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

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: On-campus (About Formats)
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Jan 18—Mar 1
Time: 7:00—9:05 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jan 20
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $480
Instructor(s): Ted DesMaisons
Limit: 30
Class Recording Available: No
Status: Open
Please Note: No class on February 15
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
7:00—9:05 pm (PT)
Jan 18—Mar 1
6 weeks
Refund Date
Jan 20
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Ted DesMaisons
Please Note: No class on February 15
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
The uncertainties and stresses 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, 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. Together, we’ll create a safe and playful space for remembering what it’s like to learn in real time and actual space with new friends and colleagues.

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 cohosts 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)
(Recommended) Patricia Ryan Madson, Improv Wisdom: Don't Prepare, Just Show Up (ISBN 978-1400081882 )
(Required) Mark Williams, Danny Penman, Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World (ISBN 978-1609618957)