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Canberra SummerPlay 2020


17-19 January 3 days of play


SummerPlay is a three day event that will gently immerse you in the easy-body practices of InterPlay. InterPlay is an integrating and playful process that brings more light, fun, understanding and beauty to the world we live in.

Certainty about what is going on in and around us would be great, but the truth is that life is full of twists and turns. Did you know, though, that you can actually be prepared to respond in the moment? InterPlay is a set of incremental tools and ideas that can help us face uncertainty to find wonder, laughter, joy, community, recognition, affirmation, and support. Its incremental approach to play uses movement, story and sound. 

What if it turned out that we weren’t to face the uncertain future alone, but instead to find our way into it together? Join InterPlay Australia co-founder Trish Watts and InterPlay co-founder Phil Porter (from the US) for “untensive” play full of connections and possibilities. Come if you are brand new to InterPlay or have played for a long time. Bring a friend, make new friends, and learn new ways to explore your own gifts, experience and creativity in community. 

COST: (Includes morning and afternoon tea, and lunch.)

3 Days Earlybird (before 31/12/19)
Concession $345   Standard $380 

3 Days (after 31/12/19)
Concession $380   Standard $430 

Single Day 
Concession $125   Standard $150

Booking essential

Registrations close 16th January 2020

Register through Try Booking


Friday 17th January          9.00am – 4.30pm

Saturday 18th January      9.00am – 4.30pm

Sunday 19th January        9.30am – 3.30pm


Community PlayNight Saturday 18th January 7.00pm – 9.00pm 

The community play night is an opportunity for workshop participants to share what they have been doing with family and friends, including children.

Please arrive on time each day as each session will start promptly.

VENUE for workshops & community playnight:

Merici College, Wise St, Braddon ACT 2612• 

Car-parking is available on-site from Wise St.

Please note that the venue is smoke-free and perfume-free.


We will be providing lunch, morning and afternoon tea each day.  There will be options for those who have specified their dietary needs eg gluten free.  Please provide any dietary needs or other special needs when completing your registration. 


An essential part of our 3 day workshop community is the smooth operation of the kitchen.

Each day we need 3 or 4 people (different folk each day will spread the joy of kitchen tasks).  This means seeing that all is ready in the kitchen for morning tea and lunch each day.  

It’s straightforward and fun but makes a huge difference. Kitchen helpers will be unwrapping/plating/bowling/etc. food.  It will involve food preparation, such as cutting up fruit.  

All participants pitch in with the washing up, that’s not left to the daily kitchen helpers. Please let Alison know by email if you are available to be a kitchen helper.


There is a range of paid accommodation within walking distance of the venue in Ainslie, Braddon, Dickson and Canberra City.

You may wish to make your own arrangements to stay with people you know in Canberra.

Some billeting is being offered but we may or may not be able to accommodate all requests. Contact Alison if you need a billet.


Alison Stewart

+61 416 065 687

PHIL PORTER: Brilliant performer, storyteller, writer & teacher. A body intellectual leading us into new worlds in sneaky deep ways! TRISH WATTS: Singer, Community Improvisor and Soul Seeker. Co-Founder of Cambodia Sings!—a not for profit, based in Phnom Penh.


Louise Carmichael

I’d like to do a single day, can’t do Friday but could do Saturday or Sunday in Canberra. Can you tell me which day would be best for a first timer open to play? If you’d like me to make the choice, then what’s on - on the different days ...

Alison Stewart

First time players are always welcome at SummerPlay.  Friday would be the best day for a newbie to attend, but if that is not possible Saturday will be just fine.  The program is always developed incrementally, increasing our embodiment and capacity for play and self expression gently over each day and the weekend.


hi Louise (and Alison)
thanks to the wisdom of incremental practice, a newcomer can join at any stage:when you show up will always be the best
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