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"Come out, come out, wherever you are..."

We continue to meet, partner with, and learn from individuals and organizations advocating sustainability and peace. There is a sweetness in celebrating our common humanity. And accepting our diversity makes us strong. There is a movement afoot. It is reawakening community, and calls each of us to our most fulfilled self. It is in recognition that it is possible to "increase the good" (taken from a line in The Next American Revolution) that we continue. The weaving of good times, wonderful people and choosing joy continues here. You are most welcome to explore.



SPECIAL THANKS TO HELEN BOND & FODÉ CAMARA
of Motherland Rhythm Community


...for teaching us the wonderful life rhythms of Guinea.
For a glimpse, watch:






GATHERING FOR PEACE WITH GRACE LEE BOGGS
June 10 - 12

At this point in the continuing evolution of our country and of the human race, we urgently need to stop thinking of ourselves as victims and to recognize that we must each become a part of the solution because we are each a part of the problem.
- from The Next American Revolution by Grace Lee Boggs


Legendary activist and human being Grace Lee Boggs will join us on Sunday via Skype for a conversation about the ideas regarding sustainable change found in her book, The Next American Revolution. Advocating community, growing food, and the notion that "we're the leaders we're looking for," Ms. Boggs will address questions presented to her in advance. She has appeared on Bill Moyers' Journal and Democracy Now.

In preparation for the weekend, we recommend reading The Next American Revolution by Grace Lee Boggs. You can learn about the James and Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership and purchase the book at www.boggscenter.org. We also invite you to enjoy the work of Prem Rawat at www.wopg.org.

In keeping with the theme of Peace First, the weekend will include time for rest and contemplation.There will be opportunities to hear from individuals pioneering models of community and sustainability. We will have the opportunity to work together as a group on a hands-on project, and to share with one another our dreams and hopes and ideas for peace. Click here for the schedule. 

Event Cost: Free-will donation to Echo Valley Hope
Meals will be available for purchase for $5 per person.

Click here for local accommodations.



MOTHER EARTH WATER WALK
Anishinabe Grandmothers walk from the Gulf of Mexico to Lake Superior

Four groups of women and men are carrying salt water from the four directions, meeting in Bad River, Wisconsin to mix the water together, cleanse it, and pour it into Lake Superior. Three Anishinabe women have collected water from the Gulf and will pass through our area at the end of May or early June.

Sharon Day, Josephine Mandamin, and Korina Day are walking 1,200 miles "to raise consciousness, to collect the consciousness of the people and for people to be aware that the water is very precious."

Echo Valley has invited them to rest at the farm as they pass through. We will send an event email if they are able to stop here. They will also be hosted in Fennimore, Readstown, Sparta and Pigeon Falls. Please visit Mother Earth Water Walk and Empty Glass for Water for more information.

If you would like to support the Water Walk, please make your check payable to:
Indigenous Peoples Task Force: Mother Earth Water Walk

and mail to:
Sharon M. Day
Executive Director
Indigenous Peoples Task Force
3019 Minnehaha Avenue S.
Minneapolis, MN 55406
612-721-0253




HEALING THE EARTH, HEALING HER CHILDREN
Presented by the Franciscan Spirituality Center in LaCrosse, Wisconsin

June 24th and 25th mark the Franciscan Spirituality Center's 20th annual summer program, Healing the Earth, Healing Her Children. Most of us want to live on a healthy healed planet; maybe all of us do. The struggle with our modern world is its constant opposition to our desire for a simpler life. Our basic needs create waste, use energy and utilize the dwindling natural resources.

Our first step to change seems to be the first step in all healing-awareness of our personal relationship to the unhealed self. To heal the earth and her children, we need to grow in awareness of the complex beauty of creation and to appreciate the nuances of how the creative energy flows in us and in the land we love.

Dena Eakles will speak at 1:30 p.m. on Friday. Click here for more and to register for the conference.



ECHO VALLEY HOPE AT THE MIDWEST RENEWABLE ENERGY FAIR
June 17 - 19 in Custer, Wisconsin

Visit our booth at the 22nd annual Energy Fair. Enjoy workshops on solar, wind, local food, and much more.

Dena Eakles will speak twice this year in the Green Tent: Friday at 10 a.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m.

Click here for more on the MREA Fair.



YOGA RETREAT WITH DEB MAY
June 24 - 26

Deb May of YogaCare offers her 3rd annual yoga retreat at Echo Valley, a time to relax, rejuvenate and restore. Registration and prepayment by June 10th ensures your reservation. Contact Deb for more information at yogacaredbq (at) gmail.com.

Click here to visit Deb's website.



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