Help make the world a more vibrantly healthy and playful place


Our names are Jared Hippler & Nic Tanner, we are Returned Peace Corps Volunteers who served in the Kyrgyz Republic from 2009-11. We both had life-changing experiences while serving. Nic at a school & myself at an orphanage. We taught teachers & co-workers how to use play to make learning more fun, dynamic, and interactive.

We very much believe & have witnessed the power of play. It is vital to incorporate play into your lifestyle for vibrant health & happiness.


The World is getting smaller, due to climate change & conflict, more & more children are becoming orphans, & more and more people are becoming refugees. 


 We teach games that get kids moving & laughing with each other. 

  • We use mainly non-verbal games, so language won't be a barrier.

  • We teach health & life lessons through play & games.

  • We train educators on how to use play in the classroom in order to make learning more fun, dynamic, and interactive.

  • We document play in the form of videos, photos, & games menus so that we can share with the world with the click of a button.



Many developing countries don't have a lot of material 'things' but humans don't need things in order to experience joy. Joy is always there to be had in the present moment, even being alone, if we are truly present & open to it. Anyone can cultivate this presence through meditation. We can also experience joy through playing with other people, and this is what our organization focuses on. 


Humans are social creatures and we have evolved to get great joy from playing with others The quickest way to laughter is through playing with others. Our greatest moments of joy come through primally playing with others.

More info on what we do

Jared with kids from his orphanage during his service, 2011

Nic with some of the kids from his village, 2009

Play Pilgrimage Kyrgyzstan 2018

Fun(d)-Raising Tour     The Kyrgyz Republic       Sept 2018

Fun(d)-Raising Tour     Kyrgyzstan       Sept 2018

Jared in the capital square during new year's eve, 2009

Thank you to all of our donors for making it possible!


T: 530-867-0036

E: info@primalplay.org

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