of bread making at Echo Valley accompanied by the soothing music of
Charles Rhyner produced by
New Territory. Pictures by Noho
Novick. A/V by Meg Novick.
Click here to listen to Dena
Eakles' February 20 interview on WORT's "Her Turn."
When I got my first
sheep, they were young. I was a bit younger myself, and I quickly
learned the easiest way to handle them was to set them on their rump if
you needed to check their hooves or care for them in some way. I
noticed disease on one hoof and, try as I might, I could not get it to
go away with any permanence. I asked my friend Annie what to do. She
told me, "You have to take it all the way down. You have to do it like
you mean it." I pushed aside my fears, my "I can't do this," and
cleaned the hoof one more time. It worked. The disease never came back.
And once again, I learned the possibility of intention, and aligning
myself with good outcome, kindness and the notion that everything is
There seems to be a lot to unlearn. As I watch the world unraveling one
country at a time, I remember my youth and the dreams that propelled my
idealism. I am happy to report those dreams never died. And as I watch
the capitol of my home state, Madison, Wisconsin, alive with requests
of equality, of peace, of justice, I say it is all possible. It is not
a dream. You have to take it all the way down. You have to do it like
you mean it. You have to do it with conviction and courage. You have to
do it with kindness and leave your doubts behind. You have to prepare
yourself. You have to be in peace.
We are committed to
this turning. It is not a democratic turn, as the media insists and our
government wants us to believe. It is a turning towards peace and good
that is inevitable. People are resonating with the recognition of what
is possible. There is enough for all of us, and surely it is time for
peace. We have allowed the alternative far too long. This turn requires
our conviction. It requires our clarity. We cannot judge one another.
Whether you stand with those who call for workers rights, are busy
saving seeds, or are trying to reach people with a message of peace -
we are in this together. Supporting one another is the order of the
day. With this understanding we continue to offer our
Peace First and Ending War initiatives.
Echo Valley is
bursting to have Spring arrive, and you are most welcome to come and
enjoy with us. Please share this website with your friends.
PEOPLE MOVES AHEAD
Echo Valley Hope's initiative, Farms
Link People, is looking for people and looking for farms.
Visit the blog
FROM I TO
WE: A PEACE FIRST EVENT
Saturday, March 12, 10:00 a.m.
that the strength of community is built upon the clarity and resolve of
each individual, this day will be dedicated to the pursuit of peace,
acceptance, discernment and choice.
We believe that
peace is possible and must begin within the heart of each individual.
We recognize diversity of beliefs as a source of strength. We are
committed to the importance and uniqueness of each individual, and the
understanding that everything we need is at hand. We realize these
concepts are a divergence of thought from contemporary life, but we
believe they are relevant and true to each human heart. Therefore, we
continue to offer these initiatives of peace, to help us grow
individually and help us bring together people of peace.
From March 19 - 21,
these youth will celebrate the wish of the People of Afghanistan to
live without wars. They have coordinated a Global
Day of Listening, a Peace Walk & Tree Planting, and a
Candle Lighting in Kabul, Afghanistan.
In the US, the
Global Day of Listening begins at 3:00 p.m. on March 19th and lasts
until 6:00 p.m. on March 20th. People living in war-torn countries all
over the world will speak about their lives, and we are all invited to
listen. You may listen to the Global Day conversations via the
internet broadcast; or email email@example.com
for details about the conference call-in number or Skype.
Other performers include: Anna Stange
with special guest
Bob, her spouse and VFP member Galynne
Visit Echo Valley Hope's event
page for more information.
An anonymous donor has offered to match $15,000 in donations made to
Echo Valley Hope, Inc. this year.
There is currently about $12,000 left to match.
If you share our
enthusiasm for peace and
sustainability, if you recognize the practical and powerful
efforts that we undertake, then
please consider a tax exempt monetary gift of support.
To make a
tax-deductible donation, send a check or money order to
Valley Hope, Inc., E 14604 County Rd. F, Ontario, WI 54651,
online securely through
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