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Simplicity Circle starts Jan. 29

Living simply in our society is sometimes difficult. It requires a conscious decision in almost every aspect of our daily life. It is with this intention that the Southwest Organization for Sustainability (SOS) will be adding a Simplicity Study Circle to our programs this year. The first circle here in Pagosa Springs will be Saturday, Jan. 29, from 10-11 a.m. The circle will be at Moonlight Books, 434 Pagosa Street, downtown.

The day and time of future circles will be discussed, as well as the resources and topics the participants would like to explore.

Simplicity study circles started in the 1980s in the U.S. and have grown in numbers since then around the world. The focus of the circles have been different throughout the years, from life-style simplicity, to finances, to business models. As the economy continues to be a challenge, many individuals and families are looking for ways to cut costs, conserve resources and simplify their spending habits.

Cecile Andrews, author and pioneer of the simplicity movement writes on her website: “Simplicity is ‘the examined life’ in which we explore not only what creates fulfillment in our personal lives, but we ask which public policies create societies of justice and environmental well-being. Simplicity touches all aspects of our lives, including the issues of time, work, vocation, community, spending, consuming, health, social justice and spirituality.” (http://www.cecileandrews.com/Topics.htm)

The goal of the simplicity circle will be to gather once a month to learn new ways of living simply, to share ideas and to support one another in the process. Many books have been written which we will utilize to garner information and direction for the circle. The small group, peer-led setting will help create the space to explore new ideas and ask what’s important and what matters.

SOS is a non-profit organization working to implement activities and policy that support sustainability practices in Pagosa Springs and Archuleta County.

We recently recognized seven businesses using “green” and sustainable practices in their operations during the annual Chamber event. We plan for this award to be an annual recognition. In March, join us in the St Patrick’s Day parade, always with the theme of “Go Green.” In April, SOS will sponsor the third annual Earth Day Family Event, along with the E-Cycle for Archuleta County. For a nominal fee, you can bring your old computers, printers, batteries and other e-waste for proper disposal and recycling. In late spring, we gear up for the Pagosa Farmers Market, which will run from July – September. As you can see, we are a busy group throughout the year.

For more information about the Southwest Organization for Sustainability or the Simplicity Study Circle, contact De Anna Hoyle, 264-7224.