Resources

Recommended Books

Graceful Passages: A Companion for Living and Dying (Wisdom of the World) A small book of essays and inspirational thoughts on the gift of life, and the journey of accompanying the dying. Contributors include Arun and Sunadda Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, Ram Doss, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Fr. Mazimillion Mizzi, and Thich Nhat Honh. Includes two CDs of music and poetry.
Dance–The Sacred Art: The Joy of Movement as Spiritual Practice (The Art of Spiritual Living) Discover in dance, a place of solace and restoration, as it has been for many peoples throughout the centuries. Includes exercises to help you trust your body and find spiritual direction.
What the Body Wants: From the Creators of Interplay A book about InterPlay and what every body wants. Includes stories of people who use InterPlay to connect body, mind and spirit, explore the opposite of stress, and make it through some tough life transitions. Includes exercises and a CD as guides to the practice of InterPlay and to awaken your body’s wisdom.
Dancing in the Streets: A History of Collective Joy The book is about the desire for collective joy, expressed throughout the ages in ecstatic celebrations of feasting, costuming, and dancing. Also the story of how elites feared such celebrations might undermine the established order, and dancing was outlawed in churches and other community settings. The author suggests we reclaim our distinctly human heritage and generate our own ecstatic pleasures through music, feasting and dance.
A God Who Looks Like Me: Discovering A Woman-Affirming Spirituality A ground breaking book that provides a profound and evocative guide to the mysteries of the Feminine Face of God. Personal stories of women are interwoven with the collective story of women buried in the Hebrew Scriptures and the Christian bible. Includes poetry, ritual, story and meditation.

Videos

Eve Ensler’s Ted presentation, “Embrace Your Inner Girl”  Eve Ensler uses her skills as an actress and playwright to give voice to women and girls who have no voice in the larger world. Her goal is to end violence against women in whatever form it takes and in whatever country it exists.
Wing & A Prayer Pittsburgh Players This show and tell video explains what InterPlay is and shows how we, Wing & A Prayer Pittsburgh Players have used it in Pittsburgh PA to build community, and serve noble purposes and worthy causes.
The Opportunity of Adversity | Aimee Mullins The Opportunity of Adversity | Aimee Mullins Another Ted presentation from an inspiring and courageous young woman. She explores the gifts in the health challenges she has experienced, and how dealing with adversity has made her a stronger and different person.

Websites

Imagine a Woman– A poem that has gone round the world has a 15 year birthday party and creates Inspiration, Interaction, and Support. This website includes 
* Inspirational Reflections: 5 Steps on the Journey
   from Self-Criticism to Self-Celebration
* Empowering Invitations: The Circle of Womenwww.imagineawoman.com

InterPlay– Want to know about a social movement of artists, teachers, therapists, chaplains and creative people of all ages who use play on five continents and in over 50 cities in the U.S? Here is the national website for InterPlay, a creative improvisational system that unlocks the wisdom of the body using movement, singing, story telling and stillness.www.interplay.org

Girl Effect– Learn how the solutions to many of the world’s problems are to be found in the girls of all nations.www.girleffect.org
Gather the Women– Join over 10,000 women across the world in a global matrix to express shared concern for our human family. Women meet in circles of other women, connecting locally and global.www.gatherthewomen.org

 

Grandmothers Council– The thirteen indigenous grandmothers came together in the fall of 2004. The grandmothers come from Africa, Brazil, Tibet, Mexico, Napal, Alaska, Oregon, South Dakota, Arizona, Montana. “Ours is an alliance of prayer, education and healing for our Mother Earth, all Her inhabitants, all the children and for the next seven generations to come.”  Learn more about the grandmothers’ travels and projects around the world.www.grandmotherscouncil.com

 

Whole Person Whole Planet– You came to this planet with a unique contribution to make.  What is your part?  The world needs it now. Find resources about how individual transformation assists global transformation.www.wholepersonwholeplanet.com/articles

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