Play – at least the kind that builds brains, forwards development, and serves our emotions – is becoming an endangered activity among those who need to engage in it most and this includes us as adults. The science of play reveals the mind of Nature and gets to the very heart of the developmental approach. This course serves as a prerequisite to several more advanced courses with play as the focus.


Course participants will view the online lecture video recordings from their own computers through our Virtual Campus and come together weekly in a Scheduled Online Class via Zoom to discuss the material and gain further insight from Neufeld Faculty member Bree Jordan.

All Scheduled Online Classes are recorded. If you can't fit a live class into your day-time schedule, you can keep up by watching the recording later in the week.

All registrations include four months' access to our Virtual Campus which features Dr. Neufeld's video material, online support, discussion forums, study guides, supplementary resources, and much more. 

Suitability & Applicability

The information contained in this course is relevant to everyone in today's society. It is a must for all those involved with your children - parents, daycare provides, early educators. It is also highly recommended for all serious students of Nature and all those who seek to play midwife to the unfolding of human potential. Playfulness is the key to healthy development and emotional well-being - a subject that is salient to everyone.

Time & Place

This course is being offered in a Scheduled Online Class format on Tuesday mornings from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm Pacific, starting with an orientation session on November 14, 2023. It will run for 6 weeks (no class December 19th, 26th and January 2nd).

Special wrap-up session and Q&A with Gordon Neufeld January 9, 2024.


Cancellation notifications received up until one day before the start of the course are eligible for a refund, less a $25 administrative fee. Cancellation notifications received after the start of the course are not eligible for refund.

If a course is cancelled by the Neufeld Institute due to insufficient enrolment or other unforeseen circumstances, all registrants will have the option of receiving a full refund or credit.