In this option, we explore the nature of creativity and its relationship to human development and growth, as well as its relevance for social change. The evolving crises of our time call for inner and outer changes in our ways of being and doing. In Together, we consider how we can draw on our creativity to enable and support generative change processes in ourselves and in those we work with.
We begin by exploring the nature of creativity, tapping cross-disciplinary literature on theatre, the arts, play, embodied artistry, and liminal states.
We then dive deeper and explore the psychosomatic dimensions of creativity, discussing how and why being creative can be beneficial for wellbeing and health. We explore the various arts & health approaches available today. We also examine why highly creative people may be more prone to experiencing certain kinds of psychopathology. Doing so, we consider Jungian and post-Jungian theory on Active Imagination, dreaming, and embodiment.
Lastly, we explore creativity through the lens of several contemporary performance practitioners who sit at the intersection between theatre as entertainment and theatre as spiritual practice, exploring ritual, altered states of consciousness and creative practice as presencing to wisdom and higher intelligence.
The option features a three-week commitment to creative practice, during which you will make your own plan to play and experiment, trying experiential exercises from a range of media (e.g. creative writing, expressive sketching, and spontaneous work with movement and voice). This happens at your own pace, allowing for intellectual as well as embodied and imaginal exploration of the topics.
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