On a chilly evening in late March, twenty two people from all over West Cornwall came along to the first of the PEP workshops held in Penryn, near Falmouth. For most of the attendees this would be their first opportunity to hear Prem Rawat speak.
Following the very successful screening of the documentary film, `Inside Peace` in February, attended by more than sixty people, the local team had been busy planning and arranging a follow up PEP. It was decided to hold the workshops at the Fish Factory, Community Arts Space, which is frequently used to host other events and which has a strong local following. In addition to advertising the PEP by the usual means of leafleting and posting, it was also promoted on the Eventbrite local event-hosting platform which, it was hoped, would attract the attention of a much wider audience.
This proved to be a positive move, and almost fifty people registered an interest in attending the workshops. As with all advertised `free` events it is never clear until the day how many will actually turn up, but the team were delighted to see so many enthusiastic people arriving.
Despite the unexpected intrusion of noise from a Zumba dance class two floors above, there was a real buzz after the first workshop and people stayed afterwards to chat and have coffee. There were comments such as: ‘I wish I had known about this years ago, I’m surprised I haven’t come across it before now,’ and ‘I’d like to listen to him every day when I wake up in the morning, it would set me up for the day!’
After an explanation, the woman running the dance class upstairs kindly agreed to hold her class earlier so that it did not interfere with people’s enjoyment and ability to concentrate. In fact, she was interested enough to offer to promote the PEP through her own classes.
Numbers attending the PEP have declined, as happens for a variety of reasons, but a core of enthusiastic attendees have continued their regular attendance. One of these regulars has expressed an interest in putting on the PEP for her employees as part of the `health and wellness` programme in her company.
The team had this heartening response by email from another attendee:“ I so enjoyed the evening. The videos were absolutely amazing and the way they followed on from each other introducing Prem's work was great. The PEP people obviously worked extremely hard to get it right”.
The PEP workshops will continue weekly on Wednesday evenings until the end of May.
written by Alan Plummer