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FEBRUARY 2015

What does it look like to raise the voice of peace and sustainable living? In this issue we will give you a small glimpse into the lives and hearts of people who are making tremendous difference in a world too often indifferent.

It is our firm belief that in championing voices of good will, the voice of ignorance will be diminished. By linking acts of kindness from our friends in Guinea, ensuring clean water for all, to acts of peaceful defiance from the young Dine (Navajo) walking "for their existence" and to stop needless and greedy destruction of the earth, we are supporting these efforts and acknowledging them as some of the most significant of our time.

To those who are not waiting for government's or corporation's redemption, we salute you. We stand with you. We recognize the courage behind your actions, and we hope that people will gain strength in your conviction. It is our hope that the resilient human heart will stir, and that each of us, in whatever way, will promote peace in our own lives and strive to make this world a little bit better for those yet to come.

This is the effort and the conviction of Echo Valley. And as always, you are welcome to our classes and peace gatherings, for R&R or to lend a hand.

Nihigaal bee Iina
Follow and learn from the efforts of these Dine youth, Nihigaal bee Iina, walking to renew the spirit of people and to reclaim respect and honor of the Earth. We have been inspired by the clarity and the strength of their words and deeds, and thank them for all of it. Keep on!

Read more about their important journey here.

Walking for their existence
Image source: Colleen Cooley

Motherland Rhythm Community
Motherland Rhythm Community continues to build biosand water filters in Guinea, completing 211 of them on their recent trip. Clean water for all!

Biosand water filters
Image source: Motherland Rhythm Community




PEACE EDUCATION PROGRAM

Beginning in March, Echo Valley Hope will host The Prem Rawat Foundations's Peace Education Program, an innovative educational program consisting of 10 videos, each focusing on a particular theme.

The themes are: Peace, Appreciation, Inner Strength, Self-Awareness, Clarity, Understanding, Dignity, Choice, Hope, and Contentment.

The program will be offered at two locations and times, giving ample opportunity to participate in the full ten week course. Beginning Sunday, March 1, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., the PEP will be offered at Echo Valley Farm and will run each Sunday through April 26 (alternative showing dates can be arranged for those celebrating Palm Sunday and Easter). Beginning Wednesday, March 4, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., the PEP will be offered at the Ontario Public Library and will run each Wednesday through April 29.

There is no charge for this class.
For more information contact Jan Kenyon: 608-337-4578.




PAYING ATTENTION

Join Eve Ensler, Winona LaDuke and Louise Erdrich
February 17, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at The Woman's Club Theater
407 W 15th Street in Minneapolis, Minn.

Honor the Earth, One Billion Rising, and The Woman's Congress present Eve Ensler and Winona LaDuke for an evening of conversation regarding violence against Native women. Featuring special guest Louise Erdrich and musical guests. Proceeds to benefit Honor the Earth.

Click on the invitation below for more:

Invitation

Peacemaker Gathering
February 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Echo Valley Farm
This month we will join in with women around the world to bring awareness and to stop violence against women and children. We will have conversation and view the documentary Until the Violence Stops.



Peace Week Milwaukee 2015
August 16 through 23

Invitation

All organizations, faiths and businesses are welcome to host an event towards peace and sustainability during the week. Choose the type of event you want to offer: music, art, panel discussions and guest speakers are a few possibilities...and of course great food. This will be an opportunity to learn about each other's efforts and to raise the voice of peace.

Click here for more information.




ECHO VALLEY HOPE CLASSES 

Fundamentals of Tai Chi with Deb Hilt
Every Wednesday, Feb. 4 - Mar. 25, 1 to 1:50 p.m.
at the Ontario Public Library

Learn to relax as you move through simple exercises that increase body awareness. Class is free. All abilities welcomed.
Contact Deb: 608-337-4369.

Tai Chi

Garden Dreaming and Seed Swap
February 28, 11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
at Echo Valley Farm

Garden Child

Weaving Classes will be scheduled by request.
Please contact Jan at 608-337-4578.

Weaving




THANK YOU 
to everyone who supports the mission of Echo Valley Hope, an educational and charitable 501(c)3 nonprofit advancing sustainable living and peace. 

Your volunteer efforts and your financial support are greatly appreciated. 

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery



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