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What is the nature of creativity? How does creativity connect with spirituality?
I talked with Zachary Towne-Smith about his education in Afro-American Studies and photography at Harvard University, and the path that led him to Guatemala to teach creativity to school teachers and delve into Mayan spirituality.
After graduating from Harvard, Zachary has lived for 12 years in Guatemala, where he’s learned immensely about his own creativity and how to access and maintain his creative state. For the past 6 years he’s been working to help others do the same. His work has been applying his pedagogical and community organizing experience to working with groups in many different contexts – from dirt-floored mayan schools to modern corporate boardrooms of media conglomerates and sugar manufacturers. His passion is generating social change through an individual and collective awakening of creativity. In Guatemala he’s co-founded a non-profit (www.imagitlan.com), a for-profit (www.elrecreo.com.gt), a capoeira group, numerous bands (www.remolachabeets.com), and a freelance documentary photography office (www.ztowne.jalbum.net). This will be his first Mindcamp.
It's good to talk.