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    The Flowering of Children’s Natural Creativity

    With Dana Lynne Andersen, MA and Laurie Marshall

    March 20 - 25, 2017

    All children are naturally creative and love to create. How do we cultivate their innate creative genius?

    flower-child-for-danas-courseCreativity is intrinsic to being human.  It is native to being alive, instinctive in us.  If you give a box of crayons and a piece of paper to a four year old they know exactly what to do.  They do not need explanations or instructions.  They immediately begin to scribble and draw with delight.  Not knowing how to draw has to be learned!

    “There are children playing in the streets who could solve some of my top problems in physics, because they have modes of sensory perception that I lost long ago.” J. Robert Oppenheimer   ‘father of the atomic bomb’

    What if you could preserve the genius of childhood?  In this training you will learn how to cultivate the innate creative genius of children.

    The flowering of human potential begins in how we teach our children.

    Learn to guide the creative process of children so that they can experience the JOY and freedom and brilliance of their own creative process.

    Whether as a parent or a school teacher you can learn the simple but profound ways to activate a joyful flow of authentic and soulflowering-child-weekend-for-dana nurturing creative expression in children.  Learn the steps to flourishing originality in the classroom, in the home and in the heart- and how to to avoid the common mistakes that shut down the flow.

    According to Sir Ken Robinson, internationally revered expert on creativity, our education system successfully squeezes creativity out of children by around the age of eight.  The stifling of creativity and imagination is not deliberate, but it is systematic because it is invisibly embedded in our current paradigm.

    The current system was not only created for the purpose of industrialism, but also in the image of 19th century industrialism- and you see it all the way through the ideology.  We even process children through a grade system based on the ‘date of manufacture’.” Sir Ken Robinson

    Because of this approach many children’s art classes are more about assembly than creation. Our children are not products, or ‘another brick in the wall’.  Don’t let an outmoded model squeeze out their joy and creative vitality.

    Creativity is the core survival skill in a world of exponential change.

    Creativity isn’t just for art- rather the Arts help us to activate our creativity!   Authentic creativity engages our imagination, sparks our passion, stretches our minds.  Real creativity involves open ended inquiry, expanded perspective and possibility thinking.  Once we learn how to easily enter into the creative flow, we can apply this dynamic mode of thinking towards all of life’s problems.

    Creativity opens the portal to the inner world.

    Last but not least, in flowing creative expression we experience the life of the Soul.  We come to the center of our own Being where we can feel the deeper pulses of our lives; our sense of purpose, our sense of who we are.  When we strengthen a child’s access to their own inner world we have given them a life of meaning.  If we know how to access the inexhaustible creative fount inside, we become victors in this world.


    Monday March 20th 10am – Saturday March 25th 1pm

    DAILY Flow

    7am            Optional Yoga & Meditation

    8am            Breakfast

    9am            Morning Sessionflowering-children-for-dana

    12:45pm    Lunch

    2:30pm     Afternoon Session

    4:45pm           Optional Yoga, Energization, Meditation & Affirmation

    6:00           Dinner

    7:00           Evening Program


    COURSE Flow

    Monday    Overview and Immersion

    Guided Imagery, Movement Meditation and Watery color flowflowering-child-butterfly-for-dana


    Creativity Mobilization Techniques


    Accessing Kinesthetic Intelligence


    Working fluidly with archetypes & symbols- collage, improvisation & theater


    Initiating and Guiding Creative Investigation


    Review, Q&A, Closure



    NOTE:  All basic materials will be provided including drawing & paint paper, chalk & oil pastels, tempera and acrylic paint, brushes, painting tools, water bottles & jars, glue, glitter, glitzy accoutrements, assorted collage papers (tissue paper, velum, colored construction paper, poster board, etc), collage magazines, scissors, glue, glitter & glitzy accoutrements, 3D materials, collage mounting boards and more!  Students may also bring or purchase additional supplies.

    NOURISHMENT    Our classroom always has an abundance of scrumptious healthy snacks as well as tea & coffee throughout the day!



    Dana Lynne Andersen, MA
    Dana Lynne Andersen is a multimedia artist, writer, playwright and teacher who has taught and exhibited on three continents. Her paintings have been featured on the covers of books, magazines and calendars. Her artwork, as well as her visionary thinking, has been explored in newspapers, radio and television. Dana has a Master’s Degree in…
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    Laurie Marshall
    Laurie Marshall is a certified art and social studies teacher with 35 years’ experience in project-based learning, including making murals and dramas with children in public, independent and Waldorf-inspired charter schools.  She trains teachers in meeting standards using creativity, project-based learning, bio-mimicry and multiple intelligences. The author of 8 books…
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