A collaboration of arts and peace-loving organizations

Dances on Behalf of Peace

Marla Durden, Christine Gautreaux, MSW, and Cynthia Winton-Henry

Online, ONLINE

February 19 - February 29th 5-5:30 PM PT

Oakland, CA - InterPlay/Body Wisdom, Inc. is proud to announce Dances On Behalf Of Peace, an extraordinary 11-day event that will take place from February 19th to 29th.

This event is a collaboration of arts and peace-loving organizations, called into a "circle of peace" by InterPlay/Body Wisdom.

The event aims to promote connection and healing from individual to individual and community to community through sharing dances on behalf of peace.

Dances On Behalf Of Peace is designed to empower people to connect with themselves and their community through the power of dance, supporting inner and outer peace and the physicality of grace. This unique event seeks to create a space where individuals and communities can come together, using languages of the body to explore and express peace in its many forms.

The event will feature inspirational talks, meditations, and peaceful wisdom from our collaborators. There will be time for community sharing, where participants can come into a community of peace and join others who are honoring body-wise and peaceful practices. Participants will experience the physicality of grace and a sense of well-being, which are our birthrights and the opposite of stress.

Dances On Behalf Of Peace is free of charge, and everyone is welcome. The event will be a global tapestry of voices, stories, and experiences that we share with each other. Participants will experience the power of embodied prayer to enliven their inner and outer world.

For more information about the event, please visit DanceOnBehalfOfPeace.org.

**About InterPlay

InterPlay/Body Wisdom, a non-profit arts organization, stands at the intersection of Improvisational Arts, Spirituality, and Social Justice.

An active, creative way to explore the wisdom of the body, InterPlay is easy, fun, and life-changing. It is based on a series of incremental “forms” that lead participants to movement, stories, silence, song, ease, and amusement. In the process, we discover the wisdom in ourselves and communities. InterPlay integrates body, mind, heart, and spirit. It fosters resilience, creativity, innovative thinking, and community.


For more information, please contact:

Christine Gautreaux programs@interplay.org

Cost: FREE

Registration/Information: Free Registration at


Online, ONLINE
Zoom link will be provided after you schedule an appointment.
Marla Durden
Marla came to InterPlay at the end of 2016 and has never stopped playing. She immediately began performing and was certified as a leader in May 2021. Marla is an alchemist, artist, energy shaman and coach who uses her gifts to create experiences that support personal empowerment, healing and transformation.
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 and Women Connected in Wisdom: Stories and Resources Rooted in the 8 Dimensions of Wellnes V. I and V. II
Cynthia Winton-Henry
Cynthia Winton-Henry, co-founder of InterPlay with Phil Porter, has researched "what the body wants" in the arts, in jails, shelters, slums, hospitals, churches, businesses, classrooms, doctoral programs in theology and the arts, and in multicultural education. She develops somatic curriculums to address racism, leadership for the Earth, and spiritual intelligence with an eye to supporting millennials. A featured speaker on the Body Intelligence Summit and a keynoter at conferences, Cynthia is the author of What the Body Wants, Having It All: Body, Mind, Heart & Spirit Together Again at Last; Dance - A Sacred Art: Discovering the Joy of Movement as Spiritual Practice, Chasing the Dance of Life: A Faith Journey, and The Art of Ensoulment: A Playbook on How to Create From Body and Soul.. Check out her writing, The Dancing Center, on Substack, her Hidden Monastery Online Dance Chapels and courses for those seeking spiritual intelligence for our time at cynthiawinton-henry.com.

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