Inner Source Workshop

Inner Sources for Awakening Beauty and Giving Voice

With Suzan Zeder & Jim Hancock

September 1st–3rd, 2017

 

Returning by popular demand, Suzan Zeder and Jim Hancock will offer a three-day mind/body workshop to help you access your inner resources of creative expression. Whether it is made manifest in writing, performance, teaching, therapy or just living a joyous life, ALL creative activity involves thinking, feeling, sensing and moving. Mind and body are one, whole and indivisible.

 Suzan, Playwright and Author

This year we will be focusing on creative survival in challenging times and how we might plumb our own inner resources to forge tools of healing for ourselves, our environment, and our communities. Using the gifts that are our birthright as artists and as thoughtful, ethical human beings we will work together to focus our energies on creative ways to respond to the internal and external tensions that surround us.

       Jim,  Movement Specialist

This year we find ourselves in a different world than we did last year. Now, perhaps more than ever before, we need to find ways to utilize the gifts of memory, imagination, a sense of wonder, vision and voice to respond to the conflicts and complexities of our lives. This is the perfect time to awaken a sense of beauty in ourselves because it is often difficult to find it elsewhere. Beauty calls for as much courage as truth or justice. It’s currency is optimism and compassionate activism.

As always, we will work with movement, writing, drawing, meditation and visualization through an eclectic mix of experiences and activities to stimulate your own creative awareness and give you new possibilities of expression. Jim will draw upon movement disciplines such as The Form, Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais, Tai Chi, Qi Gong and Tensegrity. Suzan will follow-up with writing activities of clustering, analog drawing, metaphor, paradox and structural story building. Movement will lead to words, to images, to ideas, perhaps to characters, plots, poems, to prose, to journal, to memoire, to who knows? Participants from previous workshops will find that while the core of the work will remain the same, there will be much that is new to explore.

As many of us find ourselves in a world at a time when the values we hold dear are challenged at the highest levels, it is difficult not to feel a sense of despair and a deep concern about the perils faced by our planet. Creativity, compassion and the company of like-minded souls can serve as powerful tools to help us find voice to express our thoughts, feelings and beliefs and to awaken the beauty that surrounds us and lies within.

Workshop Leaders

Dr. Jim Hancock is one of the founding faculty members of the legendary Professional Actor Training Program at Southern Methodist University from 1970-1989 and is among the most distinguished teachers of Movement for Actors and Period Styles Movement and Behavior in the United States today.  He is a former Chair of the Theatre Department at University of South Florida and taught Movement for the Actor, Alexander Technique and a host of body/mind disciplines at SMU and the University of Texas at Austin.  He is a trained practitioner of Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Integrated Respiration Therapy, Polarity Therapy, Hypnotherapy, Bioenergetics-Gestalt Synthesis and Lomi Body Work.   He is also a Director and Period Movement Consultant.

Dr. Suzan Zeder is an internationally known playwright, whose work has been performed by professional theatres, universities, colleges and community theatres in all fifty states and internationally.  She is a six-time winner of the Distinguished Play Award by the American Alliance of Theatre and Education and the Campton Bell Lifetime Achievement Award.  For over twenty-three years she headed up the Playwriting/Directing Program at the University of Texas at Austin and the playwriting program for the James A Michener Center for Creative Writing.

In 2006 Zeder and Hancock won the AATE Distinguished Book Award for their book Spaces of Creation: The Creative Process of Playwriting, and innovative mind/body approach to the harnessing of creative energy and potential for writers, performers, teachers, therapists and human beings hoping to tap their own inner sources for outright/outwrite expression, Zeder and Hancock have continued to develop his work in classes, teaching residencies, workshops and Master Classes all over the United States and in Galway, Ireland.

 

Schedule

Friday 6-9pm, Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 9-12:30pm

Registration

Tuition for this workshop is $200.  To Register, fill out an Application form: VIEW/PRINT AN APPLICATION FORM HERE and submit via email or mail along with your tuition payment.  You will receive confirmation of your registration by email.