Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Internationally recognized InterPlay comes to Racine in July

Cynthia Winton-Henry plays like her life depended on it. One day she heard a voice: "These are the directives: Clarity of Vision, Efficiency of Energy, Courage to Love."

Out of these experiences, she and Phil Porter developed InterPlay during the last 20 years and it has spread around the world. Now it comes to Racine.

InterPlay, an internationally known organization that has ignited a global social movement that promotes fun, movement, storytelling and play as a route to health, community building and spiritual growth, will come to Racine in mid-July with a variety of workshops and special programs at three separate locations..

The events include a free program and book signing on July 12, a low-cost participatory evening program on July 13 and a two-day intensive with Cynthia Winton-Henry, the co-founder of InterPlay.

InterPlay is great for anyone interested in reintegrating body mind heart and spirit in an elegant, creative manner. It also has great applications for spiritual directors, psychotherapists and clergy.

The schedule includes:

“The Five Great Freedoms,” a free public workshop and book signing from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, July 12, at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 40 Ohio St.,

Come experience your Five Great Freedoms: move, vocalize, tell, connect, be. Cynthia Winton-Henry, co-founder of InterPlay, will demonstrate InterPlay's surprisingly simple steps to help you notice and welcome body wisdom that you may not be using fully. She will read from her new books “Chasing the Dance of Life and Dance” and “The Sacred Art: The Joy of Movement as Spiritual Practice” and sign books at the end of the evening.

The program is free but persons who reserve with JoAnn Hansen, local organizer, at by, July 7 and attend the event you'll be entered to win a special prize.

“InterPlay Basics: It's All About Rediscovering The Connection” from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 13, at the Lake House Health & Learning Center, 932 Lake Ave., Racine, with Georgia Jane Kaftan and Jane Siarny. Siarny, a longtime teacher for children and adults, has been a Chicago InterPlay leader since 1995; Kaftan is a retired attorney who has been leading InterPlay groups since 2003.

Suggested donation is $5 to $10. For questions and registration please contact Georgia Jane at or (920) 743-6265.

"Praying the Body” is a two-day intensive workshop on July13 and 14 at the DeKoven Center, 600 21st St., Racine, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Leader will be Cynthia Winton-Henry, the co-founders of InterPlay. She is a teacher, performer, writer, and organizer. With Phil Porter she provides leadership to InterPlayers around the world and others interested in reintegrating body wisdom in their life and community practices. Her books include “What the Body Wants,” “Dance: A Sacred Art: Discovering the Joy of Movement as Spiritual Practice,” “Chasing the Dance of Life: A Faith Journey, “ and Having It All: Body, Mind, Heart & Spirit Together Again at Last.”

July 13 will focus on “InterPlay as Soulwork” Too many words? Seeking peace? Want a practice that aims for joy? Wondering about body and soul?

Come for a soulful place to welcome the wisdom of the body through movement, voice, stillness, and sharing stories. Beginning with easy, doable tasks—one-hand dances, one-breath songs, hand-to-hand movement with partners and thirty-second stories about light- hearted topics—you will discover new ways to do the work of the soul. You will discover the direct relationships between InterPlay's practices and traditional prayer as well as learning many new ways to do soulwork.

July 14 will focus on “Deepening Our Body Wisdom.”

This is what she plays with everyday. What are you playing with? If you are ready to move, breathe, give expression to your dreams, go deeper, claim your truth or just play because it gives you joy, this day is for you!

Tuition is $200 or $100 per day. Lodging and meals are also available for persons who wish those services. A commuter rate of $30 includes up to two meals.

To register, contact Stephanie Pile at (510) 465.2797; Questions should be directed to Harriet Platts, event organizer, at 206-227-6107 or

For more about the InterPlay program and for information on the Monday book signing and the two-day intensive, see InterPlay at

For more information about the program at Lake House Health & Learning Center and directions, see
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