“The Creative 13: A Weekend Into It All” June 15th – 17th, 2018 Application

I’d like to invite you and your creative bad self to apply for a weekend in Normandy for no fee besides the cost of getting there and lodging with me and twelve other beautiful souls.

Arrive: Friday, June 15th, 2018  

Depart: Sunday evening, June 17th, 2018 or Monday afternoon if you want.

Location: Montgaudry, Lower Normandy 61360 France

THREE SPOTS REMAINING.

(PLEASE FILL OUT THIS APPLICATION HERE (or below), IF INTERESTED)

What is this?

This is a weekend away from it all – or perhaps I should say, INTO it all. A weekend amongst creative, loving souls who want to work with you to bring your creative, business or personal project to creativity gold. This is your weekend to bring that project that is half done, just started or nearly finished to the next step.

I realized that I so often sit in my home creating things alone, or sharing things with friends online. I feel like I make good things in that space, but how do I know? So, I figured – why not bring brilliant minds together to figure out if it’s any good, how I can step it up – at the same time, creating a space where others can share their projects too?

And all for just the cost of bed and breakfast (and maybe travel).

None of us are getting paid to be there. All of us want to be there. All of us pay our own way. A weekend away amongst creative and nice and intelligent people. Why not be a part of a bigger creativity pool and use some of that collective mind-space?

What we gonna do?

Every person that comes doesn’t need to have a project to work on. If someone wants to come just to participate in creating stuff, then that’s completely fine, and in fact welcome! Don’t feel that you have to have a project – just have a willingness and openness and understanding of the creative process, and be willing to share your ideas.

For those who do have a project, bring it! It can be music, poetry, a painting, a business idea, a book, a photography project – anything that you think could use others to make it alive.

It can be that photo hanging on your wall that you hate, but you want to turn into something and don’t know what. It could be a bunch of old letters that you want to make into a spaceship. It could be that you have a ton of buttons lying around, and you’re determined to make it into a new teddy bear.

What are the values?

Trust. For this to work, we must trust each other. People will be sharing projects that are very important to them, and need to know that what they share won’t leave that weekend unless the project owner has declared it is OK to do so. Trust also means being able to share freely without harsh criticism or unhelpful judgment.

Openness. Not only do we need to trust each other, but the project owner needs to be open enough to hear honest feedback. They are able to construct the sort of feedback that they want to hear before each session, so that will be up to you. However, don’t share unless you are open to hearing other’s ideas. Shake all the preconceptions of what you think your project is or should be, and be open to truly taking it to the next level.

Boldness. Similar to openness, boldness bops over that “open” hill to the land of courage. This is scary shit – sharing with strangers – but I think it will work best if we allow ourselves to be vulnerable (which takes courage). It’s encouraged to talk about where your project has flaws, what you’ve struggled with, how far you want to take it, and to stretch your mind beyond what you thought possible.

What I gotta bring?

Your project. Your ideas. Your whole heart. Your energy. You.

Bring your powerpoints, your chalkboards, your whiteboards, your pencils, markers, paint, notebooks – ALL THAT YOU NEED.

Other stuff: Clothes, bathing suit, shoes, and pajamas. Smokes if you got ‘em. Drinks if you want ‘em. And money for food.

How we gonna do this?

Realistically, for the weekend, we will have half a day on Friday, all day Saturday and most of the day on Sunday to work and break out into groups.

We had a great suggestion to encourage people to arrive earlier on the Friday for more time. So yes, if you can get in on the Friday morning – then more time for your project!

If you have quite an advanced project, and need perhaps more time to introduce it, please request the time amount that you would like.

Agenda, lady?

First of all, don’t call me lady. Actually, I kind of like lady – you can call me that.

Friday afternoon (for those who can make it), we will spend saying hey, introducing our projects and stating what each of us wants to get out of the weekend so we head into the short time we have with clear intentions.

I will already have an idea of the organization of the weekend based off the projects that have been sent my way.

Some people may be attracted to one project over the other, and that’s cool. Some projects may need more time than others. Email me ahead of time with how much time you think your project will need to be worked on so I can have a semblance of a plan.

We will set up dedicated time for each project to go through a creative process with the group. Depending on how many projects we have will determine how the time is allotted.

OK, so why 13? Isn’t that unlucky?

13 is a magical number.

It’s imperfect and yet perfect.

13 is an odd number – in many ways.

We are taking it back from all the patriarchal superstitions and using it for remarkable creativity. This number is a sacred number – a divine feminine number directly linked to the 13 moons and cycles.

Not to get too deep, but according to Vice (and apologies for ever quoting Vice), “before patriarchal times, Friday the 13th was considered the day of the Goddess. It was considered a day to worship the Divine Feminine that lives in us all and to honor the cycles of creation and death and rebirth.”

Also, it just feels like a reasonable brainstorming number. Not too many, not too little. 🙂

BUT MEN ARE WELCOME!! In fact, we have about half men/half women so far. God, we need the men.

I’m sold. GIMME THE DETAILS

Arrive: Friday, June 15th, 2018  

Depart: Sunday evening, June 17th, 2018 or Monday afternoon if you can.

Location: Montgaudry, Lower Normandy 61360 France

Train station is Nogent-le-Rotrou, 40 kms from the home.

9 trains every day from Paris Montparnasse; about 1 h 30 train ride.

From the airport Charles de Gaulle, bus no: 4 for Montparnasse

We could get a big van from Paris and drive us to the location – it’s about two hours from Paris. If you want a ride from Paris, I suggest flying in the morning of the 15th of June or the night before.

Bedrooms

2 bedrooms with one bed (BOTH CLAIMED)

6 bedrooms with two beds

3 floor mattresses in a common space

Cost: Cost of Flight or Train to location.

Lodging: €81.35 + €25 for laundry per person for the whole weekend = €100 (rounded)

All food and drinks will be split 13 ways.

APPLICATION HERE: https://goo.gl/forms/2a3t4isDkI92aH6B3

NOTE: ONCE ACCEPTED, YOU WILL BE ASKED TO PAY THE FULL COST OF THE LODGING WITHIN 72 HOURS OF ACCEPTANCE SO THAT WE CAN ENSURE YOU ARE STILL INTERESTED.

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