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January 2017


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 and Help X host, and we welcome people with interests in sustainable practices and community to participate in life here.

For more, contact us.


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 Kindness Win.

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 water.

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.

For now, here are ten indigenous and environmental struggles for you to learn about and to support.

Thank you to all who supported our efforts in 2016. We will continue to champion sustainable and peaceful practices with your help. May this be a year full of love and reconciliation for all.

You may contribute to our efforts here:


Read the blog post at Let Kindness Win.

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


Prayer, 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 information.
Please call 608-337-4578 to confirm attendance.

Kickapoo Teen Drop InKickapoo 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

Love and Revolution

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.

Listen to the podcast.


Missing the delicious baked goods, awesome herbal teas, salves and wearable felted art?

You can find Echo Valley Farm goodies here:

Sunday, January 22 from 9 AM to Noon
St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church
602 Everglade Dr in Madison, Wisconsin

Sunday, February 5 from 9AM to Noon
Madison Christian Community
7118 Old Sauk Rd in Madison, Wisconsin

Friday, February 10 from 5 to 8PM
Centro Hispanico
810 W Badger Rd in Madison, Wisconsin

Image: Nikole Verde


Read the most recent blog post at Let Kindness Win.

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