“(H)estia was Goddess of the Hearth or, more specifically, of the fire burning on a round hearth… (H)estia’s symbol was a circle … (H)estia was … a spiritually felt presence as well as a sacred fire that provided illumination, warmth, and heat for food” Jean Shinoda Bollen – Goddesses in Every Woman

ESTIA was created as a means to advocate and support cultural and biological diversity and the preservation of vital living systems. The organization’s members work to develop workshops, courses, conferences and hands-on opportunities for people who are in need of exploring the realities of global interdependence. Members can be involved in many ways, from taking an active role in the on-going local or international planning and program development to attending educational events. As an educational community ESTIA serves as a catalyst for linking ecology and peaceful coexistence. As international citizens of an interconnected planet, we believe that we must participate physically, intellectually, morally and spiritually in the restoration of the indigenous and earth-based wisdom tradition of our world.

In practice, ESTIA has many members who work on projects across the globe in concert with this mission. On the local level ESTIA hosts a yearly conference centered around themes of ecology and peace or what we’ve come to know as “EcoPeace” as well as academic courses, community scale workshops, potluck suppers, storytelling events, permaculture courses and implementations.

For more information: ESTIA Brochure

A volunteer helping to create a mandala garden at the Epicenter.