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Join Natalie Goldberg
Friday Workshop with Dan Siegel
The Art and the Science of Creativity
Friday Dinner Address
The Practice of Creativity
Daniel Siegel and Natalie Goldberg
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., March 26, 2010
As passive spectators overwhelmed by the constant deluge of words and images on Internet, TV, and movie screens, mountains of books, journals, and magazines, advertising everywhere our eyes fall, we can feel our own creativity shriveling up from pure exhaustion. How do we deflect the roaring waterfall of external clatter so that we can open ourselves to the soft, hidden voices of our imagination? How can our expanding knowledge of our brains help us better access our capacities for inspiration and original thought? In this free-ranging conversation between an expert on the brain and the author of one of the most widely read books ever published about writing and creativity, we’ll explore how to better connect to our inner sources of creative vitality. Participants are encouraged to bring fast-writing pens and notebooks.
Daniel Siegel, M.D., associate clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, is the author of the landmark book The Developing Mind. His latest book is Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation.
Natalie Goldberg, writer, poet, teacher, and painter, is the author of the classic book on creativity Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within. She’s recently completed the documentary Tangled Up In Bob, about Bob Dylan’s childhood.
The Practice of Creativity: Reawakening to the Mystery of Life
7:00 p.m., Regency Ballroom
Poet, teacher, artist, and Zen practitioner, Natalie Goldberg skyrocketed to fame more than 20 years ago with her classic, Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within, arguably the most popular book ever written about the craft and art of writing. In hundreds of workshops during the past 25 years, she’s earned a reputation for her ability to help participants discover the creative spark and original voice within themselves. In her dinner talk, she’ll reflect on the connection between spiritual practice and creativity, using her own writing and art to explore how each of us can create practices that “reawaken us to the mystery of our own life.” Approved for one hour of CE credit.