover the muse within. Through the technique of focusing, learn how to allow the wisdom held in your body guide your pen. Creative writing evolves naturally and fearlessly out of these explorations.
We end our day with a full moon picnic listening to local story tellers and musicians at Mauna Lani Eva Parker woods cottage. This special evening is hosted by Danny Akaka who has dedicated his life to perpetuating Hawaiian tradition and sharing Hawaii’s unique blend of respect, graciousness, and power through storytelling, hula, education, and chant.
Wednesday:Knock Your Block Off! Saying Hello to the BLOCK
Using the empty chair method, take a seat and have a conversation with your block. Be astonished by what it has to say to you. This technique helps you get a handle on why the block or critic appears in your creative career and offers you insight on how to appease it. Chairwork is an exciting and creative approach to change and healing and has the power to transform in deep and profound ways. Expect to gain insight into what makes you tick as a writer.
Tuesday: Walking the Walk, Talking the Talk - Taking your Character to Town
Characterization adventure in downtown Kona shopping at the local open market. Step into the shoes of your characters and experience the sights and sounds of Hawaii through their eyes. Discover what catches your character's attention and what they avoid. This is a wonderful hands on method of expanding your imagination and connecting with hidden aspects of your protagonist. There will be tasks and exercises to help guide your exploration and lots of fun to be had.
Sunday: Massaging Your Creative Knot
A day of pampering and working out the knots in your writing with fun art play/discovery with a variety of materials and journalling. How to massage out that inner critic that yells, "I can't", "I'm a fraud", "who am I kidding" and causes havoc in your creative flow. Today we focus on the inner whisper of "I can", "dream big", "I believe in myself" and turn it into a roar! You will transform those limiting thoughts and release your creative energy.
Monday: Deep Into the Labyrinth
The labyrinth has for centuries been used as a meditative and reflective tool. It is often referred to as the mirror of one’s self. Using the labyrinth as a metaphoric journey into your own center, discover what fuels yours creativity and what blocks it. You will achieve more than writing insight, as the deepening perspective you acquire has often been a cathartic experience.
Friday: Aloha - Taking your Infused Muse Home
Closing the circle - we begin with Aloha and end with Aloha. Our final workshop and where we will connect the dots of your journey to ensure you have a deep understanding of your experience. The final sharing helps integrate the insights and lessons from the retreat and empowers you to implement them into you daily writing life.
Friday Night: Aloha
Meet and greet reception and orientation helping everyone get into the creative lava flow. You will be introduced to the retreat experience and the Infuse the Muse team. Stepping into our writing space with the energy of Pele, Hawaii's Fire Goddess, igniting our creative fire, we will set our intentions for the week.