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CBD 2019: Playful Mindfulness: Improv as a joyful journey to confidence, calm and connection

Sunday, November 3, 2019 - 3:30pm to 4:45pm
Toyon Lounge, Toyon Hall, 455 Arguello Way, Stanford, CA 94305

With Lisa Rowland and Ted DesMaisons

Many know that mindfulness—paying attention to the present moment with curiosity and kindness—can reduce reactivity and create a steady sense of calm. Few would guess that improvisation, an art form known more for its energy and playfulness, does the same. Using safe, engaging interactive exercises from both worlds, Ted and Lisa will help you “play attention” in ways that develop resilient courage and genuine connection.

Lisa Rowland teaches and performs improvisation around the world, most notably at BATS Improv and the Improv Playhouse of San Francisco, and as a lecturer at Stanford. She created “The Bechdel Test,” an improv format that focuses on complex stories about women. She was also named the 2012 San Francisco Actor of the Year.

Ted DesMaisons has studied, performed and taught improvisation internationally and is a trained Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) instructor. He earned an MBA from Stanford and a MTh from Harvard Divinity School and is the author of the recently published Playful Mindfulness.

Lisa and Ted co-host the Monster Baby podcast, a “curious romp through the worlds of mindfulness and improvisation."

Registration opens here September 10, 2019 at 9:00am. 

Free and open to everyone.

BeWell berry is awarded to University faculty and staff for registered participation.

Event Sponsor: 
Department of Medicine Stanford Prevention Research Center, Health and Human Performance, The HELP Center, Wellness and Health Promotion Services
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