As an independent scholar with a masters degree in philosophy, Gwen draws from across disciplines ranging from literature and philosophy to evolutionary biology and neuroscience. Her insights are grounded in life experience and twenty years with clients and students. Gwen has published articles in peer-reviewed journals including The Journal for Humanistic Psychology, Play and Culture Studies, and The American Journal of Play and in anthologies including The Handbook on the Study of Play and Earthlight: Spiritual Wisdom for an Ecological Age. Gwen has been adjunct faculty at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology and Holy Names University.
As a consultant, Gwen has applied her insights to the design of programs for companies including IDEO and PepsiCo, groups ranging from life coaches to TSA security officers, and for popular films including What the Bleep Do We Know?!, and The Story of Stuff. She has roused audiences at Mattel, PepsiCo, UC Davis, UC San Diego, The World Congress of Play, KidScreen, and Sandbox Summit West.
A friend recently invited me to join him on a trip to Thailand. Thailand, with its white sand beaches, elephant sanctuaries, and exquisite food, its cheap massages, textiles, and temples, has been on the top of my bucket list for years. I also desperately needed a...