San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Peace in the Park festival brings together the diverse San Francisco and surrounding communities to unplug and explore activities of peace and happiness in a fun, inspiring and healthy atmosphere. The festival was created in response to the growing concern - we are an overly stimulated, ADD-afflicted and tech-saturated culture. After the success the first time (2013) with over 2,000 people from all over the Bay Area in attendance, and rave reviews from the sponsors, performers and partners, the community has called for it to become an annual event.
On August 23rd, the 2nd annual festival will feature world music and visual artists; tai chi, hatha yoga; life-changer seminars, arts, crafts, exhibits by local non-profits and meditation experience. At the majestic Bandshell of Golden Gate Park, this event will demonstrate how to nurture peace and happiness even while living in a fast-paced urban environment. You'll be among some of the best artists, scientists, peace makers and policy makers in the Bay Area at this event. The festival is offered free of charge by a coalition including Brahma Kumaris, SF Mayor's Office, Stanford University CCARE, Pachamama Alliance, United Religions Initiative, Dalai Lama Foundation and ServiceSpace. More information at www.PeaceInTheParkSF.org. Here's a 2-min video from last year to give you a glimpse into the spirit of the festival.
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Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization
The Brahma Kumaris seeks to help individuals re-discover and strengthen their inherent worth by encouraging and facilitating a process of spiritual awakening. This leads to an awareness of the importance of thoughts and feelings as the seeds of actions. The development of virtues and values-based attitudes creates a practical spirituality which enhances personal effectiveness in the workplace and in family life. An understanding of the spiritual context of human existence is offered, helping to make sense of contemporary issues. Based on the principle that the roots of change lie within, the university encourages individuals to live by their highest values, vision and purpose. It holds that this commitment to self-transformation will create peace and a better world for all.
Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University presently operates over 8500 centers in 110 countries around the world. It earned the consultative status as an NGO with the United Nations in 1983. Some of the programs offered in Vancouver include the Foundation Course in Raja Yoga Meditation, Positive Thinking Course, Stress Free Living and the monthly World Meditation.