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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Jump for Joy

Eyoälha (Eee-YO-Lah) means – the wind – in the Kwakwa’ka’wakw language from the North West Coast of Canada. Eyoälha Baker is the photographer/artist whose playful spirit has led her to undertake some really immense projects – like the 65 ft high by 114 wide photo mural of people in mid-jump that she just finished in Vancouver. […]

skinny park
Skinny Play Sculpture

Always on the lookout for what one might call evidence of intelligent design in the playverse, Paige Johnson brings us to Kalvebod Brygge in Islands Brygge, Copenhagen, Denmark; where JDS architects has included in its new waterfront design this amazing little play structure that, narrow as it is, offers a significant variety of invitations to […]

cardboarders prepare

Now that we’ve begun to contemplate the intricate art of automata and the unique fun thereof, we are ready to take the next step. Though I must warn you, we are balancing most precariously close to the abyss of crazy mad playfulness. With no further ado, I present, for your edification and amusement, automata as interpreted by […]

the dance of glee
Play and Playfulness (part two)

I was reading a paper by my friend Gwen Gordon called Well-Played: The Origins and Future of Playfulness. You may read it below: It made me think about the Playful Path in particular (as does almost everything). And I caught myself asking myself: is the Playful Path the path to happiness? Is that what it […]


“As the name suggests,” explains sitemaster Lorenzo Pilia, “ is a site dedicated to local multiplayer video games, which means ‘games that can be played by two or more people in the same physical location’ (if you can come up with a better definition, we’re all ears).” One of my happiest moments in exploring the world […]

when somebody gets hurt
Still in play, just not playing

When you’re playing a game, for example, or a sport, even, and someone gets hurt, you stop playing – almost. You’re still in play, still a member of one team or another, you still want to win and probably still think you can. But the clock has stopped. And you’re concerned, for the time being, […]

The entrance to your playful path is wonder.

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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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