Meet the Certified Leaders of Southeast Michigan!
Lee Edwards is a Body-Mind Therapist, Certified InterPlay Leader, and a Life Practice Program Leader, and she leads in-person and online workshops in a range of creative and transformational topics. Lee’s journey with InterPlay started in 2008, and she’s been leading InterPlay since 2016, and became a Life Practice Program leader in 2020. In addition to running her therapy practice, Lee loves using creative expression, drama, and movement for self-exploration and personal growth, as well as for the joy and fun of it, and she deeply appreciates how InterPlay weaves together many of these threads.
Lee lives in Traverse City, but is originally from Ann Arbor, and she started the Ann Arbor InterPlay community in 2016 because she felt that Ann Arbor was a natural fit for all that InterPlay offers, and she wanted to share the beauty of InterPlay with the hometown that had given her so much. Lee has also been leading InterPlay across Michigan, helping to seed communities in other locations, including Traverse City, Charlevoix, Petoskey, and Detroit. If you’d like to have InterPlay come to your community, please reach out! (www.soulwayshealing.com)
Gwynneth VanLaven is an artist and educator in Ann Arbor, Michigan. To InterPlay she brings values of inclusivity and accessibility. Her experiences with illnesses and a disabling accident heighten her awareness and, without pressure to be gleeful, a playful approach to resilience of all kinds. Play is not an erasure but a dance deeply woven, she asserts. VanLaven’s existent art practice responds to ills like ableism, mental health stigma, body disparagement, and othering. She sees in her art great alignment with her intentions leading InterPlay. She holds special care for body autonomy and body attentiveness, so safety in play can be both deliciously awkward and embodying. InterPlay will be a powerful tool toward Gwynneth’s passions for participants’ growth and the artful forging of community― with humor, curiosity, and joy.
“Her experiences with illnesses and a disabling accident heighten her awareness and, without pressure to be gleeful, a playful approach to resilience of all kinds.”(Gwynneth VanLaven, CL 2021)
Becoming a Leader
It is an involved and also rewarding process to become a certified InterPlay leader (CL). From the first teachings to the “Leaders Circle” may take several years of study. We have found that study to involve introspective curiosity and a willingness to collaborate and connect in an affirming light with others. Some of the Certified leaders listed here went on to become teachers of new InterPlayers. For all the leaders, bringing InterPlay to groups is always a fun and daring surprise. There is no one way to “Do InterPlay,” and it can’t be “Done wrong.” That means a lot of surprises for participants as well as leaders. It is a thrill, and we thank you for the opportunity to engage it!
From the InterPlay.org website, some of the benefits of (Evidence Based) InterPlay participation and Leadership:
- creates strong, enduring, healthy connections between us
- allows us room to claim our own gifts and to appreciate the similarities and differences of others
- helps us “disarm”—to be less guarded and more open
- creates ease, joy and fun in our lives
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