2017 Speakers

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A. Keala Young

A. Keala Young

Keala is a whole system designer​,​ regenerative practitioner ​and permaculture teacher ​with a background in the healing arts. His rich study of permaculture and ecovillage design includes certificate programs from Findhorn Foundation to Esalen Institute and is complimented by experiential learning in co-production of multiple design courses and intensives. Keala is a co-founder of Atlan Living and Learning Center near the Columbia River Gorge in Central Cascadia, is a co-author and contributing editor of ReInhabiting the Village and is Co-Director of VillageLab's RegenSolutions Initiative. Pre-Convergence Workshop: 1 Day Village Design Intensive Thurs, Oct 5| 10:00am - 4:30 pm| Solar Panel ...
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Abeja Hummel

Abeja Hummel

Abeja has lived in intentional community for over 17 years.  Her last 10 years have been spent at a small permaculture community called Emerald Earth Sanctuary in Boonville, Ca with her husband and son, various other communitarians, goats, chickens, and gardens. Tales from the Trenches: The realities of life in intentional communities  ...
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Abigail Hinds

Abigail Hinds

Abigail Hinds ~ began her womb journey many years ago when she got her IUD taken out and learned how to track her own moon cycle. This began a long journey of connecting more deeply with her body, her womb and the reflection of the cycles of the earth within. She weaves together studies of Ayurvedic Medicine, Yoga, Dance, Womb Health, Blood Mysteries, Herbal Medicine, Permaculture, and Sound Healing to help create greater embodiment, connection, nourishment and empowerment. She is passionate about empowering our unique creative gifts through returning to our wombs and to the earth ~ remembering the powerful ...
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Adrian Carroll

Adrian Carroll

Adrian has been creating and managing ecological homesteads for 15 years. His unwavering commitment to quality and his passion for epicureanism has produced countless vibrant expressions of life. He has dedicated many years to growing the highest quality foods and medicines. His love of food and indigenous culture has led him down the path of mixing ancient wild foods with vital foods grown on his farm, the result has been a culinary alchemy that supports life at the most foundational level. He also teaches permaculture in California and Costa Rica. His extensive wisdom and rich connection with the natural world creates ...
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Alejandra Liora Adler

Alejandra Liora Adler

Alejandra Liora Adler, CEO, is a visionary social actionist facilitator, psychologist, holistic nutritionist, event organizer, photographer and dancer. Throughout the 1970’s and 80’s she explored intentional and traditional communities as a means to create a basis for a culture that provided both for physical needs and the basic human need to belong. As a member of the Board of Directors of the Global Ecovillage Network, its representative to the UN, and as a co-founder of a women's sewing cooperative and two ecovillage projects in Latin America,Huehuecoyotl Ecovillage in Mexico and Caravana Arcoiris por la Paz por la Paz she has ...
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Alexandra Maida

Alexandra Maida

Alexandra Maida has been studying and teaching permaculture since 2006 when she began the journey through the Education for Sustainable Living Program at UCSC. In 2009, she did their first official PDC in Belize at the Maya Mountain Research Farm. Alexandra has worked in the fields of Environmental Justice and Healing Arts, as well as cultivating skills as a teacher through Rudolf Steiner College since 2011. Alexandra recently completed her Counseling Certification from Interchange Counseling Institute in SF and have been living in a food forest with my daughter in Northern California over the last year. Alexandra is happy to ...
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Alpha Lo

Alpha Lo

Chinese Galactic Cosmonaut Alpha Lo is co-editor and co-author of the Open Collaboration Encyclopedia. He also helped to found the Gift Circle Network, and has created a number of social and economic architectures, amongst them Facilitator Improv, Empathic Dashboard, Sorry Circles, Coupon currencies, and the Participatory Commons. Friday, Oct 6| 4:30| Bioregional Hub How to Design New Social Architectures ...
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aManda Greene

aManda Greene

aManda was raised between the Bay Area and Rio de Janeiro Brazil. Her bi-cultural upbringing has had a strong influence in her believes, values and how those manifest through her work in the world. This led her to spend a decade between Santa Fé New Mexico, Oakland, Bahia Brazil and Southern India working on various arts and ecological development projects. It was during this time that she saw one can’t address long-term sustainable development without first addressing short-term economic development. In 2013 she received a gMBA in Social Enterprise driven by the belief that the current paradigm of ‘development’ can ...
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Amani Will

Amani Will

A Singing Poet, BeatMan, Meditator, Educator, smooth talking, spirit walking, psychic somatic Tarot in the town talkin’ Irreverent Reverend. We Consult, curriculum write, and program manage. Facilitate, collaborate, and liberate. Raise the creative, nurture the awareness, and live the practice. Amani Will is a long time student of the heart, a practitioner of the sacred smile, and an engineer of the opening eye. An interracial child, of grassroots organizers, while marinating in the tumultuous Grief filled Bay Area 1980’s. Amani has been active in community, organizing and consciousness shifting for over 20 years. What began as a creative response to ...
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Andre Luis Jaeger Soares

Andre Luis Jaeger Soares

Andre is a Permaculture Designer/Teacher and natural builder. In 1994 Andre took his first PDC and internship with Bill Mollison in Australia. He is the founder of the Permaculture Institute of Central Queensland and NAG Permaculture Community Radio, in Yeppoon, Queensland. In 1997 Andre went back to his home country of Brazil to teach Permaculture and develop a demonstration centre. After teaching continuous PDCs throughout the country, In 1999 he founded Ecocentro IPEC, in Central Brazil. A  Permaculture school and demonstration centre dedicated to form designers and demonstrate solutions for the common problems of society. Over the last 18 years ...
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Andrew Langford

Andrew Langford

Andrew Langford is the co-president Of Gaia University. Andrew is an unusualist, a possibilist and a lover of small-scale living associated with large-scale thinking. In the early 1970’s, influenced in part by the book Small Is Beautiful: Economics As If People Mattered, he transitioned out of an early career in industry to design and develop an open source, human-scale shoemaking workshop at a time when the mainstream manufacturing industry in England was abandoning the domestic workforce in favor of cheap labor pools on the Pacific Rim. Andrew and his family supplemented their income through this 10-year period by cultivating an ...
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Angel Rodriguez

Angel Rodriguez

Angel Rodriguez, M.A., C.N.E., is a former professional athlete rated #1 in the World. Her interviews on coaching and training have been in local newspapers and magazines, and she has also been seen in numerous television appearances, including being featured on the Channel 5 Evening News Special. Angel ascribes her passion for health, fitness, and sustainability to her father, Elias Rodriguez, who was a well-known competitive body builder and martial artist, holding many titles including Mr. America. She began coaching as a young adult working with her father in his gyms, and with their clients in their homes teaching healthy ...
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Anja Robinson

Anja Robinson

Anja Robinson is founder and lead herbalist of Mana Medicinals. She is a Clinical Herbalist, Ayurvedic Health Counselor, Holistic Nutrition Consultant, wildcrafter, farmer, and maker of small batch, seasonal botanical medicines. Anja believes that it is everyone’s birthright to have access to a natural, healthful lifestyle. She believes that healing is elemental, and though beginning to explore the ways in which the elements are expressed in our individual constitutions, we can gain insight into our pathways towards health. She is passionate about whole foods nutrition and sustainability; for our bodies and lifestyles as well as for the Earth. Anja’s organic ...
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Anne Jacopetti

Anne Jacopetti

Anne is a retired Waldorf teacher and educator and author of "What Are We Going to Learn Today?", a memoir and inquiry that stresses among other basics the importance of the natural world and wilderness is the development of healthy children. Anne is on the steering committee of 350 Sonoma and started a Regenerative Agriculture group several years ago after attending the Soil Not Oil conference in Richmond. A devoted learner, she is excited to share what she is learning about soil, life and our place in this biosphere. 2017 Workshop: Building Healthy Soil Communities with Bioactive Compost ...
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Ariel Ollivier

Ariel Ollivier

Ariel Ollivier is a Sacred Feminine Leader of Ceremony and Ritual. Facilitating Circles and Gatherings for Women to have a Sanctuary, where they feel safe, seen, and supported. She is an intuitive healer and mentor, guiding women to reconnect, reclaim, and recommit to their identity, intuition, and internal intimacy. Moon Magic Ritual ...
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Autumn Turley

Autumn Turley

Autumn Turley spent four years as Assistant Director of Dance Odyssey, a Contact Improvisation class and jam in Santa Cruz, CA. In 2016 she began organizing and teaching Contact Improv classes and events all along the West Coast. She now teaches Contact across the US and Canada as part of Bridge Within. Autumn's teaching is inspired by her experience studying for ten years under a wide variety of teachers of Contact Improv, as well as Taoist Energy Arts, Spinal Awareness, and Esalen Massage. She carries an extensive toolbox, customizing each class to meet the desires and skill-levels of her students ...
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Benjamin Fahrer

Benjamin Fahrer

Benjamin Fahrer has become well known for his ability to read the landscape and recognize natural patterns to help build ecological landscapes and farms. He has a BA in Ecological Design and is a registered Permaculture Research Institute/TAGARI instructor since 2006. He has lead and facilitated over two dozen PDCs and numerous courses and workshops worldwide. A US Delegate at Terra Madre in 2006 & 2008 and IPC9 in Malawi, Africa, Benjamin has managed high profile projects while building his capacity for teaching and growing. He is now translating these land and life lessons into the urban environment in California ...
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Brandy Hall

Brandy Hall

Brandy founded Shades of Green Permaculture Design, Inc. in 2004 and has become a leading voice for sustainable and regenerative landscape design in the Southeast. Moving from Asheville, NC, to Atlanta in 2011, she began to pollinate the Atlanta area with a whole-systems permaculture perspective, empowering individuals, businesses, and communities with practical tools to address some of the world’s most pressing challenges. She has trained 200+ permaculture design students, who are applying these learnings in the non-profit sector, landscape design firms, the building industry, city government, and many other industries in Georgia and beyond. As a designer, Brandy is intuitive, ...
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Bryan Bramlett

Bryan Bramlett

Bryan’s approach fuses permaculture, ecology and indigenous land tending practices. Growing up in rural Alabama, Bryan was immersed in nature since childhood. After migrating to Berkeley in 2009 to pursue a masters in somatic counseling psychology, he began weaving his rediscovered love for gardening with counseling. He now has an eco-therapy practice alongside his water-wise landscaping business and leads immersive foraging tours in the Bay Area. He has worked on organic farms across the country and now manages a permaculture plot at the Gill Tract Community Farm in Albany, CA. Growing food, habitat and healthy community through permaculture and counseling ...
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Cassandra Ferrera

Cassandra Ferrera

Cassandra is a community builder and catalyst for cooperative stewardship.  She lives in a rural intentional community in Sonoma County where she educates and consults groups on community projects.  She is a cooperative real estate agent with Green Key Real Estate and is a deep believer in the importance of belonging to place.  Cassandra serves on the board of the Fellowship for Intentional Communities and CommonSpace Community Land Trust. Tales from the Trenches: The realities of life in intentional communities  ...
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Catherine Nkolo Lebongo

Catherine Nkolo Lebongo

Catherine Nkolo Lebongo is a teacher, creative, and activist who is fascinated by how design and social enterprise have the power to elevate everything—from products, to systems, to spaces. As an international, multicultural, woman who studied system nuances and societal constructs, Nkolo teaches the principles of Design Thinking, and how to apply the human-centered design process with an equity mindset, to build the regenerative communities we hope to see in our lifetimes. Her personal mission is to live an abundant life saturated in bliss, gratitude, and learning while artfully weaving spiritual growth and conscious bionomics into the collective reality. Design ...
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Chaz Peling

Chaz Peling

“Chaz Peling founded and runs SolSolutions, focused on personal empowerment and education around solar, energy use, and efficient designs in homes, farms and communities. He has been involved in community building, environmental and social activism, and the transition movement for quite awhile as a call to passion, and also loves to keep gardening and getting his hands in the earth." Closed Loop Designs with Green & Solar Tech for Greenhouses ...
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Chloe Buzzotta

Chloe Buzzotta

Chloe has a background in environmental activism. Her passions include permaculture and intentional community living. Every day she aims to embody those passions; through her work with Austin Permaculture Guild and other like minded organizations including the Global Ecovillage Network and her personal organization, DIrect Action Valhalla. Friday Oct 6| 5pm| Yurt Permaculture 101 ...
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Chris Reamer

Chris Reamer

Christopher Reamer is a permaculture landscaper and educator with a prevailing focus on water conservation and ecological land design. He has worked extensively with the development of greywater, rainwater and high-efficiency irrigation in Sonoma and Marin counties, CA, and has instructed water conservation workshops for the cities of Santa Rosa, Petaluma, and Windsor, Sonoma county water agency, the Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper training program, the Association of Professional Landscape Designers, and numerous other local non-profit organizations and conservation initiatives. He is level 2 certified by the Greywater Action Network, and is a licensed contractor and certified permaculture designer. In 2014 ...
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Christina Bertea

Christina Bertea

 As a plumber Christina has earned the right to have an attitude about flush toilets! The nutrients in our excretions need to nourish the soil, not pollute our waterways!  As an eco artist she creates artworks that spark awareness about environmental issues (and solutions), especially related to water.  She believes wholeheartedly in the power of art to wake people up and stimulate change. see some of her mischief at https://directory.weadartists.org/artist/christina-bertea  As a water activist she has been teaching greywater and rainwater installation workshops (and directly doing installations) for almost 10 years. 2017 Workshop:Compost toilets, parasites, and social change & "Eco ...
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Climbing Poetree

Climbing Poetree

Over the last 13 years, Climbing PoeTree has infused our movements for justice with healing and imagination, inspiring thousands through their award-winning multimedia theater, dual-voice spoken word, visual art, sustainable touring, and community organizing. Co-creators Alixa Garcia and Naima Penniman are cultural architects committed to reframing the story through multi-voice spoken word, hip hop, world music, and multimedia theater that translate deep research around the most pressing issues of our time into stunning artistry that catalyzes their audiences to activate the transformation they wish to cultivate within themselves and their communities. Alixa and Naima have independently organized 30 national and ...
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Colin Eldridge

Colin Eldridge

Colin has been a Permaculture activist and advocate for over 5 years. He enjoys sharing his teachings on design principles, medicinal plants, edible forestry, ecology, and sacred regenerative knowledge. He runs a small-scale design and education project called Vibration.Energy Permaculture where he shares his passions in teaching, regenerative design, and property assessment. He got his Permaculture Design Certificate in 2014 and has been teaching workshops ever since. He got his Yoga Alliance accredited 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Certificate in 2016 through the Sivananda Yoga Farm in Grass Valley, CA. At his training he learned how to teach Asanas, Pranayama, Advaita ...
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Delia Carroll

Delia Carroll

Delia Carroll is a lifelong resident of the bay area. She is a founding member of the 13 Moon CoLab, http://www.13mooncollaborative.com/, a teaching collective dedicated to bringing forth a balanced and integrated approach to the art and practice of permaculture. Delia created and curates the PlaceMakers TeaHouse, which serves herbal teas and facilitates conversations at gatherings up and down the west coast. Sunday Oct 8| 9:30am| Hops Tipi Applied Permaculture - Forest Garden Design Charrette ...
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Desirae Harp

Desirae Harp

Desirae Harp is a member of the Mishewal Wappo tribe from the central coast of California, and she is a descendant of the Diné Nation from the Southwest. She is a singer/songwriter, cultural bearer/activist, and teacher. She sings with Audiopharmacy, an internationally acclaimed world music/ reggae/ and hip hop ensemble. She uses her music as a teaching tool to facilitate workshops on cultural survival, social justice, and environmental justice with youth across the country. She is the founder of the Mishewal Ona*staTis language revitalization program, and she works with the run4salmon campaign to restore the California water ways, salmon runs, ...
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Doug Miller-Fleig

Doug Miller-Fleig

Doug Miller-Fleig has been making fermented foods for over a decade with a passion for education. He has taught workshops and cooking classes covering a wide range of techniques all with a focus on real whole foods that promote health for body and planet. He is also the Chapter Leader of the Weston A. Price Foundation for San Francisco. 2017 Workshop:My Biome and Me ...
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Douglas Reil

Douglas Reil

Douglas Reil is a Bay Area publishing industry veteran, local food organizer, and a media consultant specializing in sustainability, cannabis, and regenerative culture. His thirty-year career in publishing includes serving as the publisher and executive director at the nonprofit publisher North Atlantic Books, working with authors such as Martin Prechtel, Charles Eisenstein, Peter Levine, Andrew Harvey, and Vandana Shiva. In 2011, he founded Bay Food Shed, a community-based organization that creates initiatives at the intersection of local food and the gift economy and supports organizations creating abundance in their communities. Currently, he is involved in a number of projects including ...
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Dr. Kevin Danaher

Dr. Kevin Danaher

Dr. Kevin Danaher is a Co-Founder of Global Exchange, FairTradeUSA, the Green Festivals, the Environmental Service Learning Initiative, and the Green Guardians. He has played a major role in Global Exchange’s 28-year record of merging social enterprise with human rights activism. His 1983 PhD in sociology from the University of California at Santa Cruz was based on his dissertation, The Political Economy of U.S. Policy Toward South Africa, which allowed him to synergize his academic work and his international activism in the anti-apartheid movement. He has travelled widely in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, China, Europe and all ...
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Dustin Thomas

Dustin Thomas

Big hair, big smiles, and a whole lot of love- Wild-hearted globe-trotter Dustin Thomas is making waves from America to Australia with his infectious blend of beat-box/soul-folk. Armed with his voice, a guitar, and universal anthems of love and war; this young singer-songwriter continues to inspire hearts around the world on his mission of peace, joy, and unity. As a touring artist Dustin Thomas is known worldwide for his captivating and unifying performances and soulfully crafted sing-a-longs. As a recording artist, Dustin has built a unique grassroots following online and boasts over a half a million streams on his website ...
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Emerald Figueroa

Emerald Figueroa

Emerald was unable to use hormonal birth control after being removed by her doctor 11 years ago because of serious side effects. In the midst of a 5 year apprenticeship studying nutrition she was encouraged by her teacher to solve the problem of what Emerald termed "incomplete non-hormonal pregnancy prevention methods". By utilizing Native American Medicine Women techniques and modern science. After 15 years in the nutritional consulting business overcoming fibromyalgia and 9 long years of diligence, Emerald created The Eosoma Method. Eosoma is the first complete Natural Ecological Non-Hormone Method created. Emerald is dedicated to continuing her education and ...
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EvOak Owl

EvOak Owl

I've been involved in the healing arts and my own path of awakening for over 10 years. Honing my gifts as a highly attuned empath, counselor, energy healer, conscious communicator, ritual facilitator and tantric priestess. I facilitate self care rituals and medicine journeys as well as offer guidance to men and women about sexuality, embodiment and empowerment. I am a skilled and ever growing practitioner of the tantric arts. Gaining my practice through touching and tasting my life fully ~ pain included. My training has included counseling work, shamanic explorations, working with plant medicine, priestess embodiment, tantra studies, nutrition, energy ...
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Ferananda Ibarra

Ferananda Ibarra

Ferananda is internationally recognized in collective intelligence and the next paradigm economics.  The center of her work is social systems design very focused on Wisdom-Driven Organizations and Communities of purpose, place and practice. Ferananda designs experiences and facilitates processes in Europe, Mexico and the US and consults in intentional community design using an integral model she co-developed. As part of 'The Metacurrency Project' she works on currencies applications and Deep Wealth Design. Ferananda Ibarra pioneers the field of Collective Intelligence and New Paradigm Economics. She has implemented complementary currencies and currently focuses on Deep Wealth Design for communities and organizations. She co-founded ...
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Gayanee KyGa DeSilva

Gayanee KyGa DeSilva

After experiencing a profound Kundalini (Spiritual) Awakening in 1996 Gayanee went through an intense spiritual journey exploring ancient spiritual traditions as well as learning under modern non-dual teachers. With many expanded states of consciousness rapidly revealing within along with spiritual gifts yet unable to integrate the this expansion in to daily life she faced numerous life crisis through out her spiritual path. This led her to explore variety of healing modalities both ancient and modern to support her integration process. In 2014 she met her final spiritual teacher, Sat Shree, an enlightened being. Under his guidance along with the help ...
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Heather Dunbar

Heather Dunbar

Heather Dunbar is a cannabis health educator with over a decade of experience in the cannabis industry, including cultivation, sales, edible production, and education. Heather has also worked extensively in the natural products industry, leading product development and community outreach for several pioneering businesses and spent several years managing massage and wellness programs at retreat centers around the world.  Heather is a natural leader with a passion for improving the world through holistic healing, sustainability and community development.  She holds a degree in Human Development and Health Psychology and is an MBA candidate at Presidio Graduate School, focused on sustainable business strategy ...
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Jada Imani Carter

Jada Imani Carter

Jada Imani is a licensed Kingian Nonviolence practitioner and a trained facilitator of Youth Speaks writing workshops. She has facilitated workshops in several high schools across the Bay Area and beyond. In May of 2017, Jada completed an intensive course at a tantric yoga school in Thailand. She has paired that information with nonviolent communication, and the Youth Speaks format to create interactive seminars for self-healing and evolution. Saturday Oct 7| 11am| Mediterranean Garden The Balance of Polarities ...
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Jangee Westphal

Jangee Westphal

Jangee Westphal, spokesperson for the Humanitree Movement. Permaculturist, gardener, videographer, nature guide.  Helped found Planting Earth Activation, a free garden give away grouo.   Jangee has spent his life supporting various causes and believes in the awakening of Humanity.  He is now devoting full-time energy to the Humanitree Movement which was birthed in May 2017.  He has spent 12 years researching the health benefits of humans being planted like a tree as a healing therapy and a movement awakening galactic consciousness while connecting to the mycellial network of Earth. People Planting People: Planting Earth Activation ...
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Jasmine Fuego

Jasmine Fuego

Jasmine Fuego is a Bay Area based performance artist and social permaculture community organizer. In 2014, Fuego co-founded the Permaculture Action Tour with musician, The Polish Ambassador, which catalyzed hands-on, earth based projects and "action days" for thousands of people in 44 cities from San Francisco to New York City. Jasmine focuses on arts and entertainment as a vehicle for social and environmental justice. She is currently working with Pandora Thomas and many others to build the Black Permaculture Network which promotes cross-cultural dialogue and education around permaculture design within diverse communities. 2017 Convergence Performance: Saturday, Oct 7th | 9:30 ...
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Jeff Clearwater

Jeff Clearwater

Jeff has been a leader in whole systems regenerative design for over 40 years with a special passion for intentional community, ecovillage design and applied new paradigm economics. Jeff has played a major role in the sustainable and regenerative communities movement – having co-founded the Ecovillage Network of the Americas (ENA) and Living Routes Ecovillage Study Abroad in 1997 and as Ecovillage Director at Sirius Community until 2001. Jeff has provided integrated systems and renewable energy design, consulting and installation in rural villages, businesses, governments and sustainability projects all over the world since the 1980s. Jeff’s prime passion is to ...
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Jessica Bates

Jessica Bates

Jessica Bates Is a transplant from Washington D.C. who has been establishing her roots here in the Bay Area for the last 15 years. Jessica has been gardening for over 20 years, run multiple gardening education programs, co-founded the Berkeley Ashby community garden, worked with multiple Bay Area landscapers, and is a certified permaculture teacher and designer who cares about decolonizing our food system. A Master Composter and Master Gardener, she owns and operates a Food Forest Farm West - a permaculture business in which she designs, teaches and installs local gardens. Her specialty is in perennial vegetable and annual food production and propagation, as well as CA ...
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Jihan McDonald

Jihan McDonald

Jihan has received the Alpha Delta Leadership Award and a Changemaker Fellowship Award for their work in developing Allies for Life for people to learn pro-active interpersonal allyship. Jihan has worked with people ages 8-80 on learning skills, tools, and capacities for assertiveness, empathy, self-realization, spiritual grounding and social change in contexts ranging from the redwoods to seminaries and college campuses. Friday, Oct 6| 4:30| Mediteranean Allyship as Humane Symbiosis ...
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Joe Anderson

Joe Anderson

Joseph Anderson works with supporting community scale agriculture education. He graduated from The Evergreen State College with a degree in Sustainable Development, and has been working in sustainable land management for 3 years. He got his Permaculture Design Certificate from PRI Jordan with Geoff Lawton, and currently works with Seattle Young People's Project to establish a thriving community farm to empower youth and POC to engage in sustainable agriculture. 2017 Workshop: Compost Strategies for Different Circumstances and Materials ...
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John Roulac

John Roulac

John W. Roulac is the founder and CEO of Nutiva, the world’s leading organic superfoods brand of hemp, coconut, chia, and red palm. John founded Nutiva in 1999 with a mission to nourish people and planet. In 2002 Nutiva along with the HIA, Dr Bronners and Nature Path sued the U.S. DEA in the 9th Circuit leading to a successful ruling in 2004 that cleared the way for hemp foods to be legally sold and consumed. He helped jumpstart the modern home-composting movement in the early 1990s and has written four books on environmental topics that have combined sales of ...
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John Valenzuela

John Valenzuela

John Valenzuela is a gardener, consultant and educator specializing in fruit tree care and productive perennial polycultures, by way of Cornucopia Food Forest Gardens. He is active with the California Rare Fruit Growers, volunteering as Orchard and Fruit Tree Nursery Manager at the Indian Valley Organic Farm and Garden College of Marin, and serves on the board of the Felix Gillette Institute which preserves heritage fruit tree varieties of the Sierra. Friday Oct 6| 3:30pm| Solar Panel: Red Talks Healthy Community Connections: How Plants Communicate ...
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Jon Young

Jon Young

Jon Young is a nature connection mentor, naturalist, wildlife tracker, peacemaker, author, workshop leader, consultant, sought after public speaker and storyteller. As a leader in the field of nature-based community building over 30 years, Jon’s research into the impact and significance of nature on human intelligence and development has influenced tens of thousands of people worldwide. Trained from an early age by renowned animal tracker Tom Brown Jr. , and later by Lakota elder Gilbert Walking Bull and many other indigenous leaders from around the world, Jon has delved deeply into the arts of nature awareness, holistic tracking, bird language ...
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Jul Bystrova

Jul Bystrova

Jul has been an activist, healing practitioner, teacher and community organizer. She has been active in the Transition movement, especially in regards to "Inner Resilience". She is currently working on her latest book about the "wild mind" and a nonprofit organization called Era of Care. Stalking the Wild Mind ...
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Karmendra Rossy

Karmendra Rossy

  Karmendra Rossy is owner of Nucleus Design, an ecological landscape design/build company, located in West Sonoma County that is committed to creating natural systems for the benefit of all life. Designing for Water - Tools and Techniques ...
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Katie Stone

Katie Stone

Katie Stone has been a passionate cannabis and drug policy reform activist since her youth, and is currently a board member of Students for Sensible Drug Policy. She is a PhD candidate at the California Institute of Integral Studies, and the Publisher of Sensi Magazine, San Francisco. Katie focused her Masters Thesis on advancing the dialogue around sustainable and ethical cannabis, and held internship positions at The Arcview Group, The Drug Policy Alliance, The California Governors Office of Planning and Research, and others. She is an experienced grassroots organizer and community developer, and envisions a regenerative cannabis economy that supports resilient, vibrant, communities. She ...
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Keith Tucker

Keith Tucker

Keith Tucker - Founder of Hip Hop is Green Health Activist, Film Maker, Radio Host, Journalist and Speaker Keith Tucker has been a committed community activist and businessman for over 20 years. He has worked hundreds of businesses, youth groups and community organizations throughout the years. He has worked with many icons in the entertainment business as a promoter, activist and culture builder. He spearheaded protests against the stereotyping of Hip Hop artists and mentored many youth over the years. He received the Martin Luther King County Executives Award for Community service, the African American Achievement Award, the Keep it Fresh ...
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Kelly Elizabeth Ortega

Kelly Elizabeth Ortega

Kelly Elizabeth Ortega is currently planting seeds with intention in the spaces she is honored to step into as an Earth Warrior, Yoga Guide, Ritual Maker and Creative Curator. She gives thanks to her ancestors from the lands of El Salvador and Mexico, the native people of the land she is honored to learn from, her spiritual guides, teachers, family, community and all relations that have supported her life journey. She has been nourished with sacred ancestral land and herbal knowledge from her elders and community, a Bachelor’s of Science in Dietetics, and a Niroga Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher Certification. As ...
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Lawrence Nussbaum

Lawrence Nussbaum

Lawrence Nussbaum is a life long sustainability advocate who has spent over two decades working with mission-driven companies to create meaningful impact through innovative sustainability initiatives and cause-based marketing and communications. Lawrence was a leader in the development of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification for the wood products industry, built out the regional Salmon-Safe certification program for watershed friendly food, wine, and land use practices in the Pacific Northwest, helped roll out a successful organic food delivery service in the Bay Area, and managed several market-based sustainability initiatives in agriculture, textiles, mining/minerals, and green building for a variety of clients.  He co-founded and co-directed two community-based NGOs (Northwest Natural ...
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Leah Grant

Leah Grant

Leah Grant is Co-Founder of Delphi Southern Nevada and Delphi Village's Chief Marketing Officer. She owned a marketing consulting firm in San Francisco and an event production company in Los Angeles. She owns and runs an international consulting, coaching and training firm that focuses on business growth, innovation, collaborative teaming and process development. TBA Delphi Village ...
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Lesley Moore

Lesley Moore

Lesley Moore is a writer, educator, organizer, and artist with fund and organizational development expertise who seeks to apply permaculture principles to its own sustainability and adoption. She works with individuals, groups and organizations to design, structure and resource regenerative right thrivelihoods and use of the flow of philanthropy and other community resources. She is the former Development Director of the Watershed Project, a member of the NorCal Resilience Network Steering Committee and the Gill Tract Farm, and an advisory board member of the Cob Research Institute. She has an MBA and Masters in Social Work from Columbia University, and ...
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Lindsay Dailey

Lindsay Dailey

Lindsay is passionate about connecting people to nature and brings her broad experience in curriculum development, program management, and ecological restoration to her current position as co-Founder of The Oak Granary, and Director of the Wildlands Program at the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center. As former Executive Director of the Solar Living Institute and co-founder of Villa Sobrante, an urban demonstration site for sustainability and intentional community, she possesses a diverse skill set in the development and management of environmental education programs. As an ecological design consultant, she has also spent over twelve years developing land management and environmental education ...
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Lydia Violet Harutoonian

Lydia Violet Harutoonian

Lydia Violet Harutoonian, M.A, has a Masters in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness from CIIS. She has studied closely with deep ecology elder and Buddhist scholar Joanna Macy for the past 8 years, learning how we can metabolize our pain for the world into profound communion with our human and more-than-human communities. She is also an accomplished musician who is deeply inspired by folk, blues, and protest music traditions. In her solo project she combines fiddle, banjo, and her soulful voice to offer a soul-folk revival experience. In the past year she has collaborated with Rising Appalachia, Climbing Poetree, Ayla Nereo, ...
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Madhu Anziani

Madhu Anziani

Madhu Anziani is a sound healer extraordinaire who learned from the first-hand experience of being paralyzed as a quadriplegic and used sound and energy healing to completely recover. He has also studied Jazz and World Music and went on to be certified in Sound, Voice, and Music Healing at CIIS. In his sessions he offers energy healing on an amethyst Crystal Biomat, using tuning forks tuned to sacred number ratios, as well as offering techniques and guidance for opening the healing power of the voice. 2017 Workshop:Mantra Sound Healing ...
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Margie Bushman & Wes Roe

Margie Bushman & Wes Roe

Margie Bushman & Wes Roe are co-founders of the Santa Barbara Permaculture Network, an educational non-profit founded in 2000 that has sponsored hundreds of workshops and events about permaculture and sustainability to Santa Barbara region. Margie was also the Program Coordinator for the Santa Barbara City College Center for Sustainability. Wes Roe served as board member & President of the Permaculture Credit Union. Both have served as a volunteer coordinators for the International Permaculture Convergence Support Group since its inception in 2005, that later evolved into the Friends of the International Permaculture Convergences (FIPC) & the International Permaculture Convergence Council ...
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Margo Dunlap

Margo Dunlap

Margo Dunlap is the newest team member at The Fearless Heart and BayNVC, supporting Development and Partnerships. She is an advocate, maker, mother, and passionate learner oriented towards leadership and service. She has worked in the arts and youth development as an executive director and project lead cultivating collaborations in community development across sectors in Oakland. She has experienced transformations with NVC in her own life, and feels the call to share it with others. Her joy is sparked by connection, learning, dance and finding a happy place under a tree. Collaboration: Laying a foundation for Change with NVC ...
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Maria Christina Owl Gutierrez

Maria Christina Owl Gutierrez

Maria Christina Owl is an international speaker, spiritual mentor and ceremonial leader. She has offered workshops and rituals in Israel, New Zealand, Canada and the US. She is a clairvoyant medium and author of the forthcoming book "The Great Mother Transmissions: Midwifing the New Earth". Maria founded Sacred Future School in 2012 as a safe and grounded training ground for healers and leaders ready to align with their innate gifts and calling. Maria holds a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology and is a Master of Intuitive Medicine and scholar of Indigenous Science and Healing. www.sacredfuture.org  Pre-Convergence Workshop: Midwifing the New ...
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Marissa Ashkar

Marissa Ashkar

Marissa Ashkar is from The People of Color Sustainable Housing Network (POCSHN) is a resource network for people of color interested in building intentional, healthy, and affordable housing communities in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Since starting in February 2015, it has grown to become an intergenerational network hosting quarterly potlucks, tours, study groups, and educational workshops. The network was established in response to extreme increases in housing costs, rapid gentrification, and the lack of socio-economic diversity among the intentional community movement across the United States. Beyond Diversity to Liberation: Intentional Communities as platforms for social justice Tales ...
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Marna Schwartz

Marna Schwartz

Marna was certified more than 10 years ago in Kripalu Yoga, a gentle hatha yoga practice with a compassionate approach and emphasis on meditation, physical healing and spiritual transformation that overflows from the yoga mat into daily life. She has studied permaculture and is passionate about tools to cultivate authentic and sustainable community. Also certified at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Marna teaches private and corporate yoga in Silicon Valley. She offers myriad opportunities in person & online to help individuals, couples, & groups optimize wellness, communication, & joy. Find out more at pleasureyoga.com and privateyogacoach.com 2017 Workshop: Yoga and ...
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Mateo Nube

Mateo Nube

http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Mateo.jpg Mateo was born and grew up in La Paz, Bolivia. Since moving to the San Francisco Bay Area, he has worked in the labor, environmental justice and international solidarity movements. Mateo is one of the co-founders of the Movement Generation Justice & Ecology Project, is the fortunate father of Maya and Nilo, and a member of the Latin rock band Los Nadies. Friday Oct 6| 7:30pm| Main Stage Cultivating Unity in a Divided World ...
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Matt Bibeau

Matt Bibeau

Matt Bibeau, MSEd, is the Educational Events Director and 13-year contributor to the City Repair Project as a core organizer of the Village Building Convergence (June 1-10, 2018) and a lead instructor of CR’s Urban Permaculture Design Course. Matt also directs the Institute of Permaculture Education for Children and is the land steward and program manager of its educational facility, Jean’s Urban Forest Farm.  Thursday, Oct 5| 7pm - 8pm| Main Stage Permaculture, Placemaking & Community Building: A Journey into the Possible ...
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Matt Powers

Matt Powers

Matt Powers is an author, teacher, and family guy with online courses, books, and videos that help families, individuals, students, schools, and school districts live  better lives more in harmony with nature. Translations of his books are already available in Spanish, Polish, and Arabic with French, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Italian coming soon. As an educator with a masters degree in Education, Matt went from teaching high school students to teaching high school teachers and administrators to teaching districts and appearing at universities and conferences all over America and online, teaching permaculture, education, entrepreneurship, and sustainable, regenerative skills and thinking. Matt provides ...
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Matthew Nelson

Matthew Nelson

Matthew Nelson is a movement artist, activist, educator, researcher, therapist, and entrepreneur. Particularly in love with the act of dancing, Matthew experiences movement as a way of aligning energy with form. Eternally curious, Matthew makes opportunities out of questions, and encourages others to do the same. He’s collected qualifications, including an MFA in Modern Dance and certifications in Laban Movement Analysis, Massage, and Pilates. Yet, Matthew likes to play between the lines of techniques and traditions, seeking solutions to the timely question of how humans can learn to live with resilience and in diversity, efficiently and easefully collaborating with each ...
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Maurine

Maurine

Maurine has spent over a decade studying methods of experiencing, merging with and applying Five Elements Knowledge to healing individuals and the world. She studied with a brilliant East Indian Master, Sri Kaleshwar, for over a decade and continues her meditation and study as she lives in his ashram in Northern California. She has a lifetime of social justice work, energy healing, gardening, and honoring the Divine in its female form. The Five Elements: Ancient Vedic Wisdom for Our Time ...
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Max Meyers

Max Meyers

Max Meyers is an experienced Ecological Designer, Permaculture Teacher, Consultant, Registered Aquaculturist, Aquaponic System Designer/Installer, Rainwater and Greywater System specialist, Farmer, and the Executive Director of the Mendocino Ecological Learning Center a nonprofit educational organization and ecological reserve offering green job training and sustainable living skills to the public. Through his work as an instructor of Permaculture and Ecological Design he has successfully trained over a thousand students from more than 40 countries world wide. In addition to the work at MELC, Mr. Meyers provides Ecological design services to the public, organizations, and schools through Osiris Designs and Nor Cal ...
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Maya Blow

Maya Blow

Maya Blow is an herbalist and classical homeopath practicing at the Emeryville Health and Wellness Center in the San Francisco Bay Area. She studied undergraduate history at Clark Atlanta University and San Francisco State University. Maya studied herbal medicine at the California School of Herbal Studies in Northern California and also completed four years of homeopathic medical school at the Institute of Classical Homoeopathy in San Francisco. She is a current teacher for the California Women of Color Herbal Symposium. Maya has been studying, practicing and making herbal medicine for over fifteen years. Besides her passion for holistic and alternative ...
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Megan O'Neil

Megan O’Neil

Megan O’Neil is the Project Manager at the Local Clean Energy Alliance, where she has helped build a county-wide coalition of over 50 organizations supporting a Community Choice program that brings real benefits to our communities. She also coordinates the Shared Solar Collaborative, which seeks to advance the design, development, and building of community-owned and controlled shared solar energy projects. Megan joined the Local Clean Energy Alliance with over seven years of experience focusing on energy efficiency, environmental issues, sustainable development, and finance, primarily in Asia. After several years in Mongolia and Nepal, Megan is happy to be back in ...
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Michael Flynn

Michael Flynn

Michael Flynn is the Executive Director of Common Vision and has been leading cultural competency workshops for the last decade. He focuses on aiding white folks in overcoming their unique challenges in seeing and understanding the operations of white privilege and racism and understanding their role and responsibility in counteracting the insidious and ubiquitous operations of these systems in everyday life and work. 2017 Workshop:Anti-Racism 101: Removing Blindspots, Building Bridges ...
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Michael Sean Brown

Michael Sean Brown

Michael Sean Brown is Co-Founder of Delphi Southern Nevada and Delphi Village's Chief Executive Officer. Sean is the visionary and social architect behind Delphi Village. He has thirty-years experience in aviation, real estate, and start-up ventures. He was the Chief Operations Officer for an aviation training company that lead to a key management role during the 1994 start-up of Frontier Airlines. Sean received training and experience through Occidental Arts & Ecology Center (Starting and Sustaining Intentional Communities) and Living Mandala (Transition Town Training). TBA Delphi Village ...
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Miguel "Sir Cobalot" Elliott

Miguel “Sir Cobalot” Elliott

Miguel Elliott, knighted as "Sir Cobalot" has been leading cob workshops, teaching in schools, and running his business Living Earth Structures for over 12 years. His vast array of projects include building an organic nightclub and yoga studio in downtown Chicago, building a mushroom shaped hut in Italy, 2 restaurants in Guatemala, an orphanage in Thailand, and at least 200 cob structures along the West Coast. His most meaningful natural building experience was in Patagonia, where he participated in numerous work parties, or "Mingas" and has been working to integrate this tradition locally. Having been dedicated to natural building for ...
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Miguel Robles

Miguel Robles

Miguel Robles is the Co-Founder/Project Director of Biosafety Alliance, the core organizer of the Soil Not Oil International conference; previously he organized 4 editions of the “Justice Begins with Seeds Conference”. Artisan, poet, urban farmer and activist, he has founded several organizations in Mexico and the US and launched countless campaigns of great social impact, during his continuous involvement in various social struggles related to globalization, democracy, human/immigrant rights and in recent years focused in environment and food justice. 2017 Workshop: Recognizing Common Causes to Build Inter-Ethnic Collaboration ...
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Mike Boss

Mike Boss

Mike Boss is a plant ecologist and garden maker. He founded the award-winning company Rock & Rose Landscapes in 1989. His home garden is one of San Francisco's oldest food forest gardens. He took his first PDC in 2014 at The Occidental Arts and Ecology Center and his second with Toby Hemenway and Daily Acts in 2016-7. He recently founded The Edible Nursery Project in San Francisco which makes available to San Francisco and Bay Area residents perennial plants that produce edible roots, fruits, and shoots. Food Forest Gardens Friday, Oct 6 | 12:30 PM – 1: 30 PM | ...
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Nik Bertulis

Nik Bertulis

Nik Bertulis wants to reinstate abundance for all life via empowering humanity’s intrinsic regenerative potential. He studied permaculture with Bill Mollison and is a certified permaculture teacher, wildlands firefighter and emergency medical technician with a B.A.S. degree in ecological design from Colorado College. His professional accomplishments include helping develop and teaching permaculture and regenerative design programs at Merritt College in Oakland and the San Francisco Art Institute. As an artist he co-founded the award winning public arts collaborative Monsoon Arsenal and as a designer-builder he was cofounder and CFO of the successful permaculture design-build company the DIG Cooperative where he ...
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Nils Palsson

Nils Palsson

Nils Palsson is Communications Coordinator at Transition US, and a founding member of Transition Lake County in rural Northern California. He is a father, author, teacher, radio host, Bernie Delegate and former candidate for U.S. Congress, with a passion for building bridges from the world of Transition and Permaculture to the wider movement for social, racial, environmental and economic justice -- scaling up our movement and creating a world of thriving resilience for all. He lives in the North Bay Area, and just completed a Master of Fine Arts degree at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco ...
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Oscar Chavez

Oscar Chavez

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Penny Livingston

Penny Livingston

Penny Livingston-Stark is internationally recognized as a prominent permaculture teacher, designer, and speaker. She holds a MS in Eco-Social Regeneration and a Diploma in Permaculture Design. Penny has been studying the Hermetic Tradition of alchemy and herbal medicine making in Europe and the United States for 4 years. Penny has been teaching permaculture and community resiliency internationally as well as working professionally in the land management, regenerative design, and permaculture development field for 25 years.  She has extensive experience in all phases of ecologically sound design and construction as well as the use of natural non-toxic building materials. Penny specializes ...
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Rachel Economy

Rachel Economy

Rachel Economy is a writer, facilitator, artist, and permaculture educator and practitioner living in Berkeley, California. She has studied, practiced, and taught ecological gardening, sustainable farming, and permaculture practices in urban and rural environments across the country for almost a decade. In her work with students of all ages, Rachel focuses on social permaculture -- re-writing the stories that create human and ecological systems, with an eye to justice and resilience. Rachel holds a Masters in Social Innovation and Sustainability from Goddard College, is a working poet and writer, and is currently attempting to grow an absurd number of plants ...
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Rachel Hinds

Rachel Hinds

Rachel is a Holistic Doula trained by Pacific Rim College in BC Canada. She sees birth as an initiation for the birthing person, the baby, and the community supporting the process. Rachel is passionate about supporting pregnancy, birth and postpartum fully. Before entering birth work Rachel worked on many farms and gardens at different intentional communities. Through farming Rachel gained interest in the birth process, seeing it interconnected to how we relate to this planet. She believes that the relationship we have to birth, and reproduction health is reflective of how we interact with the natural world. Birth connects us ...
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Ray Stubblefield-Tave

Ray Stubblefield-Tave

Ray Stubblefield-Tave is the Program Director of Common Vision. As a biracial woman and the daughter of a Cultural Competency Counselor, she has been having conversations around the subject of race her entire life, and has been leading trainings formally over the last year. As a queer woman of color, she seeks to lead conversations on the many intersections of race, class, gender and sexuality (as well as many other factors). She holds a degree in Communications from Northwestern University. 2017 Workshop:Anti-Racism 101: Removing Blindspots, Building Bridges ...
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Robert Kourik

Robert Kourik

Robert Kourik started his organic maintenance and landscape design company in 1975—long before the word sustainable "existed". Since that time his designs, consulting and books have focused on organic and sustainable gardens, water management, drip irrigation and edible landscaping. Published (Metamorphic Press) eight books. Including: Designing and Maintaining Your Edible Landscape - Naturally, 1986. Authored six other books. Including: The Lavender Garden, (Chronicle Books, 1998). 2017 Workshop: Good Fungi, Happy Plants ...
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Sāmi Brothers : Madhu & Alex

Sāmi Brothers : Madhu & Alex

The Sāmi Brothers are a ceremonial and musical duo, trained in the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition of cross-cultural shamanism, regularly holding community ceremonies in the Bay Area. They have multiple CD's out and are full time healing practitioners. Sacred Reciprocity : The Art of Peruvian Despacho ...
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Sasha Shankar

Sasha Shankar

http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Troy-Horton-Sasha-Shankar.jpg Sasha Shankar is the president of Town and City Permaculture. TBA The Third Ethic: Practicing Fair Share Permaculture ...
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Sky Blue

Sky Blue

Over the last 18 years, Sky Blue has been a member of Twin Oaks Community, a housing collective, a student housing cooperative, a cohousing community, and two small worker co-operative businesses. He current works as the Executive Director for the Fellowship for Intentional Community. He’s visited dozens of communities and cooperatives, in the US and in Europe. Living in community and furthering the larger cooperative movement has been a primary focus of his entire adult life. He's played a formal or informal role in a number of organizations, as well as forming or developing groups. At Twin Oaks he's had ...
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Starhawk

Starhawk

http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Starhawk-copy.jpg Starhawk is a committed global justice activist, organizer, speaker, teacher, and the author or coauthor of ten books. Starhawk is founder of Earth Activist Training, and travels internationally teaching magic, the tools of ritual, and the skills of activism for diverse groups, communities and audiences. Starhawk is perhaps best known as an articulate voice in the revival of earth-based spirituality and Goddess religion. Besides her inspiring, much-read books, she is a cofounder of Reclaiming, an activist branch of modern Pagan religion, and continues to work closely with the Reclaiming community. Her works include The Spiral Dance, long considered the essential ...
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Stephanie Maldonado

Stephanie Maldonado

Stephanie graduated with her Bachelors in Liberal Studies from San Francisco State University where she studied Holistic Health, Urban Development, and Environmental Sciences. She is an environmental activist, a guerrilla gardner, free-lance herbalist, permaculturalist, and social enterprise entrepreneur. Stephanie has worked with Movement Generation, PODER, Qilombo, The Butterfly Movement, The Ujimaa Foundation and The Youth Impact Hub. She has 5 years of experience in land based approaches to healthcare, community resource security and autonomous governing structures. Saturday, Oct 7| 11am| Bio-regional From the margins to the center: Role of youth in the Next Economy ...
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Steven Knopp

Steven Knopp

Steven Knopp is a renowned Wilderness survival skills educator , a preparedness , and permaculture consultant and long term self sufficient off-grid homesteader, and a maker of educational videos on these and other related topics, and musician and craftsman, and posses an extraordinary wealth of knowledge and experience, and is tremedous presenter on these topics. Wilderness Survival Skills Combined with Permaculture for True Sustainability ...
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Sue Bennett and Simon Mont

Sue Bennett and Simon Mont

 Sue’s insures the organization's office space and internal operations contribute to the wellbeing of staff, and the effectiveness of Sustainable Economies Law Center’s programs . Sue has spent 25 years working in the nonprofit sector in a variety of program and administrative roles and feels it’s her professional destiny to advance The Law Center’s mission. This feeling is fostered by her personal/political value alignment with The Law Center’s structure and this opportunity to develop and share the lessons learned by the Law Center's practice of worker self direction and deep democracy . Sue’s community activism is rooted in understanding and ...
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Susan Juniper Park

Susan Juniper Park

Susan Juniper Park is an activist working at the cross-section of ecological, economic and social justice. She is also involved in urban farming, healing work, education and permaculture. She was a co-founding member of the Economic Development Without Displacement Coalition (Oakland-based anti-gentrification project), ran a food justice economic project at Phat Beets Produce (Oakland-based grassroots food justice organization), worked as a fundraiser for the Ruckus Society (a direct action training organization empowering frontline communities), and was an organizer with Occupy the Farm (Bay Area based land defense effort). These days you can find her subsitute teaching in Oakland K-12 schools, ...
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Susan Silber

Susan Silber

Susan Silber: Susan was introduced to community resilience after learning about the Transition Movement and co-founded the Berkeley Transition Initiative five years ago. Susan was co-producer of the Building Resilience Communities Convergence in both 2013 and 2015, and Community Resilience Challenge for two years. She also worked as an environmental educator for the past 25 years, and is proud to have introduced thousands of youth to the joys of nature, working with the Green Schools Initiative, Hostelling International, the Peace Corps and other programs. Friday Oct 6| 9am|Bioregional Hub Bioregional Breakout Session Friday Oct 6| 11am| Bioregional Hub Bioregional Workshop Friday Oct 6| ...
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Syntha Lorenz

Syntha Lorenz

Syntha Lorenz is a wild feminine spirit who blends Jungian psychology, Feminism and Shamanism in her work with people. She is passionate about life. She grew up in the Appalachian Mountains with her farmer dad. That part of her always been wild about dance, nature and animals.  She roamed and started living a Bohemian lifestyle for most of her 20s before moving to Northern California where she has lived for the past 24 years, always keeping a connection to Spirit and nature.  Before the fire, She was working with people 3 days a week in SF, living in a harmonious manner in the ...
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Tamara Wilder

Tamara Wilder

Tamara Wilder is a local Mendocino County resident who founded IUD Awareness following her life shattering experience with a copper IUD. She also helps admin a support group called IUD Side Effects, which has grown from 1,800 members to almost 10,000 in the past 2 years. She hopes that by sharing her story, women who are currently suffering but who haven't yet "made the connection" may be able to begin their road to recovery. IUD Awareness - Are They Really Safe? ...
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Thea Carlson

Thea Carlson

Thea Maria Carlson is Co-Director of the Biodynamic Association, bringing vitality and renewal to the food system through regenerative agriculture. She is a leader, facilitator, educator, and farmer dedicated to building living soil, growing nutritious food, and nurturing vibrant communities. 2017 Workshop:The Biodynamic Approach to Regenerative Agriculture ...
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Tom Llewellyn

Tom Llewellyn

Tom Llewellyn is the Organizing Director at Shareable.net, and a lifelong sharer, commoner and story teller. He coordinates the global Sharing Cities Network, #MapJam, and other community sharing campaigns, in addition to collaborating on Shareable’s weekly publishing, co-editing the Shareable Guide to Sharing book series and speaking internationally about real, equitable sharing cities. Previously, he was the Education and Activism Director for Sustainable Living Roadshow co-leading the touring organization across the U.S. for 5 years producing eco events and actions promoting environmental, social and economic sustainability. Tom has co-founded several community and sharing based initiatives including: A PLACE for Sustainable ...
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Trathen Heckman

Trathen Heckman

Trathen Heckman is the co-founder of Daily Acts Organization, Board President of Transition U.S. and a front yard farmer. Trathen educates and works with engaged citizens and leaders to provide innovative solutions, which harness the power of nature and inspired action to build leadership and local self-reliance. This ranges from installing community food forests to dozens of greywater systems and planting hundreds of gardens in a weekend through the 350 Home and Garden Challenge. He lives in the Petaluma River Watershed where he grows food, medicine and wonder while working to compost apathy and lack. 2015 Convergence Panel: It’s On! Water ...
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Troy Horton

Troy Horton

http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Troy-Horton-Sasha-Shankar.jpg Troy Horton of Town and City Permaculture. Is a grass-roots permaculture practitioner based in Oakland, CA. He has a strong focus on introducing "inner-city youth" and their communites to permaculture. He has organized and held a previous permaculture diversity talk/event, along with being a constant student of permaculture and completed several PDC's. TBA The Third Ethic: Practicing Fair Share Permaculture ...
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Wanda Stewart

Wanda Stewart

Today, Wanda Stewart is an urban farmer and homesteader, educator, mother of twins and comrade to many in the movement to educate and inspire others to grow their own food and communities.  She believes that the skills to grow food and medicine, to maintain a healthy body, mind and spirit, and to live cooperatively and communally, are essential to our collective survival. She is committed especially to working with other African Americans to reframe our shared history, trauma, and greatness through the act of legacy gardening.  As current program director for the Victory Garden Foundation, former Executive Director of People’s ...
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Yasir Cross

Yasir Cross

Yasir is co-owner and Beekeeping instructor at Soul Flower Farm where he practices the Warre style of beekeeping, constructs hives and teaches others to do the same. A Beekeeper of 14 years Yasir also builds, teaches permaculture design, rain and greywater catchment and bio-dynamic farming. More info: soulflowerfarm.com Friday Oct 6| 11am| Hops Tipi  "Natural" Beekeeping a Holistic Approach Friday Oct 6| 7:30pm| Main Stage Cultivating Unity in a Divided World ...
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