Communication and Relating "Play-Shop" And Potluck
Community and Communication are essential for our growth and expansion both personally and as a society. I am committed to empowering individuals with tools and practices for building deeper connections with each other and within themselves. This kind of powerful and vulnerable relating is the essential foundation of strong, vibrant and healthy work and play communities. I am inspired to offer tools to help us access more compassion, intimacy, earnest relating and heart-full genuine connection with those we already know and interact with, as well as anyone we meet.
Imagine accessing true connection with others in a matter of moments, skipping past all the small-talk to heart-full connection. Imagine feeling like you've really made a new, meaningful friendship at a party and realizing when you get home that you have absolutely no idea where they live, what they do, who invited them, if you have friends in common, where they're from or went to school yet feel like you really have gotten their world and know them on a deeper level than any of those questions could have accessed.
So HOW does this get taught!? Through PLAY!!! Through Games! Yup! Through structured relating and communication activities that free us from our minds and get us into our receptive bodies and hearts.
The Play-Shop brings together the synthesis of Amy Silverman's diverse and deep training and background as an Authentic Relating Games Facilitator (AuthenticWorld.com), public school teacher, coach to entrepreneurs, creative consultant, team-builder, theatre and improvisation educator and performer, and trainer of teachers.
Here's the structure of the night:
5:30 pm Doors Open
5:30 - 6 Gather / Unstructured Mingling
6:00 Official Start Time
6:15 Doors close. ***No more late arrivals
6 - 8:10 Structured Interactive Play-Shop (part 1 of 2)
8:10 - 8:45 Potluck Deliciousness
8:45 - 9:45 Structured Interactive Play-Shop (part 2 of 2)
9:45 - ??? Mingle and Eat More until you tear yourself away
from your new friends
Where: Brooklyn Urban D'Zong
778 Bergen Street, Brooklyn NY
In Advance: $12
At The Door: Dish of food to share
Plant for the D'Zong Green Roof Project
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS:
Is this like therapy?
No. Though you will likely find it therapeutic and even cathartic to relate in this way.
Do I need to be outgoing or have particular skills?
Nope. All you need to do is show up. The rest is easy, we create a safe-space that honors you at whatever level you're at with your desire to share yourself. We're not about changing introverts into extroverts.
Is this hard?
It's fun. It requires focus at times, but is not "hard". We're not asking you to do anything that you couldn't do when you were 5 years old.
What if I can't stay the entire time?
That's ok. We ask that you arrive on-time since we start the experience off with shared agreements that create a "container" for everyone to feel safe in. We define our community rules for the PlayShop and attend to everyone's needs. It is disruptive for individuals to join late so we request that you are prompt.
If you need to leave early, just let the facilitator know so that we can be sure you will not be immersed in an exercise at the time of your departure.
Michael Welp says
"I believe authenticity and courage in relationships are the primary means for creating effective partnerships. These partnerships form the building blocks for creating fully democratic and productive organizations."
““We develop more emotional maturity if we play more. We develop better decision-making ability if we play more.”” — Steve Keil
““Bears that play more survive longer. It’s not the bears that learn how to fish better.”” — Steve Keil
““The opposite of play is not work. The opposite of play is depression.”” — Steve Keil
“I just came back from a community that holds the secret to human survival. It’s a place where women run the show, have sex to say hello, and play rules the day.”” — Isabel Behncke Izquierdo (on the Bonobos)
““It’s not an ‘either/or,’ it’s an ‘and.’ You can be serious and play.”” — Tim Brown
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