On Tuesday March 20th, Year 6 students from Toorak College along with teachers and chaplain visited four places of worship within the local area and beyond.
The first visit was to the Shiva Yoga Ashram in Mt Eliza, where the welcome was joyous and open. The students met with Swami Shankarananda and devotees of the ashram and given a tour of their 6 acre property. It was then onto the Emir Sultan Turkish Mosque in Dandenong and a meeting with Sharene Hussein, a Muslim woman who shared a talk about Muslim practises and prayers. Question time was stimulating with much laughter and goodwill.
Lunch was shared on the way to Dhammasarana, a Sri Lankan Buddhist temple in Keysborough where students met the Venerable Vijita Thero the temple’s head monk. The temple was beautiful and discussion enlightening. Last visit was back in Baxter at the Brahma Kumaris Retreat Centre, where Jacqueline Russell and fellow sisters made everyone feel welcome. We shared in a short meditation and given individual positive affirmations. Watermelon and fruit was graciously offered for afternoon tea.
Accompanying the tour was Sandhi from the Mornington Peninsula Interfaith Network who handed out an interfaith calendar to each student. It was a great experience for students to visit these places of worship. What a wonderful day of sharing.
By Reverend Jenni Georgiadis, School Chaplain at Toorak College Mt Eliza
Toorak College Girls at the Shiva School of Meditation & Yoga in Mt Eliza