11th Annual Conference

Building Sustainable Communities:
International, National and Local Perspectives

Wells Conference Center, University of Maine
October 24-25, 2014
Friday, October 24, 6.00 pm – 9.30 pm
Saturday, October 25, 8.00 am – 5.30 pm

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Program (Download PDF):
Opening Session: Friday, October 24

6.00 pm  Conference Registration and Reception

6.30 pm
Welcome:   Linda Silka, Director of the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center

Introduction:   Emily Markides, ESTIA President

Moderator:  Jim Settele, Director of School of Policy and International Affairs (SPIA)

7.00 pm   The Famagusta Ecocity Project as a Model of Ecology and Peace
Vasia Markides, artist & filmaker and Ceren Bogac Asst Prof. of Architecture

8.00 pm The Architecture of EcoPeace: Revitalizing Famagusta from Ghost Town to Ecocity
Jan Wampler, MIT Distinguished Professor of Architecture

8.45 pm Question/Answer Session

Saturday, October 25

8.00 am Conference Registration

8.30 am Welcome
Linda Silka, Director of the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center

gkisedtanamoogk, Bundle Keeper of the Wampanoag Nation

Jim Settele, Director of School of Policy and International Affairs (SPIA)

9.00 am A New Definition of an Architect
Jan Wampler, MIT Distinguished Professor of Architecture

9.45 am A Systems Approach to Community Development
Bernard Amadei, Founder of Engineers Without Border

10.30 am Break

10.45 am Islands Foreshadow the Future in Sustainability
Soren Hermansen and Malene Annikki Lunden, Co-Directors of the Samso Energy Academy, Denmark

11.45 am Lunch – Mediterranean Diet Menu based on Seasonal and Organic Food
Music by the Park Street Pickers (guitar, banjo, fiddle, harmonica, washtub bass and vocals)

12.45 pm Bringing it All Home: Creating a Stong Economy for Maine
Chellie Pingree , Congresswoman, 1st Congressional District -Invited

1.30 pm Maine’s Climate & Energy Future
Ivan Fernandez, Distinguished Prof. of School of Forest Resources, Climate Change Institute, and the School of Food and Agriculture
and Habib Dagher, Prof. of Civil Engineering & Director of the Advanced Structures and Compsites Center.

2.15 pm Break

2.30 pm Panel: Local Action Can Bring Resilience to Maine
David Kelly, Builder & Designer, Bangor EcoHomes
Joline Blais, Assoc. Prof. of New Media, The Belfast Ecovillage
Lisa Fernandes, The Resilience Hub and Portland Maine Permaculture
Eileen Hagerman, The Terrell House Permaculture Living and Learning Center, University of Maine

3.30 pm Panel: Question/Answer Session with all the Presenters

4.45 pm Closing Statements by all the Presenters/Evaluation

Co-Sponsors for ESTIA/UMaine Conference

Office of the Vice President for Finance and Administration
Auxiliary Services
Office of Sustainability
College of Engineering
Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions
School of Policy and International Affairs
Honors College
Peace and Reconciliation Studies Program
Sociology Department
Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition
Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Climate Change Institute
Advanced Stuctures and Composites Center

The Famagusta Ecocity Project

Dear friends of ESTIA,

We are currently supporting the making of a documentary film about an environmental peace (eco-peace) movement in Cyprus to turn a militarily occupied ghost city into Europe’s model Ecocity, while in the process healing the rift between the Greek-Cypriots and Turkish-Cypriots.  

The city we are talking about is Famagusta, which is where ESTIA’s founder and president, Emily Markides, comes from.  To learn more, please take a few moments to check out the Kickstarter video and call for support by Emily’s daughter, Vasia, the film and project’s director: 

2013 Annual Conference : Reclaiming the Water Commons

Water Ethics & Nature Rights in Maine

The 10th Annual ESTIA EcoPeace Conference is October 25, 2013 from 8:30am -5:30pm at the Hutchinson Center in Belfast, ME.

The day-long conference is $35 per person, $25 per student/senior, with a $5 light lunch, or bring your own.

To register, contact Diana McSorley at the Hutchinson Center: 207-338-800
The event program can be found here: EVENT PROGRAM

2013 EcoPeace Conf flyer

Awakening the Dreamer Symposium

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CONTACT: Laura Sholtz

Host Organization: ESTIA & University of Maine, Peace and Reconciliation Studies Department

Host Contact Phone: 207-379-2571

Host Contact Email:

Event Focus:

Symposium Examines Environmental Sustainability, Social Justice, and Spiritual Fulfillment

Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream Symposium is Scheduled for Saturday, February 23, 2013

On Saturday, February 23, 2013, 1:00pm to 4:00pm, an Awakening the Dreamer Symposium will be held at University of Maine Student Union, in Multi Purpose Room 151 First Floor, offering an interactive, multimedia experience for anyone who wishes to deepen their understanding of the current state of our world and how we can take action to create environmental sustainability, spiritual fulfillment, and social justice for all humanity.

Participants will explore these three core aspects of our societal condition via facilitated interaction and engaging audio-visual elements. We’ll hear from some of the world’s leading experts on topics as diverse as the current state of the Earth’s biodiversity and the reality of the socio-economic disparity throughout the world.

After grounding our awareness in the facts regarding the consequences of humanity’s current relationship with the Earth and each other, we will examine how we arrived at this point. Through a process of guided self-inquiry, each individual will discover the unique stand that they wish to take for a more just, sustainable, and fulfilling world. This is an opportunity to share your concerns about the state of the world with like-minded members of your community, and offer support to each other in taking steps to effect the changes that you wish to see.

“I was inspired to become an Awakening the Dreamer facilitator at my first symposium in 2009 Rockland, Maine. The “What’s possible for the future?” segment at the end was the first uplifting positive message I had heard from a presentation about our present world situation! It was a real “YES!” lets get on with it, for me. ~ Facilitator Linda Silvia, China, Maine

Participants will leave the Symposium empowered to take clear steps to embody their vision for a better world, and having established new connections to work with others on common issues. Suggested donation: Students $6.00, Non-Students $10.00. Light Refreshments provided. To Register for the symposium call Laura Sholtz 207- or to register online visit: .

The Awakening the Dreamer Symposium is developed and distributed by The Pachamama Alliance, a San Francisco-based nonprofit started at the invitation of indigenous people of Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest. Through the Symposium and other workshops, they work to generate widespread awakening at the grassroots level and a transformation of our worldview, such that humanity becomes committed to restoring and protecting the environment and moves towards social justice and spiritual fulfillment.

Currently, the Symposium has been delivered in 71 countries by over 3,700 volunteer Facilitators. It has been presented in 12 languages and reached at least 100,000 people, generating countless community projects and individual change.

I knew most of the information presented in the symposium today. What I didn’t know was that I didn’t feel [connected to] it. Now I do, and I thank you for that.”  A Participant ~ John, Portland, Maine.

Permaculture Design Course

Permaculture Design Course offered by ESTIA; The International EcoPeace Community

Taught by Charles & Julia Yelton|
July 16-28, 2012

Bucksport, Maine

A Permaculture Design Course (PDC) offers an in depth study of the theory of permaculture as a design sytstem for sustainable agriculture and ecological human settlement.  Participants of the course will then implement their knowledge at the Estia Epicenter permaculture site in Bucksport, Maine.  Charles & Julia Yelton are students of the co-founder of Permaculture, Bill Mollison.

Meals, facilities, and tent sites will be provided.  The course fee is $1,200 with a $400 deposit due by March 15th and the remainder due May 1st.

Students may still enroll in the course after March 15th, with the deposit due upon enrollment.
We currently have 3 spots remaining in the course, so please enroll as soon as possible.

Please visit the following link for a more detailed description of the course:

Course Description 

Or Contact

To register, please complete the following form:
A permaculture design created by Charlies and Julia Yelton for the ESTIA Epicenter.