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 30 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. NREC collaborates with other local groups on activities and events, such as: speakers, rallies and marches on environmental, peace and justice issues; raising awareness on human rights concerns; and defending minority rights, including the LGBTQ community.
Current projects include:
Sponsoring workshops on issues relating to our mission such as: men’s and women’s retreats, nonviolence trainings, yoga workshops, end of life issues, community resilience and other topics related to our mission of creating a resilient, healthy and peaceful world. (link to events page)
The Beloved Community Network, launched in 2017 by NREC: connecting individuals and organizations who work to promote open dialogue, inclusion, civility, respect for all life, and celebration of diversity. Through the network, members can collaborate and support each others’ projects, activities and events. When a critical mass is needed to stand up, speak out, and defend human rights, the network serves to spread the word.
NREC sponsors annual events, such as:
the Summer and Winter Solstice Gatherings, which are held at the Neahtawanta Community Supported Inn, the Center's home
The August Hiroshima Candle Float on the Boardman River
Dear Supporters of NREC:
As history seems to be speeding faster and unprecedented events become commonplace, we at the Neahtawanta Research and Education Center (NREC) are feeling shock – and resolve.
We are shocked:
- By the stark polarization and ugly incivility in our country,
- By the dire suffering pervasive in so many communities faraway and nearby,
- By the mounting consequences of global warming,
- And by the threats to our democracy influenced increasingly by special interests, that aggravate all these ills.
Our resolve to help create a just world based on peace, resilience, and respect for Earth’s systems means joining with groups and individuals to:
- Advocate nonviolence,
- Uphold universal human rights,
- Make effective responses to global warming, and
- Keep faith in the common good.
NREC’S resolve is manifest in our new initiative,The Beloved Community Network. Through it we promote practices of respect, tolerance, and inclusiveness. Through it groups and individuals can connect and collaborate on events, actions, and mutual concerns. For instance: if the Disability Network Northern Michigan needs people to speak up regarding an accessibility issue in Traverse City, the Beloved Community can be alerted; if there’s a peace march/action needed, we’ll hear from groups like the Veterans for Peace, Mideast JustPeace or NREC. The Beloved Community Network focuses on specific events and actions that uphold its values and distinguishes it from uncurated social networking.We are all in this together. Long-standing relationships and new alliances will gain support through the Network’s alerts and community calendar, which will list events sponsored by participating organizations: Upnorth Pride, Veterans for Peace, Earthwork Music Collective, On the Ground, Mideast JustPeace, Oryana Community Co-op, Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities, SEEDS, ERACCE, Crosshatch Center for Art and Ecology, NMEAC, Disability Network Northern Michigan, JPAC, New Waves UCC Church, and NREC.
NREC’s 2018 workshops and events build on long experience, new concerns and possibilities, and aim to strengthen participants’ practice of Beloved Community wisdom and principles.
Men’s Retreat for Personal Resilience with Seth Bernard;
Friday afternoon, February 2nd through Sunday afternoon, February 4th at the Neahtawanta Inn
Diving Deeper: A Nonviolence Training with the Meta Peace Team;
Friday afternoon, February 23rd through Sunday afternoon, February 25th at the Neahtawanta Inn; contact:
firstname.lastname@example.org or check NREC’s calendar at www.nrec.org
Other events in the works or being considered:
- Discussion with author, Stephanie Mills, Pulling It All Together: Resilience, Wisdom, and Beloved Community (based on the chapter she wrote for the Post Carbon Institute’s Community Resilience Reader: Essential Resources for an Era of Upheaval)
- A program of lively formal debates tackling national issues with regional relevance. Local advocates, skilled moderators, and a live audience will show how contentious issues can be argued respectfully and with the goal of understanding the logic and basis of opposing points of view. The working group includes several community leaders and organizations.
- Discussion series led by Pastor of New Waves UCC Church, Jody Betten: White Privilege: Let’s Talk; dates and location to be announced.
Retreat topics under consideration:
- End of Life Matters
- Yoga and Cooking
- Empowered Activism
As usual, NREC will sponsor the Winter and Summer Solstice gatherings, the Annual Hiroshima Candlefloat and occasional Bob Russell Resilience Reading Project book choices.
Please take a look at the enclosed pictorial summary of NREC’s projects and involvement in 2017. Many of you were there, alongside us. Thank you for your participation.
Throughout 2018 NREC will stand ready to cosponsor, or collaborate on, activities through the Beloved Community Network.
As the shock subsides, the resolve deepens. Your tax deductible contribution, whether by check or online (www.nrec.org) will support this ever more vital work of making those connections critical to reweaving the fabric of community, and with love and respect for all beings.
With hope and gratitude,
Sally Van Vleck,
Director of the Neahtawanta Center