Creative Stone [4hr workshop]

Creative stone carving workshop

Four hours, one block of stone, no rules.

NOTE: If you are planning on coming to Anna’s workshop [and numbers are limited to 10] you will need to bring overalls or suitable clothing. Anna warns that it will be dusty!!

The essence of creativity is unblocking the mind from rules and conformity, letting go of the preciousness of the materials, empowering the process. This workshop teaches people that carving is for anyone, no special skills required. My goal when I teach is to share the greatest passion of my life which I found at the age of four when I started carving wood. Everyone will learn to carve, it’s unlikely that anyone will finish anything, but that’s not the point, we will laugh and have fun and maybe throw them all in the ocean at the end. All materials and tools provided.

Anna Korver

Director of award winning sculpture and photography company Korver Molloy Ltd and established New Zealand artist with a BFA in sculpture from the University of Canterbury. Korver works nationally and internationally, exhibiting, attending symposiums and completing commissions.

Korver’s works are feminine in their identity and perspective, the fundamental concepts and feeling of the works inviting intimacy and personal connection. The forms conceal complex ideas about feminine roles and the projection of the inner self thru the outer form. Often abstracted and minimalist, they challenge what is traditionally female and deconstruct the social power relationships within these roles. Current works are more tightly tied to the construction of industry and technology which is seen as a male domain compared to the traditionally feminine practice of hand crafts.

Korver is also a trustee on the board of Eco Artists New Zealand, a charitable trust that uses funds from the sales of art to help environmental projects, specifically focusing on native New Zealand species and their ecosystems.

Early Bird Open: LilRegie working well

For our registrations we are using a KIWI made registration tool / site called LilRegie. It’s great and we would ask that when you use it that you choose the INVOICE option. That means we get money into our account to use to pay bills leading up to the conference. If you pay by credit card [and its OK if you do] we don’t get the money till after the conference is finished.


Come to your senses [90 min workshop]

Come to your senses
Jonathan Milne [New Zealand]

“Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity.” Ray Bradbury

How can we get out of the great western history of armchair thinking? Find your wings of course. The wings are our senses. They start with the sense of wonder and they include a sense of humour. When we discover how to trust our senses we can learn to fly. The flight is called creativity.

This introductory workshop is about exploring creativity through action. The action does show some respect towards western thinking but it is mostly concerned to help you learn how to make a creative jump without breaking your leg.

Jonathan Milne

Jonathan Milne is the author of ‘GO! The art of change.’ GO focuses on creativity skills which emerge from easily accessible art experiences and may be transferred to fields such as science, education, business and so on. Jonathan has been guided over the years by students who prefer action to theory. Eventually he realised that the practice IS the theory. This has implications for education, like doing several impossible things before breakfast and saving the economy.

Discovering our creative potential [4hr workshop]

Discovering our creative potential
Paora Joseph [Aotearoa]

The aim of this 4 hour workshop is to show us how to discover and hold on to our creative potential. The workshop will inspire, inform and encourage our innate creativity.

The following themes will be explored:

• What is creative potential
• How do we discover our creative potential
• How do we discover our creative essence
• How do we establish an intention or purpose
• How do we align our creative essence with an intention
• What is creative vision
• How do we develop confidence in our vision
• Earth mirrors – How can we utilise signs from our daily life and dreams to fulfill our creative vision
• How do we make room in our life for creative time
• What will anchor us to our creative vision

Paora Joseph

From growing up in the wild-west Kumara Country of Ruawai to studying Psychoanalysis in London at the Klein Institute…attending mass with Mother Teresa to sharing tea with His Holiness the Dalai Lama…being Princess Diana’s personal steward while in the RNZAF, to falling flat on his face in front of 100 Whanganui Iwi…confronting 10-foot waves in Bali to meditating in the presence of a mountain lion in the isolated mountains of Colorado, Paora Joseph has lived through many extraordinary and colorful life experiences.

He states, “I have come to realize that we are all of one family, wanting to make our own unique contribution to this modern world. I believe that once we discover our potential and the unique relationship we can have with ourselves, each other and the land then our contribution becomes a reality.

An elder once told Paora, “ When people ask me if I’m Maori, my reply is, no, I’m Mauri.” Mauri means ‘energy’. En-er-gy (noun) means 1. Power 2. Vitality 3. Dynamism 4. Vigor

“My Mauri, ‘my energy’ goes into being a Father, a Husband, a Film Maker and Psychologist.

I look forward to sharing ‘my energy’ and experience with you throughout these two workshops – an exchange of Mauri and creative potential in a modern world. “



Creative Blogging [90 min workshop]

Creative Blogging
Sonya Cole and Bridget Roper
[New Zealand]

Our session will cover the basics of setting up a blog and how to find inspiration to express yourself creatively through a blog regardless of who you are, or why you are blogging, be it a personal or a business blog.

We will introduce participants to the world of blogging with a whistle stop tour through the different blogging platforms available, we will explain how to promote your blog, how to connect with social networks and how your blog can build your profile and help you establish yourself in your chosen field and why content marketing means creativity is good for business.

We will also launch a thirty day blogging challenge to get participants off to a great start, providing them with themes and ideas of what to blog about, and how to avoid writers block.
Participants will:

  • Learn about different blog platforms and how to choose which one is right for them
  • How to be creative with blog layout and content
  • Be invited to participate in a 30 day blogging challenge to get their blog started

About Sonya and Bridget:

Sonya Cole, founded Cue Social Media in 2010, out of a passion for all things ‘social’ – media, networking and branding. Backed by a strong business administration background & six years as a search engine web marketer combined with an infatuation for technology, gadgets & everything digital, her wish is to cultivate a passion for social media in others.

Bridget Roper contracts her content creation services to Cue Social Media and provides clients with quality original content for their websites and social media.

Both Sonya and Bridget offer a wide range of social media services including client specific social media training, social marketing and networking tools, as well as strategic planning, and digital marketing implementation.


Being creative in the workplace [90 min workshop]

Being creative in the workplace
Shona Glentworth [New Zealand]

Simple processes that involve all of your team can harness enormous power to solve problems; increasing productivity, work satisfaction and organisational resilience. Valuing the input of others, generating new ideas and collaborating for implementation may be ideals that most organisations aspire too, but how often do workplace actions reinforce “we don’t pay you to think”?

Have we become so used to immediate, pre-packaged solutions that we are losing the ability to generate ideas and original solutions? What opportunities are we missing because we look for the quick fix?

The workshop will highlight simple tools and processes that all organisations, committees, businesses and families can use to identify opportunities and develop solutions. Leverage the thinking power of any team to increase productivity, stand out from the crowd and face the future.

Key take aways

  • Techniques to identify what the issues are and/or where improvements could be made
  • Tools to gather and build ideas from everyone in the team
  • Ideas about implementation

 Shona Glentworth

Shona is a trainer, coach and consultant. She enjoys working with organisations of all types as they take their next step. Her consultancy, Implement + associates helps organisations to implement their vision by developing people and processes. The Implement team help in a number of ways; by coaching, consulting, training or providing outsourced support.

She has worked with a range of organisations in a number of roles and has wide experience of people and organisational behaviour. She utilises Transactional Analysis in her work to understand how people interact with each other and with their organisation.


Embodying Creativity [90 min workshop]

Embodying Creativity
Penni Bousfield [New Zealand]

Trust your instincts! Play. Keep it simple! Allow for “accidents” and serendipity. Use restrictions to fuel your work! Collaborate…
Wondering what these frequently recommended ideas for releasing creativity are all about? Wanting to incorporate them in your own creative process or to explore them in a new medium? Or wanting to get up out of your chair and try something different?
This workshop incorporates techniques from theatre and dance to spark individual and group creativity. No performing arts experience necessary! Any level of physical ability welcome.
We’ll play with the balance of spontaneity and structure, leading and following, intuition and information, fun and focus through movement.  You’ll have the opportunity to become aware “in your bones” of these opposites and experience creativity through the body, rather than through thinking and discussion.
Additional outcomes of this workshop include fun, new discoveries and random moments of beauty.
(Note: participants will need to wear clothes they can move freely in for this workshop, i.e. a minimum of jewellery and no skirts or tight jeans)

Penni Bousfield

Penni is a musician, actor, theatre director and performing arts teacher. She has taught in the theatre programmes at Waikato and Massey universities and prior to moving to New Plymouth she was the head of Performing Arts at UCOL.
For over a decade she was a full-time professional singer in Auckland and Queenstown. She has written and performed original comedy (including a major tour of NZ), produced and directed Queenstown’s first Summer Shakespeare (and directed many other Shakespeare productions around the country), been on the board of the FUEL Festival of NZ Theatre, co-produced Hamilton’s first fringe festival and in 2006 was the Artist in Residence at Massey University.
Penni holds a Master of Theatre Arts from Toi Whakaari NZ Drama School and Victoria University.

Since arriving in New Plymouth in 2010 she has formed an improvised movement group (using the techniques informing her workshop offering) which has performed for Len Lye exhibitions at The Govett Brewster Gallery, directed The Incredible Edible Moveable Cabaret for the 2011 Taranaki International Arts Festival, runs a women’s acapella choir and plays in an Alt-country duo who have just recorded their first CD. In her spare time she is forever adding to the pile of odd musical instruments on which she can play only two things (not the same two!).

ParallaxShift: How to see the world with new eyes [4 hr workshop]

ParallaxShift: How to see the world with new eyes
Tim Hurson [Canada]

Often the biggest barrier to positive change is getting stuck in habitual perceptions. We get stuck and stay stuck simply because can’t see a way out. How might a basic shift of perspective allow you to change your life, your community, or your organization for the better?
Tim will demonstrate and let you experience an astonishingly powerful, yet amazingly simple, tool called ParallaxShift. People who have experienced it often say: “I can’t believe I never saw things this way before. This changes everything”.
This is a hands-on interactive program that will get you buzzing about how your view of the world becomes your world — and how you can change both.

Three things you will get from this session:

  • The ability to appropriately evaluate how you see the world
  • An opportunity to explore how you might see it differently, more completely, more usefully
  • A way to apply both your new perspectives and a new tool to your current and future actions

Tim Hurson

Throughout his career, Tim has helped nonprofit, government, and Fortune 500 companies create innovation and workplace transformation programs. As an entrepreneur and consultant, Tim has seen first-hand how barriers to creative and productive thinking also constitute barriers to success. He shows organizations how they can foster a creative working environment, stable enough to provide cultural continuity and flexible enough to adjust to rapid changes in technologies, markets, and mandates. Tim travels extensively, addressing companies and conferences on ways to use the principles of productive thinking and creative leadership to manage change rather than be swamped by it. Tim’s book Think Better: An Innovator’s Guide to Productive Thinking (McGraw Hill, 2008) has been translated into 8 languages and is used in over 50 business schools around the world.