Sunday, October 27, 2013

BLOGTOBERFEST13 (Day 27): Just what is InterPlay? And subsequently--Secrets of InterPlay?

SECRETS ON SUNDAY MORNING (October 27, 2013) Here Cynthia Winton-Henry has us partnered to tell stories about our use of "incrementality." (photo by Hallelujah Truth)
Hallelujah for InterPlay! Hallelujah for playing with community and discovering others in ways that are light and curious.

"What is InterPlay?" you might ask. That's a wonderful question! Why not find out for yourself in this way! 

First, you can visit the national InterPlay website! Look at the photos, move around on the site and read about events. Here in Atlanta, you can go to the Atlanta InterPlay Facebook page.

Then you might want to check out this book: What the Body Wants, written by the co-founders of InterPlay, Cynthia Winton-Henry and Phil Porter. You will discover some of the basics about InterPlay and read some really good personal stories about individuals transformative experiences through InterPlay.

But you know what is the really truly exciting way to find out about InterPlay? Go to an InterPlay session in your city. Bring a friend. You will not be disappointed.

WALKING, RUNNING, BEING STILL (October 27, 2013) Playing around with what our body wants.  (photo by Hallelujah Truth)
It is Sunday evening after I have participated in four continuous days of "Secrets of InterPlay" here in the Atlanta area. I am happily tired after playing for four days and going deeper into the mystery of my BEING

I am feeling fulfilled in so many ways...

In one way, I had a physical manifestation of one my repeated mantras in my drawings, "WE ARE NOT ALONE." For these four days, my SPIRIT inhabited a real space with my body and other physical bodies along with their present generous SPIRITS. We played.

In another deeply satisfying way, I had a dream fulfilled. Beginning in January of this year, I learned about InterPlay when researching information about improvisation to use in my ESL classroom at Georgia Tech. All of InterPlay seemed so fantastic and alien-like--out of reach for me.

But then from the national InterPlay website, I found two Atlanta InterPlay contacts. It took me a while to decide to contact one of them, but when I did, the response was immediate. Jennifer Denning and I met for coffee the next week, and before I knew it, I was attending monthly InterPlay playshops.

Meanwhile I was reading three books related to InterPlay: 

What the Body Wants (2012)(mentioned above)
Dance: The Sacred Art, Cynthia Winton-Henry (2009)
Chasing the Dance of Life: A Faith Journey (2009)

Therefore, I began to feel like I had gotten to know Cynthia more than a little through her journey, her writing, and through the subject matter that she wrote about. I began to own and embody the wisdom I found in her writing because it so clearly resonated with my experiences,  expanded and deepened them, and provided me with a language to begin dialoging about my life's journey. 

So when I got to meet Cynthia here in Atlanta and spend four days in "Secrets of InterPlay" with her, it was a dreamy magical "YES" to other incremental YESes! Thank you Cynthia! Thank you Jennifer Denning for getting Cynthia here in Atlanta.

And to find the answer to "What is Secrets of InterPlay," I guess you will just have to attend a session!
YES! (October 27, 2013) Before Cynthia left Atlanta, I got a chance to pose with her and thank her for all she has given me! I will keep remembering to say "YES" to what it is I need. Try saying "YES" to what your whole self needs and see if you can manifest a Cynthia Winton-Henry or whatever it is your SOUL is calling forth.  (photo by Jennifer Denning)

That's Coffee with Hallelujah. SOUL BLOG with me. Tell me what you think of InterPlay and take a look at the book performance of Sheila K. Collin's book, Warrior Mother, from this video that Cynthia Winton-Henry put together.


  1. Oh my, oh my what a beautiful experience!

    1. Darlene, I wish you could have been with us. I think InterPlay is already a part of the way you live your life. The book performance was so lovely and I think this video captures the feel of it!

  2. Yummy! Yummy! Yummy! Thanks for putting into words a magical weekend. It was so delightful to share it with you!

    1. YES to all of that Christine! And thank you for being there in such graceful presence and for the shawl you gave me!

  3. Oh Ruth! Hallelujah for you- authentic yes-sayer that you are! Sooo grateful for you!

  4. Jennifer! I am so lucky to have you in my life. You are joyful and generous and fun! Thank you for holding a place for InterPlay to evolve in Atlanta.