Telling Our Own Stories: An InterPlay White Awake Space

Karen Hatch, Katharine Forline, and Christine Gautreaux, MSW

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Sept. 9th 2-3:30 pm EST Sept. 20th 7-8:30 pm EST

“Body Wisdom recognizes that all human ancestry is African ancestry; that racial classifications by design divide the body of the whole, specifically exploiting people of color, our sense of self, culture and resources, while intentionally granting privilege, wealth, and power to people of European descent.”
from InterPlay’s Commitment to Racial Equity & Transformation

Acknowledging ourselves through the lens of whiteness and understanding more about the white supremacy culture that has dominated our lives is so complicated and yes, time consuming. As best as we can, if we’re committed to anti-racism and Racial Equity and Transformation it will require learning and unlearning for nothing less than the rest of our lives.

Twice a month Karen Hatch and fellow InterPlayers (Katy Forline, Dan Dilliplane, Christine Gautreaux and others) will offer space for those of us that identify as White to share and unpack our stories in a small group using InterPlay forms.

We’ll warm up together and share some time in break out rooms for little tellings and to check in, but our main focus will be on each participant’s DT3 or Big Body Story which we’ll all witness.

The storyteller will then have the opportunity to notice and ask for what she/he/they would like from witnesses.

We want to hold one another accountable while meeting folks where they are with compassion. We’ll affirm bravery and vulnerability while leaning into our discomfort and learn together in the physicality of grace.

This practice together and deeper dive will be limited to five folks per session and registration in advance using SignUpGenius is required.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040B4BA9A62EA2F85-telling
Sessions are free of charge. In lieu of a fee, donations to the RET mini-grant fund are welcomed.

Cost: Free or contribution to InterPlay RET mini-grants

Registration/Information: Contact Karen Hatch at 757/350-5202 or bongowania@gmail.com

Venue

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Leaders
Karen Hatch
Karen identifies as both a "free agent" and healing justice advocate and wants to play with everyone! With a background in hospice nursing and youth ministry she is dedicated to being present to the unbelievable beauty of being human in all people across the lifespan. She is particularly committed to racial equity and transformation and is an activist, facilitator, community organizer and student at home in rural Virginia and beyond. Karen is a Certified InterPlay leader and singer/songwriter.
Katharine Forline
Katy is a certified InterPlay leader who leads joyful InterPlay sessions with inspirational seniors in Middletown, CT. She has lead several workshops with the Episcopal church in CT to explore race and privilege thru the ease that InterPlay forms and tools bring. She performed with In Good Company (a modern dance troupe in New Haven CT) in the 80's after receiving her BA in dance from Mount Holyoke College in MA. She is currently the owner of Move2Joy LLC - a Massage Therapy and movement education practice in Durham, CT. Katy is also certified to instruct Yoga Tune Up® and the Roll Model Method and has taught wellness workshops at Choate Rosemary Hall, The Giving Garden, the Dudley Farm and the local library. She is a Certified Compassionate Touch® Practitioner as well. Katy lives with her husband and two dogs in rural CT when not visiting her two kids in Florida or her camp on the coast of Maine. Certified InterPlay® Leader 2019 Licensed Massage Therapist in CT,  License #000639 American Massage Therapy Association, Professional Member since1984 Certified Yoga Tune Up® Instructor (2015) Certified Compassionate Touch® Practitioner (2014) Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Mount Holyoke College (1981) Lifelong dancer.
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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