Shamanic Plant Medicine Journey 2017-Wassaic, NY-USA

December 18th, 2017

A six-month intensive to connect deeply with the sacred medicine plants for healing and spiritual evolution.

The students were taught to heal by utilizing Plant Elixirs and create healing art. They also learned to bring the plant’s energies into their daily lives and communities and work with the Music of the Plants as another form of communication.

Classes were held from July-December one weekend per month at The World Peace Sanctuary, facilitated by Karine Gordineer of Green Girl Herbs and Healing.

 

Peace Pals International Entrant from Pakistan in the News (Germany).

December 5th, 2017
The 12 year old Pakistani girl Aayan Mallhi featured the death of the bees in a painting.
For 20 years the World Peace Prayer Society has been organizing an art competition for children through their children’s program Peace Pals International.
The focus of each Art Contest is peace and its various aspects. 2017 the theme was Nature For All – Loving the Earth.
Children between 5 and 16 could participate in the context. In Geneva the winners of this year were recently announced.   Among the entrants is a 12 year old  girl from Pakistan,  Aayan Mallhi. She featured the death of the bees.
Die 12-jährige Pakistanerin Aayan Mallhi hat ein Bild vom Bienensterben gemalt. Damit kam sie ins Finale eines Malwettbewerbs.

Seit zwanzig Jahren organisiert die World Peace Prayer Society über unser Kinderprogramm “Peace Pals” einen Malwettbewerb für Kinder. Im Mittelpunkt steht immer das Thema Frieden, das anhand von ganz unterschiedlichen Aspekten dargestellt werden kann. 2017 hieß das Motto “Nature for all” – “Natur für alle”.

Kinder zwischen fünf und 16 Jahren können am Malwettbewerb teilnehmen. In Genf wurden nun die Gewinner des diesjährigen Wettbewerbs gekürt. Unter den zwanzig Finalisten ist auch die 12-jährige Pakistanerin Aayan Mallhi. Sie hat auf ihrem handgemalten Bild das Bienensterben dargestellt. “Kinder weltweit machen sich Gedanken um die Bienen”, kommentieren die Organisatoren die Entscheidung Aayan Mallhi auszuzeichnen.

https://www.bienenjournal.de/aktuelles/meldungen/bienenbild-gewinnt-malwettbewerb/

One World Bearing Witness 24 Vigil for Humanity

December 3rd, 2017

WPPS took part in the One World Bearing Witness 24 vigil for humanity.  The online global/local, live, participatory, healing ritual for humanity hosted programs bearing witness to a diverse array of topics including climate change, equality, reconciliation and other timely themes highlighting our unity in diversity.


Program hosts, Dr. Thomas Steininger and Dr. Elizabeth Diebold, held space for the wisdom keepers and presenters throughout the 24 hour 7 ritual cycles.  WPPS participated in the Closing Ritual to close the powerful and significant vigil event.

WPPS Peace Representatives from 7 Regions of the world gathered online to present the World Peace Prayer Ceremony in celebration of the Oneness of Humanity to strike a unifying note at the close of the for One World Bearing Witness.  Each representative gave a short peace message from their respective regions followed by prayers for each country of the world and all the indigenous nations.

Andrea Solano – Argentina

Caroline Uchima – Scotland

Mojima Etokudo – Nigeria

Deb Musgrove – Australia

The powerful message of peace, May Peace Prevail On Earth, radiated through the internet to global participants and we truly became ONE WORLD BEARING WITNESS.

May Peace Prevail On Earth

Infinite Gratitude to our Peace Reps who represented the regions of the regions of the world!

“ World Peace Prayer Ceremony” held in Art Gallery in Potenza, ITALY

November 28th, 2017

Happy Holidays from ITALY!

We held a World Peace Prayer Ceremony in the Galleria Idearte De Lo Re Grazia in Potenza, Italy.

Submitted by:
VITO PALLADINO

Peace Pole at the Amenia Strawberry Festival 2017-Amenia, NY-USA

November 22nd, 2017

Peace Pals International 20th Anniversary Celebration, Geneva, Switzerland

November 21st, 2017

21 November 2017

It was an event to be remembered with International Partners #NatureForAll and DiversEarth celebrating with IUCN council members from over 30 countries and special guests from Geneva and abroad.

The event began with guests arriving to Cite Du Temps located in the heart of Geneva, Switzerland and in the middle of the Rhone River.  Guests were able to admire the artwork and faces of children which was displayed on various digital frames throughout the event hall.

The event began at 7:30pm with introductions in English and French by Sean Southey of #NatureForAll and Liza Zogib of DiversEarth both partners/collaborators of this year’s Peace Pals International Art Exhibition and awards. We also heard from John G. Robinson, IUCN Vice President and Councilor for North America and the Caribbean; and Chief Conservation Officer, Wildlife Conservation Society who expressed his congratulations to all the children who participated this year and left us with words of wisdom.

 

Liza Zobig, Director, Sandra Spissenger, Operations and Divya Venkatesh, Communications, spoke about their work with DiversEarth and their invaluable participation with this year’s contest, with the theme “Nature For All ~ Loving The Earth.”  Liza, Sandra and Divya were our team on the ground and with their help and expertise in Geneva, this event was an absolute success.

Fumi Johns Stewart, executive director of The World Peace Prayer Society and Jules Lamore, Director of the Peace Pals International program spoke briefly about Peace Pals International and the importance of Peace and Nature for all children and what it means to the youth who participate.  This year we received over 4,000 works of art and we encouraged all guests to encourage educators, parents and children from their communities to continue supporting this worthwhile program.

An audio visual concert was performed by Kenji Williams of Bella Gaia who took us through a 20-minute presentation of imagery accompanied by his violin playing.  Kenji’s magnificent visual concert allowed us to see the world through the eyes of NASA which left the audience speechless and stunned with a greater understanding and love for our planet.

The Peace Pals Awards were officiated by Jules Lamore of Peace Pals International who invited 12 presenters to join her on stage to present the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners from the 4 age categories.  The presenters represented their organizations; The World Peace Prayer Society, DiversEarth, IUCN and special young guests from The International School of Geneva.  Everyone in attendance celebrated the winners as the room filled with applaud for each of the talented 12 winners.

Following the awards ceremony for Peace Pals International Art Contest, Liza Zogib announced the local winners from The International School of Geneva, Switzerland.

Congratulations to all of our winners and finalists from both the international and local contests. The winners can be viewed by visiting:  http://wppspeacepals.org/2017-winners-and-finalists/

During the program, Fumi Johns Stewart and Jules Lamore presented IUCN with an 8 language Peace Pole to be on permanent display at the IUCN offices in Gland, Switzerland.  Kathy MacKinnonm Chair WCPA, Kristen Walker, Chair, CEESP and Sean Southey, Chair CEC received the Peace Pole on behalf of IUCN.  In addition, desktop Peace Poles were gifted to Liza, Sandra and Divya of IUCN as a special  thanks for all their heartfelt assistance in Geneva.

 

 

 

The event ended with our World Peace Flag Ceremony Finale, which was led by Fumi Johns Stewart.  There wasn’t a silent voice in the theatre as people waved their flags for each and every country in the world as they sent peace to every country by name with a special emphasis for our host country, “May Peace be in Switzerland – May Peace Prevail On Earth.”

After the Finale, the guests were invited to view the art exhibition which featured the 12 winners from the 4 age categories and the 40 finalists of the 20th Anniversary Peace Pals Art Exhibition and Awards.  Many of our guests took selfies of themselves with winning artwork from their countries.

We would like to thank our partners and supporters for making this event a great success.

Please view the video to see highlights from the event.

May Peace Prevail On Earth
Please visit Peace Pals International to see all the winners and finalists.

Beautiful hand carved wooden Peace Pole in Tomkins Cove, New York-USA

October 24th, 2017

Greetings,

Here are some photographs of the recent planting of a hand carved wooden Peace Pole in Tomkins Cove, NY (about an hour north of New York City). The Peace Pole bears the universal peace message “May Peace Prevail On Earth”  in English, Spanish, Arabic and Wappinger (the language of the most local indigenous people).

  

We are happy to be part of the worldwide network of Peace Poles.

Thank you,
Alan Levin
www.SacredRiverHealing.org

Peace Pole planted in celebration of the 150th Anniversary of CANADA

October 24th, 2017

Hello, I wanted to share with you how I have displayed my Peace Pole.

I first saw the Peace Poles while travelling in Southeast Asia earlier this year. I saw one at a temple in Chang Mai, Thailand, as well as at the Viet Nam War Museum, and also in Cambodia. When I came home to Canada, after the trip, I knew I needed one.

As you may or may not know, Canada celebrated it’s 150th birthday on July 1, 2017. I ordered the Peace Pole and it arrived in time for me to “plant” it in my front garden, as my birthday gift to Canada.

We didn’t have an actual dedication ceremony, but we loved sitting in the yard this summer, showing the Peace Pole to friends and neighbours.

Now that fall is here,  I can sit in my favourite easy chair, look out the window, see it, and think about ways to spread peace in my little corner of the world.

Lynn Cullen
Delta, British Columbia-Canada

A Journey of Peace Pole Sightings – Upstate New York – USA

October 4th, 2017

Traveling to Chautauqua County, New York for the first time since I graduated college brought about a humbling sense of comfort. I mentioned my work these last couple years as Youth Rep to the United Nations of the World Peace Prayer Society to my friend Jonathan Woolson as we caught up on recent stories – during my freshman year at SUNY Fredonia, we organized peace pole re-dedication ceremony with the university president, musicians, dancers and artists. He was excited to hear of my experiences.

SUNY Fredonia

We then decided to find each peace pole in town, and made strides to do so before the sun left us for the evening. We began in Dunkirk NY, where the first pole was adjacent to the Dunkirk High School.

Adjacent to the Dunkirk High School

We then made our way towards Central Avenue, where we found a modest garden peace pole in a dedicated mound of mulch alongside the sidewalk. Within minutes, we then made our way to the Titus family’s home on Maple Rd., where we were greeted with freshly picked apples. Jon and Priscilla Titus are educators and botanists who I would see at local art events. It came to be that they would join my yoga sessions when I was teaching at the local fitness center, at the same time I was taking Jon’s course in nature biology, which was completely coincidental.

Central Ave

Maple Road

Our final stretch-goal was to make it to the Greystone Nature preserve, which is maintained in part by Diane Clark, former mayor of the Great Peace March for Global Nuclear Disarmament. We managed to reach the park just before sundown as we were greeted by a crew of baby turkeys. From the five that we had found together, I thought I would end my trip to western-NY by visiting a pole on the property of a home across from Bidwell Park in Buffalo, NY, which I was told was the home of local native Ani Difranco. Each chance I have to retrace my steps to recognize where I’ve been, I find the greater synchronicity of shared moments with friends who have helped to bring me to understanding my identity in life – I am thrilled, and grateful.

Greystone Nature Preserve

Across Bidwell Park

Brandon Perdomo
Youth Representative to the United Nations of The World Peace Prayer Society

 

Peace Pole Dedication Ceremony in conjunction with the Tree Planting Project-Winnipeg, Manitoba-CANADA

October 1st, 2017

Attached are the pictures of our Peace Pole Dedication on Sunday October 1st, 2017 at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

We had the dedication at two times on Sunday following each of our Masses.  In total, about 200+ people were in attendance for the dedication.

We held it in conjunction with our Tree Planting Project the day before, Saturday September 30th, during which we planted 24 new trees on our church property.

Thanks so much and May Peace Prevail On Earth!!!

Eric Giddens
St. Paul the Apostle Parish
2400 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba-CANADA