The teachings of Peace Pilgrim: Walking the talk of this 20th Century American Saint

Swami SankaranandaFriday, March 24 – Sunday, March 26, 2017Tuition : $70.00






Course Description

In this week we will learn how to be a peacemaker and to be at peace through study of the life and beautifully direct teachings of Peace Pilgrim, an American Saint of the mid to late 20th century. Known to her friends and followers simply as “Peace”, she started her continuous walking pilgrimage for peace on January 1, 1953, during the height of the Korean war and the inquisitions of the McCarthy era. She walked in prayer for peace for all and in full faith, carrying only a toothbrush, a pen and a comb in her blue tunic emblazoned with “PEACE PILGRIM” on the front and “Walking for Peace” on the back. Penniless, Peace asked for nothing and told all that she walked with “no visible support, with full faith in the goodness of mankind and in God” during her 28 year continuous pilgrimage.

Peace “walked until offered shelter and fasted until offered food”, openly, with a smile and kind word for all, letting the message on her tunic be her only advertising while constantly talking with people about peace. Her talks ranged from individuals who stopped to talk with her as she walked, to the press, with whose help her mission and teachings were often shared in newspaper, radio and television, to frequent talks in churches, community centers and peace rallies. Her works covered “the full peace picture, from world peace to peace within communities, peace between people, and the all important inner peace”, and she said that most of the time her conversations were about how to find inner peace. She was, and is still, a pure instrument who has influenced the continuing dialogues and efforts for peace. She is a shining example for all of how peace may be found inside and how we may influence and move forward the cause of peace in simple and effective ways.

Peace’s message can be summed up in this quote, which she spoke often and speaks to us still, “This is the way of peace. Overcome evil with good, falsehood with truth, and hatred with love.”  Having been inspired in great part by Peace Pilgrim to begin a pilgrimage for peace myself it is a great honor to share her inspiring stories and her teachings, in her own words, along with lessons that we learn in walking a pilgrimage in this same way.

All course participants will receive a free copy of Peace Pigrim’s wonderful pamphlet, “Steps to Inner Peace” and the book, “Peace Pilgrim: Her Life and Work in Her Own Words”.

Daily Schedule

6-8am Satsang: Silent meditation, chanting and lecture
8-10am Beginners Yoga Class
10am Brunch
11am Karma Yoga
1-3pm Peace Workshop
3-4pm Free Time and Nature walks
4-6pm Open Yoga Class
6pm Dinner
7-8pm Free Time
8-10pm Satsang: meditation, chanting and lecture


There are no prerequisites other than a sincere desire to share and to find peace.

Arrival and Departure

The course will begin at 7pm with Orientation followed by Satsang, and will end at 3pm on final day.

We encourage you to arrive by 4pm on Day 1, making the most out of the afternoon by joining us for the Asana class and dinner. You are always welcome and encouraged to extend your stay to any length before or after the course. Please indicate your desired arrival and departure dates on your registration form.

What to Bring

Slip on shoes, loose comfortable clothing, writing materials, meditation shawl or blanket, yoga mat, flashlight. 


To Register for this course click the "Register" Button.


A confirmation email will be sent to you.  In case of cancellation a credit note will be issued.  Refund is only given with 48 hours notice and the deposit is non-refundable.


"I feel safe and sound now that I know the techniques of questioning 'Who am I?' and of spiritual discrimination. I feel lots of hope." - Gopala, Northern CA

"I now have the answers to so many of my questions." - Cynthia, Canada

"I found a teacher, a genuine tradition, a supportive community and a place where I can ask every question without fear." - Leslie

Swami Sankarananda

Swami Sankarananda is a simple pilgrim. Not finding peace in a life of business success he turned inside, became a disciple of Swami Sivananda, and in 2013 he began to walk across and through the USA in a pilgrimage for peace, completing this in early 2016. He now travels from town to town in the "Yoga for Peace" rv. He strives to serve the divine in all and support our universal journey to find the happiness and peace for which we search. This service includes living a peaceful life, offering kindness and inspiration, and sharing the ancient and universal teachings of Yoga as well as the path of pilgrimage through talks, workshops and practices.