Georgia Confluence InterPlay Icebreaker

Creativity Flowed Like Georgia Streams!
Written by Ruth Schowalter, Certified InterPlay Leader
On the evening of Friday, March 24th, 2017, after dinner and the poster session, InterPlay Atlanta’s Ruth Schowalter “broke the ice” for a community of volunteers and environmental researchers who had come together across the state of Georgia for the annual Georgia Confluence. In collaboration with her husband Tony Martin, an Emory professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences, Ruth offered gentle but energetic steps bringing these people together who monitor the health of the water in streams near where they live in Georgia.
The spacious community room at the Environmental & Heritage Centerin Buford, Georgia, lent itself to expansive movement and storytelling that InterPlay provides. This almost 30-year-old improvisational system hailing from California is an active creative way to unlock the wisdom of the body. But how does the “science of monitoring streams” come together with t…

Recovery from Being Such a Serious Scientist

Igniting Your Research Communication Style Through Improvisational Forms

written by Ruth Schowalter, Certified InterPlay Leader

"I'm a recovering serious person!"

When I offer the above statement to a room full of scientists and their college students at the beginning of a workshop, they don't know how to react. Is that a good or a bad thing? Maybe they are much too serious to know how to respond.

The goal of my workshop is to offer these scientists recovery from being too serious. But why would researchers want to "recover" from the high seriousness that has served them so well in their investigations and the establishment of their careers as academics? 

Let's take a moment to affirm that we want our scientists to conduct their research and interpret their results with the utmost concentration using all of their acquired knowledge and experience. Scientists must be objective when they are at work. They must be "serious" with a capital "S.&quo…

EMBODYING ENGLISH: Integrating the tools of InterPlay into my language instruction

InterPlay is an active, creative way to unlock the wisdom of the body

Written by Ruth Schowalter, Certified InterPlay Leader (reposted from Coffee with Hallelujah September 2014)

Hurray for InterPlay and its improvisational tools and for the opportunity to instruct English to internationals at the university level who willingly "step into" the playful environment I create in my language classroom!

Imagine putting these three particular over-arching goals on my whiteboard at the beginning of my "accent reduction" class (I call it "accent enhancement"): 

Have fun!
Make connections (with yourself and others)
Learn new language skills (familiarize and experience)

Afterall, I am teaching "communication" and shouldn't we all have fun? Isn't it possible that in a highly energetic and happy environment, we might all have an increased opportunity to learn something about ourselves and others? 

The tools and forms of InterPlay (way too comprehensive to exp…

AFFIRMATION AND NOTICING: One language teacher’s integration of the InterPlay principles while tutoring

InterPlay is an active, creative way to unlock the wisdom of the body.

Written by Ruth Schowalter, Certified InterPlay Leader (reposted from September 2014 InterPlay Atlanta)
One-on-one English tutorials with international graduate students are intimate and supremely rewarding for both the language learner and the instructor.  Having taught English as a second language at the university level for more than 20 years, I have met thousands of bright, talented and motivated people of the world and supported their efforts to gain a comfortable fluency using their “academic” language—English!
Now, as an InterPlayer Leader in Training, I have been experimenting with ways to use the principles of InterPlay in my language instruction. Before I go any further in this discussion, you might want a working definition of InterPlay. Well, there are many definitions, but here is a simple one for starters:
INTERPLAY is “easy, fun, and life changing. It is based in a series of incremental “forms” that lead …