Steph Gesling

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Hi, I’m Steph. People who know me even just a little tend to be clued in to my love of art, language and creative communication.

Many would know me as a connector, events administrator and curator, a singer, an InterPlay teacher and community organiser.

I’m passionate about music, art and anything that creates an opportunity for people to grow, connect and act, powerfully and creatively.

Organising, agitating and co-creating with not-for-profits, arts organisations, community groups, artists, small business owners, churches & entrepreneurs has taught me to value my time and to listen carefully for the wisdom of those on the edges of communities.

My volunteer work has ranged from promoting and supporting artists like ATM15 and festivals like DodgeFest, to assisting young Aboriginal leaders through the Uniting Church in Australia.


If you’re looking to inspire dialogue, action, reflection and positive change you’ve come to the right place.With a background as a performer and community play practitioner with 20+ years of facilitation experience, Steph Gesling loves teaching InterPlay. She is the creator of Rest and Play , a community of curious humans celebrating and embracing their creative power in work and life.

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Creative Facilitation

I would be delighted to come to your event, conference or workplace to lead fun and inspiring icebreaker activities.

I equip people to communicate elegantly, effectively and with greater ease.

The storytelling games and facilitation that I offer allow participants to connect in ways that  go beyond the boundaries of day-to-day dialogue without becoming awkward.

My friend and mentor, Melbourne Storyteller, Julie Perrin often cites an old Jewish saying:

The task of the Storyteller is to make a place where wisdom, who is like a shy animal can come out to graze.

Community Development

Working with people is challenging, but the right approach can build confidence, power and vision that inspires action.

I tell stories and teach practices to build leadership, momentum and capacity.

My methodology is based on the philosophy and practices developed by the Industrial Areas Foundation with over 80 years of successful organising experience.

These practices are being used effectively in an Australian context by The Sydney Alliance.

This approach is uniquely paired with my training as a qualified leader of InterPlay,
a global social movement dedicated to ease, connection, human sustainability and play.

Workshops and Creative Coaching

Claim your space, find your groove, rekindle creativity and tap into the wisdom of your body.

1-1 meeting: Online or face to face

$70 – 1.5 hour Creative Coaching session

In these sessions you will discover simple, powerful ways of reconnecting to your body’s wisdom by moving between imaginative embodiment, silent writing, and spoken reflection. Scheduling some time away from the sessions to integrate new learnings is also recommended.

Groups: Minimum 6 participants

$249 – 2 hour Warm Up to Play workshop

Group workshops are excellent for building relationship in a team or community, connecting with the wisdom of the body and learning to be comfortable with creating in the moment… find out more or book a group session.


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