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!
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
Martin Luther King
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
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.
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.
January 30, 12:30 to 4:00 p.m. at the Kickapoo Valley Reserve
You are welcome to a conversation with Rivera
Rivera, nonviolence activist and the author of The Dandelion Insurrection,
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.
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.
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-
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
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
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.
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
Click here for the event
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 -
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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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.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.
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.