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Peace Talk February 2013

This Week

Tuesday 7:30 - "Messiah" Training
Thursday Feb 7th 6:45 - Fire Ceremony
Friday 7:30 pm - Drumming Circle
February 21st - Thursday Night Sweat Lodge


Council Retreat - the year ahead

The Council for the Center For Peace (Board of Directors) enjoyed a three day retreat the first part of January in the Peace Sound Chamber. It was a good to have the peaceful time to spend together.
Along with a lot of administrative issues (insurance, property taxes, etc.) and long range visioning, we managed to:
  • Create a dance schedule for 2013
  • Establish committees and committee chairs
More information on both of these items is in the following articles as well as on the website.
Following are topics we worked on.
Invite more participation from the CFP community.
  • Establish committees to manage various areas.
    • Giftshop
    • Workshops/Special Events
    • Property Maintenance and Projects
    • Youth Program
    • Communications
    • Ceremonial Mentoring
    • Supplies
  • Provide mentoring to interested people for ceremonial roles at CFP.
  • More personal contacts from the Council.
Attract "first time" visitors.
"We know that if new people don't come for the first time, one day we will all come for the last time."
  • Continue Natural Awakenings presence.
  • Provide workshops with broad interests.
  • Outreach by providing council members to speak at venues in Knoxville, Asheville and other towns in the area.
Maintain a safe environment.
  • Signage stressing personal responsibility.
  • Provide a CPR training class and possibly Red Cross First Aid training.
  • Identify community members with medical background/training.
  • Inspect facilities and repair/upgrade to maintain safe environment.
  • Schedule a major community event in June - the "Summer Faire".

2013 Dance Schedule

2013 Dance Schedule at 
The Center For Peace
Seymour, TN
March 22-25
“For The One” Dance, Tennessee
Chiefs: Sammye Jo Harvey & Ole Bjørn Michel
May 24-26
Women’s Web of Life Dance
Chiefs: Jeanne Robinson & Margarita DiVita
July 19-22
Seymour Sun Moon Dance
Chiefs: Steve & Nan Citty
August 10th
August 23-25
Star Dance
Chiefs: John Pehrson & Margarita DiVita
August 30-Sep 2
Men’s Hollow Bone Dance
Chief: Steve Citty
September 27-29
Drum Dance
Chief: Candy Barbee
December 7-8
Long Dance
Chiefs: Colby McLemore & Katy Koontz


Committees have been created to address areas of need at the Center For Peace. 
Without your help, the committees will not function at the highest level possible. PLEASE look at the list below and find an area that interests you. Contact us by clicking on the "contact" links provided and tell us your ideas and how you are willing to help.
We may contact some people to help, BUT it will be FAR better if you volunteer to support the community. Your time and energy will be very much appreciated.
There is more information on the website.

Giftshop Committee

Chair: Sandy Palmer and Jeanne Robinson
  • Purchasing
  • staffing
  • cleaning
  • display
  • outreach
  • special events


Workshop Committee

Chair: Sandy Palmer
  • Workshops
  • Seminars
  • Special Events


Property Committee

Chair: Dona Hodges
  • Property maintenance
  • wood gathering
  • splitting
  • repairs
  • mowing


Youth Program Committee

Chair: Nan Citty
  • Native Nurturing
  • Young People’s Dance


Communications Committee

Chair: Steve Citty
  • newsletter
  • web site
  • Natural Awakenings
  • outreach
  • event registration


Ceremonial Mentoring Committee

Chair: Nan and Steve Citty
  • firekeepers
  • moon mothers
  • sun fathers
  • lodge pourers
  • drummers
  • dog soldiers


Supplies Committee

Chair: José Gonzalez & Tamy Brown (treasurer)
  • sweat lodge
  • dances
  • house
  • property needs

Fire Ceremony - Thursday

Fire7th of each month, 7 pm
           ~ led by Katy Koontz

The purpose of the FIRE CEREMONY is to heal and purify both the planet’s physical oceans and the oceans of cosmic thought.
At 7 pm local time, fire elders light ceremonial fires at  each of the Peace Sound Chambers around the world. Those present watch the fire in silence until it burns out, giving to it what we want to transmute in our lives and staying open to the messages and teachings it brings.
All are welcome. We suggest you arrive around 6:45 pm.

Donations are appreciated.

Fire Ceremony Information

"Messiah" Training

Tuesdays 7-8:30pm
"In September of 2009,  I began leading a weekly seminar at the Center for Peace around the subject of 'Messiah' Training.  These are on a continuing basis [until they are not] and everyone is invited to participate.
"If you have read and liked such books as Richard Bach’s ILLUSIONS and/or are intrigued by the teachings of A COURSE IN MIRACLES and/or follow the visionary path taught by people like Joseph Rael, you already may have been studying up on this subject – already a 'messiah in training'.  
"Please do not let the language throw you!  These times together are very little about doctrine, demands, or nice ideas and much more about self discovery, personal power, and mutual support."
Perry Robinson

More "Messiah" Training information

Sweat Lodge

Sweat lodge
Thursday Night Lodge
February 21st 7pm
led by Steve Citty
Saturday Night Lodge
March 2nd 7pm
led by José Gonzalez
A sweat lodge or "Purification Lodge", is an intensely rewarding experience. By entering the womb of Mother Earth (the lodge), we seek purification and a deeper spiritual awareness through prayer.
Generally speaking the experience is to deepen spiritual awareness. The steam, heat, and darkness intensify prayers and personal introspection. The lodge leader (pourer), with help from the fire tender, hold an energetic space of safety and security while setting the intent of the lodge. The medicine of the lodge leader and of each participant helps to enrich the lessons of the lodge.
There are composting toilets in the meadow. You may change clothes in these toilets or at the Peace Sound Chamber. There is no nudity in our lodges.

Suggested Items to Bring:
• Two Towels
• Men are requested to wear swim trunks, gym shorts or something similar.
• Women are requested to wear a skirt or dress. (Something for inside the sweat that is modest and you don’t mind getting muddy.)
• Change of clothes (Preferably long sleeve and covers all of the legs to keep from getting the feast area dirty).
• Covered Dish for the Feast.

It is appropriate to bring tobacco, a small gift, or monetary gift for the fire-keeper and lodge master, both of whom offer their services to the people as a gift.
Cash donations are used to support the Sweat Lodge.  We use lots of wood for the fire; supplies like herbs (sage, tobacco, cornmeal, etc.), drinking water, and more. If you are feeling abundant, a donation would be appreciated. 

There is never a charge for Ceremony. If you are not feeling abundant, PLEASE do not allow this to prevent you from coming.

More information: What to bring

Drumming Circle

Every Friday @ 7 pm
~led by José Gonzalez and Tamy Brown

Drumming is a powerful, sometimes dramatic, way to break into other levels of our mind.  Sensitive instruments can measure the way that drumming affects the brain waves.  That’s the reason for tens of thousands of years the shaman has journeyed with the drum.
This drumming is not specifically for journeying; but you get to use it whatever way you wish – including having a good time doing it!
So, on Friday of each week, bring your drum, and come join us.
Donations are appreciated.

In This Issue

This Week

Council Retreat - the year ahead

2013 Dance Schedule


Fire Ceremony - Thursday

"Messiah" Training

Sweat Lodge

Drumming Circle

Calendar at a Glance
February 2nd 7pm
Saturday Night Sweat Lodge
February 7th 6:45
February 21st 7pm
MARCH 2013
March 2nd 7pm
March 7th 6:45
March 21st 7pm
March 16th
Work Day for "For The One" Dance
March 22-25
Facebook Group
New Facebook Group
Facebook Group
We have started a new "Group" on Facebook. It seems this is a better way to stay in touch interactively than the page format. We will keep up the page, but invite you to join our new group as well.
Simply "click" on the Facebook button above.
Work is Worship
“Work is Worship”
Work/activity is one very clear way to celebrate our selves as part of the community by which we are being fed spiritually. And it is always a lot of fun. Time seems to alter into a process rather than a taskmaster and friendships are born and nurtured by our community participation.
Bring gloves, appropriate clothing, water and an open willing attitude. If you have any special skills, please let us know so we can best use your talents. Of course, we will first take care of the pressing needs, but there is a lot of work to be done and all your talents are valuable.
We provide lunch. (So kitchen help is also appreciated.)
Perry 865-428-3070 or
Steve 865-300-4424
Chanting in the Chamber
The Peace Sound Chamber is available for chanting, vision quests and ceremonies of many different types.
You are encouraged to come to the chamber and chant, drum, meditate or simply sit (the chamber Spirits love it); please check first that there is not something already scheduled.
Please call at least two weeks in advance to reserve our facilities as usage requires council approval.
Council Meeting
This is the gathering of the board of directors to discuss new ideas, future projects, and events.  Feel free to come with suggestions and comments.
February 10th 10am 
-Visitors welcome Note new time.
For more information, call the Center at (865) 428-3070.
Directions to the Center

Council Members
The Center for Peace is a non-profit religious corporation in the State of Tennessee. Donations to the Center for Peace can be claimed as deductions from income for income tax purposes.

Active Council Members of the Center for Peace:
Nan Citty

Steve Citty
José Gonzalez
Dona Hodges
Sandy Palmer
Seymour, TN
Barbara Rector
Jeanne Robinson

Perry Robinson

Center For Peace • 880 Graves Delozier Road • Seymour • TN • 37865

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