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8/2/2017: Building a Life in Harmony with Nature

6/14/2016: Healing Our World: A Deeper Look at Food: The World Peace Diet - Lecture Presentation and Music by Will Tuttle

6/13/2016: Heart Teachings on the Dharma Path: A Lecture-Presentation by Will Tuttle

2016: Cottage for Rent - we have a small one bedroom cottage for rent on the property.  Perfect for a hiker and/or gardener. Learn more.

2015: The Hungry Ghost Book Discussion Group

2015: World Peace Diet Book Discussion Group - learn about the World Peace Diet (a book written by Will Tuttle) by getting involved with our book discussion group.  We meet 1-2x per month.  Learn more.

5/2013 - 3/2015: Inner Transition Group - 1 & 3 Sundays at Unitarian Fellowship, State College - Do you grieve at the continued destruction of the natural world? Do you have anxities and fears about how you will be able to make the transition to a post-peak lifestyle? Then consider joining the new Inner Transition Group.  We meet monthly at the Universalist Unitarian Fellowship in State College to provide emotional/spiritual support and encouragement for making the inner transition.  Contact Bob Flatley at e4bob at for more information.

July 27, 2013 6pm: Vegan Potluck, Greenmore Gardens, Port Matilda, PA.  Email mark at if you plan to attend.

April 20, 2013, 6pm: Vegan Potluck, State College, PA.  Email hilary412 at if you plan to attend.

November 10, 2012, 6pm: Vegan Potluck, State College, PA.  Email morse.laura at if you plan to attend.

November 17, 2012: Inner Transition Group Gathering.  Hosted in PA Furnace. Contact Sunny at livingpotentials at if you are interested in attending.

9/15/12 - Change of Heart: An Inner Transition Workshop with Andrew McKinnon - Complete Details

Ralph Borsodi and Education Seminar: Three of the 17 Problems, Workshop - Sept. 24-25, 2011: Complete Details

Sept 10, 2011: Holocracy Workshop. Details.

Sept. 24-25, 2011: Borsodi Workshop

Ralph Borsodi and Education Seminar: Three of the 17 Problems, July 23-24, 2011 - Learn More

Feb - Mar: Maple Sugaring - if interested in participating contact Kelle Kersten at

April 23: Food for Energy Workshop with Jen Nadenicek.  Program starts at 7PM.  Please contact for details.  Printable Flier.

Feb 19: Life of Ralph Borsodi - Unsung American Back to the Land Pioneer with Bill Sharp.  Complete details (pdf)

Mar 12: Farming, Food, and Meat: How we got here and where do we go from here? with Claire Holzner. Complete details (pdf)

Mondays: Floating Lotus Meditation and Council Circle of the Zen Peacemaker Order. Meditation, Kinhin, and Council Circle. 7PM (most Mondays, contact Kelle at or call 814-355-0850 to confirm.

Jan 8: Gas Drilling, Fracking and our Environment with Wayne Hansen. Complete Details (pdf)

Nov 13: Saturday Night Talk: Howard Finster's Paradise Garden by Chuck Cave. Details and flyer.

June 22 - August 24: Youth Summer Camp, details to follow. Contact Kelle to get involved.

Sept 17-19: Pennsylvania Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living Festival, Kempton PA - the School of Living will have a table.

Fall/Winter 10-11 Sustainability Talk Series (please email Bob Flatley if you'd like to speak or to suggest a topic or speaker)

May 22: Make and Grow Your Own Raised-Bed Vegetable Garden Workshop.  Click here for complete details.

May 23: Taking Heart in Tough Times: An Interactive Workshop based on the Teachings of Joanna Macy with Sunny Rehler.  Complete details (pdf)

May 16, 2010: The Enneagram:  A Technique for Guiding Life and Living with Bill Sharp.  A Half Day Workshop.  Sunday, May 16th from 2-6pm. Complete details (pdf).

April 30 Friday at 7:30PM, Lecture by Bob Flatley: Characteristics of Success: An Investigation of the Factors Associated with Success in Intentional Communities. Complete details (pdf)

April 21, 2010 at 7:30, Transition Town State College presents film showing and discussion of "The Power of Community" at the Friends Meeting House, State College. More details to follow. Contact Jackie Bonomo at

February - March: Maple Sugaring - contact Kelle if you'd like to volunteer.

March 28, 2010: Transition Town Meeting, 12:30PM.  For more information contact Bill Sharp at

March 12, 2010: Film Showing of The Shift by Wayne Dyer - 7:30PM followed by discussion.

March 5, 2010: An evening of sacred chants, songs and dances of universal peace at O-An Zendo.  Click here for complete details.

February 12, 2010: Drum Circle workshop with Carol Lindsay.  Click here for complete details and flyer (pdf).

January 8, 2010: Building Strong Local Economies and Community with Bill Sharp.  Click here for complete details and flyer (pdf).

Saturday mornings: Zazen meditation - Floating Lotus Zendo.  Learn more.

December 11, 2009: Friday Night Talk - Green Buddhism: Using the Ancient Buddha Way to Meet Our 21st Century Environmental Crisis with Steve Kanji Ruhl.  More info

November 13, 2009: Friday Night Talk - Sustaining Integrity with Rosalind Jiko McIntosh - more info

November 1, 2009: Getting Past 'Us Versus Them': How Conflict Management Workshop at the Friends Meeting House, State College.  Learn more.

October 25: Whole Earth Body/Mind Wilderness Experience - Black Moshannon Forest. More info.  Contact Rosalind McIntosh at

October 17, 2009: Apple Canning Workshop.  Click here for more details.

October 18, 2009: The Philosophy of Henry George, a workshop with Mike Curtis of the School of Living. Click here for more details.

September 18 - 20: PA Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living Festival, Kempton, PA

September 12: Floating Lotus Zendo, Zen sitting, Walking meditation, and Council Circle.  More information

Summer Camp 2009 - Every Tuesday 9AM - 4PM - Starting June 23, 2009!!!!

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July 10 - 12, Reaching In, Reaching Out - an exploration and celebration of the School of Living.
Invitation and Registration Information (pdf).

June 5 -7 - Creating Harmonious Relationships: Practice Nonviolent Communication to Deepen Heart Connection with Martha Lasley.  Complete details and registration form (pdf).  Cancelled due to low attendance.

March 28, 2009 - Benefit Concert for Ahimsa Village featuring Cole Hons.  Complete details and flyer (pdf).  Cost $12.

February 13, 2009 - Energy Policy and Best Practices for both your Home and Community with Laura Piraino of the PA Sierra Club. Program starts at 6:30PM
Complete details and flyer (pdf)

January 9, 2009 - Nut Trees in Pennsylvania with Scott DiLoreto of PSU.  Talk at 6:30PM. Complete details and flyer (pdf)

December 12, 2008 - Friday Night Meeting - Sustainable Landscaping with Jason Grottini of EarthWORM International.
Complete details and flyer (pdf)

November 14, 2008 - Friday Night Meeting - Sustainability Talk - Homeopathy: What it is and how does it work with Bill Torretti Complete details (pdf)

November 1, 2008 - Halloween Harvest Hoopla - come celebrate AV's 2nd Birthday!!! More info

Summer Camp 2008 - Every Thursday 10AM - 4PM

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August 9 - Organic Beekeeping Class with Liam Goble
Complete Details (pdf)

June 13, 14, 15, 2008 Basic Nonviolent Communication (NVC) Workshop:
Friday, June 13 - Introduction to NVC - 7:00-9:00 pm
In this interactive workshop you will learn the basics of Nonviolent Communication (NVC), a powerful method used around the world to resolve conflicts and to develop inner peace. The NVC process is designed to create a quality of connection among people in which everyone’s needs are equally valued. Complete details and flyer (pdf)
Requested Contribution: $25

Saturday & Sunday, June 14-15 - The ABC's of Empowering Communication - a transformational weekend based on Nonviolent Communication - 9:30 am - 5:00 pm (both days)
In the ABCs of Empowering Communication, we dive into the mechanics of communication with self and others, viewed through the lens of Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication. Participants receive a clear map and concrete directions for finding relief and peace of mind around specific communication challenges. We request that those without prior training in NVC attend the Friday evening introductory workshop before attending. Complete details and flyer (pdf)
Requested Contribution: $245 (includes delicious vegan lunch for 2 days)

Facilitators for both workshops: Francois Beausoleil and Inessa Love
Requested Contribution: $25 for Friday; $245 for Saturday and Sunday (includes delicious vegan lunch for 2 days).
Registration:  Please click here for registration form (pdf)

Questions: Contact Kelle at or 814-355-0850 with questions or for more information.

May 2008 - Announcing the Village Green - a new local market in Julian, PA - the first Saturday of each month!!!! Learn more (pdf)
Kick off Dinner - May 24 (pdf) | Vendor Info (pdf)

April 2008 - Check out the article on Ahimsa Village in the April issue of Voices

April 26, 2008 - Mushroom Workshop with Mark Cohen
One-day workshop with Mark Cohen, Saturday, April 26 from 9am - 5pm.  Learn about shitake, oyster, maitake, and reishi mushroom production from log inoculation through harvest. Hands-on portion of the workshop will involve inoculation of the logs. Participants will also learn about the ecological role of mushrooms as decomposers and will learn about using mushrooms in permaculture systems.

Cost: $45 includes full-day instruction, light snack and beverages (please bring your own lunch).

Registration: Print out form (pdf) and mail with check for $45 to Ahimsa Village. Deadline - April 19.

Questions: Contact Kelle Kersten at 814-355-0850,

April 16 - 20, 2008 - Yurt Building Workshop with Bill Coperthwaite - Flyer and Registration Form (pdf)
Multi-day Yurt building workshop with Bill Coperthwaite of the Yurt Foundation.  This workshop will walk you through the entire process of building a yurt.  Includes 5 days of instruction and hands-on activities, vegan meals, camping or floor space (rooms are available at adjoining Julian Woods Community for a very reasonable rate of $25/night).  Total cost $320. Registration open!
About Bill Coperthwaite: teacher, author, builder, and homesteader, Bill has dedicated his life to learning from the craftspeople of ancient cultures and applying their indigenous technology to modern materials and design. An innovative educator, Bill has used the classroom, seminars and hands-on workshops to instill in those who will listen, a vision for a simpler life, a more intimate relationship with the environment, and an approach to "democratic" design in which all participate in the creation of their life and culture. Bill is founder of the Yurt Foundation, a nonprofit educational organization established to gather folk knowledge from the cultures of the world and place it in a contemporary framework, creating a reservoir of ideas for designing ways of living that are simpler, more beautiful and more just. More info at

Contact Bob Flatley,, 814-355-0850 for more information.

April 17, 2008 - Yurt Slideshow with Bill Coperthwaite - hosted at O-An Zendo, Julian Woods Community
Come join us for an entertaining evening with Bill Coperthwaite as he shows slides of and describes the joys of yurt building.
This event will start at 7:30PM and be held at the O-An Zendo, Julian Woods Community.  We are asking for a $5 donation for the evening.
Contact: Bob Flatley, 814-355-0850 for more information.

March 14, 2008 - Listen to the Grandmothers with Cole Hons
"When the Grandmothers from the four directions speak, a new time is coming." Come learn about and celebrate the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers. View footage from their upcoming documentary, "For the Next 7 Generations: The Grandmothers Speak." Hear readings from their book, "Grandmothers Counsel the World: Women Elders Offer Their Vision for Our Planet." Enjoy poetry and music by local artists. Program facilitated by Cole Hons, a State College-based journalist, singer/songwriter, and multimedia producer. None of the 13 Grandmothers will be present, but they have blessed Cole's outreach efforts on their behalf.  Soup and bread at 6pm, followed by program at 7pm. Please RSVP to, 814-355-0850 by February 10 if you plan to join us for dinner. Suggested donation $5 benefits the Ahimsa Education Committee.  For more info about the 13 grandmothers visit:
Click here for flyer (pdf)

February 15, 2008 - Challenges and Opportunities for Traditional Communities in the Amazon Rainforest with Campbell Plowden
Indigenous and other traditional communities in the Amazon face intense pressures from loggers, ranchers, miners, and colonists. They also feel pressed to clear forests to improve their livelihoods. Campbell Plowden, PhD, recently started the Center for Amazon Community Ecology to promote forest conservation and sustainable development in the Amazon. Dr. Plowden will talk about his work in the Amazon region and the Center.  Soup and bread at 6pm, followed by program at 7pm. Please RSVP to, 814-355-0850 by February 10 if you plan to join us for dinner.  After Dr. Plowden’s presentation, attendees will be invited to view and purchase a variety of jewelry and other handicrafts made by traditional communities in Brazil and Peru. For more information about the Center see:
Suggested donation $5 benefits the Ahimsa Education Committee.  Donations also welcomed for the Center.
Click here for complete details and a flyer (pdf)

January 11, 2008 - Sustainable Relationships with Martha Lasley
In this workshop you’ll use the NonViolent Communication model to build sustainable relationships, even when you feel triggered. Expand your emotional literacy and needs awareness to deepen heart connections and unlock human potential. Support authentic communication by understanding what really motivates people. This interactive workshop is based on the work of Marshall Rosenberg, Ph.D., the author of Non-Violent Communication: A Language of Life. Learn how to create your life, your relationships and your world in harmony with your values. Martha Lasley is the Director of Training for Leadership that Works, a coaching and training firm in Troy, PA. This event is part of a new series of Sustainability Talks sponsored by Ahimsa Village. Please R.S.V.P. to Sunny at 814-353-8582 or if you plan to come so we can make enough soup and bread! Vegan soup and bread at 6pm, followed by program at 7pm.  Click here for complete details and a printable flyer (pdf)

Donate to our 2008 Edible Landscaping Project and Become a “Friend of Ahimsa Village”
To help grow our formal membership process we are inviting you to participate in Ahimsa Village's 2008 edible landscaping donation drive.  Click here to learn more (pdf)!


December 22, 2007 - Winter Solstice Celebration
Ahimsa Village Farmhouse, 4 pm.  Vegetarian potluck will follow-please bring food to share.  Most likely this will be an indoor event but if the weather turns balmy we will have a bonfire.  Bring candles and candlestick holders and instruments.  We want you to participate in creating the ceremony if you wish:
* Help create the altar by bringing an artifact that represents the solstice for you
* Help create the ceremony by reading a poem, singing, dancing, playing music...
Hope you will join us for a joyful celebration of the season!!!
Please RSVP to Kelle at 355-0850,

December 14, 2007 - Planning for Peak Oil
"Civilization as we know it is coming to an end soon. This is not the wacky proclamation of a doomsday cult, apocalypse bible prophecy sect, or conspiracy theory society. Rather, it is the scientific conclusion of the best paid, most widely-respected geologists, physicists, bankers, and investors in the world. These are rational, professional, conservative individuals who are absolutely terrified by a phenomenon known as global Peak Oil." --- Matt Savinar, editor of
Join us for a frank discussion about what we can do about peak oil on Friday, December 14, 2007 at the Ahimsa farmhouse.  Please come prepared to make concrete commitments Joe and Helen Fahy will be giving a brief talk on peak oil and what they are doing to prepare for it at their homestead in the Penn’s Valley area of Centre County.
Soup and bread at 6pm, followed by program at 7pm.  This will be followed by a planning session/discussion on how to respond.
Click here for complete details and flyer (pdf)

November 9, 2007 - Dowsing - useful or bunk?
Is it true that some people are capable of finding water or other things with a stick or other dowsing rod?  Ever wonder about your ability to dowse?  Come see the movie Dowsing Mom shown at the Ahimsa Farmhouse with light dinner of vegetarian soup and bread at 6 p.m., movie at 7 p.m., on Friday, November 9, 2007. After the movie, discussion will be lead by local dowser and shaman Bill Russell.  This event is part of a new series of Sustainability Talks sponsored by Ahimsa Village Community. Please R.S.V.P. to Jackie Bonomo at 814-234-5569 or if you plan to come so we can make enough soup and bread!
Suggested Donation: $5 benefits the Ahimsa Education Committee
Click here to view flyer - please post (pdf)

October 27 - 28, 2007 - Creative Outlets - a body centered expressive arts workshop
Professional Training Course for professional healers, therapists, health care workers and people interested in developing their full potential. Beginners Level – 2-day residential training. Expressive Arts & Energetic healing practice for everyday use with you and your clients. 
For complete details and a registration form click here (pdf).

October 12, 2007 - Friday Night Meetings at Ahimsa Village - Showing and discussion of film "What a Way to Go."
What: Come join us for a new series of monthly meetings on sustainability issues sponsored by the Ahimsa Education Committee.  These monthly sessions will feature wholesome soup and bread followed by a talk or workshop on an issue related to sustainability.  This month will feature the showing of a powerful new documentary "What a Way to Go: Life at the End of Empire" -  After the film people are encouraged to stay and talk.  The discussion will be facilitated by Barbara Anderson, retired philosophy professor, founder of the Center for Sustainability at PSU and the O-An Zendo.
When: Friday, 10/12 @ Soup at 6PM; film 6:30 - 8:30 pm; discussion 9-10pm
Where: O-An Zendo at Julian Woods Community, Julian Woods Lane, Julian, PA 16844
Suggestion Donation: $5 benefits the Ahimsa Education Committee
Please post flyer and spread the word!

October 5-7, 2007 - School of Living Quarterly Meeting @ Julian Woods Community
Learn about the School of Living, a pioneer of community land trusts and permaculture.  There will be a tour of Ahimsa Village.

August 26, 2007: New Pictures - added to Pond, Summer camp, Garden
Check out the newest pictures.

August 2007 - Pond Construction Completed!!!!
We just completed a major upgrade/expansion of the Ahimsa pond.
View pictures.

August 26, 2007: Logo Contest
This is your chance to make your mark (literally) on Ahimsa Village Community...
We are encouraging all you designers and artists out there to come up with a logo for the community.  We are hoping to have something that captures the vision of Ahimsa village.
Please submit your design by Sept. 30th.  The winner's work will be incorporated into the web site and signage for the community with appropriate credit.  The winner will also receive a special gift package from AVC.

Thursdays at AV - Summer Camp 2007 (Starting June 21 for 11 weeks)
What: Summer Program for Kids
Who: Kids, 5 years old and older
When: Thursdays, starting June 21, 10 am-4 pm
Where: Ahimsa Village Community, 4022 S. Eagle Valley Road, Julian
Cost: $100 for 11 weeks if prepaid in full, otherwise $12 per week. Fee includes nutritious lunch and snack. A limited number of scholarships are available upon request.
What to bring: Hats, sunscreen, long pants, shorts, swimming suits, towels, gloves for gardening, jackets, rain gear
Registration/Questions: Contact Kelle Kersten at 355-0850 or or print out and form (pdf)
Activities will include: Gardening, food preparation, hiking, environmental education, soap-making, weaving, yoga, music, art, field trips, swimming and much more...
Sponsored by the Huston Township Park and Recreation Authority

August 12, 2007- Ahimsa Village Barn/Education Center Green Designs Review
This is the 2nd presentation of the Village Community designs which also provide a venue as a 'student art and design exhibit' during the summer and probably to continue into the 2007-08 academic year. The presentation are scheduled for review, Sunday, August 12th, 10 -12 noon, 301 Eng Unit A jury space, University Park Campus. lease feel free to view the exhibit any time before, during or even after presentations. Since security officials require the jury space to be locked and only card/swipe accessible for students, public viewing is by appointment. Email: Prof Richard Alden at to set up date and time.

August 25-26 - School of Living Gathering at Ahimsa Village and Julian Woods Communities
Please save the date - 2-day educational event will feature art, music, and workshops.  More details to follow.

July 14 - 1st Annual Ahimsa School of Living Education Committee Benefit Dinner
Why: Learn about and support Ahimsa SOL Education Committee community outreach programs.  Suggested donation $20-25 (tax deductible receipts available).
Where: Turtle Lane Cafe, Julian Woods Community, Julian Woods Road (follow Turtle signs), Julian, PA 16844
When: Saturday, July 14, 4- 7pm.
            4pm - Ahimsa Village Tour (4022 S. Eagle Valley Rd, Julian 16844)
            5pm - Vegetarian dinner and dessert @ Turtle Lane
            Post dinner - Music Jam - bring an instrument!
            RSVP: 814-355-0850,

May 19 - Ahimsa Village Workday: Blueberry fencing
Please come participate in a "Village Workday" starting at 10am.  We will be building a locust post fence around the blueberry patch next to the pond.  Bring your work clothes and gloves.  Specific details of project will be discussed that week.  Vegan lunch provided.  Please RSVP if coming - or 814-355-0850.

An interactive exploration about human survival into the future.
Vegetarian potluck dinner on Friday, May 18 followed by program on evolutionary enlightenment.  Dinner starts at 6:30pm.  Program from 7-9pm.  Saturday program at noon.  Philosopher and community founder Robert Forsberg will lead the discussion.  Please RSVP if coming - or 814-355-0850
Click Here for Complete Details about this program (pdf)

April 21-22 (Saturday - Sunday): THE ART OF BUILDING PEACE
A two-day training in AVP or "Alternatives to Violence Project"
Saturday, April 21, Sunday, April 22, 2007
9AM - 5PM both days, cost $50 total.
Hosted at Ahimsa Farmhouse, 4022 S. Eagle Valley Rd, Julian, PA
Click Here for Complete details and registration information (pdf)

April 5-7, 2007 (Thursday - Saturday): Permaculture Design Workshop @ Ahimsa Village Community
Taught by Mark Cohen, Community Founder and Permaculture Teacher.
Learn about Permaculture design AND help AVC develop a community plan in the process!
Click Here for Complete details and Registration Form (pdf)

Hosted at Ahimsa Farmhouse, 4022 S. Eagle Valley Rd, Julian, PA
View pictures of the Permaculture event at our Flickr site.

April 21, 2008 - Spoon Making Workshop with Bill Coperthwaite
One-day mini-workshop with Bill Coperthwaite.  Participants will make their own wooden spoon.
Monday, April 21, 9am to 5pm, Cost $55 (or $100 total if signing up for both mini-workshops).
Contact or 814-355-0850 with questions.
Click here for more information and registration form (pdf).

April 22, 2008 - Bowl Making Workshop with Bill Coperthwaite
One-day mini-workshop with Bill Coperthwaite.  Participants will make their own wooden bowl.
Tuesday, April 22, 9am to 5pm, Cost $55 (or $100 total if signing up for both mini-workshops).
Contact or 814-355-0850 with questions.
Click here for more information and registration form (pdf).

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