TODAY IS A
“Today is a good day.” That is how we came to be greeted to the sacred
fire every morning at Oceti Sakowin. Rain, snow, sunshine, intermingled
with threats from a line of force prepared to do us harm. Still we
pursued and persisted: Today is a good day! Wake up.
In this time when it appears that power and false righteousness are
determined to undermine humanity and the earth, there is a need for
those who can to stand and proclaim: “Today is a good day. We are here.
We have choices to make. We have love in our hearts. We have knowing in
This is and has been the effort and the essence of Echo Valley Farm. To
provide a refuge where people of good will can come and learn from the
land and one another. The time of rugged individualism is over. The
time of kindness is upon us.
We have nearly completed our
transformation here at Echo Valley Farm. It is a step toward greater
sustainability. It is a step toward recognizing the gifts of this land
and striving to live in good reciprocity with it and all life. It is a
time for community.
We will continue to explore and participate in the
creation of new/old ways of simple living and peace. As always, you are
CLASSES AND GATHERINGS
The Peace Education
Sept. 13 through Nov. 15, at 1PM
at the Ontario Public Library
Thursdays, Sept. 14 through Nov. 16, at 6PM
at Echo Valley Farm in Ontario, WI
Echo Valley Hope will
again be offering The
Prem Rawat Foundation's free 10 week Peace Education Program. Each
program lasts about an hour and focuses on one of the following themes:
Echo Valley Hope
presents Critical Thinking and Choice
for more information.
Nov. 18, Dec. 16, Jan. 20, Feb. 17, Mar. 17
at Echo Valley Farm in Ontario, WI
A chance to gather each
month to consider: What is our relationship to others and all life?
What is the time on the clock of the world?* And, as individuals and
collectively, what are the choices and actions we can take "to make a
We will meet the third Saturday of each month from October 2017 through
March, 2018. You are welcome to one or all of the six gatherings.
Sessions will run from 10AM until noon, break for lunch, and reconvene
from 1PM to 3PM, or as long as needed. There is no cost. A free will
donation to Echo Valley Hope will be appreciated.
For those coming from far away, there are accommodations available: 608-337-4578.
considerations worth exploring:
The perspective of Vimala Thakur on the need for
activism and peace to come together remains an important
understanding of our time.
* Question famously asked
by James Boggs. For more thoughtful introspection, you can read Bogg's The
American Revolution: Pages From a Negro Worker's Notebook.
** Entire quote, from the Dalai Lama: "Critical thinking followed by
actions. Discern what your world is. Know the plot of your life of this
human drama and figure out where your talents might fit in to make a
WILL FIND US -- AND OUR FRESH-MADE APPLE CIDER
lovely article highlighting Echo Valley Farm by Julie Larson.
Fridays through October
Park Farmers Market (Facebook page)
4 to 8PM
at 5th and King Streets in La Crosse, WI
Enjoy local musicians at this weekly market.
Sundays through October 1
9AM to 1PM
on the 700 block of South Oak Street in Wisconsin Dells, WI
A weekly farmers' market is in full swing.
October 6 - 8 &
13 - 15
Fest (Facebook page)
in southwest Wisconsin
To see the schedule of events, visit Fermentation
ECHO VALLEY FARM'S
SUPER DUPER YARD SALE
September 2, 3, and 4 from 9AM
at E 14695 County Road F, Ontario, WI
we don’t have it, you don’t need it!!!
gardening, linens, tools, books, and much more. For more information,
Dena is producing a short piece called "Consider This" that airs on
WDRT 91.9 FM every Thursday at 5:30PM, CST. Listen live or
You can read each month's two-minute segment on her blog,
Let Kindness Win.
One of last month's segments was featured in Ontario's County Line
Echo Valley Hope champions people who understand that the simple
solution is to love and honor the Earth; that the sun and the wind can
supply our energy; that fields sown by loving hands can yield the
bounty needed for human survival; and that water is life. Find our most
recent updates on Earth Loving
or on our
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