Upcoming Events


Date: 12 – 15  July, 2013
Location: Galena Retreat House, Galena, Illinois

In this weekend retreat we will explore the balance between doing and being in spiritual activism and peace-building.

Philip Hellmich will share insights from God and Conflict: A Search for Peace in a Time of Crisis – #1 bestselling book in Amazon’s: War and Peace category.

Registration for this retreat is currently open. If you’d like to attend, please contact us here and we’ll be in touch!

Some of the topics will include: the relationship between inner and outer peace, conflict as a natural part of life and spiritual path, the role of a sacred container in spiritual activism and the emergence of the divine feminine in peacebuilding.  There will be long periods of meditation and dialogue, together with interactive exercises for cultivating peace in daily life.  Philip recognizes we are all co-mentors as we learn to dance together.


PHILIP HELMICH is Director of Peace at The Shift Network and director of The Summer of Peace. Philip has dedicated most of his life to global and local peacebuilding initiatives, including 14 years with Search for Common Ground. He also served for four years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sierra Leone where he lived and worked in small remote bush villages. A published writer, Philip is author of God and Conflict: A Search for Peace in a Time of Crisis with a Foreword by Lama Surya Das.  He serves as adviser to The Global Peace Initiative of Women. A long-time meditation practitioner, Philip enjoys studying and teaching about the parallels between inner and outer peace.