Author: cynthia winton-henry

Cofounder of InterPlay, executive director of Body Wisdom, Inc, author and coach for body and soul at Mystic Tech, helping others to listen as deeply as possible for solutions and directions by unlocking the wisdom of the body for peace, community, fun, and health. Art, writings, keynotes, online teaching, and retreat and conference leadership.

The Mystic Braid

I will mine my own tradition for in it my DNA best sings it’s fertile song. A tradition is not just a bunch of words and images. It is a deeply physical legacy, a root system of higher knowledge. 

I also take guidance from other traditions. Some wisdom is best revealed in another lineage. From it I look back into my own wisdom tradition and revel in how it appears there without my previously seeing it!

Many have more than one ancestral spiritual line. Thank goodness we have a lifetime to cherish and live into all that is in the wisdom braid. We don’t have to integrate everything, just appreciate each element, idea, principle as a complete art form. To make any human expression other than a single art form is idolatry. 

Today I bow to the hidden and revealed wisdom of so many lineages that dance in me, and particularly that of Christian Mystics inspired to love past convention. As I do I also quake with the horrors done in their name. Nothing is pure. Still, great love endures, apart from all we make. I trace the braid back to that knowledge again and again.

The Amazing Winton- My Dad

The first horseless carriage driven cross-country? The Winton.

A Dr. Horatio Nelson bet fifty bucks in San Francisco in 1903 that he could drive to the East Coast.

The challenge? No roads.

The auto he chose? It was invented by Alexander Winton, the Scottish-American automobile engine designer who used racing to inspire Americans to imagine the need for long distance hiways.

Reminds me of dad, Hal Winton. Born of Swedish and Scotch-Irish parents he had uphill plans. Even before retiring as an engineer he collected feats. He climbed Mt. Whitney, ran the John Muir trail, traversed the Grand Canyon back and forth any number of times and at age 60 completed multiple 100-mile mountain races in one year, what ultrarunners call The Grand Slam.

A long hard trek through wild country was to drink the nectar of life.  Each summer he ran twenty-four hour loop behind our family cabin in Trinity County, navigating ridges with no trails and in the dark. My sister and I partly joked that he might end his days next to a rock somewhere. He had a trac phone, but few had his number. We had to prepare ourselves for whatever might happen….(read more)

InterPlay as a Life Practice for Spiritual Leaders

Dear friends,

I am whoosing around the U.S. at the moment, caring for elders, teaching InterPlay, and hanging out with friends, old and new. I’ll soon head to Pennsylvania to colead Changing the Race Dance and then to Raleigh, Durham to colead a Dying to Live Tour and Cabaret introduction with my husband Stephen, the hospice chaplain. But, not before celebrating my birthday at home in my new Jingletown Art Studio on the edge of Oakland where I make playful shrines to anything I can lay my hands on.

This Fall I will again be leading the InterPlay Life Practice Program for Spiritual Leaders. What a joy to teach directly to the way an artful, playful, body wise consciousness informs spiritual intelligence. InterPlay was designed to engage body, mind, heart, and soul all together. Most powerfully, this consciousness doesn’t ask anyone to change or grow. How miraculous in such driven, product oriented, problem solving obsessed cultures.

InterPlay is recognized and taught by respected Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, Religious Science, Wiccan, and Divine Feminine leaders. By focusing on the common ground of being bodies with extraordinary creativity and love, a Zen priest, a Rabbi, an Earth guided spiritual leader, a Pastor, Chaplain, Spiritual Director or Priest can explore a common wisdom that flows in unique and vital directions.

InterPlay’s elegant, easy creative practices allow us to move with more grace and ease even in landscapes filled with physical suffering. As mystics, blessed to serve, we explore the physical shifts between our roles, our direct relationship to the Highest Good, and just being ourselves. We pray and play as the whole bodies beings we are designed to be. As I like to say, “when we do this, it lights up the Motherboard!” All of creation become our playmates.

An opening and closing retreat at InterPlayce, eight online sessions, and 3 hour long spiritual direction sessions are included. The online visual and interactive sessions are similar to Skype. Zoom rooms allow participants to move together, be witnessed, learn and share in a present time community. It’s the easiest platform I know to get into meetings.  If you like you could explore the Online Dance Chapel to see if this would work for you.

Learn why InterPlay leaders are some of the best equipped for millennial, intergenerational collaboration, interfaith connection, and social justice. 

If you are interested in learning more about the program email me at I’ll be offering an information session soon.

Opening & Closing Retreats: Oct 2-5, 2017 & April 9-12, 2018 • 8 online wisdom teachings: Tues 9–11 am PST • Oct 2017 – Mar 2018  Read more about the program on the InterPlay website.,

A second time option for the online wisdom teaching is under consideration.

In the meanwhile, blessings on all your dancing, spirited leadership, and on the prayers you offer for so many!

Love,  Cynthia

The Body Will Preach

When InterPlayers are invited into a pulpit or onto a platform, the Wisdom of the Body comes into the room in wonderful ways. Dancing, Talking, Chanting, and Breathing! 

Refreshing perspectives.

This happened on the east and west coast the same day when Anna Gilcher in DC at Seekers Church and Phil Porter at First Church Berkeley where Phil serves as a minister of Arts and Community happened to preach on the same story—the man born blind.

Two different takes- both illuminating. 

I thought a few of you would be keen to peek into these Hidden Sanctuaries of Love.

Read Anna’s Sermon here!

One of my favorite parts is where she says,

“The more privilege we carry, the more we profit from the oppression. Recognizing this as a truth is a crucial step, and from there, our work is to take responsibility: (even if) it’s not my fault, it is my responsibility.

This recognition is highly de-centering to those of us at the center, and the more social identifiers we carry that are the “default,” the less practiced we are at being de-centered.

The willingness to be de-centered is a sacred journey.”


Now go to the 28 minute mark  of “Resist With Eyes Wide Open” • First Church Berkeley Worship @ Congregation Beth Elthel at to see Phil Porter’s improvisational genius at work.

Bravo to the Monastery of the Heart, to the diverse wisdom of creation, and to all who share how they see love at play.