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Here's a quick review of the Honours Course "Be the Dream: Awaken to Cosmic Compassion" held in 2014 and 2015.
BE THE DREAM: AWAKEN TO COSMIC COMPASSION 2014
Dr. Orla Hazra and Fr. Prashant Olalekar co-facilitated a unique interdisciplinary workshop for a group of 10 students and 2 teachers from Sept. 13-15, 2014 as a part of the ‘Be The Dream: Awaken to Cosmic Compassion’ Honours course. Anthony Dias SJ (XISR) guided the exposure program with the nomadic Pardhi tribes and transgenders at Reay Road slum opposite a garbage dump on Tuesday, 9 Sept. The story of the universe which originated with the big bang 13.8 billion years ago formed the larger context for reflection on the present ecological crisis. The Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm came to life with the field exposure, the cosmological inputs and meditative reflections. There was an ongoing journaling process for 2 months supervised by Dr. Orla and the course was completed with a presentation of projects on 12 Dec. The feedback indicated that such courses can serve to foster the ecological conversion proposed by Pope Francis in his recent encyclical Laudato Si.
AWAKEN TO COSMIC COMPASSION 2015
After the initial exposure at Reay Rd where we witnessed the devastation of the Pardhi tribe and their slum environment, Prashant, Orla Hazra and Candice Menezes, accompanied 11 students of the FYBA SPC Environment class to Khandala for a retreat from 11-13 Sept. 2015 The site was chosen for its ecological beauty and links to social injustices so that we could hear the cry of Mother Earth and the poor more clearly. We dynamically integrated didactic presentations, relevant videos, art work, integral movement, reflection and sharing. There was a growing awareness of our mindset of separation and need for interconnection at all levels.