Our vision is a world where people value connections with each other and nature and human life contributes to the life of the planet. 

As Above, So Below  

As we move closer to the end of 2022, the reflecting (and connecting) that’s been happening within the RCE community is not unlike the “mycelium network” that’s under our very feet that most of us don’t think much about as we go about our daily business….and like that network, the Explorer’s and Inquirer’s that make RCE such a valuable repository of demonstrable and sustainable endeavors continue to flourish (and nourish) much more than is visible to the naked eye. And thank goodness too, for this year has seen its share of challenges and changes – but with the steady injections of love, support and humor that we’ve shared with each other and our greater community, we’re excited to launch into 2023 with a stronger and bigger group of dedicated individuals, couples and families that want to see AND live in the regions first ecovillage! 
 
No matter where you are on the continuum of knowledge of our project, we’ve got something for everyone to share in and enjoy with us – whether you’ve never made it to an intro session yet or want to see how things are evolving with our designs (did you know that sharing a unit at RCE is an option?), check out our calendar of events and sign up to learn more about RCE today! 


Good News is Everywhere!
 
While it can be helpful to know what’s going on throughout the world, the pitfalls of too much sensational (i.e. depressing) news can feel downright despairing….which is where the folks at The Good News Network come in! 

Founded in 1997 by Geri Weis-Corbley while she was raising her three kids at home, the GNN has grown to serve MILLIONS of pages of inspiring news from around the world every month. She’s also produced a book of inspiring news stories from 20 years worth of uplifting humanity via her site. 
And if you love good news then you may also want to check out the Livin’ Good Currency podcast where hosts Tony (co-owner of GNN!) and Tobias converse with some of the most inspiring and insightful people in the world on how they discovered their purpose, pursued their passions and overcame a myriad of obstacles. 



Chocolate you can enjoy giving or asking for this season! 
 
Unless of course, you and yours just don’t like this ages old treat – otherwise, the folks at Sierra Club recently did a taste test of the 4 most ethical bars available on the market today and the top scores go to Alter Eco and Beyond Good, which are pretty darn tasty! Read the full article here.


In Community 


Welcome to our newest RCE Members
 
Bart M. from NY has joined the dozens of others that are exploring all that RCE has to offer and Kristi K. from PA has returned to carry on her initial exploration with RCE. We look forward to seeing you on zoom or perhaps in person! Want to know more about some of RCE’s other members? Check out the “Meet Some of Us” page on our website.

RCE Happy Hour
December 3rd from 7:30 – 8:30pm EST
 
Bring your favorite beverage and get to know more about your fellow RCE members – Dick will be hosting this month’s happy hour and can’t wait to see you! 

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Bonus Tuesday evening sessions!
RCE Introductory Meeting
December 6th & 20th from 5:30-7pm EST 
 
Find out all about RCE at our intro session – experience a virtual tour of the Eden Hall Campus and ask all the questions you’ve got about what living in an ecovillage is about! 
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RCE Equity Information Meeting
December 10th from 12:30 – 1:30pm EST + a BONUS December 14th from 7 – 8pm EST session has just been added!
Join us at the next Equity Information Meeting.  We’ll review our recent progress in the development process and the targets ahead of us.  We’ll talk about the important role that Equity Members play in reaching those targets, with time for discussion…..and we will review the steps to become an equity member for those of you who are interested in taking the next steps to be a Pioneer, Jr. Pioneer or a Pathfinder in the Rachel Carson EcoVillage. All are welcome to attend this session! 
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RCE Design Review
December 10th from 1:30 – 3:00pm EST
Come check out what the design team has been up to!
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House Sharing Meet-n-Greet
December 13th 7 – 8:15pm EST
 
Are you interested in more affordable options for living at Rachel Carson EcoVillage? Join the conversation to talk about house sharing and meet other members who are also interested. RCE Members Becky & Brenda will host a casual chat outlining some of the ways they’ve begun planning for their cohabitating adventure. Hope to see you there!
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RCE Introductory Meeting
December 17th from 10:30-12:00pm EST 
*NOTE: This month’s intro session is on the THIRD Saturday of the month due to the holiday. 
 
Find out all about RCE at our intro session – experience a virtual tour of the Eden Hall Campus and ask all the questions you’ve got about what living in an ecovillage is about! 
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RCE Monthly Membership Meeting
December 17th from 12:30 – 2pm EST
*NOTE: This month’s intro session is on the THIRD Saturday of the month due to the holiday.
Our monthly meeting. Join us to see what progress has been made by all of the planning groups and with the organization in general.
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Strengthening Community 

Postcards
 
It’s been a minute since we’ve had some postcards from members so Grace dug around in the archives to share a bit of what’s been entertaining in the last month or so in life – enjoy! 

*I’m blessed to have both funny friends that share ridiculous things with me as well as kids that almost always willingly take selfies with me

*On the Birch Trail in Cook Forest during what I think may have been the first snow there a couple weeks ago. Gemini the cat that *loves* to rest his head on just about anything – and then shake it so vigorously while my camera caught it in mid-shake…..making him look, of course, like some kind of psycho kitty! Speaking of which, have y’all heard about BilliSpeaks?  Not sure I have the patience to train my cats to “talk” more than they already do, but I applaud Billi and her veterinarian owner on the progress they’ve made in communicating, with buttons! 


Book Nook
 
Between cozy fires and time off for various holy and snow days, members of RCE always have something good to tuck into as far as the written word goes. Given how this year has been unfolding with yet another war and a pandemic that seems like it’ll never end, Jane Goodall and Douglas Abrams The Book of Hope is providing a few of us some respite from all the wild unknowns out in the world. Talk about the message coming from someone who has had her share of hopeless moments….can you imagine spending day after day trying to get chimpanzees from running away from you?? 
 
The ongoing conversation between Doug and Jane that reveals her four reasons for hope (the amazing human intellect, the resilience of nature, the power of young people, and the indomitable human spirit) is not only a reminder of our abilities to live altruistically, but also full of Jane’s powerful tenacity and passion for the world and its inhabitants survival given the four great challenges that she’s often found speaking about during her presentations (alleviating poverty, reducing unsustainable lifestyles of the affluent, eliminate corruption, and facing the the problem caused by the growing population of humans and their livestock). 
So get your cup of something hot to keep you company for curling up with this latest great work and stay hopeful! 



Black Forager: DEI, History, and Free Salad



Do the “weeds” growing in your yard make your stomach growl? If so, you might have heard the buzz about foraging, the practice of gathering wild plants that’s becoming more popular as a sustainable way to source food locally. Over the pandemic I became more interested in the foods growing wild in our backyards, and came across Alexis Nikole Nelson @BlackForager, whose videos have gone viral on social media. While her knowledge of wild edible plants and creative recipes are incredible and her fun, goofy delivery (which often involves breaking into spontaneous song) can’t help but put you in a good mood, what made me really take note is the incredible historical and cultural perspectives she shares. Her videos educate viewers about how BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, people of color) folks in the US have been systematically excluded—even criminalized—from being out in nature and doing things like foraging, and how these issues are still present today.
 
If you want to try new snacks, laugh, and educate yourself on making the world we live in more equitable for everyone—all without a trip to the supermarket—check out her videos via the Huffington Post 
or NPR and let me know if you try any recipes!
 
-submitted by Elizabeth R. on behalf of the DEI helping group