Who We Are

Sedona International City of Peace was founded in 2012 by residents who were committed to honor the legacy of peacemaking that the Native American peoples practiced in the Verde Valley, as well as in present time millions of people coming to Sedona for inner peace.   

Sedona was the 34th city to join what is now over 300 communities worldwide that are part of the “International Cities of Peace” association. We are dedicated to fostering a Culture of Peace through uplifting, engaging, transformative and unifying community programs and events. Our vision of a Culture of Peace is one that respects our shared humanity, igniting a social connection that forms new and inspired traditions and ideas that uphold the highest values of the human heart.

​We envision a community where people listen to each other, respect and honor differences in backgrounds, opinions, expressions, and choose to come together creating dialogues, activities, opportunities, and new institutions that together create a strong foundation for the establishment of an inclusive, sustainable and enduring Culture of Peace.

These actions enable our community to flourish physically, economically, socially, spiritually, and joyfully contributing to the realization of a dynamic Culture of Peace to the world!
Sedona International City of Peace was created as a Not-for-Profit 501c3 Corporation in

MISSION: To nurture, inspire and empower the community of Sedona to thrive and flourish while fostering a culture of peace through uplifting, engaging and transformative community programs.

VISION: We envision a culture of peace as one that respects our shared humanity. It ignites a social connection that forms new and inspired traditions and ideas that uphold the highest values of the human heart.

VALUES: We celebrate the highest values of the human heart: courage, respect, compassion, connection, empathy, harmony, inner peace, and love.



Develop signature programs with full and inspired teams/peace partners

Communicate and engage with our community

Acknowledge and celebrate the diversity of our community

Recognize and promote peace efforts of others

Fund self-sustained programs and operations through aligned sources

Build and nurture a strong, sustainable and diversified Board

As a “Not for Profit” organization, we host free admission events open to the general public. We have partnered with the Sedona Int’l Film Festival, Rotary Club of Sedona, Yavapai/Apache Cultural Center, Verde Valley Mental Health Coalition, Human Trafficking Coalition, Healing Memories for Veterans and their families, Sedona Chamber of Commerce, Yavapai Food Council, Sedona Area Homeless Alliance, Verde Valley School, Red Rock High School, West Sedona Middle School and the Charter Schools, Galleries, the Mandela Fellows Civic Leadership Program and many local businesses to fulfill our goals.

Our Board

Margaret Joy Weaver



A 24-year Sedona resident, Margaret is a successful entrepreneur running $20MM companies remotely, and citywide events as
a former Board Member of Sedona International Film Festival, Mental Health Coalition Verde Valley, and Sedona Culture Collaborative. She is one of the Founders of SICOP.

Myra Shutt

Vice Chair

Myra is an artist, musician/entertainer, and actor with a master’s degree in Music. Former 20-year owner and manager of Blue Heron Entertainment servicing over 250 performances a year to thousands in the New York Metro area. In Sedona, Myra managed an art gallery studio for two years organizing special events, monthly First Fridays, press releases, and studio class scheduling while being a dosent.

Suzanne Miller


Suzanne is a retired marketing executive who
has done extensive work in peacebuilding through organizations such as Rotary International, Peace Village Global education programs for children, and the Portland,Oregon Center for Spiritual Living.

MarJamie Zimmerman


Co Secretary

Jamie is an attorney with the H1 Law Group.
She is an advocate in both her professional and personal life, as she is dedicated to inner and outer peace,wellness, and animals. She is committed to truth and integrity in
all aspects of life.

Susan Hagen 


Susan is the owner of Your Business Accountant LLC, an accounting and business advisory service company. She has been involved in many outreach programs in the past. She is a member of a multigenerational household and supports her mother through her aging process. 

Debra Gallaway

Debra is a realtor with Coldwell Banker Realty. She has been involved with SICOP since 2014, when she helped facilitate the first “Feast for Peace”as well as the “Peace by Piece” project.



International Cities of Peace website 


Sedona International Cities of Peace Website 


Sedona Chamber Website Listing

City Council recognizes Sedona as International City of Peace: http://www.sedonaaz.gov/Home/ShowDocument?id=29168 



Imagine Magazines URL

Volume 1; number 1: http://joom.ag/XV7p

Volume 1: number 2: http://joom.ag/9JdQ 

Volume 2: number 2: http://joom.ag/hCYW

Volume 2: number 


Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/sedonapeace


Articles on Sedonabiz



Articles in Red Rock News


Articles in Verde Valley News


Community at large:




Sedona Human Library 2016-2020

International Day of Peace 2012-2020

Meditation Mondays 2017-2020

Dissolve The Divide 2020

Films: A Place at the Table, Leave No Soldier, 13th, Girl Rising, Immigration Paradox


Courageous Conversations: 

Teaching Symposium for Mandela Fellows Young International 

Human Rights Ordinance

City Council participation

Piece by Peace – Art Music Community Festival

Peace Week Seminars and World Peace Dance 

International Peace Day

Peace Circles – Cultural Circles

Peace Trail

Stand For Peace

Imagine Magazine

Mitzvah Day

John McCain Cherry Pie

Feast for Peace


Educational Institutions:

Red Rock High School, Charter School, Verde Valley School, Mountain View Prep, Mingus Highschool

Event Partners:

Yavapai Food Council, Verde Valley Sanctuary, Verde Valley Caregivers, Tlaquepaque, City of Sedona, Rotary Club of Sedona, Sedona Public Library, Sedona International Film Festival, Illuminate Film Festival, Mental Health Coalition Verde Valley, Friends Committee on National Legislation, League of Women Voters Greater Verde Valley, Heartline, Thunder Mountain Design

Imagine Peace Partners:

Sedona Chamber of Commerce, Goldenstein Gallery, Honshin Fine Art, A Spa For You, Crystal Magic, Favorite Clothing, Sedona Ballet Company, Hideaway, Picazzo’s, Chocolatree, Pump House, David and Isabel Simmer, Christine Adams 

Artists (100+) Sherab Khandro, Andrea Smith, Adalia Tara, Peter Sterling, Three Trees, Juanita Bosman, Matt Hunsaker, Kenneth Cannata,  24 Peaces/Illuminate Opening Night, Sedona International Day of Peace at Tlaquepaque 


Sex Trafficking, Hunger, Veteran Healings, Stereotyping, White Privilege, Mass Incarceration, Peace within, Peace Education, Empathy training, Spirituality, Human Rights, Issues for Indigenous, Peace in our Environment

Sedona International City of Peace
501c3 nonprofit
Email: info@sedonainternationalcityofpeace.org
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