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. This month, we’re  launching a two-month focus on story. Our Guide Line conversation with Michelle Ramirez and Darryl Redick of Little Owl School will be held May 2 and will be available for later viewing. Our investigation of story is complemented by an exploration of the language of loose parts collage.

This summer, we'll playfully investigate all the arts have to offer us and the children we grow with. We'll have guidance from teaching artists Georgia Heard, Jesús Oviedo, Miriam Beloglovsky, and Sophie Anne Edwards, offering us embodied experiences with the research we'll be reading about in the new book Your Brain On Art

Registration for this and other courses is included in the annual Transform Plan (what a deal!) The course is also available for a la carte registration with an Early Bird discount offered through May 31. 

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.