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Sustaining International Sisters (SIS)

Bringing women together from around the world to connect, inspire, and learn from one another through InterPlay.

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Sustaining International Sisters (SIS) brings women together from around the world to connect, inspire, and learn from one another through InterPlay. SIS helps women break out of their isolation through monthly in person Play & Potlucks, where they share their stories, move their bodies and have the opportunity to exform trauma while integrating body, mind, heart, and spirit across cultures and generations. We are happy to announce that we have been back face-to-face since May 2022! Our SIS community consists of women of all ages who are asylum seekers, other international women, and American citizens living in the metro-Atlanta area. We also offer special programs, for example, in March, we hosted a half-day retreat, “Play, Pray, Eat,” to embrace Iranian and Turkish SISters suffering from political and natural disasters in their countries. 

SIS continues to offer Online Global SIS: InterPlay once a month. Launched in the fall  of 2019, Online Global SIS stays in touch and plays with women who left Atlanta and returned to their countries. In addition, this online SIS format attracts new SISters both from the United States and other parts of the world. Established in 2018, InterPlay Sustaining International Sisters (SIS) became a 501c3 nonprofit through the Body Wisdom office in 2020.  

InterPlay SIS is super excited to be offering an in-person women’s only Secrets and Life Practice in the Metro-Atlanta area beginning in August 2023. As many of our participants are in transition financially or living elsewhere in the United States, SIS will need financial support to include those women who want to participate in this amazing submersive InterPlay experience .

Your gift will help SIS with the following:

  • Atlanta rental space cost ($135 each month for 12 months, totaling $1,620)
  • Play & Potluck expenses for supplies ($50 each month, totaling $600)
  • Transportation for special needs when carpool is unavailable ($200)
  • SIS domain name and website fee (annually $228)
  • Pro Zoom account (annually $180)
  • Stipend to run SIS ($150 each month for 12 months, totaling $1,800)
  • Honorarium for guest facilitators ($30/$50/$100 per workshop, estimated total $600)

Expenses to meet operational costs:             $5,228

Partial Scholarships for SISters Secrets:       $2,000

TOTAL SIS FUNDRAISING GOAL 2023:          $7228

If Sustaining International Sisters is inspiring to you, please consider making a contribution on or before Give InterPlay Day on May10th, 2023!


I feel so lucky to be part of this group. Love you Ruth and Canan.

Fusun Atesmen

One of the most amazing outcomes of the InterPlay practice is thanks to Ruth and Canaan. Thank you for your inspired leadership.

Cynthia Winton-Henry

I am grateful for InterPlay and my SISter community. 💖 Thank you Ruth and Canan!

Guldane Sahinkayasi

Wheeeeee! Celebrating your ongoing play, growth, laughing, crying and loving through this amazing Sisterhood!! 🥰💃💐💞.

Donna Fromm

SIS Life is a spectacular way to live! I love my SISters xx

Rachel Henning

I am proud to support SIS as an international sisterhood, bringing together women from around the world to play, share, and love.

Anthony Martin

Keep up the great work and play!

Mallory Herrman

Many blessings on the good work that you were doing

Annelle Hollingsworth

Thank you, SISter's for all you are and all you do. <3

Karen Hatch


Jeffrey Davis

Bringing different colors together is a great achievement. Congratulations

Muharrem Aydin

You are doing very good work. I am very happy to be with you.

Rukiye Aydin

I am grateful for InterPlay Sustaining International Sisters which is joyful, playful, warm and welcoming space for me and many more women. Thank you for all supports.

Canan Arikan

Thank you for supporting SIS! Bringing women together from around the world in this playful creative sanctuary is making a difference in women's lives, one woman at a time.

Ruth Schowalter

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