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January 2012

Martin Luther King, Jr. "I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”  

- Martin Luther King, Jr.

One year ago, Echo Valley Hope embarked on an initiative entitled Peace First & Ending War. Inspired by the work of Prem Rawat, we held the understanding that peace must come within an individual and, from that the possibility of peace in our communities and in our world, can manifest and flourish. With that foundation, we held events, traveled to meet like-minded people and celebrated the joy of our humanity and the preciousness of each individual life on this our home, the Earth. 

Our journey was shared by many old friends and many new, and our calendar for 2012 represents the continued effort and the celebration of peace. You are welcome.

Special thanks to the WWOOFers who make their way here (from all over the world) and are a big help in all of our activities.

Once again we will be offering land to local people to create a community garden. Preparations of the land will begin in March. Contact us if you are interested in participating in this program.


In June and July, Echo Valley Hope will be offering week-long programs for children and their parents, and giving all an opportunity to explore nature, community and the possibility of living in peace.

June 24 through July 8: Children ages 12 to 18 are invited to help with green building projects, farm living, and the study of peace and nonviolence. Limited to 10 children.
Contact us for an application. Scholarship money may be available for those in need.

July 15 through July 22 and again July 29 through August 5: Children ages 8 to 12 are invited
to help with green building projects, farm living, and the study of peace and nonviolence. Limited to 6 children per week.
Contact us for an application. Scholarship money may be available for those in need.

Throughout the month of July, children under the age of 8 are welcome to visit with adult supervision. Please call to confirm space for your visit: 608.337.4871.

"Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree."

- Martin Luther King, Jr.


May 5Bringing It Home
Iraq veteran, singer / songwriter Jason Moon and friends perform a benefit concert bringing awareness to the issues facing our veterans, to the important activities of Veterans for Peace and to Jason’s new nonprofit, Warrior Songs, seeking to help veterans heal.
Additional performers TBA.

May 12 & 13 - West African Drumming
Motherland Rhythm Community’s Helen Bond and Fodé Camara return to Echo Valley for the third year, sharing the culture of Guinea, West Africa.
Schedule of drumming classes TBA. 

June 15-17 - Midwest Renewable Energy Fair
Visit Echo Valley Hope's booth.

July 7 - There is Enough 
The Tillers and Mark Utley of Magnolia Mountain return to our stage
and we enjoy the Roe Family Singers Echo Valley debut.
Benefit concert proceeds will go to local food pantries and senior food programs. 

August 3 & 4 - Widening the Circle
Echo Valley Hope’s signature event featuring 2 days of great music, great food and local artisans.
This year’s benefit will help create a local food processing kitchen for people in the area. 

September 1 & 2 - Celebration of UN International Day(s) of Peace
This multi-media event will kick off what we hope to be a traveling celebration of peace throughout the Midwest.
More TBA. 

October - Harvest Festival
Giving thanks and preparing for winter. Always fun. Date and details TBA.

  • January 21, beginning at 9:00 a.m. (Central) - Global Days of Listening
    Listen to and talk about what it is like to live in war-torn countries & about the wish to live without wars.
    Click here to learn more about these important calls among ordinary human beings.

    This event is inspired by
    Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers (find them on Facebook or at their website), Afghans for Peace and
    the Iraqi American Reconciliation Project.

  • January 28, 2:00 p.m. - Screening of The Last Mountain
    Echo Valley welcomes you to the free screening of The Last Mountain, a compelling environmental documentary on the people of Coal River Valley, West Virginia and their efforts to save their homeland. For more information, visit I Love Mountains.
    Click here for directions. For more on the screening, contact Echo Valley Farm at 608.337.4578. 
  • February 3, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - NOT ABOUT BOMBS Opening Reception
    Iraqi American Reconciliation Project and Intermedia Arts present a powerful and engaging collection of contemporary works by eminent female Iraqi artists exploring an identity in flux. This exhibit will not be what you expect. It is not about war. It is not about Iraq. It presents contemporary art by Iraqi women, but mainly in an attempt to deliberately explore and challenge expectations.
    This exhibit runs through March 3.
    Click here for more information on this event.

  • February 19, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. - Sowing the Seeds of Peace and Justice
    Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice hosts this free, family friendly, community building event at Goodman Community Center in Madison. Enjoy a delicious potluck and live music.
    Click here for more information on this event.
  • Water for Peace
    For the third year, Echo Valley Hope will contribute to the Iraqi American Reconciliation Project’s Water for Peace program. Water filtration systems employed in schools and hospitals help bring clean water to people victimized by war. 

  • Penokee Hills Education Project
    Watch this video to help understand the Penokee mine issues:

Let Kindness Win

We receive no government grants or corporate funding. We rely on individuals like you for support. With low overhead and all-volunteer efforts, your tax-deductible donations will be applied to programs advancing sustainable living and to promote initiatives of peace.

Our financial goal this year is to raise $25,000 for our educational and charitable work.

Thank you for your continued support.

To make a donation:

  • Send a check or money order to:
    Echo Valley Hope, Inc., E 14604 County Rd. F, Ontario, WI 54651,
  • Donate online securely through PayPal here or
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