306 Days till Mindcamp!

Thursday to Sunday August 20-23, 2015
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New Zealand Creativity Challenge: call for presenters

Screen Shot 2014-10-07 at 3.23.28 AMHeads up Mindcampers! If you’d like to visit stunningly beautiful New Zealand in April, plus connect with a wonderful creativity community there, download the NZ Creativity Challenge Call for Presenters now!

It’s a call for presenters for the NZ Creativity Challenge, Aril 17-19, 2015. Organized by veteran Mindcamper and inspirational garbage salvager Wayne Morris and hosted by NZ’s Learning Connexion, it’s worth the journey on a whole lot of levels.

And if you’d simply like to go, stay tuned here as we will pass along links to the conference website once it becomes live in a few weeks.

Vivian Maier’s Estate Adventures

06HEIR-master675It was inevitable… a lawyer managed to dig up a distant cousin, who was in fact unaware of Maier’s existence, and has launched a legal challenge to ownership of copyright of Vivian Maier’s images.

A pity.

See the New York Times for the full article: http://nyti.ms/1qCPU59

Thanks to Mary Ellyn Vicksta, who led a session related to Maier’s work at Mindcamp 2014, for bringing this to our attention.

Ghosts of Mindcamp Past

Looking over old programs…click on the cover image to download a pdf of the program.
You’re welcome.


One of Mindcamp’s Young Engineers

Mindcamper Hamzah had so much fun making his hovercraft during the Mindcamp Reverse Garbage session that he continued to improve it when he got home. Here is the result, as presented and explained by the engineer himself! (We especially like his careful explanation of the necessity of using hot glue.)


Thanks to the Everyday Curiosity / Reverse Garbage team, and to the Youth Program Chiquitas for the support and encouragement they provided… and than you Hamzah for being willing to share your work.

Writing Freely, freely writing

writerby Russell Thomas

There must have been some magic in the early morning Writing Freely sessions at Mindcamp this year. Facilitated by Maggie Dugan, a self-declared non-morning person, attendance grew with each passing day.

“This must be a Canadian thing,” she said. “In the States, attendance tends to dwindle to just a few people by the final day.”

We were almost a full house by the time Sunday’s writing exercises got underway. We were treated to some lovely prompts, exercises and readings. I’ll never forget the sonorous and heart-melting piece written and read in French by René Bernèche. Many of us couldn’t understand the words, but the meaning and beauty were clear. And yes, there were a few tears.

One of the exercises that we did was to write something based on a word or phrase picked randomly out of a selection of books that Maggie had brought along. I flipped to a page and my eyes (and heart) focused on one word: Providence. This was what emerged.


Mindcamp was providence
Elusive, effusive, immersive

Loving, embracing, igniting

A smiling face
  An idea
    A flash of inspiration
      Insight tremoring,
        vibrating, drilling,

The days meld, like a super-heated sandwich,
One slice of activities indistinguishable from the other in a messy melange

Tasty, wholesome, nutritious
sustaining, fulfilling

Mindcamp. Mein Kampf! It sounds like a popular book
from about a century ago

Mindcamp. Mind-camp.
My mind. Our minds, together again,
our creative family, bountiful bonds
surreal forces and undeniable attractions,
souls mingling – hearts beating

as one, as many, as one,
as it should be.

Mindcamp settles into our bones
and leaves us, as Steve Shama says,
“one moment short of a tear”.

Russell ThomasRussell Thomas, a presenter last year, decided to be 100% participant this year. He’s perhaps better known now as the father of Dylan Banana.