OTOA CREATIVE LIFE PRACTICE (CLP)™
OTOA CLP WORKSHOP SERIES
For creative thinkers in any field.
You do not need to be an artist to benefit from a Creative Life Practice.
"We are the process. Life is not happening to us."
~ Marlee F. Koenigsberg, CLP Participant
DAY & TIME
Saturdays & Sundays
From 1:00 - 5:30pm
REGISTRATION IS NECESSARY | INSTRUCTIONS ARE LISTED BELOW
WHAT IS THE OTOA CLP WORKSHOP SERIES?
It is a series of One-Day Workshops focusing on the practice and principles for creative, personal, & professional growth through journaling, dialogue, and creative exercises.
WHO LEADS THE WORKSHOPS?
The Workshop Series is led by OTOA Founder & Master Teacher, Gia Forakis.
WHAT IS THE GOAL OF THE CLP SERIES?
Each class is uniquely designed to investigate one of OTOA CLP's Six Aspects for Creative Influence: the creative tools for leading a more connected and fulling life practice. The aim of the series is to reveal the strengths and insights found in each one of the Six Aspects.
WHAT DO WORKSHOPS CONSIST OF?
Workshops consist of a combination of individual and group exercise including: writing, creative inquiry, craft projects, ritual and dialogue, all grounded in the principles of the One-Thought-One-Action (OTOA) technique for incremental thought and action.
IS THERE ANY PREPARATION?
Prior to each workshop, registered participants will be sent an information email, outlining what materials to bring, how to prepare, and a creative Pre-Class Exercise. Pre-Class Exercises are creative projects designed to focus on the topic of each workshop, and may include a task or activity such as: reading, writing, photography, contemplation, documentation, or more, that the participant does before attending the workshop. Pre-Class Exercises are meant to be an enjoyable avenue for creative expression and self-learning that brings context, content and a shared experience to the dialogue within the group and the learning process. It is advised to set aside approximately 20-30 minutes for each Pre-Class Exercise for each workshop.
WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT WORKSHOP PARTICIPATION?
Participation includes individual and group exercises and observation. Exercises are followed by class discussion and exchange. Some physical movement may be encouraged, but nothing strenuous or beyond the capacity of the participant’s abilities or level of comfort.
There will be one 15 minute break during each session. Participants are welcome to bring their own beverages or snacks, so that they can make the most out of their break time.
Brooklyn: South-West Park Slope
Ocean Parkway between Church & Beverly
Brooklyn, NY 11218
Near F, G, & Q Trains
"Gia made it all clear. After just a few hours I began to see that my random collection of notes and observations weren't a mess, but a path on which I could reach my goals. I started the CLP workshop with questions and left empowered to effect change and with the tools to do so."
~ Sharahn LaRue, Artist & Educator, Brooklyn, NY
Suggested Donation: $20 per class
SPACE IS LIMITED
Registration is Required
Registration Instructions Are Below
SCHEDULE & CLASS DESCRIPTIONS
Participants can register for as many workshops as they like
Registration Deadlines are Listed Below
SAT. NOV 3: Technique / Discipline
Registration Deadline OCT 26
MODUS OPERANDI: METHOD & APPROACH: It's one thing to pursue your career. It's another to create your life. But which comes first, Technique or Discipline? Discipline or Technique? This class will take a deeper look at our relationships and associations with Discipline and Technique, how they inform one another, how we can make better use of them, and how to find a holistic and productive creative process that enriches a cohesive life practice.
SUN. NOV 4: Observation / Receptivity
Registration Deadline OCT 26
TOOLS FOR CHANGE & CONNECTION: The focus of this class is to build and strengthen an awareness of Inner & Collective Intelligence by focusing on the qualities of individual alertness, re-consideration of belief systems, and re-invigorating encounters with abundance. How we observe and receive the world has a direct impact on defining the world we experience.
SAT. NOV 10 : Nature / Purpose
Registration Deadline NOV 2
Just what you were looking for, THE ORGANIZING PRINCIPLE: Connection is the creative core of any creative practice. Connection with both our individual and inherent nature, and connection with something greater than ourselves: our purpose. From this type of connection, harmony, fulfillment and prosperity can find their ways for supporting us. This class investigates the route towards connecting with our primary core truth, our Nature/Purpose, and our organizing principles for achievement, recognition, remuneration and other measures of success.
SUN. NOV 11: Vision / Quest
Registration Deadline NOV 2
THE AVENUE: ACTUALIZATION: It's through the caliber of our questions, followed by the dedication of our inquiry, that we chart our path through life. The focus of this class is to investigate how to more productively harness the tools for creative manifestation, for untangling obstacles, and for achieving our goals and visions. "The Journey is where I'm going."
SAT. NOV 17: Time / Space
Registration Deadline NOV 9
THE MEDIUM as FRAMING DEVISE: This investigation is intended to encourage a new awareness of temporal and spatial reality where time and space are mediums that we craft and create. How can we use them to our best purpose? We will consider how the principles of One-Thought-One-Action (OTOA) offer more clarity and satisfaction to our projects, relationships, work, and the world we inhabit, as well as explore the inherent irony that by slowing down we actually become better equipped to go further, farther, faster.
SUN. NOV 18: Gratitude / Generosity
Registration Deadline NOV 9
"INSTANT KARMA" : THOUGHT IN ACTION: This single Aspect of Creative Influence is one of the most readily available tools we have for manifesting growth, change and transformation in all areas of our lives: personally, professionally and creatively. In this class we will explore our complicated relationships to Gratitude / Generosity, and look at various ways we can expand our capacity for abundance, healing, and bringing about positive change... one thought, one action at a time.
"OTOA is really relaxing as I only attend the next idea/thought. The 2nd follows organically. I have been following that practice since my first workshop."
~ Walker West
"The CLP workshop taught me not to be afraid to ask questions about my life because questions are essential for leading a creative life. Gia hands you invaluable tools that deepen your awareness of your everyday, and help you to fully connect with your creative self."
~ Adam Boncz, Performer/Producer, NYC
REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS BELOW
To be certain that space is still available...
Darya Gauthier, OTOA Managing Director
In your email please include the following:
- Your Full Name
- Your Phone Number
- Your Snail-Mail Address (optional)
- The DATE(s) + TITLE(s) of WORKSHOP(s) that you would like to attend
- How You Heard About OTOA
- A Few Words About Yourself
- What Interests You About the Class You Are Registering For?
- Please include "OTOA" in Subject of your email
After we receive your email with registration information (as outlined above) we will let you know if space is available within 24 hours
Please bear in mind that this event has
We ask that if you must cancel, after you have already registered, that you kindly contact us asap (preferably one week before) to alert us of your change in plans so that Gia does not prepare materials for you, and so that others may have the opportunity to register for your spot in the workshop.
~We thank you very much for your cooperation~
Class size is limited to support a creative environment that offers personal attention, while encouraging group participation.
Some details to be aware of:
- The workshop is designed for your full availability through the entire schedule as posted.
- Please respect the nature of the group environment by making every effort to arrive on time and turn off all mobile devices.
- A Creative Pre-Class Exercise will be sent to each registered participant on the Wednesday prior to each class. These are creative exercises designed to give context and content to each workshop.
- We recommend an investment of 20-30 minutes for each Creative Pre-Class Exercise
- Each workshop includes one 15min break. You are welcome to bring a snack.
"I look forward to working together to bring creative transformation to your practice, projects and goals, while helping to manifest your visions for the future, personally, professionally, holistically."
OTOA Founder, Master Teacher & CLP Coach
OTOA Creative Life Practice, Mandala © 2017
Are you coming from out of town?
If so, you may want to consider taking advantage of the special discount offer with our friend/Airbnb Host, whose lovely home & private bedrooms are conveniently located to our Brooklyn studio. Contact us for further details: GiaForakisandCO@gmail.com
"Without judgment, we observe what we are drawn to naturally, and we receive the messages we each need to hear if we’re really listening."
- Lila Smith, Director of Communications & E-Commerce
If you found benefit from the OTOA CLP Workshops Series you may want to consider
with OTOA CLP Founder & Creative Life Coach, Gia Forakis
- Skype or FaceTime Sessions -
If you are not free to join us for the OTOA CLP Workshops, you may want to consider OTOA CLP Private Coaching. Other motivations for CLP Coaching include: a desire to go further in developing your own creative life practice; a more individualized focus to address specific topics or private concerns; a focused investigation of a professional roadblock or obstacles within a single project or set of circumstances; support for comprehensive change in more than one area of your life -- These are all good ways to make use of Private CLP Coaching. OTOA Creative Life Practice Coaching can be tailored to address your, needs, goals, schedule and budget.