Moving toward racial equity

“My Grandmother’s Hands”: An InterPlay Racial Healing Series

Based on the book by Resmaa Menakem
Ade Anifowose, Foluke Beveridge, Jennifer Denning, Janice Eng, Christine Gautreaux, MSW, Joan Greenwood, and Katie Hymans

Online, ONLINE

Saturdays, Jan 22, Feb 26, Mar 26, Apr 23, May 21, June 25, 2022 • 10 am – 1 pm PT / 1–4 pm EST / 6–9 pm UK

BIPOC InterPlayers and White InterPlayers who have completed Waking Up White or other racial justice explorations are invited to join us in a six-month InterPlay exploration of My Grandmother’s Hands by Resmaa Menakem.

My Grandmother’s Hands deepens the movement toward racial equity by bringing deep awareness of how racism is embodied and by offering practices to move through racialized trauma.

Menakem recognizes that racism affects all bodies, although the impact is certainly not the same or equal.

My Grandmother’s Hands explicitly lays out embodied practices for White bodies and BIPOC bodies, as well as practices that can be engaged in together. Participants will need to have a copy of the book.

Join body-wise racial justice InterPlay leaders Ade Anifowose, Foluke Beveridge, Janice Eng, Joan Greenwood, Jennifer Denning, Christine Gautreaux and Katie Hymans to both explore the book and collectively engage in embodied practices to move us toward collective healing.

We will spend time in two separate affinity groups, as well as in a multiracial group body.

Dates - Saturdays: January 22, February 26, March 26, April 23, May 21, June 25, 2022.

Cost: We are offering a sliding scale in the interest of equity. See below if you have questions about the different payment levels.

$250 Pay what you can

$500 Pay the program cost

$750 Pay for yourself and a partial scholarship

$1000 Pay for yourself and someone else

Thanks to funding from RET Mini-Grants, partial and full scholarships are available for BIPOC participants, as needed. Contact info@interplay.org to request scholarship funds.

Our intention is to have an equal number of White and BIPOC participants, which could mean that not everyone who registers will be able to participate this time. If that happens, we will process a refund for you and be sure to invite you to register early the next time we offer this.


Each participant will need a copy of the book My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem MSW LICSW SEP, Cary Hite, et al.

Contact the InterPlay office at info@interplay.org or office@interplay.org to arrange a payment plan, if needed.
Registration Options:
Note for office:

Consider investing in the Program Cost price if you…
- Are able to miss work either for sickness or leisure and are still able to pay next month’s bills
- Have daily reliable transportation
- Are able to repay your student loans, are in repayment or have paid off your student loans
- Are without dependents
- Have employer health insurance and/or other employer benefits
- Travel when needed

Consider investing less if you…
- Have significant debt
- Are supporting children or have other dependents
- Have medical expenses not covered by insurance
- Are eligible for public assistance
- Have immigration-related expenses
- Are an elder with limited financial support
- Are an unpaid community organizer
- Are a returning citizen who has been denied work due to incarceration history
- Experience discrimination in hiring or pay level
- Are descended from enslaved people or Native Americans

Consider investing more if you…
- Own the home you live in
- Have investments, retirement accounts, or inherited money
- Travel for recreation
- Have access to family money & resources in times of need
- Work part-time or are unemployed by choice
- Have a relatively high degree of earning power due to level of education (or gender and racial privilege, class background, etc.)

Cost: Sliding Scale $250-$1000

Registration/Information: Register through the Pay Now button above or contact the InterPlay office to arrange payment

Venue

Online

Online, ONLINE
Zoom link will be provided after you schedule an appointment.
Leaders
Ade Anifowose

Ade is a Certified InterPlay Leader, Mindset Coach. Intuitive Healer and Podcaster. For over 25 years, Ade has devoted his life to being both a student and teacher of ancient wisdom. He is known for his optimism and ability to put people at ease while tapping into the inner wisdom of the soul. His unique approach opens the minds of his clients so they can more easily and effectively approach life head-on and find the help and answers they seek.

Ade is a lover of humanity who is passionate about creating outstanding new and unique gifts of healing for the world. Grounded in universal principles and healing arts, he uses his podcast, interactive playshops, storytelling, the arts, sacred drumming, and social media, to supports people in shifting their consciousness. Ade has a deep passion for helping people to connect with their unique sense of self and is dedicated to inspiring people to live from the confidence of their truest self.

Foluke Beveridge
Foluke Beveridge is a certified K-12 educator, literacy advocate, amateur self-worth practitioner-scholar, performing artist, and dog lover in Atlanta. She is also an InterPlay Leader, drawn to the practice through its invitation to trust her inner authority and the wisdom of her body. She plans to continue using InterPlay for her own well-being in addition to helping other beings (particularly young people) discover and explore that kind of freedom for themselves.
Jennifer Denning
Jennifer is keenly interested in using the InterPlay forms to promote racial justice and healing and collaborates in developing and leading the worskhops Sankofa Communities and Using Body Wisdom to Build Just Communities. She directs InterPlay Atlanta's performance group, Soulprint Players. She launched InterPlay Atlanta’s programming with women in prison and teaches regularly at Trinity House and The Friendship Center. Jennifer has also worked as a professional actor and currently teaches and directs with Synchronicity Theatre’s “Playmaking For Girls” program. Her work has long centered on the intersection of creativity and spirituality. Jennifer serves on the Body Wisdom Board of Directors and InterPlay's Racial Equity and Transformation committee.
Janice Eng
Janice has been a massage therapist for over 30 years and teaches Nonviolent Communication in the community as well as in prisons for over 20 years. She facilitates restorative circles in organizations and is in school to work with addictions. She has a passion for racial equity and transformation and is currently part of the Interplay Racial Equity Team. When she found Interplay she saw it as a fun and unique way to access our body intelligence, to become more embodied, and to have just plain have fun and deeper connection with others.
Christine Gautreaux, MSW
Christine (she/her) is dedicated to the pursuit of play, joy, art & social justice. Christine’s superpowers include connecting people, helping folks manifest their dreams, standing up against injustice and using art to make a difference in the world.

She currently uses performance art, movement, poetry, storytelling and Interplay to address issues of oppression with women who are incarcerated, people living with severe and persistent mental illness and homelessness. She also works with activists and artists to maintain balance and self-care during these intense times we find ourselves living.

Pivoting with the times Christine has been called an expert on Zoom and utilizes this online platform to facilitate connection and ease in an online, interactive learning environment.

Christine Gautreaux holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Social Work. She has professional experience with successful grant writing, community organizing and social media marketing. Christine is a life coach for caregivers who are burnt out and ready to take back their own life and make it delightful again. She is the co-author of Stillpoint: A Caregivers Playbook to find ease and to take a deep breath and reclaim joy.
Joan Greenwood
Joan Greenwood is the founder of the LovingKindness Week in Cleveland Ohio. She is also recognized in this city as a respected InterPlay Leader inTraining. Joan was born in Jamaica. Joan's Caribbean upbringing led her to develop her passion for movement, her love of nature and her embodied learning skills to support others to be able to tune into the wisdom of their own body. Joan Greenwood's academic history includes a degree in Human Services from Bunker Hill College, and two Bachelor of Science degrees, one in Sports Management from the American University and the other degree in Health and Wellness from Kaplan University. Having been an InterPlayer since 2014, Joan's skillfulness manifests in her teaching others how to be joyful, how to develop playfulness skills, how to honor their own Body Spirit, and how to have the experience of loving their own body more deeply. Joan's students learn to be aware of the frequencies of energy vibrations in their body as they grow in developing forms of dance movements, and mindfulness breathing practices. It can be said of her programs that many participants may learn to experience the wisdom of their own body creating healing within themselves and for the well being of others.
Katie Hymans
Katie Hymans is a passionate racial justice educator who incorporates movement into her work toward collective liberation for all. With a focus on exploring white privilege/whiteness, she blends creative expression with social justice in ways that are all at once healing, fun, insightful, and approachable. Katie brings an easy-going and welcoming attitude that puts people at ease and allows for us all to laugh at ourselves at the same time as pushing our edges. With additional education in Theatre of the Oppressed, a Masters degree in Cultural Anthropology and Social Transformation, a Certificate in Sound, Voice, and Healing, and extensive exploration of her own whiteness, Katie offers a unique approach to racial justice that focuses on our connections with each other.

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