We are fortunate to have The Apeiron Institute for Sustainable Living in Rhode Island, and we are even more fortunate that they have a Sustainable Living Festival coming up in Coventry, RI, on June 6 & 7, 2009. This is the 8th annual Festival and Clean Energy Expo, a great place to learn more about how to live in closer harmony with the earth.
You can take a tour of the Eco-House, and you can attend as many of the dozens of workshops as you like for the entry fee. Jim Merkel, author of Radical Simplicity, gives the Keynote Address at 10am Saturday. Workshop choices include retrofitting with renewables, personal approaches to sustainabillity, creating community gardens, being a locavore, bicycle commuting, EarthSongWriting, building a solar cooker, green roofing, herbal healing, green transportation choices, and energy efficiency for your historic house. I am giving an overview both days of Rhode Island's environmental information landscape and how to use online tools to monitor environmental topics. I've left out a LOT of workshop topics so check the Apeiron workshop page!
Children will have plenty to do at The Enchanted Children's Forest, and several of the adult workshops are designated as youth friendly. Kids under age 12 are free. Buy tickets ahead at a lower cost. This festival is a fundraiser for Apeiron ~ helps sustain their programming during the year.
But that's not all! A long list of vendors and other activities promises food for the body, mind, and soul. Two music stages with several different groups each day, three tents for alternative energy, wellness, and yoga, a film room, food by Johnson & Wales University of health & mostly local food, plus artists' displays are among the other attractions.
Getting there ~ Take the 45-mile round-trip bike train to the festival and get free admission! Or carpool.... The whole experience from getting there to compostable forks is an exercise in living sustainably.
It's worth taking a little time to make a plan so you can get maximum use out of the Festival & Expo. See you there!