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December 2012

In 2013, Echo Valley Hope will celebrate life.
Recognizing we are one People, one Earth, we welcome diversity and the ability to learn from one another. We hold to the promise of Peace and we strive for its awakening in every heart. We recognize that the Earth and all her creatures deserve the right to live with dignity and it is the human hand which must extend kindness to make it so.

Wishing you joy and wonder and the best of New Years!

All Events at Echo Valley Farm 

We welcome our friends to the party, including those we have not yet met.
Details on each event will be available on Echo Valley Hope's website as we know them.

January 18, 19, 20 - Celebrating Beloved Community 
Music, great food and good conversation as we consider the implications of Martin Luther King’s words, “Our goal is to create a beloved community and this will require a qualitative change in our souls as well as a quantitative change in our lives.”

February 15, 16, 17, 18 - Garden Dreaming
Seed exchange, garden designs, water considerations, shared tips, good food and music.

March 8, 9, 10 - Nonviolence, Social Justice and Visionary Activism
Good food, conversation and music. We urge participants to read Grace Lee Boggs’ The Next American Revolution.

April 26, 27, 28 - Time of Wood
Everything to do with trees, from planting to harvesting, milling and treasured wood crafting.

May 17, 18, 19 - West African Drumming with Helen Bond and Fode Camara of Motherland Rhythm Community
Once again we will celebrate community, rhythm and peace with old friends. 

June 14, 15, 16 - Peacemaking in Community
Partnering with local peace organizations to build a strong coalition and to make the voice of peace grow. 

July 19, 20, 21 - There is Enough, the 3rd anniversary of this bluegrass / blues / roots benefit concert for local food pantries.
The Tillers have agreed to return for this event! Herb walks, foraging skills, great food!

August 9, 10, 11 - Widening the Circle: Celebrating Diversity
Our signature event will be in its eighth year and we are offering a concert of world music, food and cultures. “Our diversity is our strength.”

September 21 - Echo Valley's Celebration of International Day of Peace
We will, for the fifth year, celebrate the growing movement and the reclamation of peace with people from around the world. 

October 11, 12, 13, 14 - Environmental Summit: Our Precious Water  
This gathering will have an educational and political component as well as a remembrance and a prayer for the water from our indigenous roots.

November 29, 30 - Giving Thanks Weekend
Our harvest celebration and our thank you to the Earth, our friends and each other. Great food and music.

December 21 - Festival of Light
A Celebration of personal peace, clarity and courage

December 9, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Echo Valley Farm 

Solar Panels and Sheep

Echo Valley Hope hosts an open house for people affected by the proposed high transmission line route and to everyone interested in single home solar installations and community generated local energy.

Bring your friends and family to be part of a discussion of energy efficiency and a tour of solar energy-producing systems, along with great snacks. Have your questions answered about grid-tied systems, cost considerations and recent legislative actions.

Photo by Jan Kenyon

International Human Rights Day, December 10

2 Million Friends is calling on the people of the world to help find two million friends for peace, in remembrance of each of the two million Afghan victims of 40 years of war and destruction in Afghanistan. Two million friends to tell our respective governments, "Enough! We wish to live without war."

On December 10, 2012, International Human Rights Day, 2 Million Friends will present a petition to the UN calling for an immediate ceasefire in Afghanistan, leading to direct, substantial talks to end the war, end the government corruption and begin to advocate for the welfare of the majority of the Afghan people who have suffered for too long.

You may sign the petition here.

December 11, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Wisconsin's State Capitol in Madison

The meeting is in recognition of the more than 90 municipalities and thousands of ratepayers who have petitioned the state requesting comprehensive energy planning, greater pubic participation and locally distributed generation of energy. Everyone concerned about Wisconsin's energy future is encouraged to attend. An open floor discussion from 3:00-5:00 p.m. will follow the legislative meeting. Please contact your state representatives and encourage their attendance.

Round trip bus for Madison Meeting leaving from Cashton, Ontario, Hillsboro, Elroy, Mauston and Wisconsin Dells, $12 / seat.
Call 608-337-4871.


December 21 & 22 at Echo Valley Farm

Come to Echo Valley for the day or the weekend of drumming, music, good conversation and good food.


Let Kindness Win

The educational and charitable 501(c)3 Echo Valley Hope needs your support.

Please support the voice of sustainable living and peace that you have come to rely on. We cannot do it without you.
Your donation of any amount is always welcomed.
Help us to go into the new year confident that we can deliver on our promise to you: an uncompromising effort towards peace for the Earth and her People.

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