Catch the Fire Training: Unleash the Creative Power in Yourself and Others

Click here to see a gallery of photos from Catch the Fire 2015.

A participant shares at Catch the Fire 2015. Click here to see a gallery of photos from last year’s workshop.

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





Do you want more spark in your life and work?

Do you want more joy, more connection, and more effectiveness?

Do you want to make a greater impact through any program, classroom, training, team, or event you lead?

Join PYE’s Creative Learning Experts, and a group of changemakers from education, youth work, and entrepreneurship circles, to learn how to maximize your creativity and help others do the same! Gain easy-t0-implement practices to bring depth and vitality to your own life and to any program you lead. Whether you are a CEO, a teacher, or a trainer; whether you work with adults, youth, or both; whether you work with individuals, small groups or large,  you will learn practical and easy-to-apply methods to:

  • Spark and expand your own creativity
  • Create safe environments for taking creative risks
  • Make friends with your “inner critic”
  • Build community within a classroom, program, or conference
  • Optimize the success of any program
  • Work with culturally diverse groups
  • Cultivate strong teams
  • Increase innovation in your organization
  • Develop confidence and comfort in front of groups

The Catch the Fire Training is based on the premise that we are all creative, and we have a birthright to express ourselves through the arts—without having to be skilled at it! You will be part of a welcoming learning community that will make it easy to take creative risks—opening up a whole new world of possibilities and empowerment. No previous experience with the arts is required.

Who is the Catch the Fire Training for?
Youth workers, educators, trainers, CEO’s, entrepreneurs, business people, artists, conveners, community leaders…anyone who wants to bring vitality and new effectiveness to their work with adults and/or youth.


Date: Monday June 20, 2016 (10am) – Friday June 24, 2016 (4pm)
Venue: The Whidbey Institute, Whidbey Island (20 miles North of Seattle), WA, United States


Standard Rate 
Day use only (contact us for a list of local accommodations): $1,223
Tent camping: $1,300
Economy shared accommodation: $1,505
Double room: $1,519
Private room: $1,638

Corporate Rate
Through your corporate sponsorship, PYE will be able to expand the reach of our work and enable more people to benefit from trainings. Our corporate rate comes with your choice of accommodations: double room (get to know a fellow participant!), tent camping, or Private accommodations. All corporate contributions will be publicly acknowledged, with permission. The donation portion of your corporate sponsorship is tax deductible.
Corporate Rate: $2,500

Add a SPARK! 
PYE Global is a nonprofit and does not generate revenue through most of our trainings. Fees collected help offset the direct costs of the program you are registering for. Our goal is to make trainings accessible to anyone who wishes to attend, as we do not want financial considerations to deter anyone from registering. Please consider adding a SPARK when you register! SPARKS go directly to support the PYE Global scholarship fund!








“The Catch the Fire training has brought a depth to my teaching practice unlike any other training I have experienced! The added bonus? It was an absolute blast!” Karen Taylor, 7th grade teacher in Vancouver, BC, Canada, and 2015 Catch the Fire participant  (Click here to read Karen’s entire letter about how the workshop enhanced her teaching!)

“I wish everyone I know could experience your process. It carries a profound healing power that is so needed in our world right now.” Chris Jordan, photographic artist

“This is the best training I have experienced in my career, of many, many years. I came away with the gift of working with young people in a way that I never thought was possible. It is such a creative and authentic way to empowering both kids and adults.” Gayle Copenbarger, teacher

“I am reminded, affirmed and deepened in my certainty of the vitalness of this work” 2014 Catch the Fire participant

“Thank you for a very powerful [training]. You have created something magical. I personally came away with so much clarity personally and professionally. I find myself looking back on the experience and thinking how did you do that? It was done with such ease, fun, and fluidity that I almost can’t pinpoint what happened, but I  walked away with so much.” Tia Johnston Brown, Global Director, Ashoka Youth Venture, Washington, DC

“It was refreshing to see how “seemingly” simple techniques can be used to drive creativity in our day-to-day work with industry.” Siddhant Thakur, Project Leader, Executive Education, School of Inspired Leadership, New Delhi, India

“What I’ve seen over the past week is people remember how to truly live” Catch the Fire Participant, 2014

“Thank you! This was the best training ever! My after-school tutoring program was never the same after that training. My kids no longer feel reluctant to learn and we have fun while we learn.”  Nosipho Mabaso, Shine Centre Manager, Cape Town, South Africa

I have attended many training programs across the globe. This has been by far the best not only in terms of personal learning but in transforming the way I now facilitate delivery of my own program.” Shri Kant Gupta, Chair, Business Leadership Program, School of Inspired Leadership, New Delhi India


Nadia Chaney

Nadia Chaney, M.A., International Lead Trainer, PYE 

A spoken word artist, curriculum writer, and arts empowerment facilitator and trainer with a Masters of Arts in Imaginative Education, Nadia has facilitated more than two thousand workshops on four continents, empowering group leaders in using the arts for personal and social transformation. 




Peggy Taylor

Peggy Taylor, M.Ed, Co-founder and CEO, PYE

She is a writer, musician, and creative development specialist   with a Masters of Education in Creative Arts in Learning from Lesley University in Cambridge MA. She has over 30 years experience working in the fields of group facilitation and experiential learning. Peggy taught creativity at Bainbridge Graduate Institute and is co-author of Chop Wood, Carry Water: A Guide to Finding Spiritual Fulfillment in Everyday Life, which has sold over 250,000 copies worldwide.




The Catch the Fire Workshop is both experiential and practical. You will learn techniques from a wide range of arts including visual and craft arts, creative writing, poetry, music, movement, theater, and story telling. And you will gain the facilitation skills to use these activities to unleash the creativity in others.

Question: If I have taken other PYE trainings will this training still be useful for me?
Answer: Absolutely! In fact, we highly recommend it. This training will offer new skills, activities, and experiences and will give you the time to increase your facilitation skills through practice.

Click here to see a gallery of photos from the 2015 Catch the Fire Training.


The Whidbey Institute is located on Whidbey Island, 20 miles north of Seattle, Washington. The handcrafted buildings and 100 acres of pastures and forest lands provide a perfect site for reflection and learning. There are indoor accommodations, camping options, and local Inns and B & B’s. For maximum immersion, we recommend staying on campus.

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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.



TEACHERS will learn to weave the arts into your curriculum, transform your classroom into an effective learning community, and improve school culture.

YOUTH WORKERS will learn how to design and lead programs that engage even the most reluctant youth and keep them involved.

CORPORATE TRAINERS will learn how to add a new stream of awareness into your facilitation that will increase the impact of your programs.

CONVENERS of groups from 10 to 10,000 will learn how to design and lead unique, effective, and unforgettable learning events.

BUSINESS PEOPLE will learn how to bring out the creativity of each staff member and maximize the power of collaboration and innovation.




11 Responses to Catch the Fire Training: Unleash the Creative Power in Yourself and Others

  • Dear friends at PYE,

    I would really like to attend this training as I have my own newly formed organisation called Udne Ki Asha which literally means I wish to Fly. We work with 100s of kids at Government schools and slums in bangalore city helping them with various kinds of Life Skills Workshops. We currently have also set up our first Youth Development centre within the slum where the kids come to us after school and we help them with life skills and english and math guidance.

    This kind of a training would be unimaginably useful to someone like me to share with our kids.
    Are you having people from India come for this course?? How can we get ourselves sponsored or funded for this workshop. I am really looking forward to hearing from you.

    With Love and regards
    Reshma G Kurup

  • Hi Reshma,

    Great questions – we will send you an email with more information


  • Hello,

    This training looks wonderful…I am working on an arts-based community development project with older adults (65+). Do you think this training would be helpful? Thank you!

  • Hi Katie,

    Thank you for your reply… I am looking forward to hearing from you.

    I would really like to attend this workshop as it will be very beneficial for 1000s of kids, teenagers and youth. Though personally I would be needing 100% funding to be able to attend this workshop and travel back and forth.

    Kindly know more about the organisation on our facebook page: Udne ki asha

    With love and hugs
    Reshma Kurup

  • Hi Nancy,

    Absolutely – this training will be very useful for the work that you do. As an organization we aim to impact young people around the world, but we are very aware that our techniques and methodology work for groups of all ages. We have trained many people from organizations who do very similar work to you.

    Let me know if you have any further questions at all


  • Dear Katie.

    I am very keen on attending the workshop. I have moved to India but will be in sfo during the training. For the last 5 years I have been working with non profits in US. In india I am furthering my research and working with women and youth. Is there sny possibility of a scholarship? If yes, how csn I apply for it?

    Thanks & regards

  • Hi Rekha,

    For information on scholarships for this training please email


  • A warm hello for Charlie :). Any chance PYE plan to run another workshop in Cape Town in the near future?

    Warm regards

  • Hi Shellean,

    Thank you so much for the message. We hope to run another training in Cape Town soon but we have not set any dates yet.


  • Hi friends,

    Who would I talk to about any scholarship or work-study options, if they are available?

    Thanks, and be well,

  • I have learnt about this PYE today on internet when i was looking for energizers for students: i work with students and school drop outs life skills and at times i feel i need more training to reach out more. I am interested in the training but i am afraid i cannot afford to come there and let alone pay for the course: i believe that you can do something to help the youths here in Malawi:

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