Finding Your Way Workshop

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.


Monday, July 25

9 a.m. Morning Session: “Getting to Know You” Welcome session and opening activities getting to know the participants in the workshop.

10:30 a.m. Chautauqua Lecture (public lecture) Finding Your Way: How Music & Creativity Impact the Human Experience 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.

Noon Lunch Break

2 p.m. Afternoon Session: “The Deceptive Cadence” 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.

3:30 p.m. Break Out Sessions Session (45 mins and switch)

“Exploring the Lyrics & Singing the Blues” Participants will work in both sections 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.

5 p.m. Sharing A brief wrap-up of the day’s activities and sharing the opportunities discovered during the workshop experiences.

Tuesday, July 26

9 a.m. Morning Session I: “Life is Rhythm” 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 a.m. Morning Session II: “Life is Art” Humans connect over creativity. Discover a series of new experiences that engage your soul, your thoughts, and your 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.

Noon Lunch Break

2 p.m. Afternoon Session I: “Life is Words” 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.

3:30 p.m. Afternoon Session II: “Life is a Song” Expanding on the concepts from the “Exploring the Lyrics & Singing the Blues” sessions, 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.

5 p.m. Sharing A brief wrap-up of the day’s activities and sharing the opportunities discovered during the workshop experiences. Includes discussion on how to incorporate the workshop into your life, your colleagues, and your life.

REGISTRATION Register by July 11 ● $175 (includes 1 gate and 1 auto pass for Monday & Tuesday) ● $125 (with Chautauqua Season Pass Holders)

Housing and meals not included in workshop registration.Hotel arrangements are made by attendees on their own. Lakeside Hotel Lodging includes continental breakfast. Lakeside has many restaurants to choose from for lunch and dining options.

Organizations attending “Finding Your Way” as a group should contact Programming department about group registration fees for groups of five for more participating.


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