Welcome to my Playful Instinct website. I offer engaging focus games and communication tools for your intensive retreats, business trainings, or spiritual seminars. Playful Instinct sessions help people quickly feel at ease and energized, boost group dynamics, add cutting edge personal development content and communication skills. Whether you need fun ice breakers and lead-ins to a lecture, one hour break-out sessions, or a full weekend training, I work with you, the workshop or business leader, to tailor the sessions specifically to your groups’ goals and schedule.
After spending 25 years teaching theater and dance in schools, and working with professional performers, I began creating and leading Playful Instinct workshops (formerly Playful Power) to retreat groups in the US and Europe in 2015. These workshops were born out of the most effective warm-up games and improv principles that I taught in my classes, along with positive communication techniques. Over many years of teaching, I discovered these games were not only the most energizing part of classes or rehearsals, but also the most powerful ways for people to engage more deeply with each other, express themselves more fully, and tap into their innate creative instincts and playful nature.
At the core of my teaching are improv principles, playful group games, and partner exercises, all designed to relieve the busy, self-critical mind. When the critical mind gets out of the way, we have access to our deepest creativity, personal expression, and highest potential. It is in this place that change can happen.
"Scientists have determined that it takes approximately 400 repetitions to create a new synapse in the brain, unless it is done with play, in which case it takes between 10 and 20 repetitions!"
As we all know, our world can be a challenge and a stress. My personal way of making a positive difference, is sharing these wonderfully fun, yet powerful games and techniques, and seeing a group go from stressed to laughter, to action, to aha!
BA Theater Arts - UC Santa Cruz
Circle in the Square drama School NYC
Professional film and theater work - NYC, London, San Francisco
Advanced spiritual studies Michio Kushi
Community and communication – Joyce and Barry Vissell
Qi Gong – Mantak Chia, Michael Winn
Hearmath Institute - certified trainer
"Audrey has refined her own 'playful instinct' as an art form which she is now generously offering to others. To say her creative energy is infectious is a gross understatement. It's more like an epidemic."