NYC Program August 2018

Sunday 19th August to Friday 24th August, 2018.


Recharge & Refresh with our 1 week creative escape to New York City


Our program starts with twilight drinks at the iconic New York Athletic Club. Founded in 1868, this private sporting and social club is in one of the best locations to soak up the amazing views of Central Park. Meet your group and get to know your hosts Jeremy and Angie.

From there, you’ll enjoy a week of active creative learning provided by the city’s leading acting and art studios, a global innovation specialist and local business leaders – all while exploring, enjoying and being inspired by one of the world’s great cities.

You’ll join our private group tour of New York’s iconic artistic streetscapes. You’ll attend an exclusive function with inspiring local creatives such as fashion designers, artists and actors. There will still be plenty of time to take advantage of the sporting, cultural and wellness activities and the many tasty culinary delights all over the city.

If you come with an openness to have fun, learn and push your creative boundaries, you’ll leave a more authentic communicator and confident creator, inspired by new people and this iconic city.

Who is this for?

Our 1 week program is ideal for your quick escape if:

  • You’re feeling a little burnt out and in need of a (fun!) recharge.

  • You’d like a unique, inspiring vacation that takes you deep into a city culture.

  • You’re looking for a fresh perspective on life and want to try something new and challenging.

  • You’d like to learn, grow and develop creatively, personally or professionally.


What is included?

Our program consists of three learning modules totalling 23 hours per week, exclusive events and plenty of time to explore.

Your three learning modules explained

Acting Classes

If you want to be a more authentic, more effective and a more persuasive communicator, then this is for you.

No acting experience needed, as you will be in a fun, creative and supportive environment. You will learn the techniques developed by the acclaimed American teacher Sanford Meisner, including the true art of listening, voice control, overcoming “stage fright” and authentic movement and timing.

You will work in groups, pairs and as a solo through repetition exercises, door activities and there will be plenty of laughs as you create improvisations.

This module is delivered by Maggie Flanigan Studio.

Painting & Drawing Classes

Stuck with the same old systems, processes and approach?

Do you want to tap into the right side of your brain to let your creative juices flow?

Painting and drawing provides you with a path to unlock and build your creative confidence. There is no right or wrong, just interpretation. The use of acrylic paint suits our approach, as it dries fast, enabling you to quickly layer your work.

Paintings will never look the same to you again – the colours, transitions, textures, perspective. Feel alive with your own creation while thinking about where to hang it when you get home.

Your new found creative freedom will come to life and unfold in different ways. You will be delighted to discover fresh approaches to tackle issues and opportunities and you will enjoy the confidence to explore.

This module is delivered by by The Art Studio NY.

Ideas & Inspiration


Innovation is not just about technology and digital disruption, or autonomous vehicles and crypto currency. It’s about fresh ideas in all walks of life and changing engrained behaviors, so you can think differently at your home or work.

This module introduces you to the skills, support, spark and confidence to use your creativity to bring ideas to fruition.

Through case studies hear how ideas are sourced, developed and delivered. Techniques used include co design and design thinking, divergent and convergent thinking and then positioning and pitching. Let’s not forget pure passion and determination.

Participate in an exclusive session, hearing from an inspiring local business leader as they share their stories from startups to multi-million dollar and global businesses.

If you have any ideas and concepts you wish to share, they can be workshopped and we can help you take them to the next level.

This module is delivered by Jeremy Stone.

August 2018
A preview of week one:

Welcome function at the New York Athletic Club
Sunday 19th August 2018, 4pm – 6pm 



yoga, pilates, slow breakfast or sleep!

10am – 1.00pm.

Introduction to the course and the Sanford Meisner technique.

Repetition exercise.

2.00pm – 4.00pm.
Ideas & Inspiration


Opportunities, challenges, ideas.

Hear from a local business leader.



yoga, pilates, slow breakfast or sleep!

10am to 1.00pm

Introduction to door exercise.

4:30pm – 6:30pm
Painting & Drawing




yoga, pilates, slow breakfast or sleep!

10am to 1.00pm


2pm – 4pm.
Ideas & Inspiration

Divergent thinking, co design, design thinking.


Function to meet local Creatives




yoga, pilates, slow breakfast or sleep!

10am to 1.00pm

Voice training – articulation, diction, projection.

4:30pm – 6:30pm
Painting & Drawing


9am to 12pm

Door exercise.

1.30pm – 3.30pm.

Private group walking tour of street art in SoHo/Nolita


Farewell drinks

Optional: We can help you get great deals at local pilates and yoga studios and find some great coffee.

All possible effort will be made to adhere to the published program. Occasionally amendments or modifications will need to be made and CC21 will update on the website and advise any reserved Customers directly. 

What else is included?

Creative Cities 21 provides you with access to some unique and exclusive events and tours, including:

  • Welcome drinks at the magnificent New York Athletic Club. Partners welcome.
  • A function to get to know local Creatives (such as fashion designers, actors and artists). Explore their world, hear their stories, and be inspired. Partners welcome.
  • A private group tour of the street art in Soho/Nolita where the likes of Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Blondie hung out. Partners welcome.

And there is more…..

Before you even start, we will send you a welcome pack, including the Sanford Meisner acting book, a painting apron, colour wheel, canvas sheets, acrylic paint and brushes, NYC guides and more!


AUD 1,900

This includes:

– 23 hours of active learning in acting, painting and innovation

– Exclusive welcome function at the New York Athletic Club

– Exclusive functions with local creatives and business people

– A private group street art tour


Time to be a tourist, live like a local…..

The beauty about vacational learning is that you can live like a local, be a tourist and benefit from a structured learning program all at the same time!

Whether it’s taking the time for your own mindfulness opportunities with the best yoga, pilates, gyms and life coaches in NYC, or seeing some American sports including the US Grand Slam tennis, watching shows on Broadway, concerts in Madison Square Garden, enjoying fine food and wine, or the must-see tourist spots in and around NYC, it’s all there for you.

Immerse yourself in all that is on offer over your week – or stay even longer!

Some other activities to enjoy around the time of Creative Cities 21:

  • NY Mets in NY on 7, 8, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 & 26 August.
  • Tuesday 7th August – Rod Stewart & Cindy Lauper at Madison Square Garden.
  • Friday 10th August – Shakira at Madison Square Garden.
  • New York Yankees in NYC on 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 & 19 August.
  • Saturday 18 August – Kenny Chesney at MetLife Stadium.
  • Tuesday 21 & Wednesday 22 August – Jeff Lynne’s Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) at Madison Square Garden.
  • US Open Tennis Tournament from Monday 27 August to Sunday 9 September.

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