Join us to explore the spaces where mindfulness and creativity meet. This 5-week online workshop is an invitation to explore what's most creatively alive for you by creating art, sharing your work with others in the workshop, and receiving supportive reflection. Over the course of 5 one-and-a-half-hour Zoom meetings, you will be guided to use embodied mindfulness and listening practices to slow down, make space, and explore creative wellsprings within. Our aim in this course is to create conditions for artistic inspiration, insight, and healing.
Workshop Dates & Times:
November 16, 20, 30, December 7, 14
7:00-8:30 PM Eastern Time
Additional Workshop Details Below
Creative Listening Circles
November 16-December 14
Aaron Solomon, True Dharma Fulfillment, is a mindfulness teacher, counselor, mediator, trauma healer, and climate justice activist. For 14 years he lived as a Buddhist monastic in the Plum Village tradition as a student of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. He is an ordained Dharma teacher in this tradition. Aaron works 1-on-1 and with groups in the field of trauma healing and is trained in Somatic Experiencing. He also teaches and shares the practice of Nonviolent Communication. Aaron has been active in supporting young adult mindfulness communities, organizing and leading listening circles, and supporting a wide array of communities engaged in social transformation and healing, including climate justice activism and Earth-Holding. He is a current member of the North American Earth-holder Community’s Care-Taking Council. Aaron currently lives and works at Deer Park Monastery in Southern California. He enjoys spending time in solitude, and with friends, in the wild spaces of forests, mountains, and oceans—sometimes teaching mindful climbing and mindful surfing.
Tavis Linsin is the founding director of Creative Inquiry Labs. He studies learning and creativity; teaches courses and workshops for educators, artists, and researchers; and consults for education and nonprofit organizations. His current research focuses on music and arts education, mindful learning, and educational equity. He has served on faculty at Boston University and taught at the University of Washington in Seattle, UMass Lowell, and Endicott College. He received a PhD in education from the University of Washington in Seattle, a master’s in arts in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a Bachelor of Music from Berklee College of Music. He has provided education consulting support to local, national, and international nonprofit education organizations, including the International Rescue Committee, Save the Children, Berklee College of Music, and the Community Music Center of Boston. He founded a music program in Hermosa Valley School in Costa Rica. He also served as a research fellow at the ASER Centre in India, where he conducted research to support children’s learning in rural government schools. He is a writer, guitarist, and student of Zen Buddhism.
Registration & Costs
Offering. We offer these sessions in the spirit of generosity, with the hope that you will be able to reciprocate to support us in turn. This is a way for you to show your appreciation for our work and to allow us to continue.
Suggested Contributions. We are requesting you provide a contribution to enable us to offer this course. The suggested contribution range is $50-$175. Please select the contribution amount that is right for you when you register.
All Welcome. We will not turn anyone away because of financial limitations. Please email us if these contribution amounts are a hardship for you: email@example.com
Offering More. We encourage those with financial capacity to offer more to support our work. There will also be an opportunity to make additional contributions at the end of the course.
About Creative Listening Circles
We will offer guidance and support practices to encourage—
Learn to pause and to listen deeply.
Develop your ability to be present in the body, noticing the body, noticing the feelings, and noticing mental activity.
Touch what’s deepest inside you and learn to take risks to move beyond your current creative horizon.
Cultivate artistic wildness, joy, and inspiration.
Nourishing Connection with Others
Learn to engage in embodied listening and presencing for others, using resonant embodied communication.
Deepen your ability to reflect (share back to another person) emotional qualities, salient or resonant points, needs/wants.
Practice sharing from your heart, with vulnerability, what is most creatively alive for you.
Transforming Our World
Learn to listen actively with presence and embodiment—facilitating transformation and healing in your relationships and communities.
Offer your creative work to the world in ways that support individual and collective healing.
Additional Information: contact firstname.lastname@example.org