"Creativity is not a talent. It is a way of being.”   - John Cleese

Creative Life Practice

A Course of Study
Offering the Practice & Principles for
Creative, Personal & Professional Transformation

Led by OTOA Founder & Master Teacher
Gia Forakis

You do not have to be an artist to benefit from a Creative Life Practice.

“Creativity is a spiritual experience. Express your self. Express your nature.” 
- Anonymous


The aim of OTOA Creative Life Practice (CLP)
is to enrich our lives by reinvigorating our capacity for possibility,
clarifying goals, and strengthening our encounters with creative abundance

through an
innovative examination of the tools employed in all visionary endeavors
where fulfillment, change and manifestation
are the outcome.

The course is focused on the study of
CLP's 6 Aspects of Creative Influence
and the principles of One-Thought-One-Action (OTOA)

CLP utilizes the established principles of the
One-Thought-One-Action (OTOA) Technique,

established by Founder & Master Teacher, Gia Forakis

  Incremental Thought,
Content-Driven Action,

and the
Inherent Value of Time at The Pace of Thought.


"You could say that OTOA CLP is a course of study for developing a living meditation.
What I have found in my own practice is that CLP is like a light switch for Enrichment & Joy."

- Gia Forakis

The OTOA Creative Life Practice Curriculum 

6 Aspects of Creative Influence 

The Guideposts for Creating Clear Goals and
Positive & Constructive Transformation

The 6 Aspects: Gratitude / Generosity. Purpose / Nature

Observation / Receptivity. Vision / Quest. Technique / Discipline. Time / Space

The Core Principle: Connection/ Creativity
Communication Implies To Think Together
The Thinker & The Thought
The Overriding Motivation

Inner & Collective Wisdom
Identifying, Strengthening and Fostering Purpose & Self

Security & Freedom

The Journey is Where I’m Going

A Creative Life Practice: A Search for Synthesis
Enriching Your Practice, Clarifying Goals, Identifying the Question(s)
Reinvigorating Your Capacity For Possibility


“It's the caliber of our questions, followed by the dedication of our inquiry,
that chart our path through life”

- Gia Forakis


Curriculum Formats


New in 2017: The Drop-In Series provides participants with scheduling flexibility, as well as the opportunity for a more in-depth investigation of CLP's 6 Aspects for Creative Influence. Each class will be uniquely designed to focus on building a deeper connection with one single aspect through writing, dialogue, ritual, and the principles of One-Thought-One-Action. (OTOA). Participants can drop-in for one or more classes in any order of the series.


This intensive seminar, is intended to give an overview and lay the foundation for participant to begin their unique journey into discovering the benefits of a Creative Life Practice, by introducing them to CLP's 6 Aspects for Creative Influence through discussion, dialogue, exercises and observation.


This format, which meets on one evening each week, for 4 hours, over 6 consecutive weeks, is intended for a deeper investigation into CLP's 6 Aspects for Creative Influence, through weekly creative assignments that engage the participant in an investigation and application one Aspect of Creative Influence each week.


You may discover that you need a more exclusive environment to address a specific topic or that you would be more comfortable working one-on-one to address professional roadblocks, obstacles within a single project or a personal concern. Private Coaching can be tailored to address your, needs, goals, schedule and budget. CLICK HERE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION


Designing an OTOA Creative Life Practice Seminar for your company, institution, classroom, community, or business. This option can be tailored to address your, needs, goals, schedule and budget. To explore this option Contact: GiaForakisandCo@gmail.com

Class, Intensive or Workshop? 

Class participation includes individual and group exercises and observation.
Exercises are followed by class discussion and exchange.

Participants will be asked to do a creative assignment (“homework”) before each class or
on the evenings between workshops.
It is advised that you set aside at least 60-90 minutes (per class) for these assignments.

Some physical movement will be encouraged, but nothing strenuous
or beyond the capacity of the participant’s abilities or level of comfort.

OTOA CLP Workshop is an introduction to principles based on the OTOA Technique
and intended to bring a richer engagement with the present as a path for a building
a more rewarding and worthwhile future.

CLICK HERE for Video Interview on OTOA Creative Life Practice

A Letter From the Founder: Origins of OTOA Creative Life Practice...

During the last 12 years that I have been developing and applying One-Thought-One-Action (OTOA) as a performance and directing technique and training, it’s become clear that the same OTOA principles that bring clarity and enrichment to the staged event are just as meaningful when applied to individual and collective growth off the stage.

OTOA offers a practical, versatile and pragmatic approach to daily living, with useful tools for enriching new projects, identifying goals, and as a basic support for the discipline of a creative practice in any field and for every enterprise.

These observations revealed the need for bringing the benefits of OTOA into a wider realm of application, and it is with this intention that I have developed a new OTOA-based curriculum which I call
Creative Life Practice (CLP).

OTOA CLP, offers an approach for
untangling professional, personal or creative road-blocks, revealing hidden obstacles, articulating goals and objectives in an effort to chart a creative and more unified path forward.

OTOA's practice of incremental thought and action is the preliminary step for managing all our aspirations, no matter what the project --big or small, personal or communal, quotidian or visionary.

 - Gia Forakis,
OTOA Founder & Master Teacher
Brooklyn, 2016