Ladies and Gentlemen! Our first Super Friends Spotlight features none other than (cue drum roll)…
Our dear friends, The PeaceWeavers, who run Thunder Mountain Peace Sanctuary, in Bath, New York (wild applause and cheering) !!!
About the PeaceWeavers: Their mission is “to live in sustainable community and to inspire greater peace and well-being for individuals, families, and our Planet Earth.” They offer opportunities for people to visit and have their spirits and bodies nourished by the beautiful land they maintain, the many healing practices they offer, much laughter and music, and out-of-this-world vegan food, much of which is grown right on their land. They are a living example of peace in action, as well as fearless love and inspired leadership. This is where many of the seeds of what has evolved into our current Love Knows No Bounds mission were planted.
Connection with LKNB: In 2007, the first full year of our work, The PeaceWeavers had an idea to bring 30 Katrina survivors, including members of St. John #5 Faith Church’s choir, to their annual Summer Peace Gathering. It was a tremendously healing time for all involved. One moment captured the beauty of this gathering – During one talking stick circle, there were several Katrina survivors, 2 people who were in New York when it was attacked on 9/11/01, one person who lived through the atrocities in Bosnia, and a Tibetan refugee. Each was able to deeply empathize with what it means to live through horror and come out in a place of strength. They were able to support each other to grieve, rejoice, and take stock of what their respective experiences meant to them. For our friends from New Orleans, it was a chance to tell their stories for the first time, and release so much stress and pain in a loving and beautiful setting. The success of this event has led to the development of our Respite program, and the Summer Peace Gathering is currently the signature event of that program.
Since then, the PeaceWeavers have collaborated with LKNB to bring close to 90 people from New Orleans to Thunder Mountain for these life-restoring respite opportunities. In addition, the PeaceWeavers have traveled to New Orleans to rebuild homes, lead community building events, and plant gardens.
Currently, the PeaceWeavers, LKNB, and St. John #5 Faith Church are working with PeaceWeaver elder, Arun Gandhi, and others to present a peace festival in New Orleans in September, called the PHUN Fest (Peace Healing Unity Now). Stay tuned for more details on this exciting event, and mark your calendars for September 15th, 2012!!! See you there!!!
For more information about these Super Friends, please visit their website at: http://www.peaceweavers.com/