Resilience Practices for a Culture of Embodied Resistance and Lively Emergence

2nd Annual Earth Body Wisdom InterPlay Convergence

Laurie Adams, Christine Gautreaux, MSW, Nika Quirk, Soyinka Rahim, and Carolyn Renée

Philo, CA

July 19th - July 22nd This year we are looking to start on Thursday evening so we can have two full days Friday and Saturday and Sunday morning of play. This extended schedule will allow for a trip to ocean for ceremony.

Save the Date for the 2nd Annual Earth-Body Wisdom InterPlay Convergence Resilience Practices for a Culture of Embodied Resistance and Lively Emergence It’s time again! The earth offers a dream and call that is moving through us. We invite you as earth-body wise beings to gather and catalyze the seeds in each and all of us. In the midst of resistance, we play with living into the beautiful world we know is possible. Weekend Retreat and Village Convening July 19th - 22nd River’s Bend Retreat Center, Philo, CA Co-Diviners, Co-Inspirators, Elements at Play: Laurie Adams, Nika Quirk, Christine Gautreaux & Diana MorningStar Why? We need the group body to inspire, co-create and witness... and to: Activate hope Strengthen resilience Deepen relationship to each other and the more-than-human world Create shared stories of real and mythic times What? Sit, breathe, stand, root down, create ceremony, swim and walk the river, share food, move and sing, share InterPlay expressive forms and see what emerges inspired by being earth bodies on the land. Join us on behalf of our world! Our theme this year is: Being River Brought to you by “The Cosmic School of What Comes Next” @ River’s Bend Retreat Center!

Cost: $200-$500. details at registration depending on lodging choices

Registration/Information: Contact us at (707) 895-3990 or


River's Bend Retreat Center

18450 Ray's Road
Philo, CA 95466
River's Bend Retreat Center is a beautiful, nurturing space for contemplation, ecological understanding and deep connection between land and people. It is located about 3 hours north of San Francisco near the town of Philo. It is nestled in the redwoods and is about 30 minutes from the Pacific Ocean.
Laurie Adams
Christine Gautreaux, MSW
Christine Gautreaux holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Social Work and is dedicated to the pursuit of play, joy, art & social justice. Christine’s superpowers include connecting people, helping folks manifest their dreams, standing up against injustice and using art to make a difference in the world. She currently uses performance art, movement, poetry, storytelling and Interplay to address issues of oppression with women who are incarcerated, people living with severe and persistent mental illness and homelessness. She also works with activists and artists to maintain balance and self-care during these intense times we find ourselves living. Christine Gautreaux has professional experience with successful grant writing, community organizing and social media marketing. She is a life coach for caregivers who are burnt out and ready to take back their own life and make it delightful again. She is the co-author of Stillpoint: A Caregivers Playbook to find ease and to take a deep breath and reclaim joy.
Nika Quirk
Nika Quirk, M.B.A. (aka Quirky Auntie) coaches everyday leaders and teams to be vitally present, emotionally intelligent, whole-brained, and effective in action in life & work. Leading and living in times of change is tough work, and too often we try to do it alone. Everyone deserves great coaching & mentoring!

Nika has been practicing InterPlay for more than 15 years and is a Certified Leader of InterPlay. She also is a Certified FEBI Consultant through Focus Leadership ( The Focus Energy Balance Indicator (FEBI) is an instrument developed by Ginny Whitelaw, Ph.D. that builds off the Coordination Pattern work of movement researcher, Betsy Wetzig, which has long been incorporated in InterPlay.

As a facilitator, coach, consultant and educator, Nika is known as an articulate and innovative communicator, a skilled facilitator of learning experiences, and a proven catalyst for insightful change and forward momentum for individuals and in organizational settings. She is a Certified Small Business Advisor with The One Page Business Plan Company?. In addition to receiving an MBA from the University of Phoenix and an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and Human Resource Management from Holy Names College in Oakland, CA, Nika is currently engaged in a PhD in the Transformative Studies Department at California Institute of Integral Studies. Her research project explores the emergence of collaboration in a leadership team using an improvisation-based performance development model she designed.
Soyinka Rahim
Soyinka Rahim, founder and director of OurThing Arts Company and BIBOLOVE, is a Certified InterPlay Leader. Soyinka has a long history as a member of the Bay Area's most renowned modern and ethnic dance companies. Her work taps into the power of sound and vibration to create peace and happiness for all humanity. In addition, she created the original, acclaimed Dance Play "An Alter Piece to Alter Peace,” and has worked with passion for intergenerational community in schools and community centers all over the West Coast and U.S. Her work as a conference weaver and workshop leader includes Race Forward, National Association for Independent Schools Teachers of Color, Boys and Girls Clubs, Spiritual Directors International, and the Parliament of World Religions.
Carolyn Renée
Carolyn Renée is a teaching and performing artist, InterPlay Leader, organizer and administrator. She serves humanity as an organizer, teaching artist and InterPlay Leader. Since 2006 she has been a teaching artist with Synchronicity Theatre’s “Playmaking For Girls” (PFG) program that empowers incarcerated girls, refugees, and young women in foster care through play-writing, storytelling, and theater performances. Carolyn Renée has written two plays, one of which she received funding from Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. In InterPlay, an organization that is committed to using the art of InterPlay; an art-based system to tap into the wisdom of the body and promote well-being, she has produced community showcases, taught homeless men and women, and organized racial equity and transformation workshops. She serves as a Co-Liaison Leader to InterPlay Leaders and People of Color. In May 2017, Carolyn Renée served as the lead organizer for the national InterPlay organization’s first ever People of Color Retreat. She solidified her art and activist roots in her former roles as Arts Program Director with the Mississippi Arts Commission, and Executive Director of Alternate ROOTS, a nonprofit art and social change organization for artists-activists. For a decade her work with Alternate ROOTS, and the Mississippi Arts Commission afforded her the opportunity to work closely with social change artists, art producers and presenters; the nonprofit arts community, and a myriad of arts organizations throughout the southeast United States and the District of Columbia. Serving in an organizing role she helped create undoing racism workshops, mini-festivals, learning exchanges, retreats, showcases and conferences. In September 2018, she served as advisor to the Atlanta venue of the 50,000 Lions of Justice Festival in support of youth performers for more than 50,000 youth audience participants in nine states throughout the USA. Carolyn Renée believes the work of community organizing is like riding a bicycle, or swimming—once you know how you just never forget how to create superb opportunities for connection. She uses "Carolyn Renée" as her full name.

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