Workshops/Team Building

Meryl speaking with her Surrender mat in backgroundMy process gives individuals and the team practical tools for creativity and problem solving. The results at the individual level include practical tools for getting unblocked with creativity, resulting in improved focus, energy and problem solving. At the group level, team members experience working together to visualize a solution, plus a material reminder of that process in the workplace in the form of an abstract wall hanging.

All of my workshops include journaling techniques and tips for unblocking creativity. Whether you need to regain your sense of purpose and find joy in your life and business or to foster innovation and greater productivity, you will leave with practical tools you can implement.

Recent workshops include: 7 Steps to Creative Team Building; Journaling to Reignite Your Business Creativity; Journaling as a Life Skill; One Loop at a Time – Design and Hook Your Own Healing Mat; Creativity as Healing Energy – Create Your Own Healing Image; and Love Letter – hook and write yourself a love letter. Coming in 2020, Wild Women at Sea.

Corporate group working on vision wall hanging from team building workshop

How many people can you fit around a Cheticamp frame?

Here are some comments from workshop participants:

“Thank you again for the team building workshop on Wednesday. It was fun and I am looking forward to working on the group vision rug piece.”

“Our team recently worked with Meryl in the development and delivery of what turned out to be a truly unique team building event that will having a lasting impact. In our search for an interesting session, we were looking for someone that would challenge our team to think outside of the box, bring us more together, and at the same time speak to our engineering and scientific minds. In our search for an external consultant our planning team was initially hesitant at first review of Meryl’s proposal as we were uncertain how our engineers and scientists would respond to the hands on and creative approach proposed for us. During the workshop I observed how engaged everyone became and how well Meryl brought out the creativity in all of us who attended. Finally, Meryl married that creativity with teambuilding through the development of a team design that we are now building as a follow up activity. In engineering terms, a design-build project that utilized our collective creativity. Brilliant. Team members have provided glowing comments since our workshop and I think we most certainly accomplished our goal of bringing the team closer together and we will have a lasting product from our team building project to remind us Meryl was easy to work with, flexible and I would highly recommend her as a superb team building consultant to work with in any setting or work place.”
Paul Currie, Manager
Water and Industrial Facilities Unit
Nova Scotia Environment

“I am taking Meryl Cook’s course, Hook a Healing Mat. I am a total beginner in rug hooking or any kind of handwork and I did not know what to expect. From the beginning, I have felt safe and supported to try something that is outside my comfort zone. I am gaining confidence with hooking the mat and surprisingly, to me, I am feeling calmer when I see what I have done. The fibres and colours are so beautiful and I am learning to appreciate small steps in a process. My intention is to learn to be more gentle with myself and I feel I am on my way towards that goal. Thank you, Meryl!”

“Meryl is using her favourite medium to gently guide us through a unique process of discovery.  It is far more than a skill-learning class.  I do not know where this will lead me but am encouraged each class to open up and create freely without rules and boundaries.”

“I find the workshop very inspiring, not only because I wanted to learn how to hook, but because of the spiritual aspect of it.  The process of including writing along with hooking makes our project more personal and meaningful.”

Awakening is how I would describe the Healing Mat Workshop. The workshop has re-awakened my creative and spiritual life. Instead of just surviving and making it through each day. I now embrace nurturing my life once again. Playfully and spiritually The Healing Mat workshop had reminded me who I am.”