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 poetic guidance
from 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 dance chapel.
Mondays 4:30 pm PST with Cynthia Winton-Henry
Tuesdays 9:30 am PST with Rehana Tejpar
Tuesdays 4:30 am PST with Monisha Mittal
Wednesdays 9:30 PST with Marla Durden
Wednesdays 4:30 PST The Dancing Hand with Ruth Showalter
Thursdays 9:30 am PST with Nancy Pfaltzgraf
Friday 1:00 pm PST Shabbat Chapel with Bilha Birman- Rivlin
What to expect?
Light a candle, virtual or real.
Bring an intention for family, community, and world.
Move, notice, and affirm your body wisdom.
Renew grace and gratitude for the week.
Attune to inspired poetry and guidance.
Dance on behalf of others in the group.
Connect to global companions.
Drop in any time you need prayer, community, or support at no charge.
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Dance Chapel Leaders
Marla Durden leads Wednesday at 9:30 am PST. She says, “There is so much beauty, grace and power in the human Soul. My purpose is to help empower people to embody more of their innate wisdom and divinity. InterPlay helps us to somatize spiritual awareness and emergent wisdom through the power of play. I am honored to share this space of love and healing. Along with InterPlay, I bring my experience as an indigenous shaman, healer and leader. Within the chalice of the Dance Chapel, we will create and share a beautiful brew of sacred healing, gentle transformation and fun.” Learn more about Marla at ModernRootWoman.com
Bilha Birman-Rivlin, Ph.D., leads the Shabbat Chapel at 1:00 pm Fridays 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.
Monisha Mittal leads Tuesdays at 4:30 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.
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.
Ruth Schowalter leads The Dancing Hand, 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.”
Rehana Tejpar leads 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.
Cynthia Winton-Henry leads Mondays 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 sensitive 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, I teach the Art of Ensoulment, a year-long course that maps 12 initiations to support body and soul to dance through all the complexities of life. Learn more about the dance chapel approach in 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 Chasing the Dance of Life, apocryphile Press. Click here.
Jane Siarny on standby, “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 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.