Where are Peace Sticks made?
Who makes them?
We make the Peace Sticks in collaboration with the local people in the countries
that we have traveled to and at the Peace Centers we are creating.
Currently we are making Peace Sticks in the Peruvian Amazon, Nicaragua, Bali and Sumatra. We have also made Peace Sticks in California, Hawaii, Lombok, and the Mentawaii Islands.
Made in Peruvian Amazon
Made in Bali, Indonesia
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Made in Sumatra, Indonesia
Peace Sticks made with Shipibo Tribe in Peruvian Amazon
Through our learning and healing quest with medicinal plants we Traveled to the Peruvian Amazon, where we met a beautiful Shipibo extended family. We have lived with them for 3 weeks the last two years, living a very simple and remote life, with no electricity or running water. We have met Over 30 members of the family from new born Babies to the great grandparents.
The shipibo are regarded as one of the Amazonian tribes with ancient and extensive plant healing wisdom, and they are known for their beautiful embroidered and painted art. They create icaros, which are patterns depicting the creative life force energy, that they are able to see when connecting with sacred plants. They also draw many of the plants and animals, which they encounter and communicate with in their visions.
First we hiked into the jungle with the young men and machetes to harvest sticks. Then we cut off the bark, dried them in the sun, cut and sanded the sticks. When the sticks were ready to paint people of all ages from toddlers to great grandparents gathered in the Maloka. Many said it was their first time ever paining, yet everyone began immediately and continued painting for hours with pure focus. In some places people ask me what to paint. Here no one did. They tuned in to the icaros, plants and animals that their tribe has known for generations and brought the sticks to vibrant life.
I hope you feel the Allegria “Joy” and Buena Medicina “good medicine” of these sticks made with so much love and life force.
We also made sticks that we harvested and carved with my friend Fernando, from his family land and gave to a Shipibo man who does magical wood burning and carving of the animals and plants from his visions with ayahuasca.
Process of making sticks
Peace Sticks made in Bali, Indonesia
After an Ubud Sunday Ecstatic Dance a smiling elder woman came up to me and introduced herself as Atta. We connected and I told her about our vision to make Peace Sticks with the local people on Bali. She told me she had been living here and creating art with the community for over 40 years, and that she is close friends with a wonderful artist family. She took me to meet them and we had an instant connection.I met the whole family from babies to grandparents, all living in their balinese style family house area. I was amazed at their humble, genuine and kind nature, and the art they create has the same energy. We are now in our third year of making sticks together.
This year they were not able to start for 3 weeks or so because they were in special Balinese ceremonies. They’re whole family was involved and they showed us the bearuitul dragon art made from coconut leaves. After making the sticks they tie them together using a special Balinese blessing bracelet that you can wear. They also do a ceremonial blessing of love and peace on all the sticks.
Peace Sticks made in Sumatra, Indonesia
I set out one day with a bag of Peace Sticks to use as models and the intention to connect with someone who would make Peace Sticks in this small primarily Muslim town. I went to a special place to buy jungle honey. I met a man named Amir, with a Kind smile who spoke surprisingly good English, as almost everyone here speaks only Indonesian and Lampun, the local dialect. I asked him what he did and he said he did gardening and art. I showed him the sticks and taught him how to play. Then I asked if he would like to make some. He said he had a carpenter friend and that he could do painting and wood burning. I asked him to make 50 sticks, yet over the few weeks he only made about 15, yet each one was made with amazing intricacy and patterns from various indigenous Indonesia Tribes.
This year we are starting earlier and he is making beautiful sticks, many using arabic calligraphy and spiritual teachings from Islam. I love his art because he puts so much care into each sticks and everyone is unique. He said he often spends one day making each stick.