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The Mindful Play Inquiry Online

“Mindful Play is a gentle opening of the heart and loosening of the mind that enables you to find your playful spirit” 
- previous participant

The Mindful Play Inquiry roots participants in grounded awareness whilst fanning the flames of joy, laughter and connection. It’s a space for grown-ups to explore and improve their relationship with play. Consisting of 5 weekly sessions, each lasting 2 1/2 hours (7.00 - 9.30pm UK time), the sessions are individually themed as follows:
• Resilience
• Play
• Flow 
• Spontaneity
• Connection

What happens in a Mindful Play session?

Each session begins with a short, playfully-delivered chunk of theory from Holly’s research, exploring some potential benefits that resilience, play, flow, spontaneity and connection can have on our lives, pondering what prevents us inviting in more of these life-affirming qualities and contemplating how we can open our hearts to experiencing MORE!

Holly will then guide you through a meditation to help you turn your attention inwards and connect with how you are right now. From here, we will explore the theme of the session through structured games and exercises, using our voices, bodies and imaginations.
Throughout the session, Holly will sprinkle in guided reflections, to help you articulate your own pearls of wisdom to take away.

Holly has been delivering various versions of The Mindful Play Inquiry since qualifying as a dramatherapist in 2013. This is the second time she will have run it online. To read about what happened last time, click here.

The sessions are designed to be accessible to everyone, wherever and however you are. The invitation is to play with awareness of your energetic, physical and emotional limits, adapting the exercises to suit your needs. There are always reasons why we “can’t possibly play” - we’re too tired or too busy or just not in the mood. Mindful Play Inquiry is designed to help you discover how you can play within your limits, exploring what healthy, sustainable, joyful play might look like to you.

“A series of deep dives into the subconscious and the skies. A solo and group journey through the landscape of play, meditation, body and mind. A space to drop into theory, practice and reflection on the themes of play, flow, spontaneity and connection. Expect lightness and darkness to arrive.“ 
- previous participant

“Mindful Play creates a space to drop the masks and limits we place on ourselves and gently explore freedom, creativity and fun without ever needing to 'get it right'. It's like taking big lungfuls of fresh air after being cooped up inside... even though/especially when the inside is mostly inside your own head. Above all it's a space to enjoy stretching your body, mind and heart in all directions, imbued with kindness and loving connection.” 
- previous participant

Who’s it for?

• It’s for anyone who’s called to explore and improve their relationship with play: performers, teachers, directors, therapists, activists, academics, artists...

• You don’t need to have done any of Holly’s previous courses

• Previous Holly Stoppit Workshops / Online Clown Academy attendees are welcome

• Aged 18+ 

• No experience of professional play or meditation is necessary

The Nitty Gritty

Dates: Thursdays: 3, 10, 17, 24 June & 1 July
UK 7.00-9.30pm 
Paris 20:00 - 22.30
New York / Toronto 14:00 - 16.30
San Francisco / Vancouver 11.00 - 13.30

The sessions happen online on Zoom.

As each session is designed as a complete journey, it works best, both for you and the group, if you can arrive early, ready to start at 7.00pm UK time and stay for the whole 2 1/2 hour session

Cost: £160 standard / £130 low income / £100 bursary place (for people who are really struggling financially as a result of COVID) 

The series is designed to gently progress over the 5 sessions - it would be of benefit to you and the group if you can commit to all 5 sessions

Places are limited to 12 to support the group journey

There is an application form for this course to help us find out a bit about you and make sure you have good support to help you manage whatever floats up to the surface during these sessions

Places will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.


All play will take place within boundaries set out by Holly at the beginning of each session, to keep the space safe for everybody. Please respect the boundaries. You are responsible for your own well-being during the sessions, please accept the invitation to play within your limits. Come as you are and take what you need.

About Holly Stoppit

Holly Stoppit is a facilitator, clowning and fooling teacher, dramatherapist and theatre director, specialising in live, interactive, improvised and devised autobiographical performance, mostly exploring the themes of mental health, grief and identity.

Holly creates and delivers unique performance skills / self-development training courses and is a freelance facilitator / director / creative consultant offering bespoke services for professional theatre companies, community organisations, universities, businesses and individual artists. 

Holly is artistic director of solo improvisation company Beyond The Ridiculous, and co-founder of The Online Clown Academy with Robyn Hambrook. At the heart of all of Holly’s work is a desire to promote creative discovery and connection through play. 

Holly’s Book

Holly is currently writing a Handbook Of Mindful Play for group leaders, with support from Arts Council England. As part of her research, she may want to record parts of the sessions, take photos or save the chats. She will not use any of your contributions in her writing without your express permission.

““Holly is an extremely skilled holder of space who draws deeply on her wide range of skills and knowledge and gives generously of herself to her workshoppees.” ”

previous workshop participant

BOOK A PLACE ON The Mindful Play Inquiry Online

Online on Zoom

03 June 2021 - 01 July 2021

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