top of page

Sat, Jul 27



Unite in the Light: Become a Sanctuary of Peace

Join Sufi Mystic Sheikha Maryam Kabeer, Ahamad Muhaiyaddeen (Jonathan Granoff), President of the Global Security Institute and others in this very special day of peace, love and light!

Unite in the Light:  Become a Sanctuary of Peace
Unite in the Light:  Become a Sanctuary of Peace

Time & Location

Jul 27, 2024, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Newtown, 197 Huntingtown Rd, Newtown, CT 06470, USA

About the event

We are thrilled to welcome back Sufi mystic and teacher Sheikha Maryam Kabeer and to introduce her colleague on the path to peace Ahamad Muhaiyaddeen (Joathan Granoff), President of the Global Security Institute.  We also welcome  Bruce Nichols, Dr. Mark Romano, ND and Rev. Bill Donaldson to contribute their talents and wisdom to this day of peace, compassion and kindness.  

If you've ever felt frustration about the state of the world and aren't sure how to make a difference, join us for this day of discovering the peace within ourselves. There's nothing more important to do for humanity. Borrowing from Mahatma Gandhi's message, "Be the peace you want to see in the world." 

This is a two day event, but you may come for any part of it. Pay what you can, come as you are, take what you like, leave the rest behind. We're happy to have you no matter when you come or how long you stay! 


Saturday 7/27 (Schedule May Vary)

10:00 - 11:00 AM:  Opening Ceremony and Qi Gong movement with Rev. Bill Donaldson and Mark Romano

11:00 - 12:00 PM:   Mindfulness meditations with Bruce Nichols

12:00 - 1:00 PM:     Lunch break - bring your own (refridgerator space is available)

1:00 - 2:30 PM:       Keynote address with Jonathan Granoff, "The World Needs Peacemakers in a State of Peace."

2:30 - 3:00 PM:       Individual free time to connect with nature, others, self

3:00 - 5:00 PM:       Community gathering and discussion with Sheikha Maryam, Part 1

Sunday 7/28 

10:00 - 11:30 AM:  Interfaith Community Gathring with Rev. Bill Donaldson 

11:30 - 12:30 PM:  Social hour, lunch, free time (bring your own lunch)

12:30 - 3:00 PM:   Community gathering and discussion with Sheikha Maryam, Part 2

3:00 PM:                 Closing Ceremony


Sheikha Maryam Kabeer

Sheikha Maryam is a Sufi mystic and a frequent speaker at interfaith gatherings. She was born to a liberal Jewish family in Hollywood, California, but she felt led to begin a deep spiritual quest in her teens. Her search took her to Northern California, New Mexico, India and Nepal, and later to Christian monasteries in Europe where she lived for a time.

Her journey to the holy places and people around the earth, including much time in Africa, led her to the deep truth that all lives are totally interconnected and united with our own. The core of her message is that the people of the earth are one and that they cannot truly be separated by racial, national, or cultural distinctions. She believes the peace, love and mercy of the Divine are meant for all.

Sheikha Maryam presently lives in Philadelphia. She carries on the legacy of Sufi Master Bawa Muhaiyaddeen at the Fellowship that bears his name (, and her home is a center of teaching and place of refuge for spiritual travelers.

To learn more about Sheikha Maryam, please visit her website at

Ahamad Muhaiyaddeen (Joathan Granoff)

Mr. Granoff  is an attorney, author and international advocate emphasizing the legal and ethical dimensions of human development and security, with a specific focus on advancing the rule of law, international security, anti-corruption, and the threats posed by nuclear weapons. He is the President of the Global Security Institute, the Permanent Observer to the UN of the International Anti-Corruption Academy, and Representative to the UN of the World Summits of Nobel Peace Laureates. An international lawyer and former professor of international law, he is the recipient of the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award of the International Law Section of the American Bar Association and  Senior Advisor to its Committee on National Security. Jonathan is a Fellow and Trustee of the World Academy of Art and Science and recipient of numerous awards such as the Arthur Armitage Distinguished Alumni Award of Rutgers University School of Law and Distinguished Alumni Award of Vassar College 2023.

Mr. Granoff is a featured guest and expert commentator on hundreds of radio and television programs, and testified as an expert in the US Congress, Parliaments of the UK and Canada, and at the United Nations numerous times. He serves on numerous boards, such as the Jane Goodall Institute and Parliamentarians for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament.  He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014.

Since his youth he has been a student with the Sufi Saint Bawa Muhaiyaddeen and is honored with his namesake Ahamed Muhaiyaddeen.

Bruce Nichols

Bruce Nichols is a Dharma Teacher in the Plum Village tradition of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh. He received lamp transmission in 2018 in Plum Village, France.  He has been a frequent presenter at Sticks and Stones Farm, leading dharma talks and both seated and walking meditations. Bruce lives in Shelton, Connecticut and is a founding member of Harmony Sangha.  He also serves on the board of Friends of Peace Pilgrim, a small non-profit offering free books and pamphlets about the life and teachings of Peace Pilgrim, a self-realized being who walked across the country (many times) sharing a message of peace, love, compassion and kindness to all.

Mark Romano

Mark is a Naturopathic physician with a private practice in Fairfield, CT. He is a long-time student of Qi-Gong, Chinese medicine and energy healing. He recognizes both Western and Eastern approaches to well-being with an  aim to promote inner peace and help individuals cultivate a calm heart, empty mind and find their flow state through acceptance and surrender. Mark is an advisor the board of Love Has a Home, Inc., bringing his unique perspective and wisdom to its community. 

This event is by donation - all are welcome! 

Proceeds to benefit Love Has a Home so that we can continue to bring light, love and peace to the community and the world through events like this. Thank you! 


  • Donation

    Pay any amount that is comfortable for you




Share this event

bottom of page