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Intro to Playful Mindfulness: A joyful journey to everyday confidence, calm, and connection
Studio 204, 3435 Cesar Chavez
San Francisco, CA
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Intro to Playful Mindfulness: A joyful journey to everyday confidence, calm, and connection
a joyful journey to everyday confidence, calm, and connection

The world ain't slowing down or getting any easier--and that reality often leaves us feeling breathless, anxious and frustrated. Mindfulness--paying attention to the present moment with curiosity and kindness--helps us pause, take a breath, and befriend the inner resources that replace (or at least balance) all that turmoil with discovery, delight, and an ongoing sense of a life well-lived.

Integrating insights and exercises from Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) with those from improvisational theater, this course will help you forge new neural pathways, build healthy mental habits, and develop a more connected, more charismatic personal presence.

While mindfulness training sometimes takes on a somber or even pious tone (this is serious stuff!), this course offers a different approach. Here, we learn to pay attention by *playing* attention through traditional methods and also through humor, games, and easy shared improv exercises.

Our topics will include our relationship to failure, paying attention, cultivating curiosity and kindness, the mind as storyteller, mindfulness in motion, and moving from reactivity to response. Learning modes will include formal mindfulness practices, informal practices that integrate these skills into daily life, and shared inquiry using safe small and large discussions to draw wisdom from the whole group.

Please note: to get the most out of this class--and to support your classmates and their learning--you should expect to commit to at least twenty minutes of daily practice at home for the duration of the course.

Day(s): Thursday evenings
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): May 23, June 6, 20, 27, July 4, 11 (no class on May 30 or June 13)
Time: 6:45 pm  9:00 pm
Location: Studio 204,

Investment: $397

Any cancellations or refunds before May 9 must be requested per direct conversation with and approval from event organizer and will incur a small and reasonable administrative fee.  After that, refunds only available if the course is full and we are able to find a replacement.
Limit: 24

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. He co-hosts the Monster Baby Podcast ("A curious romp through the worlds of mindfulness and improvisation") and his first book, Playful Mindfulness just came out in March of 2019.


Studio 204, 3435 Cesar Chavez (View)
3435 Cesar Chavez, corner Valencia and Cesar Chavez
San Francisco, CA 94110
United States


Comedy > Improv
Education > Business
Education > Classes
Other > Health & Wellness
Other > Spiritual

Minimum Age: 18
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!


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