Human Peace Sign with Bobcat Bartolo #PeaceWeek

A Day Of Peace
Every year since 2008 WR Nonviolence has organized a Human Peace Sign on the International Day Of Peace, the first day of the 10-day IDOPAN celebration.

Human Peace Sign, 2008
This year we’re partnering with Bobcat Bartolo and the Liberation, who will again be recognizing the International Day of Peace on 21 September as part of Peace Week, with another installment of An Evening of Peace. This year Bobcat Bartolo is teaming up with Rhythm & Brews Brewing Company, and we’ll be releasing more details as we move closer to the day.

What: Human Peace Sign at A Day of Peace
When: Saturday, 21 September 2019 from 1:00pm to 1:00am
Where: Rhythm & Brews Brewing Company
Location: 1000 Bishop Street North, Cambridge, Ontario

WR Nonviolence Day In The Park interviews on @RadioWaterloo CKMS-FM 102.7 #CommunityConnections

CKMS 102.7 FM Radio Waterloo | Community Connections | Mondays 10am to 12 Noon Jenniefer Stronge came to the Nonviolence Day In The Park on Saturday, 20 July 2019 and interviewed a performer: Bobcat Bartolo and the Liberation; a visitor: Scott Heer; an exhibitor: Mo Markham (KW Animal Save, KW Climate Save); and the organizer, our very own Matthew Albrecht!

The interview aired on Monday, 29 July 2019 on the CKMS Community Connections show. It starts at 4m20s.

Download: ckms-community-connections-2019-07-29.mp3 (165 MiBytes, 1h59m55s)

Pictures from the 15th Annual WRNonviolence Day In The Park

On Saturday, 20 July 2019 WR Nonviolence held the 15th Annual Day In The Park. There were community group exhibitors, arts and crafts vendors, kids’ games, meditation and an area for reflection, a labyrinth, and performers all day long in the Gazebo. It was sunny and hot, and everyone had a good time!

You can see more pictures from the 15th Annual Day In The Park in our Photo Gallery.

WRNonviolence Day In The Park on CTV News

Stephanie Villella from CTV News in Kitchener came to the 15th Annual WR Nonviolence Day In The Park on Saturday, 20 July 2019, and interviewed Matthew Albrecht:

CTV News Kitchener – Raising awareness about the power of peace

From the CTV News Kitchener article: Nonviolence Day in the Park spreads message of peace

CTV Kitchener
Published Saturday, July 20, 2019 7:51PM EDT

Be peaceful and polite to your neighbours.

This was the message of those attending the 15th Nonviolence Day in the Park.

“Those little times when you feel like you’re objectified are not acceptable,” said Waterloo Region Nonviolence cofounder Matthew Albrecht. “An economic system that keeps people enslaved is not acceptable.

“Anywhere I look there’s an answer of nonviolence and a solution of how things can get better.”

Organizations and initiatives from across the region gathered in Victoria Park Saturday to share these ideas and educate people how to make a change without resorting to violence.

Meditation and religious groups were just two of the options participants learned about at the event.

Albrecht says growing up being bullied in school made him realize violence wasn’t the answer.

He adds that it all comes down to the golden rule: treat others the way you want to be treated.

“It’s that dividing line between good and bad,” said Albrecht. “We want to make that clear: don’t treat others like an object.”

You can see more pictures from the 15th Annual Day In The Park in our Photo Gallery.

Music, Yoga, Meditation and More at the @WRNonviolece #DayInThePark

Saturday, 20 July 2019 from Noon to 5:00pm!

We’ve got a great lineup of talent at the 15th Annual Nonviolence Day In The Park! There are returning guests, and brand new acts:

Area of Reflection

  • Walk the Labyrinth – Enjoy yoga, meditation and Zentangle sessions.
  • Pick your fortune – Express your Gratitude on our Gratitude Tree.

In Our Zen Den

Kundalini Yoga

Three separate sessions of Kundalini Yoga
12:00pm , 12:30pm , 1:00pm – Presented by Peggy McIntosh
Sessions are 20-25 minutes each.

Peggy will offer Anger-tempering and temper cooling sessions in Breath work, Movement and Meditation from the Kundalini Yoga Tradition, as taught by Yogi Bhajan.

Zentangle

2:00 PM : – Presented by Tina Coutts

“The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns.” – Zentangle Headquarters

T-Untangling offers the Zentangle method as a way to mindfully focus on the moment, relieving stress and bringing relaxation “one stroke at a time.”

Laughter Yoga

2:00 pm: – Presented by Karen Lord

Please meet by the Labyrinth for this yoga session.

Mandalas

3:00 pm: – Presented by Tina Coutts

Mandalas: Explore simple, basic, techniques to create your own mandalas. Mandalas can be found through out many cultures, expressing spirituality and mindfulness. We will explore some easy techniques and patterns to begin your mandala practice.

Gazebo Stage

People from the Acoustic Steel band playing in the gazebo
Acoustic Steel plays a Concert for Nonviolence
  • 11:30 Bobcat Bortolo & the Liberation
  • 12:00 Sahaja Yoga
  • 12:30 Barb & Allen
  • 1:00 Arisha School of Dance
  • 1:30 Lotus Meditation
  • 2:00 Acoustic Steel
  • 4:00 The Boys & I

At the @KWMulticultural Festival, 22-23 June 2019

On Saturday and Sunday, 22-23 June 2019, WR Nonviolence had an information table at the The 52nd annual Multicultural Festival | Victoria Park | #KWMF2019 | Saturday June 22 | Sunday June 23 | 11am - 8 pmKW Multicultural Festival. We handed out programs for the 15th Annual Nonviolence Day In The Park (which is on Saturday, 20 July 2019 from Noon to 5:00pm), gave out information about our regular Tuesday Night meetings, chatted about the philosophy and practice of Nonviolence, and invited everyone to come to the Day In The Park!

If you’re an organization that supports the principles of nonviolence please join us as an exhibitor! Register now, it will be will be open for only a few more weeks!

Five people standing in front of the WR Nonviolence information table at the KW Multicultural Festival

We had a great day chatting with folks at the Multicultural Festival. L-R: Peter Jantzi, Matthew Albrecht, Willem Jonkman, Bob Jonkman, Michael Chumakin. Also staffing the table was Diane Wilson, who was not available for the picture.

Many, many thanks to the Fair Vote Canada Waterloo Region Chapter for loaning us their canopy, and saving us from the blazing sun!

Pictures from Viewpoints on Poverty

Viewpoints on Povert posterOn Tuesday, 14 May 2019 WR Nonviolence held its second Viewpoints forum at the Queen Street Commons Cafe, called Viewpoints on Poverty: Exploring Life In The Margins. Matthew Albrecht from WRN hosted, and the discussion panel was:

A podcast of the event will be published soon.

Pictures ©2019 by Paul Wilson, used by permission.

Viewpoints on Poverty: Exploring Life In The Margins — 14 May 2019

WRN | Waterloo Region Nonviolence Join us for an inclusive evening with a panel presentation, group discussion, and personal action to achieve nonviolent solutions for people living a life of poverty.

This Viewpoints forum tries to bring the perspectives of a person with experience living a life of poverty, a facilitator working in the field, an academic, and a policy maker.

There will be a Question and Answer session after the panel presentation, then we will break into groups with each panelist to discuss common themes and solutions. A spokesperson from each group will then report back to everyone.

The Viewpoints forums are being recorded for release as podcasts. You can listen to previous podcast episodes and view pictures of past Viewpoints forums.

checkmarkPanel Presentations

checkmarkPublic Small-Group Discussion

checkmarkPlanning A Positive Way Forward

Everyone is invited to contribute their experiences, dreams, and unique perspectives.

When: Tuesday, 14 May 2019 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm iCal
Where: Queen Street Commons Café
Location: 43 Queen Street South, Kitchener, Ontario Map

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Registration for the Day In The Park 2019 now open!

Do you want to participate in WR Nonviolence’s 15th annual Nonviolence Day In The Park celebration with a community group or vendor booth? Registrations are now open!

Advertisements in the Day In The Park program support WR Nonviolence activities all year: Viewpoints forums, IDOPAN, Usury-Free Day. Ads in the DITP program can be requested until Thursday, 6 June 2019. $50 for a business card ad, $100 for a quarter-page footer ad. Use the Registration Form to request an ad!

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