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PDV 103 — Playful Mindfulness: A Journey to Everyday Confidence, Calm, and Connection

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Jan 13—Mar 17
Time: 6:00—8:05 pm (PT)
Drop Deadline: Jan 15
Units: 2
Tuition: $615
Instructor(s): Ted DesMaisons
Limit: 30
Status: Registration opens Nov 30, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: This course has a different schedule than what appears in the print catalogue. Class sessions will take place from 6:00 - 8:05 pm (PT). In addition, some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
Winter
Live Online(About Formats)
Wednesdays
6:00—8:05 pm (PT)
Date(s)
Jan 13—Mar 17
10 weeks
Drop By
Jan 15
2 Units
Fees
$615
Instructor(s):
Ted DesMaisons
Limit
30
Registration opens Nov 30, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: This course has a different schedule than what appears in the print catalogue. Class sessions will take place from 6:00 - 8:05 pm (PT). In addition, some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
The fast-paced demands of our current world often leave us breathless and frustrated. Mindfulness—paying attention to the present moment with curiosity and kindness—helps us slow down, take a breath, and befriend the inner resources that lead to discovery, delight, and 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 and develop a more connected personal presence. While mindfulness training sometimes takes on a somber or even pious tone (this is serious stuff!), in this course we will take a different track, learning to “play attention” through traditional methods and also through humor, games, and exercises drawn from improvisational theater. Our topics will include our relationship to failure, cultivating curiosity and kindness, paying attention, the mind as storyteller, mindfulness in motion, moving from reactivity to response, developing meta-awareness, sharing control with life, building personal presence, working with difficult emotions, and creating meaningful rituals. 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.

Students are expected to commit to at least twenty minutes of daily practice at home for the duration of the course.

Ted DesMaisons, Founder and Principal, ANIMA Learning

Ted DesMaisons has studied, performed, and taught improvisation internationally, is a trained Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) instructor, and has studied with British acting, voice, and presence coach Patsy Rodenburg. He co-hosts Monster Baby, a podcast on improvisation and mindfulness, and he is the author of Playful Mindfulness. DesMaisons received an MBA from Stanford and a MTh from Harvard.
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