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Archive for the ‘Announcements’ Category

This is an archive of all the Global Circle of Peace news stories posted in the Announcements category.

Saturday, 2nd February A Benefit Evening of Film, Poetry & Peace PAX

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Kingstown, St. Vincent & The Grenadines


This event marks a real turning point in taking the work of The Global Circle of Peace forward. It builds a bridge between our collaboration with Flow Wine Bar & Kitchen in Kingstown and film Director, Shawn Sobers, with whom we are working to create an annual Peace Ceremony at Fairfield House, the residence that Emperor Haile Selassie 1 left as a gift to the city of Bath, England. Proceeds from the evening go to promoting Peace PAX in St. Vincent.

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St. Vincent & The Grenadines – Welcome to our new, young Peace PAX Representative

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

Desrick Gordon

About Desrick Gordon aka Nice

Desrick is a young Vincentian poet, singer and songwriter who goes by the name of Nice. In 2009, he was invited by the Prime Minister, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves to write a promotional song for the election which gained high-profile recognition on the island. Desrick is also known for appearing on IK TV in the programme ‘Dance Hall Times’. At the age of sixteen, he faced death following a stabbing and subsequently had a change of heart about his own violent background as part of a gang. Since that time, he has written peace songs and uses his creative talent to bring his local community together. He lives in the village of Vermont with his grandmother, girlfriend and son Shady.

How we met

I first sought out Desrick Gordon during my stay in St. Vincent in 2011 having been told ‘there’s a brilliant young poet and rapper you should look up’. When we did meet on the beach at Buccament Bay, we traded  poems like long-lost friends and realised we had a common language even though we come from very different worlds and there are two generations between us! Such is the power of the word to transcend boundaries when it speaks of the language of the soul….Desrick has an extraordinary story to tell and it is impressive how he is turning his life around. I know Frank Jones, his former Head Teacher, who was a great help to him both at school and throughout his recovery.

Today’s Meeting

Desrick and I had a long meeting today as a result of which I  invited him to become our Peace PAX represenative on St. Vincent.  He is very excited about his role in helping to establish Peace PAX work on the island as he wants to be a good role model for his son and for young Vincentians. We will be creating an action plan together which we will both present as part of  The Global Circle of Peace Benefit event at Flow Wine Bar & Kitchen in Kingstown on 2nd February.

7.30 Thursday14th March – Peace PAX Presentation, London

Monday, January 14th, 2013

Experience a taste of Peace PAX with Lizzie Davies – part of the Sacred Space series of talks at Steiner House.

Peace PAX is an online resource of creative ideas and multimedia material dedicated to our children and our children’s children.It can be used by individuals, families, groups, schools and communities around the world to create peace in their everyday lives and to stage their own peace ceremonies. Peace PAX is designed to enhance global participation in The International Day of Peace on 21st September – a day of global ceasefire and non-violence designated by the United Nations.

The evening will include news of the latest developments, a Candala – an illuminated art form to light up our world – and the mime-poem Time for Peace on Earth.

Venue: Steiner House, 35 Park Road, London NW1 6XT
Entrance: £10 Concessions and donations possible – all welcome
Nearest Underground: Baker Street 

Contact: Marion Briggs to reserve a place
Tel: 0870 766 9657** charged at national rate

Building the Candala for the Peace Ceremony & A Useful Tip

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

I could only complete the design for the Candala of Rebirth in situ once I arrived at the ASHA Centre, as it is important to take on board ‘the spirit of place’ and get a sense of the dimensions of the space and how the Candala sits within it.

The outer circumference of the Candala was made of a wide band of sand covered with compost. This combination of materials ensured that when lit candles were placed in the earth, they would stand firmly and not fall over –  a useful tip when dealing with fire, a lot of movement and audience interaction – the inspiration of ASHA Director, Adrian Locher!

I was given a wonderful team of young volunteers to help with a range of preparations for the PeaceCeremony and their care and attention to detail was second to none.

A particular thank you to Adrian, Sandy and Lucie for their sterling help. I look forward to working with you again in the future.

About the Candala of Rebirth for 21.12.2012 – Symbolism & Materials

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

The Candala created for the Peace Ceremony tomorrow has been designed especially for the occasion and takes its prime symbolism from The Phoenix.

A mythical sacred firebird which is revered around the world as a symbol of rebirth, renewal and immortality, The Phoenix has a 500 to 1000 year life-cycle. Near the end of this it builds itself a nest of twigs that then ignites; both nest and bird burn fiercely and are reduced to ashes, from which a new, young phoenix or phoenix egg arises, reborn anew to live again.

The Phoenix, with its cyclical regeneration has inspired people down the ages and continues to provide us with a potent, universal symbol for individual and collective transformation. For further information Click here.

New Associate – Catalyst in Communities

Monday, November 26th, 2012

The Global Circle of Peace is collaborating with Catalyst in Communities, to create a Peace PAX Ambassadors Programme for a multi-racial group of young people from challenging environments in East London. We aim to apply for funding in February 2013 and deliver the series of tailor-made workshops later on in the year.

I will be designing and facilitating the workshop in conjunction with Robin Lockhart and Dr.Tim Pasoce. Robin is a qualified Youth & Community Development professional with many years experience as a Trainer and Practitioner. Tim takes the lead on evaluation and research and has an international reputation in the areas of designing and managing out crime.

The project will be designed to develop a collaborative relationship with the youth group to cultivate ownership of the programme and to engage them in actively passing on Peace PAX and the work to others from a similar cultural background.

New Associate in The ASHA Centre, Gloucestershire UK

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

We are delighted to announce that we are collaborating with The ASHA Centre in The Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, with a view to doing some Peace PAX training with young people. Watch this space!

The ASHA Centre is a UK charity working for the empowerment of young people, sustainable development and peace and reconciliation worldwide.

The Centre is a hub of intercultural activities, hosting a range of educational, performing arts and environment-based programmes throughout the year.

Peace PAX goes to India

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Peace PAX goes to India

Adrian Locher, Director of The ASHA Centre invited me to take part in his seminar on the spoken word today and to do a short presentation of Peace PAX to the group of Indian girls from The Lila Poonawall Foundation who are here on a 21 day course to become Peace Ambassadors.

I performed the mime-poem ‘Time for Peace on Earth’, shared my story and the work and invited the girls to take Peace PAX back to India. To my delight, they have agreed which marks an important new beginning in our global outreach. They are the 1st Peace PAX group to be established.

I have every confidence that Peace PAX will be disseminated beautifully and faithfully through their endeavour and that it will be enriched by their talent and creativity.

Help to stage ‘Performance Peace’

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Help to keep the flame of creativity, unity and peace alive by sharing our vision and helping to spread the word. The Global Circle of Peace is seeking funding to pilot ‘Performance Peace’ in 8 small venues across the UK..

• To devise and perform a unique multimedia performance

• To create a sacred space in small intimate settings

• To share the back-story to The Global Circle of Peace and Peace PAX

• To catalyse a shift in individual and group consciousness

• To inspire self-enquiry and the practice of forgiveness, reconciliation and peace

• To promote and further the wider aims of The Global Circle of Peace and Peace PAX

If you are part of a funding programme or you have suggestions for other funding sources, we would be grateful for your ideas. The script has now been written and details about the project are available on request. Contact: Lizzie Davies

‘Real Change Happens in The Heart’ – Talk by His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Shirlie Roden, who wrote the music to our song ‘Peacemaker’, and I went to The Dalai Lama’s inspirational talk at The Royal Albert Hall yesterday. It was wonderful to hear the infectious giggle of this enlightened teacher and to receive his teachings. Both Shirl and I felt deeply moved and uplifted by being in the presence of His Holiness and went home with a memory to treasure.