Sheila K Collins, PhD
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In the past six months, I have seen Sheila K. Collins eloquently share her wisdom and exuberant thrill of being alive in several different venues: as a book author and InterPlay facilitator and performance consultant. When this dancing social worker discloses her age (early 70s), she proclaims, Im complainingIm bragging! I believer her! Ever heard of the term, recovering serious person? Sheila has a way of helping all of us move into a space where joy can be experienced. Having attended four of her book performances of Warrior Mother, I have witnessed that each performance of this book is unique and engages and enlivens the audience even though the topic is about the unbearable loss of two of her three adult children to life-threatening diseases. The creativity Sheila uses when delving into themes of family relationships, hope, death, and recovery connects the audience to her and elevates everyone to a place where renewal is possible. As an InterPlay facilitator, Sheila possesses a calm assurance and a dancers fluidity when instructing. Here in Atlanta, Georgia, I have spent 3 3-day weekends with her, the first in Secrets of InterPlay and the latter two part of a longer InterPlay training, Life Practice Program. Her ready laughter supports our Atlanta group as we explore ways of embodying our lives with more ease and grace. Complexity of the human spirit is a welcome challenge to this former sociology professor. In addition to being a confident and graceful performer, Sheila facilitates other performers and InterPlay groups. Currently, I am one of a group of Atlanta InterPlayers who is participating in a four-part performance workshop with Sheila. Her gentle instructional style cultivates confidence and group coherence. Imagination, fun, and friendship form in her presence guided by the philosophy that our InterPlay performance group functions to serve our local community. I feel privileged to be in the presence of Sheila. She is truly a wise elder. If you can, take the opportunity to partake of this womans joyful spirit. Her bag of tools wont disappoint you either.Apr 1, 2014Sheila K C.'s reply
Ruth, Thank you so much for taking the time to review my work and for such an enthusiastic response. Some of what I do is hard to describe, but your writing skills have come close. Sheila
Sheila's story is incredible. I have seen her perform her book, "Warrior Mother - Fierce love, unbearable loss and rituals that heal" 5 times. Her story is compelling, inspiring and every time I watch her I am in awe! She has a gift of sharing her experiences in a fun and meaningful way. My teenager has seen her twice and after the first time brought her friends! Her story has some universal truths that apply across diverse populations. I highly recommend her as a motivational speaker.Mar 25, 2014Sheila K C.'s reply
Christine, I know what a busy schedule you have so a special thanks for taking the time to review my work in this space. I very much appreciate it. Sheila
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- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?My fees are based on the value I am bringing to the customer. This is usually determined in a phone conversation between myself and the customer.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?I like to get information from the customer about their goals and objectives and how my offering would serve those purposes. If there is time, I send a questionaire to get to know members of my audience and their organization ahead of time. This is helpful in being able to tailor my speech and/or workshop to the client's situation and environment.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?My PhD is in adult and continuing education and in dedication to that calling, I consider myself a life-long learner. I'm continually involved in writing, attending workshops and being coached by nationally known experts such as Jack Canfield. I am a master teacher in InterPlay and involved in designing and implementing an evaluation project around the country to document the outcomes of training experiences.