If we don’t cut ourselves some slack, we’re setting ourselves up to “snap” one day. It’s time to convince yourself that it doesn’t have to be that way.

Stacey Newman Weldon Interview on PlayGrounding Podcast

Everyday Adventures: Learning to Love the Unknown

When I’m burned out, the last word I want to hear is adventure. But thanks to Stacey Newman Weldon of Adventure Wednesdays, I learned that adventures don’t have to be over-complicated vacations. Adventures can start small, stimulate our creativity, keep our minds sharp and our hearts full.

Surprised By Joy – Episode 42

In a mental health crisis, play is a vitally important part of our healing process. So why can it be so hard to give ourselves permission actually do it? Join Kara for an exploration of the things that get in the way of play and our pursuit of joy.

Kara Fortier of the PlayGrounding Podcast

Six Steps Toward Building Your Play Practice

In this episode, I (Kara Fortier, you know, the host) will talk about how I finally became an adult who plays. A playful mindset came so easily to us as children, but we adults build up lots of roadblocks keeping us from it. Incorporating play has been a process. It wasn’t as easy as just deciding to “do” play. I’ve …

Eric Berlin, Puzzle Creator, on PlayGrounding Podcast

Playful Problem Solving: The Power of Puzzles

Puzzles are powerful. Have you ever had a hard time putting worries aside – blocking out your to-do list and experiencing a moment of real focus in a no-stakes, playful situation? Try a puzzle. I’m not just talking about sitting with a puzzle on paper or your smart phone. I’m talking about escape rooms and city-wide puzzle hunts. Solving puzzles …

The Trickster Consciousness in a Polarized World with Shepherd Siegel

Dada, the Beats and the Hippies – what do they all have in common? The way they played was a problem for the authorities, for the people in power trying to instill black and white order on the world.  This week on PlayGrounding we’ll be talking to Shepherd Siegel, an educator and author whose work explores disruptive play and protest. …

Robin Legat on the PlayGrounding Podcast

Playing to Win at Any Age

Some people train for a sport from the time they’re very young and become elite. Some people don’t even begin to get active until much later in life but become high level competitors. This week’s guest is here to remind us to never underestimate what we can accomplish regardless of age, even those of us who’ve spent most of our …