Create more ease and fun in your life and in your life’s work

Secrets of InterPlay for Helping Professionals 2020 Online

Change your Life ~ Change your World!
Sheila K Collins,PhD, Lissa E, and Christine Gautreaux, MSW


September 24-27, 2020 All times EDT
Thursday & Friday 7-9:30 pm;
Saturday 11:30 am- 4 pm & 7-9:30 pm;
Sunday 11:30 am-2:30 pm

How about...

**Practical tools to assist clients in accessing their own creative resources?

**Trauma-informed techniques that enable clients, students, and ourselves to lessen anxiety, strengthen self-confidence, and learn to trust the wisdom of our bodies?

**Body wisdom practices that encourage deeper, non-verbal connections?

**A more playful approach to addressing tough issues in your workplace setting?

**Art-based activities to elicit fun and healing laughter while the work is getting done?

**More encouragement and support as you carry out the demanding assignments of your helping profession?

**Somatic skills to help navigate the work of racial equity & transformation?

**Community accountability for self-care while you practice community care?

Could it be that gaining more grace and ease for ourselves translates to a more effective helping relationship? That learning to play with “issues” gets us further than “working” on them? In InterPlay we say “Change your practice - change your life!

The Secrets of InterPlay Weekend and the following Life Practice Program for Helping Professionals is a time for self-care, self-reflection and skill-building. As Audre Lorde reminds us - “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.”

Come join us for a 4-day "Secrets of InterPlay" live online retreat September 24 - 27th. Immerse yourself in the InterPlay philosophy and practice the tools of artfully unlocking the wisdom of your body in the company of a supportive and joyful creative community.

Learn how you can use the tools and ideas of InterPlay to enhance your work and collaborations with clients, patients, students, interns and other staff. Get your body, mind, heart, and spirit together. Learn more about yourself through connection and community, and how this learning can enhance your effectiveness in your helping profession. Create more ease and fun in your life and in your life’s work.

This multiple-day event will give you direct experience in many aspects of the InterPlay system. It is also an essential element of the InterPlay Life Practice Program. that will follow, should you choose to participate. The Life Practice Program for Helping Professionals. will be away to deepen your practice over monthly Saturday sessions October 24 & December 5, 2020, January 23, February 27, March 27 & April 24, 2021

You are welcome to attend this Secrets of InterPlay retreat, whether or not you are planning to do the Life Practice Program. You can attend the retreat to help you decide if you want to do the whole Life Practice Program.

Virtual Classroom
Secrets will be taught through Zoom. A free, easy to access and use virtual platform. Your facilitators have extensive experience with providing on-line, interactive offerings. We have found ways to make the virtual classroom accessible, connective and restorative vs. draining.

Financial Assistance
Diversity is a great gift in the InterPlay experience. Based on our commitment to Racial Equity and Transformation (read our statement here) and our understanding of other 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 feel free to speak to one of the leaders of this program or to one of the InterPlay staff in the Body Wisdom office (510/465-2797 or

Continuing Education Credit
Up to15 CE credits 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 Siarny at 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.

$400 tuition ($300 for repeaters) or $100 deposit when registering. Balance due by September 15, 2020. Tuition for Secrets is included in full Life Practice Program tuition of $1,950 (a $300 savings while we are online).

Repeating the Program
Anyone who has previously completed the Secrets of InterPlay is eligible for the $300 repeaters rate.

Registration Options

Cost: $400 tuition ($300 for repeaters) Secrets tuition is included in full Life Practice Program.

Registration/Information: Contact Body Wisdom for more information or 510/465-2797


Online Secrets/Life Practice Programs

Sheila K Collins,PhD
Sheila K. Collins is the director of InterPlay Pittsburgh and the Wing & A Prayer Pittsburgh Players, an InterPlay-based performance troupe that assists human service agencies in accomplishing their noble purposes. A former professional dancer, Sheila describes herself as a "dancing social worker," since she has taught social work and co-founded and directed a behavioral health care clinic in Texas.

Sheila is the author of Stillpoint: A Playbook for Caregivers To Find Ease, Time to Breathe, and Reclaim Joy and Warrior Mother: Fierce Love, Unbearable Loss and the Rituals That Heal. She's been known to travel the country enlisting InterPlayers to help her "Perform her Books," demonstrating how InterPlay tools help us get through life's ordinary and extraordinary, "tough stuff." Since Covid sent her to her room, she's teaching, presenting, and performing using InterPlay on-line, surprising herself by how much she's enjoying it.

Lissa E
Lissa (they, them) began practicing meditation and mindful movement guided by the teachings of Buddhism in 2008 and identifies practice as a deep form of love and care. Lissa studies in the Soto Zen and Theravada Buddhism traditions, is in mentorship for community dharma leadership, and is particularly interested in the intersections of dharma, social justice, and embodied radical care. Lissa is certified to teach mindfulness meditation, yoga, qigong, and interplay (improvisational modalities). Lissa has deep commitment for the practice of writing, which Lissa has found solace in for much of their life.

Lissa has over twelve years of experience in nursing and mental health and is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and mental health integrative medicine provider who believes in offering services from a holistic and decolonized perspective. Lissa is presently in a training for certified functional medicine coaching, which focuses on addressing the root causes of dis-ease. Lissa has completed a number of trauma trainings including a year-long somatic trauma therapy training in Indigenous Focusing-Oriented Therapy (IFOT) that is particularly skillful in caring for complex, intergenerational, and race- and oppression-based trauma.

Lissa shares practices that are inclusive, compassionate, culturally responsive, social justice-oriented, and trauma-sensitive for the wellness and liberation of all beings. Lissa is particularly moved to work with populations less likely to have exposure or access to contemplative practices.
Christine Gautreaux, MSW
Christine (she/her) 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.

Pivoting with the times Christine has been called an expert on Zoom and utilizes this online platform to facilitate connection and ease in an online, interactive learning environment.

Christine Gautreaux holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Social Work. She has professional experience with successful grant writing, community organizing and social media marketing. Christine 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.

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