Narrative Practices, Shamanism, and Social Issues

Honk Kong ParkToday was our final day of training for this trip. I am looking forward to writing about the work soon. In the meanwhile, here are some thoughts about the India leg of our journey.

During my last trip to South India, two years ago, the focus was on the Sri Lankan government’s genocide against its Tamil speaking citizens, an act that had taken place over several months the year previous. Tamil Nadu, of which Chennai is the principal city, is a predominantly Tamil speaking state and many people there had lost someone in the genocide. While there was an enormous desire in Tamil Nadu to discuss the genocide and it’s aftermath, the Indian government was actively suppressing public discussion. Continue reading

Last Day in India

Indian Deep Dish PizzaToday is our final day in India, this trip. Tonight we fly to Hong Kong. Early tomorrow morning we have a brief layover in Thailand.

Our work in Hong Kong will focus on Disability issues. I have been thinking about my workshop in Hong Kong and writing my thoughts at Gimp Stories, my Disability focused blog. I am looking forward to meeting those who have chosen to work with me. Continue reading

Exploring The Arts and Social Change At Apparao Gallery

Yrban FarmLast Thursday and Friday I lead a workshop on the arts and social change. The participants were people who are practicing one or more of the arts, and interested people from other walks of life. The focus of the workshop was two-fold: to inform the participants of some of the exciting art that has been done, or is ongoing, from around the world, and to suggest a process for making socially engaged art. Continue reading

Walking

Foraging GoatsThis morning I took some time away from work and walked the neighborhood. We are in the area of Chennai known as Nungambakkam. Traditionally it is safe and friendly, and filled with great cafes and restaurants.

This was my second long walk this week. Tuesday I went with friends to the strikingly peaceful and beautiful Sri Ramakrishna Math, an ashram and shrine. We then went to the Theosophical Society which has an immense grounds, including the Huddleston Garden, with its ancient Banyan trees. It is near the ocean, and cool breezes waft through the forest. There are also ancient What a delight Continue reading