“Cynthia offered a transformational experience that exceeded my expectations and they were already high!” Retreat Participant
The visible world is an active doorway to the invisible world,
and the invisible world is much larger than the visible.
My life purpose is to foster freedom. Consequently, I attune to any oppression that hampers the flower of human and earthly nature.
I am best known for cofounding InterPlay with Phil Porter, an improvisational community-based method and practice designed to unlock the wisdom of the body for our time. InterPlay fundamentals offer movement, voice, story, stillness that connect us and allow us to individually and collectively hear the wisdom of the body in amazing ways. It’s the best form I’ve found to express and live a liberated life in the body and soul of community. I’ve created large community performance events like the Unbelievable Beauty of Being Human around the world. Click to get the low down on this amazing practice.
I teach art and spiritual formation in graduate schools and have supervised and served as a soul companion to spiritual leaders. I am honored to support emerging leaders and people of color.
I earned a BA in Dance from UCLA and a Master of Divinity from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley. I did additional doctoral work in Theology and the Arts at the Graduate Theological Union and in Multicultural Education at the Western Institute for Social Research. I’m certified in massage therapy, in using the Focused Energy Balance Indicator to balance the four-movement patterns in life and leadership. I’m currently studying a Somatic Approach to the Enneagram with Andrea Issacs.
I make shrines. Here’s a peak.
I support Spiritual Directors International, Spiritual Directors of Color, Creation Spirituality Network, The National Chaplains Association, International Expressive Arts Association, Out and Equal Workplace Advocates, United Religions Initiative, and the Parliament of World Religions.
Books: Chasing the Dance of Life: A Faith Journey, published by Apocryphile Press, Dance: The Sacred Art: Discovering the Joy of Movement by Turner Publishing, and Move: What the Body Wants by Woodlake Press. I also offer How-to guides on the physical practices of mysticism, intuition and psychic awareness. Click to learn more.
Activism: InterPlay and mysticism are countercultural, earth-wise practices. As the executive director of InterPlay, I actively support racial equity and transformation. I served the YES board in support of young leaders, co-lead Changing the Race Dance with Soyinka Rahim, a workshop where people tell stories of our understandings and misunderstandings of socialized systemic racism. I developed InterPlay Art Responders with Catherine Jolly to realign ourselves to the beauty of a place and people after trauma.
Teachers who helped me immensely– Doug Adams, Masankho Banda, Berkeley Psychic Institute and Phyllis Magal, Katrina Browne, Sheila Collins, Carla de Sola, Barbara Elliot, Jake Empereur, Jesus of Nazareth, Ruth King, Robert MacAfee Brown, Connors McConville, Thomas Merton, Metatron, Roberta Meyer, Phil Porter, Soyinka Rahim, Judith Rock, Betsey Wetzig, Ginny Whitelaw, Flora Wuellner, and more friends and students than I can name.
–Rev. Melinda McLain, pastor “Cynthia is a treasured mentor, teacher, and colleague in the art of deep and playful living. She instills trust among diverse peoples and leads groups with tremendous skill. Cynthia is a visionary and an exceptional entrepreneur. Any project or activity that she undertakes will be improved exponentially by her leadership or participation because she has the rare skill to be as great a follower and team member as she is a leader.”
-Rich Citrin, business and health consultant, “Cynthia is the consummate artist, facilitator, body wisdom expert and mystic. As the founder of InterPlay she has created a new way of being in the world and her influence has spanned the globe and has helped change villages in Africa, artists in Australia and children lives in India. Cynthia brings deep spiritual connection to a practical level for women and men of all ages. She has a special connection to a source that is beyond our usual day to day thinking. She has been a most vital agent in my life and I invite you to allow her into yours. You will be very happy you did!”
–Rev Susanna Pain, priest “What a gift, the spaciousness and creativity and generous listening you offer. Thank you.”
–Lila Mauricia Morisee, expressive arts guide, “It’s difficult to put words to the mystery, depth and ease that Cynthia’ sessions and written materials provide. I’ve reached a place of contentment, delight and humor that has led me open ever more deeply to it all–the mess of life w/ less drama, more “chop wood, carry water” kind of peace. Thank you, Cynthia –it’s been an immense gift and pleasure.”
–Terrence Keane, Marketing Director, Berkeley Repertory Theater,”Her keynote set the tone perfectly for the weekend. The ideas she introduced wove through our entire event, and I know that many of our participants — myself included — would like to come take a class.“