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The creative activities collected on these pages are used by Ross Laird in various workshops and courses. They are intended to help participants deepen their creativity (often by making them a bit uncomfortable), help participants reflect on their own development as creative people, and encourage them to discover whatever comes their way.

Opening to the Creative Process

Wandering, Stillness, and Wonder

Jan. 5, 2024, 7:39 p.m. • Ross Laird

After you have watched the above video, find a time and place where wonder is more likely. Here are a few possibilities (all of which require that you put your phone awa...

Mythological Storytelling

The Roots of Creative Expression

Jan. 5, 2024, 7:37 p.m. • Ross Laird

Begin by reading the The World Tree . When you’re done, come back here and do the next part. Find a partner to work with. It can be anyone; it’s up to you — but your partner should be someone who...

General Guidelines

Reminders and Considerations for Creative Activities

Jan. 5, 2024, 7:39 p.m. • Ross Laird

Safety — but not too safe If a given exercise makes you too uncomfortable, adapt it or skip it. But the question arises: what’s too uncomfortable? Panic attack? Definitely. Stay safe and avoid t...

About the Activities

Exploration and Discovery

Jan. 5, 2024, 7:30 p.m. • Ross Laird

The creative activities are intended to help you deepen your creativity (often by making you a bit uncomfortable), helping you to reflect on your own development as a c...


The Activity You Dread (probably)

Jan. 5, 2024, 7:38 p.m. • Ross Laird

For hundreds of years (maybe more), juggling has been one of the most cherished creative activities. It is a complex skill for sure – but it’s not that hard to learn. Wat...

The Power of Objects

Touch, Memory, and the World Around Us

Jan. 5, 2024, 7:31 p.m. • Ross Laird

Find a partner to work with. By now you know the drill (no jackasses). This exercise requires some preparation and extra work on the part of the partner. In advance of doing this exercise, ask y...

Storytelling through Movement

The Body is the Source of All Our Stories

Jan. 5, 2024, 7:40 p.m. • Ross Laird

Find a partner to work with. (If you are unable to find a partner, let me know.) Your partner should be someone who will not act like a jackass, or ridicule you, or do any number of unhelpful thing...

The Warrior Princess

An Unfinished Fable

Jan. 5, 2024, 7:40 p.m. • Ross Laird

The Parable of the Warrior Princess is part of an interconnected series of tales from Tibetan Buddhism. Here it is: A young warrior princess completed her training under a renowned teacher and ...

The Golden Key

Last Tale of the Brothers Grimm

Jan. 5, 2024, 7:37 p.m. • Ross Laird

The Brothers Grimm gathered together stories from many times and places, and the influence of their work is still felt today ( Cinderella , Beauty and the Beast , Snow White, Little Red Riding ...