7 Days to
"I get that play is important - for everyone else in my life. But when it comes to my needs? Those keep getting pushed to the sidelines."
"Sure, I've got hobbies! But I've been stuck in a rut lately and want to be reminded how good it feels to try something a tiny bit scary."
"There's this big project I've been working on. I love it and hate it with all of my heart. Tell me again why I'm putting myself through this?"
Since 2007, I've been totally obsessed with play.
My training is in the UK-based professional approach known as Playwork, which grew out of the post-WW2 Adventure Playground movement. In 2010 I co-founded Pop-Up Adventure Play, a not-for-profit which supports play in 17 countries around the world. I am also working towards my PhD in Playwork at Leeds Beckett University (UK), and have traveled full-time for several years. My favorite play is creative writing, and I am also a certified AWA writing workshop leader.
My personal goal is to become an adult my child self would be proud of.
Play helps us to be happier and more resilient, patient, empathetic and creative, but it is so easy to let daily pressures and learned skepticism get in the way.
Tell me your story.
Women are told daily to be quiet, polite and to focus on meeting the needs of others. This is particularly true for mothers, women of color and those in the 'caring' professions, such as teachers, health and social workers. Here, the word 'women' includes anyone who wants to contribute their experiences to its definition.
For everyone, play is a revolutionary instinct because it reminds us that noise, mess, frivolity and joy have value in our own lives, as well as those we love. Play reminds us that we each have our own expression of play, unique and beautiful.
This free email course shares key vocabulary from playwork through eight emails sent across one month. Awesome.
Playwork is a decades-old professional approach to working with children, supporting their play for its own sake.
These simple terms are super useful to have, as we investigate what play is and is not, how it feels in our life, and where exactly we've been missing out.
Play refreshes us, expands our capacities to process difficult experiences and stay present in our joy. At the same time, we all have received messages that can make it hard to get into play, or stay in its flow.
This course addresses several internalized barriers to play, and provides tools and inspiration to play again, every day.