Exploring "Creative Aging"
April 17, 24 and May 1, 2019 2-3pm
Albert Wisner Public Library, Warwick, NY
Free but limited to 13 people. Please Register
Continuing his presentations on Creative Aging,
Daniel Mack hosts a series of one-hour workshops
for people interested in developing creative approaches
to the challenges of aging. This is a protected time/space
for taking small risks, following Curiosity, Adjusting Story;
to kindle spiritual self-care; contact with the Creative Unconscious by offering casual opportunities to explore
In, Down and Out.
Aging is a time of transition, challenge and opportunity.
This 3rd Age or 4th Quadrant of life is not like the others.
It has its own ways. They can be learned and worked with. The practices of Casual Alchemy can assist in the adjusting required to make this a time of vitality. We first have to recognize, name and work with these new "powers" Auden
What a Meeting might look like:
After a brief introduction, people are invited to explore several
stations of tools and materials.The workshop closes with specific
suggestions for similar activity at home
10+ minutes Intro Day’s theme/focus to prompt
Making, eg "fragments,, Haiku casual, lunar, indirect"
Object: examples of Matter into Meaning
eg nkisi, transart, bowl anima/weakness
5+ minutes Explore Materials/Tools of Day
Choose activity by answering: What do you need TODAY?
Something Collective? Cooperative? Introspective? Fast/slow
30+ minutes Making, from Sticks, String, Bones, Shells
Marking with dirt on cards, with, feathers, reeds
Making: add to Deck of cards, add to Burlap, Rubbing of Place
5+ minutes Wrap-up and possibilities for HomePlay
Daniel Mack is an artist and teacher who works with natural
Clues to Creative Aging
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference. ROBERT FROST
In this 1-hour presentation, Warwick artist/teacher Daniel Mack talks about fresh creative and spiritual opportunities not only for people in later life, but for anyone going through a life transition. For Dan, creativity is not really about “art” but about finding ways to keep making our lives meaningful. The Big Question is: “ In what ways can we become regenerative for ourselves, our families and our community? There are many answers. Come and join in.
The presentation includes images, poems, videos, a playful exercise, handouts and discussion.