The Serious Business of Playfulness

The Serious Business of Playfulness

 “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.



Daniel Teitelbaum is an educator and freelance producer. Previously he was Head of Content at The School of Life in Australia and prior to that made up part of the strategy team at Small Giants. Daniel spent his younger days in youth leadership and informal education, running weekly programs and seasonal camps for primary and high school children for youth led organisations, where he learnt first hand how important play is for healthy emotional and intellectual development.    


10.00    Workshop Starts
12.30    Lunch (Provided)
16.00    Workshop Ends


General Admission: $140.00
Concession: $120.00
(+ $2 booking fee and 1.5% CC fee) 

Valid concession cards include a Health Care Card, Seniors Card, Pensioner Concession Card and current student cards. 


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The White House
11 Princes St
St Kilda VIC 3182

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Please note that we are unable to offer refunds or transfers with less than 7 days cancellation notice before the original event date.

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