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.

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the match
the popcorn miracle

You know how some people say: “fun is my spiritual path”? I know of only two people who actually mean it. And one of them was a man named Ken Feit. I met Ken in San Francisco, about 40 years ago. He was hanging around the New Games Foundation office at the same time I was […]

Mondays & Thursdays

So, after 15 years of writing a new article every day of the work week, I plan to continue publishing new articles on Mondays and Thursdays. I’ve no excuse. It’s something I just want to try, for a while. I thought I’d try it so I could devote more of my time to, you know, […]

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Waiting Games

There are times…sometimes brief, sometimes excruciatingly long, when we have to wait. Even a purportedly brief time, like when you’re waiting for the light to change, can engender self-excruciation – especially if you’re in a big hurry, or it’s raining, or you like have to go. My advice, play a game. Any game. A short […]

for life
is the universe playful or what?

Chapter II of Charles Eisenstein’s The Ascent of Humanity is called “The Playful Universe” in which he writes: Consider the possibility that childhood play is practice, yes—but practice for adult play, not adult work! For in fact, the same qualities that characterize childhood play apply equally to the most creative, productive activities of the adult. […]

pronking together

I was mousing around Vimeo, looking for some clips I might use in a presentation I might be preparing for the MIT Sandbox Summit (I’m still not sure I’m going to do a presentation). And I chanced across an old video of an event that my friend Bob Gregson and I put together in Hartford, CT, some […]


(image via the Encyclopedia of New Zealand) I was mousing through one of my favorite sites, reminding myself, as I sometimes need do, of the universality of play. – Kidsplaybook. And, given the randomness of things, found myself led to a sweet little New Zealish game, kind of like paddy-cake with sticks. You can read […]

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

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"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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