I offer customized workshops and seasonal retreats. Together we can customize a program to your particular needs using my innovative skill set. Half day, full day and weekend formats.
Currently offering Women at the Well, a restorative retreat for women to relax, reflect, and renew.
In development – Women at the Well for Leaders, Women at the Well of Midlife, Women at the Well in Transition
Ongoing workshops include Creativity in Business, Quick Draw and The Spirit of Circle.
Creativity in Business
Mary Corrigan has now adapted Stanford’s acclaimed Creativity in Business (CIB) program for entrepreneurs. This six-week program will forever change the way you approach challenges and obstacles in your business and life.
Today, more than ever, being self-employed is an adventure into the territory of uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. CIB gives you proven tools – field tested for 25 years and counting — to navigate this terrain without surrendering your unique expression.
This highly interactive program will enable you to powerfully rely on your own inherent creativity – in order to approach work relationships and business problems with more inspired energy, and a fresh perspective – heightening value to your business, your employees and your customers.
…this program is for you!
Using your current business challenges you will learn to:
if you can hold a pen, you can draw
3 Great Reasons to Learn to Draw
I meet hundreds of people a year in my work. If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a thousand times: “I can’t draw.”
This makes my eyeballs spin around in their sockets and the inside of my head feel like someone poked a stick into a hornets’ nest.
“I can’t” is an old story we tell (often with pride) as protection against the threat of embarrassment, criticism or shame.
If you can hold a pen, you can draw. Impossible as that may sound for some, here are 3 reasons why it’s good for you.
1. Reclaim your Natural Creativity
Drawing is one of our earliest forms of self-expression. Leave any toddler alone in a room with crayons, a tube of lipstick or a colorful sticky food and you know what you get — modern day cave painting.
Creative imagination oozed out of us until about the time we entered classrooms and were asked to do something completely unnatural. Sit in straight rows and stay between the lines.
Somewhere in the dark recesses of our past we experienced a variation of:
The message switched from encouraging our playful, natural self-expression to performance, assessment and competition. Life now said: “If you’re not good at something, don’t do it.”
Slam! …went the door to play, exploration and our natural creativity. It’s time to welcome it back.
2. Build your Visual Language
Look around you. Drawing is back.
Travel much? Graphic icons are the universal translator. We will see even more as it becomes essential to communicate across cultures.
It could have something to do with global communication, the rise of the Millennials and the generation coming fast on their heels who have never known a world without visuals. Maybe it’s the fact that we are inundated with messaging and a simple, human drawing cuts through all the noise.
A picture really is worth a thousand words. And you don’t have to be an artist to draw one.
3. Nourish a Healthy Brain
Boomers take note! Brain Fitness is the new Pilates.
Research is exploding with new information on how we think, learn and can change our brains. Mental exercise is one of the four essential pillars to maintaining a healthy brain that functions better now and lasts longer.
According to SharpBrains the recipe for good mental exercise includes Variety, Challenge and Novelty.
If you can only do one thing, learn something new every day.
So, Why Draw?
If you want a creative life, do what you can’t and celebrate the experience of the mistakes you make. – Dan Pink, A Whole New Mind
I chose to highlight drawing because it’s something I learned to do as an adult. And because once upon a time I didn’t think I could. No one is more surprised than me that it’s been my livelihood for the past 14 years.
Recently, I’ve been teaching educators simple drawing techniques to use in their classrooms and the results have been thrilling – both for the teachers and the students.
If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area I’m opening this workshop to the public. Come have some fun with other beginners and develop your visual literacy.
If you’re not local, pick something new – anything – and go be a beginner. Make mistakes, stimulate your brain and reclaim your creativity.