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.
HELEN BOND & FODÉ CAMARA
Motherland Rhythm Community
teaching us the
wonderful life rhythms of Guinea.
For a glimpse, watch:
PEACE WITH GRACE LEE BOGGS
June 10 - 12
At this point in the
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
- from The Next
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.
Free-will donation to Echo Valley Hope
Meals will be available for purchase for $5 per person.
Anishinabe Grandmothers walk from
the Gulf of Mexico to Lake Superior
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.
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."
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.
you would like to support the Water Walk, please make your check
payable to: Indigenous Peoples Task Force:
Mother Earth Water Walk
mail to: Sharon
M. Day Executive
Peoples Task Force 3019
Minnehaha Avenue S. Minneapolis,
HEALING THE EARTH, HEALING HER CHILDREN
Presented by the Franciscan
Spirituality Center in LaCrosse, Wisconsin
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
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.
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.