Playfulness is a gift.

And author/fun theorist Bernard De Koven
invites you to receive it!

Welcome to A Playful Path:
The Book, the Spirit, the Experience.

Get the Book Now! (Free Download!)

Latest Articles

lookin in mirror
who do you think you are?

In “The Most Productive Way to Develop As a Leader,” Herminia Iberra, author of Working Identity, writes: Whatever activity you’re engaged in, when you are in “work” mode, you are purposeful: you set goals and objectives, are mindful of your time, and seek efficient resolution. You’re not going to deviate from the straight and narrow. […]

Games, play and bureaucracy

I have written extensively about how playing in public is a political act – especially playing playfully (see Playing Playfully in Public is a Political Act and When the World is New and We are Free In It). I’ve spoken about it at least as extensively (see The Politics of Playfulness). (If you’re going to […]

Gecko (Phelsuma)
The playfulness of space Geckos

You know how scientists scoff when you tell them how much fun your gecko is? Apparently, all scientists needed to verify gecko playfulness was to send them for a month’s trip into space. The following comes to us courtesy of The Guardian Shortly after take-off one of the geckos lost its collar, providing the animals […]

Penny's Playground
Playwork and the Politics of Play

The politics of play are as evident in children’s playgrounds as they are in sport centers and public spaces throughout the world. Penny Wilson is one such politician, a gifted and articulate voice for the Adventure Playground movement – a movement towards understanding, nurturing and providing spaces for children to pursue free play. Ms. Wilson […]

cardboard soccer
All games are cooperative

All games are cooperative. Even if you’re competing, you have to agree on the rules, and to abide by them, and to play fairly within them. Some games are more cooperative than others. In some cooperative games, you do keep score. And you can win, or lose, even. The only difference is that you win […]

The entrance to your playful path is wonder.

Get inspired listening to selections from Bernie’s books and articles, and then more inspired playing games from Bernie’s huge repertoire of deeply playful games.
The Experience

Readings from A Playful Path:


Kudos, kindness and kittens!!
(just kidding, no kittens, but more reviews here →)


"This volume should really be titled A Guide to Being Human.
I recommend you read only a page or two at a time. Let it sink in. Apply it. Revel in it."

Read the full review


"Now, finally, we come to Bernard DeKoven’s new book, A Playful Path.
It is, for me at least, the best self-help book I’ve ever read."

Read the full review

Playfulness opens you. It lightens your heart

“A playful path is the shortest road to happiness.”

‐ the Oaqui

"I know that if we only let ourselves out to play we would rediscover ourselves and reunite with the world."




Visit for more games and deep playfulness.