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Catch the Fire Training 2016

June 20, 2016 - June 24, 2016


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The research is in. Creativity is the key to vibrant classrooms, engaging programs, and high-functioning teams. But how do we put creativity into action? Catch the Fire, PYE’s annual creativity bootcamp, shows you how.

Join us for five days at The Whidbey Institute, a relaxing retreat center on Whidbey Island off the coast of Washington state, 20 miles north of Seattle. Learn to charge your own creativity and light the spark in others. Connect with a diverse group of teachers, youth workers, and changemakers. And discover you have more creative power than you ever imagined.

Our facilitators are experts at building a safe environment that empowers you to take creative risks—and surprise yourself with the results. Our practical approach gives you game-changing tools to implement right away for increased impact in the classroom or workplace. Register today and join us!

  • Unleash your own creativity and help others do the same
  • Employ a large toolbox of activities with any group of any age
  • Transform your classroom, program, or work team into a highly engaged creative community that sustains and inspires participants
  • Build participants’ self-confidence and group cohesion
  • Integrate the arts to enrich the classroom or program experience
  • Lead engaging community arts events


WHEN: Monday, June 20, 2016 (10am) – Friday, June 24, 2016 (4pm)

WHERE: The Whidbey Institute, Clinton WA, US

The Whidbey Institute is located on Whidbey Island, 20 miles plus a short ferry ride north of Seattle, Washington. The beautifully designed rustic buildings and 100 acres of pasture and forest lands are ideal for learning and reflection. There are indoor accommodations, camping options, and local Inns and B & B’s. For maximum immersion, we recommend staying on campus. The Whidbey Institute chefs provide three delicious homemade meals each day plus morning and afternoon snacks. Options include meat, fish, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free. Meals are included in the tuition fee.


Catch the Fire Training offers deep insights and practical techniques for anyone who works with groups of youth or adults including…

TEACHERS: Learn to transform your classroom into an effective learning community, weave the arts into your curriculum, and enrich school culture.

YOUTH WORKERS: Learn to design and lead programs that engage even the most reluctant youth—and keep them involved!

CORPORATE TRAINERS: Learn how to bring creativity into the mix to dramatically increase the impact of your programs.

CONVENERS OF GROUPS from 10 to 10,000: Learn how to design and lead unique, effective, and unforgettable learning events.

BUSINESS LEADERS: Learn to bring out the creativity of each team member and maximize the collaboration and innovation.

ANYONE who wants to enhance their own creative capacities.


Educators and school counselors can earn 35 hours of clock hours through the Heritage Institute/Antioch University Seattle extension division. We also issue a certificate of completion. There is an extra fee of $60 for clock hours.


PYE’s mission is to unleash the power, purpose, and potential of young people worldwide. We do this by empowering teachers, youth workers, and other leaders to build supportive Creative Communities that change lives.

We train people around the world to deepen the impact of their youth programs, classrooms, workplaces and other group environments. At the heart of the trainings is our Creative Community Model, a framework of arts empowerment practices and leading-edge group facilitation tools.

We’ve already reached thousands of youth workers, educators, social service workers, and business people. In turn, they have gone on to provide transformative Creative Community experiences for more than a million young people and adults.

Visit to learn more about our work.



June 20, 2016
June 24, 2016