“Untensives,” The InterPlay Way & Workshops

The InterPlay Way and Workshops below.

“Untensive Retreats”

Active, creative, life-changing fun!

  • Relax, play, connect, explore, create.
  • Learn how to get your body, mind, heart and spirit all working together.
  • Minimize stress and maximize ease.
  • Make wiser, more grounded decisions.
  • Find easy ways to change what you want to change in your life.
  • Discover your hidden resources.
  • Unlock the wisdom of your body!

What is an "Untensive"?

What are the signs that I “need” an Untensive?

An Untensive is a multiple-day retreat that will gently immerse you in the easy-body practices of InterPlay, a 20-year-old system that can create more connection and ease in your life. InterPlay is incremental and affirming.

In InterPlay you will find new access to your stories, movement and voice. This is the easiest way to experience the powerful integration of mind, body, heart and spirit. It is also the quickest way to community connection. You will also learn concrete tools that you can apply in your daily life, like exformation, body wisdom practices, easy focus, and the physicality of grace.

InterPlay is something that any body can do—regardless of size, shape,Change? ability, color, background, gender, orientation, belief, or nationality. All you need is a little willingness. Expect to laugh, savor and relax. Expect to be surprised by what you can do!

What if I am shy or not sure that I am creative enough?

InterPlay is happening in 50 cities on five continents. Over 700 people have graduated from the InterPlay Life Practice Program. Many people are applying InterPlay in their personal, professional and organizational lives. InterPlay is a great multicultural, peace-building practice.

MFT/LCSW CEUs   Body Wisdom BCEU approval No. 2583. Course meets the qualification for 20 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Refunds will be given up to two days before the event minus a $20 processing fee.

The InterPlay Way for Helping Professionals

Download the full InterPlay Way Brochure in pdf form.

The InterPlay WayThe InterPlay Way for Helping Professionals provides transformational tools, ideas and practices for therapists, social workers, spiritual directors, hospice workers, spiritual leaders and others. It draws on the deep body wisdom of the InterPlay philosophy and applies it specifically to the challenges, stresses and needs of those who are helping others.

The program begins with a full weekend led by an InterPlay master teacher and six follow-up sessions facilitated by a local InterPlay leader with a special interest in the ways that InterPlay can be applied in these professional settings.

Tuition for The InterPlay Way is $750. This includes the full weekend event (non-residential) and the six ongoing sessions. Tuition for the weekend alone is $350. It is possible to attend the weekend event as a way of discerning whether to continue in the ongoing biweekly sessions.

This program meets the qualifications for 28 hours of continuing education credit (CEUs) for MFTs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. No. 2583.

Check out upcoming InterPlay Way events listed under Workshops.

Download the full InterPlay Way Brochure in pdf form.


blue and red dancing togetherInterPlay is also presented in workshop formats over the course of a day or two. Often these workshops have a particular focus, weaving InterPlay with performance, team building, spirituality, recovery issues and other subjects. These workshops happen all over the country and in other parts of the world.

Check out current workshops listed on the site currently.

Upcoming Untensive Retreats

Nov 20-22
Phil Porter and Cynthia Winton-Henry

Upcoming “InterPlay Way” Events

Check the “Workshops” listing for upcoming InterPlay Way events.

What is an “Untensive” Retreat?

relax, connect, play, learn, create

trio dancingAt an “Untensive” retreat, you get to relax, connect, play, laugh, be moved and you get to learn helpful ideas and tools that can create more ease, fullness, purpose and satisfaction in your life.

At an Untensive, you will learn several of the InterPlay “forms,”—simple and incremental ways of playing around with words, movement, sound and stillness. As you play, you will find out more about yourself and others. Wonderful community connections develop that often are maintained after the Untensive is over.

New to InterPlay? An Untensive is a great place to get an overview of InterPlay practices and ideas. Experienced InterPlayers are also welcome. At any particular Untensive there will be an interesting mix of people with different levels of experience. Everyone will be included and everyone will have opportunities to be gently challenged.

InterPlay gently unlocks the wisdom of your body.

  • What do you know?
  • How can you get more of what you want?
  • What gives you satisfaction?
  • What creates ease?
  • What about your life do you want to change?

Untensives (usually three or four days long) are held frequently across the country and in other parts of the world. They are led by the most experienced InterPlay leaders, including InterPlay co-founders Cynthia Winton-Henry and Phil Porter. Sometimes they are residential events at a retreat center or hotel.

If you answer “yes” to any of these questions then you may “need” an Untensive!

  • Do you want more fun in your life?
  • Is the stress of your life wearing you down?
  • Do you find yourself consumed with fulfilling the needs of others?
  • Are you looking for connections with others?
  • Would you like to get some attention for yourself?
  • Is your creative side yearning for some expression?
  • Do wish you had more confidence in yourself?
  • Would you like to get to know some new people?
  • Are you dealing with a physical change that you are having trouble adjusting to?
  • Are you tired of words, words, words?
  • Could you use some support in getting the things you want in your life?
  • Do you need to relax for a bit?
  • Does your spirit need to be refreshed or renewed?
  • Do you feel like you want the benefits of meditation, but you can’t or don’t want to sit still?
  • Are you a kinesthetic learner (do you learn best through movement and activity)?

Change Your Life! Change Your World!

Leadership Program graduationInterPlay can change your life and change your world by giving you easy access to the wisdom of your body. What if you could make choices in your life based on what works best for you, rather than what others think is right?

But you don’t have to change! You are fine just the way you are. In InterPlay change is a choice, not an obligation.

Shy? Not feeling creative?

Women chattingYou don’t have to be an extroverted artist to do InterPlay. Most of us are pretty shy and few of us think of ourselves as being all that creative. InterPlay is easy and incremental. It is a gradual and affirming way to find freedom and fun.

Throughout our lives we have been taught how to contain ourselves. In the process we may have lost abilities that are crucial for our wellbeing, not to mention just having fun.