Over 2 years ago a few people joined me to launch the Portsmouth Improv Learning Lab aka PILL! Many, such as Joanne Hardin, have been pleasantly surprised with their experience of improv without a performance focus.
- I had forgotten how to play and had so much fun!
- I met such nice people!
- I was nervous at first, but the instructors made it safe!
- I learned how to be a better communicator!
BTW, We have a new beginners’ class starting Saturday afternoons 11/17/18 and would love to have you join us. (If the fee is a barrier, please email beth: firstname.lastname@example.org)
AND a lot has happened since then!
In addition to many joyful moments in classes, potlucks, fundraisers, and holiday parties there are three pretty awesome things evolving from PILL that have local and global implications.
First, about 15 PILL students have participated in a filming project. It is a project designed to get video footage that will help others see how fun, easy, and safe activities are. And how they can be used to teach communication-related skills. These are held at PPMTV and are a blast. Pizza, T-shirts, and fun times are the rewards for participants and I get powerful video footage that I can use as a nurse consultant. I teach communication and emotional intelligence in healthcare and am very passionate about it b/c the skills help us provide better care and enjoy our work. (We make way too many mistakes for our patients and suffer way too much burnout.)
Just last month an online article I wrote about Medical Improv included PILL videos and has gone over the world wide web. Check it out here and please share with any healthcare professionals you know!
Second, one PILL student knew of and thought that we could be helpful to Friends Forever International, (FFI) a Durham, NH based organization that helps young adults from other countries learn skills and build relationships that will help them become leaders and promote peace!
Co-teacher, Liz Korabek-Emerson and I reached out, met with their programming director, and then had a second meeting with 3 of their Alums from Northern Ireland and Israel. In this second meeting, Liz and I learned about the improv workshop they were designing and offered some ideas to help them meet their objectives. (There is an art to designing and facilitating safe, fun, and meaningful improv workshops and I don’t mind claiming, we are really good at it.)
We left that meeting feeling quite jazzed that our input would help them bridge relationships with 10 young adults, ( 5 Catholic & 5 Protestant)! More to be revealed w/ FFI!
Third, Liz and I also kicked off a community-building retreat for Journey Song, an organization that works with Hospice and provides singing to folks who are dying. We designed a “Gods Must Be Crazy” session using our most popular formula of mindfulness and improv!
This is a great new way for businesses to offer fun and effective team-building!
The Gods Must Be Crazy was outstanding. I thought it would be good but it was much more than that. –JS MemberI loved 'The Gods Must Be Crazy'! They added a lot to the day & set the tone for the rest of the retreat. -JS Member Click To Tweet
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