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Contemplative Creativity: Transcending Ego and Opening to Experience

Friday, March 26th
7:00-8:45pm

This virtual presentation and experiential workshop will explore the intersection of Jungian and Buddhist/mindfulness-based conceptions of creativity. Drawing from her personal experiences as a mindfulness and contemplative arts practitioner and teacher, along with her academic research on mindfulness and creativity, Melinda will consider how these two different but complementary views of the artistic process can inform our personal, public, and professional creative efforts, particularly in these turbulent times. The evening will include several experiential mindfulness and contemplative arts exercises as well as time for group discussion.

About the Presenter

Melinda Rothouse is a professional creativity, leadership, and career coach, consultant, educator, and facilitator based in Austin, Texas. She holds a Ph.D. in Psychology with a Specialization in Creativity Studies from Saybrook University, as well as Master’s degrees in religious studies and performance studies. Her doctoral research focused on using on mindfulness and contemplative arts to facilitate creativity and collaboration among groups and organizations. She the founder of Austin Writing Coach and co-founder of Syncreate, which offers creativity coaching, consulting, workshops, and retreats designed to enhance creativity in life and work, and to foster communication, collaboration, and community. Melinda is the author of A Mindful Approach to Team Creativity and Collaboration in Organizations: Creating a Culture of Innovation, published in 2020 by Palgrave Macmillan as part of the Palgrave Studies in Creativity and innovation in Organizations book series. She is a longtime meditation practitioner and mindfulness educator, and leads contemplative arts and photography workshops and retreats both in the U.S. and internationally.