Our unique learning & development program is designed to re-energise busy people. Be part of an intimate group benefiting from the combination of activity based creative workshops, whilst immersed in the awesome New York City. Our 5-day experience will leave you inspired, reinvigorated and with a renewed sense of passion and possibility.

Make it a true holiday learning experience by combining our program with Broadway shows, local sport, food, culture and sights in the city that never sleeps!



Who is this for?

Designed for busy people looking to learn new skills and rediscover their energy & passions.

You don’t need a creative background to benefit, with the program being ideal if:

  • you want something more personal and impactful than a typical training or seminar
  • you relate to the feeling of being “stuck in a rut”, or sense you have “lost that spark”
  • you are looking to gain more self-confidence in effectively communicating your thoughts and ideas
  • you want to meet like-minded people to inspire, and be inspired
  • you need some time to reflect while enjoying New York City with a fun and unique experience
  • your business is looking for a unique staff incentive program

Our Story

Husband and wife, Jeremy and Angie, were busy professionals looking for a unique learning & development and growth experience. They wanted to learn new skills, yet have sufficient time to reflect and really explore and connect with the local community in New York City. They developed their own itinerary of creative pursuits, including acting and painting classes and committed to getting to know one new person every day. They came back so energised and inspired they wanted others to benefit from a similar experience, and Creative Cities 21 was born. And now, they would love to invite you to come on a journey to rediscover your energy and passions.

Why Creative Cities 21

There are so many people juggling work and family commitments, struggling to find that special professional and personal development program.

Creative Cities 21 was designed by people who understand you, as that was us.

Our unique 5-day learning & development program is designed to re-energise busy people. You will be part of an intimate group benefiting from the combination of activity-based creative workshops, whilst immersed in the awesome New York City. You will leave inspired, reinvigorated and with a renewed sense of passion and possibility.

So why Creativity? There is a heap of evidence* that creativity in your life makes you more energised, productive and happier, so we have incorporated a number of fun, creative learning modules, including art, music, innovation and communication (using techniques learned by actors).

The 21 hours of experiential learning are provided by the city’s leading creative studios (including the Metropolitan Opera) and you will gain fresh perspectives from a local entrepreneur at a private and exclusive event.

There will be plenty of time to explore like a tourist and soak up the sporting, cultural, culinary and health & fitness activities the city has to offer. You can live like a local, explore like a tourist and learn with the freedom of a 5-year old!

Come along to Creative Cities 21 by yourself, with your partner, a business colleague, or a friend, to be part of this defining experience.

Book now for our August 2020 program in New York City. Find out more here.

Register your interest in our 2021 programs in London, Melbourne and NYC. Find out more here.

Hear from one of our music teachers who wants to work with you. Click here to watch the video.

*    World Economic Forum.  Creativity in top 3 required skills.

       IBM survey of 1,500 CEOs.  Creativity No.1 required skill.

       Adobe State of Create 2016.  70% of 5,000 global executives say creativity makes you a better leader, worker, parent & student and is good for the economy & society.  Also makes you more confident, energised and happy.

Kind words

“CC21 was a transformational experience. I recommend it if you are looking for a creative, curated travel experience that will inspire you…. And make some wonderful new friends! ”
Mariana
2019 participant
“What an experience! Highly recommend to anyone that wants to be inspired to be their best! Definitely a bucket list item!”
Joyce
2019 participant
“Coming in I was a little apprehensive, yet excited. I was quickly made very comfortable. The skills I have learnt are definitely beneficial for my everyday and professional life.”
Ken
2018 participant
“It was awesome, really vibrant. Wonderful tools and assets for everyday life. It is A grade, thoroughly recommend – you have to do it!”
Lisa
2018 participant

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The Power of the Experience

“You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.” ― Richard Branson.

Well I didn’t fall over, but I certainly opened myself up and pushed the boundaries with my creativity based personal development immersion in New York City. I enrolled in an acting course to hone my communication skills, a painting class to create with freedom and was inspired through engagement with local creatives and entrepreneurs. Actively participating and creating with my fellow students was confronting, but also the most fun and positively impactful learning experience of my 55-year-old life!

So why?

On reflection it was the power of the experience – experiential learning combined with experiential travel.

It is widely accepted that there are four learning styles:

  • Auditory, where people take in information through listening,
  • Reading/writing for those who enjoy interacting with text,
  • Visual, for those that best absorb and understand with images, and
  • Tactile, kinesthetic, or as the Virgin Chief says – learning by doing.

But there is a variation to the learning by doing style, called Experiential Learning. First proposed by David Kolb in 1984, it is defined as “learning through reflection on doing” and has the following benefits:

  • Keeps you focused and present through active participation.
  • Provides real time application of information, allowing experimentation.
  • Access to in the moment coaching, allowing more rapid skills progression.
  • Encourages teamwork and communication between the participants – another learning opportunity.
  • Development of reflective practice habits.
  • Heightened satisfaction and confidence, as progress and accomplishments are obvious.

This technique allows reflection and observation in the sessions, but some concepts would benefit from additional thinking and processing. But how do you get that space for reflection time in a connected and busy world?

Well I happened to be immersed in the sights, sounds and energy of in New York City, well clear from my usual routine and open to new adventures and opportunities. What I later realised is that one of the fastest growing trends is immersive, or experiential travel. *In 2017, 65% of travellers preferred ‘experiencing something new’ over ‘feeling rested and recharged’.

Here at Creative Cities 21, we have learned by doing and offer an impactful personal development program delivered through experiential learning and for those joining us from outside New York City, the added benefit of experiential travel, making it a unique holiday learning experience!

So would this learning style suit you? If you are not sure of your preferred method to optimise your personal and professional development, then one way to find out is to use an online assessment tool. Try it out and hopefully you agree with us and we will see you soon!

*In 2017, 65% of travellers preferred ‘experiencing something new’ over ‘feeling rested and recharged’.
^ “U.S. Experiential Traveler Trends 2018: Annual Survey on Traveler Behavior, Motivations & Preferences”. Skift Research.

Creative Cities 21 re-energises busy people through a unique personal development experience. With plenty of evidence highlighting that creativity makes you more productive, better leaders & workers and happier, our 5-day program combines a number of activity-based creative workshops whilst immersed in awesome New York City. You will leave inspired, reinvigorated and with a renewed sense of passion and possibility.

Find out more about our 2019 programs at www.creativecities21.com

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Great eating spots in NoLita, New York City

NoLita, or North of Little Italy has had some notable residents in its time – David Bowie, Martin Scorsese, John Mayer and us, Angie and Jeremy!

This very cool neighbourhood in Manhattan is bounded by SoHo, Little India, NoHo and Lower East Side and is the home to many restaurants and bars.

There are so many great places to eat in Manhattan, let alone NoLita, so we have decided to just focus on eating in the charming Elizabeth Street, with its collection of low-rise buildings, a welcoming little community garden, loads of great shops and plenty of restaurants.

TACOMBI AT FONDA NOLITA

267 Elizabeth Street

It was once a car repair shop, but since 2010, it has been home to this authentic Mexican diner. It has a casual, colourful setting with their original 1963 VW Kombi van from Mexico City parked in the centre, still slinging out their famous and delicious tacos. Over our several visits, we worked our way through the whole menu and enjoyed them all.

This is one of their six locations in Manhattan but is the original and still has the charm – and their old VW!

http://tacombi.com/

Café Habana

Corner Elizabeth and 17 Prince St

If you love Cuban and Mexican food, it will be difficult for you to go past this place. Established in 1998, it is a casual and inexpensive restaurant with good sized servings. We ticked off most items in the menu and all are great, but highly recommend any of their salads and sandwiches topped with corn on the cob!

They have another NYC location in Brooklyn and also in Malibu, New Orleans and Tokyo!

https://www.cafehabana.com/

Peasant

194 Elizabeth Street

Need something a little more up market? Peasant has an authentic rustic Italian cuisine with a charcoal and wood fired oven. It has a very welcoming and spacious bar at the front with plenty of “on the house” olives and bread sticks! Occasionally we popped in there for a drink and chat with the friendly staff as we were heading elsewhere. Meal quantities are good, and they have been very accommodating when arranging tables for our program participants. They also have a downstairs wine bar that opens at 7pm.

Note that the restaurant is closed on Mondays.

http://www.peasantnyc.com/

The Butcher’s Daughter

Corner Elizabeth and 19Kenmare Street

On the southern end of Elizabeth Street people gather to eat at this very trendy and popular restaurant. It is vegetarian and mostly vegan and gluten free.  They use fresh, locally sourced ingredients and regularly change their menus which kept us coming back. Even though we are not vegetarians, we found the food tasty, interesting and we felt super heathy as we were leaving!

It’s worth a visit.

They also have restaurants in the West Village, Brooklyn and also in LA.

https://www.thebutchersdaughter.com/

Creative Cities 21 re-energises busy people through a unique personal development experience. With plenty of evidence highlighting that creativity makes you more productive, better leaders & workers and happier, our 5-day program combines a number of activity-based creative workshops whilst immersed in awesome New York City. You will leave inspired, reinvigorated and with a renewed sense of passion and possibility.

Find out more about our 2019 programs at www.creativecities21.com

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