Peace in the Park is a free annual festival that takes place in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, which promotes peace and wellbeing within the Bay Area community. With a goal of facilitating positive change on both global and personal levels, Peace in the Park's key aim is to empower youth and the Bay Area community with tools, tips and scientifically proven techniques to cultivate emotional resilience, manage stress, prioritize self-care, cultivate compassion and live joyfully.
Peace in the Park was first hosted in 2013 as one-time event by the Brahma Kumaris and their friends from over 30 years including the Institute of Noetic Sciences, United Religions Institute, Pachamama Alliance, Interfaith Center at the Presidio, World Arts West, Stanford CCARE and Creative Canopy. Following the astounding success, people wanted it to become an annual festival. The Brahma Kumaris teach meditation techniques to enter into a natural state of calm on a daily basis; enhancing our ability to think more deeply, and feel greater empathy and live out our values in more authentic ways. Daily calm, clear thinking and value-based living can all positively impact our career path, relationship and well-being.
Over the four years, the festival's impact is having a positive effect towards actively contributing to peace and social conscious initiatives in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area. Since 2013, the festival's attendance has doubled in size each year and has spread to three other cities. We are expecting 10,000 people in 2016. The Peace in the Park platform is growing globally, as well, with New York NY, Oxford UK, Miami FL, Amsterdam NL and Trinidad realizing the value and benefits of this yearly venue and movement.The event is co-produced by Brahma Kumaris instructor and TEDx speaker, Jay Chodagam.