Grailville to host the Creating Sustainable Communities: A EarthSpirit Rising Conference

Grailville is so excited to be a part of a very unique and inspiring conference called Creating Sustainable Communities: An EarthSpirit Rising Conference. Grailville knows that a sustainable community is a healthy community—one that is resilient, socially and economically, as well as responsible, ecologically and culturally. When we look around at our urban and suburban neighborhoods today, we see the potential to create healthy, sustainable places to live, but what is often missing is that sense of community needed to make the possible a reality. Find out more about this wonderful experience below.

An EarthSpirit Rising Conference
July 25-27, 2014
at Grailville Retreat Center, Loveland, Ohio

The 8th EarthSpirit Rising conference sponsored by Imago is an invitation to you to help create a sustainable world, community by community. Speakers and workshop sessions will look at the many ways we can approach constructing sustainable communities, both purpose-built and retrofitted, as a way to change the culture. The focus of the conference will be on adapting urban and suburban neighborhoods, using existing buildings, to create places for people to live that place Earth and ecology first by limiting human impact and by honoring the diversity of life and cultures within a community for the benefit of future generations.

The conference promotes intentional communities, and you will have the chance to experience the creation process as speaker Peter Block leads us in establishing a conference community. Many kinds of sustainable communities will be featured in presentations and discussions during the conference, which is also a call for action. You will come away with a sense of urgency and hope, ready to act to achieve sustainable, intentional communities in our neighborhoods, cities, and towns.

Keynote Speakers:

Diana Leafe Christian, author of Creating a Life Together and Finding Community

Peter Block, author of The Abundant Community and The Structure of Belonging

Jim Schenk, co-founder of Enright Ridge Urban Eco-village

Sr. Marya Grathwohl, OSF, ecology and spirituality teacher and founder of Earth Hope

To find out more about the conference or for registration information, visit or call 513-921-5124.


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