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Marc Zegans: The Creativity Whisperer

Photo credit: Mark Hanford

Photo credit: Mark Hanford

Marc Zegans is a living embodiment of the creative life. He lives it in his commitment to his writing life as a poet, in his consulting work with artists, writers, and musicians, and in his deep and profound knowledge of the many paths that can lead to a happy expression of who we are as creative beings.

Marc gets to the heart of many questions - What does it mean to live a creative life? How do you work through the challenges of that over the long run? How do you shape and maintain a creative identity that changes as you grow? He believes that to do his work with artists you have to have “some skin in the game” so he brings his whole self to the table, is open and willing to learn and be surprised. “Sometimes I lead the way, sometimes you lead the way, sometimes we walk hand in hand together.”

“Creativity keeps us curious,” he says, “it teaches us to be humble, it transforms self doubt, it takes us out of our heads and into our bodies and opens a channel to take something out into the world and grow by that experience.” Equally important is to have fun, laugh at our mistakes, and be silly! Practice relaxed alertness and discover dynamic balance. Marc encourages us to play and dance with the Muses - let them give us the courage to travel outside of the norm and find our passion.


Meet This Episode's Guest

Photo credit: Meri Jenkins

Photo credit: Meri Jenkins

Marc ZeganS

 

"Marc is the muse to the muse." ~ Jennifer Greer, singer-songwriter & recording artist

 

Marc Zegans is a creative development advisor who helps artists, writers and creative people thrive and shine. A former executive and research director of Harvard University’s Innovations program, he has spent more than twenty years helping individuals, arts organizations and creatively driven enterprises successfully follow their muse. Marc is a produced playwright and working poet with four collections currently in print.

 

For more about Marc and his work, you can visit his website:

 www.mycreativedevelopment.com

 

Read an interview with Marc on Artpreneur.com about his strategies for working artists...

...and an article he wrote for Grant Makers in the Arts called "The Five Stages of Creative Life and the Crises That Intervene"

Consider Yourself Beloved with Carrie Owerko

Holding Space for Whatever is Happening

Carrie Owerko talks about Iyengar Yoga ~ as a Senior teacher and as a practitioner. For her, Iyengar Yoga is a joyful yoga, an awareness practice which takes us through the body door, giving us a framework to let go and experience deeper connections, encouraging us to be curious! “Give your body affectionate attention,” she says. “Imagine your body as someone you’re walking through life with, holding hands.” Carrie comes to Iyengar yoga from a background in improvisational theatre where she learned that Play. Is. Key. Making practice into play helps us surrender to ‘not knowing,’ explore ways to relax with uncertainty, discover what we can learn when things go wrong. Hers is a practice of loving kindness, helping us hold space for whatever is happening, while continuing to stay engaged. The very definition of ‘being present.’ Her teaching is built on the blocks of Friendliness ~ Compassion ~ Joy ~ and the ability to not look away.


Meet This Episode's Guest

Carrie Owerko

"In the course of our brief life most of us will experience the mystery of love, the pain of loss, and myriads of other things, both beautiful and terrible. We will experience these things as individuals and as a collective. Knowing that we have each other in which to share these experiences—and that we are all in a somewhat similar predicament—is more than comforting. It is an amazing opportunity not only for connection, but also for communion." ~ Carrie Owerko, September 2016

Carrie Owerko has been teaching yoga and exploring the relationship between body, breath and mind for several years. She holds a Senior Intermediate Iyengar teaching credential and continues her studies with the Iyengar family by traveling to India on a regular basis, as well as by continuous and in-depth studies with her yoga teacher, Patricia Walden. Over the years she has performed in and co-choreographed many yoga demonstrations, including Live: Light on Life, presented at City Center in NYC during BKS Iyengar's Light on Life US National Book Tour in 2005.

Before studying yoga, Carrie earned a BFA in Dance and Theater, and graduated from the renowned Neighborhood Playhouse Theater School in NYC. Carrie then spent several years working for a Movement/Educational/Experimental Theater Company called The Irondale Ensemble Project. In addition to performing with Irondale she taught in the Alternative High Schools in NYC and at Rikers Island Correctional Facility. After Irondale, Carrie continued her inquiry and became a Movement Analyst (CMA) having completed her studies at The Laban Institute in NYC. She has spent years enthusiastically exploring human movement with the intention of helping people develop clearer, more fully embodied communication and expression.

Visit Carrie's website: http://www.carrieowerko.com/