foliage-covered path leading into the wooWORKSHOPS

Take a deep breath, and exhale. Look around. Maybe it’s time to renegotiate everything: in ourselves, our communities, and the world. We have an opportunity to hone our creativity and to use (& keep using) our voices. As we swim through chaos, vulnerability, and suffering—toward collective transformation—creative self-expression provides a buoy, a deep breath, allowing us to connect with ourselves and each other.

Creative expression will sweeten our survival.

I help humans practice and sustain creativity. I work in community, artistic, and academic settings. Melding mindfulness and a sense of play allows us to re-envision creative work, reveal and heal the relationship with the inner critic, and gain access to joy.

Tell me what you need—I will design a workshop for your:

  • family
  • school
  • group
  • organization

If you are local and weather permits, we can gather outside. Or I can work with your group via Zoom.

Contact me at rebeccakuder(at)gmail.com.

(If you are seeking individual guidance, please read below about coaching.)

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SOME OF MY PAST WORKSHOPS

Faculty Development/Creative Expression Workshop, Ridgewood School, Springfield, Ohio. Workshop with focus on generative exercises for teachers, allowing participants to hone observational skills and practice simple, fun drawing, free-writing, and empowerment through work with the inner critic.

Dive into Your Story: Where do we get our ideas? Antioch Writers’ Workshop, Dayton, Ohio. Workshop on what stops us writing before we begin, how to renegotiate the relationship with the inner critic, and how to begin capturing images/ideas.

Day of Empowerment. Yellow Springs High School, Yellow Springs, Ohio. Co-facilitated (with Amy Chavez) red tent circles for middle and high school students to build community, increase self-esteem, and empower young people.

Yoga, Somatics, and Creative Play. Antioch College Wellness Center, Yellow Springs, Ohio. Co-facilitated workshop (with Amy Chavez and Melissa Tinker) integrating yoga, somatics, expressive writing and drawing.

Writer’s Play Time! Greene County Public Library, Yellow Springs, Ohio. Workshop to discover and liberate a sense of play; unleash the creative spark; demystify and disarm the inner critical voice; and nourish the creative process.

Embodied Creativity. Into the Blue Yoga, Springfield, Ohio. Co-facilitated workshop (with Melissa Tinker) integrating yoga and expressive arts.

Empowerment Workshop. The Antioch School, Yellow Springs, Ohio. Workshop for elementary children (grades 4-7) with focus on creative expression, empowerment, and disarming the critical inner voice.

Empowerment for Creative Writing. Stivers School for the Arts, Dayton, Ohio. Workshop for sophomore creative writing students, with focus on process, empowerment, and disarming the critical inner voice.

Day of Empowerment. Yellow Springs High School, Yellow Springs, Ohio. Co-facilitated (with Melissa Tinker) workshops for middle school and high school students using the creative arts to increase self-esteem and empower young people.

Creative Writing Group. McKinney Middle School, Yellow Springs, Ohio. Co-facilitated (with Melissa Tinker) six-week group for eighth grade girls using the creative arts—writing, drawing, cartooning—to increase self-esteem and decrease anxiety and stress, and build strong, supportive friendships and a sense of community.

Women’s Healing Writing Practice. Kula Cooperative, Yellow Springs, Ohio. Facilitated 5-week series for women, helping participants use writing to move toward healing within a safe, supportive setting.

Healing Writing Practice. Winter Wellness Series, Greene County Public Library, Yellow Springs, Ohio. Helping participants use writing to move toward healing within a safe, supportive setting.

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COACHING

My coaching practice is based on discerning your needs. First we discuss your process, project, intentions, and struggles. From there, we can:

  • Focus on a specific project;
  • Brainstorm;
  • Generate material;
  • Practice writing prompts;
  • Dissolve barriers (such as the critical inner voice); or
  • Learn about the writing craft; or
  • Any/all of the above.

I can also give feedback on writing drafts. Or if you simply want to develop a regular habit of writing, we can design a plan for you.

My work in the Individualized Master of Arts program at Antioch University Midwest—and with writers from elementary-age to adult—has taught me to listen, trust intuition, and guide people where they want and need to go.

Tell me what you need! To get started, email rebecca.kuder(at)gmail.com.