February 20, 2014
Issue No. 93
Dear Abundant Ones,

This is a big week for Abundance. Beginning today, Tami is going away on sabbatical for a few months. It's easy to imagine being burnt out after 8 years. She will be off to explore the vast United States in an adorable Westfalia Vanagon nick named "Baby Blue."  
Tami is in search of reinvigorating, big picture ideas, new discoveries, relaxation, detachment....She will return to the Piedmont in late spring. Jenny, who has been at Abundance for years now, will be filling in as interim Executive Director. She is excited and ready for this opportunity to grow, and will be taking care of things while Tami is away. 

Abundance has an amazing line up of DIY workshops put together by Laurel Shulman running March through June. Check them out on the right.

We have our 6th Annual Briar Chapel 5k coming up on April 12th. We need your help to make it a success! Look for details below!

Contracting and expanding,


Tami, Jenny, Beth, Laurel & Charlotte
The Abundance Foundation
Saturday, April 12th, 2014
Briar Chapel (Between Pittsboro & Chapel Hill off 15-501)
9:30 AM Race
10:30 AM Kids' Dash
includes chip-timed race, goodie bag, and organic TS Designs race t-shirt 
Food & Beer Trucks,  
Live Music 
and Yard Games to follow!
for Farmers, Gardeners, Agriculture Researchers, & Local Food Advocates

Photos by Gary Simpson
A night of Global & Local Perspectives on Climate Adaptation

Photos by Annie Huth
The Abundance Foundation
making sustainable attainable 

220 Lorax Lane #5 Pittsboro, NC 27312
Call us: 919-533-5181
Email us: wow@theabundancefoundation.org

The Abundance Foundation brings people together to meet their neighbors, share ideas, learn new skills, and inspire and support one another in our shared efforts at building vibrant local economies and resilient communities. 

Through our varied projects, coalitions and gatherings, we raise awareness about the value of a sustainable local economy, we celebrate the abundance of good food, renewable energy and other resources here in North Carolina, and we empower people to take action to create their ideal community. 

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Interested in teaching a workshop or have other workshop ideas? Contact us!

February 21-22, Chapel Hill

This is your invitation to the dinner which will be in the 5th floor Sky Lounge in Greenbridge starting at 7:00 (logistics about Greenbridge to follow in another email). Vimala's will be providing the food. Please RSVP.

Barbara Marx Hubbard is a futurist and a visionary and her message is very positive. Like Albert Einstein, she understands the power of imagination (Einstein said imagination is more important than reason). We co-create starting with imagination and Barbara is imagining and speaking passionately about a better future and a world that works for all. Looking for a dose of optimism, a powerful vision of our future? You will get it with Barbara.

 She shares with Teilhard de Chardin and Sri Aurobindo and other thinkers now called "evolutionaries," the idea that humans are in transition to a new stage of consciousness.

*Scholarships Available

Public Lectures
Friday, February 21, 2014
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Full Day Workshop
Saturday, February 22, 2014
9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Both events will be held in the Assembly Hall of United Church of Chapel Hill 

A Fierce Green Fire 
free documentary screenings 
this week!

Thursday, Feb. 20th, 7-9 pm
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh, 
Founders Room, 3313 Wade Avenue, Raleigh
Screenings followed by Q&A with the Director Mark Kitchell. 

Spanning 50 years of grassroots and global activism, this Sundance documentary brings to light the vital stories of the environmental movement where people fought - and succeeded - against enormous odds. From halting dams in the Grand Canyon to fighting toxic waste at Love Canal; from Greenpeace to Chico Mendes; from climate change to the promise of transforming our civilization, A Fierce Green Fire is "nothing less than the history of environmentalism itself" (Los Angeles Times).

From the Academy Award-nominated director of Berkeley in the Sixties, and narrated by Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, Ashley Judd, Van Jones and Isabel Allende. Featuring Lois Gibbs, Paul Watson, Bill McKibben, Paul Hawken, Carl Pope, John Adams, Bob Bullard, Amory Lovins, Barbara Bramble, Jennifer Morgan and more.


We asked for your personal accounts of how climate change has affected you. 
Here's the first in a series of community members sharing their stories. 
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Camille's Story
Twenty years ago Bob and I loved to skate on Lake Loveland in the 
winter. We lived in Colorado a good portion of our lives and ice 
skating was one of our favorite winter activities. We weren't super 
great skaters but had a lot of fun gliding around, racing, making 
circles, skating backwards and sending up sprays of ice chips with our impressive sliding stops.
Even though the lake was of considerable size, covering 475 acres and 39 feet deep, it was located 40 degrees north of the equator and
nearly a mile high in elevation and therefore froze enough for ice 
fishing and skating every winter.

In 1996 we left Colorado for Virginia and ultimately spent seven years in the tropics, not suspecting in the least that we'd find ourselves back in Colorado ten years later. Our ice skates had been discarded somewhere along the line, their storage footprint given over to flippers and snorkel masks.....To keep reading, click here.
-Camille Armantrout, Moncure, NC 
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