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The internationally-acclaimed symposium Awakening the Dreamer will be in Bolton Saturday, Jan. 14, at Davis Hall, First Parish Church, sponsored by Bolton Local. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose memory we honor on Jan. 17, had a dream for a better world. What is our dream for the future?

It has been said that we are in the midst of a global transformation. There are networks of communities and organizations across the planet working to create a world that works for all–such as the Transition Town movement;; and closer to home, a network of “Local” groups focused on creating resilient, sustainable communities, including Ayer Local, Bolton Local, Boxborough Local, Groton Local, and Harvard Local. Awakening the Dreamer holds a special place in this movement, with workshops designed to educate, inspire, and empower participants to take an active stand in the world.

Led by trained facilitators, the Awakening the Dreamer Symposium is a dynamic multimedia experience that calls participants to explore the most urgent challenges and possibilities for our time. Bringing together respected scientific expertise and indigenous wisdom, the experience is inspiring and empowering.

The goal of Awakening the Dreamer is to help “bring forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, and socially just human presence on this planet.” The symposium has been held in more than 60 countries, and every day is inspiring communities around the world.

The Jan. 14 event in Bolton will begin with registration at 12:30 p.m., followed by the program, which will start at 1 p.m. Early registration is requested so organizers can plan for materials; to register, contact Lynda King at or 978-365-3314.

The symposium will be followed by a potluck supper, starting at about 5 p.m. All are invited to the potluck, even if unable to make the symposium. Just bring a dish to share.

Bolton Local is a grassroots, not-for-profit group promoting community sustainability.