Sleep For Peace


Hostels are hosting programs and activities as unique as their locations, with many events open to the community. If you’re unable to join, help spread our message of peace and tolerance by using #SleepForPeace on social media.

HI Austin will be decorating the hostel with a “Getting on the Peace Train” theme, designed to pique conversation among guests.

HI Baltimore is hosting a community meal accompanied by a discussion on peace.

HI Boston is hosting a peace-themed series of panels, discussions, and films, as well as a fair to engage the public in sharing perspectives on peace. Topics in mindfulness and meditation, conflict de-escalation, and human rights will be explored.

HI Chicago, The J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Hostel will be hosting activities all week long, including guest speakers, musical performances, yoga, community service projects, and a variety show. Special outings around the city will also be arranged for guests, and discussions on peace will be encouraged throughout the week.

HI Houston, The Morty Rich Hostel will celebrate the cultures of its 17 Sister Cities hosting a dinner for guests featuring entrees from the countries where these cities reside. The evening will also include a beer tasting with beers from those countries, accompanied by a discussion on how programs like Sleep for Peace and Sister Cities help lead to peace.

HI Hyannis is hosting a community dinner on September 21, featuring peaceful spoken word poetry and music, with a local jeweler making peace stone keychains. The dinner will also include a brief discussion around Sleep for Peace.

HI Madison will greet each guest on September 21 with a paper dove, encouraging them to write on it a dream or action to build peace, which will be displayed at the hostel. Events include a presentation by the Animal Behavior Club, a tour of the Chazen Art Museum, and a performance by an Okinawan Drum team.

HI Malabar Farm will do its own rendition of “Who’s Been Sleeping in My Sheets,” as well as provoke conversation through its “What Gives Me Peace” bulletin board and peace puzzle.

HI Marin Headlands is hosting a social gathering and dinner, and looking to recreate their Peace Tree from last year that proudly displayed guests’ messages of peace.

HI Martha’s Vineyard is providing guests with Pancakes for Peace, and featuring “Who’s Been Sleeping in My Sheets?”. Guests will also enjoy a dinner and discussion on peace on September 21.

HI Monterey is providing refreshments and encouraging peace discussions, accompanied by ping pong.

HI Mississippi Headwaters will do a screening of “The Day After Peace.”

HI New York City is offering special tours and activities centered around various peacebuilding locations in Manhattan. Tours include visits to the United Nations, the Imagine Mosaic in Central Park, among others. Additionally, Newer Sounds will perform live at the hostel on September 25.

HI Phoenix Metcalf House is preparing a potluck dinner for guests, complete with a Food Not Bombs and Amnesty International discussion.

HI Pigeon Point Lighthouse will be Tidepooling For Peace during the day, which includes a beach cleanup, and Stargazing For Peace at night.

HI Point Montara Lighthouse is hosting its 2nd Annual Garden For Peace, where members of the community and guests at the hostel are invited to work together to beautify the natural area around the hostel and share messages of peace.

HI Point Reyes is leading guests to the ocean for yoga on the beach.

HI Portland Hawthorne and HI Portland Northwest are teaming up to host Bike For Peace, a cycling event through the local community.

HI Richmond is inviting guests and members of the community to write messages for peace on a banner in front of the hostel. Guests will have the opportunity to discuss these messages over dinner at the hostel.

HI Sacramento is hosting a week-long celebration, highlighted by a Bike-In Movie.

HI San Diego Downtown is encouraging guests to write down thoughts on making the world more peaceful in our daily lives. This topic will be explored during pub crawls, dinner nights, and walking tours. A kickoff party on September 18 at the hostel, featuring food, drinks, live music, exhibits, and games. Residents of San Diego can also join the 8th Annual Peace Conference, held on September 19 at the WorldBeat Cultural Center in Balboa Park.

HI San Diego Point Loma is hosting a sing-a-long of peace-themed songs, with the opportunity for guests and community members to appear in a video while singing “Give Peace a Chance.” Dinner will be provided.

HI San Francisco City Center kicks of the Sleep for Peace weekend on Friday, September 18, with its 2nd Annual No Sleep For Peace: Nightmare on Elm Street all-night movie marathon. On Saturday, guests can join an organized group to the Peace in the Parks event in Golden Gate Park during the day, and then head to Skate for Peace at the Church of 8 Wheels at night for a roller disco. Sunday concludes the Sleep for Peace celebration with a visit to Glide Memorial Church to serve meals to the poor, followed by Sing for Peace in the evening, featuring live gospel music at the hostel, as well as dinner.

HI San Francisco Downtown is leading a group to Peace in the Park on the 19th, followed by Skate 4 Peace in the evening. On the 20th, guests can join a global feast peace potluck, and the 21st will feature a live acoustic performance.

HI San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf will lead a group to the Peace in the Parks event in Golden Gate Park on September 19, followed by live music and dinner that evening at the hostel.

HI Santa Monica is hosting a variety of activities on September 21 to inspire conversation about and celebrate peace. There will be opportunities for guests to share thoughts and join with other travelers to make a statement about creating a more tolerant world.

HI Seattle is encouraging guests to have a peace discussion over a pizza dinner.

HI Washington DC is putting a bunk bed on display in the lobby, which is a canvas for guests to leave messages of peace. Guests are also invited to an international dinner on September 21, which will include a discussion about the significant role of travel and cultural exchange in peace building.

HI Wellspring will be asking guests to express what gives them peace and encouraging peaceful selfies.