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SEPTEMBER 18-23, 2022 | EVENT LINEUP

The week begins with Adrienne Torf’s 4-movement music and spoken word ensemble piece, The Awesome Difficult Work of Love. 13 Sedona-area storytellers and musicians, sharing their journeys around claiming identity and searching for community in the face of judgements, stereotypes, and prejudices. 

Discover the power in experiencing new forms of meditation in a group for individual and community health and well-being. In partnership with Sedona Meditation/Yoga Centers and Facilitators, this is now offered every 3rd Monday in multiple locations and times. This Monday will focus on meditations/healings for melting inner conflict and discovering inner peace. 

Peace Pause – 12:00 noon

At 12:00 noon throughout Sedona, wherever you are – PAUSE. After 3 breaths, reflect where you may have conflict within, with another or in a situation. Take a peace vow that on International Day of Peace (9/21) you will bring acceptance and understanding to yourself and others in whatever shows up in this Peace Pause. 

SICOP celebrates a 10-year partnership with Sedona International Film Festival with 3 Films for peace – co-presented with non-profit organizations in our community that resonate with the theme of each film. A lively and engaging panel discussion will follow.

1:00 Loving Highsmith

4:00 My Childhood-My Country – 20 Years in Afghanistan

7:00 Gratitude Revealed

Passionate leaders of community dance throughout our community and social media facilitate dances outside on the rocks throughout the day.  They say the greatest peace we can know is to feel alive and be at home in our own body. 

9:00 AM Michelle Grimm – Village of Oak Creek – Outside

3:00 PM Michelle Grimm – Posse Grounds

4:30 PM Brandon Strabela – Yavapai Point

Hundreds of Millions of photos are taken every MINUTE.  Hundreds of millions of people criticize their photos and selfies.  Photos for Peace is a  workshop with two professional portrait photographers and is out to transform the way you perceive yourself so you can foster peace in your life and grow in self-love.  

11:15 AM – 12:45 PM Josh Gray and Charles Ruscher

Sedona Public Library in the Village.  Javalina Room. 

BRING YOUR PHONE CAMERA AND A PEN!

SUNDAY, September 18: 7:00-8:30 PM TICKETS as DONATION: $35 and $60

The week begins with Adrienne Torf’s 4-movement music and spoken word ensemble piece, The Awesome Difficult Work of Love. 13 Sedona-area storytellers and musicians, sharing their journeys around claiming identity and searching for community in the face of judgements, stereotypes, and prejudices. Awesome Difficult Work of Love aims to give everyone, both on stage and in the audience, a moving reminder of how important it is to love oneself while striving to build trust and empathy with others in their broader community. 

Inspired by the work of the great African-American poet, essayist, activist and teacher June Jordan quote:

We need, each of us, to begin the awesome, difficult, work of love: loving ourselves so that we become able to love others without fear, so that we can become powerful enough to enlarge the circle of our trust and our common striving toward a safe, sunny afternoon near to flowering trees and under a very blue sky.” 

MONDAY, September 19

Monday, September 19, 2022: Meditation Mondays
FREE at multiple locations, times, facilitators, and modalities

1. Posse Ground Pavilion, 5:45-6:45 AM
Margaret Joy Weaver, Ekam Meditation Facilitator and Deeksha Giver for 7 years will lead a Sunrise Ekam Meditation fostering peace following 14 days of Sunrise Peace Meditations for the Fifth Annual Ekam World Peace Festival. There is power in our being together as a group.

2. Sedona Center for Harmony & Enrichment, 431 AZ-179 Suite A6, 12:00pm -1:00pm
Cheryl Bailey, RYT, 200, CMMI &CMWI of Grit and Grace Meditation, LLC – Alchemy Crystal Bowl healing, profound shifts in well-being, promoting relaxation and awareness. Musical Medicine balancing hemispheres of the brain for Inner Peace. www.SedonaCenterForHarmonyAndEnrichment.com

3. Harmonic Alchemy – 1785 W ST Rt 89A, 1C (downstairs), Sedona, 12:00pm-1:00-pm
Daniel Posney – Breathwork Facilitator and Spiritual Alchemist leads a transformative Sound Journey recalibrating Inner frequencies and vibrations integrating Breathwork with Crystal and Tibetan Bowls, Gongs, Didgeridoo, Drums, Mantra, Native Songs and Toning.
www.HarmonicAlchemy.org

4. Sedonya Conscious Living Center, 120 Deer Trail Drive, Sedona, 2:00pm-3:00pm
Chakra & Sound Healing Meditation w/Shalini Bagdasarian & Sonya Belisle – Voice toning opening and harmonizing 7 chakras, immersing in sounds of the Gong and Singing bowls Attuning body, mind and spirit vibrating in the center of your chakras bringing you into a deep, peaceful, inner silence.
www.Sedonya.org

5. Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Rd, Big Room, 4:00pm-5:00pm
Paul Friedman, Ph.D., teaches regularly at (OLLI), Creator of “Mindfulness in Motion” Meditation. A participatory experience using a set of simple, varied, pleasant, present-moment hand and arm movements. If you’ve experienced and enjoyed walking meditation, you’ll appreciate this extension of mindfulness into the upper body–another way to glimpse living in an open, awakened state.
www.SedonaLibrary.com

6. Sedona Center for Harmony & Enrichment, 431 AZ-179 Suite A6, 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Ana Hansen will lead a peace meditation using frankincense essential oil, one of the most beneficial aromatherapies today. In choosing the path of peace and reconciliation, you are giving compassion and hope to hope to future generations.
www.SedonaCenterForHarmonyAndEnrichment.com

TUESDAY – PAUSE FOR PEACE – 12:00 NOON wherever you are!

TUESDAY – PAUSE FOR PEACE12:00 NOON wherever you are!

Films For Peace

Wednesday 9/21

1:00 PM – LOVING HIGHSMITH: A celebrated author, Patricia Highsmith’s quest for love and her troubled identity, and forced to live a double life and had to hide her vibrant love affairs from her family and the public. 

4:00 PM MY CHILDHOOD-MY COUNTRY – 20 Years in Afghanistan: An Epic Story of a boy growing up in a land ravaged by war and who has never lived in a nation of peace – a perfect film to commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and the October defeat of the Taliban – and what is happening right now. After more than a trillion dollars spent by 40 countries, and countless lives lost, was the cost worth it – for Mir and the world?  The film lets the viewer decide. 

Panel: ICOP Fred Armant greeting and John Soderberg

7:00 PM GRATITUDE REVEALED: An epic journey forty years in the making, GRATITUDE REVEALED from acclaimed filmmaker, Louie Schwartzberg, the director of Fantastic Fungi, takes us on a transformational , cinematic experience of how to live a more meaningful life full of Gratitude through his intimate conversations with everyday people, thought leaders, and personalities revealing Gratitude is a proven pathway back from the disconnection we feel in our lives; disconnection from ourselves, our planet and each other.

Panel: SICOP and Faith Groups 

 

DANCES FOR PEACE

Thursday 9/22

Dance outside with people of all ages and backgrounds – inspired by two of Sedona’s favorites who enjoy dancing and has EVERYONE feel comfortable.  Dissolve your own inhibitions and just BE FREE during Dances for Peace!

9:00 AM Michelle Grimm – Village of Oak Creek – Outside

3:00 PM Michelle Grimm – Posse Grounds

4:30 PM Brandon Strabela – Yavapai Point

PHOTOS FOR PEACE

Friday 9/23

11:15 AM – 12:45 PM Josh Gray and Charles Ruscher

Sedona Public Library in the Village.  Javalina Room. 

BRING YOUR PHONE CAMERA or Camera!

Led by: Josh Gray and Charles Ruscher 

Josh’s love of photography started in Montana while studying at the University of Great Falls, with just one press of a shutter release. A single click became an obsession with the magic of light and film. This in turn became a lifelong passion for creating, exploring and for never stopping learning and serving others. Having photographed thousands of subjects literally, with a career that has sent him around the globe working with such clients as National Geographic, Sony, Pixar & Disney; today, Josh Gray is the Co-Owner and Chief Creative Technologist at Eclpst, an elite photo and video-based marketing agency located here in Sedona, Arizona. 

Charles Ruscher is a Sedona photographer who has been playing with a camera seriously for over 20 years.  Having a BS in Technology Education provided a base to teach at the college level for a while. Photographing people in their passions in the Sedona landscape brings joy and everlasting memories. He enjoys inspiring people to make the connection between their own creativity and expression typically out on the land and capturing it with a camera.

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