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Finding Your Way Workshop • September 23 & 24

A Chautauqua Workshop with Dr. Deforia Lane and Michael Shirtz.

A special workshop on centering one’s soul, health, and wellness through the power of music and creativity. The turmoils of our world today have unraveled human’s ability to process, think, and connect. Our professions have let us become exhausted with work. Our passions have become less of a focus as our attentions have been redirected to stress, confusion, and uncertainty. Through a series of sessions, we explore through music and creativity the work that helps people of all ages, careers, and backgrounds, examine their pathway to healing, hope, and renewal. Learn the tools to help engage with your family, your colleagues and coworkers, and most importantly, yourself.

Attendees can register for sessions or participate in the entire workshop experience. Special focus for professionals, family, and generational-age groups will be offered.

Schedule of Workshop:

Friday, September 23 1 p.m. Networking/Check-In: “Getting to Know You” Fountain Inn Aigler Room Get to know other participants and the workshop leaders, Dr. Deforia Lane and Michael Shirtz.

1:30-2:45 p.m. Finding Your Way: How Music & Creativity Impact the Human Experience Orchestra Hall A presentation by Dr. Lane and Shirtz that examines the engagement in music therapy and exploring methods of creativity in our lives. Why are these experiences essential in establishing a mindful presence in the human soul? Through stories, examples and discussion, Dr. Lane and Shirtz share how music and creativity generate a response that calms, connects and creates our human experience.

3-4:15 p.m. Session I: “The Deceptive Cadence” Wellness Center Drackett Hall Using music, explore the concepts of resolution, suspensions, modulations and cadences. Comparing life challenges with musical composition and engaging in listening to the relationships of unity in variety within the sounds of music.

4:30-5:45 p.m. Session II: “Life is Music” Wellness Center Drackett Hall Participants will work in both sessions exploring the concepts of lyrics and songwriting, and how to use those lyrics to work through their own life challenges and goals. This includes exploring the freedom of improvising and engaging in the soul of the combination between the music and the text.

6 p.m. Dinner Break

7:30-8:45 p.m. Session III: “Life is Words” Wellness Center Drackett Hall What we read and what we say, can connect us in every way. Using language and poetry, creative expression through writing can connect, heal and rejuvenate, as well as provide humor and fun to our souls. Activities include multiple experiences that can be used in self-care and centering with various occupations or at home with family and friends.

Saturday, September 24 9-10:15 a.m. Session IV: “Life is Rhythm” Wellness Center Drackett Hall Using various genres, participants explore the movement in the music, learn to find their groove, develop a sense of energy regulation, and use the sounds and rhythm to connect to their own spirit. Activities include multiple experiences that can be used in self-care and centering with various occupations or at home with family and friends.

10:30-11:45 a.m. Session V: “Life is Art” Wellness Center Drackett Hall Humans connect over creativity. Discover a series of new experiences that engage your soul, thoughts and connection with others using art. Learn the practice of making art a part of discussion, reuniting and healing. Activities include multiple experiences that can be used in self-care and centering with various occupations or at home with family and friends.

12 p.m. Lunch Break

12:30-2 p.m. Creating Art Session Rhein Center Join Jennifer Wertz at the Rhein Center for an open creative art session and use your skills to create a painting, drawing, project, etc. As a group or as an individual, put into practice the concepts already experienced in your previous sessions.

2:30-4 p.m. Creating Music Session Wellness Center Drackett Hall Participants create their own blues composition and have them performed as a ‘personal theme’ to take with them and use as a source of entertainment, rejuvenation, fun, engagement and healing.

4:15-5 p.m. Sharing Wellness Center Drackett Hall Join a brief wrap-up of the day’s activities and sharing the opportunities discovered during the workshop experiences.


The cost to enroll in ALL sessions is $175 per person includes participation in two days of workshops, workshop materials and art supplies. The deadline to register is Tuesday, Sept. 20.

Groups: Organizations attending the workshop as a group should contact Lakeside’s Programming Department about group registration fees for groups of five for more participants. Contact (419) 798-4461, ext. 259 or

Lodging & Meals are not included in workshop registration. Hotel arrangements can be made by attendees on their own. Hotel lodging at Hotel Lakeside and the Fountain Inn, both located within the Lakeside gates, includes continental breakfast. In September, Lakeside has select restaurants open for lunch and dining options.


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