The Hill Center Dedicates Peace Pole, New Hampshire-USA

September 18th, 2017

The Hill Center Dedicates Peace Pole
By Dot Maver

On Sunday August 27, 2017, 50 local community members and friends from far and wide gathered at The Hill Center in Walpole, New Hampshire for a dedication of a Peace Pole.

A World Peace Flag Ceremony led by Rev. Deborah Moldow, who also offered an original anthem, honored a re-dedication of The Hill, which had served for many years as Psychosynthesis Education Center, and is now a Peacebuilding Center.

It was also a joyful celebration of 85 years for Tara Stuart, a beloved world traveler and server.

Tara Stuart and Dot Maver

World Peace Flag Ceremony led by Rev. Deborah Moldow

The Hill Peace Pole

Universal Spirituality plants Peace Pole in SWITZERLAND

September 13th, 2017

The Universal Spirituality gathering was organized by the Schweiberalp Center of Unity in Villa Unspunnen, Switzerland from 8th to the 10th of September.


The gathering was attended by a group of dedicated peace workers from various cultures and traditions to empower the spirit of spiritual oneness and global harmony.

A Peace Pole was gifted to the Villa by Keiko Ito who traveled from Japan to make the presentation.

A World Peace Flag Ceremony was also presented around the Peace Pole surrounded by friend of WPPS including with Patrick McCullum who played the World Peace violin.

Little Artists for Peace – Peace Pals International – Cuiabá, Brazil

August 23rd, 2017

When I heard about the Annual Peace Pals International Art Exhibition and Awards project I immediately thought of the many children in Brazil, my native country, and in England where I live, which I would like to invite to this wonderful initiative. We cannot be neutral in the face of the great need for peace in the world and this would be a great opportunity for children not only to participate in a contest but to get in touch with the PEACE theme.

Then, after getting in touch with the project, I planned to gather “Little Artists for Peace”. That would be the name of my work groups and I started my contribution with this significant project, which has Art as an ally.

As I had planned a trip to Brazil, I saw the opportunity to work with children from the school Escola Municipal de Educação Básica Maria Tomich Monteiro da Silva (EMEB), in the city of Cuiabá, Brazil. Teacher Vania Campos is a dedicated education professional, who has stood out for making a difference in the classroom. I contacted her, who immediately accepted the challenge.

The school has as Director the Teacher Maria Estevina Mendes de Souza, a young educator who runs the institution, with almost 400 students (according to the school sense of 2016) with a lot of competence and affection. Maria Estevina authorized the accomplishment of my work in the school institution.

The theme for this year’s contest is “Nature for Everyone – Loving the Earth”, and after following the initial directions of the project, the children made their individual drawings, but in a united way, exchanging ideas, talking to each other about the theme. It was a wonderful day!

When we started the conversation about the drawings, the children showed a lot of interest in knowing the work of the winners of previous years, drawings of children from all over the world, so even in school was having other activities that prevented the organization of a more formal exhibition, We present the drawings for the students, with improvised form.

I believe in art as a transforming expression, as a form of aesthetic expression capable of educating critical thinking for the construction of another reality from an existing reality.

Its importance is made by being essentially human. To bet on an education through art is, first and foremost, to choose to bring to the educational environment what we have most essential: the capacity to create and recreate. Therefore, art can be seen as a form of language of strong pedagogical character where the child expresses him/herself to speak about the world and to the world. It is a bearer of meaning, an expression of thought that precedes a practice.

In this way, artistic expression, allowing the dialogue between the real life and the desired life, can nourish and strengthen the desire for change, for a better world.

All drawings must contain, in addition to the name and age of the author, the message “May Peace Prevail On Earth”, written by him/herself.

After finishing the drawings, we talked a little more about the activity and the message that should convey. Some children asked about the details of the contest, others said they liked to draw, but what I felt most important in developing the project was the fact that every child was able to express the importance of being there, participating in something in the name of PEACE.

Sonia Palma
Nuneaton – England.
July 2017.

Wooden hand carved Peace Pole –Stuttgart, GERMANY

August 14th, 2017

This Peace Pole was planted on May 21st, 2017 –
on the outskirt of Stuttgart, Germany.

 

Rotarians Plant Peace Pole in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico – 2017

August 2nd, 2017

San Miguel de Allende is often referred to as the Heart of Mexico.  It is an old colonial town with a 600 year old history.  As a UNESCO World Heritage City, San Miguel de Allende is proud of it’s history, cobblestone lanes and traditional architecture.

On a bright summer day in San Miguel a historic Peace Pole dedication took place on August 2nd in the local Park Juarez.

Tom Snider, Peace Coordinator of the English speaking Rotary Club of San Miguel de Allende Midday spearheaded the project and formed a partnership with the Spanish speaking Rotario San Miguel bringing the two cultures together in this remarkable endeavor.  The event was in the planning for the past two years with fund raising activities and negotiations with the city of San Miguel to obtain all the permits necessary to install the Peace Pole in this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The 3 meters tall peace pole was crafted out of cantera stone in keeping with the strict regulations of the Heritage Site.  The peace message was carved on the stone in English, Spanish and the native languages of Otomi and Nahuatl and adorned by braille and Mexican sign language at the base.  The Rotary logo was also carved at the base to honor the efforts of all the Rotarians that contributed toward this project.

The dedication event was started with words of prayer and blessings offered by the native Otomi and Nahuatl elders followed by a number of speeches by Soledad Sanchez, Rotary District Representative, President Fred Collins of the English speaking Rotary Midday, President Alberto Carbajo of the Spanish speaking Rotary Club of San Miguel and other community leaders who were came to celebrate the occasion.

After the unveiling of the Peace Pole, a World Peace Flag Ceremony was presented by Fumi Johns Stewart, Director of WPPS and Patricia Ann Talley, Peace Representative of WPPS in Zihuatanejo, Mexico who came to attend the event.  Youths carried the flags of the world while all in attendance gathered around the Peace Pole to send their wishes for peace to prevail in every country on earth with great enthusiasm.

After the Flag Ceremony, youth and adults alike joined as one heart and one mind in a Peace Walk which led from the park to the Jardin center of town.  The walk was led by a Nahuatl elder, youth and other enthusiastic community members who carried the flags of the world while repeating the message, May Peace Prevail On Earth and in many countries around the world.  The walk ended at the world renown La Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel, which is the current parish church of the City. 

Closing speeches were presented at the front steps of the church to conclude this memorable event by Rotarians, members of Pax Cultura and representatives of the Catholic, Muslim and Jewish Faiths.

With the planting of this magnificent Rotary Peace Pole in San Miguel, a huge seed was planted in the Heart of Mexico.  There are now plans to encourage other Rotary Clubs throughout Mexico to join the Peace Pole network.  Thank you Rotarians for your dedication to Peace through Service!

May peace be in Mexico
May Peace Prevail On Earth

Celebration of the 82nd Birthday of the Dalai Lama-NYC-USA

July 31st, 2017

On July 6th, 2017, a Birthday Celebration was held in NYC in honor His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.

The theme was “World Peace through Compassion.”

The event was organized by the The Tibet Fund in New York City.

“Never Give Up”

No matter what is going on
never give up
develop the Heart
too much energy in your country
is spent  developing the mind
instead of the Heart
Be Compassionate
not just to your friends
but to Everyone
Be Compassionate
Work for Peace
in your Heart and in the World
Work for Peace
and I say again
never give up
no matter what is going on around you
never give up
BY His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama”

Staff of The World Peace Prayer Society as invited guests were asked to close the evening’s Program by presenting the World Peace Flag Ceremony.

At the podium, Ann Marie Robustelli & Jim Dugan, WPPS Staff

Together with united hearts and minds, participants were invited to invoke prayers for peace for people in all countries throughout the world.

 

 

The Sacred Heart of Herbalism Level 2 Training at The World Peace Sanctuary, Wassaic, NY-USA

July 5th, 2017

July 1st, 2017, was the last day of The Sacred Heart of Herbalism Level 2 Training.

Karine Gordineer of Green Girl Herbs & Healing taught an 8-month long series working with herbalism in the way it was originally taught; infused with the Spirits of the Plants.  Native Peoples believe that to truly possess the healing powers of a plant one must be introduced to the Spirit of that Plant and be honored with its healing gifts.

This 8 month training series included:

  • learning the healing properties of over 100 medicinal plants
  • working with plants for their healing properties
  • herbal remedy making, expert techniques and formulation
  • local plant identification
  • basic botany terminology
  • building your materia medica
  • making an herbarium
  • learning aboutplant energetics
  • herbal gardening and design
  • the sacred plants of power and how to work with them
  • introduction to the Native American Medicine Wheel
  • the shamanic journey and Sacred Dreaming
  • creating a medicine bundle
  • discovering personal plant allies
  • sustainable herbalism
  •  materials to make a year’s worth of remedies
  •  a one-year membership to United Plant Savers*
  • discounts on herbs and healing sessions

At the end of the 8 month series, students had acquired a solid foundation to work with herbs medicinally and are able to make their own herbal remedies in the form of infusions, decoctions, tea blends, oils, salves, flower essences, tinctures, and syrups.

 

May Peace Prevail On Earth for All Life on Earth!

2nd Annual Plant Communication Workshop-hosted by The World Peace Prayer Society at The World Peace Sanctuary, Wassaic, NY – USA

July 5th, 2017

June 24 & 25th, 2017 – Karine Gordineer offered an Introduction followed by a 2-day Workshop on Plant Communication at The World Peace Sanctuary.

“Although Healing with Plant Consciousness may seem like a “new” modality, in fact it may be one of the oldest.”  Karine Gordineer — Owner/Founder of Green Girl Herbs and Healing in Hopewell Junction, New York.

This very experiential workshop offered:
Developing sensory awareness of plants

Accessing plant consciousness through the Shamanic Journey

Communication through light, sound, and breath

Entering the Daydream of the Plants

Discovering Your Plant Ally

Green Breath, transformational breath work created by Pam Montgomery

Journeying with the Music of the Plants

 

May Peace Prevail On Earth for All Life on Earth!

 

Peace Pole Planted by Deacon, Colts Neck, NJ-USA

July 5th, 2017

A Peace Pole was planted in Colts Neck, NJ where I serve as deacon.
As far as the dedication, I used a simple blessing from the Book of Blessings….

Peace,
Vinnie Rinaldi

Forikolo school in Sierra Leone dedicates Peace Pole

June 28th, 2017

June 4, 2017

WPPS friend Otto Herz of Germany is a great supporter of Peace Poles and the May Peace Prevail On Earth movement. He encouraged Forikolo school in Sierra Leone to plant a Peace Pole with the peace message in English, French, Arabic and German. The  green, white and blue Peace Pole represent colors of the country flag of Sierra Leone.

A huge Peace Pole was dedicated by the school community on the occasion of Otto’s birthday on June 4th.  The inauguration of the Peace Pole was attended by consultant of the President Ernest Bai Korma, the Paramount Chief, the commander of the Army in Lungi,  project manager Abu Mansaray as well as other local dignitaries.