Shavon Norris, an artist, educator, and facilitator, opened the program with an interactive Arts Experience focused on the concept of “mindful making,” a practice that is designed “to deepen the relationship to intuition, awareness of the subtle, and what is outside of direct focus.”
She asked attendees to set goals and objectives for what they hoped to discover not only in regards to the tactical and practical advice they were looking forward to hearing from Guy, but also for what they hoped to discover within themselves.
“Take a breath in and out. Set a desire, goal, or objective for yourself. How do you want to feel? What do you want to accomplish? Maybe you want to make a connection. Stay open,” Norris encouraged the audience.
She then encouraged attendees to welcome feelings of discomfort as they connected with their inward selves, and then asked them to push that discomfort even farther in an exercise that required them to connect with the strangers around them. The task? Communicating silently with prolonged eye contact.