MINDFUL PLAY SESSION NOTES - SESSION TWO - FLOW

Mar 01 2018

Session 2 of The Mindful Play Sessions. Even though the snow was falling, a freezing cold room full of intrepid explorers came together to explore the theme of flow through meditation and play.

I started with an explanation of flow, as defined by psychologist Mihali Csikszentmihalyi: 

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The Big Cosmic Jester In The Sky (ha ha ha ha)

Feb 27 2018

In thinking about the week leading up to the flow themed Mindful Play Session, I had visions of sitting at my laptop, at a lovely, clear desk, listening to classical music, wearing long dresses, with my hair down, tapping away in joyful flow, my book flying from my fingertips with ease and grace.

“Ha,” said the Big Cosmic Jester In The Sky, “I have other plans!”

Big Cosm... Read more >

Cannonballista Comes To Cardiff

Feb 19 2018

We're coming to Cardiff on March 8th for the last show of our mini-tour!

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Mindful Play Session Notes - Session One - Play

Feb 14 2018

We kicked off The Mindful Play Sessions last night with an enormous group of playful beings. I think it's safe to say fun, sweat, learning and laughter was had by all!

I started the session by outlining some definitions of play- What is play? 

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What Are You Really Seeking?

Feb 12 2018

Hahhhhhhhhh! Fresh back from a Wholehearted Living retreat, led by the sumptuous Leela Sarti, a Swedish wonder-being who clearly lives her message, relishing each moment right to it’s edges and beyond. 

I am soothed and revitalised by 4 days sitting in silence in the exquisite Devonshire countryside with upwards of 50 other brave soul adventurers, sending our attention down, down, down into the ground ...

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Mindful Play Video!

Feb 03 2018

Hey look, we made a video all about The Mindful Play Sessions!

Me and my fella, Joe had a lot of fun making it. The first bit features me battling with my overenthusiastic hand gestures and the last bit is filmed from Joe's new drone.  

Joe waited 2 and a half months for his drone to arrive from China and this was it's maiden voyage. The first mission was... Read more >

TED talks and Mindful Play

Jan 29 2018

Session One: Play is good for us! We know this! So how can we play more?

In preparation for The Mindful Play Sessions, I'm reading the official TED guide to public speaking. So far, it’s been really useful in helping me clarify my through-line for each session. 

In the chapter on through-lines, Chris Anderson poses several questions to help you get clear. Here are... Read more >

Consciousness, Collaboration and Conviviality

Jan 24 2018

Devoted and Disgruntled (D&D)13 happened last weekend in the massive 3 storey high, glass-domed spaceship-like New Diorama Space in London town. Somewhere around 250 theatre makers at all stages of their careers came together for 2 and a half days to discuss what needed to be discussed about theatre and the performing arts, using Read more >

Mindful Play Sessions Backstory

Jan 19 2018

I’m going to be running a series of Mindful Play sessions in Bristol in February and March. To start my preparations, I’ve been pondering where the sessions first came from. Here’s the story that wants to be told today (ask me on another day and I'll tell you something else!).

I originally created The Mindful Play sessions in December 2014, as a way of reconnecting with my Read more >

Spring Workshops 2018

Jan 15 2018

Here at Holly Stoppit Towers, we’ve been busy cooking up a delicious feast of play to nurture you through the end of winter and buff you up all shiny for spring. 

If you need more play in your life, we’ve got just the thing!

1.) We’ll be running not one, not two but THREE Introduction To Clowning Weekends in Bristol!

2.) We’re bri... Read more >

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