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Creative Resilience: How To Flourish In The Face Of Life's Challenges

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Course Description
What is the quality of resilience that helps people bounce back from adversity and even

How might you benefit from disorder, obstacles, unexpected events and change?

When you apply creativity to resilience, you do more than simply bounce back. You can break out of established patterns to solve problems and find creative solutions.
This course introduces the five building blocks that promote creative resilience, based on neuroscience and the science of human flourishing as well as the arts and creativity. Learn how the arts can help you process emotions, develop mindfulness, increase self-awareness, and cultivate creativity. Improve your well-being and quality of life with science-backed tools and techniques to build your reservoir of resilience. Upon completion of the course, you will have a practical evidence-based toolkit of trainable skills to enhance creative resilience.

If you are wondering if this course is for you, consider these 3 questions:
  1. Who do you need to be to flourish in a world of disruptive change and uncertainty?
  2. What are the ingredients that give you the strength to withstand stressors, survive and thrive?
  3. What new habits do you need to embrace setbacks, and move forward?
Linda's deep knowledge base, direct approach and compassionate insights set me on a new path quickly and permanently. The techniques I learned from her continue to help me build resilience, creatively adapt to change, and be a successful leader in my life and work.

—Kim Ribich

Linda is passionate about encouraging creativity and has a wonderful portfolio of concepts and activities to facilitate exploration and discovery.

—Moses Sia

We asked Linda Naiman to conduct a creativity workshop at our global meeting for our Business Unit team of chemists, engineers and marketers, to inspire creative thinking, introduce idea generation methodologies, and develop a set of tangible ideas for new products and services. Linda offered us a challenging, unusual approach to creativity, which was highly valuable for me. We now have a set of principles and practices for fostering creativity and innovation that we are implementing at our Business Unit. I recommend Linda Naiman to companies looking for effective ways to cultivate creativity in their people.

—Andreas Fischer, Senior Vice President Customer Relations Management, Business Unit, High Performance Polymers, Degussa HPP

"Linda embodies the creative qualities she espouses in her work with others. She is a rare combination of someone who is both a practical professional and a reflective practitioner. She has proven to be an expert in enabling and mentoring creative competence in others at all levels of responsibility in organizations. She is a collaborative and supportive colleague who never wavers in her accountabilities and responsibilities. Her work has proven to be exemplary in diverse contexts and settings and will continue to grow in influence."

—Harold Nelson, President, Advanced Design Institute

This program helped me look inside myself and understand we just need to let our mind flow and with the help of art as a base for creativity we can go beyond our imagination. We are all artists in our own way. I plan to use the tools and processes [from the forum] at our organization’s strategic brainstorming sessions.

—Yandia Perez, Managing DirectorBaxter Pharmaceuticals Sales & Distribution Corp. PR


This course is in adaptive mode and is open for enrollment. Learn more about adaptive courses here.

Session 1: Foundations of Flourishing (March 27, 2023)
The first session is focused on creating a foundation for self-discovery. Discover more about yourself through self-assessments and self-reflection activities based on Positive Psychology and Character Strengths  Introduction to Creative Resilience   Introduction to the science of flourishing based on Positive Psychology  Discover Your Strengths
9 lessons
1. Lesson 1 - Introduction to Creative Resilience
2. Lesson 2 - Journal Questions for Reflection
3. Lesson 3 - What is Resilience?
4. Lesson 4 - Introducing Positive Psychology and PERMA
5. Lesson 5 - A Deeper Dive into Positive Psychology and PERMA
6. Lesson 6 - Introducing VIA Character Strengths
7. Lesson 7 - A Deeper Dive into VIA Character Strengths and Virtues
8. Lesson 8 - Discover Your Strengths
9. Lesson 9 - Playing with Strengths
Session 2: Building Your Reservoir of Resilience with PERMA (April 3, 2023)
This session focuses on ways to de-stress calm down and find inner peace. These include meditation, breathwork, mindfulness practices, and even forest bathing.  Build your resilience muscles  Cultivating positive emotions  Re-framing obstacles into opportunities  De-stress techniques via breathwork  Heart connection meditations
10 lessons
1. Lesson 1 - Introduction to PERMA practices
2. Lesson 2 - Building PermaRev
3. Lesson 3 - Appreciation _ Gratitude practices.pdf
4. Lesson 4 - "What-Went-Well" Exercise
5. Lesson 5 - Cultivating Forgiveness
6. Lesson 6 - Reframing Using the ABCDE Model
7. Lesson 7 - Alternate Nostril Meditation
8. Lesson 8 - Heartmath Meditation
9. Lesson 9 - Loving Kindness Meditation Practice
10. Lesson 10 - Take a Forest Bath
Session 3: Art and Creativity (April 10, 2023)
This session explores how resilience and well-being can be developed through creative practices, including art, storytelling, meaning-making and mindfulness. How to find the silver lining in any obstacle and reframe problems into opportunities. How to achieve flow states through art, nature and mindfulness exercises to access inspiration  Introduction to creative practice   Storytelling from Hero’s Journey to Artist’s journey  Experience the Healing Power of Art  Finding meaning through art  Savouring and the fine art of noticing  Embark on a Haiku Walkabout  How to find a creative breakthrough  Connecting the dots
13 lessons
1. Lesson 1 - Introduction to Creative Practice
2. Lesson 2 - Introducing the Hero’s Journey
3. Lesson 3 - Writing your Hero's Journey Story
4. Lesson 4 - From Hero’s Journey to Artist’s Journey
5. Lesson 5 - Escape to a Museum and Experience the Healing Power of Art
6. Lesson 6 - Write a Poem in Response to Art
7. Lesson 7 - Finding Meaning Via Art-Image-Making
8. Lesson 8 - Savouring - The Fine Art of Noticing
9. Lesson 9 - Synaesthesia to Amplify Your Senses
10. Lesson 10 - Embark on a Haiku Walkabout
11. Lesson 11 - On the Importance of Drawing
12. Lesson 12 - How to Find a Creative Breakthrough
13. Lesson 13 - Always be Connecting the Dots
Session 4: Creating Your Best Life (April 17, 2023)
In this session, you will envision your ideal future, synthesize the insights and discoveries you have gained on your learning journey, and create a plan of action.  Envision your ideal future: Finding meaning and purpose and living your values  Create a blueprint for living your ideal life and map out your pathway for taking action  Create a plan for weaving creative resilience into your daily life
5 lessons
1. Lesson 1 - Synthesizing
2. Lesson 2 - Fill Your Resilience Reservoir
3. Lesson 3 - Guided Meditation Voiceover
4. Lesson 4 - Create a Vision Map
5. Lesson 5 - Closing
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What You Need to Take This Course
Suggested art materials:
  • Mixed-media sketchpad suggested size 11x14
  • Your choice of paint: watercolours, tempera, or acrylic sets. The most economical paint is a children’s watercolour set of eight colours.
  • Multi-purpose paint brushes including a 3/4" flat brush and a #4 round if larger brushes are not included in your paint set. (Nylon brush sets for students are inexpensive)
  • Pencils for drawing, such as HB, 4B, and 6B.
  • Collage materials: cardboard, box cutters or scissors, glue, and assorted materials such as photos, magazine cutouts, greeting cards, newspaper etc
  • Clay or Fimo
  • Camera
  • If you prefer to work digitally, you are welcome to create artwork on your favourite painting app.
  • Sketchbook by Autodesk is simple and free. ( I use Procreate for iPad and it has a bit of a learning curve.)
Additional Information
Who is the course for?

Anyone who wants to level up their creative resilience skills, including:

  • Entrepreneurs
  • Artists
  • Professionals
  • Content Creators