16 episodes

To be creative is to be human. And exploring that drive might help us understand ourselves better. Creative Fuel counters the myth that only certain people are creative by showcasing how essential creativity is in everyone’s everyday.

Host Anna Brones guides listeners through exploring the big questions of what it means to be human through the lens of creativity. Each episode begins with a central question, and features the expertise of researchers, scientists and creatives.

Creative Fuel Anna Brones, Gale Straub

    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 51 Ratings

To be creative is to be human. And exploring that drive might help us understand ourselves better. Creative Fuel counters the myth that only certain people are creative by showcasing how essential creativity is in everyone’s everyday.

Host Anna Brones guides listeners through exploring the big questions of what it means to be human through the lens of creativity. Each episode begins with a central question, and features the expertise of researchers, scientists and creatives.

    Winter Solstice Reflection with Katherine May

    Winter Solstice Reflection with Katherine May

    We all have our creative seasons. Times when we are in energetic modes of inspiration and production, and times when we are slower, softer, more introspective. As we enter into winter, we talk with writer Katherine May about how we can find a little more meaning in this season.

    • 8 min
    Summer Solstice Meditation

    Summer Solstice Meditation

    Let the abundance of light infuse your creative process. We're entering a new season, and in tandem with the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere - Anna shares a special Summer Solstice Meditation to inspire play, curiosity and, of course, creativity.

    • 7 min
    Winter Solstice Meditation

    Winter Solstice Meditation

    Solstices and equinoxes mark a seasonal shift, a change in what’s happening around us. But what does this mean for our creativity? This bonus episode is a short reflection on what the winter season means for our creative process, and is a call to contemplate what creative rest and regeneration can look like in this slower, quieter season.

    • 5 min
    How Do We Slow Down?

    How Do We Slow Down?

    In a darker, slower season, our bodies crave rest. Yet all around us, it feels like society wants us to speed up. This time of year can be particularly difficult for working artists, and whether or not we make a living from our creative pursuits, we can often feel the need for a slower pace. But in the midst of systemic forces, how do we take care of ourselves? Artist Antoinette Thomas and Outdoor Journal Tour founder, wellness leader and author Kenya Jackson-Saulters help us to better understand the forces that we’re up against, and what we can do when to slow down and to pause.

    • 33 min
    Dose of Creativity: Cheryl Strayed

    Dose of Creativity: Cheryl Strayed

    Writer Cheryl Strayed draws some thoughtful parallels between grief and a creative state.

    • 7 min
    How Do We Get Through Hard Times?

    How Do We Get Through Hard Times?

    When Cheryl Strayed was 22 she lost her mother to lung cancer, and words became a way to carry her through. In this episode, with the help of Dr. Girija Kaimal, the current president of the American Art Therapy Association, we explore how creativity can serve as a tool for helping us grapple with those moments in life when things feel unstable and unknown.

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
51 Ratings

51 Ratings

WildMinds ZG ,

Wonderful

I’m so glad I found this podcast. I love the journal prompts and invitation to be thoughtful about creativity in so many ways. Plus I’m work in the outdoor industry and love how much little hints of getting outside are woven in.

roshnireykjavik ,

Inspiring

My overall takeaway from this podcast was that I feel more ok now, after listening to it. Anna’s thoughtful interviews create a space where permission is granted to just be, just breathe, just pause, reflect, take stock, rest, feel… all the things necessary to restore a sense of wellbeing. I learned so much about the psychology of creativity and what ingredients I can add to my life to make more room for play. This pause and reflection refilled my creative cup and I feel more grounded and empowered as a result. Definitely recommend!

jurt_heim ,

Newest fan

I just found this podcast, although I have admired Annas art for awhile. The first one I listened to, How we get through hard things, is full of useful tools, presented in a compassionate way, for grieving humans. A good listen for anyone, as we all have lost someone of something especially since 2020.

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