Embodiment, Fun, Release, Community

InterPlay For Men (drop-in)

Jonathan Leavy, Connors John McConville, Amos Alan Lans, John Diller, Olaf Elander, and Randy Newswanger


on-going drop-in class Thursdays • 7-8:30 pm PT

NOTE: We are meeting virtually for the time being (join us from anywhere!). Video link and details available in our weekly email or reach out to Amos or John via the links below.

Join us as we play, express, and create together, finding ways to connect and have fun with each others at a distance. Invite your whole self to join in with stories, movement, song, and more. Sometimes the screens fade away and it's just us, gathered. Amos, Connors, John, Jonathan, Olaf, and others share and rotate leadership.

Everyone is welcome on any Thursday, but the 2nd and 4th Thursdays each month are themed, and on a Thursday near the Solstice & Equinox we invite all genders to join us (see separate postings). Second Thursdays each month are special nights for men new to InterPlay.

On the 4th Thursday of each month our men’s class will explore themes related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Using questions from the book Waking Up White by Debbie Irving, we’ll unmask how our upbringing (in our families and communities of origin) set us up to see the world’s vast variety of people through a particular lens that may limit our capacity to build close relationships with folks from other races and cultures than our own.

We’ll use InterPlay story-telling forms to share our own backgrounds and then exform/release pent-up tensions from our body-spirits through a variety of movements.

By the end of each class, we may feel more connected with one another, having had a chance to show more of ourselves, and witnessing other guys’ struggles, joys, and leaps of faith. Men of all races, ethnic and class backgrounds, mobilities, and orientations are welcome to participate.

This is one of many ongoing drop-in classes offered online each week. Now you can do InterPlay whenever you choose from leaders around the country!

Engage mind, body, heart, and spirit in an affirming, fun-loving practice with great teachers. Get yourself running on “all cylinders!"

  • It’s easy to learn the simple forms of InterPlay. If you are new you can catch on as you go. Anyone can do it!
  • Make new friends! InterPlay classes create instant community.
  • Learn body wisdom tricks and tools to make life easier.
  • No experience necessary! InterPlay is accessible to people of all ages and abilities.

All of the weekly drop-in classes offered are rooted in the basics of InterPlay but vary slightly based on the gifts of the teacher. Find just the right class for you! You can join a class at any point in the season, and take different classes as you choose.

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One day I danced,
my people all around me,
was I lonely once?

-- improvised haiku from Thursday Men's InterPlay

Cost: $15 per class • $48 for 4 classes (save $12!) • $90 for 10 classes (save $60!) No one turned away for lack of funds.

Registration/Information: Please get the ongoing video call information from Amos or John or see our weekly email. Questions? Email Amos Lans by clicking the link below.


Online Ongoing Classes & Groups

Jonathan Leavy
Jonathan Leavy brings a rich and varied bundle of experience to his InterPlay leading. Originally from Colorado, Jonathan used his music major from Colorado State University and performed in and around Florida and New York City for 12 years. From off-broadway to cruise ships, and from dinner theaters to theme parks, Jonathan has found joy through diverse musical theater opportunities. A call to ministry brought Jonathan to Pacific School of Religion in 1998 where he focused on spirituality and the arts. Jonathan has completed the InterPlay Leadership Program and is a long-time member of WING IT! Performance Ensemble and a leader in the InterPlay community, teaching classes and retreats with a focus on the voice and performing.
Connors John McConville
MDiv, MA, LMFT, Certified InterPlay Leader, Connors is a long time Interplayer and WING IT! member and co-teaches with John Diller the Interplay Men's Class that meets every Thursday evening at Interplayce. He has worked as a dance teacher, dance-maker and performer internationally and taught at the International School Bangkok and at Chulalongkorn University. He is a somatic psychotherapist (MFC 47398), and a spiritual director and is currently in a PhD program in East West Psychology at CIIS. As a young Jesuit missionary in Thailand 1974 – 1978 he formally studied Buddhism and Vipassana (meditation) at Wat Suan Dok in Chiangmai and Wat Bowonniwet Vihara in Bangkok and was certified in Thai Massage Therapy (Nuat Boran) with over 500 hours of training.
Amos Alan Lans
Amos Alan Lans likes to tell folks, “I became a dancer in my 50’s, thanks to InterPlay!” Amos is one of the three co-leaders of the Thursday evening men’s drop-in class. He loves introducing InterPlay to groups of men, especially gay men, especially older gay men who are learning new ways of enjoying being in their ageing bodies as well as playful ways of connecting with other guys. Letting stories emerge from movement is one of Amos’ favorite InterPlay activities. For 20+ years, Amos set up and taught in public school gardening programs. He now teaches the joys of composting, gardening, and healthy eating to at-risk urban youth in North Oakland’s Dover Street Edible Park, near his home on 61st Street.
John Diller
John Diller, MA in Education, is a certified InterPlay leader and has been leading InterPlay workshops and retreats for more than 10 years. He found his way to InterPlay via a winding road that includes poetry, improv, Permaculture, storytelling, the great outdoors, Buddhist philosophy, bicycling, and eight years of teaching high school theater. He has co-led the Thursday evening men’s InterPlay class in Oakland for years and works by day at a management consulting company. John thanks InterPlay for an increasingly embodied and nourishing life and for the opportunity to help others use InterPlay to have more fun, connect, dive deep, and so much more.
Olaf Elander
Olaf tasted an early increment of InterPlay at the Graduate Theological Union in the late 1980's. He returned to InterPlay in 2008 as one of the weekly Oakland men's group initiators. Olaf became a certified InterPlay Leader in 2017 and led groups in Missoula, Montana, and now in Naples, Florida. Olaf takes turns leading Men's InterPlay on Thursday nights with other fantastic leaders! Olaf guided work-life balance classes in the corporate world bringing parts of InterPlay to the information technology culture. He believes that InterPlay is to 21st Century spirituality what 12 Step has been to 20th Century spirituality. Whee!!
Randy Newswanger
Randy has degrees in physics and divinity. His experience includes teaching high school math and physics, working in philanthropy, and turning doodles into fine art prints. He desires to build just and sustainable communities, is exploring forest gardening, and tries to incorporate InterPlay philosophy as a core decision making tool in his life.

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