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January 2016

As you will see in this newsletter, team Echo Valley is on the move. When you have a good thing, why not share?
Bring on 2016! Bring on good times! And as always, you are welcome!

Our goal is to create a beloved community and this will require a qualitative change in our souls as well as a quantitative change in our lives.

   – Dr. Martin Luther King


Kickapoo Teen Drop In
Monthly, beginning Sunday, January 24
Kickapoo teens are welcomed to this new, free initiative that will meet once a month at the Ontario Community Center beginning Sunday, January 24, 2016 from 3:00 -6:00 p.m. 
Each month will feature hands-on learning with community members, a great meal and music. 

On January 24, we will:

  • Learn how to make the best pizza crust ever – and get to eat the pizza, too

  • Try out fiber arts

  • Bring your instruments for a music jam

  • Learn sound recording

  • Connect with local environmental restoration

In future gatherings, we will explore art as a profession and for fun, writing workshops, carpentry, knitting, auto mechanics, organic farming, photography and more. Teens are welcome to make suggestions, do presentations, and maintain the Facebook page

Save the Date: Next Drop In is Sunday, February 21 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Peace Week Milwaukee: Promoting and Advancing Peace in Milwaukee
Monthly Meet and Greets, beginning Thursday, January 8
Each month, Peace Week Milwaukee will host a meet and greet at different locations throughout Milwaukee.
Save the date for our first gathering, Thursday, January 28 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Friends Meetinghouse (3224 N. Gordon Place). Guest speaker will be Muhibb Dyer of the I Will Not Die Young Campaign 

No charge for the event. Click here for more information.

Hope in Action
Saturday, January 30, 12:30 to 4:00 p.m. at the Kickapoo Valley Reserve
You are welcome to a conversation with Rivera Sun.
Rivera, nonviolence activist and the author of The Dandelion Insurrection, Billionaire Buddha, Freedom Stories and more, is a vibrant communicator with great strategies on organizing and staying out of the box.

This will be an informal gathering with music by Galynne Goodwill and an opportunity to share your organizations' efforts towards sustainable living and peace with our community.

Rivera Galynne
Rivera Sun
Galynne Goodwill

Snacks will be served. No charge for the event; donations to Echo Valley Hope appreciated.
RSVP will help us plan: 608-337-4871. Click here for more on the event.

Getting It Done
In case you missed it, here’s another chance to see us in action – with help from our friends:

In 2016, we will continue to welcome volunteers, WWOOFers, Slow Travelers and guests for short- or long-term stays. 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. Interested? Contact us.

Winter Farmers Market
The Churches Center for Land and People 
“Supporting the spiritual integrity of rural life and farming”
Click here for this season's schedule.
You can find Echo Valley goodies in Madison through March 5.  
See you there!

Echo Valley at the Farmers Market


Save the Mounds
Tuesday, January 12, Noon at the Capital

Stand together to protect our cultural resources and the effigy mounds from a proposed bill which will allow current and future protected sites to be disturbed and excavated.
Click here for more on this issue and here for more on the event. See you there.

Love (and Revolution) Radio
Sherri Mitchell and Rivera Sun cohost weekly stories of creative nonviolence, resilience and resistance, matters of the heart and spirit. You can find it here
Dena will join the conversation with Rivera and Sherri to be aired on January 27.

Winona LaDuke at 2016 Wisconsin Local Food Summit
January 14 & 15 in Sheboygan, WI

Winona will be signing books on Thursday, and giving a keynote address Friday from 12:00 to 1:15 p.m.
Click here for the event schedule. 


Navajo Weaving with Jan Kenyon
January 16 & 17
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Echo Valley Farm

Please visit the classes page for more information.

Watch for our maple syrup time!
Late February - March

Peace Education Program in Viroqua and Ontario
A free, 10 week course designed to help participants discover their own inner resources and the possibility of personal peace. Each hourly session consists of a video followed by an interactive workshop. Content is non-religious, non-sectarian and is based on talks by Prem Rawat.

6:30 p.m. every Tuesday, February 16 through April 19
at The Other Door Drop-In Center, a program of the Family and Children’s Center, 1321 N Main St. Viroqua, WI.

10:30 a.m. every Saturday, February 20 through April 23
at the Ontario Public Library, 313 Main Street, Ontario, WI.

For more information or to register, contact Jan Kenyon at 608-337-4578.


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"Peace is the Focus; Sustainability the Action"

EVHEcho 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.You can find our efforts here. We are a 100% volunteer organization. You can support by volunteering or by contribution . Thank you to all who participate.

"Intentional human beings living in community"


Echo 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.

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