Today more than ever, many are challenged with increasing economic worries and pressures, and many are choosing a simpler lifestyle in response. Since the economic downturn and its re-release last year, Voluntary Simplicity has become one of the Northwest Earth Institute's most popular courses, indicating an openness to downshifting as a possible response to tough economic times.
The five session course on Voluntary Simplicity offers readers the opportunity to consider simplifying one's life as a means to develop a more purpose-full way of living. Voluntary Simplicity is a wonderful way to examine how you can spend more time doing what you truly enjoy, while spending less money. Session topics include the meaning of simplicity, how to live more with less, how to make a living with simplicity in mind, our relationship to time, and how to make choices that are both sustainable as well as help us to live more simply.
The material is designed to be used in college/university classrooms, the workplace, in centers of faith, in community, etc.
While simplicity may not solve all our economic and ecological woes, it is proving to be a path of value. Voluntary simplicity is certainly a viable response to the painful condition of overload, debt, anxiety and waste resulting from the ceaseless pursuit of more. As author Duane Elgin reminds us, "The character of a whole society is the cumulative result of countless small actions, day in and day out, of millions of persons." May the path of simplicity ease an unsustainable addiction to consumption and economic growth.
For more information on Voluntary Simplicity, please contact NWEI at 503.227.2807, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.nwei.org