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

Wednesday, 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.

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

Wednesday, 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

Forikolo school in Sierra Leone dedicates Peace Pole

Wednesday, 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.

Peace Pole dedicated at Veterans Memorial Park in Elgin

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

May 23,  2017

Dodging raindrops, Elgin Rotary Club members dedicated a Peace Pole on May 23rd that now is part of the city’s Veterans Memorial Park along the Fox River.

Mayor Dave Kaptain told the crowd the location was a fitting one, as those who served in the military “fought to bring peace to everyone.”

Alan Kirk, President of the Elgin Rotary Breakfast Club, said that the Rotarians had been looking to put up a Peace Pole for about 15 years, at the urging of club member Ben Henrikson. According to Kirk, the Rotary’s breakfast group has about 20 members, while a group that meets at noon has 65 members.

The Rotarians also donated money for creating Veterans Memorial Park, near Gail Borden Public Library, which was built in phases this decade. When Henrikson and other Rotarians approached the committee involved with the park project, they unanimously agreed to place a Peace Pole there, City Councilman Rich Dunne said.

Elgin’s Peace Pole was designed and built by retired dentist Greg Karr, who has been with the Elgin Rotary Breakfast Club since it chartered in 1989.

Prior to the dedication, Karr explained that the Peace Pole concept originated in 1955 with Masahisa Goi of Japan, who founded the World Peace Prayer Society. The first Peace Poles erected outside Japan went up in the 1980s, Karr said, and today there are more than 100,000 such poles up in about 180 countries, including one at the North Pole.

Each pole has the phrase, “May Peace Prevail On Earth” inscribed on it in a country’s primary language, Karr said. Karr’s pole also has that phrase written in braille and in Potawatomie on separate sides along with other symbols.

Karr said that while Peace Poles originally were made of wood, he decided to use steel and stone for his design. That design is a four-sided metal cage holding 196 stones, each etched with the code for each of the countries in existence on Earth, Karr said.

Karr said it took about 10 years, on and off, to create his piece, with part of the delay due to battling an illness. Karr’s friend David Reich, who is a welding instructor at Elgin Community College, was of great assistance in constructing the Peace Pole.

Karr said the most challenging part of the project, which he built in his garage, was finishing the stainless steel from the material used, which was raw from the mill.

The pole also was to have a spire on top of it that would represent the world’s seven continents, which didn’t quite work.

“It just looked ugly,” Karr said.

Putting his creation up in the park took about five hours Saturday and involved the help of several friends and family members, Karr said.

When speaking to those assembled for the dedication, Karr said, “This was a group effort, and it is a big part of my life.”

 

Earth Day 2017 – Festival and Peace Pole Planting Ceremony – Staten Island, NY – USA

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Earth Day 2017 brought about global demonstrations and protests as a cry both to and from the planet in regards to political policies seen as an attack on fact-based ecological priorities. Artists danced, singers sang, and people marched – the north- shore community on Staten Island NYC held its annual St. George Day Festival. Local vendors displayed their community programs including libraries, weavers, composters, and coffee-grinders. Artists gathered to display their latest works, and dancers performed their movement dedications.

Brandon Perdomo was featured twice throughout the program. His first appearance was with the Performance & Peace Initiative, an artist-collective who dedicate their art, music, and dance to the marginalized and to the voices of the silenced. They performed their now acclaimed rice dance, a butoh-based dance which has been performed around the metropolitan area in homage to the importance of agriculture and human dependency on one-another as well as to the Earth.

Hours later, Perdomo, Youth Representative to the United Nations for the World Peace Prayer Society, as well as Staten Island Native, led his first peace pole dedication. Together alongside a moment of silence and with ceremonial smoke from a dried leaf of sage, the peace pole was dedicated to the efforts of communities to work passed their differences and to come together for collective goals of social progression. The pole was on view for the remainder of the event next to the Eric Garner memorial, and is now located in the backyard community garden of the Everything Goes Café and Book Store. Attendees of the festival and witnesses of the pole dedication included peace educator Lindy Crescitelli, David Jones of Peace Action Fund of New York State, and Councilwoman Debi Rose. 

The Dulce Magalhaes Peace Route – Inter-American Highway of Peace Poles – Corrientes, Argentina

Monday, May 1st, 2017

April 8th – 12th, 2017

When a Peace Pole was presented to Mayor César Souza, Junior of Florianópolis, Brazil, during the World Peace Forum in September of 2016, a powerful chain of events were set in motion.  In attendance were mayoral representatives from the province of Corrientes, Argentina who were all inspired by the idea of planting Peace Poles and as a result, the first seeds of the Inter-American Highway of Peace Poles were planted.

Left to Right: Dominicus Rhode, Mayor César Souza, Junior, Jules Lamore, Dulce Magalhaes & Carlos Palma

A group of individuals and organizations met soon after the World Peace Forum to discuss how to join the global Peace Pole network and bring the message of peace to their communities.  The collaborators behind the vision of the Highway of Peace Poles included Dominicus Rhodes, Director of the World Peace Forum along with Egido Machrey of Instituto Dulce Magalhaes of Brazil and Martha Repetto of Corrientes Province.  Together they created a vision to create the Camino Interamericano de Paz by connecting Florianópolis all the way to New York with a Highway of Peace Poles.  The Camino would also honor Dulce Magalhaes, who was a great inspiration behind the Camino and who passed away shortly after the World Peace Forum.

After months of planning, the mayoral representatives from the 6 towns in Corrientes Province who witnessed the peace pole ceremony in Florianópolis ignited the interest of their mayors who all agreed to plant Peace Poles to kick off the “highway” in Argentina.   Fumi Johns Stewart and Jules Lamore from WPPS were invited to celebrate the dedications of the first Peace Poles to mark the inauguration of the Camino Interamericano de Paz – Highway of Peace Poles.

At each Peace Pole dedication, the Mayors and officials of each of the 6 towns along with the community welcomed Fumi and Jules along with Dominicus, Egidio and Martha who collaborated in creating the initial vision for the Camino.  During the dedication ceremonies Mayors, WPPS and collaborators spoke about the significance of the Highway of Peace Poles and shared our visions for a peaceful world.

On April 8th, the first Peace Pole in Corrientes was planted in Esquina by the River Parana some 380 miles from Buenos Aires.  Mayor Humberto Bianchi of Esquina welcomed officials and citizens who gathered to celebrate the planting of the first Peace Pole in the Province.

Esquina, Corrientes, Argentina

Later that afternoon, Mayor Gerardo Bassi of Goya kindly welcomed the peace group to his office for a warm welcome before gathering outside at the unveiling of the Peace Pole in the heart of town.  Despite the wind and rain, the well-wishers exchanged words of gratitude and made a commitment to keep the spirit of peace ignited within their community.

Goya, Corrientes, Argentina

The last Peace Pole of the day was dedicated at the town park in Carolina.  The ceremony started with the town Reverend blessing the Peace Pole followed by words of welcome by Mayor Marcelo Nocetti.  After a Poem was recited by a local student, a ribbon was cut to officially unveil the Peace Pole.

Carolina, Corrientes, Argentina

The following morning on April 9th, Mayor Maria Gladys Cueva of Lavalle invited us to city hall where an official gathering took place with the local community.  We all spoke about the importance of the Camino and shared in the spirit of goodwill and peace.  After dedicating the Peace Pole outdoors, we gathered for lunch where local youth performed traditional dancing and music.

Lavalle, Corrientes, Argentina

In the afternoon, we met with Mayor Jose Carlos Sananez of Santa Lucia who welcomed us to his office with a cup of warm yerba matte tea.  We then met the community in the city hall where congratulatory speeches were shared, followed by a performance by local dancers and a reading of a peace poem by a local school girl.  The Peace Pole was dedicated soon after along a newly constructed road which was named Camino de Paz.

Santa Lucia, Corrientes, Argentina

On April 10th, the community of Bella Vista gathered in the evening to greet the peace group at the city assembly hall.  Mayor Walter Chavez of Bella Vista gave a moving speech followed by other remarks in celebration of the Highway of Peace Poles.  The next morning on April 11th, we all gathered again to dedicate the Peace Pole in a prominent location by the River Parana.

Bella Vista, Corrientes, Argentina

On April 12th, the last stop of the Peace Pole journey took place in Buenos Aires at the Honorable Congreso de la Nación Argentina (Honorable Congress of the Argentinian Nation) where we met with Cornelia Schmidt-Liermann who congratulated us on the inauguration of the Inter-American Highway of Peace Poles.  At a future date, she will be instrumental in dedicating the 7th Peace Pole to include the city of Buenos Aires as a stop along the Highway of Peace Poles.

Left to Right; Cornelia Schmidt-Liermann, Jules Lamore, Fumi Johns Stewart & Tomas Villar De Rhode

Starting with the first Peace Pole in Florianópolis, Brazil followed by the dedications in Corrientes Province, the Highway of Peace Poles inspired the hearts of many people and will continue to do so all the way to New York.

It is a long-term project with a big vision but the momentum has started and the vision is clear.

Peace Pals Winner & Mayor of Iasi, Romania hold Peace Pole Dedication Ceremony

Monday, March 27th, 2017

On March 24th in the city of Iasi, Romania at the National Park Theatre “Teatrul Național Vasile Alecsandri’ a beautiful Peace Pole Dedication ceremony took place.

David Alexandru (2106 – 1st place winner in his age category) contacted Mayor Mihai Chirica and generously donated his prize of a Peace Pole to the city of Iasi.  Mayor Mihai Chirica accepted the Peace Pole and together they planned a beautiful event which was shared by the community.

Mayor Mihai Chirica shared on his FB page (Romanian) “The most important messengers of peace are children. In Iasi we have to promote the idea of ​​peace in the world, without, the future of humanity would be chaotic and makes us proud of our city’s ability.”  “David honored us with his benefits and Iasi managed to bring back to the world as a city of intelligence, culture and a talented young generation.”

The event included music, dance and special awards to young people in Iasi, Romania.

All of us at The World Peace Prayer Society, The Peace Pole Project and Peace Pals International are so honored to have played a small part in this.  We are also so proud of David’s accomplishments.

For more information on Peace Pals International, please visit the website.

 

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

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

In July and August-2016,  Karine Gordineer offered an Introduction followed by a 2-day Workshop on Plant Communication at The World Peace Sanctuary.

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                             Karine Gordineer is seated in center on futon

Karine Gordineer is the Owner/Founder of Green Girl Herbs and Healing in Hopewell Junction, New York.  Karine introduced her students to the concept of plants as “sentient beings” and sharing ways of how we can interact with plants on this level.

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Scientific studies show plants can communicate with each other as well as with other species. The Plant Communication Workshop is designed to take people to ever deepening levels of connection to gain direct access to the consciousness and wisdom of the plants for life-changing personal and planetary healing & expansion.

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

Students journeyed with the “Music of Plants” utilizing the plants on The World Peace Sanctuary grounds.  Melodic communication was offered by the ancient walnut trees located in the Sacred Grove with the use of an instrument/device that was designed and developed in Italy by the Damanhurians who have always been active in researching communication with the forces of nature.

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The instrument is able to capture the electromagnetic variation of the surface of the leaves and roots, and turn them into sounds.

Take a listen, as we have offered it here for you and also a photograph of the instrument used.

The melody “sounds” will take your breath away!

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At  the end of a most extraordinary weekend,  Karine shared her sentiments by saying,  “ It was so wonderful to share the expansive and heart-centered energy of plant consciousness. The World Peace Sanctuary is a wonderful place to engage with spirits of the plants.”

May Peace Prevail On Earth for All Life on Earth!

Ann Marie Robustelli
Assistant to Executive Director
at The World Peace Sanctuary
WPPS

 

Peace Pole for USA stands vigil at the World Peace Sanctuary, Wassaic, New York-USA

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

Winter is upon us in the northeast corner
of Dutchess County, New York.

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At The World Peace Sanctuary, a special Peace Pole intended for “Prayers for USA webinar” held at New York Headquarters on October 22nd, was planted just before first snowfall.

May Peace Be in The United States of America!
May Peace Prevail On Earth!

“Prayers for USA” broadcast live from headquarters at The World Peace Sanctuary in Wassaic, NY-USA

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

October 22, 2016

Starting July through election weekend in November 2016, The World Peace Prayer society hosted monthly Prayers for USA webinars to call forth and generate positive energies in preparation for the elections.  100’s of people joined us from their homes around the world.

October Live WPS

In October, Prayers for USA was broadcast live from the World Peace Sanctuary in Amenia NY, where friends and family joined us at the Sanctuary to commune in heartfelt prayers with our online viewers to uplift the heart and soul of America by calling for peace to prevail in each of the 50 US States.  The program began by honoring the ancestors of the indigenous peoples of the land asking for their wisdom and guidance for a conscious evolution.

Live Potluck WPS

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A Brilliant Success
10/22/16
Prayers for USA
Webinar