A Path to Spiritual Intelligence for Our Times

InterPlay Life Practice Program for Spiritual Leaders 2018-2019

2 In Person Retreats, 8 online events dedicated to Body WIsdom in Spiritual Practice: $200 off when you register by Aug 30
Cynthia Winton-Henry and Kelsey Blackwell

Online, ONLINE

Opening & Closing In-Person Retreats in Oakland, CA: Oct 8-11, 2018 & Feb 18-21, 2019 (details below for Australian participants)• 8 online weekly wisdom teachings: Tuesdays 3-5 pm PST

also with InterPlay Australia Leader Stephanie Gesling

This in-depth training orients spiritual leaders to the nature of body wisdom and creativity in personal and group spiritual life. In addition to group sessions each participant receives three one hour sessions to explore InterPlay tools and practices for personal and spiritual development. These may occur in person or on Zoom.

This program is also being offered to participants in Australia. For Australian participants, an opening retreat (The Secrets of InterPlay) will be held in Melbourne in September 2018 and the closing retreat (to be led by Phil Porter) will be held in Brunswick Heads in January 2019 just before the SummerPlay there. The online sessions will be shared by both the US and Australia groups together. Registration for both the Secrets weekend and the full program will be handled through the US InterPlay office (info@interplay.org). Tuition and other costs are quoted in US dollars.

The program supports participants to
• Integrate body and soul for healing, prayer, speaking, discernment, celebration, justice, and ritual.
• Increase fluency in the wisdom languages of the soul: movement, voice, word, stillness
• Receive affirmation for your body's intrinsic spiritual intelligence
• Honor one's personal connection to Spirit and Mystery
• Recoup a path of joy and play in a reflective, easy-going community

Why Body Wisdom?

Physicality is basic. Racism, gender, class, ability, politics, religion, climate change, animal care, and culture are all body realities. Great transformation is possible when we put the body and our earth body at the center of spiritual intelligence. Our bodies know how to honor and affirm every body as distinct and part of a distinct community.

Do we honor bodies? If not, how can we honor souls?

Gifts of this Program
When we honor the body we can better • Access voice, movement, stillness, and stories to connect to self, others and the Divine.
• Build Community that empowers marginalized people.
• Find deeper connection with earth, people, and spirit.
• Practice resiliency techniques.
• Adopt Improvisational skills for working with complex situations.
• Risk new skills for speaking and presenting.
• Bring artful ritual to bedside, one to one, small and large groups
• Cultivate intergenerational bonds among children, youth, and adults.


Why Creativity for Spiritual Intelligence?

Every form of creative expression provides a unique path of revelation and healing. A full spiritual inheritance depends on whether we can engage our birthright practices: movement, voice, story, stillness, as well as visual, musical, written and spatial arts. Soul comes alive through them, whether or not we are proficient. InterPlay brings all of these folk arts back into community life in personal and joyful ways.

The Process

An online orientation will help us explore our online visual connection and meet the participants.

Opening Retreat: The Secrets of InterPlay for Spiritual Intelligence: Body, Mind, Heart, Spirit, Oakland, California.

Start your journey in the creative diversity of the Bay Area, among local redwoods and in the artful sanctuary of InterPlayce. With time to explore the balance of creative practice and body wisdom teachings, our journey unfolds through elegant moments of movement, voice, story, and stillness, which open up the parables of our lives. You learn tools to help people orient to the wisdom of their body: Easy Focus, Body Data/Knowledge/Wisdom, Internal Authority, Physicality of Grace, Exformation, Spiritual Disciplines, Incrementality, and Affirmation. Plus, you will be gathered into the grace, ease, and spontaneous health that arises where body and soul yield refreshment, connection, and guidance.

This workshop uniquely introduces the following body wisdom language and experience

• The Soul Loves The Body: Recovering Lost Soul Languages
• The Architecture of Soul as Bigger Than Our Body: Bodyspirit as Bigger Than Our Skin
• Spontaneity as A Signature Of Soul
• Transformation and Healing as A Creative Process
• The Need for Different Art Forms To Create Different Ritual Outcomes?

Online Sessions: The retreat is followed by eight online wisdom trainings (two hours each). In these interactive, live, video sessions, participants deepen their body wisdom around aspects of the creative spirit, the art of truth-telling, the nature of being a body intellectual, how to play with challenges, healing and wholeness, and how we encourage creative prayer and service in others.

These will take place online Tuesdays from 3-5 pm PST (California time) on Oct 16, Oct 30, Nov 13, Nov 27, Dec 11, Jan 8, Jan 22, Feb 5

The Closing Retreat: “Collective Peace-making and Ritual.” Having formed bonds of play and deep story, we open new vistas for creativity in communal life. What does it mean for peace and for the communal soul to be embodied? This retreat culminates with a graduation celebration.

Online Information Sessions by appt. cynthia@interplay.org

Email Cynthia for more information.

Frequently Unasked Questions about InterPlay for Spiritual Leaders.

Use the PayPal button below to submit your $100 deposit for the program.

Cost: $2,250 does not cover room and board Oakland retreats. Payment Plans, Trades and 2 scholarships available. Australian participants: +$90 USD for food

Registration/Information: Body Wisdom, 510-465-2797 or info@interplay.org



Online, ONLINE
This will be an online event which could originate from anywhere in the world and would be open to anyone around the world.
Cynthia Winton-Henry
Cynthia Winton-Henry, co-founder of InterPlay with Phil Porter, has researched "what the body wants" in the arts, in jails, shelters, slums, hospitals, churches, businesses, classrooms, doctoral programs in theology and the arts, and in multicultural education. She develops somatic curriculums to address racism, leadership for the Earth, and spiritual intelligence with an eye to supporting millennials. A featured speaker on the Body Intelligence Summit and a keynoter at conferences, Cynthia is the author of What the Body Wants, Having It All: Body, Mind, Heart & Spirit Together Again at Last, Dance: A Sacred Art: Discovering the Joy of Movement as Spiritual Practice, and Chasing the Dance of Life: A Faith Journey,. Currently writing on Body Wisdom and Social Justice and on "Ensoulment," she coaches leaders seeking spiritual intelligence for our time at cynthiawinton-henry.com.
Kelsey Blackwell
Kelsey Blackwell is a writer, meditation instructor and embodiment coach. Her writing has appeared in Cooking Light, Southern Living, Delicious Living and The Arrow: A Journal of Wakeful Society. As a meditation guide and discussion leader, Kelsey offers experiential activities incorporating mindfulness and “bodyfulness” to experience our inherent human worthiness. On her blog, TheMarvelousCrumb.com, Kelsey writes transparently about race, identity, belonging, dating, and curly hair.

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