Cynthia Winton-Henry and the Hidden Monastery host
weekly Online Dance Chapels
Where we hold sacred the wisdom of the body,
dance, sing and share the poetry ensouled
in our diverse spiritual lineages.
To sign up for weekly chapel updates scroll to the bottom.
Email Cynthia@interplay.org for the Zoom link
to try out any of the dance chapels.
Mondays 7:00 Am with Kaira Jewel Lingo
Mondays 4:30 pm PST with Cynthia Winton-Henry
Tuesdays 9:30 am PST with Rehana Tejpar
Tuesdays 4:30 pm PST with Steph Gesling & Greer Dokmanovich
Wednesdays 4:30 PST with Ruth Showalter
Thursdays 9:30 am PST with Nancy Pfaltzgraf
Thursdays 4:30 pm PST with Coke Tani
Fridays 9:30 am PST with Monisha Mittal
Friday Shabbat Dance Chapel 2:00 pm PST with BIlha Birman- Rivlin
Here’s what you can expect in a dance chapel.
Light a candle, virtual or real, and bring your intention for family, community, and world.
Affirm and notice your body wisdom as you move, notice, and share.
Renew grace and gratitude in your week.
Hear and share inspiring poetry and wisdom.
Dance on behalf of others in the group.
Connect to global companions.
Drop-in at any time at no charge.
To benefit dance chapel leaders and grace-making people and projects,
consider one time donations or $25–150/month on Paypal,
Venmo @Cynthia-Winton-Henry, or by check to Cynthia Winton-Henry,
2273 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94612.
To learn about the dance chapel approach see my books: Dance: A Sacred Art: The Joy of Movement as a Spiritual Practice from Turner Publishing and Move: What the Body Wants, Woodlake Press, and others. Click here.
Current Chapel Leaders
Kaira Jewel Lingo leads Fridays 7:00 AM PST. Kaira Jewel leads retreats internationally, offering mindfulness programs for educators, parents, youth in schools, activists, people of color, artists, and families, as well as individual spiritual mentoring. Having been a Dharma teacher and ordained nun for 15 years in Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Interbeing she is also practiced in the Zen tradition, secular mindfulness, as a Spirit Rock-trained teacher in the Vipassana lineage and as a guiding teacher for One Earth Sangha. She edited Thich Nhat Hanh’s Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children and writes for books and magazines. She enjoys interweaving art, play, ecology, and embodied mindfulness practice as a certified yoga teacher and InterPlay leader.
Cynthia Winton-Henry leads on Monday at 4:30 pm PST. “I cofounded InterPlay as a way to joyfully experience the integration of body, mind, heart, and soul. My purpose is to foster freedom and creativity for myself and others. As a gifted and senstive body, I’ve served as a professional dancer, clergy, professor of dance and religion, Sacred Dance Guild faculty, and as a mentor to educators, artists, spiritual leaders and helping professionals, My current focus is teaching the Art of Ensoulment. This year-long course maps 12 initiations that allow body and soul to keep dancing. As a writer, my books include Dance: The Sacred Art: Rediscovering the Joy of Movement, Chasing the Dance of Life: A Faith Journey, and Move: What the Body Wants. I live in Oakland, California, with my crazy intergenerational family.”
Rehana Tejpar leads chapel on Tuesdays at 9:30 am PST. She says, “I am a playful soul with a passion for movement as medicine and co-creating beloved communities for co-liberation. I have been practicing and leading InterPlay since 2011 and adore ‘babbling in the boardroom’ and integrating the powerful community building and body wise practices into my work as a facilitator of organizational change. I come from an Islamic tradition that draws from the mystics of Islam and am part of a Sufi whirling community in Montreal. I believe deeply in the power of dancing our prayers and movement as a way of being in connection between the physical and spiritual realms. I am honored to be leading the Interfaith Dance Chapel.” I live in Montreal.
Steph Gesling and Greer Dakmonovich lead chapel on Tuesdays at 4:30 pm PST. Steph says, ” I love to create opportunities for fun, rest and play, to equip people to communicate elegantly, effectively and with greater ease. I’, passionate about music, art, and anything that creates an opportunity for people to grow, connect and act, powerfully and creatively. It’s a joy to co-lead the InterPlay Life Practice Program for Spiritual Leaders in Australia and now the Online Dance Chapel. Organizing, agitating, and co-creating with not-for-profits, arts organizations, community groups, artists, small business owners, churches & entrepreneurs has taught me to value my time and to listen carefully for the wisdom of those on the edges of communities. Stephanie lives in Melbourne, Australia.
Greer Dakmonovich leads with Steph on Tuesdays at 4:30 pm pst. She says, “I’m passionate about facilitating spiritual growth for individuals and communities through creative practices as a certified InterPlay leader and Labyrinth facilitator. I’ve led workshops, retreats, and team development sessions for InterPlay Australia and for students, community, leaders, and corporate entities. Respect for the diverse wisdom of the body is at the center of my approach, whether as a chaplain, pastor, Pastoral Care Teacher, or community member.” I live in Brunswick Heads, New South Wales, Australia.
Coke Tani Thursdays at 4:30 pm PST. She says, “It’s been a joy to co-lead InterPlay classes for People of Color, the Secrets of InterPlay, the Life Practice Program, and customized workshops and retreats. I believe that one of InterPlay’s most powerful yet understated gifts is its wise engagement of whole persons–body, mind, heart, and soul–for individual and collective transformation. I’ve journeyed through an MSW, MFA, and MDiv and served as an interdisciplinary artist, community-based therapist, and InterPlay’s Liaison to Leaders of Color. I live in Alameda, California.
Ruth Schowalter leads Wednesday at 4:30 pm PST, says, “I’m an artist, educator, and certified InterPlay leader. I apply InterPlay when teaching advanced communication skills to both scientists and international scholars. In 2018, I co-founded Sustaining International Sisters (SIS) InterPlay and Potluck with Canan Arikan. In 2019, we began an online Global SIS: InterPlay to reach international women worldwide. I’m a lifelong spiritual seeker, housing my faith under a very wide roof of beliefs. Meditative Drawing and painting have been my daily spiritual practice for the past 30 years. Dancing my prayers with the online community of Cynthia’s Dance Chapel since its origin has transformed my connection with the divine – I trust in its simplicity and powerful gentleness. I live in Decatur, Georgia, with my husband Tony and two cats, Tao and Sapelo.”
Nancy Pfaltzgraf leads Thursdays at 9:30 am PST. “I love both leading and participating in Dance Chapel because I have experienced and witnessed the way people open to the spirit and one another in powerful ways that bring healing, build community and allow peace to flow through the whole of one’s being. I love that we are each encouraged to come as we are and listen to the deep wisdom of our bodies. But perhaps most powerful, for me, is praying without words, praying with my whole self, praying with my dance!. My background includes coaching the FEBI four movement patterns, leading the InterPlay Life Practice Program, Dances of Universal Peace, and as an ordained pastor and chaplain. I live in Illinois and Florida.
Monisha Mittal leads Fridays at 9:30 am PST “I love helping people find and build connections: with others, themselves, and with their soul path. Trained in communication and facilitation when I left my full-time corporate position, InterPlay came running to meet and embrace me. While leaving one identity and journeying into the unknown, the Online Dance Chapel remained a consistent, sacred, and joyful resource for tuning into my inner guidance. As an InterPlay leader-in-training and Sacred Depths certified coach I assist children and adults in connecting with their authentic expression, creativity, personal expansion, and inner guidance by in part, facilitating communication with their bodies. I live in Virginia.
Bilha Birman Rivlin, Ph.D., leads a Shabbat Chapel at 2:00 pm PST. She is a long-time practitioner and teacher of Insight Mindful Meditation (IM), along with Buddhist practices and philosophies. A theatre professional, actress, director, puppeteer, storyteller, and teacher, she earned her Ph.D. from the Theatre Department at Wayne State University. Her dissertation focuses on how the creative process and the path of transformation. Her journey with theatre, drama, improvisation, and IM practices allows her to explore life’s present moment in its kaleidoscopic forms of expression. The integration of Dharma, drama, and creative play is Bilha’s guiding passion and contribution.
Jane Siarny loves dance chapels and substitutes for leaders. “I’m dedicated to uplifting the human spirit through creativity, community building, and body-wise practices. For me, InterPlay opens the door to an integrated spiritual practice that allows for creativity, community, and growth. The Online Dance Chapel is the best way to consistently share the transformative power of InterPlay. I’m the InterPlay Life Practice Program Coordinator, having led Life Practice groups since 1999. Find my story is found MOVE: What the Body Wants by InterPlay co-creators Cynthia Winton-Henry with Phil Porter. I live in Chicago, Illinois.”
The Dance Chapel celebrates and shares BIlha’s intention.
I am living my day
an awakened courageous resilience,
an openhearted mind,
an Awakening purpose.
I invite my energy to flow into my soul’s purpose through movement,
voice, storytelling, contact, and stillness.
For myself and for all.
Again, drop in at any time that you need prayer, community, or support at no charge.
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