West Coast Program Opportunity for RPCV Families

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West Coast Program Opportunity for RPCV Families

RPCV Dianne Brause [DR 67-69] has an interesting program she would like other RPCVs to know about. The following is passed along at her request.

Neil Ross, Friends of the Dominican Republic


I would like to alert you and other RPCVs to a 3-week intergenerational program on sustainable lifestyles that might appeal to RPCV's and their children, grandchildren and/or parent groupings. We are also offering some scholarships for low-income, minority or at-risk youth, if you know of deserving young people in those categories as well. Do you happen to know any Dominican youth who will be in the USA in July, who speak English reasonably well and would be interested in this opportunity?

Dianne Brause (67-69)

(541) 937-3351


USA, Pacific Northwest:
Building a Sustainable Future

At Lost Valley Educational Center, Dexter, OR

July 9 - July 27, 2001

Program Description:
In July 2001, an exciting intergenerational Lisle program will bring participants from around the world, ranging in age from teens to octogenarians, to the Pacific Northwest of the USA. Group participants will have the opportunity to learn about, observe and get hands-on experience with sustainable ways of living which include alternative and cutting edge building techniques, energy uses, water collection and waste disposal, transportation, recycling, composting, Permaculture and organic gardening.

As one of the most diverse Lisle groups ever, we welcome people with disabilities, international students, inner city youth, suburbanites, environmentalists, Native Americans and any person who would like to participate in this unique learning community. This program is well suited to intergenerational family groupings or mentor/youth partners as well as single individuals.

Lost Valley Educational Center will host the core program. Lost Valley is an intentional community of individuals who live and work together to model, demonstrate, and teach ways of living more simply on the land. Lost Valley residents grow much of their own food in organic gardens and steward their replanted forest and local watershed. They practice living in harmony and cooperation with each other and the rest of the natural world. Lost Valley staff will take time to share their knowledge gained from 12 years of experimentation in living together and stewarding an environment that will remain abundant for future generations.

The group will have a weekend adventure at the Oregon Dunes State Park and the beaches and coastal areas surrounding it. Park Rangers and wildlife biologists will help them learn about maintaining this natural wonder. The group will live in canvas yurts during their stay on the coast. Field trips to several innovative building sites in rural Lane County and in Eugene will provide the opportunity to learn through hands-on application of alternative building techniques and other sustainable living activities.

Each day there will be times set aside for reflection, journal writing, and discussion around personal learning, group dynamics, and shared experiences. Participants will work with skilled teachers to gain an understanding of what sustainable living entails. Several excursions will be planned to discover the beauty of old growth forests, free-flowing rivers and clean mountain air. In addition to having a lot of fun, this program provides youth and elders, alike with a unique opportunity to contemplate choices which will affect the future of the planet, take risks in becoming leaders, and learn the joys and challenges in living together harmoniously as an experimental community.

If You Have a Vision for a Better World, Join Us!

Dianne Brause, Darwin Holder and Leyla Welkin. As members of the Lisle Board of Directors, these individuals bring a diversity of life experiences to the leadership of the program in order to enrich and expand the participant's experience.

July 9 - 27, 2001 in Lost Valley Education Center, Eugene, Oregon.
Those unable to attend the full 3 weeks may apply to leave on July 18th with a partial reduction in fees.

Age Limitations:
The minimum age is 13. A responsible adult must accompany youth under 16.


$1,400 - Full price. $1,000 - Student or second family member price.
Transportation to the program is a separate cost and arranged by the participant. Program prices include room, board, and program-related travel. (Please contact the # below for costs for the shorter time period).

Deposit and Payment:

A $250 deposit is required with the application. This deposit is refundable if you are not accepted. The remainder of the program fee is due by June 15, 2001.

Lisle & Lost Valley Center:

Lisle, Inc. was established in 1936 as a nonprofit organization providing intercultural programs that encourage individuals to act as global citizens. Lost Valley Center, Inc. is a nonprofit educational center that teaches sustainable living skills within a rural community setting.

Academic Credit:

The University of Toledo offers up to 6-semester hours of credit for students who take part in a Lisle program and waives the out-of-state tuition surcharge. To take advantage of college credit, be sure to discuss the situation with your college advisor. For more information on how to receive college credit, contact Dr. Mark Kinney, Program Director, at mkinney@utnet.utoledo.edu.

Financial Assistance:

Lisle has several endowed scholarship funds available to assist participants in attending their programs. Additional scholarship funds are being solicited for this program. Please call for more information or an application for financial support.

1-800-477-1538 / www.lisleinternational.org

Lisle Intercultural Programs: Program Leaders:

Lane Winnett, Secretary Dianne Brause diannebr@lostvalley.org
Lisle@utnet.utoledo.edu Darwin Holder Darwin.Holder@prodigy.net
900 County Road 269 Leyla Welkins lwelkin@earthlink.net
Leander, TX 78641 Ph: (512) 259-7621 Fax: (512) 259-0392

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