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Soul Emergencies: Navigating our Mental Health Crisis

I share my expertise and theories for navigating sensitivity and mental health demands in a time of evolutionary change and extreme demands. My thoughts are especially concerned for youth and young adults as they navigate unprecedented initiations or what I think are Soul Emergencies.  See the note below this video




Stephen Porgas writes in The Polyvagal Theory that “to connect and co-regulate with others is our biological imperative. We experience this imperative as an inherent quest for safety that can be reached only through successful social relationships. In which we co-regulate our behavior and physiology.” 


African wisdom teacher Malidome Patrice Some wrote in The Healing Wisdom of Africa: Finding Life Purpose Through Nature, Ritual and Community, “without a ritual structure, people undergoing a natural emergence of spirit within often feel as if they are going crazy or are imagining things…community provides a safety net in which a person can rest until he or she has become reintegrated.”  

REST UNTIL SHE OR HE HAS BECOME REINTEGRATED>. Yes, more rest is needed for us all.

Free SACRED Dance Guild Event – Dance: Sacred Art of Ensoulment

Have you heard of the Sacred Dance Guild?  


The Sacred Dance Guild initiated me into my life’s work. I’m forever grateful and happy to lead one of their upcoming Guild Sacred Sundays on zoom.

The Sacred Dance Guild serves as a “spiritually diverse, international, non-profit organization with a commitment to advocate for dance as a sacred art and to promote dance as a means of spiritual growth and integration of mind, body and spirit.” They describe sacred dance as “any type of dance that is done with an intention to connect with or communicate something about the sacred, however that may be understood by the dancer or the choreographer.”

February 13, 2022- 4:30 pm pacific/7:30 pm EST – check local times!!


In their free, weekly  SACRED SUNDAY online gatherings, dancers can be  “Socially Present” while “Physically Distant“! The live-from-our-living room-sessions are free, informal, intimate and interactive sharings.

I will introduce Dance: The Sacred Art of Ensoulment” under the theme of Attunement.

Join a journey of discovery as we honor body and soul and tap into four artful wisdoms that align humans to the sacred in all things, no matter what! In the dance we’ll welcome our spiritual support, creative birthrights, divine purpose, and a way to bow to suffering by dancing on behalf of one another.

To register email pres@sacreddanceguild.org with “Sacred Sunday – Ensoulment” in the subject line. 

The InterPlay-based practices are found in Dance: The Sacred Art: The Joy of Movement as Spiritual Practice.











Last Chance to Enroll in Art of Ensoulment Course

I love teaching the Art of Ensoulment Course! I get to explore the body wisdom of soul with beautiful people who willingly engage the creative spirit of InterPlay.

Though the groups are full. I am holding the door open if you meant to join but lost the thread.

The course starts next week. You can join for the first four sessions and then decide if you want to continue for the rest of the year.  Just fill out the form and send your $50 deposit. 

Second Monday Group
Jan 10, Feb 14, March 14,  April 11, May 9,  June 13, July 11, August 8, Sept 12, Oct 10, Nov14, 2022,  Dec12

• 2pm pacific
• 3pm Mountain
• 4pm Central
• 5pm Eastern

Second  Wednesday Group
 Jan 12, Feb 9,  March 9,  April 13,  May 11,  June 8,  July 13, August 10,  Sept 14, Oct 1 2,  Nov 9,  Dec 9

• 10 am pacific
• 11am mountain
• 12 pm central
• 1 pm est
Send your deposit to Venmo @Cynthia-Winton-Henry, paypal.me/cynthiawintonhenry
or checks in my name at 4025 New York Ave #317, Fair Oaks, CA. 95628

“A Coming out” Letter to the Hidden Monastery


December 2021


Dear Friends,


After much consideration, I decided to come out. It’s hard to confess how horrible 2021 was for me. The world, too, seemed to shine with a particular horror as I coached highly sensitive, creative, soulful leaders. Even for those with great healing gifts, play, and love, it’s just been hard. Maybe that’s why at the end of the year I called in the pink fairies, elves, and god-us-ess. Horror warrants its winsome opposite. How else can I make it?


What I am about to share is held alongside a multitude of graces! For instance, I successfully left my Executive Director job as the cofounder of InterPlay with supreme gratitude and satisfaction. My creativity, joy, and family remain intact. Christmas morning brought blessed serenity. My daughter and son-in-law decided to legalize their marriage.


Still—-Six months ago my daughter nearly died from heroin. Her opioid use started with a prescription in her teens for a back injury. Addiction runs in her birth family and my family tree, too. People with the genetic predisposition need forms of pain management other than addictive substances!


Sadly, our journey is not unusual, especially for the one-in-five humans who are highly sensitive. Neuro-sensitivity leads us to feel more, sense more, notice more, and care more. In the face of danger, we move toward mastery and when that doesn’t work to deaden or lift our spirits, we may transform into healers and activists who raise the flags in times of trouble. Too often, we overdo, over-adapt, and overextend. We isolate. We fight too hard. That’s why we’re the ones who also teach and find solace in meditation, contemplation, art, and play.


Sensitivity is a blessing and curse….(Continue to full letter here.)


End of Year “Holy Pause” Visioning Retreat

Enjoy a holy pause to release 2021 and prepare for 2022

with Cynthia Winton-Henry & Ruth Showalter

In the lucky dark no light to guide, Except for my heart, this fire inside” -St John of the Cross

December 22, 1pm-6pm pacific

Register Here

To prepare, bring a candle, and materials for art or writing.


Join creatives in the Hidden Monastery to pause and listen to body and soul.
We’ll move, breathe, sing and take space for rest, art-making, writing and listening.

Invocations and Candle lighting
Movement Warm up and Meditation
Dancing Hand Practice with Ruth Schowalter
Space for Creating
 Witnessing and Blessing the Visions

Contribute 45.00 or as able, no one turned away



Still time to join the Gifted and Sensitive Body Workshop

Get oriented for the coming year

Gifted and Sensitive Body workshop

Nov 4th 2pm Thursday with Cynthia Winton-Henry

Here is a time zone converter for your use
Can’t attend? I will send the recording

Register Here

An early Christian saying insistently echoes in my mind. “Grant Love, that I might give thee choice gifts, three lit and dazzling torches- my mind, my body, and my spirit.”


Are you a gifted, sensitive body? One in five people statistically feels more, notice more, and need more than average care. Our experience is a gift, not a curse. Sensitives bear gifts of healing, wisdom, beauty, and prophetic voice. According to Dr. Thomas Boyce, emeritus professor of pediatrics and psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisc sensitive kids require steadfast love, routines, celebrations of human difference, imaginative play, recognition, expression of our true self, and opportunities to balance fear with mastery.


In difficult times I propose that sensitives also need 

  • To tap a sustaining power greater than ourselves
  • To reframe challenges as initiations rather than problems
  • To move in order to clear unhealthy sensations
  • To credential the unique purpose and gifts of sensitives
  • To find a like-minded, affirming community

This workshop will support you to claim and nourish sensitivity on your behalf and behalf of others.



Also consider an upcoming workshop that strengthens Courage to Love.

Dancing with Hard Stuff Workshop
Initiated by Holy Rage, Despair, Fear and Hope 

Wednesday, November 17, 2-3:30 pm pst.

Register here to receive zoom link, pdf, and recording.

Humans are at a crossroads. Leaders are tired. Grief swells insurmountably high. Injustice presses down. Decades of training in self-help, inner work, and self-care might not be enough. In this workshop, I offer body wisdom to navigate our worst nightmares and grow in sacred Hope.Rage and despair are initiations. Our task is to make them holy by being in right relation with powerful emotional truth, grounded in sacred relationships.
Yes, it helps to dance! But, dance with what? Come find out.