Peace descends at Ivory's Rock
PEACE on earth may be elusive right now, but it will be in abundance at Ivory's Rock this weekend when more than 1000 guests enjoy a two-day peace conference.
The program will include peace forums, expos and a list of accomplished speakers including Prem Rawat, international ambassador for peace.
Invitations went out to national and international guests to attend the gathering which is held at Ivory's Rock Conventions and Events (IRCE) centre at Peak Crossing.
IRCE community and public relations officer Kaye McKinnon said the centre was delighted with the response.
"I had a look at the registrations yesterday and we have over 1000 people coming," she said.
"It went out to a mailing list of people who are already practising personal peace.
"The people have that common interest of giving peace a priority in their lives."
Ms McKinnon said the location of the conference was ideal.
"We have 500 hectares of bush and parkland," she said.
"With a focus on peace, it is a really nice environment for people. You are not going to a hotel or a hall.
"What we do have at Ivory's Rock is a beautiful outdoor amphitheatre which seats several thousand people.
"People who come have a strong memory of being in that lovely environment to be reminded about peace.
"We make sure we look after our delegates and we work closely with Ipswich Council."
Half of the guests will stay on-site with the rest booking accommodation in Ipswich and commuting each day. There was a peace gathering last year but it was a smaller affair.
"This year we have 80 people coming from New Zealand," Ms McKinnon said.
Other guests will be travelling from Europe and the USA.