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WELL 14 — Playful Mindfulness: A Journey to Everyday Confidence, Calm, and Connection

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Sat/Sun
Course Format: On-campus (About Formats)
Duration: 4 days
Date(s): Jul 16—Jul 24
Time: 10:00 am—5:00 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jul 16
Units: 2
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $710
Instructor(s): Ted DesMaisons
Limit: 30
Class Recording Available: No
Status: Open
Please Note: Full schedule: Saturdays, July 16 and July 23, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (PT); Sundays, July 17 and July 24, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (PT)
10:00 am—5:00 pm (PT)
Jul 16—Jul 24
4 days
Refund Date
Jul 16
2 Units
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Ted DesMaisons
Please Note: Full schedule: Saturdays, July 16 and July 23, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (PT); Sundays, July 17 and July 24, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (PT)
Our current world and all our relationships in it 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 immersive experiential 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 choose a different track, learning to “play attention” through traditional methods and through humor, games, and exercises drawn from the wisdom of applied improvisation. Our topics will include our relationship to failure, paying attention, cultivating curiosity and kindness, the mind as storyteller, mindfulness in motion, moving from reactivity to response, getting wider perspective, sharing control with life, nonverbal presence, working with difficult emotions, the power of positivity, and creating ritual. Learning modes will include formal mindfulness practices, informal practices that integrate the skills we are learning into daily life, and shared inquiry using safe small and large discussions to draw wisdom from the whole group.

No previous improv or mindfulness experience is necessary. We make a conscious effort to create a welcoming learning space for everyone.

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 an MTh from Harvard.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Ted DesMaisons, Playful Mindfulness: a joyful journey to everyday confidence, calm, and connection (ISBN 978-1950373000)
(Required) Mark Williams, Danny Penman, Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World (ISBN 978-1609618957)