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InterPlay Life Practice Program: Training for Helping Professionals

Sharie Bowman, Stephen Condit, Krista Gemmell Harris, and Lori VanderBilt

Seattle, WA

Sept 16-18, 2016 • Fri 9:30 am – Sun 5:30 pm (Secrets of InterPlay) then 8 monthly meetings Fri 7 pm – Sat 4:30 pm • Oct 2016 – May 2017

In this 9-month program, you will learn the techniques and body wisdom principles of InterPlay (sometimes referred to as cognitive-behavioral therapy for kinesthetic learners).

• Learn to lead your life in a more embodied, playful way, and great self-care techniques for health care professionals
• Reclaim voice, movement, stillness, and stories as primary ways of knowing
• Discover a mindfulness approach for people who can’t sit still
• Gain new creative approaches to support challenging clients
• Ground yourself in a communal ethic of play to replace stress with health, creativity, joy and purpose
• Learn specific techniques to create and support healthy group/family interaction and build a sense of community
• Learn simple but powerful techniques for building bonds of attachment between partners and parents and children
• Develop improvisational skills to increase confidence in working with clients and speaking in front of groups

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“The Secrets of InterPlay for Helping Professionals” is a multiple-day retreat that is part of the InterPlay Life Practice Program. It covers both the practice and philosophy of InterPlay. You don’t need previous InterPlay experience to attend. Those who wish to immerse themselves in InterPlay but don’t choose to do the Life Practice Program may also take part.


Secrets of InterPlay
September 16–18, 2016
Friday & Saturday 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Sunday 1:30–5:30 pm

Monthly Meetings
Fridays 7–8:30 pm
Saturdays 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Oct 14–15, 2016
Nov 11-12
Dec 9-10
Jan 13-14, 2017
Feb 3-4
Mar 10-11
Apr 7-8
May 12-13

This program has been approved for 72 CEUs by the NASW Washington State Chapter. Licensed Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Mental Health Counselors are eligible. Provider number #1975-402.

Cost: $2250 - for full program (Repeaters $900) ($400 for “The Secrets of InterPlay” weekend only; $300 for repeaters)

Registration/Information: Call InterPlay office: (510) 465-2797, or Sharie Bowman at


Queen Anne Christian Church

1316 3rd Ave W & W Lee St
Seattle, WA 98119
Neighborhood parking. Along 3rd Ave W there is a single door entrance with a stained glass window beside it. Come in that door and go up the stairs and through the double doors to the Fellowship Hall. Wear layers!
Sharie Bowman
Sharie Bowman, MA is a Mental Health Counselor and Regional InterPlay Leader. She has been leading InterPlay since 2004 and has co-led six Life Practice Programs. She is particularly intrigued with the potential InterPlay has to support people to create healthier lives by following the wisdom of their bodies and taking the lead in their own lives. In her private practice she regularly weaves InterPlay’s life-enhancing forms and philosophies to help individuals and families thrive. For over 20 years, she has been exploring the wisdom of the body through a variety of modalities including InterPlay, Authentic Movement, Core-Energetics, and Biodynamic Psychotherapy.
Stephen Condit
After decades in higher education and technology, Steve rediscovered life-below-the-neck through movement and the embodied voice practices of Gabrielle Roth's 5Rhythms® and Chloe Goodchild’s The Naked Voice. His explorations have also included taking Aikido with his son and studying embodied leadership with Richard Strozzi-Heckler. But all this was just a prelude to InterPlay. Steve says “for me, discovering InterPlay was like coming home. InterPlay combines my major life interests, movement, voice, storytelling, and stillness and has opened new, easier paths for my personal and spiritual growth, all in the context of play. It has provided balance to my intellectual and serious approach to life and restored my joy and creativity.” Steve has co-facilitated Secrets of InterPlay and the Life Practice so that others may rediscover the joy of play and learn that transformation does not have to involve struggle.
Krista Gemmell Harris
Krista loves moving and playing with people. She is a gifted teacher and master InterPlay leader who has a long history of inspiring people to find more joy, ease, and wisdom in being bodies. Krista has been leading InterPlay since 1993. She is one of the original InterPlay pioneers who helped create InterPlay communities and Life Practice Programs outside the Bay area. Krista has an M.F.A. in Dance and is certified in both Laban Movement Analysis and InterPlay. Authentic Movement, Insight Meditation and Shibashi QiGong also inform and enrich her life and work. Krista has been an advocate for both deepening the experience of stillness in InterPlay and for bringing more playfulness into her meditation communities. Along with other InterPlayers, Krista is beginning to explore how the InterPlay tools and forms can be used to support social action education and change. 2131 NW 93rd St Seattle, WA 98117 United States Email: 206/784-8030
Lori VanderBilt
Lori VanderBilt enjoys the way Interplay helps her be more playful and lighthearted. As a leader, she finds that Interplay’s engaging improvisational forms, using movement, storytelling, and voice, and its body wisdom tools help people explore new ways of being and of connecting more deeply with their own wisdom. This inspires people to have more of the life they want. Lori is excited about offering other therapists and helping professionals the opportunity to unlock the wisdom of their bodies while supporting them in their personal and professional lives. Lori also enjoys teaching SpiritPlay--a playing with liturgical seasons, forms of worship and prayer, and spiritual practice. For 20 years, Lori worked as a counselor integrating spirituality into the work with her clients. Lori also loves to walk, and has practiced yoga for many years.

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