Saturday, August 9, 2014


INTERPLAY ATLANTA "SECOND SATURDAY": Saying Yes (photo by InterPlayer Ann Connor)
by Ruth Schowalter, leader-in-training
The second Saturday of each month rocks in HOTlanta! Why? Because InterPlay Atlanta (Like us on Facebook at InterPlay Atlanta) meets to play for 90 minutes!
WALK, RUN, STOP. Play allows us to make choices that are affirming. Here Atlanta InterPlayers make choices about what feels good--walking, running, stopping--we can do it all at the speed of our own bodies! (photo by Ruth Schowalter)

This month, Jennifer Denning, director of InterPlay Atlanta, was away and invited leaders-in-training Christine Gautreaux and me, Ruth Schowalter, to lead the August Second Saturday. Since many play sessions have a theme, Christine and I decided to choose something decidedly affirmative to play with--the theme of YES!

Using Alice Teeter's poem, "Say Yes," from her book, When It Happens to You, as a foundation for our play, we moved forming shapes and stillness around her poetic words:
Say Yes
Step off into this unknown
Into this marvelous and terrible Yes
Yes to unknowing, Yes
Fling your arms wide to Yes
Be light and say Yes
Say Yes softly in a whisper
Float on Yes
Carry Yes like a feather you find floating
That the wind will take away
Blow Yes like a dandelion seed
Scatter it to the winds
And me, I say Yes waiting for your Yes
Leaning in and watching for it floating down
A maple seed on the breeze spiraling
Wisps of white floating across my field of vision
My ears are listening for that whisper
You are standing on the sweet spot of the stage
Your voice will carry for eons and leagues
In your softest song say Yes to me
I hear you from this thousand miles away

We babbled on the theme of YES...
(photo by Ruth Schowalter)
 We made hand dances on behalf of YES...
(photo by Ruth Schowalter)
We sang one and three breath songs expressing YES...
(photo by Christine Nichols Gautreaux)
We collaborated in trios saying YES...
When YES happens to you! (photo by Ruth Schowalter)
We concluded our 90-minute session feeling energized, playful, and embodying YES. Think about how you might embody YES in your life. And think about attending one of our Second Saturdays.

YES! (photo by Ruth Schowalter)
We have a special Second Saturday happening in September.  Phil Porter, one of InterPlay's co-founders will be facilitating and offering some other playshops while visiting Atlanta! InterPlay Atlanta keeps building momentum!

1 comment:

  1. What a great summary of our day Ruth! Thank you for a wonderful morning - it was a delightful group to play with. I will be saying "Yes!" to ATL second Saturdays for a long time!