Canan's Notes #4:

Saturday, September 21, 2019 

One hour InterPlay Workshop

Atlanta, GA

Canan Arikan, InterPlay Leader in training is leading!

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Canan Arikan (front) with sisters

Oh my goodness! I did it! 

 

Yesterday, as an InterPlay Leader-in-Training, I led a one-hour InterPlay workshop with women from seven different countries; Italy, Iran, China, South Korea, Brazil, United States and Turkey (counting me)! Together we played, shared lunch, and said an early good-bye to our friend Yue Cao who is a Georgia Tech Visiting Scholar returning to her country China! It was a lovely day! I was lucky to play with women who have become friends from our monthly Sustaining International Sisters (SIS) gatherings. They were very warm, supportive and joyful. 

 

While I was leading, I was very excited and also a little bit nervous! Because English is my second language, most of the time I worry about missing words, wrong pronunciation and grammar mistakes. In the beginning of the workshop, I shared my feelings and thanked everyone for their understanding. 

 

Starting with shaking out our bodies and BIBOs (Breathe In, Breathe Out) always helps me a lot me. During one of the Babblings or short tellings, I gave Turkish words and asked the participants to talk about them like experts without knowing the word’s meaning. It was so much fun for all of us! I participated in the Babbling and enjoyed it. As a leader to hear their laughs and see their smiles was wonderful! Sometimes it was hard stopping them because they were really having so much fun together.

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Babbling 

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Walking, Stopping, and Running

After Babbling, I led the InterPlay Warm Up and Walk Stop Run (WSR). Then I added the “lean” part to the WSR. This experience was so supportive and powerful. At the end all friends leaned on each other. I felt that we were a big body and spirit all together. It was so meaningful and intense. 

 

I led one-hand-dance by lying on the floor! It was my first time to lead it! Also, it was their first time to do a one-hand-dance on the floor. We put our heads together in the center, like a flower. After teaching one-hand-dance movements, we did a one-han- dance on-behalf-of our friend Yue. It was so much fun -  lively, friendly, and sometimes crazy! I still hear the laughs. When we were finished, no one wanted to get up from the floor! 

I felt full of love and support! Special thanks to my mentor Ruth Showalter! I am very lucky to learn InterPlay from her. She is always supporting and encouraging me. I am thankful for her affirmations.

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NOTICING: I love leading and playing at the same time. Being a part of the playing group makes me feel more comfortable. As a leader, there is nothing as pleasant as making people happy, restful, and cheerful. InterPlay magic!