Alumni Creative Camp
Relax, unwind and connect with your creative side at the Alumni Creative Camp on the shores of beautiful Fallen Leaf Lake. Our three-day retreat at Stanford Sierra Camp, held Thursday, April 25-Sunday, April 28, includes hands-on collaboration with exceptional instructors and the opportunity to jump in and start creating your own individual or group projects.
Spring 2013 Program
- Creativity and Design
- Writing in the Digital Age
- Life/Career Transitions
Beginner and Intermediate/ Advanced Photo Workshops
Stanford Sierra Camp provides an inspiring setting for these digital photography workshops. Novice photographers will learn creative techniques for getting more out of their cameras with outdoor photographer Forrest Glick. Those with more experience will benefit from working with professional photographer, Joel Simon, who spends approximately five months each year abroad on assignments representing over 100 countries and destinations.
Whether a point-and-shoot camera, or experienced photographer with a DSLR, these workshops will get your creative juices flowing. Both groups will begin in the classroom, but quickly move to the outdoors to explore the principals of composition, lighting, and perspective. Benefitting from the near-instant feedback of digital equipment, we will "slow down" to become more comfortable with the settings on our cameras and develop techniques for discovering inspiration along the shores of Fallen Leaf Lake.
Design Thinking Tools to Tap Your Creativity
Participants will tackle a design challenge in small teams, learning the prototyping approach designers use to solve problems. We will explore how this essential aspect of the design process can act as a catalyst for creativity and innovation in many different contexts, from personal to work-related. In subsequent sessions we will focus on additional mindsets and skills of the design thinking process, such as empathy and ideation.
Design thinking focuses on asking the right questions, challenging assumptions, generating a range of possibilities, and learning through targeted stages of iterative prototyping. It engenders a sense of creative confidence that is both resilient and highly optimistic. David Kelley, cofounder of design consultancy IDEO and Stanford's Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, says, "My contribution is to teach as many people as I can to use both sides of their brain, so that for every problem, every decision in their lives, they consider creative as well as analytical solutions."
Presented by Bernie Roth
Food as Memoir: How to Create Delicious Stories From Your Life
Learn to use food-related stories and recipes to record your family's history. Tori will teach creative nonfiction techniques to assemble essays and recipes to build the rich tapestry of the generations of your family. Tori's workshop material will complement the e-book workshop.
Presented by Tori Ritchie
The Three-Hour E-Book
Bring your laptop for this interactive session and leave with an e-book full of your artwork, photos, journal entries and everything you learned at camp and want to apply to your life. You will learn to convert text and image files into an e-book to create a cool scrapbook for your tablet device/e-reader to remind you of the fun experience and what you learned at the touch of a button. Then you'll be ready to create the next great American novel or the next Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Fifty Shades of Gray or...
The Improv Studio provides tools that will free you from blocks and open the endless well of ideas inside you. Improv is a pure form of creativity and collaborative storytelling that is fun and playful. Applied improv uses the improv theater art form as a set of learning tools that requires no previous training or acting. Quick wit, cleverness, and being funny are not required or encouraged. In a low-risk, high-impact environment, we will apply these techniques as a means to develop communication, collaboration and creativity skills.
Presented by Rich Cox
Body UP/Liquid Flow!
Combining Dance Improvisation, yoga and Tai Chi to spring into full creative expression each morning, participants will experience the joy of fluid, juicy movement and playful dancing, with freedom and ease.
This session introduces concepts from design to empower participants navigating change - current or intended - in their lives. Through a group workshop and optional one-on-one coaching sessions, participants will be given a channel to work through key pathing questions and discover new tools for managing transitions and achieving their life goals.
Stanford Alumni Creative Camp is affiliated with the Stanford Alumni Association (SAA). While we accept applications from all interested parties, Stanford alumni are given first priority and applications are further ranked by postmark. SAA members receive a $75 discount.
*If you're interested in becoming a member, please see our membership page.
Check-in begins at 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 25. Rates do not include taxes on meals and lodging.
The camp package includes:
- 3-day creative program
- Small group interactive sessions
- 3 nights of single accommodations in a private cabin
- All meals, prepared by Stanford Sierra Camp's chef
- Easy access to the Camp's spectacular outdoor setting and amenities
HOUSING AND MEALS
- Private Lodging - Cabins and lodge rooms offer lake views, private decks and full private baths. Each cabin bedroom has one queen bed and a writing table. Linens, towels and daily housekeeping are provided.
- Shared Cabins - If you are signing up with another participant, double-occupancy cabins include two private bedrooms and a shared bath.
- Gourmet Meals - Our buffet-style breakfasts and lunches and sit-down served dinners include plentiful, healthy selections prepared by our popular, long-time chef.
To reserve a space, please send your nonrefundable deposit of $100 (checks only) made payable to "SAA Sierra Programs" along with your completed reservation form. You will then receive a confirmation with additional program information and an invoice for the balance due.
Payments will be refunded, less $100, only if we receive written notice of cancellation before April 11; no refunds for cancellations will be made after this date.
Why attend Alumni Creative Camp?
- A relaxed, inspirational setting to get you out of your day-to-day brain
- A hands-on, "un-conference" agenda
- Faculty support to develop and explore your creativity with fun and humor
- An easy pace and intimate environment limited to just 50 participants
This fun and dedicated group opened up possibilities for solving problems, expressing myself (e.g. in movement and art), generally being more fulfilled! Whether or not you think of yourself as "creative", the experience is worth it just for the inspiring location. Like a life-changing summer camp for grown-ups!
I really enjoyed meeting people who came to the camp from many different backgrounds. The diversity of interests led to great discussions and creativity.
Contact Merril Guzman at (530) 542-5600 or email@example.com.