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.

12th Annual Conference

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Ethical and Spiritual Principles
ESTIA 12th Annual Conference

Friday, October 23rd, 2015
8:30am Registration, 9:00am Program
The Hutchinson Center 80 Belmont Ave. Rte. 3 Belfast, Maine 04915

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Keynote Speakers

Darren Ranco

Chair of Native American Programs and Coordinator of Native American Research, Darren Ranco, a member of the Penobscot Nation, focuses on the ways in which indigenous communities resist environmental destruction through indigenous diplomacy and protection of cultural resources.

Sherri Mitchell – Wena’gamu’gwasit

An Indigenous rights attorney, writer, and activist who melds traditional life&way teachings into spirit&based movements, Sherri Mitchell will present on the balance between rights and responsibilities in activism.

Maria Girouard

Historian and expert on the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act, Maria Girouard advocates for the preservation of cultural heritage, environmental activism, food sovereignty, and the rights of the Penobscot Nation.

Round Table Discussions:

Poetry and Ecology:   Kathleen Ellis
Penobscot Bay Waterkeeper:   Ron Huber
Organic Gardening and Ecology:   Michael Bahner
Permaculture and Ecology:   Eileen Hagerman
Flute Music and Ecology:   Hawk Henries
Forgiveness and Ecology:   Phyllis Brazee & Barbara Blazej
Nonviolence and Ecology:   Hugh Curran
Therapeutic Music and Plants:   Masanobu Ikemiya
Ecosystem Protection and Ecology:   Carol Kinsey


Price: $35.00 per person, $25.00 for seniors $15.00 for students. Lunch will be provided at a $5.00 cost.

Download the Program

For additional information you may call 207-581-2636 or email Hugh Curran at hugh.curran@umit.

Co0sponsored by the Peace and Reconciliation Studies Program

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

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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.