WSP 60 — Playful Mindfulness: A Two-Day Intensive
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 also through humor, games, and exercises drawn from improvisational theater. As a collaborative art form, improv offers the benefits of shared adventures that deepen enjoyment of life’s good times and provide a buoy in rough waters. Our topics will include our relationship to failure, paying attention, cultivating curiosity and kindness, 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 asked to commit to at least twenty minutes
of daily practice at home for at least two weeks following
Grade restriction: No letter grade
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 LearningTed DesMaisons has studied, performed, and taught improvisation internationally, including with Patricia Ryan Madson, the Stanford Improvisors, and BATS Improv of San Francisco. He is a trained Mindfulness- Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) instructor and also serves as the US partner for the UK-based Mindfulness in Schools Project. He received an MBA from Stanford and an ThM from Harvard Divinity School.
Textbooks for this course:
(Optional) Patricia Ryan Madson , Improv Wisdom (ISBN 978-1400081882)