Building a Life in Harmony with Nature: A Friendly
Evening at a Forest and Veganic Garden. Join us in
exploring and gathering on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 starting at 4 pm
at the Ahimsa homestead in Julian, PA for a program of nature
immersion, education, and great vegan food. A big thanks to
Claire Holzner, Mercedes Howard, Kelle Kersten, and Kathy Pollard for
organizing this event. Complete details
Workshop - Kelle and Bob conducted a veganic
gardening workshop on a new vegan homestead near Ithaca, NY on August
13, 2016. Details
Will Tuttle Talks - we were delighted to host Dr. Will Tuttle and
Madeline Tuttle for two inspirational talks in our area on
June 13, 2016 (O-An Zendo, Julian, PA) and
June 14 (University Mennonite, State College, PA). Thanks to
all who helped make the events a big success!
Discussion Group. In the fall of 2015 we
started a vegan book discussion group that met for about 2 years.
The group is currently not meeting. If you are interested reviving the
group please contact Kelle at magicjubilee at yahoo.com
Vegans - vegan potluck group meets several
times a year in members' homes in and around State College. We always
have great conversation, great vegan food and often an educational
program about veganism. If interested please join our
A Guide to Vegan
Nutrition by George Eisman (revised and republished edition now
available) - George and Claire are good friends
and supporters of Ahimsa Village. They have recently revised and
updated George's invaluable book on vegan nutrition.
World Peace Diet
Group Facilitation - The World Peace Diet (a book
written by Will Tuttle) takes a comprehensive look at the impact of our
eating choices on ourselves, animals, and the planet. Kelle Kersten is
a trained WPD facilitator/trainer. Contact her at magicjubilee @
yahoo.com if you have questions, are interested in starting a WPD
group, or would like her to facilitate a group. Read Kelle's
Amazon review to learn more about the book.
Book Now Available - Kelle's book based on the
research she did for her Master's in Humane Education degree is now
available. The book's title is "Compassion Club: Nurturing the
Compassion of High School Girls Through Activism." The book is a
handbook for establishing Compassion Club, an after-school club for
high school girls that will nurture their compassion through active
involvement in meaningful environmental, animal rights, and/or human
rights issues. Click here to order book via Amazon.
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 page at
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
If you would like to be included on our email list for the upcoming
seminars please contact Bob Flatley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 series!
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 cucumbers!
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 movement.
To get involved with TT State College contact Bill Sharp at email@example.com
To get involved with TT Bald Eagle contact Deb Fisher at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
The maple sugar season ends in late March.
Feb 27, 2010: Transition
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
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
January 19, 2010: Kelle
presenting at the Seed Conference Kelle 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
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 site at
http://www.dyermovie.com/. We plan to have a showing and
discussion of the film at Ahimsa Village this year. -- Bob Flatley
December 2009: How we can
commit to practice living lightly, making a future possible? Make your commitments online at the
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 its members."
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 email@example.com
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 at our
March 21, 2009: PA Association of Environmental Educators Conference Ahimsa Village was invited to present our approach to
environmental education at the 2009 Pennsylvania Association of Environmental
Educators Conference held at the Lake Raystown Resort and
Conference Center. Our talk was titled "Permaculture,
Experiential Learning, and Nonviolent Communication." View presentation
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pictures to follow soon.
February 24, 2009: Ahimsa Village mentioned in Tricycle magazine The 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. Read 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 of producing 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 email@example.com if you are
interested in participating in this group.
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!!!!!!!!!
December 2008: Friends of Ahimsa Village Annual Fund Drive We
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 AV. Read
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 homesteading:
November 1, 2008:
Halloween Harvest Hoopla Friends 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
The 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!!!!
AV 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
July 26, 2008 Ahimsa
Gets Its First Sign
Ahimsa recently purchased a 2' x 3' sign for display at the
house. Now visitors will know that they have found the right
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 blossoms (view
pictures) at Black Moshannon State Park. The park, one of
PA's most spectacular, is located apx. 10 miles from Ahimsa Village.
June 15, 2008 Ahimsa
Hosts NVC Basic Training
A 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 - www.cnvc.org)
June 8, 2008 Bees Arrive
Liam Goble of Half Acre Farm installed 5 bee hives at Ahimsa Village (view
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: http://half-acrefarm.com/
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. Learn
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 info).