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

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Sep 22—Dec 1
Time: 6:00—8:05 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Sep 24
Units: 2
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $615
Instructor(s): Ted DesMaisons
Limit: 30
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
Please Note: No class on November 24
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Live Online(About Formats)
6:00—8:05 pm (PT)
Sep 22—Dec 1
10 weeks
Refund Date
Sep 24
2 Units
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Ted DesMaisons
Please Note: No class on November 24
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
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.

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. He received an MBA from Stanford and a MTh from Harvard.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Ted DesMaisons, Playful Mindfulness: a joyful journey to everyday confidence, calm, and connection (ISBN 9781950373000)
(Required) Mark Williams, Danny Penman, Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World (ISBN 9781609618957)
(Recommended) Patricia Ryan Madson, Improv Wisdom: Don't Prepare, Just Show Up (ISBN 9781400081882)