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The Peace Warrior by Dena Eakles
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Echo Valley Hope, Inc.

MAY 2015

The fragility of life is apparent again as news breaks of life in Nepal following the 7.5 earthquake and a government not ready or able to help its people. The power of the human spirit is also evident in the eyes of Nepali friends, in their Facebook posts and in the non-governmental agencies overcoming great obstacles to care for others. As long as we live, we can care. As long as we live, we can do something - something that will make it better.

Living in community with nature, animals - both wild and domesticated,  and people - some wild, some domesticated, provides an opportunity to be kind. Kindness multiplies. It is a choice.

At Echo Valley we make that choice daily...and you are welcome.


Sami Rasouli

May 16: Peacemaker Conversation
with Sami Rasouli and Marie and John Braun

10 am to 5 pm at Echo Valley Farm

In the midst of war and in the midst of ignorance, people of peace find one another. We are creating the possibility of a new story to be written. A story of courage, of love and of kindness.

You are warmly welcomed to spend the day with Sami Rasouli, founder of the
Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project
and with 2012 Peacemakers of the Year
Marie and John Braun.

There is no cost for the gathering. Meals for $5.

For more contact 608-337-4871.

Rivera Sun
Mark Adkins

May 30 Workshop: Creative Nonviolent Activism
with Rivera Sun

10 am to 5 pm at Echo Valley Farm
Music by Mark Adkins of Subvocal from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Rivera Sun offers an overview of successful nonviolent action campaigns and the fun, serious, lively, solemn, humorous tools available. The workshop highlights the importance of maintaining our humanity - breaking down "us and them." Planning skills, the role of art, messaging and media and more will be discussed.

Rivera Sun is author of The Dandelion Insurrection, Steam Drills, Treadmills, and Shooting Stars and The Billionaire Buddha; the co-host of Occupy Radio and the co-founder of the Love-In-Action Network.

Mark Adkins, long-time friend of Echo Valley and singer songwriter for award-winning band Subvocal, will rock the amphitheater with layered, moody, honest songs.

Suggested free will contribution: $10
Lunch: $5


Echo Valley Hope has and will continue to contribute to help our friends in Nepal via The Prem Rawat Foundation. For more on TPRF's effort, read this May 1 update on helping people 25 miles east of Kathmandu.

Your financial help for Nepal is needed. Contribute here.

May 9
A Conference for Frac Sand Activists: Networking, Learning, Advocating

8:30 am - 3:30 pm at St. Mary of the Lake Church (419 W Lyon Ave. in Lake City, Minn.)
Hosted by Save the Bluffs, with help from Friends of Wabasha and Save the Hills Alliance, who are working to protect communities from the adverse impacts of industrial-scale silica sand mining.

Download the registration form here.

Save the Bluffs



All organizations, faiths and businesses are welcome to host an event towards peace and sustainability during the week of August 16 through 23. This will be an opportunity to learn about each other's efforts and to raise the voice of peace. You can find Peace Week on Facebook.


Peace Education Program
Wednesdays at the Ontario Public Library or Sundays at Echo Valley Farm

Echo Valley Hope will again host The Prem Rawat Foundations's Peace Education Program, an innovative educational program consisting of 10 videos: 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, May 24, from 2 to 3:00 p.m., the PEP will be offered at Echo Valley Farm, and will run each Sunday through July 26. Beginning Wednesday, May 27, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., the PEP will be offered at the Ontario Public Library, and will run each Wednesday through July 29.

From past participants in the Peace Education Program:

"PEP is definitely a positive and enlightening program about who you really are -- self-knowledge that is so lacking and is greatly needed in our troubled world." - Hilda, Hillsboro, Wis.

"My husband observed an enriched peacefulness when I returned home from the weekly class. I felt calm as I listened...and thoroughly enjoyed being with like-minded folks." - Monica, Forest Township, Wis.

"I enjoyed feeling the rhythm of life with the Peace Education Program...loved the class." - Cathy, Ontario Wis.

There is no charge for this class.
For more information or to register call 608-337-4578.

Weaving with Upright Looms
with Jan Kenyon
Class dates: May 2 & 3, June 6 & 7, July 25 & 26, October 3 & 4, and Upon Request
Whether a beginner or experienced weaver, you are welcome.
Beginners should bring three or four colors of yarn, any brand.
Tools will be available on loan.
A $5.00 donation for materials is suggested.

Using a Portable Wood Mill
with Andy McClain
Saturday, June 6 from 10 am to 5 pm
Learn the mechanics and teamwork of using a portable wood mill.

Pole Shed Construction
with Andy McClain
Saturday, June 27 from 10 am to 5 pm
Learn the basics of laying out and planning a pole shed.

Pole Raising
July 3 - 5
We will be putting the last touches on a 20' x 20' drying shed for herbs and roots. Everyone welcome.

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. 

When you do nothing, you feel overwhelmed and powerless. But when you get involved, you feel the sense of hope and accomplishment that comes from knowing you are working to make things better.
- Albert Einstein

Getting even has never healed a single person.
- Eva Mozes Kor

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