Thank you for an amazing first annual Creativity and Wellness Conference! We enjoyed a very full day of workshops for professionals, an opportunity to network and collaborate with other local professionals, and a chance to rest, relax and rejuvenate for our own wellness. We are making plans for next year’s conference, including a new location, returning speakers and new speakers, free family activities and another opportunity to collaborate with other professionals. We also raised over $600 to benefit Free Arts NW!
If you would like to contribute to next year’s conference as a donor or volunteer, please contact Monique.
“Everyone I met was so engaged and sincere.”
“The presenters were welcoming and full of knowledge.”
“Models of loving presence. Powerful performers (Marc & Melanya).”
“Quality speakers/workshops, great time to connect with other professionals.”
“Connecting with inspired practitioners from so many disciplines all of whom hold a passion for creativity as a whole life resource.”
“Beautiful experience! I am counting down the days until I can see the second half of their performance (Eternally Present Past).”
“Yoga and Social Emotional Learning was fantastic and the presenter was full of awesome & inspiring techniques to teach children! This was my favorite part of the day. Wow, super impressed and inspired.”
“Embodying Creativity. This workshop was intimate and welcoming. The instructor was knowledgable and supportive in creating and safe environment as we explored our inner- creative selves.”
“The quality of content and people who were there was amazing. I look forward to you doing it again and have already talked to many other coworkers/professionals that would enjoy it as well.”
On October 18, 2014 we were joined by professionals from the Greater Portland Metro area, Vancouver WA and Salem at Marylhurst for an experiential workshop on Creativity and Wellness. Professionals included:
Our patterns of relating and the unconscious expectations of what will or won’t happen in our lives are woven into our brains, bodies and hearts from the very earliest part of our lives. We learn them implicitly from our families and our culture. They are so basic to our way of viewing the world that we are mostly unaware of them and how strongly they affect our lives now.
When you can access your most basic relational patterns in an embodied way and get support to loosen their hold on your life, new neural pathways are literally created in your mind and body. And these old patterns no longer have the power to run your life.
Melanya and Marc will perform a portion of their acclaimed show “The Eternally Present Past” — which explores implicit memory and the neurobiology of relationship through story, song, and poetry.
Melanya is an award winning performer and director, and the lineage holder for the mindfulness based performance process passed down from Scott Kelman. She has been leading groups, individuals and families through deep healing creative processes for many years. Marc has an MA in Somatic Psychology from The Naropa University and 20 years experience in the mental health and addictions field.
Together they have been developing embodied relational practices involving play (gentle movement and sounding) and mindfulness. They have been studying Interpersonal Neurobiology in depth with Bonnie Badenoch, PhD for over four years. Through the integration of these two elements, a process for genuine healing has emerged that is both effective and gentle.
10:15-11:15 – Workshops A:
We want to thank the vendors and auction donors for their generosity during the conference.
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