Playful Living really began when as a kid I would have mild seizures that would affect my ability to do homework. I could listen, learn, and think, but when it came to put pencil to the paper (I know, showing my age a bit) I’d get a mental block. I would get hot, develop headaches, and have difficulty concentrating. There were years of this before figuring out what was going on. In the meantime I assumed I was lazy, and would spend a lot of time searching my motivations and abilities to find ways to get things done despite these challenges.
This forced me to have an open mind about various ways of doing things, and to be more aware of the connections between work, learning, relationships, play, movement, and everyday activities. It forced me to practice brevity and distinguishing between what is necessary and not. Most importantly it forced me to spend a lot of time in reflection about priorities and meaning, and how they were connected to my every action.
The rest of my life has been dedicated to distilling down the essence of how learning, meaning, and our natural curiosity are all connected. Through this time I have spent 20 years working in the the camping and outdoor education industries including co-directing/creating a successful a start up summer camp in Aspen Colorado, gotten a degree in human communications, taught english in Thailand, studied permaculture in Costa Rica, aided in cutting horse training, and spent years doing research that included learning and teaching various skills such as; guitar, drums, pruning, fishing, knife throwing, rope dart, beer making, Thai, Spanish, archery, climbing, and the art of meeting strangers (yes I actually have taught this).
This process has led me to my passion, teaching people to recognize their playful nature and how it can benefit their learning, practice, relationships, and sense of meaning.
“The most important motive for work in the school and in life is the pleasure in work, pleasure in its result and the knowledge of the value of the result to the community.”
“The awakening of these productive psychological powers is certainly less easy than the practice of force or the awakening of individual ambition but is the more valuable for it. The point is to develop the childlike inclination for play and the childlike desire for recognition and to guide the child over to important fields for society; it is that education which in the main is founded upon the desire for successful activity and acknowledgment.”