UMaine Hutchinson Center to Host ESTIA's 13th Annual Conference Oct. 28- all welcome

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Belfast, Maine — ReDesigning Culture by sharing stories of hope, with a focus on local, national and international efforts toward developing peaceful, just, ethical and sustainable communities, will be the focus of this year’s conference by ESTIA: The International Ecopeace Community, Oct. 28 at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center.


The conference, from 8.30 a.m. to 5 p.m., will be highlighted by keynote addresses by Ralph White, co-founder of the New York Open Center, America's leading urban institution of holistic learning visited by 60,000 visitors annually; Joline Blais, associate professor of New Media at UMaine, co-director of Still Water and co-founder of LongGreenHouse; and Deb Soule and Tom Griffin of Avena Botanicals and Hope's Edge Farm.


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.


ESTIA is a Maine-based nonprofit organization established in 2004 to promote and facilitate sustainability and peace through education. The goal of the conference is the redesigning of an Earth community in the United States and abroad consisting of social, cultural, ethical, economic and physical environments in which we can satisfy our needs and aspirations without diminishing the chances of future generations through ethical action for the restoration of a planet in peril.


The conference fee is $35 for the general public; $25 for seniors; $15 for students. Lunch is an additional $5. To register, contact Kim Raymond at the Hutchinson Center, 207.338.8034;; or write to Emily Markides,


About the University of Maine:

The University of Maine, founded in Orono in 1865, is the state’s only public research university. It celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2015. UMaine is among the most comprehensive higher education institutions in the Northeast and attracts students from Maine and 45 other states, and 65 countries. It currently enrolls 10,922 total undergraduate and graduate students who can directly participate in groundbreaking research working with world-class scholars. The University of Maine offers doctoral degrees in 35 fields, representing the humanities, sciences, engineering and education; master’s degrees in nearly 70 disciplines; 90 undergraduate majors and academic programs; and one of the oldest and most prestigious honors programs in the U.S. The university promotes environmental stewardship, with substantial efforts campuswide aimed at conserving energy, recycling and adhering to green building standards in new construction. For more information about UMaine, visit


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