Meet and play with Prashant, founder of InterPlay India

The Sacred Story Project: Messages to the World

InterPlay storytelling, brief writing practice, and film.
Prashant Olalekar and Cynthia Winton-Henry

Oakland, CA

October 8th 9:30-3pm

Are there new solutions for this time in history? Some say so. The widely quoted Hopi elders suggest that "we are the ones we've been waiting for." How are our own stories, healing arts and gifts the "Leaves of the Tree for the healing of the nations," foretold in the Book of Revelation?

We all have stories/dreams/incidents that long to be told more than once. Some of them may carry messages for the world. These stories are wild, normal, funny, and real. They may or may not have happened directly to us. What events profoundly shape and empower you? What happened to give you the courage to love?

This project amplifies personal stories of death, life, truth, ancestry, birth, love, and Mystery. Encounters with evil and evil twins are welcome.

What will happen?

An InterPlay warm up and time to get aquainted.

Time to recall experiences of great good, truth, beauty, or horror that touched or transformed you enough to call it sacred. Feel free to come with a story in mind.

Practices to support each person to tell a story, write it out in a brief sketch, and have it heard.

We will witness a few stories using languages of the heart: music, dance, poetic word. Filming may be involved.

Cost: $20-80 sliding scale advance registration. No money? Talk to cynthia

Registration/Information: Cynthia Winton-Henry



2273 Telegraph Avenue (at 23rd St.)
Oakland, CA 94612
InterPlayce is the center of the InterPlay universe. The offices for Body Wisdom, Inc. are also located here. The building is at the corner of 23rd and Telegraph, one block north of West Grand. It is just a few blocks from the 19th Street Downtown Oakland BART station, and on several convenient bus lines. On-street parking is always available at night and metered during the day. It is also easily accessible by several of the major freeways. Click here for a map.
Prashant Olalekar
Prashant Olalekar together with the InterPlay India team played a pioneering role in actively promoting InterPlay in India and building bridges through Global Peace Exchanges. He is a Jesuit, peace activist, spiritual director, and educator. He travels throughout India and abroad to share what he is learning about the power of play, spirit, and the deep wisdom of the body to foster peace. He has served as the former Novice Director and Coordinator of Formation of the Bombay Jesuit Province. He was also director of Jivanvikas Sadan Retreat House in Mumbai and founder of Pasayadaan Peace Partnership, a fledgling global network for peace. He is currently playing with integrating Ignatian Spirituality, Jesuit Education and Body Wisdom. Prashant encourages lay collaboration to foster the vision of InterPlay India namely, “to co-create a universe InterPlaying for Peace.” He enjoys exploring new frontiers especially playing with people on the margins.
Cynthia Winton-Henry
Cynthia Winton-Henry, co-founder of InterPlay with Phil Porter, has researched "what the body wants" in the arts, in jails, shelters, slums, hospitals, churches, businesses, classrooms, doctoral programs in theology and the arts, and in multicultural education. She develops somatic curriculums to address racism, leadership for the Earth, and spiritual intelligence with an eye to supporting millennials. A featured speaker on the Body Intelligence Summit and a keynoter at conferences, Cynthia is the author of What the Body Wants, Having It All: Body, Mind, Heart & Spirit Together Again at Last, Dance: A Sacred Art: Discovering the Joy of Movement as Spiritual Practice, and Chasing the Dance of Life: A Faith Journey,. Currently writing on Body Wisdom and Social Justice and on "Ensoulment," she coaches leaders seeking spiritual intelligence for our time at

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