Remember being a little kid and getting so absorbed in what you were doing that you lost track of time? Back then, it seemed like our imaginations were larger than life. The easiest, most satisfying thing we could do was slip inside the world of our minds and get lost.
That’s where the magic happened, and when our best ideas emerged.
Now that we’re all grown up, many of us have let that platful part of ourselves fade into the background. But it’s still in there — really! Return to the Sandbox is a day-long experience and an invitation for you to reconnect with your inner child and reclaim some of that playful, creative magic. For fun (of course!) and to enhance your life today.
In his book Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul, Dr. Stuart Brown explains that a lack of play is similar to a lack of sleep. Just as all humans need to sleep, they also need time to play. This is not just for little kids — this means grown ups too. Creative play is joyful, stress-relieving AND can translate to surprising gains in your current day-to-day.
Consider the last time you felt stuck or frustrated by a seemingly unsolvable problem. What did you do? Usually, when we get stuck, we also get very serious. Though it may sound conterintuitive, this stuckness is a sign that it’s time to lighten up and adopt a new perspective. Play interrupts our usual thought patterns. It invites cognitive flexibility, and enhances collaboration and innovation.
Play sparks creative thinking, allowing fresh ideas to emerge — in the sandbox, in your business, and at home, too.
During Return to the Sandbox, you and your colleagues will take off your expert hat and embrace Beginner’s Mind. I’ll get you out of your comfort zone and into your body. We’ll play games; some to get your blood pumping, others to expand your creative capacity and inspire fresh thinking. We’ll improvise and play with hands-on projects including writing and visual art. And while we won’t literally be in a sandbox, by the end of our time together, you’ll viscerally remember what it was like to be a kid, and you’ll take some of that magic with you back to your grown-up life.
Wanna play? Me too! Drop me a note and let’s make it happen.