100th Anniversary of E. F. Schumacher's
birth August 16, 2011 marked the 100th Anniversary of E. F.
Schumacher's birth. As many of you know Schumacher and Borsodi
shared a common vision for building local resilient economies.
Borsodi and Bob Swann, co-founder of the American E.F.
Schumacher Society worked closely on developing the Community
Land Trust model and alternative currencies. The New Economics
Institute is celebrating Schumacher’s legacy with a special web
April 22: Gardening season is here - we have
early crops in and everything else under lights.
2011: Maple Sugaring Season is
Underway! Ahimsa has a very small maple
sugaring operation that we run as a partnership with our
neighbors Scott and Kate. If you would like to learn the
art of mapling or just come hang out while we burn down the sap
contact Kelle at
email@example.com. The mapling season usually
starts in mid-February.
Feb 19, 2011: Life of Ralph
Bill Sharp did a fantastic overview of the incredible life and
work of Ralph Borsodi, founder of the School of Living, on
Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011 at Ahimsa as part of our Saturday
Sustainable Living Talk Series. His talk was followed by a
lively discussion by those in attendance. Bill would like
to start a seminar series based on Borsodi's magnum opus "The 17
Problems of Man and Society." Bill feels it is one of the
most remarkable (and largely forgotten) works of the 20th
century. You can read the introductory pages of 17
here. If you would like to be included on our email
list for the upcoming seminars please contact Bob Flatley at
An audio copy of Bill's talk will be available online.
January Talk on the Marcellus
Shale Gas Rush - IMPORTANT!!!! Learn about the Marcellus Gas Rush
literally occurring in our back yards! Wayne Hansen,
founding member of Julian Woods Community, has been closely
tracking the Marcellus Shale Gas Rush since its beginning.
Please come to this session with your questions and concerns.
Complete details (pdf)
Thanks to Chuck Cave for the
fascinating talk and slideshow on Howard Finster We had a record attendance of 22
people at our Saturday Night Sustainability Talk (Nov. 2010).
Chuck Cave, Emeriti Professor of Art at Penn State, presented a
talk and slideshow on the work of the visionary artist Howard
Finster and his "Paradise Garden." Finster recycled junk
to create a fantastical four-acre art garden in Summerville,
Georgia. To learn more about Finster's garden visit
Oct 4, 2010: Sustainability
Talks Return for the Fall and Winter Welcome to the third year of
Ahimsa's Sustainability Talks. This year we are going to
be hosting them on Saturdays (previously they had been on
Fridays). Please watch the site for updates on this great
August 2010: Canning Season is
Underway!!!! Despite the dry weather we are
having a banner year in the garden thanks to a new well pump
installed by Robert - we now have plenty of water to irrigate
all the gardens and orchards. Thanks to Kelle and Claire
the canning season has begun - they canned 14 quarts of
News Flash: March 28, 2010 -
two Transition Town initiatives
are getting underway in Centre County - Transition Town State
College and Transition Town Bald Eagle Valley. Click
here to read article on our blog about the Transition
To get involved with TT State College contact Bill Sharp at
To get involved with TT Bald Eagle contact Deb Fisher at
March 2010: Maple Sugaring
Season!!! We are currently in the midst of
the maple sugaring season here at Ahimsa. We are boiling
sap on Wednesdays and Saturdays. If you are interested in
participating contact Kelle at
The maple sugar season ends in late March.
Feb 27, 2010: Transition Towns
Ahimsa hosted the first meeting of the new Transition Centre
initiative at the farmhouse. We reviewed the steps
involved to become a formal transition initiative and discussed
how we plan to proceed. Ahimsa is participating on the
steering committee. We are
particularly interested in starting a Bald Eagle Subgroup.
If you are interested in participating in Transition Centre
contact Bill Sharp at
firstname.lastname@example.org. View our
meeting agenda (pdf) or visit the new
Transition Centre County web site to learn more. Please watch the web site for
more information about this important local initiative and how
you can participate.
January 30, 2010: It's Time to
Step Up & Defend Animals in PA There are two important bills
being considered by our State Legislature in Harrisburg. Let's
let our elected officials (and candidates) know where we stand.
House Bill 1411 and Senate Bill 843 would ban live pigeon shoots
and the use of launched or tethered live animals as shooting
targets. Senate Bill 50 would amend and strengthen the Dog
Purchaser Protection Act, which holds sellers accountable for
the health of the dogs they sell.
Please let your State Representative and
State Senator know that you support these Bills and expect them
to do the same. And anyone new running for the Legislature in
2010 also needs to be asked where they stand on these issues.
We need to be united in favor of protecting innocent birds and
animals in Pennsylvania.
January 19, 2010: Kelle
presenting at the Seed Conference
Kersten of Ahimsa Village will be a featured presenter at the
3rd annual Seed Conference in Bethlehem, PA on Saturday, January
23, 2010 at Northampton Community College. Her talk is
titled "Planting Seeds of Compassion in the Hearts and Minds of
Young People." It will feature her work with the Ahimsa
Summer Camp and her envisioned after-school program known as the
Compassion Club. Her presentation slides will be added to
this web site after the conference. Click
here for more
information about the Seed Conference, co-sponsored by the
Alliance for Sustainable Communities - Lehigh Valley and the
School of Living.
December 20, 2009: Film
Recommendation - The Shift by Wayne Dyer.
I just finished watching a great new film titled The Shift
(2009) by Wayne Dyer. This is Dyer's first film. He is best
known for his many bestselling books on self-help and the
spiritual life. The film follows the lives of a group of people
who are on vacation at a beautiful California oceanside retreat
center. One group is a film crew who has come to interview Dyer
about his latest book on the spiritual life. The segments of
this interview are masterfully interwoven with the lives of the
people at the retreat center illustrating in dramatic fashion
what Dyer is talking about. Its a very powerful and effective
method. I really learned a lot from this film - its all about
making the shift from an ego-centered life to a service-centered
life, letting go of our personal agendas and allowing our true
self or as Dyer calls it our Authentic Self to manifest. Its
there all the time, we just have to let go of our ego so it can
shine forth. A truly remarkable and inspiring film. Highly
recommended. To learn more about the film, visit the film's web
http://www.dyermovie.com/. We plan to have a showing
and discussion of the film at Ahimsa Village this year. -- Bob
December 2009: How we can
commit to practice living lightly, making a future possible? Make your commitments online at
Earth Peace Treaty website.
"Earth Peace Treaty is a program of the Deer
Park Monastery of Escondido, California. Under the guidance of
Thich Nhat Hahn, its objective is to build an environmental
community, fostering mindfulness and environmental awareness in
Fall means Friday Night Sustainability Talks at Ahimsa Village Ahimsa Village is proud to
continue our series of local people presenting on "green" topics
they are passionate about. Past topics have included
dowsing, nut trees, homeopathy, films, sustainable landscaping,
nvc, and more. We want to thank all our great presenters
in the past and encourage new (or former) presenters to suggest
topics. Please contact Bob Flatley at
or 814-355-0850 for more information. This years talks are
shaping up: In October we are featured Mike Curtis doing a
half day workshop on the economics of
Henry George and in November Rosalind McIntosh will be
talking about coping strategies for the current world situation.
The December talk will feature Zen teacher Steve Kanji Ruhl
talking about how Buddhism can help Americans meet the
challenges of the current environmental crisis.
July 12, 2009: The School of Living looks to the future at major
strategic planning retreat We just finished the School of
Living (SOL) Strategic Planning Retreat – Reaching In, Reaching
Out - held at Julian Woods Community on July 10-12, 2009. It was
a unique event in the history of the SOL...(read
complete blog post here).
Position Available: Ahimsa Village Summer Camp Assistant Ahimsa is seeking a dynamic and
dedicated person to assist with running the 2009 summer camp.
Complete details (pdf)
May 29, 2009: The Appalachian Zen House
and Ahimsa Village
Ahimsa is collaborating with a new service-oriented Buddhist
organization in the region, the Appalachian Zen House (AZH).
Specifically, they are helping coordinate the Summer Camp and
are seeking grant funding to start a non-profit Community
Supported Agriculture farm project (No Harm Farm) at Ahimsa that
will benefit local low-income people. Read more about AZH
March 21, 2009: PA Association of Environmental Educators
Village was invited to present our approach to environmental
education at the 2009
Association of Environmental Educators Conference held at
the Lake Raystown Resort and Conference Center. Our talk
was titled "Permaculture, Experiential Learning, and Nonviolent
presentation here (ppt).
March 6, 2009: Maple Sugaring Underway The maple sugaring season is
officially underway at Ahimsa Village! We have new energy, new
buckets, and a new evaporator this year. We tapped 30 trees this
week and already have many gallons of sap ready for the new
evaporator. We plan to make syrup most weekends until
April. If you are interested in participating contact
Kelle Kersten at
email@example.com. Pictures to follow soon.
February 24, 2009: Ahimsa Village mentioned in Tricycle magazine
current issue of Tricycle, the nation's leading Buddhist
magazine, features a story on Bernie Glassman and the
Zen Peacemaker order.
Specifically the article is about Bernie's vision for Zen
Houses. One of the Zen Houses will be ZPO's first venture
into a rural setting - the Appalachian Zen House. This
house will be coordinated by Kanji Ruhl, a Buddhist Minister
ordained by ZPO. Part of his vision is to work with Ahimsa
Village in the establishment of a small CSA farm run by local
people and the expansion of Ahimsa's summer camp.
the complete article (pdf).
January, 2009: Bald Eagle Energy Co-op Meeting A group of people met at the
Ahimsa farmhouse on January 17, 2009 to talk about the
possibility of starting an energy co-op with the idea to
energy locally to benefit local people. Some ideas
discussed include distribution of biofuel for heat; biodiesel
production; and wind and solar projects. Please contact
Bob Flatley at firstname.lastname@example.org
if you are interested in participating in this group.
December 15, 2008: Is Alcohol the Fuel of the Future?
Check out this short video of David Blume:
December 12, 2008: Congratulations to Greg and TammieLyn -
wishing you many years of happiness together!!!!!!!!!
Friends of Ahimsa Village Annual Fund Drive
want to thank all the Friends of AV for their support over the
past year. Our major 2008 project was the Permaculture Orchard.
The orchard is in and is doing well despite the 17 year
locusts, japanese beatles, and gyspy moths this past year. Read
more about the orchard. As we did last year, in lieu of
holiday gifts we are asking our friends to make a donation to
more about how to donate.
Case for Vegetarian Homesteading
Came across this great web site. The couple who host it are
vegan homesteaders in Minnesota and they make a great case for
the benefits of vegetarian homesteading over traditional
November 1, 2008: Halloween Harvest Hoopla
of Ahimsa Village gathered at the AV farmhouse to celebrate the
second anniversary of Ahimsa Village. The event featured
a tour of Ahimsa Village, delicious vegetarian food provided by
AV members and friends, a slideshow highlighting the year's
accomplishments, a bon fire and drumming. A good time was
had by all. We want to thank all our friends and
supporters for making 2008 another successful year!!
Boyle-Martin Engagement A
year ago in November, Tammie Lyn and Greg had their third date
at Ahimsa Village just in time for AV's one year anniversary
Honey Harvest Postponed
The bees have been busy but they haven’t been making honey—at
least not fast enough or in large enough quantities for us to
harvest honey as planned for late September...(read
Summer Camp a Big Success
2nd annual Ahimsa Summer Camp was a big success.
Attendance was much larger and more consistent. We had
anywhere from 7 to 14 children each week. The camp ran
from June 19 thru August 28. Activities this year included bread
baking, bird watching, hissing cockroaches, boat building, honey
bee class, dances of universal peace, yoga bowling, cooking,
swimming, cooperative games, drawing, hiking, making flower
pots, gardening and more. Check out our web site for details for
the 2009 camp. A special thanks to all those who helped
make the camp a success: Kelle Kersten, Tammy Badger, Frank Hidgon, John Cierpy, Ann Wilken,
Deb Fisher, Chuck Cave, Kanji Ruhl, Jean and Robert Forsberg,
Lamizsah Brown, Half Acre Farm, Huston Township Park and Rec,
Julian Woods Community. (view pictures).
Buzzing Around the Village
Ahimsa Village has recently been colonized
by hundreds of thousands of crawling, buzzing insects. They feed
voraciously on flowers of all types and there are large clusters
of them in the Butterfly Meadow...(read
July 27, 2008 AV adds
Straw Lease and New Members!!!!
entered into an agreement with the School of Living to lease the
Straw property. This 3 acre parcel adjoins the current AV lease
(of 65 acres). The property includes a small house, 3
wells, and a spring. The property has a rich history including
being the site one of the first white settlements in the Bald
Eagle Valley. A pioneer cabin originally stood on the
footprint of the current house. More recently the lot was
occupied by Mary and Chester Straw from 1961 - 2008. The
current plan is for the lot to be used as space for our newest
partner, Frank Higdon, and his family to build an eco-house.
Frank serves on the Board of the School of Living. He is
committed to the visions of AV and SoL. His vision is to
create a place where communitarians can engage in homesteading
using organic agriculture, forest farming, and permaculture to
create an ecologically
sound, human-scale culture. AV is delighted to have Frank
as the newest AV partner!!!!
July 26, 2008 Ahimsa Gets Its First Sign
recently purchased a 2' x 3' sign for display at the house.
Now visitors will know that they have found the right place!
View our new sign.
June 22, 2008 Mountain
Laurel in Full Blossom at Black Moshannon State Park
Ahimsa members recently took a day off from working in the
gardens to see the spectacular display of mountain laurel
pictures) at Black Moshannon State Park. The park, one
of PA's most spectacular, is located apx. 10 miles from Ahimsa
June 15, 2008 Ahimsa
Hosts NVC Basic Training
Basic Nonviolent Communication (NVC) Workshop was held at Ahimsa
Village, June 13-15, 2008 (view
pictures). Over 15 people attended this dynamic event that
focused on learning how to communicate more effectively and
compassionately. The workshop was facilitated by Francois
Beausoleil of Bay NVC in San Francisco and Inessa Love, an NVC
trainer based out of Washington, DC. The purpose of NVC is to
create human connections that empower compassionate giving and
receiving. NVC involves both communication skills that foster
compassionate relating and consciousness of the interdependence
of our well being and using power with others to work together
to meet the needs of all concerned (from the Center for
Nonviolent Communication Web Site -
June 8, 2008 Bees
Liam Goble of Half Acre Farm installed 5 bee hives at Ahimsa
pictures). The hives are part of Liam's home hive program.
The home hive program allows people to sponsor and participate
in the management of a hive in exchange for honey at the end of
the season. Liam uses practices organic beekeeping & will
be teaching classes at Ahimsa. He is also open to having
people watch him tend the hives each month. For more
details, visit Liam's web site at:
June 7, 2008 Ahimsa
Village Participates in First Village Green Market
Ahimsa had a produce stand at the first Village Green Market at
the Community Center in Julian, PA. We sold greens,
rhubarb, kale and collards. Although our sales were small,
the market was a great success - generating a lot more interest
than was expected. The market will be held the first
Saturday of each month (during the summer) from 10 - 2.
May 2008 Permaculture
Thanks to many helpers the PC orchard at Ahimsa is finally
planted. A special thanks to Patty Ceglia for donating
most of her and expertise in the development of a PC plan for
all the trees. A total of 69 woody plants, 25 raspberries,
and 100 strawberry plants were planted. The PC Orchard is
part of an overall PC plan for Ahimsa (more