Peace Halifax

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About Peace Halifax

Presentation1 - CopySituations in our world, our community, and even our own homes, can leave us feeling out of sorts. But three simple words can remind us of the power within each of us to hit the reset button whenever we choose.

#IAmPeace. Join us at Peace Halifax, a festival of ideas, music and fun set in an historic, beautiful space. Come experience the peace that’s inside of each one of us.

#IAmPeace. Come enjoy a pause, an experience of reflection and rejuvenation,at Peace Halifax, a day-long festival offered  as a gift to the people of Halifax.

Hosted by the Brahma Kumaris Meditation Centre, Peace Halifax is about rediscovering the magic and practical expression of peace and taking it home with you. Similar events are organized annually in England and the United States. This is the second year for the event in Canada!

Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018
Time: 9 am to 5 pm
Location: Halifax Central Library, 5440 Spring Garden Rd.

All events at Peace Halifax are completely free of charge and open to everyone!

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Peace Halifax Program


Join us for inspiring talks at the top of every hour, learn how to meditate in 20 minutes, make your own peace stick or move to the rhythm of our pocket raves. Paul O’Regan Hall will be full of peaceful activity during Peace Halifax.

MindSets: Engage your mind. Inspire your spirit. Every hour on the hour Peace Halifax will host spiritual talks in the well-know style of TED Talks.Our MindSets feature wise souls from across Canada, each giving a 21-minute talk on topics designed to cool the mind and warm the heart.

Learn How to Meditate in 20 Minutes: Begin the journey to inner peace. Guided meditation instruction at 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30.IMG_5225

Pocket Raves: Get ready to groove to the beat for 10 minutes every hour! 10:50, 11:50, 12:50, 1:50, 2:50, 3:50.

Peace Sticks: Let your creative spirit flow from 10 am to 3:45 pm. Decorate your own birch stick using a range of art materials. You can also bring your stick upstairs to Room 301 for Talking Circles of Peace at 11 am or 1 pm.


The Peace Halifax experience begins as soon as you enter the plaza of the Halifax Central Library. Tell us what peace means to you on our Wonderwall. Sit in contemplation beside our Zen Garden or reflect as you walk through the Stepping Stones to Peace.


IMG_5165Once inside the Halifax Central Library look for our Emergency Optimist near the front door. Stop by for a consultation guaranteed to help you bring balance and peace back into your life. Or browse through the selection of books about peace, curated by the Central library’s staff.


Free hourly yoga! Stop by the Creative Lab on the second floor to participate in hourly yoga classes led by local teachers committed to peace.IMG_5185

Paint your face with signs of peace! Stop by the stairs on the IMG_5217second floor and visit our face painting table.







Mi’kmaq Talking Circle of Peace

20170830_111236Mi’kmaq Elder Billy Lewis will lead a Mi’kmaq Talking Circle to offer Peace Halifax visitors an introduction to the powerful Mi’kmaq practice.

Experience the peaceful energy and deep respect that are hallmarks of the talking circle. We’ll explore what peace means to us and learn about the principles behind talking circles at the same time.

Join us at 11:00 am & 1:00 pm in the Room 301.


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Engage your mind. Inspire your spirit. Every hour on the hour Peace Halifax will host spiritual talks in the well-know style of TED Talks. Our MindSets feature wise souls from across Canada, each giving a 21-minute talk on topics designed to cool the mind and warm the heart.


We have all heard of the health benefits of maintaining supple and flexible muscles in our bodies, but what about the health benefits of maintaining supple and flexible thoughts in our minds?  This talk will explore a few key tips on how we can cultivate and maintain a flexible mind.  In an ever-increasing polarized world, putting flexibility first brings great benefit to ourselves and others, improving the well being of us all.

Lila has been a student of Raja Yoga meditation for over 15 years.  She aims to apply the teachings to all areas of her life-family, career, and community.  Being a professional teacher for 21 years she loves to witness transformation and believes in the potential and power of each individual and in the process of lifelong learning.

INNER FITNESS with JUDI RICH (11AM – Paul O’Regan Hall)

JudiRich_YMCAPeaceMedal_NoBackExercise your third eye and flex your spiritual muscles. This session will focus on the foundation of well-being as we re-awaken a pure vision of the self, and explore how to integrate that awareness into day-to-day life…thereby lifting the ordinary to the sacred.

Judi formally began her spiritual journey in 1992, when she discovered a Brahma Kumaris Centre in her hometown of Calgary. From childhood, there had been interest in ‘the bigger questions of life’, and how the answers might contribute to a kinder world. Through the study of Raja Yoga, a spiritual practice, Judi feels she has not only found the answers she sought, but re-awakened a capacity we all have for deep contentment, peace and stability.

In addition to currently serving as the Centre Coordinator for the Brahma Kumaris Centre in Calgary, Judi works as a graphic designer and fitness instructor. 

THE ART OF STAYING HAPPY with Judy Johnson (noon – Paul O’Regan Hall)

judy bio picHappiness is a state of mind ~ or so they say. Most of us want to be happy. Our pursuit of happiness takes us to have amazing adventures and to buy new things and spend time with friends. Is it possible to create a state of mind that nourishes happiness? Staying happy is an art that can be mastered from the inside-out. Knowing the secrets of staying happy allow you to create your own. Join us to explore the 3 Hs of happiness.

Judy Johnson has worked in the field of leadership development and organizational effectiveness for 30 years. Judy works as a facilitator, consultant and coach to managers, directors and teams in health care, government, private and community based organizations in N. America, Europe, Latin America and Asia. 

Judy studies Raja Yoga meditation and currently coordinates the activities of the Brahma Kumaris meditation centre in Halifax, Canada.

M-Vizzutti_headshots_0120 7MASTERING YOUR STATE OF MIND with MARA VIZZUTTI (1 PM – Paul O’Regan Hall)

Do you have a busy brain? If so, you are not alone. For the majority of people, life is very demanding. We are navigating multiple daily demands at work, on our cell phones and on the home front.

Over time, this can produce feelings of overwhelm, overstimulation and fatigue. However, our natural state of inner peace is certainly available to us.With intention and practice, we can cultivate more calm in both body and mind. Join me in exploring how you can begin to master a more peaceful state of mind.

Mara Vizzutti is a seasoned facilitator and executive coach who’s been studying and practising meditation intermittently for 14 years. In 2013, Mara discovered the Brahma Kumaris Raja yoga approach to meditation and has been practising it ever since. She has found great value in the practise and the teachings that underpin them. Mara also facilitates the introductory meditation program in Halifax.


Inner Peace, Inner Power… Inner Resilience
What if everything you need to stay light, stable and big-hearted in the midst of upheaval, is already within you? Discover the know-how and practices necessary to access your unlimited reservoir of innate resilience.

Montreal-based Tanya Rich took up the practice of Raja Yoga meditation over 17 years ago, in answer to a rather persistent inner call to find a deeper meaning and purpose. Following an almost two-decades long career in live theater, Tanya now enjoys helping others build their capacity to ‘let go’—through her work as a Pilates instructor, specializing in mind-body movement.



Are we spiritually smart? Spiritual Intelligence may be the purest energy of the future and the most powerful one.

If wisdom has always been able to guide us in our reflections, it requires Spiritual Intelligence to translate it into actions. Spirit over matter; but smart! And the beauty of Spiritual Intelligence is that it’s an energy that always uplifts who we are, and what we do!

Eric Le Reste joined the Brahma Kumaris in 1983 in Montreal. Soon after, he opened meditation centres in Edmonton and Calgary, before returning to Montreal where he established “L’Émergence”, one of the main meditation centres in the city. Eric represents the Brahma Kumaris in Canada as National Coordinator and participates in various international projects including Images and Voices of Hope, dedicated to inspiring new restorative narratives in the media.


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