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InterPlay Strategic Vision 2014-2016


Prepared: May 2014

InterPlay Australia is a vibrant, inclusive and evolving community that affirms and fosters the wisdom and creativity of the body through play. We seek to provide opportunities for individuals and groups to find a more expressive sense of wholeness, connection and joy.

The InterPlay Australia Board seeks to be responsible for the oversight of the vision, in collaboration with an employed administrator, Regional Contacts and national InterPlayers.

InterPlay Australia is a community-based not-for-profit organisation.

Signposts for 2014-2016

As a community of diverse players in a variety of contexts, the following four signposts serve as a common focus for the next three years and beyond. They describe a vision of who we are and who we are becoming.

1. DYNAMIC COMMUNITY

InterPlay Australia is a vibrant, inclusive and evolving community where everybody is welcome with the gifts they bring. At its core InterPlay is relational in its structure and practice with community as its backbone. It is in community with one another that we are seen, known and understood.
The local and national communities are sustained through regular nurturing play and practice. We seek and invite others to share and enrich our practice through new collaborations.

This will be achieved through maintaining and developing:

  • Classes, workshops and playgroups
  • Regional Contacts
  • Summer Play
  • Reflective practice retreats (e.g. Crazy Healing and Race Play)
  • Giving and receiving of Focus Sessions
  • Marketing and networking through existing and new media (eg website, national e-newsletter, social networking)

2. BODY WISE ARTISTS

InterPlay Australia fosters artistic capacity. We seek wellbeing through the playful integration of the five freedom paths (voicing, moving, telling, connecting and being). Each person engages with their own body wisdom at their own pace in the context of community. InterPlay is art for all and art for self. It encourages artists in their playful life- leading and in honing their craft. It provides a body of witnesses for all to be seen, heard and felt.

This will be achieved through maintaining and developing:

  • Life Practice Program
  • Individual artistic projects that we foster and support
  • Opportunities for focus sessions and mentoring
  • Partnerships with complementary modalities (e.g. Contact Improvisation, Voice Movement Therapy, Art Therapy, Taketina, Alexander Technique, etc.)
  • Performance groups

3. INSPIRED LEADERS

InterPlay Leaders are skilled in the philosophy and practices of Body Wisdom Incorporated. They are inspired and empowered to be innovators and collaborators. They are connected and accountable to one another and the communities in which they lead. Leaders are valued and supported by Regional Contacts and the Board.

This will be achieved through maintaining and developing:

  • Leaders’ Circle
  • Annual Leaders Gathering
  • Leader Training Program
  • Mentoring

4. SOCIAL ACTION AND COMMUNITY PRACTICE

(Cultural Awareness /Body Wisdom/ Human Sustainability)

InterPlay Australia actively engages with a variety of community and cultural groups. In our diversity we practise inclusive play, through which we empower, connect and express. It is a pathway for lives to be witnessed and affirmed.

This will be achieved through maintaining and developing:

  • InterPlay Australia’s relationship with the global InterPlay community (e.g. US, India, NZ, Europe)
  • Local community, social and cultural programs (e.g. Refugee women, prison ministries, parent/family play, relationship enrichment etc)
  • Opportunities for new ventures (e.g. Arts and Social Change, Family play, IP for mums and bubs, IP for people with disabilities etc)
  • Connections with niche areas (eg mental health, education, well being, diversity, arts etc) 

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