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THERE IS ENOUGH

We live in a time when far too many of us believe that there is not enough. Yet everything, including our science and our religions, teach us that cannot be. We have allowed the concept of scarcity to rule, and in turn, we live with the ruthless greed and inhuman conditions that it brings. 

A few years back I heard a song that challenged the concept of scarcity. It is called "There Is Enough." I loved everything about it. I invited the writer and the band that plays the song to Echo Valley so we could celebrate the simple truth of what we all know and must now let flourish. I am thrilled to welcome back the author and the bands to this celebration again on July 20, and I invite you to challenge the notion of scarcity in your own life.


Video reposted from January 2011




JULY 20, 4:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
There Is Enough

The Tillers The Getaways Mark Utley
The Tillers at 7 p.m. The Getaway Drivers at 5:30 p.m. Mark Utley at 4 p.m.

This is the 3rd anniversary of our bluegrass / blues / roots benefit concert at Echo Valley Farm for local food pantries.

Returning to the outdoor amphitheater are three of our favorite bands: The Tillers, The Getaway Drivers and the songwriter who penned the song from which this benefit derives its name, Mark Utley of Magnolia Mountain.




JULY 11, 13, 14
Conversations on Peace, Justice and Sustainability

How do we create communities of peace, justice and sustainability? A conversation about what we are doing well in our communities will be facilitated by the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice's (WNPJ) outreach team, Liz Bruno, Karma Chavez and Dena Eakles. 

We welcome you to hear about and share what can be and is being done in your area to create vibrant and flourishing communities. Recommended reading in preparation for this event: The Next American Revolution by Grace Lee Boggs.

For locations and times, visit http://www.wnpj.org/.




JULY 23
House Concert with Adler and Hearne, 7:00 p.m.

Treat yourself to Adler and Hearne. This awesome duo will be dropping by Echo Valley for a yurt concert. Great music. Good feeling. Fabulous snacks.
Free will $10 suggested.



AUGUST 2, 3, 4
Celebrating West African Drumming

Helen Bond and Fodé Camara of Motherland Rhythm Community will return to Echo Valley to teach drumming and bring cultural stories of West Africa. There will be a presentation on the recent and successful implementation of biosand water filtration systems by the Benkadi Project and Motherland Rhythm Community. Always a treat to have our friends here. 

To reserve space, call 608-337-4578.
$50 suggested free-will donation to Motherland Rhythm Community.



AUGUST 17
Widening the Circle: Celebrating Diversity

Our signature event will be in its eighth year and we are offering a benefit concert of world music, food and cultures at Echo Valley Farm.

“Our diversity is our strength.”



SEPTEMBER 21
International Day of Peace

For the fifth year, we will celebrate the reclamation of peace with people from around the world (http://www.internationaldayofpeace.org/). Come and celebrate and share what you are doing and what can be done for peace to flourish in ourselves and in the world. 

For your consideration as we prepare, here is a short video of Prem Rawat, ambassador of peace, discussing what is possible: http://www.tprf.org/en/video-gallery?videoid=5fei-bJudM0.



OCTOBER  11, 12, 13, 14
Environmental Summit: Our Precious Water

Water is Life. We must protect and keep the water and our understanding of it. All people are welcome to come and share their appreciation of water. Organizations can come and share how they are acting to preserve water. 

This will be a time to gather strength from one another and to build coalition among us. Funds surpassing costs of the event will benefit the Bad River Ojibwe's Legal Defense Fund to Stop the Penokee Mine. 

The events of this weekend are still being formed. You are most welcome to participate in creating it. Contact denaeakles(at)earthlink.net.




ECHO VALLEY HOPE 

We are now more than half way through 2013, and, as the calendar suggests, Echo Valley Hope will be engaged in more efforts towards peace and sustainability than ever before. Thank you to all who are supporting this effort with monthly or one-time donations. Your continued support is welcomed and needed.

We continue to be an all volunteer organization; you can be sure your contribution is 100% supporting education towards community building, sustainable living and peace.

It is not just about monetary support. How can you help? Share our newsletters, Facebook page and website with friends. The ideas we champion are welcomed by people everywhere:
Peace is possible.
There is enough.
Live in community.
Live sustainably.
Let Kindness win.
We are all indigenous.
It is our time.

Help us to get out the news.

Invite friends to visit Echo Valley. Hearing about our efforts is good. First-hand experience is better. Your help - at whatever level - is welcomed.

Skilled at social media, PR or web maintenance? We are looking to expand our reach. Volunteers with skills in these areas are needed. Contact Dena at 608-337-4871 or denaeakles(at)earthlink.net.

Echo Valley Farm is also welcoming people who are considering living in community (short or long term) with a focus on sustainability and peace. Ride shares from Madison, Milwaukee and Chicago are possible. Call 608-337-4578. Application can be found here.

Click on the button above to make a tax-deductible one-time gift or become a monthly supporter. Your donation of any size helps advance sustainable living and promotes initiatives of peace.

To make a tax-deductible donation by mail, send a check or money order to
Echo Valley Hope, Inc.
E 14604 County Rd. F
Ontario WI 54651



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