Vicki Robin - Keynote
Vicki Robin is the coauthor of the international best seller, Your Money or Your Life (5 years on the Business Week list) and is a leading voice for sustainable consumption. Currently she is writing a book on local food, Blessing the Hands that Feed Us (Viking/Penguin 2013). Vicki was featured as one of 61 Visionaries by Utne Magazine, named the “prophet of consumption downsizers” by the NY Times, has received awards from Sustainable Northwest and Green America, and has appeared regularly for 20 years in the media including Oprah Winfrey show, NPR and PBS specials as well as over 1000 other media stories. She is a member of Comedy Island, an improvisational theater troupe on Whidbey Island Washington. http://www.yourmoneyoryourlife.org
For over three decades, Starhawk has been one of our most respected and influential visionaries, leading the revival of earth-based spirituality and Goddess religion. She is the author or coauthor of twelve books, including The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess, long considered the essential text for the Neo-Pagan movement, and the now-classic ecotopian novel The Fifth Sacred Thing. Starhawk's newest book is The Empowerment Manual: A Guide for Collaborative Groups.
In her work as an eco and peace organizer and Permaculture Designer she has trained thousands of activists in the skills necessary for effecting real change consistent with their deepest held convictions. She will guide us in applying the tools of magic – the art of changing consciousness at will – to crystalize our visions of the future and the missions that will bring that future into being. http://www.starhawk.org/
Deborah Eden Tull
Deborah Eden Tull, founder of Mindful Living Revolution, is a meditation and mindfulness teacher and sustainability consultant who teaches the integration of compassionate awareness into every aspect of our lives. She has been traveling to, living in, or teaching about sustainable communities internationally for the last 20 years, including seven years as a monk at the Zen Monastery Peace Center. Her approach to sustainable living is a unique combination of peace and mindfulness that emphasizes the interconnection between personal and planetary well-being. Her book, The Natural Kitchen: Your Guide for the Sustainable Food Revolution (Process Media), was published in September 2010 and she is currently completing her new book, Mindful Living Revolution: How to Live Sustainably from the Inside Out. Eden has been meditating, growing food, and practicing permaculture since the early nineties and has been teaching Zen meditation and facilitating spiritual workshops for the past 12 years. Her current passion is to practice and teach the integration of mindful living into every aspect of life. Her teaching style is grounded in compassionate awareness, experiential learning, humor, and an unwavering commitment to personal transformation. She is a graduate of UCLA's Certification in Mindfulness Facilitation through the Mindfulness Awareness Research Center. She also facilitates The Work That Reconnects, which was created by eco-philosopher and activist Joanna Macy.
Pandora Thomas co-founded Earthseed Consulting LLC, a holistic consulting firm deepening the impacts of environmental advocacy in the lives of diverse communities. She has taught various levels of K-12 and has worked with differently-abled adults. Pandora researched and did the initial writing and editing for a collaborative project called, Shades of Green, a Green Construction manual for a Youthbuild program that trains youth ages 18-24 in green construction skills. She received human rights advocacy training at Columbia University, and has created and delivered curriculum to diverse audiences around the themes of human rights, environmental justice and environmental education. Pandora is a credentialed multiple subjects teacher, a naturalist and outdoor education instructor, as well as a certified green building professional and permaculture teacher. Some of her other achievements include presenting at Tedx Denver, being awarded fellowships to Columbia University Human Rights Program and Green For All’s Green Fellow Program. http://earthseedconsulting.com/
Marisha Auerbach has been practicing and teaching permaculture in the Pacific Northwest for the past decade. She is involved with many communities around Cascadia including Lost Valley, Tryon Life Community Farm, and City Repair.
Marisha encourages sustainable futures through her permaculture design work and consulting: polyculture gardening, seed saving, flower and gem essences, local economics, ethnobotany, herbalism, edible landscape design, organic gardening, creating perennial forage systems and building local community. Other projects include local community marketplaces in Olympia, Queen Bee Flower and Gem Essences, Herb'n Wisdom for permaculture consulting and herbal products, and Growing Greetings which produces plantable greeting cards. Marisha owns a small plant nursery specializing in edible flowers and other gourmet food items. Graduating from the Evergreen State College in 1998, Marisha focused on ethnobotany, ecological agriculture, and sustainability studies and continues to interact with students from the Evergreen State College by offering internships. herbnwisdom.com
Jacqueline Freeman is a Biodynamic Beekeeper and Farmer and owner of Friendly Haven Rise Farm in Venersborg, Washington. She teaches natural beekeeping classes titled “Bees: The Other Way” and is a community swarm-rescuer.
Jacqueline "speaks bee" and is writing a book about honeybees that describes their intelligent, generous and exemplary role in Nature. Jacqueline describes her relationship with her farm as a marriage with the beloved.
Maud Powell and her husband, Tom have owned and operated Wolf Gulch Farm, a small diversified vegetable and seed farm, in the Little Applegate Valley, for the past thirteen years. She worked for four years as the Project Manager for the Siskiyou Sustainable Cooperative, and currently coordinates their Community Supported Agriculture Program. She also works half-time as an extension agent for Oregon State University’s Small Farms program. Maud is passionate about reinvigorating rural communities by strengthening local economies and increasing food and fiber production. Maud has an M.A. from Antioch University Seattle in Environment and Community Studies, and received her B.A. from Swarthmore College in Comparative Religion. She is also the very proud mother of Grace (13) and Sam (9). http://www.siskiyoucoop.com/
Carmen Gonzales is an Environmental Protection Specialist with Doi Dicutta Tribe. The Doi Dicutta Community Project she currently oversees is a permaculture sustainability and sovereignty project at the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe. They are laying the groundwork for a line up of projects they have planned for the year including: rain gardens and swales, grey water reuse, native medicine gardens, native berry and perennial gardens, annual community gardens, local food cooking classes, cob benches, and community space building.
Jeanette Acosta, also known by her yogic name, Sat Siri Kaur, has been practicing yoga since 2000, and has been teaching the science and art of Kundalini yoga and meditation since 2005. She founded the Sacred Women's Circle because her heart now calls her to share her knowledge and grace with other women in order to nurture their inner light and awareness for the greater good of their families, our communities, the planet and the universe.
Sat Siri was raised in a household visited by traditional indigenous healers who imbued in her the respect of these sacred traditions. Her experience dealing with international business people, world diplomats, heads of state, renowned artists, celebrities and politicians gives her a unique perspective on various cultures and customs.
As part of Sat Siri's respect for Mother Earth, she is a certified "Permaculture" Designer and shares her wisdom of ethnobotany. She was the Blesser for the Blessing Ceremony at the 3HO Summer Solstice International Peace Prayer Day on June 19, 2010, and is also an author and composer.
Louise M. Paré , Ph.D.
Daily Movement Medicine Series
Louise M. Paré , Ph.D. (Womens’ Spirituality, CIIS, San Francisco) is a dynamic international global women’s spirituality and movement healing arts educator. Her extensive background in hatha yoga, meditation, enneagram and holistic stress management enriches her shamanic Sacred Movement work. Her work is informed by training in Transformational Movement, Authentic Movement, and Continuum Movement. Louise is also published in several women’s spirituality anthologies and her poetry is included in the 2013 We’Moon day planner and wall calendar. As director of The Life in Harmony Center in Ashland, OR Louise works with private clients and offers workshops and retreats for organizations.
_ "The world will be saved by the western woman." The Dalai Lama
Your team of volunteer organizers for 2012 include:
Melora Golden, Jeanine Carlson, Delia Carrol, Afia Mendke, Karen Taylor, Saundra Thomas, Shelley Powsner, Jennie Cook and Melanie Mindlin.