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A couple looking proudly at the CANDALA they have made

Archive for the ‘Associate’ Category

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

Peace Ceremony at the ASHA Centre, Gloucestershire, UK

Friday, December 21st, 2012

We were delighted to be invited to facilitate a Peace Ceremony as part of the Winter Solstice celebrations at the ASHA Centre in The Forest of Dean. It gave us the opportunity to give people an experience of Peace PAX and develop the element of audience interaction in a new way.

The choreography incorporated Silence for Peace, Light a Candle for Peace, the Circle of Peace Dedication, the mime-poem Time for Peace on Earth and a Candala.of Rebirth created to mark, what for many, was an auspicious, historicl occasion.

Everyone was invited to place a lit candle in the earth around the outer circumference of the Candala and to place a sacred white dove feather around the circle as a symbol of their intent for peace in the world.

Over sixty people attended the event and we received wonderful feedback from the gathering which was comprised of people of different ages, cultures and belief-systems.

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.

New Associate in Fairfield House, Bath, UK

Friday, September 7th, 2012

Great meeting today with Shawn Sobers of Fairfield House and Pauline Wallace, Coordinator of BEMSCA (Bath Ethnic Minority & Senior Citizen’s Association). They’ve agreed not only to collaborate in creating a Peace Ceremony on The International Day of Peace in two week’s time, but to make it an annual event. Yippee!

Fairfield House in Newbridge, Bath, was the residence of His Imperial majesty, Haile Selassie 1, Emperor of Ethiopia, during the five years he spent in exile (1936–41). Following his return to Ethiopia, he donated it to the city of Bath in 1958 as a residence for the aged.

I have lived in Bath for over 12 years and was unaware of the Caribbean community or Fairfield House until a series of recent synchronicities which included seeing Shawn’s film ‘Footsteps of The Emperor’ at The Little Cinema, Bath.

New Associate in Think Big Theatre. London

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

I had a brilliant meeting today with Anna Whatley and Voltaire Taiwo de Campos. Anna is both Co-founder and Artistic Director of Think Big Theatre, a social enterprise promoting community cohesion and a project co-ordinator at Community Links, a charity based in Canning Town, East London.

Voltaire works alongside Anna in her theatre projects and has many other interesting strings to his bow. Anna  nominated him for the Youth Compassion Award given by the Dalai Lama. (see posting 19th June).  More about Voltaire and The Global Circle of Peace in a few months!. He is an inspirational young man with leadership qualities.

Anna has agreed to take Peace PAX to Malawi and Kenya on her six month work trip for Think Big Theatre which begins this coming October. She is particularly keen to learn the mime-poem ‘Time for Peace on Earth’. Thank you Anna for taking up the baton. May this be the beginning of a fruitful partnership in our shared endeavour to inspire, uplift and empower young people locally and globally.