PLAY WORKSHOP FACILITATOR
As an award-winning artist, educator, and player of games, Anthea Moys has over ten years experience working and playing with people from all walks of life. Adopting an embodied, active and non-competitive approach, Anthea leads play workshops that develop the creative self. Fun, make-believe, game play, experimentation, risk-taking and participatory exchange are some of the workshop themes. The workshop aims to open up the participants creatively and to challenge them to step out of their comfort zones.
In the context of creative development and idea generation, the power of play lies in the act of playing itself – playing for play’s sake, not playing to win. In today's success and goal-orientated society, play can be seen as an interruption to daily life. Making space and time for play is acknowledging that play is actually work, and that you will be investing in the development of skills including:
· Lateral thinking
· Creative problem solving
· Active listening
· Risk taking
· Physical movement and game play
· Decision making
Playing is fun! When last did you just play for the sake of playing? Not to win, but just to play? Remember when you made that little fort in the garden when you were five? You were in another world! Play creates a sense of escape where another ‘order’ rules. Whilst it is fun, it is still very serious. We are relaxed, but focused and are absorbed in the game. When we play like this, we lose track of time and enter into a flow state that heightens our creative abilities.
Experimentation, mistakes, risk
Play challenges us to experiment, take risks, make mistakes and engage with our own fears of failure in a productive and directed way. Taking risks always means risking failure, which is why so many of us tend to play it safe. But play provides a safe space in which to fail. In the immortal words of Samuel Becket, play encourages us to ‘Try again. Fail Again. Fail Better’.
Playing is a collaborative, responsive act where exchange takes place between people in a safe and structured way. Rules provide cues for behaviour that encourage communication, and stimulate strong social bonds between participants. Playing a game or creating a collective art work is a powerful social experience that fosters teamwork and collaborative thinking.
Workshops are designed specific to each group and setting.
Please contact Anthea for more information.
+27 84 822 6577