Certified InterPlay Leader
Rev. Wakoh Shannon Hickey, PhD, has been a journalist covering politics, business, and law; a professor of Religious Studies in multiple college and seminary settings; a priest of Soto Zen Buddhism; a chaplain in both university and medical contexts; a scholar, author; and -- when she's got a good breeze and a clear field -- a pilot of stunt kites. She started InterPlaying in 2003 to balance the structure, intensity, and rigors of Zen monastic practice and academic life. She became a Certified Interplay Leader in 2014: it took her as long to earn a CIL as it did to earn a PhD. She seeks ways to incorporate contemplative practices and InterPlay in both academic teaching and chaplaincy, to help people connect with themselves and one another, explore their creativity, and to tap into self-acceptance, confidence, and joy!