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.
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.
May 30 Workshop: Creative
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.
long-time friend of Echo Valley and singer
songwriter for award-winning band Subvocal, will rock the amphitheater with layered, moody, honest songs.
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
A Conference for
Frac Sand Activists:
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.
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.
ECHO VALLEY HOPE CLASSES
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
to everyone who supports the mission of
Echo Valley Hope, an
educational and charitable 501(c)3 nonprofit advancing
sustainable living and peace.
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. -
Getting even has never healed a
single person. -
Eva Mozes Kor