Hundreds Create Heart-Shaped Flash Mob With Meditation and Yoga on International Day of Peace in San Francisco

September 21, 2012

Magalie Bonneau-Marcil, 415.517.8814,
Rae Abileah, 415.994.1723,

September 21st, 2012

Synchronized with 200+ Cities Around the World


SAN FRANCISCO, California – On Friday evening, September 21, the International Day of Peace, while Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney hosted a private fundraiser in Hillsborough, barring media access, hundreds of Bay Area residents gathered during rush hour for a lively flashmob meditation and yoga action in San Francisco's Union Square.  The action, organized by BeThePeace and Dancing Without Borders, created a heart-shaped aerial image which was photographed from a building 36 stories high. 

This action was part of over 200+ organized "MedMob" events that happened on the International Day of Peace across all continents, coordinated by BeThePeace.  This initiative was an opportunity for world cultures to connect to invoke peace on earth, a simple, yet powerful act in a time of deep turmoil. 

"Why meditate in community? When we sit together and listen deeply, we create the spaciousness within that's needed to access inner-wisdom and remember who we really are. This is key to create a life-sustaining future," said flashmob organizer Magalie Bonneau-Marcil, founder of Dancing Without Borders. 

"The outbreak of violence and protest in the Middle East should serve as a wake-up call for Americans to examine the impact of our society's racism, and turn within to shift consciousness," said Rae Abileah, co-director of CODEPINK.  "Inspired by the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street, we need to continue to build nonviolent, thoughtful people-powered uprisings for peace and justice across the world."

The International Day of Peace was sanctioned by the UN in 1981, inspired by a collaboration between the Culture of Peace Initiative and Peace One Day.

The action was coordinated by Dancing Without Borders and cosponsored by CODEPINK Women for Peace, MedMob, SF Chapter of National Organization of Women, Yoga Tree (who led the yoga), EarthDance, Elevate, A-List, Harmony Festival, & Earthday SF.

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