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.
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
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.
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.”
2:00 pm: – Presented by Karen Lord
Please meet by the Labyrinth for this yoga session.
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.
On 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:
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.
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!