13th Annual ESTIA Conference

ReDesigning Culture: Case Studies Near & Far

October 28, 2016
Hutchinson Center, Belfast, Maine

8:30 am – 5:00pm

Registration:  Regular $35   Senior  $25   Student  $15

Lunch available for $5 or bring your own

Sharing stories of hope, with a focus on local, national and international efforts toward developing peaceful, just, ethical and sustainable communities.

ESTIA International EcoPeace Community

Keynote Speakers

Ralph White – cofounder of the New York Open Center, America’s leading urban institution of holistic learning where his current role is Creative Director. The Open Center receives almost 60,000 visits annually from participants in its year round programs and has presented the major writers and speakers in the fields of wellness, social/ecological change, inner development, world spiritual traditions, art and creativity for over twenty seven years.

Joline Blais – Associate Professor of New Media at UMaine, codirector of Still Water, and cofounder of LongGreenHouse, her publications and creative work explore the overlap of digital culture, indigenous culture and permaculture. This crosscultural braid suggests tribal and networked alternatives to conventional sociopolitical and cultural structures, and cocreates models of deep sustainability.

Deb Soule & Tom Griffin — Deb Soule is an herbalist, gardener, teacher and author of The Woman’s Handbook of Healing Herbs and How to Move Like a Gardener. Raised in a small town in western Maine, Deb’s faith in the healing qualities of plants includes a desire to make organic herbs easily accessible to women and families living in rural areas.

Tom Griffin is a scientist turned farmer; since 2002 he has run Hope’s Edge Farm on land formerly occupied by the Morse dairy farm, now owned by Holly Miller, using biodynamic principles.

Discussions and more...

Other topics at the conference include: the wisdom of Rudolf Steiner; the inclusion of indigenous people’s wisdom traditions; the creation of Jonno’s Place, a Camphill-inspired ecovillage; and biodynamic farming and the healing qualities of plants.  Roundtable discussions will focus on cultural aspects of sustainability.

Artists Tori Morrill and Paul D’Alessio will play music for world peace.