“It is necessary to align our hearts, minds, and hands in order to put spiritual principles into practice and bring to life a more aware, inclusive, and loving way of relating to the planet and to one another.”

“In spite of dealing with a difficult and unpalatable subject – children and young people exposed to the traumas of wars and conflicts, natural disasters and social collapse–, the mood of the seminar was light, joyful and united.”

Bruna Kadletz is the creator and co-founder of Círculos de Hospitalidade (Circles of Hospitality), a non-profit organization that, in Florianopolis, Brasil, carries out educational, cultural, and social projects focused on refugees and immigrants. She is dedicated to spiritual activism through humanitarian initiatives, writing, lectures, and facilitating workshops.

She has been active on border and post-conflict areas with populations forced to relocate – such as in Lebanon, Palestine, Turkey, South Africa, Serbia, and others. She has a Master’s in Sociology and Global Change through the University of Edinburgh, in Scotland, and is an associate of St. Ethelburga’s: Center for Reconciliation and Peace, in London, England.

Bruna became more familiar with the work of the Fraternidade – International Humanitarian Federation (FIHF) in 2017, at an event sponsored by Círculos de Hospitalidade in partnership with Emergency Pedagogy, where some members of the Light-Network were present. In December of 2018, she spent two weeks experiencing the Roraima Mission, between Boa Vista and Pacaraima, where she assisted the work of the FIHF and led roundtables of discussions with Venezuelan women in the three shelters she visited.

“It was an incredible experience! I  learned a lot through the activities of the FIHF in the management of the shelters, its ethics, and principles of self-care,” she says.

In the Seminar on Education in Situations of Emergency and Humanitarian Response, which took place at the end of October and beginning of November of this year in Carmo da Cachoeira MG, in the Light-Community of Figueira – headquarters of the FIHF, Bruna led discussions inspired to humanize the way of looking at the off-limit zones where refugees are located, not only the physical but also the cultural and emotional areas. An invitation for inclusion, appreciation, and recognition of human life and thus “we pierce the boundaries that separate us from ourselves and others.”

Bruna considers it fundamental to include the soul and consciousness of the being in the process of education, a direction still given little value, and observes: “even so, that wisdom was the overriding tone of the seminar and prevailed at the other tables, conferences, and workshops.”

“I left the seminar with a renewed heart in the hope that it is possible to create and experience a reality of cooperation, of love for our fellow being, of interconnection, of an awareness of the new humanity,” she adds.

The Seminar on Education in Situations of Emergency and Humanitarian Responses also included various other talks on the subject of education in emergencies.