Playful Mindfulness 2: The Joy of Expanding Awareness
Combining mindfulness--paying attention to the present moment with curiosity and kindness--with the practices of improvisational theatre helps us meet each of life's moments with freedom, ease, spontaneity, and confidence. We contribute more joyfully and respond more artfully. Life gets better.
Why Playful Mindfulness 2?
In Playful Mindfulness 1, you learned to play attention with traditional, evidence-based mindfulness exercises and with games and activities drawn from the world of improvisational theatre. Previous students got so much from the experience--and had so much fun--that they asked for more!
Responding to that request, this course extends and deepens mindfulness practice into arenas of greater complexity and challenge: the meta process of witnessing thoughts and feelings, creativity and shared control, connected presence, exploring difficulty and building resilience, and the power of positivity and looking for the good.
Learning modes will again include formal mindfulness practices, informal practices for daily life, shared inquiry that uses safe small and large discussions to draw wisdom from the whole groupand, of course, improvisational theatre.
Prerequisite: Playful Mindfulness (through Stanford Continuing Studies or independently through ANIMA Learning) or permission of the instructor. See https://playfulmindfulness12019.bpt.me/ to sign up for the Playful Mindfulness 1 course that will lead into this course.
Though this class is not graded, students are expected to commit to at least twenty minutes of daily practice at home for the duration of the course.
Duration: 6 weeks
Location: Woodside Village Church, 3154 Woodside Rd., Woodside, CA 94062 (just off I-280)
Date(s): Tuesday eves, May 14 through June 18, 2019
Time: 6:45 pm 9:00 pm
Tuition: $497 before April 1, 2019, $597 after March 31, 2019. ($347 if purchased with the Playful Mindfulness 1 course which happens in the weeks immediately prior to this course starting.)
Any cancellations or refunds before March 31 must be requested per direct conversation with and approval from event organizer and will incur a reasonable fee. After that, refunds only available if the course is full and we are able to find a replacement.
Since completing his graduate work at Stanford (MBA) and Harvard (Masters of Theology), Ted DesMaisons has studied, performed, and taught improvisation internationally, including with Patricia Ryan Madson, the Stanford Improvisors, and BATS Improv of San Francisco. He is the founder and principal of ANIMA Learning and a trained Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) instructor. Ted also serves as the US Partner for the UK-based Mindfulness in Schools Project and is a registered Patsy Rodenburg Trainer.
Woodside Village Church (View)
3154 Woodside Rd
Woodside, CA 94062
|Minimum Age: 18|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|