Willie Stewart

Percussionist Willie Stewart and 35 local children are on the program Sunday. (Photo/Diane Schafer / March 22, 2013)

There are music festivals, art festivals and even yoga festivals.

And although Sunday's Peace in the Park … Festival of Spirit has elements of all three, it's really not about that. Not even close.

It's about us. Its focus is on personal well-being.

"We're really trying to bring people together in a new and different way," says Meredith Porte, one of the organizers. "It is also our hope that the takeaway will be a deep feeling of inner harmony and newness."


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The Brahma Kumaris, a nonprofit spiritual organization in Miami focused on spiritual change, is the sponsor.

The free event will take place at the Hollywood ArtsPark, 1 N. Young Circle. The main stage runs from 1 to 6 p.m. and includes acoustic musicians Betan and Berner (3 p.m.) and percussionist Willie Stewart with 35 local children (4 p.m.). Sister Veronica McHugh of the Brahma Kumaris will lead a meditation at 5 p.m. Vietnamese artist and peace activist Huong will exhibit her peace mural.

A side stage, called "The Grove," will feature tai chi, a laughing circle and meditation for visitors to join in on. Another side attraction, called "Tent Talks," will have lectures on meditation, inner peace and "conscious parenting."

Porte emphasized that Peace in the Park is a noncommercial event organized by volunteers.

"It is our belief that people need tools that can help them lead better lives," she said.

More info is available at PeaceInTheParkFlorida.org. If the site doesn't work, don't let it stress you out.

NSortal@SouthFlorida.com