Please join us for two Peace events in Calgary:
(FREE, Family-friendly events)
Free Hugs Day – Saturday, Feb 17, 2018
7th Annual Peace Walk – Saturday, March 24, 2018
Both events run from 2:00 – 3:15pm
more details below
Free Hugs day
In 2004 an Australian man offered free hugs on the street, simply to make people feel good. His simple act of kindness launched an international movement that spread to Canada in 2009, when a group of Calgarians gathered in front of city hall to offer heart-warming hugs to ‘strangers’ on the street.
WHERE to meet us on Feb 17, 2018:
The sidewalk in front of Kane’s Harley Davidson in Inglewood (located at 914 –
11th Street SE, Calgary). From there we will walk up 9th Ave SE to share hugs
with everyone who will receive them.
WHAT TO BRING:
If possible, wear a red t-shirt for visibility (some of us have the
words “Free Hugs” printed on our red t-shirts, which we will pin to
our coasts if it’s cold out). Make a small sign to carry (cardboard is
fine) with the words “Free Hugs” written on them.
study found that people who get hugs regularly are more likely to report better
mental health. And better mental health means a more peaceful state of mind –
hence the connection to the Peace Movement in Calgary. In fact, there at least
10 very compelling reasons to share hugs on a daily basis.
HUG ETIQUETTE: These five simple, yet important rules make hugging a
Rule #1 Always Ask Permission First
Rule #2 Honor Personal Space Boundaries (keep your hands on their upper
Rule #3 A Hug Is A Gentle Embrace- not the Heimlich!
Rule #4 – Make it a Heart hug. (Raise your left arm and invite them to raise
their left arm, so you meet heart to heart)
Rule #5 – Personal Hygiene (Please ensure you have showered or bathed prior to
attending a Free Hugs Event. Limit yourself to wearing deodorant only, no
perfume or fragrances.)
7th Annual Peace Walk
YOU, your family and friends are invited to come out to the Peace Bridge to join Calgarians from all walks of life to Walk in the name of Peace, to acknowledge each individual’s value and worth; to promote peaceful and compassionate practices; to create a sense of global community. Together we will send a positive ripple of peace into the world. (Video to the left is from the 2017 Peace Walk.)
WHERE to meet us: The north end of the Peace Bridge shortly before 2:00pm (red pedestrian bridge on Memorial Drive and 8th street west). We’ll take a short stroll through the downtown core to share Peace Rocks, quotes about peace and Peace Songs. (more details below, along with a map of the NEW, shorter Walk Route))
This year the vocal group Entr’ACT of Arts Connex
will perform several peace songs at the beginning and middle of our Peace Walk.
You are invited to bring your own rocks, or share the rocks we will have on hand that were decorated at the Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre by Calgarians experiencing homelessness, marginalization and extreme poverty. (We invite you to watch the video below to larn the Peace Song to sing with us at the beginning of our walk.)
This will be the fourth year we sing the song that was ‘channeled’ to one of
the organizers as an Anthem for our peace walk. We invite you to watch the
video to learn this song and sing it with us at the Peace Walk… or any time
you’d like to bring more peace into your world!
History of the Peace Walk
The first two years the walk was hosted by the Joy of Life Centre for
Spiritual Living. The following year, the Joy of Life Centre invited
Spiritual Leaders from various communities to join forces and create the
informal Calgary New Thought Alliance with the intent to raise consciousness
and promote peace. They chose to collaboratively host two successful
events in Calgary, The Peace Concert and The Walk for Peace, in celebration of
The Gandhi King Season for Nonviolence (SNV). The annual 64 day SNV
season (co-founded in 1998 by Dr. Arun Gandhi and The
Association for Global New Thought) is an educational, media and grassroots
awareness campaign that has seen participation in 67 countries around the world
since its inception. Spanning the period of January 30th to April 4th
(the memorial anniversaries of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.)
the campaign focuses educational and media attention on the philosophy of
attaining peace through nonviolent action. 2018 marks the 20th Annual SNV.
In the fall of 2015, the walk became an event of its own, no longer
affiliated with any particular group, expanding its scope beyond Spiritual
leaders to include conscious Calgarians from all walks of life. The Calgary
Peace Walk has evolved into a free, family-friendly event that gives people the
opportunity to feel they are making a positive difference in the world.