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Archive for the ‘General news’ Category

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

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.

21st September – Peace Ceremony at Fairfield House, Bath, UK

Monday, January 14th, 2013

Come and join as at the 2nd Peace Ceremony at Fairfield House in celebration of The International Day of Peace.  More details nearer the time.


Barbados – Sowing Seeds of Peace PAX

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Synchronicity was certainly at work at my meeting with Grace Griffiths today. She originally came from Bath and was born two doors down from where I live! Grace is inspired by Peace PAX and is going to help get the word out on the island. She loves cooking and can’t wait to bake some PAX Bread.

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.

Meeting with Christopher Marcus of The Interfaith Seminary

Monday, September 24th, 2012

 I had an inspirational meeting with Christopher this afternoon at The ASHA Centre. We exchanged our stories and explored how Peace PAX might be able to serve The Interfaith Seminary, in particular, the mime-poem ‘Time for Peace on Earth’ which I performed for him and in which he joined. Christopher has a theatre background as an actor and Director so he is in tune with this kind of concept and movement. He will talk to his colleagues at the faculty and report back. Watch this space!

Indian Tea Party at The ASHA Centre in Gloucestershire

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

Joy, celebration and play were the order of the day as fourteen Indian girls from The Lila Poonawalla Foundation shared with us an exquisite feast of cultural delights to mark Ganpati Day in honour of Lord Ganesh, the Indian Elephant God.

The afternoon’s entertainment began with an offering at a beautiful altar to Ganesh and was followed by a colourful, aromatic mix of dance, music, song, games and food. It was indeed an auspicious occasion. The girls shared abundantly of their sweetness, talent and delight and their attention to organisation, detail and hospitality was second to none. What magical memories! Scattered rose petals, proffering of rice, wishes made and the final collective offering poured into the river – our own ‘Ganges’. Spices, sweetmeats and the sound of effervescent giggles.

I felt as if a tapestry of light was being woven through all the diverse, conversations that I had with strangers who felt like old, familiar friends. Amongst them I met a Buddhist, a Christian, a Moslem, a shaman, a seer, a baker, a teacher, a Nepali cook and a local blacksmith.

My exchange with a wizened forester was a wonder in the true sense of the word. He carried a large, wooden staff entwined with an ancient vine that wound around the stick with a strong, serpentine energy which brought to mind the healing symbol of The Caduceus. He told me that it was mine and gave it to me there and then – a gift from the heart – a gift from Ganesh, a gift from God.

For me the day at Asha marked a portal to a new beginning. I came away from this interfaith gathering with a deep sense of gratitude and the knowledge that we had all been very richly blessed.

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.

The Dalai Lama gives Youth Compassion Award to Teenager

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Voltaire Taiwo de Campos, a Newham teenager who overcame the murder of his cousin to promote peace, was honoured by The Dalai Lama in front of an audience of six thousand people today at The Royal Albert Hall in London.
The Dalai Lama said: “This young boy is just 16, but already taller than me so you’re warm-heartedness equally should be very strong and tall, that’s important. Thank you.”
On receiving the award, Voltaire said: “At the time Ailton died it was hard. I was very angry and had a lot of negative thoughts. “I transferred that into positive energy and worked hard for peace” …“I’m so honoured and proud to receive this award from such an inspirational man as His Holiness the Dalai Lama. I’m only 16 and yet I know that his moment will stay with me for the rest of my life.”

Margaret Gibney returns to Belfast

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

It certainly has been a time of great change for me recently! I’m just about to return to my home town of Belfast where I will be working for 6 months as a Youth Development Worker in an organisation very close to my heart – a charity where I did much of my training to work creatively with young people in the community.

 Not only am I looking forward to returning home and engaging in work that I am passionate about, but I also feel it will be a fantastic opportunity to ground Peace PAX in Northern Ireland. Watch this space!