• The Creative Catalyst

    Be Curious, Be Inspired, Be More







    The Creative Catalyst

    provides a range of evidence based

    strategic approaches

    that build creative competencies, skillsets

    and collaborative workplace cultures



  • The Creative Catalyst is founded on the premise that creativity is a learned skillset, can be enriched by neuroscience and psychology, to achieve creative success.

    These are translated into expertly designed and accessible resources and programs for all stages of our life

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    Hi I'm Maria Simonelli

    I’m an author, educator, artist and creative entrepreneur. I’m the founder of The Creative Catalyst and author of four books, including The Creative Advantage: How the intersection of science and creativity is revealing life’s ultimate advantage, its accompanying Activity Guide, The Creative Advantage Life Cycle and Sweet Spot Careers: A practical and creative guide to a successful midlife career transition.


    The Creative Catalyst builds creative capacity and problem-solving skills across non-profits, business, governments and community, that result in real and positive change.

  • The Creative Catalyst

    Is built on four key themes:


    The Neuroscience of Creativity

    Learn what actually happens in the brain during the creative process.


    Organisational Creativity

    The heart and soul of the company is creativity and innovation.


    The Links between Art and Science

    The re-convergence of science and art might just be the ultimate catalyst.


    Tools that can Improve your Creativity

    Creativity is like a muscle and can be stretched and challenged.

  • “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of

    thinking we used when we created them”

    Albert Einstein


    The Creative Catalyst recognises were not all at the same place in life. Through a range of targeted products and services, these are designed for specific stages across our lifespan, to overcome a range of challenges and issues.

    You might be:

    • A Gen Y, feeling dissatisfied at work or facing burnout due to escalating expectations to deliver creativity on demand, or
    • A Gen X at a crossroad, challenged by juggling roles as parents, a demanding work life and the needs of aging parents, or
    • A Baby Boomer seeking to maintain brain health and reduce cognitive decline through activities that will help to stay mentally active post retirement.

    Ultimately, there's one thing in common, you feel like you're being left behind or life is leaving you overwhelmed and impacting on your mental and physical wellbeing.


    But equally you've come to realise the need to develop new skill sets to overcome internal blocks that limit creative thinking and problem solving abilities.


    The Creative Catalyst provides science based programs that build your capacity to identify and utilise your innate creative skills and use them everyday by applying these across all stages of your life.

  • Here's how I can work with you

    Through Online Programs, Workshop Training, Resource Materials and Consulting Services


    Workshops, Presentations

    and as a Speaker


    Online Programs

    One on One

  • There is a place for creativity without borders

    Check out my latest updates!

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    Get the Creative Advantage

    Books, Workshops,

    Online and Free Resources

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    Online program

    Seven Steps to Enhanced Creativity

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    Need a Creative Reboot?

    Check out the free resources

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    The Creative Advantage

    What the experts say

  • Connect With The Creative Catalyst

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  • Interested to find out more?

    .... then follow that curiosity

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