MCMINNVILLE, Tenn. – The annual World Peace Day celebration takes place 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23 at Isha Institute of Inner-sciences.
Held in conjunction with United Nations’ International Day of Peace, Isha has assembled family-friendly activities, entertainment and interactive programs—all of which underscore peace.
Highlights include: renowned Indian dance troupe Spanda; Nashville-based folk/rock band Humming House; special Yoga for Peace programs; an inspirational film screened across the ceiling of Isha’s massive, domed meditation hall; an interactive learning pavilion, and more.
Food and drink—globally inspired vegetarian selections along with a tasty and creative juice bar—are available for purchase throughout the day.
Additional activities include hiking nature trails, playing outdoor games and exploring the campus. Admission and activities for World Peace Day are free (except the food and juice bar). Visitors should register to attend at www.worldpeaceday.org.
Isha, a classical yoga and meditation center, is ideally situated in the scenic Upper Cumberland region— only a 90-minute drive from Nashville—and features a sprawling 1,400-acre wooded campus with several waterfalls, stunning bluff vistas and more. Recently, Travel and Leisure named it one of the best spiritual retreats in the world, and Southern Living called it a “majestic yoga retreat.”
Yoga for Peace kicks off World Peace Day at 11 a.m. and will be offered throughout the day. Each session, paced for ages 7 and up and all skill levels, provides helpful tips on how to channel inner peace by taking a few minutes each day with this practice.
A handy itinerary lets visitors shape their day— think hiking, game-playing, relaxing, interacting and more—as they choose.
The learning pavilion will feature interactive information about how environmental initiatives can facilitate peace, particularly water conservation and revitalization of rivers.
Visitors will congregate in Mahima— Isha’s massive, copper-domed meditation hall—to enjoy live entertainment by dance troupe Spanda, followed by Humming House 4:30 p.m. CT.
Spanda, an Indian dance company choreographed by the respected and acclaimed Leela Samson, will perform its latest production, Nadi, a contemporary and interpretive dance about rivers.
The folksy, roots rock band Humming House mixes foot-tapping tunes with thoughtful lyrics. Recently signed to Soundly Music and Sony Red, Humming House will release its album, Companion, in October.
Following, visitors can watch an inspiring film that will raise awareness about the need for river revitalization and its connection to global peace.
Registration is recommended. Isha is an alcohol and drug-free campus.
About World Peace Day
Isha’s World Peace Day is an annual day-long event hosted by Isha Foundation, an international non-profit human service organization which has been providing tools for human wellbeing in the form of yoga and meditation programs, and humanitarian service projects, to millions of people worldwide for more than 30 years. Held in conjunction with United Nations’ International Day of Peace, this celebration serves as a reminder that peace is not an ultimate goal, but rather a fundamental requirement for individual and global wellbeing. Past events have featured thought leaders including Arianna Huffington and Dr. Mark Hyman and others from diverse fields to discuss the most pressing issues of humanity. World Peace Day creates an opportunity to experience peace within and outside.
About Isha Institute of Inner-sciences
Founded in 2006, Isha Institute of Inner-Sciences is the North American center of the Isha Foundation. Located in McMinnville, Tennessee, Isha Institute is a 1,400-acre destination for classical yoga and wellness featuring hatha yoga programs, a holistic rejuvenation center, meditation classes from beginner to advanced levels, and more.
Mahima, the largest free-spanning meditation hall in the western hemisphere, is a vibrant space enclosing 39,000 ft. under its copper dome. Set amidst the breathtaking Upper Cumberland region, the campus features miles of hiking trails, waterfalls, scenic overlooks and more. Isha Institute welcomes thousands of visitors from around the world each year. Through powerful yoga programs for inner transformation and self-empowerment, and inspiring social outreach initiatives, Isha Foundation has created a massive movement dedicated to addressing all aspects of human wellbeing. Named one of India’s 50 most influential people, Sadhguru, a yogi, best-selling author and visionary, has touched the lives of millions worldwide through his transformational programs.