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Daya Lakshmi
Certified Trainer
  • Certified Trainer
  • Trainers
  • Tamil Nadu, India
  • English, Hindi, Tamil
  • Since 2013

Play for Peace sessions and training makes people come together in a fun and playful way. The process helps in addressing issues with cooperative discussions that help the youth feel a sense of togetherness in doing good work within their communities and outside. The best part is being able to discuss and share experiences with other trainers and get a lot of different perspectives, ideas, and guidance.”


I have always enjoyed learning experientially. I have seen for myself how play makes learning more enjoyable and creates a space where we can drop our inhibitions as we learn and grow. Play for Peace helps us see each other as we are, and enjoy the experience in itself.

Over the last few years, I have loved integrating Nonviolent Communication with play, and my other passions – mountaineering, movement and martial arts.  I see great meaning in using these methods to connect with young people and help them explore life issues such as gender, identity, and community.

In the last year, I have been able to work with communities and witness the transformative power of play in the aftermath of the earthquake in Nepal, and the flood-hit areas of Chennai. Seeing how the process enables deep sharing, healing, and togetherness – and being aware of my own growth in this process inspires me to keep doing what I do.