Our live playshop series is now over, however video recordings will be posted soon for you to benefit at your own leisure. In the meantime, you are welcome to check out session highlights in Essinova Journal by clicking on the gallery images above, and browse descriptions about the program below.
BeiBei's reflection about the pandemic and the purpose behind this program can be found in Essinova Journal: Light in the Coronavirus Darkness and An Opportunity for Creative Rebirth, or on LinkedIn.
The coronavirus era, when we find ourselves involuntarily staying inside our homes for health and safety, is an opportunity to voluntarily go inside ourselves for clarity and wisdom. An external shock of this magnitude may reach into our inner nonconscious, and the experience can be transformative.
Join us for a series of online playshops designed to enhance our physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing during this time of universal difficulties. We will jumpstart the senses, find collective joy, and feel the comfort of mutual support, lifting us from the weight of the crisis. Together we will mine the resilience and resourcefulness we need to triumph over the swirl of uncertainties before us.
Weaving a tapestry of sensory experience, art and music, and insights from neuroscience to archetypal spiritual practices, we will:
reconnect with our natural but neglected senses, to activate their healing and creative powers;
feel and express love and gratitude, strengthening bond and intimacy at home, as well as deepening social connections - even at a distance;
awaken and embrace the often-suppressed part of ourselves that manages self-care;
listen to our inner voice for guidance and direction;
learn to rise up to the occasion for our loved ones and our communities;
tune into our senses, and use them to tap into the universal energy field.
Together we will contribute to a brighter, healthier, and more beautiful future as we emerge from the darkness, like a butterfly emerging from the chrysalis.
Executive educator, innovation coach, creative catalyst & dancing phoenix
Former marketing executive, social entrepreneur, musician & songwriter
COVID-19 emergency relief donation
Participation is free but we appreciate your voluntary donations for COVID-19 relief efforts. All collected funds will be passed on to our partner organizations (one on each U.S. coast) undertaking coronavirus emergency relief efforts:
COVID-19 Relief Bay Area, a platform launched by a consortium of Chinese organizations in Silicon Valley to provide medical supplies for hospitals and financial support for patients and their families (in the broader community, not just Chinese)
SAPA-GP (Sino-American Pharmaceutical Professionals Association – Greater Philadelphia) COVID-19 Relief Efforts, fundraising for urgent supply needs of hospitals, healthcare providers, and community first responders in Greater Philadelphia area.
Both are U.S. 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations. Your donations are tax-deductible and receipts can be provided.
What is a playshop?
Blending play and workshop, a playshop is:
an informal, interactive group session 
a workshop presented in an approachable or enjoyable way, as one which introduces an activity to children, or which develops skills in a leisure activity. 
facilitated group experiences for adults and children to externalize and self-regulate emotions in a safe and supportive way; and ultimately, develop embodied resilience and social-emotional intelligence. 
A playshop cultivates resilience and creativity.
What do I need to prepare for the playshops?
Open mind, open heart, compassion for yourself, empathy for others, respect for fellow participants and fun spirit!
Sheets of paper, (ink) pens and pencils. Ideally, colored writing / drawing instruments such as crayons and pastels as well, if you have them, or can borrow from your children.
For Act I - Sensorium:
A clear glass of ice water
(In small dishes): a pickle or something else sour; an olive or something else salty; arugula leaves or something else bitter; a grape or something else sweet; and a cherry tomato or something else umami!
Some wine, coffee or other aromatic beverage of your choice ready to be served; some lavender or other essential oil; and some spices.
A bowl of flour
Not too full from your meal. Save a little bit of appetite.
Well-washed hands and face, up to quarantine standards. Well-cleaned tabletop where you’ll be touching and playing with things.
Who should attend?
You are welcome to share the experience with your partner, making it an at-home “date”, or enjoy and enrich on your own.
Certainly invite friends to join you virtually too!
Where to attend?
A Zoom link will be provided to registered participants.
Who can I contact with other questions?
Gena Nasi, email