Remembering Your Kick Ass Self

There is never a perfect picture. There is never a perfect age or stage- when we look back with nostalgia at a time in our life- we are simply shining the flashlight on the best parts, the highlights, if you will.

So- without thinking too much- what age were you when you knew what you  loved? Things may not have been harmonious, or perfect, but you had a strong sense of what you enjoyed, what you wanted to be, do or have… were you three years old and loved to spin around to music till you got dizzy and fell over? Were you seventeen and you were a passionate vegan, who loved indie cinema and bohemian op shop clothing? Were you twenty-one and had gained your independence? What age were you when you knew what you loved? That age holds all the answers.

If your seventeen year old self (or what ever age you have chosen) had a message for you right now, what would it be? “Wear Doc. Martens, listen to Tori Amos, do a drawing and smoke a cigarette.” Cool- except for that last one. A cup of tea will be a good replacement: only listen to the advice that’s good for you. Listen to the guidance and act on it.

Exercise- Advice from Your Chosen Age

Insert the chosen age “When I was ___ years old I loved to…” and then list the numbers one to twenty. Next to each thing that you’ve listed, write the feeling of the experience- for example, when you were seventeen maybe you loved going to art galleries, and the feeling you experienced was inspiration. Identify the feeling for each thing that you loved.

Now- next to each item, write an action step that you can take immediately, or over the next week that can address the items on the list. For the above example, the action step would be to go to an exhibition. If you loved The Beastie Boys when you were fourteen, listen to an album. If The Labyrinth was your favourite movie when you were nine- watch it.

When you reconnect to the things that brought you so much joy, you remember why they did in actual fact inspire you. You remember a vital part of yourself you may have forgotten. You reawaken within yourself an aspect of your creativity and true essence that holds the key to your current happiness.

I‘d love to hear from you after you do the exercise- what did you remember? What action steps did you take in reconnecting to your past passions/interests?

 

 

 

 

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2016- UNLEASH YOUR CREATIVITY

There is no greater way to kick off the New Year than with a “boot camp” for your creativity. I’m excited to let you know that I’ll be running my annual “Unleash Your Creativity Workshop- A Pro-Treat (Not a Retreat) for Your Soul.”

In this dynamic, inspiring and fast paced workshop you will gain extreme clarity in your visions/goals/creative projects. you will be fully supported- and by the end of Day 3 you will be crystal clear in your intentions, expectations, actions and outcomes for 2016.

In order to achieve our dreams, we need to be held accountable for the action steps we need to take on the way to accomplishment. We need to be PROACTIVE in our creativity. If we take action towards the accomplishment of our creative desires, the Universe will meets half way.

This course is suitable for anyone who wants to lead a more creative life. You may have specific goals such as writing a book, launching a stand up career, staging a play or writing a screenplay, or you may simply want to align yourself to the joy of your own creativity.

Due to the intimate and concentrated nature of this course- the numbers are strictly limited. If you think this course may be something that will help you on your journey- please get in touch immediately as places will go quickly. For more information on me and my work, please go to clairepasvolsky.com.

Dates of Course- January 4,5,6, 2016

Times- 10 am- 3pm ( with a 1 hour lunch break at 12 pm)

Place- Merewether Uniting Church Hall, Glebe Road, Merewether

Cost- $350 (there is an early bird special of $300 if payment is received by November 30th, 2015)

Contact- Claire Pasvolsky- clairepasvolsky.com, clairepasvolsky@gmail.com, 0412155950

Remote Coaching- Coaching Sessions are also available via Skype if you are in an alternative location

CREATIVE PERFORMANCE; A METHOD FOR ACTIVATING THE SOUL

Hi Peeps,

My 7 Week Courses in Creative Performance kick off tomorrow in Newcastle “Acting Fundamentals” for Beginners/Intermediate and “Pasvolsky Studio”for Upper Intermediate/Advanced…but if you don’t live in Newcastle but are interested in the work I also have Skype classes/tuition and will be holding in person workshops in Sydney in early 2016. So please, if this work speaks to you- do get in touch.

The purpose of my work is to introduce students, clients and participants to dynamic and soul shifting techniques, which are designed to radically shift individuals into a place of self empowerment, confidence and receptivity. It is not traditional Actor Training- it’s Creative Guidance.

In the Beginners Class, students work with Voice, Movement and Improvisation and focus on creating their own characters, characterisations and scenes. There is an emphasis on supportive performance and participants are often amazed at how quickly they can move into a place of self assurance, actualisation and creativity.

The Pasvolsky Studio focuses on a different “Master Teacher” or Practitioner each week, which is the emphasis of the learning. We then use that master teacher/practitioner or style as the basis of creating our own original content for performance. This all happens within the time frame of three hours.

This week in the studio our inspirational artist is Mike Leigh. We will look at the work, ethics, style and unique vision of Mike Leigh and then participate in exercises I have designed based on the improvisational techniques of ML. Students will create a character, based on somebody they know and then start improvisations/interviews with other ensemble members which will then develop into scenes and then into a performance.

We’ve got a very exciting 7 Weeks ahead of us, if this sounds like something you may like to access- please do get in touch. Best wishes, Claire x

PASVOLSKY STUDIO- A DIFFERENT KIND OF ACTOR TRAINING

First of all, I don’t just train actors. I help individuals step into their power so that they can experience the wonder of their artistry. That may sound extreme, but really, everyone who feels guided, curious or compelled to join one of my Acting or Creativity courses is hearing their soul request to experience something special.

If you decide to train with me, you will experience a different kind of actor training. I believe if a participant does not receive support, nourishment and the feeling of safety then they will not be able to experience the highest form of their creativity. In order to experience creative joy that is unbounded pure energy, a student needs to be uplifted and empowerment. My work is all about empowering artists as they step into their birthright of self expression and heightened creativity.

During my own actor training, there was very little emotional support from my teachers- not always, but generally- given the depth of the emotional well you were expected to dive into and the great extent of the vulnerability you were required to participate in performance training. Students need a safety net. Artists need to know that they are safe and protected when they step into the space.

In my classes and coaching the safety net is ALWAYS there. There are now rules of respect, guidelines and boundaries to firmly have in place a code of conduct and ethics:

a) If you ever feel overwhelmed or uncomfortable by an exercise or sections of a workshop you are welcome to observe or step out of the room

b) We treat each other with respect and honour peoples words and perspectives by fully listening to them and not interrupting them when they’re speaking

c) If you are ever given material (a scene or scenario) that you don’t feel comfortable with tell me and we’ll find you something else

In my Acting and Creativity Courses you will feel supported, safe, guided, inspired and fully engaged. If the choice feels right for you- enrolments are being taken for the 7 Week Courses in Term 4. For details see the website (clairepasvolsky.com or email me clairepasvolsky@gmail.com)- early bird specials end this week. Alternatively if you are not in Newcastle but require coaching and support I run sessions over Skype for my national and international students)

If the choice feels right for you, get in touch today. cx

UNLEASHING YOUR CREATIVITY- A 5 Week Course to Step into Your Power

“Unused creativity is not benign. It metastasizes. It turns into grief, rage, judgement, sorrow, shame.”- Dr. Brene Brown

Happy Monday!

I am really excited to announce that in October, I will be running my five week course “Unleashing Your Creativity”, for the second time this year. One of the reasons I love running/designing and facilitating this course is because of the miracles, shifts and transformations which occur within the group.

What kinds of people do the course? Anyone and everyone. You maybe a new mother who has lost her sense of direction, or working in an unsatisfying career. You may be a recent school leaver, or a retiree who wants to gain access to your unique strength and create a plan of forward movement.

Wherever you are now is where you begin. Each week we will meet on a Monday evening from 5.30pm- 8.30pm (Newcastle CBD, NSW) and do creative exercises including inventories, automatic writing, vision boards, mind mapping and creative visualisation (and much more)- exercises and activities that are designed to motivate and inspire you and to clear blockages. It’s time to shine, as we move into the warmer months, you will leave each class feeling clearer, happier and confident.

WHY DO THE COURSE?

1. To remember who you are

2. To gain clarity and perspective

3. To access your own creativity 

4. To be accountable in a supportive and safe group dynamic

5. To allow yourself to do what you love doing

Course numbers are limited, so contact me ASAP with expressions of interest. The cost of the course (materials and handouts included) is $250- but if payment is received by August 31st- the early bird price is $200.

WHEN WE GET WHAT WE WANT

“What you think, you become. What you feel, you attract. What you imagine, you create.” Buddha

The first thing to do when you get what you really, really want is to notice it. So often, we are so caught up in focusing on the next thing, that we fail to realise we have achieved a major goal, accomplishment, or heart’s desire.

One way to do this is to break your life down into seven year cycles. 0-7, 7-14, 14-21, 21-28, 28-35, 35-42, 42-49, 49-56, and so on. Look at how every seven years have been different and what you have accomplished in those  periods. You’ll be amazed at how much has happened.

Sometimes we are so busy living our lives that we don’t notice how much we already have.

Shine like the whole Universe is yours.” Rumi

Often, when we achieve something major, we run the risk of feeling like we don’t deserve it. You do deserve the gift, whatever it is- destiny says that it’s meant to be yours. Listen to that small, depleting voice that warns, “I don’t deserve this”, “Somebody might take this away from me”, “I’m a fraud,”- that voice may be trying to protect you, but that voice is not your advocate. You deserve success. You deserve happiness. You deserve to live the life of your dreams.“In my defencelessness, my safety lies.” A Course in Miracles

Just be grateful and say thank you. Be open to receiving that which is wonderful.

Creative Coaching/Power Sessions are available via Skype- email me for more information. Current live workshops include “Acting Fundamentals” Thursday evenings at Tantrum and “Imago Actors Studio”- see website for details. To make enquiries about workshops for schools on Performance and Creativity (options for students and teachers) please email clairepasvolsky@gmail.com