Exercises for Embodied Practice and Play

The BTS Center recognizes the need for new and imaginative ways of thinking, being, and processing in this climate-changed world. Or perhaps, the need to return to the embodied and playful wisdom we all possess. We can return to our bodies. We can return to each other in a spirit of movement, creativity, and kinship. We encourage “play,” not as some frivolity, but as joyous expression to engage in together, unencumbered by having a specified outcome in mind.

These thirteen practices for embodied play, compiled and introduced by Madeline Bugeau-Heartt, offer guidance for individuals or groups who wish to incorporate playful practices into their time together. The practices can be used together or alone as part of an existing program — use your creativity and see where these take you.

Meet Madeline Bugeau-Heartt

Madeline is thrilled to be working at The BTS Center as a seminary intern. She is currently a second year Masters of Divinity candidate at the Harvard Divinity School. Madeline graduated from NYU Tisch in 2013 with a BFA in Theater, and since then has originally devised and collaborated on countless experimental theater and film projects in NYC and Boston. Ever a Jane of all trades, she has also spent time farming on a 250 acre vegetable farm, caregiving for the elderly, and freelancing as a writer. Her studies at Harvard have plunged her into the reality of the Climate Changed, and she is grateful to be working for an organization so dedicated to inspiring and caring for a world in radical transition.