Mindful Maker Retreat

Are you stressed out, burned out, and worn out? Is your candle not only burning at both ends but fully engulfed in flames? Do you give to everyone else but yourself? Do you long for time and space to yourself but aren’t quite sure what you’d even do with the time? At the Aegean Idea Lab we’ve been there and know how all-consuming modern life can be.

In this retreat you are given distraction free time to focus on priorities that truly recharge you. If you’ve forgotten what it is you even like anymore we give you time and space to explore new things and rediscover who you are.

Have you ever taken the time to disconnect from the constant demands of modern life and truly pursue ideas, dreams and passions? This class will allow you to disconnect and immerse yourself in nature and give yourself time to bring your ideas to life.

Working from an initial idea we will explore the nuances of using 3D printing for rapid prototyping. The course will provide a history of digital fabrication techniques, an overview of the invention process, iterative design techniques, an introduction to Computer Aided Design and processes for a successful 3D print. We will also explore 2D design and subtractive manufacturing using our laser cutter.

We will address the limitations and advantages of additive vs. subtractive manufacturing and how distributed manufacturing at the local level empowers everyone to create and innovate more mindfully. The course will include optional daily meditation and yoga sessions. Massage and other self care can be arranged upon request. Students will leave with one or several 3D printed objects and Mindfulness tools to serve them in all aspects of life.

NO prior 3D printing experience or CAD design knowledge necessary.


Instructor: Kathy Sinclair

Starting in 2004, Sinclair was an engineer at MIT Lincoln Laboratory where she worked in Aviation researching collision avoidance algorithms for aircraft. She was part of the team that won the Robert Collier Trophy for excellence in aviation in America. She then segued her aviation expertise and moved to MIT LL’s Aerospace division where she researched and tracked space debris. In 2014 Kathy read Neil Gershenfeld’s book, Fab: The Coming Revolution on Your Desktop-from Personal Computers to Personal Fabrication”and she applied to take his infamous “How to Make (almost) Anything” course at the MIT Media Lab. Since then Kathy has been studying additive manufacturing techniques and Planning on opening a fab lab. To prepare at MIT she pursued classes and workshops in design, invention, science, technology and the technical and fine arts at MIT, Harvard, Massachusetts College of Art and elsewhere.

In 2017, Kathy left her job at MIT as a Space Systems Engineer to pursue lifelong dreams of attending art school and living abroad. She moved her young family to the Greek Island of Paros where she attended The Aegean Center for the Fine Arts for Spring and Fall of 2017 where she studied oil painting, drawing, creative writing, photography, poetry, literature, art history, theatre, book craft and Greek dance. The healing powers of the Aegean sea took hold and she decided Paros is the perfect place to open a fab lab.

At the Aegean school she met Jane and John Pack who stressed the lack of jobs for the youth on Paros.  So in 2018 Sinclair opened a fab lab on Paros to create entrepreneurship, innovation, technology training for Paros residents and students studying abroad and serve as a mindful maker space for Paros Island. Kathy has been practicing yoga, meditation and mindfulness for over a decade and took Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction class four times, this past year she also trained to become a certified vinyasa yoga instructor with Lexington Power Yoga and took workshops on Lesvos island with Angela Farmer and Victor van Kooten as well as workshops at Taos Center of Paros.

Kathy Sinclair received degrees from Smith College, the University of Michigan and Dartmouth College. She is a mother of two small children and currently lives on the Greek Island of Paros with her family.

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