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Georgian Court University Celebrates Earth Day

Audience Members Learn to Reintegrate Mind, Body, and Spirit for Fellow Man and the Planet

Lakewood, N.J., Apr. 17, 2009—Cynthia Winton-Henry, creator of Interplay, an active creative approach to unlocking the wisdom of the body, and author of What the Body Wants and Chasing the Dance of Life will be at Georgian Court University on April 22 and April 23 to celebrate Earth Day. All events will be held in the Wellness Center on the university’s Lakewood campus. The public is invited, and all events are free. Reservations are required. To reserve your space for any of the following events, please contact event coordinator Mary Bilderback, RSM, at bilderbackm@georgian.edu or 732.987.2203.

Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22
12:15 to 1:00 p.m. Earth Action. In this symbolic act for Earth Day, come create the Tree of Life. Witness, participate, reflect, and take action.

2:00 to 3:30 p.m. The Body Lecture: Reconnecting Body Wisdom to Intellectual Practice. Your body is not just a vehicle to get from place to place. According to brain researchers, humans are evolving new forms of brain power. In this lecture, your body isn't left behind. Using the genius of InterPlay methods, learn how to operate on all cylinders with super-easy, brain-smart practices. Discover the minimum recommended daily requirements for sustaining health in body and soul: moving, speaking, vocalizing, breathing, getting in touch, and being at ease. Get a healthy physical relationship checkup, and learn about new holistic research methods, the embodied ideas revolution, and improved communication.

4:00 to 5:30 p.m. What is an Ethic of Play? Five Body Wisdom Principles for Making a Healthy Planet. What do you do when you're working hard, and things don't get better? Try what some are calling "The Ethic of Play" where play and work reunite to form a third way. Learn the foundational concept of "The Physicality of Grace" as a key to decision making.

  • Track energy and enthusiasm in your own body data to discern personal and collective "right actions."
  • Practice the radical power of noticing, witnessing, and affirmation to avoid hierarchical traps of judgment.
  • See what fun has to do with changing the world.

Thursday, April 23
1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tool Kit for Community Development: Activating Mind, Body, Heart, and Spirit or Easy Steps to Healthier Communities: The InterPlay One-Day Tool Kit. Are groups a challenge? In families, schools, healthcare systems, or workplaces, we may have few choices about participation, but we can choose how to play. What if groups didn’t have to be so hard? InterPlay offers a "social intelligence" tool kit that takes integrated learning seriously enough to make it easy. This approach uses active, creative ideas that unlock the wisdom of the Group Body. By blending the brain's fast, easy routes of emotion, movement, and instinct with the slower paths of reason and reflection, this method gets quick, inspiring results in staff meetings, classrooms, therapy, coaching, spiritual communities, anywhere that people want greater ease and joy. Helping people relax, be themselves, enjoy one another, and take their Group Body into consideration, these tools offer simple, beneficial shifts in how we plan, make decisions, implement programs, and evaluate. People of all ages and cultures are shown to build confidence as they invest intelligence and action with others for positive gain. Participants will

  • Utilize four super-easy body smarts.
  • Recognize five crucial movements of healthy interrelationship.
  • See which groups meet the minimum recommended requirement for healthy community.
  • Mobilize diversity in action through four primary energies.
  • Shift to rhythms of empowerment that avoid hierarchical traps.

To view a video of InterPlayers at work go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXz78nJBGa8.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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