Welcome to The Studio for Playful Inquiry

Mutual mentorship for courage and change.

A community that supports transformation

Are you dedicated to growing your practice of playful inquiry?

Are you seeking an antidote to the isolation so often felt by practitioners who believe play, meaning-making, and the rights of children should be prioritized in school?

Are you an educator committed to re-imagining environments and experiences for learning that promote joy, creativity, and the wonder of learning?

Are you a school leader hoping to support colleagues as they reimagine their work?

You've found a global community dedicated to mutual mentorship towards responding to those questions in your unique context.

Contact Susan and Matt here.


The Studio invites you to participate through multiple doorways:

EngageMonthly framing for your investigations.

InspireFrequent support and interaction catalyzing your growth.

TransformFull community immersion, including live meetings and courses.


Join the Studio

Studios are places where people come together to experiment: to imagine greater possibilities, try out new ideas, and share experiences investigating pathways that include immersion in the arts, investment in play, and sharing stories.

The Studio for Playful Inquiry is an online community filled with colleagues eager to grow with you. Here, you’ll find inspiring, provocative invitations that spur meaningful conversation and exchange, catalyze reflection, and encourage innovation. It's slow pd: for the price of a workshop, you get a year of evolving and deepening connection. 

Members come from all parts of the world, teaching and leading in a wide range of schools for children (usually ages 3 to 11, but sometimes younger and sometimes older.) We share images and stories, read, watch, and listen to a range of texts, and connect with each other through an inviting platform and realtime meet-ups. Together, we support each other to create the kinds of learning communities upon which healthy living depends.


At your fingertips when you want it

What do members say?

In the Studio:

Each month we explore a "through line" of interest to members around the world. In July and August, we focus on the role of the arts in flourishing. All Members will be invited to join or view recordings of Guide Line conversations with Miriam Beloglovsky, Jesús Oviedo, Sophie Anne Edwards, Georgia Heard, Cindy Foley, Kirsty Liljegren, and Kelly Goodsir as we encounter the research organized in Your Brain On Art: How The Arts Transform Us. Members enrolled in the annual Transform Plan - as well as those who sign up for the Holding The Arts At The Heart course on its own - will be guided by Miriam, Jesús, Georgia, and Sophie through immersive encounters with the arts.  

Coming Soon

Not ready to join? Get on the list!

Click here to be added to our mailing list. We send frequent newsletters with essays, links to relevant articles and other interesting things, and keep you updated on ways to get involved with the Center for Playful Inquiry and its Studio.

Who is behind this project?

Susan Harris MacKay and Matt Karlsen are the hosts of The Studio for Playful Inquiry.

Learn more about them and the Center for Playful Inquiry here.

Susan and Matt are dedicated to removing barriers to participation. If you'd like to discuss group registration discounts, pay-over-time plans, need-based discounts, or anything else, don't hesitate to drop us a line.