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Many Ways of Peace
217 S. Main St.
Downtown Eagle River



You're invited to join our latest Study Circle:
2PM - 4PM

world we have

THE WORLD WE HAVE, by Thich Nhat Hanh, Buddhist monk, poet, scholar, and peace activist. Study circle meetings continue Tuesdays 2PM-4PM throughout the year. You're welcome to join at any time.

This book offers a dramatic vision of the future of our planet and links Thich Nhat Hanh's contemplation of environmental destruction to the Buddhist teachings of interconnectedness and impermanence of all things.

Rather than seeing impermanence as an excuse for disengaging from the world, he argues passionately that engaging with the world is the key to our individual and collective survival. Mixing inspiring insights with practical strategies, Nhat Hanh cites projects his own monastic community has undertaken that can serve as models for any community.

Above all, he shows how acceptance of problems is the first critical step toward deeper understanding of the best way to care for the earth.

What study circle participants are saying:

Chuck Schaffer: I have only recently come to Many Ways of Peace and joined the book study group. Now, I eagerly anticipate the occasion each week. The book selection is usually authored by a notable sage of authentic and meaningful living. I believe the selected literature, the persons I encounter in the group and our discussions are challenging, supportive and hopeful. Many Ways of Peace has become a spiritual repose for me.

Shirley Cullen: I feel grateful to be part of this study circle--the book choices, the topics of conversation, the opportunity to listen and share thoughts and ideas. The experience has enriched my life.

A committed participant: Sharing the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh in this group through the lens of everyone's experiences has helped deepen my understanding.

Lety Seibel: Reading sound, inspiring words from a Master of Presence, and sharing these with a group of people who also seek to be fully present in their lives, has truly enriched my life. Whether I am having a meal, walking in the woods, sharing with friends, dealing with irritating people, or even having a painful headache, I keep being surprised at how simply being present transforms the quality of my experience for the better.



Past study circle programs:


no mud no lotusTuesdays, 2-4PM, May 19-August 25, 2015, "No Mud, No Lotus: The Art of Transforming Suffering", a Many Ways of Peace Study Circle on this recently published book by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. "The secret to transforming suffering is to acknowledge it, not run away from it. When we know how to suffer, we suffer much, much less," Nhat Hanh writes. This book offers practices and inspiration for transforming suffering and finding true joy. More information about Thich Nhat Hanh here.




Tuesdays, 2-4PM, Feb. 3 - May 12, 2015, Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting Through the Storm,a Many Ways of Peace study circle on this important book by Buddhist Monk Thich Nhat Hanh. Nhat Hanh writes, "Without fear, we are able to see more clearly our connection to others. Without fear, we have more room for understanding and compassion. Without fear, we are truly free."More information here.



creating true peace

Tuesdays, 2-4PM, November 11, 2014 - Jan. 28, 2015, CREATING TRUE PEACE: ENDING VIOLENCE IN YOURSELF, YOUR FAMILY, YOUR COMMUNITY AND THE WORLD, a multi-week study circle on the book by Zen Buddhist Monk Thich Nhat Hanh. True peace is always possible, yet it requires strength and practice. We want peace, we want security, joy, and happiness, but we do not know how to get these things. Thich Nhat Hanh shows us the path and how to break the habit of running away from ourselves, so we can create peace in the here and now. To reserve your copy of the book, email us or call 715.480.4697. The book is available from Parralax Press.


Yoga sponsored by
Many Ways of Peace:

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Wednesdays, 11:30-12:50, Yoga with Betsy Schussler, registered Yoga teacher (Yoga Alliance RYT-500). Combining Thich Nhat Hanh's breath awareness (breathing in, I know I'm breathing in/breathing out, I know I'm breathing out) with a sense of equanimity, peacefulness and good humor is the focus in this Hatha yoga class. Newcomers and beginners are always welcome. $8 per session, 50% of revenue returned to Many Ways of Peace to support programs.

Yoga class has moved to First Congregational/UCC church, lower level, in downtown Eagle River.


Walking Meditation at
Many Ways of Peace:


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Mondays, 9-10AM, Guided Sitting and Walking Meditation in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, led by Mary Jo Berner. When our breathing is in harmony with our steps, we transform our walking path into a field of meditation and with each step, a gentle breeze blows, a flower blooms. Whether you're walking to your car or at home, walking with awareness calms the mind.


Programs Archive:


david carlson


Wednesday, July 15, 7-9PM, WE DARE NOT LOOK AWAY: ISIS/ISIL'S APPEAL TO THE WORLD'S YOUTH, a presentation by Dr. David Carlson, Professor of Religious Studies at Franklin College, Indianapolis, IN.

At the end of May, Homeland Security made a sudden plea for police forces around the country to create files on  young men and women who might be attracted to ISIS/ISIL.  The difficulty that police will have in fulfilling this request is overshadowed by the increasing concern our nation has about the appeal of ISIS/ISIL.  This talk will identify the sophisticated methods used by this extremist group and explore how our country can effectively respond.

We welcome Dr. Carlson back to Eagle River for his fourth presentation at Many Ways of Peace. He and his wife, Kathy, enjoy summers in Three Lakes.


kiraThursday, June 4, 10AM-Noon, OUT ON A LIMB IN JAPAN with Kira Oas of Eagle River. When Kira graduated in 1996 from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI. she received a fellowship to spend the next two years in Japan studying gardening, culture and lifestyle. I was an adventure she shared with her son, Max. She recently completed a book about her experiences, including what it was like being the first
non-Japanese to work in a national garden. Kira will share stories and slides that will transport us to Japan for a brief person. Snacks and Japanese teas, courtesy of Green Rich Teas in St. Germain, will accompany the program.



ann munninghoffWednesday, May 27, 7PM, WHAT'S GOOD FOR THE GOOSE: THOUGHTS ON HOW OUR ETHICS EVOLVES BECAUSE OF OUR RELATIONSHIPS WITH ANIMALS with Ann Munninghoff Eshelman. Ann grew up in a household on the Wisconsin River north of Rhinelander that always was full of animals, both wild and domestic. Ann attributes her love of animals to the fact that she was peed on by a tiger while visiting the Brookfield Zoo as a youngster! She holds a Master's degree in philosophy and a law degree. Ann was a staff attorney for the Office of the State Public Defender from 1980 to 2008, when she retired and began teaching philosophy at Nicolet College. Ann and her husband, Scott, live on the old Munninghoff property, where they strive to be the best possible stewards of the marsh that was so valued by Ann's parents.

This is the first in an on-going series on ethics at Many Ways of Peace.


margaret jankoThursday, May 21, 2015, Peace Cafe, Noon-2PM, The Sewing Machine Project: Mending Communities, a presentation by Margaret Jankowski, founder of The Sewing Machine Project based in Madison, WI. The Sewing Machine Project has distributed over 1,800 sewing machines from Sri Lanka to Kosovo, from New Orleans to the inner city of Los Angeles, bringing a message of hope, community, creativity and peace. Learn about the Sewing Machine Project. Learn why Margaret Jankowski started the Sewing Machine Project and you may be inspired to bring it to your community. Listen to an interview with Margaret on Wisconsin Public Radio's This Wisconsin Life here.

food chainsThursday, April 30, 6:30PM, FOOD CHAINS, a documentary film that reveals the human cost in our food supply and the complicity of large buyers of food such as fast food chains and mega-supermarkets like Publix.The film follows the grassroots farm work organization, Coalition of Immokalee Workers in Florida, and their efforts to ensure a dignified liufe for farm workers and a more humane and transparent food chain. From the producers of Food Nation and Food, Inc. Discussion follows the film, with Jackie Cody and Jolene Knox of the Northern Wisconsin Workers Rights Center in Rhinelander. More information here.



marcia grebnerThursday, April 23, noon,1PM, Peace Cafe, MY ADVENTURES WITH THE ENDANGERED RHINOS, with Marcia Baines Grebner, Eagle River. After retiring from the practice of law, Marcia teamed up with her friend Ann and set out for a rhino sanctuary in Zimbabwe.  When age ( I'm 60, Marcia says) meets an immovable force, in the form of a black rhino or an elephant, it is tough to know who will win.  Marcia will talk about their excellent adventures, such as finding out that you have no access to credit or bank cards (no cash), no phone service, in spite of purchasing an international plan, and virtually no access to the internet. To make reservations for this fascinating presentation, call Many Ways of Peace at 715.480.4697 or email us.




Thursday, March 26, Noon-1PM, Peace Cafe, In Her Boots: a Conversation with Women Who Farm in the Northwoods with Margie Rychlock from Miss Margie's Farm, Sally Hagen of S & S Farm, and Jenny Tuckey from EverGood Farm.Learn about local farming from these women farmers. Soup featuring local and organic ingredients with fresh baked bread is served at noon, followed by the program. $6 per person. (more info) Reservations appreciated. Please call 715 480 4697 or email us.




workers rights

Thursday, March 19, 6PM, Can My Boss Do That?, a presentation by Jackie Cody, a volunteer with the recently opened Northern Wisconsin Center for Working People in downtown Rhinelander. This workers' rights center, one of three in Wisconsin and the only one located in the northern part of the state, provides information, advocacy, resources, referrals, and training to assist workers in resolving workplace problems. It is a tax-exempt, nonprofit corporation supported entirely by donations and grants. It is located in the ArtStart Building at 68 S. Stevens St. Do you have a question about what the boss can do? Call the Northern Wisconsin Center for Working People at 715.360.6732 or email nwcwp@yahoo.com. Open Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment. (more info)



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Wednesday, February 18, 1:30PM, What if Dr. Jekyll had Met the Buddha?, an original essay by Betsy Schussler, speech patholigist with Ministry Medical Group and Registered Yoga Instructor.The Buddha taught that compassion is the way to address conflicts, beginning with those that arise withour own own hearts. Could we learn to bring peace into our own lives by studying Dr. Jedyll's experience?



mary joThursday, February 5, 6:30PM, Forgiving: a Path to Finishing Well, with Mary Jo Berner, founder of Many Ways of Peace. Mary Jo draws on her personal forgiveness work and the research and writings of noted forgiveness expert Robert Enright PhD, professor at UW-Madison and author of Forgiveness is a Choice and The Forgiving Life: a Pathway to Overcoming Resentment and Creating a Legacy of Love in this discussion on the benefits of forgiveness in this presentation on the benefits of forgiveness.





Thursday, December 18, 2014, Noon-1PM, Peace Cafe, GET READY TO DEAL WITH UNCLE FRED (DON'T LET STRESS RUIN YOUR HOLIDAYS!). Our guest presenter is ANDREA MATHEWS, RN, BS, Health Educator, who has provided health risk assessments and health and wellness coaching for major companies like AT&T, Shell Oil, Tyco Electronics, Bell Labs, agencies of of federal government, to name a few. She'll talk about stress, how it affects us, and discuss some coping mechanisms. Andrea retired to Eagle River three years ago following 20 years in clinical nursing and another 20 in Occupational Health Management and Education. Andrea enjoys sharing her expertise and continues to provide her services on an occasional basis to companies from coast to coast. Soup with organic/local ingredients and fresh baked bread is served at noon followed by the program. Reservations appreciated. Email us or call 715.480.4697.


erica  brewster

Thursday, November 13, 2014, 6PM, YES, WE CAN: CRANBERRY SALSA WITH ERICA BREWSTER, UW-EXTENSION MASTER FOOD PRESERVER AND DIRECTOR, DEMMER MEMORIAL LIBRARY, THREE LAKES. We'll gather in the Peace Kitchen to learn to make and preserve locally grown cranberry salsa with additional ingredients from EverGood Farm. Take home a har of salsa, just in time for Thanksgiving or for holiday gift giving. $8.00 per person. Re-registration required. Email us or call 715.480.4697



shanna stein

Thursday, November 20, 2014, noon-1PM, Peace Cafe, ETHICAL TEA WITH SHANNA STEIN OF GREEN RICH TEA, ST. GERMAIN. Shanna will look at the history of tea culture, the teah industry in general and the impacts of the global economy on small scale farmers throughout the world. Soup with organic/local ingredients and fresh baked bread is served at noon followed by the program. Reservations appreciated. Email us or call 715.480.4697.





Thursday, October 16, 2014, Noon-1PM,PeaceCafe, COMPASSIONATE COMMUNICATION WITH LYN PIETILA (center) and Alex Breslav and Debbie Jircik. Lyn will share the method developed by Marshall Rosenberg, author of Nonviolent Communication: a Language for Life. Learn how we can approach our connections with others in a new way, while we explore common language patterns and habits. Soup with organize local ingredients and fresh baked bread served at noon, followed by the program. $6.00 per person. Reservations recommended. Call 715.480.4697 or email us.



climate march waterTuesday, October 14, 2014, 7PM, IT TAKES MORE THAN A MARCH TO DISRUPT CLIMATE CHANGE. Mary Jo Berner, founder of Many Ways of Peace, was one of the nearly 400,000 participating in the September 21st Peoples Climate March on the streets of New York. You'll experience the excitement of the march through videos and photos of the diverse groups gathered for the largest convergence ever on behalf of climate change. Come and share your thoughts and concerns on what is referred to as the defining challenge of our time.



don carufelMonday, October 13, 2014, 7PM, EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT INDIANS BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK, with Donald Caruful. To commemorate Indigenous Peoples' Day, Donald will talk about Ojibwe culture and way of life, interweaving traditional spiritual perspectives on native food and living life on Mother Earth. Donald is a visual artist, traditional singer and dancer, and Ojibwe language/native studies instructor and lives in Lac du Flambeau.



Thursday, September 25, 2014, 7PM-9PM, WISCONSIN'S MINING STANDOFF, a half-hour long investigative documentary produced by 371 Productions of Milwaukee for Al Jazeera's series Fault Lines. The video dives deepinto the story of the controversial proposal to dig what could be one of North America's largest open pit mines--right here in northern Wisconsin. See how Gogebic Taconite's iron mine would impact the environment and the livelihoods of people in northern Wisconsin. The fim also examines the process involved in the passage of Wisconsin's new ferrous mining bill. Discussion follows the screening. More information here.


tom jerowThursday, September 18, 2014, Noon-1PM, Peace Cafe. CLIMATE CHANGE: THE IMPACTS ON OUR FOOD SYSTEM AND GARDENING with Tom Jerow, UW-Extension Master Gardener Volunteer and Co-Chair Rhinelander Area Community Garden. Tom's presentation will focus on data and information developed by the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change specific to Wisconsin's changing climate. Soup with organic and local ingredients and fresh baked bread are served at noon, followed by the program. $6.00 per person. Reservations recommended. Call 715.480.4697 or email us.



erica brewster

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 6PM-9PM, WE CAN PICKLE THAT with Erica Brewster, Director of Demmer Library in Three Lakes and UW-Extension Master Food Preserver. Learn safe, basic canning techniques, or fresh your skillos with hands-on preservation using water bath canning methods. Fresh organic produce is provided by EverGood Farm. $8.00 per person. Pre-registration required as space is limited. Email us or call 715.480.4697.




lynnannThursday, August 28, 2014, 6-9PM, Learn the Ancient Art of Lacto-Fermentation with LynnAnnThomas. Join LynnAnn for a hands-on class making a mixed vegetable relish using organic vegetables from EverGood Farm with one of the oldest methodsof food preservation. You'll take home a jar of relish and the knowledge to make ferments from your favorite vegetables. $8.00 per person.



mary sanderson

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 7-9PM, Is Women's Equality a Pre-Requisite for Human Survival with Mary Sanderson, DeForest, WI, a 35 year member Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. How are women faring after 6,000 years of patriarchy? Bring your ideasand join the conversation. Mary will share news from the 2014 WILPF National Conference and discuss how women's work and common sense can create positive futures. Click for more information.




Thursday, August 14, 2014, Noon-1PM, Peace Cafe, Preserving the Seed Commons: Creating a Community Seed Library, with Dedebbiebbie Jircik, Director of Many Ways of Peace. Debbie is a graduate of Native Seeds/SEARCH's Seed School and founder of Seed to Seed Edible Garden Project. She will give an interactive presentation on basic seed saving and the why's and how's of building a seed library in the community. Soup with organic and local ingredients and fresh baked bread are served at noon, followed by the program. $6.00 per person, reservations recommended.






alan tulppoTuesday, August 5, 2014, 7-9PM, Money and the Divisive Nature of Politics with Alan Tulppo, Social Studies Teacher at Northland Pines High School in Eagle River. As another political season heats up, the impact of money in politics is becoming increasingly clear to more and more people. Supreme Court rulings and the reluctance of Congress to do anything about the problem is resulting in a political system, government, and citizenry held captive by money and special interests. Join us for an enlightening and stimulating presentation and discussion with Alan Tulppo, who teaches Political Science, Economics, Sociology, Criminology, and History at Northland Pines High School in Eagle River. Click for PDF.



compassion project

Monday, July 28, 2014, 7-9PM, The LaCrosse WI School District Compassion Project--aspiring to teach the practice of compassion through the use of art and writing. The inspiration for the project came from reserach of UW-Madison psychcology and psychiatry professor Richard Davidson, whose research found that those who practice compassion have measurably healthier brains and generally a happier outlook on life. Learn about this dynamic program involving 6,000 K-12 art students through videos from WKBT-TV in LaCrosse and Wisconsin Public TV. Discussion follows.


tina kollerThursday, July 17, 2014, Noon-1PM, Peace Cafe, GMOs: The Truth is Hard to Swallow, with Tina Koller.Tina's presentation will feature the concerns about genetic modification of our food supply and the hidden impact on the environment. There is a way to make certain fear is not an ingredient in your food. Tina is co-owner with her husband, Dave, of Grass Roots Health Foods east of Eagle River and a proponent of organic and sustainable agriculture, local foods and living well. Soup with organic and local ingredients and fresh baked bread (all non-GMO) is served at noon, followed by the program. $6.00 per person, reservations recommended.



david carlsonMonday, July 7, 2014, 7-9PM, The Crisis in Iraq and the Chance for Peace with David Carlson, Professor of Religious Studies, Franklin College, Indianapolis, IN. Where did the ISIS group come from? What are their goals? What can peace-loving Americans do in the face of this new violence? This program will address questions related to the latest developments in Iraq, Syria and beyond. Dr. Carlson and his wife, Kathy, are summer residents of Three Lakes. He is the author of Peace Be With You: Wisdom for a Terror-Filled World.



Wreichednesday, January 8, 2014, 6:30-8:30PM: Special Screening of INEQUALITY FOR ALL. This award-winning documentary is a passionate argument on behalf of the middle class featuring Robert Reich--professor, best-selling author, and Clinton cabinet member--as he demonstrates how the widening income gap has devastating impact on the American economy.

This film is an intimate portrait of a man whose lifelong goal remains protecting those who are unable to protect themselves. Through his singular perspective, Reich explains how the massive consolidatioineq graphicn of weath by a precious few threatens the viability of the American workforce and the foundation of democracy itself. In this "inconvenience truth" for the economy, Reich uses humor and a wide array of facts to explain how the issue of ECONOMIC INEQUALITY affects each and every one of us. The film premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and was picked up for distribution by the Weinstein Company - RADIUS. Discussion will follow the showing of the 85-minute film.

Monday, October 28, 2013, 7-9PM, "Let's Try Democracy" with David Swanson (via Skype) from Charlottesville, VA.
David, a prolific author, has a Masters Degree in philosophy from the University of Virginia. His newest book is "War NoMore: The Case for Abolition". In addition to being a writer, he's a journalist, activist, and educator, and hosts "Talk Radio Nation". David serves on the communications committee for Veterans for Peace, of which he is a non-veteran member. Copies of three of his books are available for purchase or to check out of the Many Ways of Peace library. In addition to "War No More: The Case for Abolition", "War is a Lie" and "When the World Outlawed War", the story of the Kellogg-Briand Pact, when 80 nations--including the United States--signed a pact renouncing war in 1926 in Paris. David is an outspoken critic of our govenrment's drone killing program.


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By: Mary Jo Berner, creator and producer of the series

For four Monday nights--January 28 through February 18, 2013--we came to Many Ways of Peace to learn about drones. You might have heard of the administration's "kill list". You've certainly heard about drones. But much about our government's deployment of drones remains shrouded in secrecy. What is not a secret, however, is the rapid rise of drones as the "weapon of choice" by the military and CIA following 9/11.

After patmjPat Chaffee's presentation (January 28) about her visit to Pakistan and what life is like for Pakistanis living under our drones 24/7, we began to have a sense that there is more to drones than we had anticipated. Pat is a sister in the Dominican order located in Racine. She went to Pakistan in October, 2012, with a Code Pink delegation to protest US drone strikes in that country. Here is a link to an important and revealing BBC special report,"The Secret Drone War", she showed us.
Even if you watched it once, it's worth seeing again!



Ethan Cummings, moderator and facilitator for the entire KILLING BY REMOTE CONTROL: DRONE WARFARE series, conducted the second program, Drones 101: how they evolved into killing machines in remotely piloted war (February 4). Ethan's presentation was packed with information critical to a basic understanding the issues swirling around the use of drones primarily by the military, CIA, and the State department. Ethan's program primed us for the Senate Intelligence committee's hearing later that same week on the Obama administration's nomination of John Brennan to head the CIA. Brennan serves as Obama's counter-terrorism chief, with responsibility for the drone program. Here are links to the videos shown during the program::

Code Pink's Medea Benjamin Brings Voices of Pakistani Drone Victims to Obama Inauguration

Drone Strikes: Where Are Obama's Tears for Those Child Victims?

Drones: Less Distance from War

Living Under Drones

The third program panel (February 11) featured a panel discussion on drones with area religious leaders. Seated from left, Fr. Dean Einerson, rector of St. Augustine's Episcopal church in Rhinelander; Dale Bishop, former pastor of First Congregational-UCC church in Rhinelander; and Jerry Woolpy, who is active in the Jewish Reform congregation in Wausau. Fr. Robert Koszarek, pastor of St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic parish in Eagle River, was unable to participate on the panel because of a family funeral. Following presentations by each of the panelists, the audience was invited to ask questions and make comments.

Our guests forlarsdavid the final program on February 18 were activists from No Drones Wisconsin and WI Coalition to Ground the Drones and Stop the
. Lars Prip, left, and David Soumis brought the Reaper drone replica to display for the evening's program.

Bonnie Block is a longtime peace activist who explained she works to ground the drones because she thinks they are illegal, immoral, and ineffective. "I want a safer, more just, and peaceful world for my grandchildren to live in."

Joining Bonnie were Lars Prip of Janesville and David Soumis of Madison, who started the Drone Working Group within national Veterans for Peace. David also attended the International Drone Summit in Washington, DC, and runs No Drones Wisconsin. David says we need to stop the militarization of the United States, bring our troops home, and bring peace and harmony to all on the earth.

If you attended any of the programs in the series, your feedback would be most appreciated.





















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