Meet Margaret Joy Weaver. An accomplished entrepreneur and Passionate Life Transformer.
Q: Can you tell us about the many things that you’re involved with here in Sedona?
A: I am the Founder and Chair of the Sedona International City of Peace, together with Jane Perini and Wib Middleton. We started this eight years ago. Sedona’s International City of Peace is part of the International Cities of Peace. Eight years ago, there were 35 groups, and today, there are over 300. We do various events in town, inspiring other people to foster a culture of peace. One of the events is the Human Library, which began in Denmark and addressed bullying. This program allows people to share their stories and dissolve prejudices and stereotypes by creating a better understanding.
I was involved with the Sedona International Film Festival for ten years. I was the Chair, vice-chair, secretary, and was on the board when we hired Patrick Schweiss. I am also involved with the Mental Health Coalition with Barbara Litrell. I worked with many of the healers here in Sedona and created an event called ‘Meditation Monday.’
Q: Tell us a little bit about beautiful Noorul Jawaheer?
A: I had been in a marriage for 27 years, and in March of 2015, we amicably went our separate ways. There’s a woman in town who has been sponsoring the Foreign Exchange Program, and she asked me if I wanted to host a foreign exchange student. I did, and my former husband didn’t. I became a ‘welcome host.’ Low and behold, the person she connected me with was from India. I still have the email she sent to me. She came here two months later. I’m close with her parents. We co-parent, and I became her guardian in case something happened here. She studied film and documentary filmmaking at NAU and an incredible artist. She’s about to turn 21. I’m such a believer in having different eras in our life. I feel that this is the daughter that I had always wanted to have.
Q: Who is the most exciting person you’ve met here in Sedona?
A: My list is long. But I’m going to say Barbara Litrell and Patrick Schweiss. Barbara is one of the most humble people that I’ve met. She spearheaded the Mental Health Coalition of the Verde Valley, and I participated for personal reasons to take care of a sister who has had schizophrenia. She has done so much for Sedona. And there’s Patrick! I’ve known him since he started at the Film Festival. He has a passion for film, remembers everybody’s name, and has such positive energy.
Q: Choosing anyone who would you love to have dinner with and why?
A: My daughter, Noorul. It’s challenging times for our youth today. Every time we have dinner, she surprises me with something like, “Mama, I have something to tell you.” It gives me a clear understanding that we have to turn our attention to guide them.
Q: When your friends or family come to visit, where do you take them?
A: I have many friends who come here to Sedona, but a lot of times, it depends on what interests them. My old home was at the base of Bear Mountain, which is a very sacred area. Now, my house in the heart of Sedona. I take people hiking and to places like Ant Hill. Also, I have introduced many people to healers in town. One of my favorite healers and best friends is Enocha’ Ranjita’ Ryan. She lives up in Canyon. “Your Heart’s Home Retreat Sanctuary” is the name of her place, so many of my friends, including myself, have gone through different ceremonies, rituals, healing, and talking circles.
Q: What one thing draws a sense of meaning?
A: I can’t answer that without sharing a story about India. In 2001, I was at Dahl & Di Luca having dinner, and I was taking my former husband back to Vietnam(he was a Vietnam Veteran) and on the way, we were going to go to India. The waiter asked, ‘You’re going to India? When?’ We said, “February of 2001”. He said “you should come to Maha Kumbha Mela.” It was the largest gathering of humans. Sixty million people go there for six weeks. We arrived the night after the full moon when 23-million people were there. It was the first time that I had this transcendental experience of being deeply connected to humanity and to all as one being. I didn’t understand it, it was an experience I will never forget, and I’ve been in pursuit of my spiritual journey from that point on.
Q: How would your closest friends describe you?
A: She would say that I am more generous, heartful, determined, and someone who brings healing to our heartaches.