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LEAVENWORTH, WA, October 25, 2006 --/WORLD-WIRE/--
You are invited to join us for a life-changing event: Simple Living and the Rekindling of Public Life: Sustainable Business, Local Community and the Common Good.

Conference keynoters include actor Ed Begley, Jr. and television host Wanda Urbanska. This conference also presents Earth Day Co-Founder Denis Hayes.

This national conference is being held at the legendary Sleeping Lady Mountain Retreat in Leavenworth, WA on Nov. 3-5, 2006.

The conference will explore how we can:
  • work for the well-being of people and the planet;
  • limit our use of oil;
  • combat global warming by reducing our consumerism;
  • slow down our lifestyle and limit our work hours;
  • support local and sustainable businesses; and
  • rekindle local community activism.
The conference launches Simple Living America as the first nationwide nonprofit membership organization for the general public centered on simplicity. It also initiates the third season of the popular Simple Living with Wanda Urbanska national public television series. In its second season, the series appeared on 64 PBS stations reaching 67% of USTV households. The series includes an exclusive special program about former President & Mrs. Jimmy Carter's commitment to simplicity before, during and after the White House.

The conference is also timed for the release of Cecile Andrews' new book, Slow is Beautiful: New Visions of Community, Leisure, and Joie de Vivre this fall from New Society Publishers.

Conference keynoters, actor Ed Begley, Jr. and television host Wanda Urbanska and Earth Day Co-Founder Denis Hayes, will also be joined by the following experts in the field of sustainable communities and simplicity:
  • John de Graaf, Affluenza and Take Back Your Time Handbook
  • Cecile Andrews, The Circle of Simplicity and Slow is Beautiful
  • Frank Levering, director/co-producer Simple Living with Wanda Urbanska
  • Al Runte, Public Lands, Public Heritage: The National Forest Idea
  • Carol Holst, Simple Living America
  • Harriet Bullitt, Sleeping Lady Mountain Retreat
  • Wenda O'Reilly, Birdcage Press
  • Dave Wampler, The Simple Living Network
  • Paul Andrews, Green for Good
  • Shay Salomon, Little House on a Small Planet
  • Stan King, The Simplicity Forum
  • Brett Olson and Jan Joannides, Renewing the Countryside
  • John Wear, Jr., Catawba College Center for the Environment
  • Sam Ruark, Sustainable Communities Consulting
  • Alan Arthur, Central Community Housing Trust
Interviews with any of the conference speakers can be arranged.

CONTACT: Carol Holst, Co-Director
Simple Living America

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