Afia Walking Tree

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame]   Afia Walking Tree, M.Ed. is recognized for her restorative facilitation of African Diasporic courses, processes, and performances, internationally. She uses drumming, rhythm, song, movement, storytelling, earth stewardship, ritual, and affirmative communication as vibrational vehicles for co-creating with nature a hearth for our bio-dynamic renewal, where we revitalize our indigeneity with mama earth. 2016 Convergence Workshops:  Here We Grow ... DRUM!    

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Allyship as Humane Symbiosis

An experiential workshop using meditation, Theater of the Oppressed, Nonviolent Communication, and Qi Gong to understand allyship as deepening our organic interconnectedness with the conscious intention to heal. This workshop is an exploration of the ways that allyship can be understood as deepening our organic interconnectedness with the conscious intention to heal. Jihan will facilitate meditation, somatic exercises, and interpersonal practices to build skill in deconditioning ourselves from manifesting oppressive patterns in our interpersonal relationships and interrupting oppressive patterns with discernment and compassion. Allies for Life workshops are experiential explorations of our internalized identities and how they shape our relationship to acting for a just and equitable shared reality. Our definition…

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Bonita Ford

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Bonita_Ford.jpg[/image_frame] Bonita Ford – Permaculture Eastern Ontario & LivinghEARTH: Bonita aims to inspire people, giving them tools for healthier living. She teaches permaculture, Reiki and Nonviolent Communication, and has led workshops around the world for over 13 years. She facilitates community design projects and does design coaching with individuals and small businesses. She also does 1-on-1 Reiki and spiritual coaching for individuals. Bonita has written for the Permaculture Design Magazine (and The Activist). She co-founded Permaculture Eastern Ontario (formerly Permaculture Institute of Eastern Ontario) and Transition Perth. Bonita and her partner Sébastien live in Perth, Ontario, which is unceded Algonquin Territory on Turtle Island. The land they…

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Dancing with the Trees : Exploring an Authentic Relationship with the More than Human World

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Tayla-IMG_1858.jpg[/image_frame] Holding the worldview that the earth and all beings on it are alive and connected, this workshop combines the practice of Authentic Movement with Heart Field Perception to help us move with the rhythm of the trees. This process will hold not just other people but the tree and plant world as witness to our movement explorations to allow for the human animal and human mind be in full moving and being with 'other'. This process will include a nature walk, opening ceremony with altar building and intention setting, heart perception meditation with the plant that calls you most, authentic movement triad exploration, group sharing and…

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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 is currently enrolled at Bauman College. Emerald's mission is to help…

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Empowering Pregnancy & Birth

Know how you came here, your birth rights in and out of the hospital setting, and tools to make pregnancy and birth a naturally smooth process. Open to all Genders~ we all came through this process. How are we bringing the next generation onto this planet? Come to learn pregnancy & birth information all beings should know. All Genders encouraged to come...everyone came from this process! What you most likely didn't learn in school about pregnancy & birth. Simple tools to make pregnancy, birth, and conception a naturally smooth transition. We will also address your rights in California hospitals and homes regarding the birth process. I believe that how the next…

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Here We Grow … DRUM!

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Connect - Nourish - Grow - Activate - Release - Sustain concepts are alive in the prinicples of Permaculture. Drumming has been an integral part of human experience and must now be re-ignited in movements of today and for our future. Join us in an intentional held circle of Sacred Community Play, Songs, Movement. Learn drum-specific techniques, culturally specific rhythms, songs and dances for the Djembe, Dunun, Conga, Shekere, Bell, Cajun, Ashiko. All levels welcome - Bring your Drums or Use Ours We DRUM to GROW into new parts of our unconscious for necessary life force reinforcement. We DRUM to ACTIVATE all evolutionary movements, including and…

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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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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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Kat Steele

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/156katsteele.png[/image_frame] Kat Steele is a permaculture activist, designer, educator and founder of the Urban Permaculture Guild in Oakland, CA. She facilitates workshops on ecological design, sustainability, facilitation, permaculture and holistic healing. Kat speaks publicly about eco-social design, city repair, social permaculture and the power of placemaking. She has played a leadership role in developing women's permaculture gatherings and support circles. Trained in Ecovillage Design with the Findhorn Foundation of Scotland, Natural Building with Kleiwerks International, and Permaculture Design with the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, she also holds an MA in Creative Arts from San Francisco State University. She is the former Sustainable Development Manager for the…

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Mallika Nair

Mallika Nair is an environmental justice activist and the Founder and Director of Growing Together, an Oakland based fruit tree planting and environmental education organization (growingtogetherproject.org). As a first generation American, born in New York City, Mallika grew up at the intersection of cultures and between urban and natural wild spaces, and has made it her life work to heal that divide and bring people closer to the heart of the living world. Effie Rawlings’ interest in education, Agroecology, and community organizing was catalyzed by her family’s experiences farming seed, her time serving as Cryptologic Linguist in the US Army, and her introduction to processes of decolonization at Sisonke School, South…

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Moon Blood Empowerment

When we live in alignment with these changing seasons within our bodies, we live closer to the earth’s natural flow, and create more ease, strength, adaptability, and empowerment through our attunement to the changing, cycling needs of our bodies and of the world around us. Presented by Abigail Hinds  

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Organizing Indian Women in Permaculture Food Self Sufficiency Systems

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Padma Koppula of Aranya Agricultural Alternatives, host of the next International Permaculture Convergence, will speak about her work organizing thousands of poor village women in food self sufficiency. Women in India are the heart of equitable distribution of all resources for families and agricultural needs. Padma will share about how she supports underprivileged women’s motivation, strength and capacities. She leads women in organizing cooperative fodder forests for animals, food forests for people, community herbal gardens, and cooperative food preservation systems. Padma is an incredible permaculture and women’s activist with 25 years of experience in grassroots organizing to share with participants. Presented By: Padma Koppula

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Padma Koppula

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Padma Koppula is the cofounder of Aranya Agricultural Alternatives, a 17 year old permaculture nonprofit organization in India. Aranya is the host of the next International Permaculture Convergence in November 2017. India has a large government watershed program, in which Aranya has been responsible for facilitating the implementation of rain water harvesting and vegetative plantings on 37 500 acres of land. She works with small farmers in her state who grow GMO cotton monocrops, teaching them the benefits of diversified cropping systems, and supports them in changing over to these permaculture practices. She works with tribal communities who are displaced from the forest,and,helps them to develop…

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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 to our primal beings, a place we cannot deny we are…

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Rivers of Life: An exploration of Woman’s Lymphatic Health

An Ayurvedic perspective of lymphatic and breast health self-care practices for Women. In this class we will explore Lymphatic Breast Health though the lens of Ayurvedic self care. We will dive into our inner oceans and begin to understand the importance the lymphatic system plays in self care and immunity as well as teach some tools to help support lymph flow and blood circulation. We will discuss anatomy and physiology, common health concerns for women as well as contributing lifestyle factors. Together we will come up with creative solutions to our blockages around self- care as well as mind body medicine techniques to infuse into our daily practice. This will be…

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Stalking the Wild Mind

Finding our wild mind and heart in a colonized world There is a growing conversation about "decolonizing", but in this discussion we will ask what this really means, especially from those still steeped in a 'white', western way of doing things. How do we better learn from our Indigenous relatives and live closer to our connection to the earth and to our own hearts? And how do we do this while yet utilizing the technologies and living in the structures that our colonized world has created. We are in a transitional and precarious time, but also exciting for those ready to build bridges of healing that are crucial for the survival…

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Tayla Ealom

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Tayla-IMG_2292.jpg[/image_frame] Tayla Ealom is a yoga instructor, embodiment warrior, earthling, and celebrator of life. She recently entered her second year in the Somatic Psychotherapy Master's program at CIIS, an innovative, forward-thinking university in the heart of San Francisco. She spends a lot of time thinking about embodiment and what it means to be of this earth as a human Animal Being. In the time around that, she's busy with her hands crafting medicines, playing with herbs, and making up workshops about the things she learns. She strives to get everyone back into their bodies and get those bodies back into the web of life. 2016 Convergence Workshop:…

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The People’s Medicine: Herbal Allies for Social Movements

Learn how herbal medicine is bringing the power of healing into the hands of the people and building culture in diverse social movements around the world, and gain hands-on experience with new herbal allies in this workshop. Herbal medicine brings the power of healing into the hands of the people. Come learn how people around the world, from the MST in Brazil, to activists on the streets of Oakland, to the guardians at Standing Rock, have been using herbal medicine to nourish, heal, and strengthen our social movements. Participants will gain a deeper appreciation of women's role in working with these plant allies, and of the historic, mythic and magical elements…

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Widening the Circle – Eco-Conscious Leadership in Practice

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/1460583757241.jpg[/image_frame] How do we embody a holistic approach that Includes, shares and integrates masculine, feminine and the whole spectrum of gender perspectives and approaches in our Permaculture practices and leadership? Join Kat Steele and Benjamin Fahrer as they share from their experience co-teaching Permaculture for many years as well as some of their own recent experiences in leadership positions. Based on the success of last year’s (un)panel on “Women in Permaculture: Celebrating Our Successes and Honoring Our Challenges” this year Kat invites Benjamin to join her in expanding on the theme. They will co-focalize a fish bowl exercise. Join them in the practice of listening deeply to…

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