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October 2011

HARVEST FESTIVAL
October 8

You are welcome to celebrate the season.

Charlie Parr
Charlie Parr
Enjoy the sounds of legendary roots musician
Charlie Parr

and psychedelic folk noir with
Subvocal
at the Echo Valley Amphitheater from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Click here for directions.


Bring an empty jug for fresh pressed cider and lend a hand in finishing the clay oven from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Your free-will donation will help support Echo Valley Hope.
Unfavorable weather? No worries, we will be in the yurt.



PEACE FIRST

As we move into this harvest season, I marvel at the abundance. Of apples, yes, and all the garden delights, yet what is striking is the abundance of laughter, the dance of united effort that has allowed it all to be, and the bushels of good-will that keep fueling this place.

I look back on a year that began with our pledge to host one event towards peace first and ending war each month and am humbled by all that has come to pass and what is yet to be.

As we approach our October Peace First and Ending War initiative, the Board of Echo Valley Hope has made this decision: We stand with those who wish to see an end to the longest running war in our history. On October 6th, the U.S. war in Afghanistan will begin its 11th year. Many nonviolent and peace-minded organizations have come together to say "No more." On October 6th, a People's Assembly will begin the "occupancy" of Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC with a pledge to stay until this war and the Iraqi war end. There is also a request for kindness in the federal budget. Visit www.October2011.org for more.

On October 9th, I will be heading to DC to stand with friends I do not know to make this request of our government: Welcome Peace and End War. If all goes well, as I suspect it will, the Board of Echo Valley Hope has agreed to support people going to DC to maintain this vigil until the wars are ended. Our intent is to have a voice and a presence in DC throughout the entire effort to end war.

I am hoping each of you reading this will find some way to support the effort towards peace. It is possible. If not now, when? If not us, who?

We will be posting activities occurring in DC. If you are interested in being a "delegate" for Echo Valley Hope in DC in the coming months, we will be hosting nonviolent trainings in late October, early November.

Your continued financial support is needed to ensure Echo Valley Hope's efforts towards sustainability and peace can continue. Our dreams are big. Our efforts are big. They are fruitful. Thank you.

Click here to see Echo Valley Hope's 2011 efforts to date.

Best wishes,
Dena



A DAY OF PEACE & FORGIVENESS
September 11

Echo Valley Hope honored the anniversary of 9/11 as a Day of Peace and Forgiveness. Friends and like-minded organizations were welcomed to co-create the day. What occurred was priceless.

Dances of Universal Peace It began with the Dances of Universal Peace, led by our friends Marcia Heeter and Peter Slonek. We then gathered in the yurt, where guests had an opportunity to present their understanding of peace and forgiveness. WDRT's Bill Motlong taped the words of two guest speakers, Madison Quaker and Vietnam veteran Mike Boehm and his Vietnamese friend and colleague Mr. Phan Van Do. It serves as a synopsis of all that was offered on this day. Listen to it here.

Other speakers included Jim Farrell of One Spirit Rising, Viroqua, Wis. and Rev. Dr. Calvin S. Morris, historian and human rights advocate.

We concluded with a DVD presentation of Prem Rawat and world music by Fishtank Ensemble.

The resounding theme of the day: peace begins within.
Our great thanks to all who participated.

Mike Boehm Phan Van Do Yurt Gathering
Mike Boehm Phan Van Do Gathering in the Yurt



WIDENING THE CIRCLE 2011 SLIDESHOW

Enjoy this slideshow by Kasia Siemaszko.
"Stay" written and performed by The Getaway Drivers.





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You can help ensure the efforts toward sustainable living and peace continue.
No salaries paid and very low overhead allow us to put your donations towards free classes in sustainability, building community and supporting initiatives of peace.

If you like our hands-on and positive approach and would like to support our efforts, you are most welcome.
Become a Friend of Echo Valley Hope and help the good will to continue.

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Echo Valley Hope, Inc., E 14604 County Rd. F, Ontario, WI 54651,
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