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Play and Change ~ Using Play as a Tool for Change

  • 25-Aug-2017
  • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
  • The Brainery, 176 Anderson Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607


  • No Charge

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Play and Change ~ Using Play as a Tool for Change

Note: This meeting will  be at the Brainery, 176 Anderson  Street. See map below.

Presenter: Mary Clark

Learn how play can help you thrive when change occurs in your personal or professional life in this interactive workshop. Participants will consider a change they would like to make, look back on some playful moments they’ve had as adults or children and develop their own recipe for play. I will also share a few of the lessons I’ve learned as a play practitioner and facilitator.

Why Play? Play is a basic human need, something adults sometimes put on the back burner. It can help us make changes with more ease. It affords us the opportunity to feel safe, engage creatively and focus our attention in healthy ways - sometimes even when we are in uncomfortable situations. Play, as a tool for change, broadens perspective and gives rise to new opportunities, and connections.

The purpose of this workshop is to give participants an opportunity to reflect on and consider using play literally as a tool to embrace and/or effect change in their lives. Play is a tool that doesn’t have to be downloaded or recharged - it’s ready in your back pocket whenever you choose to use it.

Workshop participants will have an opportunity to leave with the following take-a-ways:

Three key learnings the audience will take away from this program:

  1. Play can be used, as a tool, to support personal or professional life changes.
  2. A personal recipe for play that can be developed and used when change knocks at their door.
  3. An understanding of what a play practice is, how to develop one, and a key question, “How can I play with this?


Mary Clark is a writer, story and play facilitator, and an oral storyteller working in the field of personal leadership, creativity and change. In 1999 she was unexpectedly offered an invitation to play and tell stories by an imaginary 150-pound beagle - little did she know that both play and story would be an integral part of the equation of her future work. She accepted these invitations and began working primarily as a teaching artist. Mary is now taking her work to new audiences - educators and life long learners, organizations, and writers and creatives - one story, one conversation, one playful moment at a time.

Refreshments will be available.

Refreshment sponsorships are available.  For information about becoming a Refreshment Sponsor, CLICK HERE or Contact Michael Van der Gaag at 

Here's a map to The Brainery, 176 Anderson Avenue.



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