Improv and mindfulness? Sounds kind of strange, yes? And yet, what if we can practice being present with ourselves as well as each other? Hmmmmmmm!
This summer Liz Korabek-Emerson and I launched Stronger Together, a 4-part workshop series where we combined meditation training with fundamental improv activities. About 10 people jumped in to try out this seemingly weird combo where each week we had a theme for each session and started out with a warm-up activity followed by some meditation and then improv activities.
Some of the feedback we received:
- I’m having so much fun, but it is hard to explain to my friends.
- I’ve never felt this comfortable in a group!
- I don’t want it to end.
Other mindfulness/improv resources include Ted DesMaison and Lisa Rowland’s series called Monster Baby Podcast and Liz’s blog series:
Mindfulness Meets Improvisation
Part I: Listen and Respond (and Be Present)
Part II: Start Anywhere
Part III: Embrace Uncertainty
Part IV: Be Kind
Part V: Cultivate Generosity
At PILL we take the focus off of performance. This helps make joyful improv activities available to anyone who wants to give them a try!