The Online Dance Chapels
hosted by Cynthia Winton-Henry and the Hidden Monastery
Come hold sacred the Wisdom of the Body.
Come move, sing, and honor each other’s bodyspirit in these times…
These chapels recognize and enjoy the diverse body-wisdom or all spiritual lineages.
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Chapel time are at 9:30 and 4:30 PST
Sundays 4:30 pm PST with Jane Siarny
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
Fridays 5:30 pm with Kaira Jewel Lingo
Here’s what you can expect in a 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.
Current Chapel Leaders
Jane Siarny co-leads chapel on Sundays at 4:30 pm pst. “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. My story is found in MOVE: What the Body Wants by InterPlay co-creators Cynthia Winton-Henry with Phil Porter. I live in Chicago, Illinois”
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. As a white woman, I strive to foster freedom and creativity in an equitable way. I’ve been a professional dancer, clergy, seminary professor of dance and religion, Sacred Dance Guild faculty, and mentor to educators, artists, spiritual leaders and helping professionals, My current focus is teaching the Art of Ensoulment, a year-long course that 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. In the midst of 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 to connect with their authentic expression, creativity, personal expansion, and inner guidance by in part, facilitating communication with their bodies. I live in Virginia.
Kaira Jewel Lingo leads Fridays 5:30 pm PST. A Dharma teacher and ordained nun of 15 years in Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Interbeing, she now leads retreats internationally, offering mindfulness s programs for educators, parents, and youth in schools, activists, people of color, artists, and families, in addition to individual spiritual mentoring. Practiced in the Zen tradition and secular mindfulness, she is Spirit Rock-trained teacher in the Vipassana lineage and a guiding teacher for One Earth Sangha. She edited Thich Nhat Hanh’s Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children and is published in numerous other books and magazines. She enjoys interweaving art, play, ecology, and embodied mindfulness practice as a certified yoga teacher and InterPlay leader.
Key Resources: Dance: A Sacred Art: The Joy of Movement as a Spiritual Practice published by Turner Publishing and Move: What the Body Wants published by Woodlake Press along with blogposts and letters sent monthly to the Hidden Monastery. You can find my books on this website.
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