A Path to Spiritual Intelligence for Our Times

InterPlay Life Practice Program for Spiritual Leaders 2022 Online

For all who lead, teach, practice, or work through a spiritual lens
Carolyn Renée, Cassandra Sagan, and Wai-Chin Matsuoka


Opening Retreat: January 24–27, 2022
6 Online Wisdom Teachings:
Fridays, 9:00 am-noon PT &
Sundays, 2:00 pm-5:00 pm PT
Closing Retreat: April 4–7, 2022

This in-depth training, originally created and taught by IP co-founder Cynthia Winton-Henry, brings together spiritual leaders from different traditions and paths to explore body wisdom and creativity for personal and group spiritual life.

A unique feature of this program is the opportunity to be led by Carolyn Renée Morris and Cassandra Sagan. Both veteran InterPlay Leaders bring unique gifts to this work. Carolyn Renée is a Reiki Master therapist/teacher, wellness consultant/teaching artist and co-liaison to InterPlay’s BIPOC community. Cassandra Sagan is a maggid—a Jewish storyteller/teacher/preacher—poet, songwriter, and visual artist who employs InterPlay in training educators to create story, play, and movement centered classrooms. Assistant/Admin Wai-Chin Matsuoka is a seasoned spiritual director, retreat facilitator, dancing healer and a certified InterPlay leader, with experience in supervision, teaching and coordinating a training program for spiritual directors.

The program supports participants to:

• Embody self-reflection, care and feeding of the spirit, ritual, and celebration.
• Deepen spiritual practice to access more spontaneity and creativity.
• Cultivate tools for deepening play, community, and connection.
• Play with problems instead of “working” on them.
• Embrace challenges as initiations.
• Develop courage and compassion in times of uncertainty.
• “Have” your experience, even when you can’t articulate it.
• Make peace with discomfort.
• Learn tools for connecting in our new hybrid reality.
• Affirm the body's intrinsic creative intelligence.
• Honor personal connection to Spirit and Mystery.
• Reclaim a path of joy and play in a reflective community.

Why Body Wisdom?

Everything we need to know is in our bone marrow, our kishkes (guts)—our bodies. Physicality is basic because all experiences take place within the mind/body/heart/spirit. Whenever bodies gather, a “group body” forms, and as spiritual leaders it is imperative that we are in-tune with this dynamic. Further, the communities that many spiritual leaders are entrusted to nurture, all have one thing in common—their physicality.

Great transformation is possible as we align ourselves through spiritual practice. Our bodies know instinctively how to honor and affirm each person as unique as well as part of a distinct community. When we acknowledge our body wisdom, and heed its messages, we honor the soul.

Gifts of this Program

• Reclaim our birthright practices of voice, movement, stillness, and story.
• Connect to self, others, and the Divine.
• Build a community that empowers marginalized people.
• Deepen connection with Earth, People, and Spirit.
• Practice resiliency.
• Trust improvisational skills for working with complex situations.
• Take risks with new forms of speaking and presenting.
• Bring artful ritual to one-to-one, small and large groups.
• Cultivate inter-generational bonds among children, youth, and adults.


Why Creativity for Spiritual Intelligence?

Every form of creative expression provides a unique path of revelation and healing. Our full spiritual inheritance is enlivened when we engage our birthright practices: movement, voice, story, stillness, as well as visual, musical, written and spatial arts. InterPlay brings all of these folk arts back into community life in personal and joyful ways.

The Process

Opening Retreat: Secrets of InterPlay for Spiritual Intelligence: Body, Mind, Heart, Spirit

Take time out to explore creative practices and body wisdom teachings. We'll quickly enter elegant moments of movement, voice, story, and stillness. Learn tools to access the wisdom of the body: Easy Focus, Body Data/Knowledge/Wisdom, Internal Authority, Physicality of Grace, Exformation, Spiritual Disciplines, Incrementality, and Affirmation. Deepen your exploration into the grace, ease, and spontaneous health that arises when body and soul yield their unbelievable beauty.

6 Wisdom Teachings: The January 2022 Secrets of InterPlay Spiritual Leaders Retreat is followed by a series of online wisdom teachings and focus sessions. Deepen your bodyspirit wisdom and become a body intellectual!

Closing Retreat: “Collective Peace-making and Ritual” Having formed bonds of play and deep story, we discover new vistas for creativity in communal life. This retreat culminates with a graduation celebration.

Schedule: All times Pacific Time (PT)

Opening Retreat January 24–27, 2022 from 9:30 am–12 pm PT & 1:30–4 pm PT

6 Wisdom Teachings:
Fridays, 2/4, 2/25, 3/18, 2022, 9:00 am-noon PT
Sundays, 2/13, 3/6, 3/27, 2022, 2:00 pm-5:00 pm PT

Closing Retreat: April 4–7, 2022 from 9:30 am–noon & 1:30–4:00 PT

Repeating the Program: Anyone who has previously completed the Life Practice Program is eligible for the $1,000 repeaters rate.

Financial Assistance
Based on our commitment to Racial Equity and Transformation (read our statement here...) and our understanding of the structural and personal inequalities that exist, Body Wisdom is committed to making our programs financially accessible. Financial considerations need not be a barrier to your participation. Financial support and flexible payment plans are available. Please email office@interplay.org (or call 510/465-2797), or feel free to speak to one of the leaders of this program.

Life Practice Program Attendance
Community building is an integral part of the InterPlay system. To experience the most out of the Secrets of InterPlay weekend or the Life Practice Program, we recommend that you attend all of the sessions. This immersion program into the forms and tools of InterPlay is most effective when the group can stay together over time. If you are considering becoming an InterPlay leader, participation and attendance for the full program will be necessary to complete the Life Practice Program, which is the first step in becoming a certified InterPlay leader. If you have questions about this please visit: InterPlay Leader Training Program.

Continuing Education Credit
55 CE credits (18 for the Secrets of InterPlay Opening Retreat) for various healthcare and allied healthcare professions are available for those practicing throughout the U.S. and for educators only practicing in Illinois. CE pre-registration is required before the start of your event. Email Jane at interplaychicago@sbcglobal.net to APPLY for CEUs. There is a charge of $25-$40 per program. CEUs are offered through Continuing Education Institute of Illinois or R. Cassidy Seminars.

Online Information Sessions TBD.

Email ORGANIZER for more information.

Frequently Unasked Questions about InterPlay for Spiritual Leaders.

Cost: $1,950 a $300 discount while online ($1,000 for repeaters) A $100 deposit secures your place in the program.

Registration/Information: Registration questions: email Lucia@interplay.org. For financial assistance: email office@interplay.org.


Online Secrets/Life Practice Programs

Carolyn Renée
Carolyn Renée Morris (she/her) is a teaching and healing artist with more than a decade of service/experience in the creative and healing arts. She’s the former executive director of the ArtsXchange, a 37-year-old art and social change organization, and Alternate ROOTS, a 44-year-old social justice organization lifting up art as activism in the Southeast USA. Carolyn Renée is committed to the pursuit of art and social justice, health, and well-being for BIPOC on the frontlines of advancing justice. She is a certified InterPlay Leader and in 2008 became a health and wellness practitioner to heal herself from an illness which led to combining the healing and creative arts. With InterPlay, she creates Sacred Space for BIPOC and partners with USA/Ghana-based A Life of Peace Wellness Education Institute to ensure every home has an engaged artist/healer. She goes by “Carolyn Renée.”
Cassandra Sagan
Cassandra Sagan is a Maggid, Jewish storyteller/teacher/preacher, and a designated Leitz Kadosh, Holy Clown. She is a poet, singer/songwriter, performer, and InterPlay Leader who has worked with adults and children for over 25 years helping them to access their full creative brilliance.
Wai-Chin Matsuoka

Wai-Chin is Singaporean Chinese, who was transplanted to the U.S.A. 35 years ago when she came to do her graduate studies, and met her American-Japanese husband.

She encountered InterPlay in 2012 when Cathy Ann Beaty was moderating the Spiritual Directors International Conference. Totally amazed by the impact of a hand-blessing, Wai-Chin found Jane Siarny in Geneva, IL and was attending classes on and off for several years before taking the Secrets retreat and the Life Practice program in 2018. And even before the end of the Life Practice program, attended the Secrets of Leading in Oct 2018, and completed her requirements in Oct 2020!

She describes herself as a manifestation of Divine Love, and she embodies
Hospitality that welcomes all,
Gentleness that comforts,
Truth that heals and
Compassion that equips, in her life and in service of those who cross her path.

As a spiritual midwife, she companions others on their spiritual path of transformation. As a dancing healer, she facilitates healing through experiential encounters with the Divine Physician and dances on behalf of their wounds and grief, and desires and hopes for wholeness. As a lavish host to the Divine Banquet of Love, Wai-Chin facilitates Soul-Tending Retreats that awaken your desire for deeper intimacy with God, in the same way hors d’oeures whet the appetite for a banquet.

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