Kara Stewart Fortier, PlayGrounding Podcast

Keep Play Potentially Fatal

It’s easy to point a finger at over-protective parents, but don’t let yourself away with being over-protective of YOU. You’ll be missing all the fun. It’s so sad, right? Many kids don’t get to run free and play with sticks or climb dangerous jungle gyms anymore. But a lot of study has been done around how important it is for kids to …

Finding a Playground that Sets You Free

Keeping your feet on the ground is the number one cause of boring, uninspired lives. In addition to taking care of ourselves and our families, we have every right to play and lead fun, fulfilling and interesting lives. It’s one thing to know that and another to figure out how to do it. Especially if your feet have been on …

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. …

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 …