Peace Camp is Coming June 24-26

Peace Camp in the Sierra- June 24-26
Submitted by the Modesto Peace Life Center

Join us for the Modesto Peace/Life Center’s 34th annual Peace Camp in the Sierra, June 24-26 at Camp Peaceful Pines on Clark Fork Rd. off Hwy 108, about 100 miles east of Modesto. We’ll enjoy a weekend of workshops, good food, hikes, campfires, singing, crafts, talent show, star walk, recreation, and stimulating people of all ages. Families and individuals are welcome.

Lori Wong will lead us in our workshops, which will explore the following questions:
How do we live out our values for peace, nonviolence and compassion with each other? How do we develop self-awareness and communication skills in order to advocate for our peace values in the world?

At Peace Camp we try to “ be the change we wish to see in the world.” During our weekend together our focus will be to explore our intentions and to practice what it looks like to embody peace as we interact with each other. In the wider world, especially during the election campaigns and at times of crisis, there is a great deal of intense emotion and reaction. We can learn, practice and experience ways to respond in a nonviolent and compassionate manner. The workshops may include writing, reflection, and experiential exercises to develop and build these skills.

Lori Wong is a Stanford-certified Compassion Cultivation Training™ (CCT) teacher, trained through Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education. Lori is also the founding teacher of Insight Meditation Central Valley.

Scott Gifford, former Fremont Open Plan teacher in Modesto, returns from the North Bay to lead us in music. Jamming with guitars, ukuleles and other instruments is welcome. Naturalist and teacher Tim Smart will share the beauty and stories of the night sky with us on a star walk. Reo Maynard, who is pursuing an M.S. in Biology from Fresno State, will lead a nature hike.

At the 6,200-foot elevation in the Stanislaus National Forest near the Clark Fork of the Stanislaus River, Camp Peaceful Pines is the venue for Peace Camp. Camp Peaceful Pines features kitchen and bathroom facilities, rustic cabins and platform tents and a cabin for those with special needs. Depending on the number of campers, cabins may be shared. Campers share in meal preparation, cleanup, and other work.

The camp fee covers program, food and lodging for the weekend. Adults are $75 before May 1, $80 before June 6 and $85 after June 6. Young people 18 and under are $55 before May 1, $60 before June 6 and $65 after June 6. Ages 3 and under free. Minors under 18 need to be accompanied by an adult. Partial scholarships and day rates are also available. Donations for scholarships are appreciated. The camp opens with supper at 6:00pm on Friday and closes after the morning workshop on Sunday. Directions and other information will be provided to participants before camp.

Information: Ken Schroeder, 209-480-4576,



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Chris Murphy is the President and CEO of Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group and Publisher and Founder of ModestoView Inc. Chris worked globally in the cycling industry returning to Modesto in 1996. He is also the founder of the Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route, Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame, Modesto Rockin’ Holiday, the Modesto Music History Organization and co-founder of the Modesto Area Music Association. Chris is married to his artist wife Rebecca since 1985 and has two daughters Madison and Abigail, both graduating from Modesto High and UC Berkeley. He is lead singer and guitarist for his band, Third Party that donates their performances to non-profits.