We are all born to play. We come shooting out to the womb ready to play. The foundations of play we explored as children on the playground have lasting effects socially, emotionally, educationally and creatively. The ways we play and the modes of play, the amount of free play, the amount of rough play even have direct effects on our adult lives and how we navigate the world at large.
Playful Curiosities So why does adult play carry such a stigma? Why does adult play often conjure feelings of shame, embarrassment and irresponsibility? Responses to adult play are often: They are neglecting important work, responsibilities and family! Adult play is a privilege for those that can afford to play! Who has time to play any more! Why is work and play so often seen as incompatible? What does it even mean to be playful?
In progressive education it is often said “A child’s work is to Play” I believe for adults it takes work to remember why play is still necessary. Without play in our lives our Curiosity, exploration, empathy and innovation begin to stagnate. Rigidity of thinking starts to set in and our ability to navigate our ever changing world begins to crumble. Without Play, pleasure disappears.
Rediscover How to Play Children’s Games, the playground, sports (organized and disorganized)! Balls, so many balls. The pleasure in storytelling, speaking beautiful poetry, being with people, moving our bodies, shouting in pleasure, being seen fully as a human being. If there is no pleasure we miss something. Every person’s relationship to play and pleasure is unique and individual. We begin with games. Once there is laughter in the room, learning and creativity can begin. “What is the game? Can you find the game?” are questions asked in this workshop