Mindfulness for Improvisors: An 8-Week Path to Greater Presence (still available!)


Find greater ease, wisdom, joy and agency. Mindfulness for Improvisors.

Mondays 3pm-5:30pm

The Annex @ BATS Improv, Fort Mason Center

8 Classes Feb 22nd - Apr 18th 2016 (skips Mar 28th)

Includes Full Day Retreat on Sat Apr 9th 2016

Free Introductory Class Monday, Feb 15th

We will refer to improv principles and techniques, but all are welcome regardless of improv experience. Students are expected to commit to daily practice at home for the duration of the course.

$350 Standard • $250 Low Income

$500 Benefactor (enable others to take part)

Why mindfulness?

To do your best on stage—and in life—you need nimble flexibility, well-tuned attention, and an open-hearted presence. Mindfulness—paying attention to the present moment with curiosity and kindness—develops these very qualities. This course will help you forge new neural pathways that shift your life and stagework into high definition relief.

In just 8 weeks, you’ll learn how to:

  • inhabit Beginner’s Mind
  • train the “puppy mind” with patient, kind, and firm repetition
  • develop an “Attenborough Attitude” of kindness and curiosity toward every experience
  • employ Ninja detective skills for greater body awareness
  • turn off autopilot and turn on a fuller range of expression
  • transform your relationship to thoughts and feelings—from hardened facts to ever-changing events
  • unhitch from self-sabotaging “snowball stories”
  • choose from a range of nuanced responses rather than relying on hair-trigger reactions
  • speak and listen with greater presence
  • offer compassion to your self and others

This course is based on the secular Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) model first developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the UMASS Medical School, and includes over 28 hours of careful instruction:

Formal practices strengthen the awareness “muscle,” helping us notice how experience changes in the mind, body, and emotions moment to moment.

Informal practice brings that awareness to daily life: when we’re eating, driving, arguing, making love—or improvising.

Shared inquiry uses small and large group discussions to draw experienced-based wisdom from each participant in service to the group.

Playful exercises give us the chance to experience firsthand the skills we’re exploring—and to laugh while doing it.

Ted DesMaisons has been synthesizing innovative approaches to teaching and learning for over 25 years. He serves as US Coordinator and Lead Teacher Trainer for the Mindfulness in Schools Project and is a UMASS-trained Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) instructor. Ted studied improvisation with Patricia Ryan Madson, BATS Improv, and the Loose Moose Theatre, and has performed with the Stanford Improvisors; Walking the Dog Theater company of Hudson, NY; and the undefeated three-time BATS Cave Match champion group, Teddy Likey. He writes regularly about improv, contemplation and positive reinforcement on his blog at AnimaLearning.com/blog

Event Timeline
Feb 22 - Feb 28, 2016
[ Mon ] - [ Sun ]
3:00 PM - 5:30 PM PST
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Fort Mason Center, Bldg B, Rm 300 (BATS Annex)
Standard $350.00
Student/Low Income $250.00
Benefactor $500.00
Venue Address
2 Marina Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94123 United States
Paid parking is available through the gates at Fort Mason. Free parking is also usually available just outside those gates or extending out toward the Marina green.
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