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
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
Contact Deb: 608-337-4369.
Dreaming and Seed Swap February 28, 11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
at Echo Valley Farm
Weaving Classes will
to everyone who supports the mission of
Echo Valley Hope, an
educational and charitable 501(c)3 nonprofit advancing
sustainable living and peace.