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 …

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. …

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 …

Power of Play, Kara Stewart Fortier, Playgrounding

Career Choices Made Playful

Lately, I’ve been giving myself permission to approach a very serious subject playfully. That subject is this: What do I want to be when I grow up? When I was in elementary school, I wanted to be a veterinarian. In high school, I wanted to be a fighter pilot. I had my whole plan laid out for how I was going …

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 …