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

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Tuesdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Sep 24—Oct 29
Time: 7:00—9:00 pm
Drop Deadline: Oct 7
Unit: 1
Tuition: $435
Instructor(s): Ted DesMaisons
Limit: 30
7:00—9:00 pm
Sep 24—Oct 29
6 weeks
Drop By
Oct 7
1 Unit
Ted DesMaisons
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, 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.

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

Please note: This course may be photographed or recorded. During registration, students will have the option to sign a release or opt out of being included in such images.

Ted DesMaisons, Founder and Principal, ANIMA Learning

Ted DesMaisons has studied, performed, and taught improvisation internationally and is a trained Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) instructor. 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 an MTh from Harvard.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Ted DesMaisons, Playful Mindfulness (ISBN 978-195037300-0)
(Required) Mark Williams, Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World (ISBN 978-1609618957)