Playfulness is a gift.

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

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

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Before I wax poetic, please take a moment to read Paige Johnson’s wonderful Play-Scapes post about Self-Made Playgrounds from Recycled Materials, Basurama. Basurama is “an artist collective dedicated to research, cultural and environmental creation and production whose practice revolves around the reflection of trash, waste and reuse in all its formats and possible meanings. It […]

bench go round
The real adult playground

When people talk about the new wave in adult playgrounds, this is what they mean: We have George Zisiadis to thank, profusely, I might add, for showing us a far more playful, and, I might add, adult alternative with his Bench Go Round. Not just for the Bench Go Round, mind you, but for giving us […]

life and music - watts
It’s a musical thing

In the following snippet from a lecture by Alan Watts we have a wonderfully vivid metaphor for imagining what I call the “playful path.”  He uses the word “music” the way I use the words “play” “fun” and “playfulness.” He suggests that if life were compared to music, it would be a bit more obvious that rushing it along […]

Keith Newstead Automata

This is one of hundreds of Automata from Keith Newstead. It is the first time we have paid tribute to the playful genius of this art and this artist. I trust it won’t be the last. He explains: I was born in Romford, Essex in 1956 and went to Pettits Lane Secondary school. One of […]

Orkin.The Card Players
And oh, the character you’ll build!

So, you’re the dad or the mom or the big brother or sister or, well, the person taking care of these kids. And you decide it’s time for a game. A card game, maybe. So you teach the kids a card game called “Concentration.” You figure it’s a good game for to play with kids […]

Extraordinary fun

There are other kinds of games. And they’re free. And freeing – so freeing that we feel we can change the rules if we want, the goals if we need to. They are games anyone can play. They are games in which we feel safe, safe enough to touch and be touched, to hug and […]

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."

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"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."

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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."




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