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OTOA Creative Life Practice (CLP)

"Creativity is not a talent. It is a way of being.”   - John Cleese

A Course of Study
Offering the Practice & Principles for
Creative, Personal & Professional Transformation & Actualization

Led by OTOA Founder & Master Teacher
Gia Forakis

You do not have to be an artist to benefit from a Creative Life Practice.

The aim of OTOA Creative Life Practice (CLP)
is to enrich our lives by reinvigorating our capacity for possibility,
clarifying goals, and strengthening our encounters for growth and manifestation
through an innovative examination of the tools employed in all visionary endeavors:

the creative process.

The OTOA Creative Life Practice (CLP) curriculum
is focused on the study of
CLP's 6 Aspects of Creative Influence,
and the guidelines of the One-Thought-One-Action (OTOA)™ technique
for incremental thought and action.

OTOA Creative Life Practice (CLP)™
is the a study and philosophy of creativity as it applies to an
active engagement in change, manifestation and transformation.

"You could say that OTOA CLP is a course of study for creative actualization.
What I have found in my own practice is that CLP is like a light switch for Enrichment & Joy."

- Gia Forakis


The OTOA Creative Life Practice Curriculum 

The 6 Aspects of Creative Influence

The Guideposts for Creating Clear Goals and
Positive & Constructive Transformation

The 6 Aspects:

Gratitude / Generosity

Nature / Purpose

Observation / Receptivity

Vision / Quest

Technique / Discipline

Time / Space

The Core Principle: Connection
Communication Implies To Think Together
The Thinker & The Thought
The Overriding Motivation

A Creative Life Practice: A Search for Synthesis
Enriching Your Practice, Clarifying Goals, Identifying the Question(s)
Reinvigorating Your Capacity For Possibility

OTOA Creative Life Practice, Mandala © 2017


“It's the caliber of our questions, followed by the dedication of our inquiry,
that chart our path through life”

- Gia Forakis


Curriculum Formats

" Gia's [Creative Life Practice] classes have been more helpful and enlightening than I could have even imagined,

and I find myself using the tools and thoughts you shared with us, daily" 

Karissa Lang, Artist, Healer, Brooklyn, NY



The CLP Workshop Series provide participants with scheduling flexibility, as well as the opportunity for a more in-depth investigation of CLP's 6 Aspects for Creative Influence & The Core Principle. Each class is uniquely designed to focus on building a deeper connection with one single aspect through writing, dialogue, ritual, and the principles of One-Thought-One-Action. (OTOA). Participants can attend one or more classes in any order of the series. CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION & REGISTRATION


This workshop focuses on the life practice of the theater artists off of the stage and outside of the rehearsal room. In traditional acting classes and theater training programs, the primary and necessary focus is on the craft of the actor and the business of the performing arts. What is not often addressed is how to live a fulfilling creative life before, during, and after each projectWith or without a production, the individual theater artist requires on-going enrichment of their creative life that brings a quality of fulfillment no matter what theater project they are doing and no matter what job they are doing to earn a living.       CLICK HERE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION


After participating in one of the other CLP forums for study, may discover that you want to go further with a more individual focus to address a specific topic, private concerns, or that you would be more comfortable working one-on-one to address professional roadblocks, obstacles within a single project or personal concerns, or that you are looking for support to make comprehensive changes in more than one area of your life.  Even, if you have not participated in one of the group CLP offerings, these are all good ways to make use of Private CLP Coaching, which can be tailored to address your, needs, goals, schedule and budget. CLICK HERE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION


Bringing OTOA Creative Life Practice Seminar to your company, institution, classroom, community, business, or private gathering. This option can be tailored to address your, needs, goals, schedule and budget. Proposals for scheduling your own seminar should be submitted 4-8 weeks in advance of your intended date. To explore this option contact: Darya Gauthier, OTOA Managing Director at GIAFORAKISANDCO@GMAIL.COM. Please be sure to put "OTOA" in the subject of your email.


This intensive seminar, is intended to give an overview and lay the foundation for participants to begin their unique journey into discovering the benefits of a Creative Life Practice, by introducing them to CLP's 6 Aspects for Creative Influence through discussion, dialogue, exercises and observation. NOTHING SCHEDULED AT THIS TIME


This format, which meets on one evening each week, for 4 hours, over 6 consecutive weeks, is intended for a deeper investigation into CLP's 6 Aspects for Creative Influence, through weekly creative assignments that engage the participant in an investigation and application of one Aspect of Creative Influence each week. NOTHING SCHEDULED AT THIS TIME


"OTOA Creative Life Practice is how vast concepts can be broken down
and how I connect to the world around me with every thought."

- Lila Smith, Director of Communications & E-Commerce

"The CLP workshop taught me not to be afraid to ask questions about my life

because questions are essential for leading a creative life. Gia hands you invaluable tools

that deepen your awareness of your everyday, and help you to fully connect with your creative self."

~ Adam Boncz, Performer/Producer, NYC

Seminar, Class, Intensive or Workshop? 

Class participation includes individual and group exercises and observation.
Exercises are followed by class discussion and exchange.

Participants will be asked to prepare a creative pre-class assignment before each class
and/or on the evenings between contiguous workshop dates.
It is advised that you set aside at least 30-60 minutes (per class) for these assignments.

Some physical movement will be encouraged, but nothing strenuous
or beyond the capacity of the participant’s abilities or level of comfort.

OTOA CLP is based on the principles of the OTOA Technique
and intended to bring a richer engagement with the present as a path for a building
a more rewarding and worthwhile future.


“Creativity is a spiritual experience. Express your self. Express your nature.” 
- Anonymous


In the international journal The Theatre Time

A Letter From the Founder: Origins of OTOA Creative Life Practice...

During the last 14 years that I have been developing, teaching and practicing  One-Thought-One-Action (OTOA) as a performance technique, it’s become clear that the same OTOA principles that bring clarity and enrichment to the staged event are just as meaningful when applied to individual and collective growth in daily life, as OTOA Creative Life Practice (CLP). 

I found that OTOA gave me personal, professional and creative benefits in my practical activities with versatile and expansive results to my daily living.

These observations revealed the need for bringing the benefits of OTOA into a wider realm of application, and it is with this intention that I developed the OTOA-based curriculum of OTOA Creative Life Practice (CLP).

OTOA CLP, offers an approach for untangling professional, personal or creative road-blocks, revealing hidden obstacles, articulating goals and objectives in an effort to chart a more unified and creative path forward.

OTOA CLP offers useful tools for enriching new projects, expanding your vision and realm of possibility, and as a basic support for any field and for every enterprise, whether, personal, professional or creative. 
OTOA's practice of incremental thought and action is the preliminary step for managing all our aspirations, no matter what the project --big or small, personal or communal, quotidian or visionary.

 - Gia Forakis,
OTOA Founder & Master Teacher
Brooklyn, 2018