All Nations, All Faiths, One Prayer
World Peace and Prayer Day 2014 Schedule
June 19th through 22nd World Peace and Prayer Day 2014 ceremonies and events at Bowdoin Park
June 19-22, 2014 @ Bowdoin Park
Wappingers Falls, NY
in the beautiful Hudson River Valley
10am to 10pm daily
The sacred fire will be lit the morning of Thursday July 19th in the presence of the majestic horses of Blue Star Equiculture.
A schedule of daily events will be posted at the various tents and pavilions. Please consult the Protocols menu bar above for specifics about the fire ceremony.
Saturday, June 21st Schedule (subject to change)
10am Chief Arvol Looking Horse with local politicians
10:30 Planting of Peace Pole, then Tobacco Peace Ceremony at Sacred Fire Circle
Then Round Dance
Public Feast at noon (please bring something to share)
Main tent Phillip Whiteman Jr – Healing with Horses
Unify Global Sync to honor sacred sites at 3
4:15pm Main tent Alaskan Elders
5pm Gerard Williams (WPPD event in Australia)
6pm Shane Orthman Asatru Earthbased Tradition of Midgaard (Scandinavian)
8pm Music and Films (Big Screen)
**Ongoing activities in side pavilion all day, survival skills demonstrations, children’s activities. See and pet the magnificent horses of Blue Star Equiculture!
*Bring water, a blanket if you’d like to sit on hte grass, and bug repellent for evenings.
****Make a right off of Route 9 South (Sign for Bowdoin Park just north of Poughkeepsie Galleria Mall), drive 3 miles on Sheafe Road. Pass the Elementary School and the Monastery, and the park entrance is another 1/4 mile down on the right. Once on the premises, you will see our WPPD welcome tent where you can check in and be directed to the location of the event.
We look forward to seeing you!
World Peace and Prayer Day—also known as, Honoring Sacred Sites Day, was envisioned and brought forth by Chief Looking Horse as a day to join worldwide communities and people of all races, ages, genders, and faiths, who share concern for the welfare of the Earth and humanity. Honoring-ceremonies, invocation and prayer are observed in collaboration with local indigenous representatives. Special guest speakers, wisdom keepers and activists of all denominations share spiritual insight and discuss important environmental concerns and cures—on both a local and global level. This profoundly auspicious time is elevated by a cross-cultural celebration of music, dance, and storytelling.
All are welcome at no cost, but donations are greatly appreciated!
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With the guidance of Chief Arvol Looking Horse
19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Pipe Bundle and recognized spiritual leader of the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota Sioux Nations. Unity through prayer. We have come to a crossroads in our evolution on this planet, when it is vital, despite our differences, to unify our minds and hearts for the well being of all. For this reason World Peace and Prayer Day has traveled around the world to actively bring people together – drawing attention to the relevance of sacred sites in this 21st century. This year, WPPD is honored to be hosted by the Hudson Valley Region of New York, specifically, at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls in Dutchess County. Click here for a link to the park. See the “Location” bar for more details about the event site. Please do not call the park regarding specific information on WPPD. View our website and email us on the “Contact” bar. Thank you.
World Peace & Prayer Days Events – Coming Soon!
THIS IS AN ALCOHOL AND DRUG FREE EVENT
June 19, 20, 21, 22 2014 – World Peace & Prayer Days. Hudson Valley, New York. The Sacred Fire is the heart of World Peace and Prayer Day. It will be lit on June 19th, upon the arrival of the Sage Boy riders and their horses, the Buddhist walkers and the Peace Pole carried from the World Peace Prayer Society in Wassaic, NY to be placed in the park by Chief Arvol Looking Horse. The Sacred Fire is honored over four days, with a special ceremonial emphasis – following traditional Lakota Sioux ways, on Summer Solstice, Saturday June 21. As the sacred fire burns there will be a time when everyone is invited to offer tobacco and prayers to the fire. This prayerful Summer Solstice Day will be followed by the sharing of wisdom keepers and speakers, joining us from far and wide. The celebrations will continue with Earth and animal awareness activities, talking circles, storytelling, more speakers and shared feasts. All activities and events are offered at no cost to all. Please bring food to cook and share! Honoring Sacred Sites. Acknowledged by all Nations around the world as places holding unique geographical, spiritual, historical and often mythological significance. These places of worship—intended to unite people in peace, can all too easily become a source of power struggle, greed and environmental abuse. It is by no coincidence that places where the Earth vibrates with magnified energy, also commonly align with rich pockets of Earth’s greatest natural resources. Therefore, the importance of protecting sacred sites and educating people about the value of restoring them to balance, reaches beyond the realm of spiritual ideals and directly into the impact their restoration has, on the health of the environment. Chief Looking Horse will be visiting some of the sacred sites of the area on Sunday the 22nd, performing ceremony to cleanse the lands.
Pezi H’ota Hoksina
For more information about the Pezi H’ota Hokshina ride, click here.
Prayer Run for World Peace 2014 Rationale
Our goal through The Prayer Run for World Peace 2014 is to open the eyes of the participating youth, as well as the communities we will pass through, that we, the future generations, have a valid and conscientious concern for what we are inheriting, in reference to the condition of the environment. We will experience and witness the conditions of our Grandmother Earth and create a positive impact towards finding solutions in today’s environmental issues. We will commence our run on June 17th and conclude by participating in one of the many places that will hold World Peace and Prayer Day 2014, at Bowdoin Park, Wappingers Falls, New York. We, the youth, are influenced by modern western culture that only focuses on the negative and tends to filter out the positive through the media. The youth of today are the entering caretakers that face hardships and obstacles. Life will be hard, and the environment will reflect our struggle. Neglecting our responsibilities in taking care of Grandmother Earth is resulting in the glaciers melting, leaving us with higher levels of water that will affect our water supply, flood the land, and generate severe storms. Hurricane Katrina was only the introduction to what is going to happen environmentally, and conditions are worsening with Fukushima radiation around the world, continued fracking along with Tar Sands and Pipelines. These potential catastrophes will not only affect the human race; they will also affect the animals and every organism with a spirit. There needs to be a change in our choices and the outlook of life. We need to make that change, soon, before a better life is not attainable.The Prayer Run’s goal is to bring a positive change by encouraging a conscious awareness through running with our prayers for World Peace. The first Run was in 2005 for the thank you ceremony for World Peace and Prayer Day June 21st, From New York to the Black Hills, SD WPPD.
Second was in 2006 from Vancouver to Eklutna, Alaska.
Third was in 2007 Mexico City to the Tiotiwakan Sacred Site in Mexico.
We will now, in 2014, complete the 4 year commitment.
We are asking for assistance and understanding of our intentions in creating a different path intended for building empowerment for positive solutions, rather than accepting defeat in the reality of our inheritance. Please consider to help us complete our goals through contributing, passing this plan to other interested people, and/or offering prayers of support.
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