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 a member of the Neahtawanta Center, or of the community of kindred spirits aligned with the Center's mission, please accept these greetings, updates, and gratitudes.
Overall, we are continuing to focus on the work begun by Bob Russell, long the Neahtawanta Center's driving force, and my partner of many years. Early on, Russell perceived the value of resilience as a frame for the Center's work. (Resilience is an individual's, ecosystem's, or society's ability to go through setbacks or crises and emerge, neither unscathed nor irrevocably damaged, but with new knowledge, strengths, and patterns.)
We are still adapting to Bob's absence since his death in August of 2013. Now, as the Center's solo director, I am drawing on our Board for guidance and involvement in the work, as well as increasing our collaboration with like-minded organizations.
Much of our work consists of organizing programs or events. The attached page lists some of the highlights of that work in 2015 along with our draft program for 2016.
Our website is undergoing improvements to the Community Calendar and "Links of Note", which features local or global stories, all helping to strengthen our ties.
The synergy between the Neahtawanta Inn and the Center, which is housed there, affords a gathering place, a community hub, and a refuge from life's stress.
An unsung, but crucial aspect of the Center's ongoing work is archival. We have a collection of documents from nearly thirty years of activist history in our region; the NREC library contains an exceptional selection of current and classic works that inform and inspire our mission.
Although communities everywhere are experiencing or witnessing great suffering, wars, environmental destruction, and ineffective governance, the Neahtawanta Center continues to advocate and educate for the ways and means of compassion, peace, cooperation, and respect for the Earth.
Here are some ways that you can help support this work:
- Giving a monetary donation either by mail or on-line
- Helping to promote our programs through personal conversations, organizations you're connected to, and social media
- Attending our retreats and events that interest you
- Helping to support our programming by underwriting a specific event that you think is worthwhile
- Volunteer to help with one or more of our events
As I write, our program schedule is still developing, so please check our website, nrec.org, for updates.
Again, thanks for your interest. We welcome your participation and wish you well in all endeavors for the good of all.
Sally Van Vleck, Executive Director
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