We did it! The new Amish
wood-burning stove is in, and it is keeping our need for liquid propane
to the barest minimum. Next on the agenda for fossil fuel independence
is to change over from electric hot water heating to some kind of solar
system. That will be a project for spring. In the meantime we are
planning the gardens and the number and kinds of trees we want to plant
this year. The respite of winter allows the dreaming of spring...
There is a very real need
for people to get their hands in the soil, to learn again practical
ways to be sustainable, and to give back to the communities in which
they live. Echo Valley Farm allows people the opportunity to learn
about living in community and about living in harmony with the land. We
are a WWOOF
X host, and we welcome people with interests in sustainable
practices and community to participate in life here.
Thank you to everyone who
supported our efforts to be at Oceti
Sakowin Camp. We were able to supply four winter tents with
stoves, wood, food and all of the donated items of warm clothes,
blankets and sleeping bags that you offered. We will return to report
on the trials and to witness the ongoing efforts to reclaim sovereignty
over water and treaty rights, as well as to help with clean-up before
spring thaw. We will continue to make updates via Echo
Valley Hope's Facebook page and on Let
Thank you again for the
support and for sharing the information we provided in order to offset
the media's (continued) lack of coverage of the struggle to protect
We are working towards
creating a listing on our website of all pipeline activities in North
America, the resistance to them, and their statuses. If you are
interested in helping with that project, let us know.
Teach me how to trust my heart,
my mind, my intuition, my inner knowing, the senses of my body, the
blessings of my spirit. Teach me to trust these things so that I may
enter my sacred space and love beyond my fear, and thus walk in balance
with the passing of each glorious sun.
- Lakota Prayer
Standing Up for
Standing Rock by Jean Dowell & Mike Oberst
Thoughts, Action Saturday,
January 15 from 11AM to 5PM
We are taking all that has
been learned from our time at Standing Rock and putting prayer and
"thought to action."
You are welcome to this day of community as we plant seeds of
possibilities for the year ahead.
See the event on Facebook for more
Please call 608-337-4578
to confirm attendance.
Teen Drop In Begins
Sunday, January 29 from 3 to 6PM
The Kickapoo Teen Drop In will begin
again Sunday, January 29, from 3:00 - 6:00PM at the Ontario Public Library. Each
session will include cooking (and eating), crafts, and music. There is
no cost. Everyone is welcome.
In January: Pasta!
We will learn how to make pasta and two classic sauces from scratch,
and we will be weaving.
Podcast: 5 Guests Envision the Challenges and the Possibilities of 2017
Kazu Haga of the East
Point Peace Academy; Dena Eakles of Echo Valley Hope; Heart Phoenix of
the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuiling; Rhonda Fabian, Editor of
Kosmos Online; and Larry Spotted Crow Mann join Sherri Mitchell and
Rivera Sun to look into what's coming . . . the frightening, the
hopeful, the encouraging, and the inspiring.