Certified InterPlay Leader
First things first: Wakoh rhymes with "taco." 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 into both teaching and chaplaincy, to help people connect with themselves and one another, explore their creativity, and tap into self-acceptance, confidence, and joy!