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Play for Peace, Play for Social Change

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  • Play for Peace, Play for Social Change!!

    What would happen if we were to adopt a playful approach to life? At a time of

    escalating violence at all levels from the domestic to the global...

    What would happen if we learn to play for peace? Is it worth pondering about?

    Should we give play a chance?

    Prashant Olalekar sj, the founder of InterPlay India along with his team Jaime, Ligia &

    Hazel have introduced more than 15,000 people. in the last 5 years to Movement

    Meditation/ InterPlay in India, Ireland, Canada and U.S.A. They have facilitated several

    workshops in Mumbai, Vasai, Talasari, Pune, South Gujarat, Ahmedabad, Bangalore,

    Chennai, Nagercoil, Kochi, Kannur, Delhi, Chandigarh, Varanasi, Greater Noida, Dediapada,

    and Assam for NGOs, social workers, marginalized women, sex workers, tribals, adults

    with mental illness, physically differently abled, street children, slum dwellers, teachers,

    students, counsellors, trainers, parents, caregivers and religious personnel.

    As a part of the Global Peace Movement the co-founders of InterPlay from U.S.A. &

    Australia and their team come every year for the InterPlay India Peace Exchange (IIPE)

    during which there are several opportunities to play with the poor. The unique joy of

    interacting with the poor as playful equals is indescribable. The depth of empowerment

    is immeasurable.

    The 3-month InterPlay India Peace Exchange 2010-

    2011 culminated in a peace pilgrimage from 7-20 Jan

    2011. The final two workshops on Teamwork and

    Beyond by Cynthia Winton-Henry, co-founder of

    InterPlay and Voice Medicine by Trish Watts, co-

    founder of InterPlay Australia were held on 8 & 9

    January at Jivanvikas Sadan, Bandra, Mumbai.

  • Pilgrims on the banks of the Ganges....

    On one hand they are reaching their destination

    of their pilgrimage...

    and on the other hand our pilgrimage still continues...

    On the other hand its just a pitstop or stop over to

    refill so that we can be alive and rejuvenated

    We are pilgrims on a journey...

    We are travellers on the road...

    We are here to serve each other...

    Walk a mile and bear the load...

    Walking together as co-pilgrims not knowing

    just trusting from moment to moment....

    Harriet Platts from Seattle, George Mudeking from

    New Mexico, Sally Craig from Washington DC, Pam Colville,

    Stephen & Cynthia Winton-Henry from Northern California, Tony Hole from Adelaide,

    Trish Watts from Sydney, Peter & Jenny Batten from Melbourne,

    Poonam Ghai, Lorraine Khatau, Prashant Olalekar, Jaime and Ligia da Fonseca,

    Joe Mascarenhas and Hazel Fernandes from India

    A holy cow, Narrow streets,

    Steps leading to the holy river.

    A pathway to heaven?

    Holy water poured, Timber stacked neatly,

    Waiting to be selected.

    Bodies arrive in a glorious procession,

    Only men follow, it seems.

    Watching we view the ritual, With care and love

    Bodies are washed in the river,

    Lifted high on a sculptured wood stack.

    The fire alights, the smoke is carried to high places,

    We wait,

    We watch,

    Intrusively it seems.

    A holy place,

    A river of life, A river of death

    The Ganges.

    Art of living art of dying

    Religiousity co-existing side by side

  • Is anyone listening and who will speak if we dont??

    Who will speak for the poor and the voiceless?

    Who will speak for the peoples oppressed?

    Who will speak so their voice can be heard

    Who will speak if we dont......

    On one hand we wanted to play with the blind but on the

    other hand we landed playing with the

    Nav Vani School for the Dumb & Deaf children, Varanasi

    Colorful playful connection with the tribal

    family of South Gujarat

    Drum dance....

    Dancing to the drum beats of the tribal family,

    Circle for the Planet,

    Circle for each soul,

    For the children of our children,

    Keep the Planet Whole!!

    Keep the Circle Whole!!

    Feeling at home with the tribals

    Youve gotta give a little...

    Laugh a little...

    Cry a little...

    Loose a little...

    And let your poor heart break a little...

    Thats the story of...

    Thats the glory of LOVE...

    Namaste!! Namaste!!

    A thousand ways to InterPlay....

  • Will you let me be your servant....

    Let me be like God to you...

    Pray that I may have the grace

    to let you be my servant too

    We are pilgrims on a journey...

    We are travellers on the road...

    We are here to serve each other...

    Walk a mile and bear the load...

    O what a sight to behold

    Our Feminine and Masculine relating

    Making Fire in a blaze of Being and Doing...

    The Black Madonna...

    Black is beautiful... The beautiful black Madonna

    The Divine Feminine

    East meets West... InterPlay is the Best

    Come as You Are...

    Thats how I want You...

    Come as You Are...

    Feel quite at home...

    Close to my heart...

    Loved and forgiven...

    Come as You Are..

    Why stand alone....

    Dance on behalf of Hospice Patients

  • Put your right foot in... Put your right foot out..

    wrong wrong

    And shake it all out....

    Put your whole self in... Put your whole self out..

    And shake it all out...

    Oh what a surprise... Oh what a wonderful surprise...

    On the one foot... On the other foot... Step by step... One step at a time..

    Foot by foot... What a feat!! Wheeee!!

    Put your foot in... Put your foot out...

    As pilgrims here, we come at times...

    Walking... Stopping... Running...

    And Life goes on with us - going, flowing and connecting...

    An energy that flows within and without,

    building connections with people of all backgrounds...

    Connecting to the divine eye within us

    I me myself... NO NO NO

    its all about US, WE and COMMUNITY...

    People dance around in a circle,

    arms intertwined, supporting each others bodies,

    while repeating a refrain that echoes

    joy, awe, gratitude, worship, sorrow, pain,

    suffering, petition and so on.

    There is no leader or first person in the dance

    and similarly no last

    since all move around in a circle,

    from left to right and right to left

    Circle round for freedom...

    Circle round for peace...

    For all of us imprisoned...

    Circle for release...

  • I hope you never loose your sense of wonder

    You get your fill to eat

    But always keep that hunger

    May you never take one single breath for granted

    God forbid love never leave you empty handed

    I hope you still feel small

    When you stand beside the ocean

    Whenever one door closes, I hope one more opens,

    Promise me that youll give fate a fighting chance

    And when you get a choice to sit it out or dance

    I hope you dance...

    I hope you dance...

    Beyond the horizon through play...

    Doors well never enter...

    Connection... Reflection... Connection...

    At the school for the deaf & dumb children

    I shall lose my usefulness the moment

    I stifle the still small voice within,

    reminded me that InterPlay, just playing

    releases the still small voice in us and the group body

    Bless the action of being...

    What happens when 3 (Cynthia, Prashant, Trish)

    +

    3 idiots become co-pilgrims (Jaime, Ligia, Hazel)

    =

    co-pilgriming, co-playing, co-creating, co-existing...

    Universe InterPlaying for Peace...

    Surprise Surprise...

    God is a Surprise...

    Open up your eyes and see...

    We are family... Get off your butt and play...

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