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Playing around with Time - from the ordinary to the extraordinary and remembering our ancestors. November’s Sustaining International Sisters (SIS) played around with themes of time and the Day of the Dead. Women from Mexico, South Korea, Colombia, Bulgaria, Iran, Turkey, Italy, Brazil and the United States came together for 90 minutes of InterPlay and 90 minutes of potluck.


In 2018, Sustaining International Sisters (SIS) was created by asylum seeker Canan Arikan and Ruth Schowalter to bring together Turkish asylum seekers, other international women, and U.S. citizens in the metro-Atlanta. SIS aims to create a warm all-embracing community to support those suffering from the loss and stress that comes with re-location and establishing new lives.

SIS is helping Turkish asylum seekers break out of their isolation, share their stories, exform trauma, integrate body, mind, heart, and spirit in a new culture, make friends, and establish a sense of belonging to a wider community while enriching the lives of other women participants. 


InterPlay is an active creative way to unlock the wisdom of the body. Here in Atlanta, we are a diverse group of women from all over the world. As women, we are finding ways to enter each other’s lives, share our cultures and dreams, and support each other whether we were born in the U.S., immigrated here, are seeking refuge.

InterPlay gives us ways to gently get to know each other while respecting our own individual needs. InterPlay allows us to move and discover new ways to express ourselves as well as tell our stories. 


Play and Potluck

Sustaining International Sisters (SIS) invites all women to connect, inspire and support each other through 90 minutes of InterPlay and 90 minutes of a shared meal. Our "play and potluck" takes place on the first Saturday of every month in the Atlanta area.

Are you new to the United States or were you born here? Are you a temporary visitor or are you making the U.S. your new home away from home? Are you looking for nurturance or connection?

Join InterPlay Leader Ruth Schowalter and InterPlay Leader-in-Training Canan Arikan for three hours of community building through telling stories, playing with movement, and networking.

We believe in you! You are enough! Know that we support the choices you make in our gatherings and ask that you make choices in the level that you participate so that you are comfortable. Bring a dish to share if you can (optional).

"Hello, sun in my face. Hello you who made the morning and spread it over the fields...

Watch, now, how I start the day in happiness, in kindness."

Mary Oliver