During 2012 a long lost and very special piece of Beatles History, the psychedelic Sgt Peppers Gypsy Caravan, previously owned by John Lennon, was rediscovered. The caravan is undergoing an extensive and highly specialised restoration to bring it back to the glory of its 1967 debut. Over the next 18 months the Delight Makers charity will be undertaking the restoration, whilst producing a documentary of its untold story.
We are restoring the caravan for a tour to promote peace and healing. The project is called Peacing Together.
In addition to preserving a unique piece of Beatles History and cultural “memorabilia”, the documentary of the untold story aims to broaden our insight and understanding of John Lennon, beyond his well known contribution to music and world peace.
It is hoped that the caravan and Peacing Together tour will act as a catalyst and provide an opportunity to reach out and connect with a global audience to raise funds and awareness for peace and healing.
Our goal is to transform the broken Sgt Pepper’s Gypsy Caravan, owned by John Lennon, into a vehicle that will delight Beatles fans and millions of people around the world, whilst at the same time continue the legacy of delivering a message of love and peace to the world.
We will be turning the restoration process into a storytelling project delivered through film. The restored caravan can then be put on a national and global tour which not only delights Beatles fans but also:
As the caravan tours we will be inviting people to find ways to create peace together; sharing tools and wisdom to enable peace.
The restoration of this long lost caravan provides us with a metaphor for the healing of every person, relationship, family, community and nation. It is an opportunity to look back into history, uncover untold stories and celebrate the amazing birth of the revolution of consciousness that stood for peace and love. It provides an opportunity to catalyse what still needs to be done to create a world Governed by Love.
“All we are saying is give peace a chance”
As the caravan belonged to John Lennon and his focus was one of peace we will be investing in causes that serve peace in all senses, hence Peacing Together. How can we have world peace if the individuals, each one of us, has no inner peace or ability to achieve it? A world of people suffering from sadness, anger, depression, anxiety, fear will not build a world of peace, love and happiness. Our underlying premise is that world peace and happiness is possible if only we empower people with the knowledge and skills to achieve it; in other words together let’s enable Inner Peace for Outer Peace.
Our intention is to do all that we can to make peace achievable through investment in education, inspiration and awareness projects that can help to both undo and prevent the causes of violence and suffering.
World peace means including the world. Starting with inner peace and radiating out to others. Our aim is to seed and support projects in the areas of: inner peace/mental health, non-violent communication, peace and care for the environment, animals and the natural world.
And of course, as we are Delight Makers, and this project is born of the inspiration of John Lennon, we will be making Words, Music and Laughter a huge element in every project.