Thursday, November 27, 2014

Conversations of a Lifetime

With the thirst quenching weather we've been having, last week has been one of reflection. It is
such a rewarding job to be able to see history through the eyes of another. Much is to be said, for
the appreciation of writing and documenting that which Sami has left behind, a treasure chest full
of memories and lessons learned.

With the thirst quenching weather we've been having, last week has been one of reflection. It is
such a rewarding job to be able to see history through the eyes of another. Much is to be said, for
the appreciation of writing and documenting that which Sami has left behind, a treasure chest full
of memories and lessons learned.

Our vibrant and colorful Sami Sunchild, in her art studio, is wearing a South Pacific house dress designed for comfort and coolness. She spent several months in Fiji and Tonga and loved sharing her adventures overseas. We had such a beautiful week organizing, reading, and revealing the next chapter to this adventure packed novel!

Thanks Giving is here! Does anyone have any special plans or events going on for Thanks Giving that they can share with us? Time has come again to join hands with our families, break bread with our friends and feast with our community. Thank you for reading and keep an eye out for our next blog.

Thank You for Being You!

"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy;
they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom"
-Marcel Proust

Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks to the bountiful harvest our Mother Earth has 
provided unconditionally. We celebrate by preparing and sharing a delightful feast 
with our community members. This year,  may we take a moment and give a big 
appreciation to those who add to our happiness and well being. By recognizing those special individuals in our lives, we ignite warmth and 
compassion to the rest of the world.  Appreciation and love are powerful forces.

On this day I give thanks to my family and friends as well as my community. Nothing 
is more satisfying than getting to know yourself with the support and help of all your 
loved ones.

Someone who resonates at such a high frequency in my life is Heidi M, and I would very much like to appreciate all that she has done to support me in my efforts. She is a reminder that authentic listening goes a long way when the road gets rough.
I would also like to give thanks to Hayden S, for the endless amounts of love and happiness he gives me, I feel so lucky to have found someone like you to share my moments with. 
Lastly, my pet Gypsy, although you are an animal you bring me so much light and warmth, when your warm wet nose  nuzzle my face the world just melts away and I feel loved.

On average, how often do we appreciate the people we have and the places we've
been? It's a wholesome feeling to have and share with people who mean the most to 
us; to come together even just once a year and treasure the moments we share with 
one another.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

Monday, November 10, 2014

The Thrills of Leading a Legacy

Time flies when your work is your passion. This year we set our beloved Red Victorian on a new path of destiny, and into a world of blossoming opportunities. With this new transition grew a new exciting journey for Sami Sunchild's, Peaceful World Foundation. Creatively and diligently, Heidi and I, Helene, commenced our fresh start with lots of organizing and planning in mind. We used local caf├ęs, gracious enough to allow us to use their space to work on our blooming project. 

Each day of work passing with an engraved feeling of gratitude to our founder Sami Sunchild for this sizable gift she has presented us with. It has inspired us to invest a lot of time towards a proper representation of her purpose as well as keeping the foundation updated and appealing to a vast variety of social groups and movements, including many which she personally supported.

After searching the city's available retail and office spaces, we fell in love with one place in particular, located in the naturally and culturally historic, Presidio. 

A gem in the heart of San Francisco history, we got the keys to a quaint renovated office space, previously used as a Military Surgeon Residence. Located in a hub of creative and innovative culture, we are overwhelmed with excitement to start our quest of bringing positive change to this world.

Filling up our space wasn't hard and didn't take too long either. With a lot of assembling and cataloging ahead of us we slowly delve into the set up of our new office.

Follow us on our adventure as it grows with more purpose and more global reach.

A Week Full of Excitement for Peaceful World

What a busy week we've been having! Our recent overflow of organizing and planning has paid off, as the world has graced us with such beautiful representations of restoring arts, peace and harmony into our bright sunny community.

•Culture and Heritage Appreciation Day

Culture and heritage appreciation day at the Community Arts School in Oakland serving the academic and artistic needs of youth in low income neighborhoods. Newly acclaimed artist and musician Ernesto Olmos held a hands on presentation of traditional Oaxacan music. Children gathered round in flocks of musical excitement and curiosity.

•Restorative Peace Justice

Peaceful World Foundation was invited to attend a Restorative Peace Justice healing ceremony in Half Moon Bay. Community members gave heartfelt testimonies on how the process helped them and their families heal and find peace with the unjust death of an adolescent community member. An emotional demonstration of how healing the wounds of one can lead to healing the wounds of a community.

• Figment 2014: Outdoor Art Fest in Mosswood Park 

Saturday morning we joined a colorful crowd of artists at Mosswood park in Oakland encouraging people of all ages to engage in music, handicrafts, and painting. As listed on, 
"Figment is a free participatory arts event held in multiple cities... An all ages event bringing together the community and inspiring the creation and celebration of art and culture..." 

Feel free to share any of your special events or moments with us on our blog or As Sami would preach, "Let peace begin with me and spread out from this place."

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Conversations with James

On warm and sunny days I find myself taking a stroll on Stow Lake at the park. During these walks I began noticing a regular, an older gentleman, with an open and friendly spirit. 
On one of my walks, he smiled my way and said “good morning young lady have a beautiful day.” I returned this kind gesture with a smile. His name is James and he has been walking around Stow Lake for nearly eleven years.

James has a special interaction with the other walking regulars ranging from all ages and all walks of life. On this morning, James and I walked around Stow Lake twice and we were engaged in a rich conversation about life and death.
 Nearly 14 years ago, James had brain surgery and during his surgery they discovered he had a dying heart. After months of searching, they located a heart for him. The heart came from a 29 year old fireman who died during a fire rescue. James’ recovery was one of contemplation and a renewed sense of enthusiasm for life.  
 At 64, James brings a mystical light to the step of every regular walker and the “drop in walker” as he puts it at Stow Lake. I am a witness to this man’s gift. 

He greets from a place of serenity, he tells a joke from the gut, he speaks with an echo of wisdom, and he walks around the lake with purpose. I leave his company with a sense of appreciation and value of the gift of connecting with others in conversation.

“We need each other… to laugh with… to talk with … and to walk with…”                                     -James

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Bouquet Club

The sun shined bright and high above the commercial strip on Cortland Avenue in Bernal Heights, a tranquil time of day in a community filled neighborhood. The Bernal Heights Library was holding a paper flower making workshop for children as an after-school event; the library holds regular events that you can find on their website, Library Events Calendar.

Heidi and I decided, with our paper flower making history for last year's Dia De Los Muertos celebration, we would participate as the Peaceful World Foundation in this event. Upon arrival we found a handful of ladies ranging from toddler to mother, all focused on their bundle of tissue paper. Across a table near the entrance, we found supplies and a warm welcome from the event coordinator. She offered us a brief tutorial on how to make paper flowers and got our creative juices flowing.

If you are interested in learning how to make your own tissue paper flowers and missed this event, the online tutorials will tell you all you need to know; Online Tutorial.

Soon enough we were trading tips and methods with the young girls and their mothers on how to make different kinds of flowers; cutting, folding, tying and crimping new kinds of paper plants to form beautiful bouquets of color and texture.

  By the end of the workshop, Heidi and I had created bouquets of paper blossoms, filled with color and character. Hopefully with time, the Peaceful World Foundation, can hold its own community building, after-school workshops! This experience left us with a comforting feeling; a bond not only as friends but as members of the Bernal Heights community, connecting with other individuals, young and mature, around the area.

“We have all known the long loneliness and we have learned that the only solution is love and that love comes with community.” 
― Dorothy DayThe Long Loneliness: The Autobiography of the Legendary Catholic Social Activist

Monday, September 1, 2014

Peace in the Park Festival

Saturday August 23, 2014 marked the beginnings of the Peaceful World Foundation’s new adventures in co-celebration with many others at the Peace in the Park Festival in Golden Gate Park. Our tent decorated by peace signs, bouquets of flowers and an unexpected harpist playing for us within a beautiful landscape of the park elevated our senses. People were indulging on the peaceful activities and swimming through cultural diversity, from the yoga party to the meditation tent all the way down to the live music. Thank you to all of the amazing individuals who helped bring this event to its height and for all the guests that participated in our conversation tent; it was so refreshing to have those meaningful conversations the Peaceful World Foundation is thriving to achieve. 

We had one topic per hour for a 5 hour time span. Our conversation topics included:
"Is Confidence Real?", "What is Friendship?", "Where Do You Call Home?" and more. Participants shared colorful insights and different perspectives related to their life experiences.

I had an enchanting encounter with an agriculturist who had visions. His perspective on the world was so beautiful, he explained that, "the world is like a stage, and we are actors playing our parts in an ongoing drama, and sometimes we need the drama for the less dramatic scenes to really stand out..." His perspective on where you call home is, "home is inside all of us, it is not a structure or a place but rather a feeling of comfort we all hold inside of our bodies. It is the warmth of familiarity."

"What is Friendship" really got everyone’s heart strings vibrating! We had a trio of young women joining the conversation table who are friends and in that particular hour they experienced a deeper connection in friendship as they shared their lessons learned. The more we delve into this topic the stronger their bond of friendship became. Stephanie spoke of a time that she helped a friend through a tough time and how meaningful it was to her friend that she had made time for her, she concluded by saying, "to me it didn't seem like a big deal, but I realized had I not been there that night cracking open a beer with her in my living room we would not have the strong friendship we have today." 

During the conversation topic, "Where do you call home?” one guest surprised me by using words similar to Sami’s words regarding home, "…it must be difficult for refugees and the homeless not to have a structured place to call home. Sometimes I feel silly complaining about my own living situation when I think of all the people out there without one."
You nailed it Dave. 

This festive and harmonious day brought out meaningful conversations which really brought home the Sami Sunchild message, that we are all not so different from one another and peace can persevere. During the conversations as I sat and listened to the participants I could feel Sami's cool, calming, and exciting energy in the breeze and as it touched my cheeks.