Ymani Simmons
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Ymani Simmons
Creating a Culture of Peace
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About Me:
I am an advocate for peace and human rights, an author, nonviolence training facilitator and event producer who resides in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina, near Asheville.

I follow the teachings and traditions of my Native American ancestors by walking a spiritual path of respect and honor for all living beings. Part of that tradition is the belief that we are all members of the same human family and all members of the circle of life. This belief translates into responsibility and accountability.

My involvement in the peace movement led to the Fellowship of Reconciliation, the oldest multi-faith peace organization in the US and in March of 2007, I participated as a civilian diplomat with FOR’s third delegation to the Islamic Republic of Iran. When asked why I made the trip, my response is always the same: “I went to meet my relatives.”

I am a trained facilitator for Creating A Culture of Peace, a nonprofit organization that offers training based on nonviolence principles, analysis of social change and community-building. I also serve as a member of the National Board of Directors.

In 2010, I became an Advisory Member for the Kashmir Center for Peace and Reconciliation, a nonpolitical Kashmir youth organization whose focus is nonviolence, peacemaking and conflict mediation to support personal and community development. I also serve as International Consultant for the new Kashmiri youth magazine, Youth Talks, which makes its debut in 2011.

I published my first book in 2009, Are You Listening? ancient wisdom for the spiritual quest, which provides a powerful template for the seeker of spiritual transformation. Written from a perspective of balance and harmony with the earth, it shares an experiential account of challenges encountered on life’s journey and is designed to support and encourage an ancient way of ‘being’ in the world. It is available through my website www.ymanisimmons.com.
My dream:
a world where all children feel safe, are well-fed, educated and living surrounded by love
I'm proud of:
my daughter

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At 2:07am on April 25, 2011, HUTCHISON Florence said…
Hello Ymani  !  so long Florence
At 9:26am on April 23, 2011, Jeevan Lama Golay said…

I am development  and social worker . I did master in Rural development and running Sailung foundation, an NGO. Our main objective is to alleviate the poverty through awareness on health, education and environment as well as community development. We organozed different programs that focus for needy people . But We need some financial and technical support for donor agencies. what are you doing these days? Take care


At 3:45pm on April 21, 2011, Jeevan Lama Golay said…
Hi ymani how do u do ?
At 12:34pm on March 10, 2011, Rituu B. Nanda said…

Dear Ymani,


A warm welcome! We are honoured to have you as our member.


Would you like to join the peace competence group which aims to explore how communities can apply strength-based approaches  to achieve peace.



As you see the message from the moderator, Laurence, of this network below. Laurence was one of the persons I thought who would love to connect with you when I first came in touch with you.


Warm regards,


At 8:17am on March 10, 2011, Laurence Gilliot said…

Dear Ymani,


It is really an honor to welcome you in our community. It seems you have been doing amazing work. I'll check out your book. 

I'm really interested in healing, yoga, mindfulness, an kind of spiritual work and also Non Violent Communication. I'm very fortunate to live in Chiang Mai, Thailand, which attracts a lot of healers and people on a spiritual journey. What a blessing.

I see that you write about Non violence, is it NVC that you use?


All the best,



At 8:05am on March 10, 2011, Laurence Gilliot said…

Dear Ymani,


Welcome to Community Life Competence! Could you add your picture as it adds a human touch to your profile? (go to 'settings' then 'upload photo')

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