I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know:
the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have
sought and found how to serve. Albert Schweitzer

We have made a commitment to create and participate in a yearly PeaceStorming event. What is PeaceStorming? It is a concentrated version of the experience we know so well through life at the Monastery, many retreats, and our work in Africa: that working together, being of service, meeting needs in ways that are beautiful and useful, creates peace and deep connection within us and among us.

How does it happen? We connect with a community or organization that identifies something they would like to accomplish but needs a few more willing and skillful hands. We work with them to design a two- to four-day plan to achieve that goal. We put out the call to Sangha, and then we all join to bring the dream to reality. In 2007, we built an organic garden and library shelves for and with the residents of the Broadway Village II housing project in Los Angeles. Enjoy the blog.

In 2008 our PeaceStorming project was with the Ecumenical Hunger Project in East Palo Alto for the three days prior to the Bridge Walk. We did some construction and painting in their clothing distribution center. During the same three days we held a concurrent relay-walk from Palo Alto to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Rotating teams covered the 40 miles in four days, completing the journey on Saturday morning in time for the Bridge Walk. The blog of this PeaceStorming event is now available.

PeaceStorming 2009 took place in April right here in our home territory of Calaveras County, California. We joined the folks of the Blue Mountain Coalition for Youth and Families for three days of projects and sharing stories of the work we all do in the world. Read all about it on the blog.

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