Connective Cellular Collaboration: Embodying Our Greatness, Owning Our Power

2024 InterPlay BIPOC Retreat

Kira Allen, Masankho Banda, Marla Durden, and Carolyn Renée

Gulf Shores, AL

Dates: May 30 - June 2, 2024

(Thursday dinner to Sunday lunch)

Relax. Breathe. Re-member!

Join us at the 2024 InterPlay BIPOC Retreat to renew, replenish and restore ourselves and our conscious connections as a group body.

We gather, ground, and grow IN PERSON to experience sacred play while feeding the Souls of our collective body wisdom with nourishing release and an abundance of joy.

As we bask in nature, enjoy delicious food and explore rituals together, we honor our ancestors by allowing authenticity to guide our process of co-creation.

The 2024 Planning Team:

Certified InterPlay leaders: Kira Allen (Oakland, CA), Toni McClendon (Pittsburgh, PA), Masankho Banda (Malawi), Marla Durden (Seattle, WA), Douglass Farnum (Washington DC), and “Carolyn Renée” Morris (Atlanta, GA)

Leaders in Training: D.Olivia (Atlanta, GA), Sacil Armstrong (Newport News, VA), and LaVerne Baker Hotep (Pittsburgh, PA)

Dates: May 30 - June 2, 2024 (Thursday dinner to Sunday lunch)

Location: Learning Campus @ Gulf State Park | 20249 Highway 135, Gulf Shores, AL


• Thursday through Sunday - $300 to $350 on a sliding scale, includes housing and meals

• Friday only - $100 includes meals (or $75 without meals)

• Saturday only - $100 includes meals (or $75 without meals)

Last day to register is Friday, May 17, 2024.

To Complete Your Registration

You Must Pay (using the Pay Now button below) AND Click This Link to complete our registration form: Registration Form.

Scholarships are available!

For information, email or call Carolyn Renée@ or (678) 871-7313

Register for BIPOC Retreat:
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Cost: $300 to $350 (sliding scale) for full event, includes housing and meals

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Learning Campus at Gulf State Park

20249 Highway 135
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
State park in Baldwin County, Alabama
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.
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

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.
Carolyn Renée
Carolyn Renée Morris (she/her) is a teaching and healing artist with more than a decade of service/experience in the creative and healing arts. She’s the former executive director of the ArtsXchange, a 37-year-old art and social change organization, and Alternate ROOTS, a 44-year-old social justice organization lifting up art as activism in the Southeast USA. Carolyn Renée is committed to the pursuit of art and social justice, health, and well-being for BIPOC on the frontlines of advancing justice. She is a certified InterPlay Leader and in 2008 became a health and wellness practitioner to heal herself from an illness which led to combining the healing and creative arts. With InterPlay, she creates Sacred Space for BIPOC and partners with USA/Ghana-based A Life of Peace Wellness Education Institute to ensure every home has an engaged artist/healer. She goes by “Carolyn Renée.”

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