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January 26, 2021 6:00–7:30 pm
Wellness & Self-Care

The Mindful Path to Creative Insight

Partnership with Duke Arts Create & DuWell

Taught by Gigi & Kayla Falk

About the Workshop

How can mindfulness enhance the creative process? This workshop will teach you how to explore your inner and outer experience and translate your discoveries into writing and/or visual art. You’ll be guided in short bursts of mindfulness practice, lasting about 10 minutes each, to help you tap into your experience in different ways and draw inspiration from the present moment. Bring whatever creative tools you might want (at the very least, a pencil and paper).

“Welcome to the country of the present moment.” —Thich That Hanh

“If something doesn’t creep into a drawing that you’re not prepared for, you might as well not have drawn it.” — Edward Gorey

“We do not learn anything recreating pretty, safe and known successes: To learn, we make messes.  Flat out disastrous mistake-making and ugly drawings are also a goal.” —Tara Geer

“We all have 10,000 bad drawings in us. The sooner we get them out the better.” —Walt Stanchfield (better known as Walt Disney)

About the Instructors

Gigi and Kayla Falk are meditation teachers, workshop facilitators, and founders of Art of Human Being, an educational organization devoted to waking up the world through mindfulness, self-inquiry, and mental wellbeing. Their workshops blend meditation and ancient contemplative wisdom with cognitive science and behavior change research to help individuals and groups know themselves on deeper levels and live lives of purpose, passion, connection, and fulfillment. They currently offer online workshops, courses, and private meditation coaching.

About the Location

This workshop will meet online via Zoom. See link at top of page.

About Duke Arts Create

Duke Arts Create is a series of free, hands-on arts workshops designed to help all Duke students, including graduate and professional students (including Duke Health), as well as Duke faculty and staff develop a variety of creative skills in the visual arts, dance and movement, creative writing and more. Workshops are open to all skill levels and backgrounds. Most workshops are held in the Duke Arts Annex, the Rubenstein Arts Center or the Duke Arts Office 2101 and are typically held weeknights from 6-8 p.m.

Registration for the following week’s workshops go live on Friday mornings at 9 a.m. – sign up in advance to guarantee your spot. Didn’t get a spot? No problem! We always reserve space for walk-ins. Email if you have any questions. Sign up for the monthly newsletter here, which includes the full list of classes offered during the following month.

Duke Arts Create is sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts (Duke Arts).