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Phil Cousineau on "The Creative Journey: As Seen Through the Myth-Making Lens of the Movies"

I am delighted to be hosting Phil Cousineau  - author, filmmaker, teacher and host and co-writer of TV program Global Spirit - in Charlotte. Last year I traveled to France to attend a workshop taught by Phil and I came away inspired. I know you will too. Here is a description of the one-day workshop Phil will be presenting -


Recent evidence of cave art in Indonesia pushes back the dates of the earliest art made by human beings to at least 35,000 BCE.  There is ample reason to believe that people have always made art and always created works of beauty that have stirred the imagination and helped us make meaning out of our lives. Despite the many mythologies that surround the lives of artists, there has never  one way to make art, never one myth of art to live by. Depending on where you are in time or in space (history), there have always been many roads to Rome — or Paris, New York, Los Angeles, those temples of art. What this one-day workshop will do is help you explore the different models and myths — as in sacred, in-forming stories — of being creative. Through the teacher’s own model of the seven stages of creativity outlined in his book Stoking the Creative Fire, we will spend the day exploring “The Great Round,” the cyclic journey that all people take, from Inspiration, through Perspiration, and on to Creation.
For every stage of the creative journey, we will utilize one brief film clip, music, storytelling, a creative exercise, and ample discussion to help you identify which stage of the creative journey you are currently in, and also which model you are consciously or unconsciously following. To paint as wide a canvas as possible, we will discuss the creative journeys of such influential artists as Virginia Woolf, Eugene O'Neill, Mozart, Georgia O’Keefe, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Georgia O'Keefe, Van Gogh, Rilke, Amy Winehart, Van Morrison, and Terrence Malick.
The benefit of using such lenses is to enable you to understand the mythic forces that have been at work on your own (and everyone’s) creativity and accept them or replace them with a new model, a new story, a new creative mythology.
The workshop is designed for artists, writers, filmmakers, teachers, counselors, coaches, as well as anyone who is fascinated with the history of creativity or the elusive rhyme and reason, agony and ecstasy of their own creative journey.

About Phil: PHIL COUSINEAU is a writer, filmmaker, teacher, photographer, creativity consultant, and youth sports coach. He has published over thirty books, and written or cowritten over twenty-five documentary films. Currently, he is the host and cowriter of Global Spirit, which airs nationally on PBS and Link TV, guest host on New Dimensions Radio, and has consulted on mythology in the movies at Warner Brothers, Twentieth-Century Fox, and Pixar Studios.

This workshop will be held at Movement Dialogues Studio, 4805 Park Rd., Suite 200, Charlotte, NC 28209 at the corner of Seneca and Park Road.

The workshop starts at 9:30am and ends at 4:30pm. The cost is $150.

To register please complete the Registration Form.

CHARLOTTE FRIENDS OF JUNG will be hosting The Outer and Inner journey with Phil Cousineau on November 11 & 12, 2016.  More information here. There is no need to sign up, just show up!

  • Friday night from 7-9 at Friends of Jung is Archetypes of Sacred Travel: Activate Your Journey
  • Saturday 9am-1pm at Friends of Jung is Fuel Your Creative Journey through Myths, Dreams & Movies

CHARLOTTE CENTER FOR LITERARY ARTS is hosting The Long Conversation: A Global Spirit Salon for Writers and Storytellers with Phil Cousineau on Thursday, November 10th from 7pm to 9pm. More information here.
For three decades, author and filmmaker and host of the PBS series Global SpiritPhil Cousineau has been offering his popular "Long Conversations" all over the world. Join us for a rousing evening of film clips and discussion. Here, Phil will show four clips from his award-winning series (presented by John Cleese): "Love, Fear and Art" with Carlos and Cindy Santana; "Sacred Travel" with Pico Iyer and Zoila Mendoza; "Dreams and Visions" with psychologist Stephen Aizenstadt and Aborigine elder Yidumduma Bill Harney; and "The Power of Community" with Roshi Joan Halifax and Adam Bucko. After each clip we will break into small groups and embark on our own "long conversations."  Special attention will be paid to the topics of interviewing, storytelling, and the emerging forms of new media.

These workshops make a great introduction to the in-depth course on Sunday, and mean you can have a weekend of workshops with Phil Cousineau here on the East Coast!



Later Event: January 16