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Psychology of Creativity in Hawaii

Location: Hawaii

Course: PSYC 150

Students explore psychological theories of creativity, testing the hypothesis that creativity can be enhanced through a variety of experiences such as mindfulness, yoga, meditation, dance, art, music, martial arts, mythology, nature hikes, novel stimuli, creativity-training exercises, and positive psychology. The class stays at an ocean-side yoga retreat on the big island - a nonprofit refuge in the rain forest jungle - to study yoga, dance, drawing, writing, and Hawaiian culture. Excursions may include hiking, snorkeling, and visiting turtle ponds, lava parks, waterfalls, botanical gardens, and black sand beaches.

Instructors: Professor of Psychology/Department Chair, Lisa Onorato and Professor of Chemistry/Department Chair, Susan Young
Length of program: 20 days

Casey Mullaney '12

My experience at Hartwick College would not have been possible without the scholarships that I received. If I had the opportunity to thank the people who donated to those scholarships, I’d take them to my cabin at Pine Lake, make them a cup of Malian tea, show them my pictures, and just try to communicate what the past four years have meant to me because it’s been incredible and I am so happy I was able to be here.

- Casey Mullaney '12

Triple major in English, French and religious studies; now working for the Center for Community Alternatives, NYC
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