Star Weaving Afternoon at One Heart: Weaving Stars to End Violence

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“Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
– Dr Martin Luther King Jnr
 
This is an invitation to weave stars as a symbol of light, courage, solidarity and commitment as part of the One Million Stars Project to end all forms of violence.
 
One Heart is hosting a STARWEAVING AFTERNOON to support this project. There will be a short talk from Anahata Giri about the project, with some informal sharing of why we feel moved to weave stars, as we weave stars together in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. Anahata will teach how to make the stars – or you can learn to make the stars before the afternoon – see video below.
 
Please note this event is for adults, not for children, so we can freely discusses our commitment to end violence. There will be a family/kids friendly star weaving afternoon at a future date.
 
When: Sunday September 4 2.00-4.00pm
 
Where: At One Heart Yoga Studio, at the Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Helier’s Street Abbotsford. Convent Building, Level 1, Room 31.
 
What is provided: All ribbon will be provided and teas.
What to bring: Please bring a plate of savoury, or sweet or fruit for a shared afternoon tea. Optional: please bring a pair of scissors.
 
How to prepare: You are welcome to learn how to weave the stars on the day, so no prior preparation is needed. If you want to learn how to make the stars beforehand see the video below. It could be useful to have a few people who know how to make the stars to help with teaching others if our group is large. If you are able to help teach on the day, let me know with a quick email. Thank you!
 
RSVP No formal RSVP is needed, but please send me a quick email if you plan to come so I have a rough idea of numbers. info@oneheartyoga.com.au
 
Join this international community of star weavers, initiated by Maryann Talia Pau. The short term goal is to weave one million stars and to display at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in 2018.
 
“Every woven star reminds us that we have to MAKE peace and safe spaces and that it doesn’t just happen. Every star is a commitment to resist violence and revenge, to believe in forgiveness and healing.
 
Ending violence is OUR responsibility, not one person, not one organisation or leader. Us. Everyone is welcome. Everyone matters.”
– Maryann Talia Pau
 
From the onemillionstars.net website:
 
How can we end violence by weaving stars?
The One Million Stars project offers a hopeful and uplifting way for people to talk about this overwhelming human crisis that is violence. My hope is that through weaving these beautiful simple stars, with others or by ourselves, we keep the conversation of dealing with violence in our communities alive and active. We create space for people to ask those critical questions: What is the best way to end violence? Who’s responsibility is it? How we support each other and work together across ALL of society so that it’s shared between all of us. We don’t need a tragedy to galvanise community solidarity. We can be diligent and committed and collaborate to end all forms of violence in our communities – against women, children, men, the environment, physical, emotional, sexual, ALL OF IT.
 
Why one million stars?
Maryann chose one million stars because it represents how monumental the task of ending violence is. It requires the effort and commitment of everyone across the world: government leaders, non-government, human rights activists, school communities, faith communities, men, women. EVERYONE.”
 
We need your help!
One Heart is a supporter of this inspiring project and is now a Star Weave Community. This means that One Heart has committed to facilitating the weaving of 10,000 stars! We need your help!
Here is how you can help:
 
– Come along to the One Heart Star Weaving afternoons
 
– You can make stars in the comfort of your own home. All you need is double-sided coloured ribbon, or use old magazines, and scissors. If you go to onemillionstars.net there is a link to a business that is offering 45% discount on their paper ribbon, for this project. Here is a great video on how to make the special 8 pointed stars for this project:
 

 
One Heart is a collection point for stars, so once you have made your stars you can send them to
One Heart Yoga
C/- 67 Walker St Clifton Hill 3067
Please include names so all weavers can be acknowledged.
 
– Or you might organise your own Star Weaving groups to meet up together, weave stars and then bring them to One Heart who will send them to the One Million Stars Project
 
I am weaving the stars as a contemplation practice to reveal the next steps I will take to help end violence.
 
For a nonviolent world,
Anahata Giri