There is a moment of
reckoning that comes in each of our lives. For some it is a daily
practice, making peace with our actions and choices. For others it
comes when we know that critical junctures or death are imminent and we
think, "I better get my life in order."
Regardless where you sit
on the spectrum, we are all in this together.
And it is hard to deny that our collective humanity has reached a
moment of reckoning.
We cannot reclaim our
humanity if we don't recognize it has been lost.
At Echo Valley we believe that there is a very real need to reclaim our
humanity, one heart at a time. We strive to respect ourselves and keep
in right relationship with the land and one another. We believe in the
possibility of peace - inside and out. We recognize this great turning
takes great effort, but it is the kind of effort that makes one smile
inside knowing, "I can do this!"
We celebrate living and we welcome you.
RIGHT ON TIME
Take a video walk with us
to see how things happen at Echo Valley.
Big Thanks to all who participated in 2015. Much love...
In 2016, we will continue
to welcome volunteers, WWOOFers, slow travelers and guests for short or
long term stays. And now we are happy to introduce our paid internship
program. One person per month from March to October will be this year's
limit as we grow our fledgling sustainable farm businesses.
Peace gatherings will
continue in 2016. If you are interested in proposing an event to bring
people together for conversation and good will, contact us.
Over that weekend, we hosted Tawana Petty of the Boggs
and the great, feel-good music of Chicago's The Remedy. A lot can
happen over good food, good conversation and good will!
Here is The
Remedy performing at Echo Valley.
(The video is a bit shaky, but the voices more than make up for it.)
Thank you to so many of you who contributed your talents and your
efforts making this family friendly celebration a lasting memory. The
hills resound with your music and we look forward to having more. Maybe
one day the dream of a singer songwriter festival at Echo Valley will
Widening the Circle Concert
After twenty one years of trying, it seems the world "leaders" are
still in a quandary over what to do about climate change. As talks
proceed until December 11 in Paris, perhaps it is time to give a new
round of leaders the opportunity to sit at the table and put real
solutions before the world.
Take time to read and
understand indigenous people's perspective on climate change. Take time
to connect the dots between Syrian and Iraqi people seeking asylum and
other people being driven from their traditional lands by force or
ecological upheaval. Read and understand and then help others
I guess I have too much
time and too much passion to sit quietly watching fear and ignorance
grow. So I began a blog with hopes that you will enjoy it and will
participate in a conversation addressing these human violations at
their core. Let's keep the conversation alive.
ECHO VALLEY HOPE "Peace is the Focus; Sustainability the
Valley Hope is an educational and charitable 501(c)3 raising
the voice of peace and sustainable living. Echo Valley Hope's mission
is to support the well-being of all people and the earth through
educational events and collaborations with like-minded organizations.
All who advance kindness, innovative and just actions and ideas are
In 2016 we will continue
into our second decade. You can find our efforts here.
We are funded by individual contributions and we are a 100% volunteer
organization. You can support by volunteering or by contribution.
Thank you to all who participate.
ECHO VALLEY FARM "Intentional human beings living in
Valley Farm is a community sustained, for-profit farm now in
our 14th year. Created to give people a chance to learn from the land
and one another, the farm has transitioned into a sustainable organic
farm consisting of three properties and 200+ acres, a licensed
commercial kitchen, and a wood shop including a portable saw mill.
We are becoming
sustainable by holding people and the environment before profit, and by
putting personal peace as the foundation of community. People are
welcomed year round through WWOOF, Help X, Slow Travelers and other
volunteer programs or as guests. In 2016 we will begin a paid
internship program from March to October.
In this upcoming year we
are focusing on creating tiny houses and building a walipini, or
underground greenhouse, as well as continuing to expand our gardens,
herbal and tea production and other sustainable farming practices.
We have room for full- or
part-time residents. If creating a new model of community in a rural
environment and maintaining collaborations with like-minded people
throughout the world is an exciting prospect to you, consider a short
term stay. We are growing.