hello yoko

me & some friends organised a bedpeace for international peace day this year in new zealand – sorry it has taken me so long to tell you!!

i have pasted below a link from the paper..


perhaps you may want to put it on your site?

I intend to write the event up soon & when I have I will send it to you. we also have lots of photos & a couple of videos.

The day was beautiful, successful & very meaningful to a lot of people. I have sent all the wishes from the wish tree on to you!!***

peaceful wishes,
grace x (Grace Deathridge)

Hi, Grace!
Thank you for letting me know of a very successful and meaningful event you have pulled off.
Lots of love,

RESTFUL RELAY: Bridget Sanders, left, of Nelson and Jessica Powers, of Seattle, in the United States, mark International Peace Day with a bed-in at the Church Steps.

RESTFUL RELAY: Bridget Sanders, left, of Nelson and Jessica Powers, of Seattle, in the United States, mark International Peace Day with a bed-in at the Church Steps. Picture: MARTIN DE RUYTER/ The Nelson Mail

Public bed-in for world peace in Nelson
By Naomi Arnold , The Nelson Mail

Forty years ago, John Lennon and Yoko Ono took to their bed in their honeymoon suite in the Hilton Hotel in Amsterdam and stayed there for seven days, demonstrating their vision for peace in the world.

In contrast, yesterday’s bed-peace demonstration on the steps of Nelson’s cathedral lasted only eight hours.

But organiser Grace Deathridge said the message was the same, and it was the symbolism of holding it on International Peace Day that was important.

“I think it’s easy to be despondent about the state of the world and being despondent makes it worse for everyone else,” she said. “It’s true that you have to be the change you want to see in the world.”

Volunteers each took their turns sitting in the white-sheeted double bed, with a parasol to keep off the sun and optional Yoko or Lennon wigs and glasses.

Demonstrator Bridget Sanders said the bed-peace relay was a really good way to express the message of world peace.

“People lounging around in bed is the antithesis to our culture of hyperactivity,” she said. “We don’t have many things in our lives that remind us to be peaceful. It’s all coffee, hyped-up, go-go-go.”

Nelsonians were invited to write their wishes on a slip of paper and hang it on the “wish tree” next to the Church Steps. Miss Deathridge said the wishes would be collected and sent to Yoko Ono to place in her “Imagine Peace Tower” in Reykjavik, Iceland. The tower is a tribute to John Lennon and already houses wishes from around the world.

The Nelson event is also a prelude to the World Peace march, which starts from Wellington on October 2 Indian political and spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday and will travel through 95 countries before finishing in Argentina. New Zealand was chosen because it was recently affirmed by the Global Peace Index as the most peaceful nation on Earth.

Grace’s photos

international peace day 2009 – bed peace, cathedral steps, nelson –
the first guest of the day in the bed !!!
+ the 1st john & yokos..

tai chi demonstration

let it be

franceska & her lovely singing bowls

the wishing tree

This picture – Hei wa – Peace in beautiful japanese calligraphy – with a small pic of john lennon as a boy in the bottom right hand corner, looking up into the heart of peace & imagining it !
it was painted just for the day for us !
thank you Tim & Akiko!

about to put their wishes on the wish tree..

the wishing desk..

preparing for the big event !!! : Organisers Grace Deathridge & Bridget Sanders.