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March 2011

Enjoy this slideshow of bread making at Echo Valley accompanied by the soothing music of Charles Rhyner produced by New Territory. Pictures by Noho and Meg Novick. A/V by Meg Novick.


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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 possible.

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.


FARMS LINK PEOPLE MOVES AHEAD

Echo Valley Hope's initiative, Farms Link People, is looking for people and looking for farms.   
Visit the blog for details.


FROM I TO WE: A PEACE FIRST EVENT
Saturday, March 12, 10:00 a.m.

In honoring the consciousness of peace, Echo Valley Hope offers a day of individual renewal and community building at Echo Valley Farm.  

In recognition 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.  

You are welcome.  

Cost: Free-will contribution to Echo Valley Hope

Lunch & Dinner Costs: $5 per meal  

RSVP: 608-337-4871  


2011 WOMEN'S RESOURCE FAIR
Saturday & Sunday, March 19 & 20, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Badger High School, 220 South St, Lake Geneva, WI

Stop by and say hi to Echo Valley at the upcoming Women's Resource Fair in Lake Geneva.

Dena Eakles will be leading a discussion: A Call to Peace: Consider the Power & the Beauty of the Human Spirit on Saturday, March 19, 1:30 p.m.

Visit the Women's Resource Fair page for complete information.


GLOBAL DAY OF LISTENING
3:00 p.m. on March 19 to 6:00 p.m. on March 20, EST

Live without Wars is a project of Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers and initiated by 50 ordinary Afghan youth from all ethnicities.

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 globaldayoflistening@gmail.org for details about the conference call-in number or Skype.


APRIL 16: VETERANS FOR PEACE

Jason MoonJason Moon is a veteran of the Iraq War, a tireless advocate for veteransʼ issues and for peace, and was named a “Peacemaker of the Year” in 2009 by the Wisconsin Network for Peace & Justice.  Accompanied by special guest Thacia, he will perform a concert for peace at Echo Valley, benefiting Veterans for Peace.

Other performers include:
Anna Stange with special guest Bob, her spouse and VFP member
Galynne & MarkOnDrums
More TBA


Visit Echo Valley Hope's event page for more information.


DOUBLE YOUR DONATION

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
Echo Valley Hope, Inc., E 14604 County Rd. F, Ontario, WI 54651,
donate online securely through our website,
or donate on Facebook here.

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