InterPlay is an active, creative way to unlock the wisdom of the body.InterPlay integrates body, mind, heart and spirit. Life has become so fragmented. InterPlay helps to pull everything back together so we get more of what we want.
InterPlay is devoted to fun. It teaches the language and ethic of play in a deep and powerful way. If you are convinced that seriousness is the path to inner wisdom, then you might want to look elsewhere. If you would like to become a “recovering serious person,” then InterPlay might be for you.
InterPlay is firmly based in affirmation and looking for the good. You don’t have to think of yourself as creative in order to do InterPlay. We can teach you that part easily. We get far too much criticism in our lives already. We need to spend more time in the warm bath of acceptance.
InterPlay is the perfect antidote to stress and cynicism.
InterPlay is a community of people around the world who speak the shared language of a wide and deep variety of play. It is a body of bodies who enjoy contact and connection. You don”t have to dive in the deep end of InterPlay to learn and benefit from it, but it does exist and some wonderful folks are “swimming” there.
InterPlay has been developed by Cynthia Winton-Henry and Phil Porter over the last twenty years and it has spread around the world.
Cynthia Winton–Henry and Phil Porter co–direct Body Wisdom, Inc., an NGO that shares InterPlay®, a practice and philosophy they created over the course of a 35-year collaboration. The InterPlay tools draw out the wisdom of the body through creative practice.
As artists, teachers, performers, speakers and writers, Phil and Cynthia are committed to fostering ease, creativity and community through the integration of body, mind, spirit, and heart. InterPlay is both transformative and fun.
InterPlay’s Commitment to Racial Equity & Transformation
This statement was adopted by the Board of Directors of Body Wisdom, Inc./InterPlay on August 9, 2017*
We, the board of Body Wisdom, Inc., the stewards of the practice and philosophy of InterPlay, affirm and celebrate the beauty and dignity of all people. Our joy is in our common humanity, which we embrace as loving friends and neighbors throughout the world.
Body Wisdom recognizes that all human ancestry is African ancestry; that racial classifications by design divide the body of the whole, specifically exploiting people of color, our sense of self, culture and resources, while intentionally granting privilege, wealth, and power to people of European descent.
InterPlay is a movement rooted in the wisdom of the body—in its joy, play, integrity, authenticity, and trust. Color wisdom is an integral part of InterPlay as a positive restoration and reunion of what was formerly taken and divided by inherited patterns of racism. Color wisdom, a way of experiencing the tools and forms of InterPlay, is deeply devoted to a liberating togetherness for all.
By action, Body Wisdom is committed to inclusion, diversity, and equity in all aspects of its culture, leadership, and organizational development. We are committed to sewing cultural competency into the fabric of our teaching, training, communications, and outreach, each of which is essential for expressing our inherent belief in the wisdom of all bodies.
We also believe that because the InterPlay forms and philosophy draw out people’s embodied wisdom and personal stories, we bring more authenticity, integrity, emotional intelligence, groundedness, and a magic spark to the work of racial equity and racial transformation. We see this internal organizational and external programmatic work leading to deep authentic partnerships to create new ways of living and being.
This statement speaks to the very heart of InterPlay—our vision, our practice and our future.
*This statement will propel future activities such as the development of anti-racism training for all InterPlay leaders, editing leadership materials including the Core Elements Self-Study, encouraging the inclusion of color wisdom in teaching, leading and training, development of an Insight Group made up of people of color who can provide advice and support, and continued programming and form development around issues of racism, racial equity and transformation.
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InterPlay Atlanta is a 501c3 nonprofit that uses improvisational structured play to foster freedom and joy, decrease stress and build just communities.