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posting from Ilene Pevec: Sustainable Life Conference Announcement

  • Subject: [cg] posting from Ilene Pevec: Sustainable Life Conference Announcement
  • From: "Anna Wasescha" ariel@tc.umn.edu
  • Date: Thu, 1 May 2003 08:55:40 -0500
  • Importance: Normal

Title: Message

Learning to Live a Personally Sustainable Life Conference-August 3 to 10, 2003 Early Bird registration extended to May 8, $450. After May 8 the price is $500. register at www.humanfutureproject.org

Workshops offered and their facilitators (Biographies appear below) Communication and self-knowledge … Being Human, exploring the elements and forces that shape our lives:Solihin and Alicia Thom … Building a Glorieta, a shade arbor in the desert. Earthbag and papercrete building as a communal exercise- Kelly Hart … Developing Wisdom for a Personally Sustainable Life: Reynold Feldman … What a Human Being is" Salamah Pope … "The Pattern of the World Salamah Pope

Social and Environmental

… Creating Healthy Communities through Community Gardens and public art, Illène Pevec … African Journal, A Child's Continent. Help for the AIDS crisis in Africa Chellie Kew … Visit and workshop/dinner at Earth Knack … Great Sand Dunes National Monument: ranger guided hike


Sustainable Business Practices:

… "Sustainability = Business Competitiveness: Strategies for a Hopeful Future" Christopher Juniper

… Identifying your Talents for a Business Brent Lindberg

… Making a Business Plan Brent Lindberg

… Brent Lindberg "Turning Ideas into Reality -How to Start a Business from the Street. Hugh Lynn … Visit to Hooper Hot Springs pool and greenhouses


… Native American Wisdom and Traditions for Sustainability. Lorain Fox Davis … Music for All: Mahalia LoMele … Afrika Speaks Munyaradzi Muzenda from Zimbabwe … Music from nature and humans: Santiago Amaya from Columbia … Intercultural Communication and Understanding: Scherto Lee from China … Tile painting


Robin Blankenship owns Earth Knack, Stone Age Skills for the 21st Century, and co-wrote the book by the same name. She teaches survival skills and leads wilderness trips for universities, natural history museums and individuals. With Mike O'Donal, who is a lifetime hunter and outdoorsman, she helps people to orient themselves to a respectful relationship with the earth's resources and live in harmony with the land. The conference will spend an afternoon and evening at the Earth Knack site and have a wild game meal there.

Lorain Fox Davis, (Cree and Blackfeet in ancestry) is the founder/director of Rediscovery Four Corners, a non-profit organization that has served Native American youth and elders since 1985. She has worked extensively with indigenous healers and spiritual teachers. Lorain is adjunct faculty for the American Indian Studies program and is on the Advisory Council for the Environmental Studies Department at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado.

Reynold Feldman, who lives in Honolulu, is a retired university English professor, dean, and academic vice president. Nowadays he writes books, organizes conferences, works with domestic and international youth projects, and helps nonprofit organizations (NGOs) raise money. He has just finished (with M. Jan Rumi) writing his third and fourth book on wisdom. The co-authored books forthcoming in 2003 from the Commercial Press, Taiwan, are WISING UP: A YOUTH LEADERSHIP MANUAL FOR THE 21ST CENTURY and (the adult version) WISING UP: PERSONAL SUSTAINABILITY FOR THE 21ST CENTURY. Also: A WORLD TREASURY OF FOLK WISDOM (HarperCollins, 1992) with Cynthia Voelke and WISDOM (St. Mary's Press, 2000).

Kelly Hart is a long-time proponent of sustainable architecture and natural building and hosts www.greenhomebuilding.com . He lives in Crestone in an earthbag/papercrete house that he designed and built. Kelly also produces video programs: "A Sampler of Alternative Homes: Approaching Sustainable Architecture", and "Building with Bags".

Christopher Juniper calls himself a "sustainability protagonist" - he's been an economics instructor, economic development professional, businessperson, environmental activist and journalist. He serves the Catamount Institute in Colorado as Sustainability Projects Director and provides sustainability consulting to businesses and governments. He has formerly served the Rocky Mountain Institute as Natural Capitalism Practice Director; the Portland (OR) Development Commission as Business Development Manager; and the Northwest Earth Institute as Executive Director of the Oregon Natural Step Network. A 3rd generation Colorado native, he was trained as an economist and community planner by Colorado College and Colorado State University.

Chellie Kew: As a professional model in the New York City fashion industry, Chellie Kew started her photography career in front of the camera, including being portrayed in a variety of well-known national women's fashion publications. Founder of The 'Q' Fund, a non-profit organization focused on providing relief and assistance to AIDS affected orphans in sub Sahara Africa and author of "African Journal - A Child's Continent", Chellie is applying her accomplished skills as a photographer along with her extensive credentials in holistic healthcare to the betterment of the young and innocent of Southern Africa. (www.qfund4aids.org)

Brent Lindberg By age 9 Brent had saved enough money from mowing lawns and delivering newspapers that he bought his first piece of land. He dropped out of high school at 17 and began a roofing business. By the time he was 20 he started a company building houses. He retired from the construction business at 35 and now manages the 22 apartments, farm and timber land he owns. His workshops in how to start your own business come from a lifetime of experience in many aspects of business. He also volunteers his time and skills to various groups such as Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers and Sisters, Best Self and Susila Dharma. http://www.blimages.net/

Hugh Harawera Lynn is a cultural entrepreneur from New Zealand, began in the entertainment business dancing on the stage as a child prodigy of 3, eventually winning the highest international ballroom dance award ever won by a New Zealand dancer. He has started a myriad of successful entertainment businesses from management to security for entertainment events, a recording studio, recording company, publishing company, concert promotions and owner/ operator of 13 night clubs. He has promoted over 150 international acts in New Zealand including David Bowie, Elvis Costello, Fleetwood Mac, Bob Dylan & Tom Petty, Mick Jagger, Guns & Roses, Pink Floyd, the Police, R.E.M., Rod Stewart, Tina Turner, UB40, Stevie Wonder and Neil Young.

In 1988 the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ) presented Hugh Lynn with an award for his OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO NEW ZEALAND MUSIC. In addition to the entertainment industry Hugh has owned the largest dog-training company in New Zealand, a t-shirt screening and marketing company and published magazines.

Hugh is a descendent of the Maori tribe Te Aitanga a Mahaki. Since 1977 he has combined working with other indigenous people around the Pacific with his Whakapuare Projects, which have motivated 100 other cultural projects in the Pacific and now Indonesia and New Zealand. He advises the government on internal cultural affairs.

Mahalia LoMele: Juilliard trained pianist and educator (aka Joan Harkness) will work with international musicians to create a participatory music program for all conference attendees. Her second book, written with composer/soprano Anna Dembska: "Piano, Bodyand Soul: Learn to Play and Be the Musician You Always Wanted to Be," will be published by Flying Leap Music in May 2003. Tested at the 92nd Street Y in New York City, the course encourages adults to discover their own innate musicianship, and guides them through the complex task of coordinating body, mind, and ear for piano playing. http://www.fleap.com.

Munyaradzi Muzenda of Zimbabwe calls himself a natural promoter of all that will benefit youth. When he was saved from death in a bus accident he heard God tell him to serve the young people of his country. He formed Tact Youth Association and later on Africa Speaks to bring the voice and inspiration of youth to the forefront in Africa. Tact has pioneered the Anti litter Project in Zimbabwe focusing on highways, planted over 100 trees along the airport road, and pays school fees for over 100 primary school orphans. They have succeeded in getting a government grant of land for a youth retreat center and resort.

Illène Pevec, Brazilian born, long time resident of Colorado and Canada, facilitates the development of community gardens and public art with childen and their families. Illène developed a community health program for Vancouver's inner city families based on gardening, nutrition, and hiking. With the two youngest of her own five childen she initiated an environmental project in a Brazilian favela with over 150 children. http:cityfarmer.org/brazilGarden.html#Brazil

Salamah Pope: Anthropologist, lecturer and author, Salamah has lived and worked in five different countries. She is now the Director of the Foundation for Human Values and Culture in Perth, Western Australia. Some of her papers and interests can be found on her website: http://www.ozemail.com.au/~vatican She is ancient, still married to an architect, and they have four children and nine grandchildren.

Solihin and Alicia Thom have been married for twenty-seven years, were both born in Britain, and lived part of their childhoods abroad, Solihin in Kuwait and Alicia in Indonesia. They have both followed the spiritual path of Subud for thirty years. In England Solihin trained as an osteopath, later studying homeopathy, acupuncture and kinesiology. Alicia trained in Neuro-Linguistic Programming attaining master practitioner level. After moving to the US with their four children they founded Ad Humanitas, towards humanity - a company dedicated to furthering humanity within each of us. The core understanding of this work is an understanding of the life forces - those elements that exist within and around us, and shape our lives, together with an acknowledgement of the presence of a primary or Divine force. They teach workshops internationally. Solihin and Alicia are in the final stages of completing their book, Being Human, exploring the elements and forces that shape our lives, which will be available at the Vittachi Conference. www.adhumanitas.com


Local San Luis Valley Organizations presentingconference Workshops

… San Luis Valley Ecosystem Council, Christine Canaly, Director

… The Alamosa Victim & Offender Reconciliation Program


Destination events during the Conference

Earth Knack: See the straw bale, earthen roofed buildings of Earth Knack in their beautiful surroundings of Crestone's native plants and fauna. Enjoy a wild game dinner with locally grown vegetables.

Great Sand Dunes National Monument-soon-to-be National Park. This unique environment of sand dunes in a mountain environment provide great beauty and a home for wildlife. Learn the role of the Park system in protecting natural resources.

Hooper Pool: This natural hot springs pool in the San Luis Valley provides year-round swimming pleasure in hot mineral water. Discovered in the 1930's when drillers will looking for oil, the hot springs currently provide heat for a year-round green house where tomatoes and cucumbers are grown organically. The run-off from the pool goes into ditches when tilapia fish grow and keep the ditches clean. Bring your swim suits for a night swim and American style barbecue on the picnic grounds by the pool.

Crestone Retreat Centers reflect different world spiritual practices and environmentally sound building techniques. We will offer the opportunity to those interested to visit The Zen Center, Shumei, the Haidakhandi Universal Ashram and the Carmelite Monastery.

Morning workshops will be held at Atalanta site www.atalanta.org

Afternoon and evenings workshops at Shumei International Institute www.shumeicrestone.org

We thank Blue Sky Associates, the Atalanta Association, Guerrand Hermes Foundation for Peace and Shumei International Institute for their support.



Anna Wasescha
1312 Dayton Avenue
Saint Paul, Minnesota  55104
651.646.8733 (phone)
651.646.0034 (fax)

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