A TED Talk Inspired Spiritual Talk Series WALK THE TALK: COMPASSION


wtt-compassion-posterThe Vogue | Wednesday, December 14, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS – Walk the Talk: Compassion continues the innovative TED Talk inspired Spiritual Talk series, and will showcase six speakers discussing and sharing personal stories about compassion. The event will also feature live music, confetti, interactive activities and a Motivational Balloon drop, making it an over-the-top show unlike any other speaker series! Walk the Talk: Compassion will be held on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. (doors open at 7:15 p.m.) at The Vogue in Broad Ripple (6259 N. College Avenue).

Tickets are on sale now ($15, plus applicable fees) at the Vogue Box Office, TheVogue.com, and Ticketfly.com. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door on the day of the event.

The six speakers of Walk the Talk: Compassion will inspire, motivate and awaken the mind with messages of how compassion has affected their lives by answering the question: What does compassion mean to you? Speakers will include:

  • Jessica Froelich – Jessica Froelich is on a mission to make the world a more peaceful, loving place, and as a love warrior, has made a lifelong commitment to deepening her connection to the power of unconditional love. A storyteller at heart, she has always enjoyed performance arts and acting on stage and in film. Her authentic, open expression of emotions provides others with a raw, un-edited reminder of the beauty in our human nature, and through the lens of compassion, she will take listeners on a journey, opening their eyes to transformation.
  • Rory Colgan – As a writer who published his first book in 2007, Rory Colgan will share insightful metaphysical concepts applied to topics in self-help, meditation and philosophy. Rory is the founder of the educational platform Inner Health Today, which focuses on aiding others to become healthy, wealthy and influential in the realms of spiritual, mental and emotional development. He graduated from the School of Metaphysics with a Qui Docet Discit and is a certified Dream Coach, helping others to understand their dreams and the relation to each individual’s life.
  • Kunal Vyas – A Zionsville, Indiana native, Kunal Vyas is passionate about his family, connecting with the community and helping others reach their full potential. Growing up amongst a diverse religious community in rural poverty in India, he has become a humble man with compassion toward all humanity. Even as a father of three, a philosopher and a husband with a full-time job and small business, Kunal is dedicated to spending his life making the world a blissful place, serving many hours rebuilding the community, helping people in need and feeding thousands of those left homeless.
  • Kathy Slaughter – Lifelong student Kathy Slaughter currently pursues the craft of psychotherapy, where she specializes in human sexuality, relationships and trauma at her practice in Broad Ripple. Her passion for personal growth and self-development is matched only by her interest in teaching others through one-on-one interactions, workshops and events. Kathy thrives on compassioante conversations that lead others to new realizations about their own lives.
  • Tim Nation – Tim Nation is the cofounder and executive director of Peace Learning Center, an Indianapolis-based educational institution that teaches peace-building and communication skills, and has served 200,000 people since 1997. With a background in management and public relations, Tim previously served as the director of Indiana AmeriCorps, and is a member of the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee, Chair of the Indianapolis Race & Cultural Relations Leadership Network and was named a “Distinguished Hoosier” by Indiana Governor Frank O’Bannon.
  • Richard Brendan – Inspiring and passionate, Richard Brendan brings love to life through his speaking, coaching and producing. He hosts a weekly radio program on WICR and has been both a producer and narrator for several TV projects, namely for WFYI and PBS. As founder of JourneysFire International, he produces innovative programs and events using media, arts and education. Richard also takes numerous trips to Haiti, where he provides for the less fortunate by speaking and providing humanitarian aid to assist in the relief efforst for children and families.

Listeners should arrive open to new information and ready to experience the vision of Walk the Talk, with the expectation of receiving key “take-aways” that can be immediately integrated into their daily lives, improving the overall quality and awareness of each person’s life and those close to them.

For more information, please contact steve@walkthetalkseries.com or visit www.walkthetalkseries.com.

Climate Camp, Overview


Final Notes from Climate Camp 2016

Indianapolis, Ind. (July 30, 2016) – Earth Charter Indiana and its youth program, Youth Power Indiana, along with partner Peace Learning Center and HEART, collaborated once again on their annual weeklong Climate Camp, July 25-29.

Youth are available for interviews upon request.

Highlights of the Week:
· Presentations by and on:
o #JustTrayNo youth, four 11-year-old students who convinced IPS officials to stop using polystyrene lunch trays starting this school year
o The Promise Project, Carmel-based Climate Campers working with elected officials on climate recovery
o Climate Recovery, Indy-based Climate Campers working with elected officials on climate recovery
o Youth action in the United States
· A public showing of Josh Fox’s (Gasland) new documentary, How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change
· A nature hike around Eagle Creek Park
· A visit to the Nature Conservancy, Indy’s most sustainable building, where Climate Campers also learned all about The Children of Indiana Nature Park, recently launched in Centerville, Indiana
· A tour of IndyGo’s new Downtown Transit Center
· A Mock City County Council meeting, where Campers familiarized themselves with the city county council and how the public is engaged in impacting local policy
· A trip to Freewheelin’ Community Bikes, where youth leaders helped Climate Campers tune up their bikes, learning bike safety and maintenance in preparation for their afternoon ride
· Indy’s first-ever Tour de Hives. Starting in 2015, tanks to a grant by SustainIndy, Earth Charter Indiana teamed up with beekeeper Kate Franzman (Bee Public) to engage in pollinator education project that resulted in hives placed at Indianapolis schools. Franzman met with students to talk about bee health and Mayor Joe Hogsett’s recent signing of the Monarch Pledge.
· Several campers paused their bike ride to participate in a public ALEC protest in full swing in front of the Indiana Statehouse
· A group discussion on environmental racism, led by assistant director Tabitha Barbour.
· Campers learned that a story on Climate Camp was published in the Indianapolis Star: http://www.indystar.com/story/news/2016/07/27/indiana-students-work-fight-climate-change/87382560/
· Climate Camp was also covered in the local media via WFYI’s live Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/WFYI.Indianapolis/videos/10154265427065874/
· The Climate Camp 2016 Showcase, “Speak Out for the Planet,” held from 5-8 p.m. at the Indianapolis State Museum
· Delicious vegan meals including lunches catered by 3 Carrots, Shepherd’s Pie made from produce donated by Indy Urban Acres and Pogue’s Run Grocer, and dinner from DUO’s Foodtruck
Kristina Hulvershorn, co-director of Climate Camp and Youth Program Director for the Peace Learning Center, stated this year’s camp to be “extraordinarily powerful, because we have so many campers invested in real life, change-making activities. It was an inspiring celebration of hope and opportunity.”
Many others were equally delighted with the experiences of the week. Counselor Cora Gordon, an incoming sophomore at North Central High School, is “constantly inspired by all the kids. They are so brilliant. They have such great ideas and I love them with all of my heart.” Videographer Ryan McCracken, who recorded the kids’ camp activities all week, thinks climate camp is “a great opportunity to get their mission out. It grows every year and gives kids a unique set of life skills, leadership roles, and opportunities that they couldn’t get anywhere else.” McCracken’s video of this year’s camp will be released on the Youth Power Indiana web site.

Lastly and most importantly, this summer’s climate camp was also termed successful by the campers themselves. Soon to be sixth grader Emily, a member of the #JustTrayNo group from Sidener, thought the best part of camp was “being able to be in an environment where everyone really cares about climate change and how bad it is for the earth.”
Ocean, eleven, most enjoyed experiencing “new thing you haven’t done before, like eating vegan,” while her friend Jasmine loved the “hiking. I had fun picking up trash for the community and the earth.” Fifteen-year-old Hillary declared that she will “keep coming back to climate camp because a lot of camps are just fun, but this camp also incorporates learning and environmental awareness.”
Climate Camp co-director Jim Poyser said, “I am blown away not only by brilliance and commitment of these kids, but our ongoing partnerships with organizations and entities like Indiana State Museum, Freewheelin’ Community Bikes, Indy Urban Acres, The Nature Conservancy, Bee Public and IndyGo. What I see is a community coming together in support of these kids’ futures.”
Earth Charter Indiana and Peace Learning Center held their first week long Climate Camp in 2014. Earth Charter Indiana’s support for its Youth Power Indiana program, including climate camps, comes from The McKinney Family Foundation, The Netherleigh Fund, The Herbert Simon Family Foundation and Lilly Endowment Inc.
For more on Climate Camp, go to the Youth Power Indiana website and eye this short video.

Koinonia Project – Phase 2



Around this time last year, Peace Learning Center’s Youth Development Facilitator, Melita Carter, embarked on a dream to help reinvigorate the East Side through a service project that would bring youth, public servants, and the community as a whole together. This project, aptly named Koinonia, meaning to propel the community forward, has been accomplished so much in the past year. She hoped that it would create a sense of ownership for her community to compel them to care for their neighbors and the world we live in. Phase 1 of the Koinonia Project involved a three-day clean-up of the East Side. Volunteers collected over 500 bags of trash in their quest to clean up the streets!

Phase 2 of Koinonia is now underway and involves having local artists paint six traffic boxes across the East Side. The first of these traffic boxes has now been completed. The box is located on the corner of 38th and Mitthoeffer in front of John Marshall High School, one of Peace Learning Center’s partner schools. The first box artwork was designed and done by N. Beth Line.

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“This box will provoke through conversations, joy, love, peace, community building,” Melita Carter.

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The artist, N. Beth Line, said she’s received nothing but good feedback and people yelling from their cars “good job!” “that’s beautiful!” and “thank you!”

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“My thoughts at the beginning of this project were that I am tired of waiting and pleading with people to do something for my community. I was thinking someone needs me to do this. So I did it!,” said Melita Carter, “I know someone is counting on me to do, by any means necessary, even if its uncomfortable, frightening or painful.”

2016 Power of Peace Award

Derrin Power of Peace

Derrin Slack – founder of ProAct Community Partnerships and 2015 Power of Peace award winner

Click here to nominate a local peacemaker for the 2016 Power of Peace Award!

Do you know someone who does extraordinary work to further peace and justice in your neighborhood, family, business or community? 

Nominate them today to win the Power of Peace Award – an annual award to recognize a local leader or group which has demonstrated peacemaking in action within the central Indiana community.

Past awardees include the Latino Youth Collective, Tarik Glenn, Rupert Boneham, Retired Air Force Brig. Gen.  J. Stewart Goodwin, and the Efroymson Family.

To submit your nominee, please click here to complete the short questionnaire and submit it no later than Tuesday, December 8, 2015.

The Power of Peace Award will be presented at Peace Learning Center’s 18th Annual Martin Luther King Community Festival #2016MLKIndy on Saturday, January 18 from 11am to 3pm at Christian Theological Seminary, 1000 West 42nd Street in Indianapolis.

For more information to visit the MLK Community Festival page.

Mindful Yoga



Join us, and volunteer instructor Kimberly Demaree, for one or more of the scheduled yoga sessions.


Click on the date(s) below to register for each session you plan to attend:
Yoga in the ParkMondays: October 5, October 19, and October 26 at 6 pm
Tuesdays: October 13 at 6 pm
Saturdays: October 17 and October 31 at 9 am
Sundays: October 11 and October 25 at 11 am


At Peace Learning Center – Inside Eagle Creek Park
6040 Delong Rd, Indianapolis


Bring your own mat.
Instructor: Kimberly Demaree
Suggested $10.00 donation, proceeds benefit Peace Learning Center. Registration is required to receive a park pass.


Parenting Thru Peace


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When a child has ADHD, parents often find it difficult to create and sustain a peaceful household. Armed with knowledge and a sense of humor, Tamara Castleman, M.Ed., will help you see ADHD in a positive light and provide tips on maintaining a peaceful home environment in the face of a challenging neurological condition. This workshop is designed to give parents and caregivers a deepened understanding of ADHD along with strategies for making the most of your child’s strengths.

When: Sunday, Nov. 15, 2-5 pm

Where: Peace Learning Center

More Details: Childcare is available for children 5-12 years old. This workshop is free and open to the public. However, registration is required.

Click here to register to attend.  Park passes will be provided to registrants.

Making it through Middle School in One Peace is presented by Tamara Castleman, a PLC guest volunteer facilitator

Tamara Castleman is a parent, educator, and artist who is passionate about helping families co-exist peacefully, in a way that empowers each family member to meet his or her highest potential. Tamara has a Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and a Masters of Education with an emphasis in Montessori Integrated Learning from Endicott College. She is also certified as a Montessori teacher for children 6-12 years old by the Institute for Educational Studies (TIES).

Peace & Lyrics


Peace & Lyrics

Peace and Lyrics: A Music and Choral Benefit


A night of music and peace presented by the Irvington Preparatory Academy’s Advanced Choir and Peace Learning Center to raise money and awareness. At will donations accepted during the event. No advanced registration is required to attend.


Thursday, May 21 at 7 pm


Irvington Presbyterian Church, Community Room in the lower level, 55 Johnson Avenue, 46219


POP Humane Education Workshop

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What: Join member’s of POP, PLC’s young professionals group, for a special workshop featuring “be the change” – a new interactive exhibit series designed to teach people of all ages about how small changes they make in their own lives can make a big difference for our planet and our world. $5 suggested donation.
When: Tuesday, May 12, 6-7:30 pm
Where: Peace Learning Center, 6040 Delong Road, Indianapolis, IN – Eagle Creek Park
What is POP?
POP (People of Peace) is Peace Learning Center’s young professional’s group that empowers its members to build bridges within central Indianapolis by increasing community awareness through the impact of service. Please contact jhoran@peacelearningcenter.org to learn how you can join POP.

be the change Sneak Peek

Sneak Peak
Sneak Peak

Here is a sneak peak of ‘be the change’!  Notice the eco-elements: exhbits made of repurposed materials, carpets made of recycled textiles, LED lighting, ECOS floor paint, and repurposed pallet wood details!

Choices, choices
Choices, choices

“Choices, Choices” is an activity that goes through a day in a life and ponders each choice they make and the implications on for the environment, animals, and other humans

Co2 Display
Co2 Display

Have you ever wondered how much a pound of CO2 really is?  Come check out our CO2 display!

Food Choices & the Planet
Food Choices & the Planet

Discover how your food choices impact the planet through an interactive display.


At Peace Learning Center, we think of peace as a series of concentric circles starting with self, others, and then rippling out to the community.  If we are to truly have a peaceful community (both global and local), we must not only take fellow humans into account but also the environment and the creatures who share our environment with us.

To that end, we work hard to encourage participants in our programs to consider the world beyond themselves—which is no easy endeavor.  Let’s face it, although compelling, the facts and figures about our world’s most pressing problems cause most of us to glaze over.

To address this challenge, we have created an interactive exhibit at Peace Learning Center called “be the change.”  “be the change” will give participants an inviting space to learn meaningful ways that they can use their own lives to help other humans, animals, and our environment. In the true spirit of Ghandi’s notion, “be the change you wish to see in the world” we have used repurposed, reused, and sustainable materials to create a series of thoughtful and interactive exhibits for both youth and adults.

Have you ever wondered how much a pound of CO2 really is?  Come check out our CO2 display!

What about the impact of your dinner on pollution or water use?  We’ve got that, too!

Finding ways to convey wonky, often depressing data and statistics in playful and hands-on ways is one way we are helping people make the connections between their everyday actions and the impacts they have on our planet, on animals, and on other humans.   Activities are designed to be interesting for adults and kids alike, making this a great place to bring your family! Be the change header opening

“be the change” is a collaborative effort with HEART (teachhumane.org) and will open its doors to the public on April 18th.  Please join us for our grand opening on April 18, 2015 from 10 am -2 pm with tours at 11 am and 1 pm. To register for the open house (and for a free park pass) go to: peacelearningcenter.org/be-the-change

Blaze Pizza Peace Crew Fundraiser



Enjoy pizza while supporting a good cause – the PLC Peace Crew!

Please bring a copy of the event flyer (see link below) on Thursday, 4/16 from 5-8 pm so that 20% of your purchase can be used to benefit PLC!

Blaze Pizza prices are very affordable and they offer vegan and gluten free options as well. All pizzas are personal sized 11” pizzas that are prepared to order in less than 5 minutes. http://www.blazepizza.com/

PLEASE NOTE: YOU MUST present a copy of the flyer (download a pdf copy via the link below) to the cashier before paying or we will not receive 20%!!!