Workshop at Center for Environment on Slowing Down and Living a Simpler, More Sustainable Life


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Nancy Sleeth, author of Almost Amish: One Woman’s Quest for a Slower, Simpler, More Sustainable Life, will lead a workshop called “A Simple Plan that Simply Works” at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, February 10, at the Center for the Environment building on the Catawba College campus. Participants will leave with a personal action plan for de-cluttering their lives.

Co-sponsored by the college’s Lilly Center for Vocation and Values, the workshop is part of the Center’s ongoing Faith, Spirituality and Environmental Stewardship series.

Sleeth, co-founder of Blessed Earth, a faith-based environmental nonprofit organization, has also written Go Green, Save Green, the first practical guide for going green from a faith perspective. She was recognized by Newsweek and by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women to Watch.” 

More than 10 years ago, Sleeth and her husband, Matthew, a doctor, radically downscaled their family lifestyle, moving to a house the size of the their old garage, getting rid of more than half their possessions and cutting back their energy use by more than two-thirds. Before this move to simplify their lives, Sleeth served as communications director for a Fortune 500 company and as an educator and administrator, most recently at Asbury University.

She is a graduate of Georgetown University and holds a master’s degree in journalism. The Sleeths live near their grown children in Lexington, Ky.

The workshop is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, visit or call 704.637.4727.


The Lilly Center at Catawba College promotes programs that help participants, especially students, discover and use their gifts in ways that serve others. The Lilly Center also encourages students to consider how they can make a difference in today's world through the Christian ministry. For more, visit



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