Aspen Center for Living Peace has been created to fill a programming niche in Aspen of longer, in-depth secular programming geared toward finding one’s inner peace, identifying one’s passions, and then sharing them with the world.  Empowering each person to make a difference in his or her life and in the world.

This holistic approach to living peace acknowledges that peace can be lived and experienced in all aspects of our daily lives. The work of uncovering peace is not just through conflict resolution and mediation – it is in the way we care for our environment, appreciate arts and culture, create our business, raise our children, and in every word we speak and every action we take.

The founding collaborators of the Aspen Center for Living Peace are Gina Murdock, Barbara Owen, Lexie Potamkin, Catherine Anne Provine, Phyllis Scruggs and Kelly Smith.


To examine global and local issues and human needs through study, contemplation, dialogue, and service in the areas of peace, justice, unity within diversity, inner wisdom, and empowerment.


To inspire people to turn words into action and develop peace within themselves and in the world.

Core Values:

  • Compassion
  • Courage
  • Connection
  • Collaboration
  • Community
  • Consciousness

Key Focus Areas:

  • Inner work and development
  • Peace making and effective communication
  • Connecting with and safeguarding the environment
  • Finding personal expression through arts, business, science, and culture


(Thumbprints of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Kelly Smith upon agreement to create the original Center for Living Peace)


“Peace may sound simple – one beautiful word – but it requires everything we have, every quality, every strength, every dream, every high ideal.”