Bannan Visitors

The Bannan Visitors program was a program designed to invite individuals to SCU to engage in issues or activities that support the Jesuit and Catholic character. While the program is no longer active, past visitors provided a rich array of resources to the University.

Prashant Olalekar, S.J.

by Prashant Olalekar, S.J. |

Prashant Olalekar, S.J., was on campus from September 28-October 12, 2011 as a Justice and the Arts Initiative (JAI) Guest Artist and Bannan Visitor.

Fr. Prashant Olalekar, S.J.
, is the Director of Jivan Vikas Sadan Retreat House, Bandra, India and has completed a doctorate in peace studies at Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California in May 2006. Fr. Prashant regularly offers retreats and programs in Ignatian Spirituality and is also the founder of InterPlay India.

InterPlay is a form of moving meditation that helps integrate body, mind, heart and spirit. It uses forms associated with the arts—movement, storytelling, voice and stillness—to actively and creatively unlock the wisdom of the body. InterPlay India is a global social movement dedicated to connection, human sustainability, and play. Fr. Prashant integrates the Ignatian spiritual exercises and InterPlay techniques through Global Peace Exchanges — opportunities to interact through structured play and improvised interrelatedness with the poor, the differently-abled and other marginalized groups.

"The unique joy of interacting as playful equals is beyond words." -Fr. Prashant Olalekar, S.J.

Embodied Spirituality I: Lecture & Demonstration of Fr. Olalekar's Work
     When: Tuesday, October 4th, 12:00 - 1:15 pm
     Where: Studio A of the Music and Dance Facility, on the corner of Franklin and Lafayette Streets
Embodied Spirituality II: Community InterPlay Workshop
     When: Thursday, October 6th, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
     Where: St. Clare's Parish, footsteps away from campus on the corner of Lafayette and Lexington
Faculty and Staff Coffee Chat with Fr. Olalekar
     When: Monday, October 10th, 1:00 pm
     Where: Adobe Lodge, Santa Clara University (map)

For more information, please contact:

Kristin Kusanovich and Carolyn Silberman
Co-Directors, JAI - Justice and the Arts Initiative
Santa Clara University
Phone: (408) 554-5542



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