Showing up and allowing ourselves to be fully seen is an invaluable tool for catalyzing foundational change in yourself, your community, and systemically. Over the course of eight days and seven nights, The Summer Submersion is an on your feet exploration of B4 The Other’s Pedagogy of Play. Focusing on B4’s six Buoys and Anchors of Play system: Great Effort, Conscious Vulnerability, Bold Choice, Grounded Acceptance, Grateful Surrender, and Easeful Buoyancy. We do not see them as “pillars” because they are not immovable. We do see these six Buoys and their Anchor counterparts, as points on a horizon in the vast ocean of the unknown. They offer us a foundational level of ease in every situation which establishes the invisible structure felt within B4 The Other’s facilitation.
Being some of the pioneers of facilitating Play work, we are certain that the level of effort, risk and communication one puts into their lives is in direct correlation with what one gets out of their experience. B4’s pedagogy of play empowers the individual to live in abundance within the community by giving self-validation a seat at the table. We reinforce what is most authentic for each individual player in order to make meaningful contributions to our Summer Submersion community. We will be engaged in preparing community meals together, camping, outside summer activities, reflective campfire chats, and physical play exploration in the studio. Opening the channels for one’s restorative personal Play revolution and our communal destination of a new horizon.
In our experience, many training and belief systems are based on tearing one down to build one back up. The last 60 years of methods have shown this idea to be one of the main reasons for suppressing creativity among adults. At the end of the day these methods hinge on another’s validation of your individual process.
The truth is that play seems to be one of the most advanced methods nature has invented to allow a complex brain to create itself. - Dr Stuart Brown MD
B4 The Other Creations strives to build stronger communities by holding space for a universal experience through the Pedagogy of Play. Changing the language to change the story by deep diving into the core values of effort, choice, buoyancy, generosity, and vulnerability. Paving a path of Vibrational Activism in our everyday world.
B4 The Other is dedicated to living a life of service and fully embodying B4 The Other’s mission in our everyday lives. That’s why we are committed to making our work accessible for all game changers. As such, B4 offers a sliding scale on educational and professional development opportunities (see suggested amounts below). Please choose a one time rate that is an authentic investment for you.
- $675 if you are financially flourishing
- $600 if you are financially comfortable
- $525 if you are financially stretching
If you are able to self-select the financially flourishing rate, please know your investment allows us to help accommodate those who may be financially stretching by offering a lower rate.
Payment plans are made available for those who request this form of support. For inquiry, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
At the time of registration, a $100 nonrefundable deposit is required. This $100 deposit is taken from your self selected authentic investment rate.
The opposite of play is not work—the opposite of play is depression. - Dr Stuart Brown MD
As the nature of Play requires connection, we are asking for all players to be vaccinated to attend the Summer Submersion. Both facilitators are vaccinated. We understand this is a difficult time in navigating the climate of Covid. There are some medical exemptions for getting the vaccine and we will address those on a case-by-case basis with the highest priority being communal health and safety.
- All players are asked to procure a negative PCR covid test the week prior to arrival.
- We ask that you please not attend the Summer Submersion if you have any symptoms of illness in the week leading up to your arrival.
- We request that players please limit exposure as much as possible the week prior to the Summer Submersion. Especially after the PCR covid test (ie: forgo other events/concerts/parties/indoor dining/crowds or spaces where there are high risks for transmission.)
- Upon arrival at the site, we will conduct a final rapid test to further ease and safety for the forming community.
- There will be plenty of cleaning supplies made available throughout the Summer Submersion.
*Please note, small breaks during Playtimes are not listed here but will be given.
*Please note, this event is not catered as part of the play exploration is to investigate Great Effort.
* Communal meal planning will be offered to the community through an email chain 1 week before the event.
It actually takes a lot of guts to play with the B4 The Other Creations team and I recommend every artist do so if they get the chance. Every time I have worked with them, they had a discernment that honed in on what was able to elevate me on my journey and push me to my next milestone—one I didn’t even know I needed a breakthrough for. The hardest part was not allowing the filter of my own bias to deflect the neutral observations and instruction they offered. But the idea of play, learning while I did it, breaking out of my own barriers, and developing a sense of fruitful ensembleship that I can take into other projects was invaluable! I look forward to the next time I get a chance to spend hours with Christopher and Malia’Kekia. It is well worth the energy, effort, and investment!
“As a child, play was an expression, an experience, exercise, growth and social. As an adult I lost most of the knowledge of play and substituted in the rules and expectations of others. I didn’t realize this until my first Play Retreat in 2016. I didn’t realize it fully then, but I knew I was being opened to an experience that would change my relationships to work and those around me. With B4theOther I have reinforced my lessons from 2016 and gained new tools for maintaining and growing play in my life.
I have entered both Play Retreat experiences with a preconceived notion of what I was going to experience. I was wrong both times. This was and will continue to be necessary work to bolster my creativity in my work of theatre and in my personal relationships. Don’t let what you think you know keep you from what you need to know.
“If your inner child has gone missing/into hiding, POP has the power to help rediscover and nurture them! I was admittedly very hesitant to take the POP course due to its virtual nature and feeling “Zoom burnout.” After some gentle persuasion, I decided to dive in and I am so glad that I did! The connections and explorations that were achieved during the last many weeks went far beyond my expectations and I am left wanting even more! The work that Malia’Kekia and Christopher are doing is so essential to our daily lives, especially as “adulting” people who so easily forget how. They are an incredible duo, leading with clear direction and loving guidance, all while making sure that everyone is seen, heard, and valued. I recommend this course to anyone who is willing to break down their grown-up walls and fully dive in to experience a truly life-enhancing world of PLAY!”
“This experience was a light in my life. It came exactly when I needed it to. Yes, it’s about ‘play’ but that word has come to mean so many different things to me now. POP helped me open up doors I didn’t know were closed. Some weeks were effortlessly joyous and others were a massive challenge. Through it all, Malia’Kekia and Christopher lead with such present grace and love. Apart from that the community you gain is beyond what I thought possible, I wish it could have lasted even longer. SO WORTH IT! I also was able to see that the more work we do, the more work there is to be done. Love. Love. Love.”
“I signed up for B4’s Play Retreat, The Winter Blast, with healthy skepticism and resistance that all but disappeared after our first meeting at the retreat. The environment of support, community, and play B4 the Other has created is a place where real growth and healing can occur, if you are open to it. Their brilliant buoys and anchors system offers a non judgmental way to examine the habits we have in our lives, and gifts us the opportunity to make new choices. The medium of play Christopher and Malia’Kekia use made me laugh, cry, reflect, and grow in ways I thought were kept within the leather confines of a therapist’s couch. I would heartily recommend B4 the Other to anyone who is looking to play, and even more so to those who aren’t.”
“B4’s in person retreat (The Winter Blast) is a total game changer. If you are a person seeking deeper connection, a higher level of joy and a desire to touch places in your heart that are aching for deep nourishment, B4’s Play Retreats (The Winter Blast) is it. My experience at the Blast brought me closer to myself in ways I had been longing for but didn’t know were possible until I broke through the invisible wall I had put up. Malia’Kekia and Christopher hold a space that is both loving, fierce, playful and full of permission and steeped in the power of being in community. I am beyond blessed to have been on this retreat and look forward to the ways it will continue to inspire play in my everyday life.”