Michelle Barton, Producer & Actor on PlayGrounding

How Play Helps Us Show Up (Even When We Don’t Feel Like It)

Have you ever had a moment when you just needed to “show up” but couldn’t feel any less like being there? Many of us have, whether it be obligations to our jobs, families or friends. But oftentimes, “putting on a happy face” can be the least constructive approach. In this episode, actress and producer Michelle Barton shares tips from the …

What is Your Play Personality?

“Play is a state of mind, rather than an activity.” – Dr. Stuart Brown This week we get ready for a new round of upcoming guests by exploring the eight “Play Personalities” from Dr. Brown’s book, Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul. I look at the play personalities as a kind of menu. …

What Does Play Have To Do With Health, Wellness and Professional Fulfillment?

Amazing things happen inside of our brains when we play. As Dr. Stuart Brown wrote, play is “a profound biological process. It has evolved over eons in many animal species to promote survival. It shapes the brain and makes animals smarter and more adaptable. In higher animals, it fosters empathy and makes possible complex social groups. For us, play lies …

Audrey Wood of the LA Derby Dolls

Find the Courage to Become an Instigator of Play

It’s one thing to know how important it is to play and another to work it into a busy schedule. Hear how Audrey “Mourning” Wood took on boredom. She’s been a member of the L.A. Derby Dolls Sirens team since 2011 and was a member of All Stars from 2012-2015. She’s a derby trainer and has been head trainer, captain …

Kara Stewart Fortier PlayGrounding Podcast

Episode First! Hello You.

On this very first episode of The PlayGrounding Podcast, I’ll take a moment to introduce myself and tell you why I’m investing so much in the concept of play. You’ll hear: What it’s meant to me, as an adult, to learn how to play again Why it can be hard for us adults to play How stumbling into a playful …