This is an Advanced Intensive, meaning that it builds on the foundations of the Intensive I and Intensive II. This course is offered in live format only from August 14 to 18, 2017.

The first Advanced Intensive (Becoming Attached) is on relationships. It seemed rather self-evident to me that the second advanced intensive should be on emotion and play. Although I have created separate courses on both topics, it is the dance between these delicate dynamics that holds the keys to the unfolding of human potential, in children as well as adults.

As with Becoming Attached, in Play & Emotion, we will look to make sense of these dynamics in our own lives as well as in the lives of our children. We will focus on the importance of creating playgrounds for the primal emotions of frustration, alarm, intensified pursuit, and the alpha instincts. We will touch on playing with masks, playing with words, playing with roles, playing with monsters, playing with toys, playing with music, playing with voices, playing with separation, and playing with death. We will look at play and emotion in therapy, art, learning, creativity, humour (including black humour), drama, and everyday life . We will tease apart emergent play, expressive play and social play. Hopefully, we will discover in the process how to nurture our own playfulness as adults, making room for emotion and play to dance together.

Time & Place

8:30 am to 1:30 pm Monday to Friday (includes 2 short 15 minute breaks, with time free in the afternoon to enjoy the beaches and attractions nearby)

The course will be held at Quality Resort Bayside, 240 Dogwood Street, Parksville, BC, Canada.

Please note that registrants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements.


Neufeld Intensive Level I and Level II are prerequisites for this course as it builds on the foundation that was laid in these courses.


People will make their own arrangements as to their own preferences and economic considerations. We have gathered some information about various places nearby, from camp grounds to resorts.

We also have a special rate at the Quality Resort Bayside, where the course is being held ($109 standard room; $139 waterfront). If you would like to take advantage of this offer, contact the hotel directly and refer to the "Neufeld Institute". 

Website for the Quality Resort Bayside:

Phone number for the Quality Resort Bayside: 1.800.663.4232


This course is being hosted by the Neufeld Institute, a nonprofit organization with a world-wide reach, devoted to applying developmental science to the raising of children.


A full refund will be issued for cancellations made prior to 2 weeks before the course starts. Deposits are non-refundable for cancellations made within the 2 weeks prior to the start of the course.