DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Saturday 25 March: A new ‘Peace Focus Group’ will meet on the theme of ‘Exploring how practicing love and forgiveness leads to inner peace.’ Starts 3.15 for 3.30 pm, to 5.30 pm, at 53 Blackbutts Road, Frenchs Forest, NSW. Bring your open heart and big smile! Also bring a plate to share for dinner following the meeting, if you would like to stay to continue the peace conversation. Contact Maria Moy on m.moy@sewhoy.net or 0413-585-364. The group plans to also meet on 10 June, 16 September and 25 November 2017.
 
Tuesday 28 March: Deadline to get your stories in for the April issue of Newsbriefs. Contact mike.brown@iofc.org
 
Friday 31 March to Sunday 2 April: Creators of Peace circle at Armagh in Melbourne. Come together with women of diverse beliefs and cultural backgrounds who, like you, want to create a cohesive multicultural society. Become a proactive peace builder! For information, contact barbara.lawler@iofc.org
 
Friday 31 March to Sunday 2 April: ‘Staying on the Ball’ basketball and life skills camp at Philip Island, VIC. IofC Australia is offering this training opportunity in partnership with MSF Sports for young people aged 13 to 21. The camp offers pro basketball coaching, leadership skill development, life coaching and a camp tournament with prizes! Only 30 spots available. $330 covers two nights including all meals, accommodation, transport from Melbourne, t-shirt and certificate of achievement. For enquiries, contact Sokol, 0404-662-968 or David, 0417-389-892. You can register online at http://www.msfbasketball.com/staying-on-the-ball-camps/
 
Saturday 1 April: Sustainable Impact Mentoring workshop at Armagh in Melbourne. Information on the project is here: http://www.impactmentoring.com.au
 
Saturday 1 April: Auburn Creators of Peace monthly meeting. Topic: ‘Forgiveness’. 1.30 for 2-4 pm in the Youth Room at the Auburn Centre for Community, 44A Macquarie Road, Auburn, NSW.
 
Friday 7 April to Sunday 9 April: Gathering of Creators of Peace women from around Australia at Armagh. This meeting will be planning next steps for the further development of CoP in Australia.
 
Saturday 16 April: Hills Creators of Peace monthly meeting. Just drop in and enjoy the friendship over a cup of coffee, 2-4 pm at the Galston Chargrilled Chicken Shop, 1/350 Galston Road, Galston, NSW, next door to the IGA on the way to Fagan Park.
 
Saturday 22 April: Council meeting at Armagh, 9 am to 5 pm.
 
Saturday 29 April to Thursday 4 May 2017: Asia Pacific Regional Gathering in Tainan, Taiwan.
 
Saturday 6 May: Auburn Creators of Peace monthly meeting. Topic: ‘Closing the Wound’. 1.30 for 2-4 pm in the Youth Room at the Auburn Centre for Community, 44A Macquarie Road, Auburn, NSW.
 
Saturday 13 May: Love, Life and Music Concert and Forgiveness Workshop with Rwandan genocide survivor, singer and songwriter Jean-Paul Samputu, at the New Peninsula Community Auditorium, 370 Craigie Rd, Mount Martha, VIC. Samputu travels the world as a cultural ambassador for Rwanda, using traditional African singing, drumming and dancing to bring a message of peace, love, hope, forgiveness and reconciliation to a global audience.
• Workshop: Breaking the Cycle: The Power of Forgiveness 2:00-4:00pm
• Concert: Celebrating Love, Life & Music 5:30-6:30pm
 
Check out the Youtube video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPnmESuXtE8&feature=youtu.be
 
Tickets are available through Eventbrite, with an early bird discount available until 14 April: https://www.facebook.com/events/992491524218759/permalink/997048783763033/
 
Friday 19 May to Sunday 21 May: Creators of Peace circle on the Central Coast, NSW. The weekend starts on Friday evening, 7-9 pm. Sessions on Saturday and Sunday are 9 am to 4.30 pm. Stay at the beautiful rural location, Rumbulara Retreat near Ourimbah, NSW. Costs of accommodation and meals to be announced. For more information, see www.waveofwisdom.org  or email creatorsofpeace.nsw@gmail.com.
 
Sunday 21 May: Hills Creators of Peace meeting. Topics: ‘Listening’. 1.30 for 2 to 4pm at the Small Meeting Room, Rowland Village, 301 Galston Road, Galston, NSW.
 
Save the Date: The 4th Southeast Asia Life Matters course will be in Bali, Indonesia, 12-19 August 2017. The theme will be ‘Finding a path and purpose in life.’ There are 50 spots available for participants. Early bird registration is available at $350 until 15 April; for further information and registration, see www.lmcindonesia.id.