For adults • 90 minutes
Friday 10:45am • Centennial 10
Time and location subject to change (what isn’t?)
This Connection Junkie is taking the “20-second hugs for drugs” experience to a full-blown session.
Creativity is about making connections. It also requires an openness of mind and often, of heart. So what if we started by connecting and opening up to ourselves and to others?
Two main barriers to significant connections are fear, in its multiple and often insidious forms, as well as the rational mind. Though both have their uses, they can often take up too much space and are far too often put forth in today’s mainstream media and society.
With a little movement, some mindfulness techniques and playful connection exercises, this session is an invitation to step out of that frantic headspace, settle down into our body and heart and cultivate awareness and curiosity, a wonderful antidote to fear. Let’s (re)connect and start a little (r)evolution!
The Skinny: 3 things you will get from this session
- A variety of ways to connect more deeply to yourself and others
- A moment to slow down and take the pulse of where and how you are
- A nice dose of dopamine, serotonin or other natural “feel good drugs”
SparksWoman and workshop leader by passion, Anik lives to see and help people connect with the beauty and richness of their true self, explore their inner world, express their voice and discover their personal creative process.
Around the 300 mark, she lost count of the creative writing workshops she’s led. This glutton of life has facilitated countless other mind-spark(l)ing workshops, as well as cognitive revitalizing sessions for seniors and co-organized and hosted a number of conferences and events. As literary and creative advisor, she has helped emerging writers and storytellers with their manuscripts and performances.
Anik has also participated as facilitator in creativity conferences, as well as public reader, storyteller and presenter in several literary and cultural events and festivals.
Over the years, Anik acquired an M.A. in language and literature, has taken countless creativity workshops and experimented different art forms, as well as personal development and spiritual practices. And she will probably continue to do so as long as she can!
Anik is a returning presenter. This year’s sessions:
All Friday 10:45am sessions:
- Charisma Analysis Digging deeper into the creative self (Alexander von Reumont)
- Creativity Starts with U Applying Theory U to creative process (Lindsay McDonald)
- Deeper Connections (Anik April)
- The Fourth Third Be a pro in getting your Big Idea out (Vikram Swaminadhan)
- Nos Inventa Distilling facilitation insights from the third third of design, delivery and discovery (Ismet Mamnoon)
- Points of You 3rd Third for Developing Perspective (Katie Tagye)
- Whole-Group Facilitation The group is greater than the sum of individuals (Dale Monroe-Cook, Liz Monroe-Cook)
- …or why not just hop to another random session?