The Serious Business of Playfulness

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;
-       Practice using play to generate creative ideas;
-       Learn ways to make our daily routine more adventurous and playful.


10.00am     Warm Up Play
11.00am     Play Theory
11.45am     Play Practice
12.30pm     Lunch Break (times may vary)
1.15pm       Finding Play
2.00pm       Playing With Games
3.00pm       Playing At Work
4.00pm       Playing Through Life
5.00pm       Workshop Concludes

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'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


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. 


Leading writers, economists, historians, philosophers, psychologists, artists and other thinkers offer provocation, inspiration and consolation in the form of advice for living better. Speakers for this strand have been invited by The School of Life to present their own material. Session formats will vary depending on the subject.

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The Serious Business of Playfulness


When and where:
  • Sat 10 Nov 2018 10am – 5pm,
    The White House, 11 Princes St, St Kilda VIC 3182


Full price: $175.00
Concession: $150.00
(+ $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.

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

For ticketing and box office enquiries please call 0434 492 669 or email

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