Sami Sunchild


July 28, 1925 – July 3, 2013

I consider many parts of our beautiful planet home. My mother had already been around the world and had lived in China, England, and Canada by 1923 when she met my father. I was born in a little town in the northwest corner of the state of Washington and grew up hiking in our forests and knowing people of a variety of races and religions who were always welcome in our home.

In 1977, I became proprietor and resident artist at the Red Victorian, the only surviving turn of the 20th century hotel on Haight Street. For 35 years, I dedicated myself to preserving this historic landmark as a living museum where people from the neighborhood and from all over the world can find hospitality and friendship.

I am an entrepreneur. I believe in self-employment and in choosing a profession which makes a better world and a better self. All my life I have been studying the effects and potentials of tourism in many cultures, from Fiji and the Polynesian islands to Bali, Australia, Germany, Denmark, and much of Europe and north Africa.

When the Red Victorian was built in 1904, the Conservatory and the first children’s public playground were already in Golden Gate Park. In the Red Vic’s early years, people would come from San Francisco by the Market Street cable car to take in the country air in the newly developed Park. In 1967, the Summer of Love swept through the Haight-Ashbury District and gave birth to the Peace Movement, the Ecology Movement, and the Social Justice Movement as we know them today.

The Red Victorian is world famous and popular with educators, media people, artists, ecology-oriented and peace-oriented thinkers and world travelers. Each of the 18 guest rooms features a theme from the Summer of Love or Golden Gate Park. The Red Vic is a model for Peaceful World Travel Bed & Breakfast establishments and serves as a cultural tourism Mecca for travelers intent on bettering their lives and the world around them.

On Sunday mornings from 9:00 to 10:30, I hosted the Peaceful World Conversation. These informal breakfast conversations included our own guest travelers and members of the local community, both invited and drop-in, and brought together diverse people around topics that matter in their own lives and in the world such as personal global citizenship experiences or travel insights. New friends often linger, perhaps meeting again later in the day or week.

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