P O Box 98, Berwyn, IL 60402, US


The Peace Center

The Peace Center -skills for peaceful living

Leadership and Faculty


Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees oversees the financial matters of the Center as well as provides input and direction on fulfilling the Center's mission. Margo Ruark is the President and Executive Director of The Peace Center.

Featured Presenters


Staff and Faculty

The Peace Center has been proud to host these gifted teachers and presenters over the years.Here is a sampling -- not an exhaustive list! The Peace Center has hosted over 800 live events according to Meetup.com. That is a LOT of classes, teachers and participants!!! And we continue!!

  1. Andrew Harvey, Author, The Hope, Sacred Activism 
  2. Dr Elsbeth Meuth and Freddie Zental Weaver, Tantra Nova Institute, Secrets to Lasting Intimacy 
  3. Ellen Gunter, Author, Reunion, Writing Your Spiritual Autobiography 
  4. Mary Gerard, Author, The Mentor Within, Inspired to by Truly Helpful
  5. Regina Dawn Akers, Author, Awakening from the Dream 
  6. Linda McNabb, Author, One Again, Weekly Clarity Circles 
  7. Joe Wolfe, Author, The five signs, Weekly meditation group, Prison Outreach
  8. Michael Gerdes, Author, Emerson Readers, Troward Reader, Series of classes using these books 
  9. Cherise Greski, Aspire Hire Coaching, Personal goal setting 
  10. Jeff Brown, Marshall Rosenberg Organization, Non-Violent Communications 
  11. Ken Keith and Joe Fiorentino, Cook County Sherriff’s Department, Mother/Daughter Self-Defense 
  12. Jay McCormick, School of Metaphysics, Dream Interpretation 
  13. Sunny Boehme, Author, Executive Coach, Goddess Workshop for Women 
  14. Madelon Guinnazo, Byron Katie Organization, Work of Byron Katie 
  15. Darlene Dunning, State of Arizona Court system, Conflict Resolution  
  16. John Schuller, Scott Peck Organization, Community Building 
  17. Gary Renard, Author, Disappearance of the Universe, Book Signing and workshop 
  18. John Mundy, Author, The Mystic From Missouri, Book Signing and workshop 
  19. Peter Locasio, Peace Artist, Art Opening 
  20. Joan Holleb, Peace Artist, Art Opening 
  21. Local school children, Art exhibit, Passport to Art 
  22. James M Lynch, Author, The Hamlet Secret, Executive Coach, The Biggest Possible Future & booksigning
  23. Donna Desai, Therapist, Women’s Morning of Renewal Mini-Retreats
  24. Brigit Juister, Acupuncturist, Community acupuncture 
  25. Nick Angotti & Milissa Pacelli, Peace on Earth Film Festival, Mini Peace Film Festival and discussion
  26. Robert Koehler, Peace Journalist and Author, Courage Lies Deep at the Wound, Writing for Peace, Booksigning
  27. Anthony Soriano, Musician and Sound Healer, Body Buzz Sound Healing
  28. Cat Zavis, Author, Speaker, Spiritual Progressive
  29. Various Facilitators, Chicago Mankind Project


"Increasing the peace in Berwyn at The Peace Center" (Berwyn Life, June 6, 2011)

"Center Director Spreads Peace in Berwyn" (Berwyn Life, December 14, 2009)


James Lynch, The Huffington Post: "What's the Big Idea? Books, Peace and More Peace", April 21, 2011

Featured Faculty, Sensei Ken Keith,  Berwyn Life Online: "Master of Self Defense Comes to Berwyn" March 23, 2011

Author in Residency, Linda Jean McNabb:  "Spiritual Author Finds a Home at Berwyn's Peace Center"   Berwyn Life, February 23, 2011



Jerry R. Mitchell, President, Jerry R. Mitchell and Associates, Naperville, IL writes on LinkedIn:

“I have known Margo for many years. We first met when she presented her company’s’ business plan to an organization that I was president of. She presented herself in a very professional and poised manner. She was able to explain her business plan in a very articulate way and could answer all the constructive criticisms to the panel’s satisfaction. We have remained in contact over the years and I am always impressed by her ability to move into new areas with determination and passion. I have never ever saw her fail at anything she put her mind to.”

Guy Lawson,  Newsletter Editor, Oak Park Center for Spiritual Living, Oak Park, IL

 "Margo Ruark, you are not only a visionary, but also a wonderful Blessing to the world!"

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