Tap into your innate artistic gifts, nurture your capacities, and explore what makes you thrive

Art & Social Change for Millennial Leaders

Natalie Abdou, Agnotti Cowie, and Soyinka Rahim

Oakland, CA

July 6-17, 2020
mostly Monday-Friday 9-5pm.
Graduation is Thursday, July 16 @ 7pm
Program ends at Friday, July 17 @ 1pm

InterPlay is a practice that invites us to play with our birthright practices of movement, song, voice, storytelling, dance, and stillness to connect more deeply with our inner body wisdom and to build connection through community. InterPlay as a social movement is dedicated to ease, incrementality and human sustainability - noticing what feels good in the body, and seeking and creating more moments based on this knowledge.

InterPlay's Arts & Social Change program is for people ages 18 to 40, who are keen to explore InterPlay's "sneaky deep" ways of connecting to the wisdom of the body and the transformative power of play. It is an opportunity to share and reflect on our experiences as people passionate about the intersection of art and social change, through entirely new and ancient ways of knowing.

This program offers the chance to tap into your innate artistic gifts, nurture your capacities, and explore what makes you thrive, in the journey of community and social justice. You will get the chance to engage with a diversity of InterPlay leaders, including founders Cynthia Winton-Henry and Phil Porter, sharing tools and techniques used globally for community building, social action, peacemaking, and personal well-being, and that show up in classrooms, theaters, homes, places of spirituality, health care and beyond.

Our time together also includes playing in the Bay Area with social change organizations, ancient Redwood trees, local beaches and the wider InterPlay community - all while meeting and making wonderful new friends through our community of learning.

The program takes place Monday through Friday from July 6-17th (two weeks) with some evening programming including a performance by the InterPlay performing company "WING IT!"

As a graduate, you are also supported after the program to explore further possibilities for leadership within the InterPlay community and beyond, should you feel called to.

We welcome the widest diversity of participants to the program and do our best to ensure the program is accessible to anyone who wants to participate. No previous InterPlay experience required to attend although always great to have a taste before diving deep.

For more information on the program and to access application information please visit our website www.interplay.org. Generous scholarship opportunities available - please download the tuition proposal online: http://www.interplay.org/pdfs/TuitionProposal.pdf

Submit registration materials by and set up an informational interview before June 5th
Confirm attendance once accepted by June 19st
Send $200 deposit by June 26th
Final installment or total due July 2nd
Tuition Propsal: http://www.interplay.org/pdfs/TuitionProposal.pdf

Training: July 6-17, 2020.
Graduation is Thursday, July 16 @ 7pm
Program ends at Friday, July 17 @ 1pm

Cost: $1400. Lunches provided. Some homestay options available. Generous scholarships available.

Registration/Information: For more information or to set up and informational interview please contact Agnotti at 510.465.2797 or email agnotti@interplay.org

Cost: $1400 with Scholarships and Work Trade Available

Registration/Information: APPLY HERE



2273 Telegraph Avenue (at 23rd St.)
Oakland, CA 94612
InterPlayce is the center of the InterPlay universe. The offices for Body Wisdom, Inc. are also located here. The building is at the corner of 23rd and Telegraph, one block north of West Grand. It is just a few blocks from the 19th Street Downtown Oakland BART station, and on several convenient bus lines. On-street parking is always available at night and metered during the day. It is also easily accessible by several of the major freeways. Click here for a map.
Natalie Abdou
I have been on a life-long journey of curiosity and creativity, and have spent the last 10+ years connecting and collaborating with diverse communities, in North America and the Middle East, by co-creating learning environments that are founded upon shared values of diversity, love, respect and self-empowerment - embracing a vision of solidarity, social justice and change from the inside-out. I weave in elements of embodied wisdom, Theatre of the Oppressed and other visual/movement/story arts into my practice and see/feel the arts as portals for personal and collective transformation, providing space for our souls to dance, breathe, heal and unleash the deep wisdom that resides within. That is why my heart exploded with resonance and childlike joy when I came into connection with Interplay in 2015 - since then I have had the gift of mentorship and leadership within the Arts & Social Change program, of mentoring alongside Cathy Ann in the Life Practice Program, and co-creating with Interplay POC community as we explore and better understand the ways in which this diverse unique group body plays. I feel deep gratitude for the way in which InterPlay has danced its way into my life bringing with it so many quirks and magic.
Agnotti Cowie
Agnotti Cowie attended the first ever “Art & Social Change: InterPlay for Millennial Leaders” in 2010. Since, she joined InterPlay’s national board as well as becoming a certified InterPlay leader. For the past two years, she returned to Oakland as a facilitator of the Art and Social Change training. Agnotti facilitates workshops worldwide employing a variety of pedagogical techniques such as InterPlay, Theatre of the Oppressed, and Devising. Currently she is based in Chicago where she does workshops in schools, organizations and with social movements. Recently, she has taken her work around the globe teaching workshops in Vietnam, India, and Germany.
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.

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