We hold our seeds to the moonlight and wonder aloud what may be ready to grow

InterPlay for Artists, Activists and Dabblers

A time to for stillness and deep play
Kelsey Blackwell and Annie-Rose London

Oakland, CA

Mondays, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

I want a little sugar
In my bowl
I want a little sweetness
Down in my soul
I could stand some lovin’
Oh so bad
I feel so funny and I feel so sad
Nina Simone

The world is in a troubled state. Many of us feel called to be of service and at the same time there may be equal forces that sometimes lead us to want to close up, retract and pull the sheets over our eyes.

Because the issues threatening the possibility of a peaceful society were created by many bodies over time, their undoing will require the attention and concerted efforts of many bodies over time. We must be in community as we move forward.

In this class, we taste the sweetness of being together in play and vision. We use the birthright practices of movement, storytelling and song as tools to hold us and guide us towards resilience and sustainability on our paths. This is a time for sharing, witnessing and receiving.

We understand that the words “artist” and “activist” may sound intimidating or arise feelings of “not me.” Please know that we value the broad tapestry of the nature of this work. If you desire to be of service towards creating a more just and inclusive world and are curious how lightness and laughter may support this vision, please join us.

During and after class you will experience:
• Practical tools for more ease
• A deeper connection to your self and community
• Space to process issues that arise on a physical level
• Belief in the power of joy
• A sense of possibility
• A time for play, fun and reflection
• Music that you can't not move to!

Accessibility info:

This workshop is at InterPlayce, the home of InterPlay. Yay! The space is wheelchair accessible, with all activities happening at ground floor.

To support the space, please don’t use any fragrances or scented products.

Check our Facebook Group for our class schedule.

Cost: $15 NOTAFLOF (No One Turned Away For Lack of Funds)

Registration/Information: Call, (510/292-3483) or email, kelseyblackwell22@gmail.com

Venue

InterPlayce

2273 Telegraph Avenue (at 23rd St.)
Oakland, CA 94612
InterPlayce is the center of the InterPlay universe. The offices for Body Wisdom, Inc. are also located here. The building is at the corner of 23rd and Telegraph, one block north of West Grand. It is just a few blocks from the 19th Street Downtown Oakland BART station, and on several convenient bus lines. On-street parking is always available at night and metered during the day. It is also easily accessible by several of the major freeways. Click here for a map.
Leaders
Kelsey Blackwell
Kelsey Blackwell is a writer, facilitator and coach working at the intersections of social justice, spiritual practice and creative expression. She is devoted to creating a more just, fair and inclusive society by bringing somatic practices into diversity, equity and inclusion work in schools, cooperate offices and at nonprofits. Her writing has been published in Ebony, Southern Living, Cooking Light and The Arrow: A Journal of Wakeful Society. She holds a Master’s degree in Magazine publishing from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She’s also a Certified InterPlay Leader, on InterPlay's Racial Equity and Transformation Committee and a graduate of Karuna Training, a two-year training in contemplative psychology. Follow her writing and hear about upcoming workshops at kelseyblackwell.com.
Annie-Rose London
Annie-Rose London is a social artist who seeks to create raucous experiences of joy and pleasure to counteract systems of oppressive mind control. She draws together the fields of ecological design, community arts, and social justice through facilitation and performance. Her earnest irreverence is inherited from a lineage of Jewish and Queer healers. She has called herself a performance artist, a clown, a ritualist, an educator, an activist – today she calls herself happy to meet you. She has served as the executive director of Berrett-Koehler Foundation and currently facilitates leadership development and creative practice in partnership with InterPlay, The Arts and Social Change Jam, and Earth Activist Training Social Permaculture Trainings.

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