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DECEMBER 2013

WISHING YOU A JOY-FILLED SEASON
Our thanks to all who made this year a wonderful adventure.

Coal Creek March by Mike Oberst of The Tillers from "Music for the Mountains,"
a benefit to stop mountaintop removal coal mining.
www.ILoveMountains.org




CELEBRATION OF LIGHT
December 21, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

You are welcome to Echo Valley for a day of celebration of winter.




OFFERINGS FROM ECHO VALLEY

We listened when you asked for more classes in sustainable living, scheduled in advance.

Click here to see our January through April offerings: weaving, seed saving, baking, cooking, body care, Qi Gong and wellness.




PEACEMAKERS 2014

How do we make peace?
Any way we can.

At Echo Valley we champion "peace first." We acknowledge the very real possibility of peace and believe that the effort required is a simple one.

We believe each and every one of us holds that possibility. That each voice needs to be heard and that the walls dividing us are of little consequence in light of all we commonly share.

In this "experiment" of community and consensus driven living at Echo Valley, we have been fortunate to meet many peace-heart and minded people - of all ages, races, beliefs - and we have enjoyed the tapestry of our diversity.

Given all of the above, we are committing 2014 to Peacemakers. We will celebrate, learn from, break bread with, and support one another. We will plant the seeds of action.

From May through October, we will host gatherings to foster peace - in ourselves and in our world. If you would like to participate or help develop this initiative, please let us know.

Here are the 2014 dates we have committed to Peacemaking--we are happy to add more by request:

May 16- 18
June 13-15
July 11-13
August 8-10
September 19-21 (International Day of Peace)
October 10-12




NELSON MANDELA
May your dance of peace continue to touch us.
Thank you.

Johnny Clegg with Nelson Mandela, 1999: Asimbonanga




PAYING ATTENTION

Frac-Sand Mining Messaging Action and Training
Sunday, December 15, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Building a collaborative network on frac sand mining and more.

This event takes place at Comfort Inn & Suites (W10170 Sate Highway 54, Black River Falls, Wis.).

The partner organizations are Wisconsin Grassroots Network (WGN), Forward Institute, Midwest Environmental Advocates, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, The Progressive magazine, and United Wisconsin.

December 21, 7:00 p.m.
Promised Land-Ahuco Community Center in Tomah, Wis.

From our friends at Migizi Advocates for Turtle Island (MATI).

Please like their Facebook page and broadcast widely. Echo Valley will be supporting this and other efforts to stop the sand rush in Wisconsin. See you there!

Deadline January 15, 2014
This is the time allotted to us to give comments to the PSC on the use of our Wisconsin energy dollars. Will they go to energy efficiency and solar and green possibilities or to 8 high transmission lines which we will pay on for the next 40 years?

Take a moment to reflect on ecotourism, agriculture and your neighbors as we make this lasting choice. Comment here: http://soulwisconsin.org/Resources/Input_to_PSC_Scoping.html.




ECHO VALLEY HOPE 

Advancing sustainable living and all initiatives of peace.

We are an all-volunteer 501(c)3 educational and charitable organization working to raise the voice of peace, bringing people together, celebrating diversity and respecting the Earth.

The ideas we champion are welcomed by people everywhere. Our classes and events foster individuals and community. Peace is possible. It is our time.

Thank you to all who support our efforts. Your help is welcomed.

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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