Peace Walk

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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.


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.

Click here for Global News coverage of 2009 Free Hugs Day

A Canadian 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.

Click here for a list of benefits of hugging

HUG ETIQUETTE:  These five simple, yet important rules make hugging a wonderful experience:
Rule #1 Always Ask Permission First

Rule #2 Honor Personal Space Boundaries (keep your hands on their upper back)
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.)

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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.

Click here to learn more about Arts Connex


Peace Rocks

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.)

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Peace Song

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.


Peace Walk Organizers

Each of the Persons and Organizations below have volunteered their resources to make these events happen. Please visit their websites to learn more about them.

Tina Thrussell
 and L. Neil Thrussell

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Rev Lesley McNamara
and Rev Monika Krammer

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Shorter walk route this year!