13th Annual Conference

Re-Designing Culture: Case Studies Near & Far

ESTIA 13th Annual Conference

Friday, October 28th, 2016

8:30AM: Registration; 9:00AM-5:00PM: Program

The Hutchinson Center 80 Belmont Ave. Rte. 3 Belfast, Maine, 04915

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Keynote Speakers:

Ralph White – cofounder of the New York Open Center, America’s leading urban institution of holistic learning where his current role is Creative Director. The Open Center receives almost 60,000 visits annually from participants in its year round programs and has presented the major writers and speakers in the fields of wellness, social/ecological change, inner development, world spiritual traditions, art and creativity for over twenty seven years.

Joline Blais – Associate Professor of New Media at UMaine, codirector of Still Water, and cofounder of LongGreenHouse, her publications and creative work explore the overlap of digital culture, indigenous culture and permaculture. This crosscultural braid suggests tribal and networked alternatives to conventional sociopolitical and cultural structures, and cocreates models of deep sustainability.

Deb Soule & Tom Griffin — Deb Soule is an herbalist, gardener, teacher and author of The Woman’s Handbook of Healing Herbs and How to Move Like a Gardener. Raised in a small town in western Maine, Deb’s faith in the healing qualities of plants includes a desire to make organic herbs easily accessible to women and families living in rural areas.

Tom Griffin is a scientist turned farmer; since 2002 he has run Hope’s Edge Farm on land formerly occupied by the Morse dairy farm, now owned by Holly Miller, using biodynamic principles.

Discussions and more…

Other topics at the conference include: the wisdom of Rudolf Steiner; the inclusion of indigenous people’s wisdom traditions; the creation of Jonno’s Place, a Camphill-inspired ecovillage; and biodynamic farming and the healing qualities of plants.  Roundtable discussions will focus on cultural aspects of sustainability.

Artists Tori Morrill and Paul D’Alessio will play music for world peace.


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.