“The ability to play is critical not only to being happy, but also to sustaining social relationships and being a creative, innovative person.”
- Stuart Brown
Playfulness is serious business. It helps us connect to one another in an authentic way, recover from high-stress situations, enjoy our job more and remain curious about the world around us. While we can do without play in the short-term, if we deny ourselves play over our lifetime, we can lose our optimism, our sense of pleasure and our lives can begin to feel mechanical.
In this full-day workshop we will explore the biology and neuroscience of play and why this apparently ‘purposeless’ activity serves a very important evolutionary role. We will discover why, after our basic needs of survival are met, humans are hard-wired to spontaneously play. We will learn how to integrate different types and states of play into our lives in order to regain perspective, build on our creativity and develop a stronger sense of self.
In this full day workshop, we will:
- Explore the science and history of play;
- Discover our play persona;
- Re-think our personal notions of success, time,
leisure and idleness;
- Consider the role of play in our relationships;
- Learn about the role of humour;
- Practice using play to generate creative ideas and
- Learn ways to make our daily routine more
adventurous and playful.
Workshops and Intensives allow more time for an in-depth exploration of the topic through conversation and activities. Our workshops provide an opportunity to work with leading members of our faculty over the course of a highly structured period.