Classes and Workshops

Creative meditationIntroduction to Creative Meditation

Whether you think you’re creative or not, there is an inner part in each of us that longs for the freedom of creative expression. In this course, we will explore the use of meditation as a technique to access deep, inner creativity. Each class will consist of a period of guided meditation followed by time devoted to expressing the thoughts and ideas that arise during the meditative process. Students will be encouraged to continue meditating and working on their creative expression between classes. The medium for creative expression will vary by student. Some students will prefer to write or journal after meditation; others will prefer artistic expression in the form of drawing with pen, pencils, colored pencils, charcoal, etc. Upon completion of the class, students will have gained an understanding of how to tap into the quiet contemplation of the inner self to discover new levels of creative inspiration.

Ages: Late teens – adults

Instructor: Erin Leigh  

Date: Tuesday, October 3    7-9 p.m.   $10

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ASC - speaker on stageTelling Your Story So People Will Want to Listen

Everyone has a story, a good story, maybe even a great story. Some people discover they have more than one. Unfortunately, not everyone knows how to tell their stories so others will want to listen. During our workshop storytellers rehearse telling their stories to one another. With the help of feedback from fellow participants and the director, the storytellers edit and polish their stories, while gaining confidence in their ability to hold their audience’s attention. Upon completing the workshop, storytellers share their story in a Showcase. They will tell their story on stage in the Emmanuel Church Parish Hall before an invited audience of their family and friends. This hospitable environment provides the perfect atmosphere for recounting the stories the participants just “have to tell”.

Ages: Late teens, adults

Instructor: Gayle Turner

Mondays, October 9 – November 13    7 – 10 p.m.   $225 (Students will be encouraged to invite 10 people to the showcase at the end of the course)

 

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  Listening Practice: Creating a Daily Affirmation Card Deck

Using your skills of listening through mindfulness, we will discern words of wisdom and put them into a deck of “Daily Inspiration Cards”. Students will begin to build their deck and create art cards ready to receive words as we receive them. Each is a work of art and can employ a variety of techniques. This workshop is offered twice, Oct. 17 and Nov. 7.

Ages: Teens and Adults

Instructor: Suzanne L. Vinson

October 17   7:00 – 9:00   $52.50   (Class cost includes $25 tuition and $27.50 materials.)

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November 7  7:00 – 9:00   $52.50   (Class cost includes $25 tuition and $27.50 materials.)

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Spirit Tango: Principles for Life

Students will learn basic Argentine tango techniques: steps, pivots, ochos, molinetes, and cruzadas. Instruction will be grounded in the following life principles: Relational Connection, Focused Awareness, Creative Expression, and Physical Control. During each class, students will engage in exercises that support dance movement and practice tango techniques, while relating these to life principles.

Materials: Footwear that is danceable – dance shoes, leather-soled shoes, or socks

Ages: Adults – no partner required, gender balance between participants is preferred.

Instructor: Michael Noyes  

Date: Tuesdays, October 17-Novermber 7    8-9 p.m.   $40

 

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Download and print a Fall 2017 ASC Enrollment form.

Check back with us as we will be adding classes throughout the fall. Interested in a particular topic, but don’t see a class? Let us know. Interested in leading a class or workshop that can help us explore the connection between creativity and the spirit? We’re open for suggestions! You can contact us at artsandspiritcenter@gmail.com.

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