Peace Halifax

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About Peace Halifax

A gift to Halifax. In celebration of the United Nations International Day of Peace.

Situations 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 23, 2017
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Course Location: Pier 21, Kenneth C. Rowe Hall

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

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Peace Halifax Program

Mi'kmaq Elder Billy Lewis with his talking stick

Mi’kmaq Elder Billy Lewis with his talking stick


Mi’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 11:30 am & 1:30 pm in the Peace Sticks art area.



Face painting is one of the many family-friendly activities offered in the FeelGoodArtSpace












This beautiful space overlooking Halifax Harbour will feature family-friendly activities filled with the spirit of joy and discovery:

  • Face painting and Storytime readings all day.
  • Bring your favourite stuffie and join our Teddy Bear’s Picnic or get busy on your own Spirit Stick art project
  • Create peace as you make your own tiny Zen Garden and feel the world’s cares drift away
  • Stop at our Emergency Optimist booth for a consultation guaranteed to help you bring balance and peace back into your life
  • Enjoy peaceful music and movement with hourly Pocket Raves for young and young at heart!


Go deeper in Peace Hall. Meditation. Yoga. Inspiration. It’s all here for you, including our Give a Gift of Peace grand finale.













  • Learn to Meditate: 20 Minutes to Inner Peace (10:30 am, 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm)
  • Hatha Yoga: All-day yoga offered by local instructors for all levels, ages and sizes. (Click here to view the schedule and offerings at 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm)
  • Mindsets: imagine 21-minute TED-like spiritual talks that inspire and intrigue
  • Browse our bookshop for resources to carry the practice of peace home with you
  • Grand Finale – Give a Gift of Peace: an unforgettable wrap-up experience that will bring hundreds of Haligonians together for wrap-up performances and time spent in silence, closing the day with our own gift of peace for Halifax and the rest of the world.

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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.

LILA ROBERTSON: Cool Mind – Warm Heart. (Peace Hall 11am)
In today’s world balance is a popular word. We hear it in connection to a balanced diet, a balanced lifestyle, a balanced budget, etc. But what about a balanced internal world? This talk will explore the model of a cool mind-warm heart as a means to stay internally balanced, ultimately offering us greater peace, stability, and joy in all our lives.

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.

M-Vizzutti_headshots_0120 7MARA VIZZUTTI: Mastering your State of Mind (Peace Hall noon)
Do you ever wish you could silence a busy brain? Are you longing for more peace of mind and less stress? It is entirely possible to become a more in charge of your state a mind and to experience more calm, contentment and peace daily.

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.

Eric microERIC LE RESTE: Spiritual Leadership (Peace Hall 1pm )
The world may need great leaders but our inner world seeks spiritual leadership from the soul! Its so easy to point the finger at the wrongs we see in others but how to empower the self in order to maintain a higher code of spiritual conduct? To be the change we want to see in the world, maybe we first need to reveal a spiritual leadership over the self!

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.

TanyaTANYA RICH: Spiritual Fitness (Peace Hall 2pm)
How fit are you? This might be easy to measure in physical terms. But when it comes to facing the challenges of daily life, inner peace, power and resilience might prove more useful than a good Body Mass Index or Target Heart Rate. Find out how spirituality and a meditation practice can increase these inner capacities and our overall fitness for life. 

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.

DAVID FLETCHER: Spiritual Wisdom in an Unpredictable Climate   (Peace Hall 3pm)                 IMG_1718How can we be happy and content during this time of upheaval and eco-anxiety? How can we stay stable and be resilient as the world seems to be crashing around us? This talk helps us appreciate ourselves as souls in deep time and nurture loving relationships with the elements around us.

David Fletcher is a social justice educator and activist who became a student of Raj Yoga meditation in 2002. He has had the opportunity to work with indigenous people on the African continent and other parts of the world and strives to bring their ancient wisdom to a peaceful  practice of personal and global change.

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