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Secrets of InterPlay for BIPOC 2020 Online

This event/program is for those who identify as Black, Indigenous or Persons of Color.
Kira Allen, Lois McClendon, and Coke Tani


October 1-4, 2020 All times PDT
Thursday & Friday
10:00 am - 12:00pm & 1:30-3:30 pm
10:00 am - 12:30 pm & 2:00 - 4:00 pm;
Sunday 2:00 - 4:30 pm

We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For!
- June Jordan

Join our 4-day “Secrets of InterPlay” online “retreat” to bathe yourself in the philosophies and practices of InterPlay. (This event is for those who identify as Black, Indigenous, Persons of Color.)

Cultivate inner authority and going the speed of the body in the lively, creative, nourishing balm of a Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) Community devoted to unlocking the wisdom of our bodies.

This multiple-day event will give you direct experience in many aspects of the InterPlay system. It is also an essential element of the InterPlay Life Practice Program that will follow, should you choose to participate.

The BIPOC Life Practice Program will be an opportunity to go deeper into the practice with a supportive community one Saturday a month for 8 months: October 31st, November 21st, December 12th, January 23rd, February 27th, March 27th, April 24th and May 22nd.

The BIPOC Secrets of InterPlay Retreat can be taken as a stand alone retreat or to help you determine if you would like to enroll in the entire BIPOC Life Practice Program.

The Schedule

October 1-4, 2020
Thursday 10:00 am —12:00 pm & 1:30—3:30 pm
Friday 10:00 am —12:00 pm & 1:30—3:30 pm
Saturday 10:00 am—12:30 pm & 2:00—4:00 pm
Sunday 2:00—4:30 pm

Financial Assistance
Based on our commitment to Racial Equity and Transformation (read our statement here) and our understanding of other structural and personal inequalities that exist, Body Wisdom is committed to making our programs financially accessible. Financial considerations need not be a barrier to your participation. Financial support and flexible payment plans are available. Please feel free to speak to one of the leaders of this program or to one of the InterPlay staff in the Body Wisdom office (510/465-2797 or

Continuing Education Credit
15 CE credits for various healthcare and allied healthcare professions are available for those practicing throughout the U.S. and for educators only practicing in Illinois. CE pre-registration is required before the start of your event. Email Jane Siarny at to APPLY for CEUs. There is a charge of $25-$40 per program. CEUs are offered through Continuing Education Institute of Illinois or R. Cassidy Seminars.

$400/$300 repeaters rate. (Tuition for Secrets is included in the full Life Practice Program.)

Repeating the Program
Anyone who has previously completed the Secrets of InterPlay is eligible for the $300 repeaters rate.

Registration Options

Artwork by Gaia Orion

Cost: $400 tuition ($300 for repeaters) $100 deposit holds your place. Balance due by September 15

Registration/Information: Call the Body Wisdom office at 510/465-2797 or email


Online Secrets/Life Practice Programs

Kira Allen
This Certified InterPlay leader is an author, collage artist, activist, advocate, and facilitator who specializes in working with Black, Indigenous, People of Color and Queer communities. She holds an M.A. in Transformative Arts from John F. Kennedy University, and a B.A. in English/Creative Writing from Mills College. Bearing witness to her own traumas and triumphs through a wide variety of modalities inspires her work with participants of all ages in: classrooms, homeless shelters, churches, non-profits and intimate circles inside people’s homes. Ms. Kira cultivates sacred creative spaces invoking all her experiences to empower marginalized communities. Her poetic memoir, Write This Second, was republished in April of 2019 and can be ordered through any local independent bookstore.
Lois McClendon
Lois "Toni" McClendon (she/her) is a Storyteller in the African American Oral Tradition, as well as a peace & social justice activist. Toni serves on the Board of Body Wisdom as Secretary. She is a Life Practice Program Leader and a Certified InterPlay leader from Pittsburgh PA USA. Always walking the Beauty Way, Toni believes in building Bridges to Unterstanding between people of all ages from around the world. She is totally committed to Racial Equity and Transformation and strives to emodying the principles and practices of InterPlay in her life's work.Toni is also a member of ABAFASI, a women's West African-style drumming and performance group.
Coke Tani
Coke Tani, is a movement and literary artist, spiritual companion, and teacher/facilitator. In addition to having co-led the Secrets of InterPlay & Life Practice Program, Coke served as InterPlay's first Liaison to Leaders of Color, where she introduced the expansion of InterPlay forms for embodied anti-racism education, and co-created InterPlay's first BIPOC Daylong Retreat. Currently, Coke leads InterPlay in communities of color and faith-based settings, as well as in 1:1 focus sessions, She serves on InterPlay's Racial Equity and Transformation Committee, and also leads weekly Dance Chapels through The Hidden Monastery. In former years, Coke was a community-based therapist and solo theater artist. She holds an MSW, MFA and MDiv.

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