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Creative Yoga Retreat
Creative Living: Creative Business, Health and Wellness, Retreats

Creative Yoga Retreat

I’m on holiday from today, enjoying a creative yoga retreat. I’m expecting a wonderful experience in one of my favorite places on earth: the Algarvian southwest coast of Portugal.

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Flow Practice: Creative Flow Facebook Group Closing

It’s with great regret that I have to announce the disbandment of the Creative Flow Facebook Group, for now, at least. As those who attend regularly know, I’ve had a change in personal circumstances which led me to move our live practice from first thing in the morning to lunchtime. However, it’s not working out. Turns out my work commitments are too fluid and varied to allow me to be free at the same time, every day, once the day gets going. Today is looking problematic again and I’m on holiday next week (yoga in Portugal). So I’ve decided to accept…

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Effortless Exercise
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Effortless Exercise: My Creative Week 20 2019

 The theme of my creative week was effortless exercise, of which more below. But first it’s time to log the week’s accomplishments. In the Go Creative! method, it’s important for us not to just set goals and intentions and to do lists but also to log what we’ve made happen. You’re invited to share your accomplishments in our closed Facebook group, under the headings of producing, processing and positioning. MAKER (Producing): Worked on Part I of a very long poem but no way it’s finishing up this week–it blew open in a whole new direction–so instead, I made my first audiobook, a poetry pamphlet, now…

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Creative Christmas 2018 | Indie Author & Poet Orna Ross

Each year, I have to stop, and get mindful, to ensure I enjoy a creative Christmas. By that, I don’t mean making Yule logs or homemade Christmas crackers. Going creative is not just for work, it’s for life and having a creative Christmas in this sense means deciding what you want to make happen and doing what’s necessary for the outcome you want. Sometimes that means having a few goes at something before you get it right. Try. Fail. Repeat. Fail better. Same always, whatever you’re making. Until you decide you don’t want that outcome any more. The blog is…

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Go Creative Advice from Elizabeth Gilbert: Let Your Fear Write You A Letter

Each week we feature a well known creative or creativist talking about some aspect of creative business. It’s Go Creative Advice from Elizabeth Gilbert this week, continuing our “letter-to-self” theme. Gilbert has described herself as “a frightened person my entire life.” and has written of the importance of owning our fears. Her way of doing that is, yes, the letter to–and from– your fearful self. When I’m feeling particularly shaky and unsure of myself. I give my fear a chance to express itself, formally, in writing. I ask my fear, “What are you actually terrified about, in this situation?” And…

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Sunday Inspirations: Create Date at the Guggenheim Bilbao

I’m just back from a few days away in Spain, the highlight of which was a create date at the Guggenheim Bilbao. I’ve never been in any museum or gallery where the building is such a part of the experience. Described variously as a metallic flower, a system of whorls, architecture as abstract art, and by its creator Frank Gehry, as a boat, its fluid and curving forms were immediately recognized as one of the most complex, unique and important architectural designs of the 20th century. “I spent a lot of time making the building relate to the 19th century street module,” Gehry has…

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Go Creative Advice From Comedian Ben Elton: How To Improvise

Each week we feature a well known creative or creativist talking about some aspect of creative business. It’s Go Creative Advice from Ben Elton this week:  Go with the flow and don’t be afraid to improvise. Everything about my profession and creative life has been an improvisation. The only way I can work is to follow my heart and follow what I feel like doing. I certainly didn’t think,”well, I’ll sit down and write a novel – that’s what’s needed next! ” or, “the best move for me would be…” I do what I feel like doing… my work emerges by instinct, not…

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Creative Cancer 2: Denial: The Body Never Lies

In the summer of 2008, I was in a bookshop, looking for a book about the connections between diet and cancer. I’d recently been diagnosed and wanted to support my treatment (chemo, radiation, herceptin, tamoxifen) with holistic healing methods too. Scanning the titles before me, my attention was snagged by a stand of books over by the wall, that had nothing to do with cancer. But it was like a scene in a movie. The title of one book on the stand, which I could barely read from where I was, seemed to expand to ten times its size, to jump up…

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Creative Cancer 1: Survival: Ten Years On

Ten years ago today, I was diagnosed with breast cancer, so the fact that I am here today to write this post is a celebration for me. When I got the diagnosis, my fervent wish was that I would survive long enough to see my daughter and son, then teenagers, fully grown. And that I might find a new way to get my writings out to the world. I was then publishing my second book with Penguin and had seen behind the smoke and mirrors of trade publishing. Denied any input into how my books were marketed and presented, I wanted…

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Becoming A Writer, Becoming A Creative Entrepreneur

I vividly remember the first book I ever read about the creative process. It was a bright blue, frisky, spring day and I was taking a bus to Skerries, a town on the north Dublin coast, to see if it was a place where I might like to live. And I was reading, of course. Then, as now, I was always reading or writing. That day, I was reading a book about writing, the most useful book about writing I was ever to read: Becoming A Writer by Dorothea Brande. It was one of those reading experiences where you feel…

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