Author: Jennifer Maurer

Healing Beyond Borders 2015

The Joy of Healing Touch and Play

What’s All the Buzz About Play? by Ginny Hunneke & Jennifer Maurer You are probably familiar with the old adage, “We receive much more than we give” and perhaps also Rob Brezny’s premise that the Universe is conspiring to shower us with blessings. Both would be accurate descriptions of the time we spent learning and playing with hundreds of inspiring…

Grief coaching

Playing with Grief

Parcheesi as Palliative Care by Jennifer Maurer My daughters and I love to play games: board games, card games, dice games, word games—you name it, we’ll play it. But there was one game we hadn’t played together. Until recently, that is. An unexpected invitation to play Two months ago, our beloved Golden Achiever fell down a flight of steps. After…

Fourth of July Dog

Celebrating the Fourth without a Fifth (or a 6-Pack)

Modeling Substance-Free Fun by Ginny Hunneke The 4th of July is right around the corner. No doubt, you’ve already been inundated with messages from advertisers telling you to purchase their brand of beer or wine to make the holiday a complete success. If you are a parent of underage children, you can bet that your kids are getting heavy doses of…

Tree Feet

Play Like Your Life Depends On It

Because It Does. by Jennifer Maurer I still remember the day I decided to quit my job. It started out like any other day. I woke up anxious and exhausted. Ate breakfast, got dressed, barely aware of what I put in or on my body. Drove to work, opened up the office and started the coffee maker, the slow drip, drip,…

Toilet Paper Fashion Show

Healthy Aging and the Fountain of Youth

Playing Hide & Seek With Your Inner Child Did you know that on average, small children laugh over 300 times a day! Those laughs are reduced to a mere 20 times a day by the time we reach adulthood. If laughter really is the best medicine, why aren’t adults laughing more? Recently, we had the opportunity to explore the relationship between play and…

Flow Quote by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Going with the Flow

Lessons from a Koosh Ball by Jennifer Maurer This year, the Easter Bunny left Koosh balls in my teenage daughters’ Easter basket. You might be asking why teenage girls still believe in the Easter Bunny, but their mother is a fun coach, and there is an Easter egg hunt involved in this myth. Enough said. The colorful, squishy Koosh balls…

Giant Jenga at Church

Play Is My Spiritual Path

Authentic Fun Is My Religion by Ginny Hunneke Raised in the church of pew aerobics, this cradle Episcopalian may be committing heresy.  While I attend services regularly, I cringe and bristle at the label “religious.” I’ve just never seen myself that way—until I adopted a different perspective. As many of us Episcopalians are, I am more interested in the metaphorical use…

Family Game Night

Why It’s Not All Fun and Games by Jennifer Maurer You know the saying, “It’s not all fun and games.” Except sometimes it is, which is what we discovered at a PlayShop we recently hosted on a snowy night at our local YWCA.   Family Game Night from The Fun Conspiracy on Vimeo.   It was fun watching families of all ages…

Vision Boards

Vision Boards and Why We Love Them

Charting Your Course with Creativity Every time we host a Vision Board Playshop, we fill up—fast. These creative playshops attract artists, dreamers and doers, healers and newbies with what seems to be an almost irresistible magnetic force. Maybe it’s all the glitter we keep on hand for such occasions. Or maybe it’s something else. You may have first heard of…

Play at Work

Why Play Is Serious Business. Everyone experiences burnout at work at one time or another — often brought on by the perfect storm of overwhelming and competing deadlines, lack of sleep and perhaps a mid-life crisis. Those of us who have weathered these storms may recall waking up at some point, our keyboards imprinted on our sleep-addled faces, wondering “what is…