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WSP 60 — Playful Mindfulness: A Two-Day Intensive

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Saturday and Sunday
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 2 days
Date(s): Jul 28—Jul 29
Time: 10:00 am—4:30 pm
Drop Deadline: Jul 21
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $395
Instructor(s): Ted DesMaisons
Limit: 30
Status: Closed
Saturday and Sunday
10:00 am—4:30 pm
Jul 28—Jul 29
2 days
Drop By
Jul 21
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
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 concentrated 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 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 the workshop.

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 Learning

Ted 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) Mark Williams, Mindfulness: Finding Peace in a Frantic World, Reprint Edition, November 2012 (ISBN 978-1609618957)
(Optional) Patricia Ryan Madson , Improv Wisdom (ISBN 978-1400081882)