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Secrets of InterPlay for BIPOC 2021 Online

This event/program is for those who identify as Black, Indigenous or Persons of Color.
Kira Allen, Lois McClendon, Masankho Banda, Soyinka Rahim, and Carolyn Renée

ONLINE

TBD September or October 2021
Thursday - Sunday

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 2021 BIPOC Life Practice Program will be an opportunity to go deeper into the practice with a supportive community. The schedule is currently being determined.

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

September or October TBD, 2021
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 info@interplay.org).

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 interplaychicago@sbcglobal.net 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.

COST
$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.

Artwork by Gaia Orion

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

Registration/Information: Registration Questions: email Lucia@interplay.org. For financial assistance: email Stephanie@interplay.org.

Venue

Online Secrets/Life Practice Programs

ONLINE
Leaders
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.
Masankho Banda

Masankho is a multi - disciplinary Performing Artist, Certified InterPlay Leader, Educator and PeaceBuilder. He brings many unique perspectives to his work around the world. He learned the fine arts of storytelling and dance from his Malawian culture spending many long days and nights listening to stories and dancing to music that captivated his mind, shaped his being, nourished his soul and strengthened his spirit. Using performing arts Masankho motivates and inspires people of all ages to work together to bring about peace, social justice and cultural understanding. In 1997, he started UCanDanc—African Healing Arts to bring his passion for dance and storytelling to communities around the world. Masankho has been a Certified InterPlay Leader since 1999.

Masankho can also be reached at these phone numbers: +265 99 255 5338 or 88 113 8655 (available on Whatsapp / FaceTime)

Also: Skype : kamsisi
Facebook / Twitter: storytelling4u

Soyinka Rahim
Soyinka Rahim (GSP) is a grassroots spiritual practitioner who is the founder and artistic director of BIBOLOVE.US which stands for "breathe in breathe out love." She was also the founder of OurThing Performing arts company, where she created the modern-day folk dance play An Altar Piece to Alter Peace, a multimedia, intergenerational performance piece for peace. Her work BIBOLOVE taps into the power of sound, movement and visual art, raising the love vibration of peace, love, joy, happiness, health, grace, and ease. BIBOLOVE supports our personal and collective life challenges by feeding the love frequencies for generational, cultural, racial, body, and economic unity.  Soyinka has brought her wisdom as a spiritual director, conference weaver and workshop leader to InterPlay Certified Life practice, Facing Race, National Association for Independent Schools for Teachers of Color,   Boys and Girls Clubs, Spiritual Directors International Conference, and the Parliament of World Religions.
Carolyn Renée
Carolyn Renée is a teaching and performing artist, InterPlay Leader, organizer and administrator. She serves humanity as an organizer, teaching artist and InterPlay Leader. Since 2006 she has been a teaching artist with Synchronicity Theatre’s “Playmaking For Girls” (PFG) program that empowers incarcerated girls, refugees, and young women in foster care through play-writing, storytelling, and theater performances. Carolyn Renée has written two plays, one of which she received funding from Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. In InterPlay, an organization that is committed to using the art of InterPlay; an art-based system to tap into the wisdom of the body and promote well-being, she has produced community showcases, taught homeless men and women, and organized racial equity and transformation workshops. She serves as a Co-Liaison Leader to InterPlay Leaders and People of Color. In May 2017, Carolyn Renée served as the lead organizer for the national InterPlay organization’s first ever People of Color Retreat. She solidified her art and activist roots in her former roles as Arts Program Director with the Mississippi Arts Commission, and Executive Director of Alternate ROOTS, a nonprofit art and social change organization for artists-activists. For a decade her work with Alternate ROOTS, and the Mississippi Arts Commission afforded her the opportunity to work closely with social change artists, art producers and presenters; the nonprofit arts community, and a myriad of arts organizations throughout the southeast United States and the District of Columbia. Serving in an organizing role she helped create undoing racism workshops, mini-festivals, learning exchanges, retreats, showcases and conferences. In September 2018, she served as advisor to the Atlanta venue of the 50,000 Lions of Justice Festival in support of youth performers for more than 50,000 youth audience participants in nine states throughout the USA. Carolyn Renée believes the work of community organizing is like riding a bicycle, or swimming—once you know how you just never forget how to create superb opportunities for connection. She uses "Carolyn Renée" as her full name.

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