Connect with the exciting range of international InterPlay Leaders

Side-by-Side International Leaders Gathering 2021

Especially organized for InterPlay leaders in the Eastern Hemisphere
Ermina Bailon, Vibhuti Aggarwal, Masankho Banda, Sukhmani Kohli, Trish Watts, Ade Anifowose, Meg MacLeod, Sophie Schultze-Allen, and Pemra Kahraman


Thu–Sun, Aug 12–15, 2021 • Times TBA

Join us for the second Side-by-Side International Leaders Gathering. This new online event will be held soon after 2021 Leaders Gathering. We will be organized around time zones in the Eastern Hemisphere so that we can experience the magic of InterPlay at times that are convenient to the wide array of InterPlay leaders in Asia, South Asia, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe.

Our theme is "Sharing Our Common Ground." Let us come together and plant stories, songs, dances, and stillness in an InterPlay garden. We’ll be watering not just the soil of our own souls. Quantum waves will spread our seeds into a world thirsty for the nourishment of play. We have experienced that play is an intervention in the drought/flood/drought cycles of the personal as well as world nature.

Each day we learn more and more about Zoom possibilities and how we can have InterPlay online in a body-wise way. This year’s Gathering will be cheaper, easier to get to, and will allow a wider range of folks to attend. You can pick and choose the time slots that work best for you and match your “Zoom attention span."

We will have whole group sessions, opportunities to move together in large and small groups, a whole range of informative, interesting, and playful workshops, and wonderful opportunities to see old friends and make new ones. This will also be an opportunity for Leaders from different countries to come together and share how we have been adapting InterPlay to our local cultural contexts.

We envision this event to forge friendships uniting us across cultures through InterPlay. We also hope to invite the new world taking birth through all these massive shifts be able to listen to the new heart beats.

Dates: 12–15 August, 2021
Days: Thursday to Sunday


A daily schedule will be announced soon.

This event is open to all Life Practice Program and Leader Training Program grads as well as those currently taking part in either program (or who took part in earlier versions of either program). Art & Social Change grads are also welcome to attend.

Register early and save $25!

Tuition is $150 on or before July 24$175 after that. Reduced tuition is available as well as payment plans. For alternate payment plans, contact Sukhmani at or email the office at to make arrangements.

Leaders who offer a workshop will receive an additional $50 off tuition if you submit your workshop by July 24.

Registration/Tuition (in USD):
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Cost: $150 on or before July 24 / $175 after that /$50 off if you lead a workshop

Registration/Information: Use the payment button above or contact Sukhmani at to make other arrangements.


Online Untensives

Ermina Bailon
Ermina completed her InterPlay leadership training in 2010 in Sydney, Australia. She has since applied Interplay’s body wisdom principles and improvisational forms to offer and co-create space for authenticity, connectedness, ease, inspiration, spontaneity, wonder, wisdom, fullness of being and shared aliveness in various settings. She sees the practice of InterPlay as an expression of reverence for the dynamic whole body experiencing of spiritedness, creativity, inter-beingness and belonging. She weaves her broad-based training and in-depth experiences in mental health, expressive arts and play, improvisation, conscious dance/movement, shamanism, yoga, pilates, qiqong, mindfulness, somatics and nature-based practices cultivating and supporting life-affirming capacities for wakeful presence. Currently based in Singapore, her research on the inter-relationship of the body-mind-heart-breath-consciousness guides her inner unfolding and offerings. She continues to attune to and respond to the reciprocal relationship with the living world with open curiosity, deep listening, loving awareness, compassion and courage to carry life forward and become a worthy ancestor.
Vibhuti Aggarwal
Masankho Banda

Masankho is a multi - disciplinary Performing Artist, Certified InterPlay Leader, Educator and PeaceBuilder. He brings many unique perspectives to his work around the world. He learned the fine arts of storytelling and dance from his Malawian culture spending many long days and nights listening to stories and dancing to music that captivated his mind, shaped his being, nourished his soul and strengthened his spirit. Using performing arts Masankho motivates and inspires people of all ages to work together to bring about peace, social justice and cultural understanding. In 1997, he started UCanDanc—African Healing Arts to bring his passion for dance and storytelling to communities around the world. Masankho has been a Certified InterPlay Leader since 1999.

Masankho can also be reached at these phone numbers: +265 99 255 5338 or 88 113 8655 (available on Whatsapp / FaceTime)

Also: Skype : kamsisi
Facebook / Twitter: storytelling4u

Sukhmani Kohli
Sukhmani uses theatre, clowning, body wisdom practices and her skills as an empathetic facilitator to assist others in releasing shame and practice self acceptance. She first experienced InterPlay in 2014 when she participated in the Arts and Social Change Millennial program in California. She has been leading InterPlay ever since. She believes practices like interplay are powerful entry points for moving through conflict and connecting with your own sense of magic, moving from scarceness to abundance. She works with children, young adults, working professionals, communities and organisations. She runs Purple Mangoes, a company of facilitators who call themselves experience builders, gleaners and artists.
Trish Watts
A singer, songwriter, and educator with over 35 years experience as a performer, animator and creative arts facilitator in Australia and overseas. Co-founder of InterPlay Australia, she has completed studies in Voice Movement Therapy in the US. Trish has published over 8 collections of original music. She has been Music Director for both the Sydney and Cambodia Threshold Choirs, groups that sing at the bedsides of those struggling to live and die. She offers workshops and retreats in singing, creativity, spirituality and body wisdom. For more info see the International Association for Voice Movement Therapy, InterPlay Australia Association, and in the US:
Ade Anifowose

Ade is a Certified InterPlay Leader, Mindset Coach. Intuitive Healer and Podcaster. For over 25 years, Ade has devoted his life to being both a student and teacher of ancient wisdom. He is known for his optimism and ability to put people at ease while tapping into the inner wisdom of the soul. His unique approach opens the minds of his clients so they can more easily and effectively approach life head-on and find the help and answers they seek.

Ade is a lover of humanity who is passionate about creating outstanding new and unique gifts of healing for the world. Grounded in universal principles and healing arts, he uses his podcast, interactive playshops, storytelling, the arts, sacred drumming, and social media, to supports people in shifting their consciousness. Ade has a deep passion for helping people to connect with their unique sense of self and is dedicated to inspiring people to live from the confidence of their truest self.

Meg MacLeod

Meg MacLeod has been leading InterPlay classes and workshops since 1998: in the USA, the Netherlands, Scotland, Germany and Switzerland, in on-going classes, school teachers trainings, camp counselors, university dance and drama students, and at birthdays community celebrations, and conferences. She has directed and performed in numerous choreographed and InterPlay (improvisational) concerts.

Earlier years.
As a school teacher she regularly directed performances starring the children or brought her musician friends to her school to perform for the kids. In the mid- late-80s as an artist-in-residence, she developed and solo-performed five interactive concerts using music, stories and dance/movement to teach social studies and ecology in 24 US states, Germany and the UK.

As a community activist for Walkable Communities in the 90s she produced several highly successful conferences and two organizations until becoming physically and emotionally 'burned-out'. She credits recovery of her senses and health to InterPlay, the Work of Byron Katie and the 12-step Workaholics Anonymous Program, and loves to share the playfulness and trust in her intuition and in life she has recovered.
Current passions are song-writing, InterPlaying, working the 12-steps and becoming fluent in the Dutch language.
Sophie Schultze-Allen
Sophie Schultze-Allen uses InterPlay to explore the ways in which we can deepen our connection to Earth and build RECIPROCAL, regenerative relationship through unlocking the wisdom already present in each human body. She is currently pursuing a MA in Dance Studies at the Free University Berlin. She has been bringing InterPlay workshops to Berlin communities for the past 3 years. Sophie was born in German and grew up in Berkeley, CA. Anything is possible in the world of improvisation: Every moment becomes a fertile seed capable of shifting the path of humanity. With an open heart, Sophie invites others to build their resiliency to lead with love and compassion through embodied, creative play.
Pemra Kahraman

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