We collaborate to create a just world based on peace, resilience and respect for Earth's systems.
The Neahtawanta Center The Neahtawanta Center works toward environmental sustainability and community resilience, upholding nonviolence and respect for all life. Right-sized, nimble, and responsive, the Neahtawanta Center has for more than 25 years served as a focus and facilitator of progressive Earth-centered education and activism, primarily in the Grand Traverse Region. With long experience, the Center is able to organize quickly and collaboratively around matters of concern. It also carries on long-term projects, such as its program Investigating Community Resilience.
A series of annual events, Including the Summer and Winter Solstice Gatherings, which are held at the Neahtawanta Inn and Retreat Center, the Center's home; and the August Hiroshima Candle Float on the Boardman River help strengthen the community and build support for the Center's vital aims.
Dear Supporters of NREC:As the year comes to a close, I am feeling grateful to all of you who have supported the Neahtawanta Center in 2014 as we continue our work without co-founder and my life partner, Bob Russell.
We sent out our fundraising letter in June, prior to NREC's 27th anniversary celebration. Deep thanks to all who sent donations.
If you didn't have a chance to give a contribution, I invite you to make a tax deductible donation by clicking on "donate now" or sending a check to our address on our "contact" link.
Here is a quick update to let you know what we are focusing on at the Center:
-- Great Lakes Bioneers: We are meeting in Traverse City on the 2nd Tuesday each month to watch a plenary speaker from the main Bioneers Conference, have a discussion, socialize and share updates on projects and events; see the website for details.
-- Bob Russell Resilience Reading Project: NREC collaborates with the Michigan Land Use Institute to choose a book based on Bob's reading list each quarter and suggest that everyone read it! We host a discussion each quarter and encourage others to host their own discussions. The next book is The Wealth of Nature by John Michael Greer; the discussion at Horizon Bookstore is on February 17th, led by Dave Barrons.
-- Nonviolent Communication Workshop: (also known as Compassionate Communication) will be sponsored by the Center and held at the Neahtawanta Inn the weekend of March 13 - 14, 2015. Details are still being firmed up; please email if you are interested and more information will be posted soon.
-- Collaboration: NREC continues to collaborate with other local groups, promoting their events and activities and working together on projects. Our main collaborating groups are listed under "collaborators" with links to their websites.
-- Retreats, trainings, workshops and more!: In 2015, NREC will be sponsoring more workshops to be held at the Neahtawanta Inn. We will send out updates and check this website for details.
-- Community Calendar: Local groups can post their own events (contact NREC for a password) or contact the Center and we can post your event. The calendar has 2 purposes: to let folks know what's going on; to prevent scheduling conflicts. (you will see the link to the right of our logo.)
-- Investigating Community Resilience: This was Bob's main focus for the last few years of his life; we hope to resurrect the ICR cable TV/internet show in 2015 and also continue exploring and focusing on community resilience in 2015. In the meantime you can still watch the past shows at: icr.nrec.org
I appreciate your continued support. The world needs our presence as agents of positive change more than ever before. Thank you for joining forces to create a strong, resilient community.
Sally Van Vleck
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