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Thanksgiving with Barnet Bain – Gratitude, Creativity & Spirit.

Celebrate Thanksgiving  – and all that you’re grateful for  – with the Canyon Ranch family and special guest Barnet Bain – creativity coach, award-winning filmmaker, and author of The Book of Doing and Being. The holiday weekend will be filled with inspiring activities, discussions, breath work and play that cultivate gratitude.

With his warmth and generosity, Barnet is an expert who feels like a friend. He encourages each person to reach fulfillment, and believes that being mindful and appreciative sparks creativity in all its forms. Discover how spiritually powered creativity can jump start a project, launch a business, make a work of art, or experience deeper relationships.

– You’ll gain an experiential overview of presence, aliveness and gratitude.

– Build body-mind recognition of your inner stories and creativity.

– Develop your understanding of how gratitude helps feed inborn creativity.

– Experience the basic elements of creative intensity: energy, contact and boundaries.

This retreat includes a Welcome & Closing Ceremony, a group dinner and daily group sessions.

The all-inclusive package for this retreat includes a $500 retreat fee, an additional $320 service allowance to apply toward a private session with a Canyon Ranch spiritual wellness provider or other spiritual wellness services. You also save 15% on our EveryStay rate.

Canyon Ranch Members – Use your Membership nights and save 10% on the retreat fee. Call for details.

Limited spaces available. Book early. Happy Thanksgiving!


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Filmmaker. Author. Creativity coach.
Ever grateful.

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Gratitude, Creativity & Spirit

The lessons, tools and techniques published in these books serve to open untapped reservoirs of creativity in every individual – they have helped thousands consciously create their present and future. Barnet guides people of all ages and walks of life to expand their vision of what is possible, and develop their gifts and talents with passion.

Barnet is a core faculty member of Columbia University, Spirituality Mind Body Institute, and teacher at Esalen Institute.

Gratitude, Creativity & Spirit

In a word, Barnet Bain is a creator. Film credits include Milton’s Secret (director, writer); Oscar-winner What Dreams May Come (producer); Emmy-Award nominee for Outstanding TV Movie, Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story (executive producer); and The Celestine Prophecy (writer, producer).

Through his experiences in Hollywood and beyond, Barnet latched onto the idea that stepping beyond what we already know is key to the dimension of imagination from which innovation is born. He shared these philosophies in The Book of Doing and Being: Rediscovering Creativity in Life, Love and Work (2015) and The Third Story: Awakening the Love That Transforms (2013).

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"Success now hinges on this quality that all of us possess, but few of us appreciate: our ability to dream, to innovate, to create."


Through discussions, breath work and play, we’ll rediscover a reservoir of gratitude that is born in the body. We’ll explore the connections between gratitude, spirituality and creativity. You’ll take away a blueprint to step beyond what you already know into a life of greater purpose, innovation, and appreciation.

If you’re still not sure that this is right for you, I invite you to reach out to me personally. You’ll find me at barnetbain.com/work-with-me/ – let’s talk!

Gratefully, Barnet

Sometimes it’s just hard to feel thankful. In a program specifically designed for Canyon Ranch at Thanksgiving, we’ll learn to understand our resistances to deep gratitude built up over everyday frustrations and living.

We’ll practice techniques for developing and deepening appreciation. Above all, we’ll laugh. This is an important subject to me, and I’m excited to share it with you at Canyon Ranch.

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Greet each day with gratitude for all that is within and around you. Connect with your vision and passions, and learn to align your goals with them. Barnet Bain shares inspiration and wisdom through his engaging presentations.

Resilience Through Chaos
Learn how gratitude, creativity and spiritual connection can help you cope and thrive through periods of stress or change.
Quiet the Mind
Experience how breathing can generate calm and well-being and make room for gratitude.
Fuel Your Future with Creativity
From my years producing movies and books, leading creativity workshops, and teaching at Columbia University, I’ll show you how you can tap into the gifts you already possess.
What Kids Need to Succeed
In a time when art, drama and music classes are constantly cut to save money, learn about lifelong skills of creative thinking that will free your kids to dream big. They’ll be forever grateful.
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