Befriending The Characters Who Run Our Stories

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Phinney Center Community Hall

6532 Phinney Avenue North

Room 3

Seattle, WA 98103

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This event is FULL, but you can get on the WAITLIST and be added if anyone cancels.

In relationships, do you run scripts in your head that seem like they should work, but keep getting the same frustrating results? You probably even have go-to characters you pull out when, for example, you wish you felt more seen and appreciated, or you just want everybody to pitch in and do their chores, or you really, really know you’re right and they’re wrong, or you just need some space to hear yourself think!

These characters wear masks that cover over our fears and our genuine wants. We wear them because they feel familiar and at some point in our lives they worked - they got us what we needed. We wouldn’t be here without them!

In this class, we invite you to bring one of your characters out to play. We’ll interview and appreciate them for what they are here to tell you. Then we’ll use play to discover what new choices are available. What new stories are possible? How can we invent a whole new way of relating?

We intend to create an open, collaborative space where we can each discover what we most need and want to discover about ourselves while having a really good time!

This is the first class in a five part series where we will explore 5 Reviving Play Moves to Re-Invigorate Relating. You do not need to sign up for the whole series to take this free class.

5 Reviving Play Moves to Re-Invigorate Relating class series description:

Is the fun fading from your relationship? Got the end-of-winter blahs? Feeling stressed and overwhelmed? Serious stuff abounds. And the good news is spring is coming! We invite you to step out, stretch yourself and get freshly inspired to play.

Dhira Brown and Kristina Turner have been improvising since the day we met. Late to meet at the airport, Dhira needed to circle back home - forgot to leave her husband's keys! Amidst laughter, life-stories and rush hour traffic, we discovered our mutual love of play.

Each week in this series, we share and explore how to change up the action and find satisfaction in our real lives as we dip, wade or dive into 5 Reviving Play Moves. Wahoo!!! We look forward to splashing around in the pool of our collective wisdom and foolery. Wanna come play?

1. BEFRIEND the characters who run your stories! Make play-space in your relationship to interview personas you each adopted long ago. Discover what they really want now.

2. BREATHE and open to wonder. Hmmm…I wonder which opening will be the most fun to explore next. Hmmm…..I wonder how my defenses want to play with you.

3. BODIFY what’s going on inside you. Drop the words. Express your thoughts and feelings in sound and movement.

4. MAKE IT BIGGER! Exaggerate and embrace your own quirks, goofs, fears & desires. (Invite your whole self out to play!)

5. CHANGE ONE THING. Before the conversation gets seriously dull or repetitive, change up your Pace, Posture, Propensity or Purpose for being in this conversation!

Sign up for the whole series today before it fills!

Kristina Turner is a wild-at-heart Hendricks Certified Coach inspired by the magical ways creative play inter-relates with thriving in community. No issue is taboo here when race, gender, sexuality, spirituality, age, class, ancestry, ability, innate genius and willingness to play are all seen as doorways into expressing our full aliveness and reclaiming our wholeness.

Dhira Brown is an Agent of Play at Play It Out Improv and a Hendricks Certified Coach. Improv has been her go-to practice on stage and off for the past three years. Through this journey, she discovered how much easier it is to use her whole self to transform her experience through play, rather than struggling to "figure things out" with just her brain. Play It Out Improv's mission is to inspire and empower people to celebrate and improvise with what is, to instantly create what they really want.

© Kristina Turner, Creative Resilience Coach, & Dhira Brown, Play It Out Improv in playful cahoots with The Hendricks Institute,


Is this class just for couples or people in a relationship?

Nope! These playful practices are for anyone, anytime because we are all constantly relating to one another through friendships, colleagues and other partnerships.

What can I bring into the event?

Please bring a reusable bottle of water and wear comfortable clothes for moving around. This class is not strenuous, but we will be up and moving around a lot.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Contact Kristina Turner at: or Dhira Brown at

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?


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Phinney Center Community Hall

6532 Phinney Avenue North

Room 3

Seattle, WA 98103

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