2016 Speakers

Caleb Gordon

Caleb Gordon

Caleb Gordon is the garden manager and intern coordinator at the Solar Living Institute. He has been living and working …

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Ellen Bauer

Ellen Bauer

Ellen Bauer is the Public Health Division Director for the Sonoma County Department of Health Services.  Prior to this assignment, …

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Oscar Chavez

Oscar works for the Sonoma County Department of Human Services. Prior to joining the County, Oscar served as the Executive …

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Matthew Stephens

Matthew Anthony Stephens was born in Beverly on Chicago’s South Side. While the Windy City has not typically been the …

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Tara Marchant

Tara Marchant is re-defining herself, like many others, in the emerging Green paradigm. As the Local Director for Emerald Cities …

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Wes Roeee

Wes Roe

Wes Roe is a co-founder of the Santa Barbara Permaculture Network, an educational non-profit founded in 2000 that has sponsored …

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Margie Bushman

 Margie Bushman is a co-founder of the Santa Barbara Permaculture Network, an educational non-profit founded in 2000 that has sponsored …

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Penny Livingston-Stark

Penny Livingston-Stark is internationally recognized as a prominent permaculture teacher, designer, and speaker. She holds a MS in Eco-Social Regeneration …

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Starhawk

Starhawk is a committed global justice activist, organizer, speaker, teacher, and the author or coauthor of ten books. Starhawk is …

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Amikaeyla Gaston

Amikaeyla Gaston is an award-winning singer, activist, and executive director/founder of the International Cultural Arts & Healing Sciences Institute (ICAHSI). …

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Toby Hemenway

Toby Hemenway is the author of Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, which was awarded the Nautilus Gold Medal in …

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Bayo Akomolafe

One word goes a long way to capture the restlessness of Bayo – subversion. Born in 1983 to Nigerian parents, …

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Pennie Opal Plant

Pennie Opal Plant, (Yaqui, Mexican, English, Dutch, Choctaw, Cherokee and Algonquin Ancestry), has been an activist for over 30 years, …

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Warren Brush

Warren Brush

Warren Brush is a mentor, storyteller, a certified Permaculture designer and teacher, as well as a husband, a father and …

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Brandi Mack

Brandi Mack

Brandi Mack is a mother, holistic health educator, therapeutic massage therapist, and permaculture designer. She holds a bachelor’s degree in …

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Brock Dolman

Brock Dolman

Brock Dolman is nationally recognized as a leading permaculture educator and innovative design consultant. He is co-­founder and program director …

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Michael Pilarski

Michael Pilarski founded Friends of the Trees Society in 1978 to double the world’s forest cover. He has been studying, …

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Robert Kourik

Published (Metamorphic Press) eight books. Including: Designing and Maintaining Your Edible Landscape – Naturally, 1986 Authored six other books. Including: …

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Kat Steele

Kat Steele is a permaculture activist, designer, educator and founder of the Urban Permaculture Guild in Oakland, CA. She facilitates …

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Ana-Marie Jones

Ana-Marie Jones is the Executive Director of CARD – Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disasters, a nonprofit located in Alameda County, …

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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 …

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Aaron Lehmer-Chang

Aaron Lehmer-Chang, who comes out of the San Francisco Bay Area’s social and environmental justice movement, is a veteran of …

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Aaron Fernando

Aaron Fernando works with Bay Bucks, a local currency and business community in the Bay Area of California. He is …

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Afia Walking Tree

  Afia Walking Tree, M.Ed. is recognized for her restorative facilitation of African Diasporic courses, processes, and performances, internationally. She …

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Alé Pullen

Alegra was born in the Arizona southwest desert and has always had a deep love of nature, art, and passion …

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Alexa Bernard

Alexa Bernard

Alexa has studied consciousness research in college, with a focus on the evolution of consciousness. gained political awareness and activation …

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Andrew Baskin

Andrew Baskin

Serving as Student Representative on SAEA’s Steering Council and the External Advisory Board of the Agricultural Sustainability Institute at UC …

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Angela Sevin

Angela Sevin

Angela Sevin is an educator, facilitator, project designer and emerging filmmaker. Passionate about racial equity and stewarding the world we …

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Andrew Langford

Andrew Langford is the co-president Of Gaia University. Andrew is an unusualist, a possibilist and a lover of small-scale living …

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Ann Kreilkamp

Ann Kreilkamp, Ph.D. Philosophy, 1973, Boston University, is the founder and co-leader of the Green Acres Urban Village, now seven …

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Anna Purna

Anna Purna has lived in giant redwood trees to prevent them from being cut down, planted trees with children at …

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Arthur Deicke

Arthur Deice is the owner of Environmental Pollution Solutions based in Sonoma County, provider of water quality services, pollution prevention …

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Asa Schaeffer

Asa Schaeffer is an innovative medical cannabis entrepreneur and industry expert. He meticulously follows all aspects of his medication, from …

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Ayako Nagano

Ayako Nagano is an attorney, entrepreneur and a community organizer. Ayako is a frequent volunteer at Transition Berkeley and the …

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Ben Weiss

Benjamin Weiss

Benjamin Weiss is a certified permaculture designer and teacher, a father, activist, herbalist, gardener, musician, and writer from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. …

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Blackhorse Shasta

Blackhorse Shasta is the founder and executive director of Circle of Children. He has been directing a diverse array of …

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Bob Randall

Bob Randall, Ph.D. was the founding Executive Director of Urban Harvest, Inc. in Houston, TX. He is also on the …

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Bonita Ford

Bonita Ford

Bonita Ford – Permaculture Eastern Ontario & LivinghEARTH: Bonita aims to inspire people, giving them tools for healthier living. She …

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Brenda Quintero

  Brenda brings a strong history in nonprofit management to the Permaculture world. Past work history includes Director of Finance …

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Brennan Blazer Bird

Brennan Blazer Bird is an ecological educator, natural builder, and solutioncrafter who has led a diverse array of artistic and …

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Bryan Arturo

Bryan Arturo

Bryan Arturo is a permaculture land steward working at East End Eden in Ojai, CA. After studying Business Management & …

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Bridget OBrien

Bridget O’Brien

As a caring steward of life Bridget O’Brien strives to explore resilience through many pathways. Her studies and work focus on …

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Bunker Seyfert

Bunker Seyfert

Bunker is a traveling documentary filmmaker who produces media for the social justice and environmental movements as part of Survival …

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Cara Saunders

Cara Saunders became an herbalist after a degree in Forestry and Environmental Science and many years as a community organizer …

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Carmen Gonzales

Carmen Gonzales

Carmen is a Permaculture Designer and Environmental Scientist who has been  dedicated to protecting water, land and people through her …

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Carolyne Stayton

Carolyne Stayton is the Executive Director of Transition US (the national hub of the international Transition Towns Movement). She has …

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Chaz Peling

Chaz’s passion and knowledge comes from working in the solar energy field for over seven years, as well as having …

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Chris Tittle

Chris Tittle

Director of Organizational Resilience Chris co-leads Sustainable Economies Law Center’s Housing, Commons Governance, and Money & Finance Programs, and coordinates …

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Christian Stalberg

Christian Stalberg

Christian Stalberg currently manages Enersim, Ltd., a building energy performance simulation and training company. His interest in sustainability, i.e. ecovillages, …

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Christopher Kuntzsch

Christopher Kuntzsch

Christopher is a leadership and life coach, facilitator, workshop leader, and Founding Co-Director of Ecology of Leadership Programs at the …

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Colin Miller

Colin is the Co-Director for Rooted in Resilience co-leading organizational management and development, and managing programs of the Local Clean …

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Colleen Dick

Colleen Dick

After several decades of nutrition consultation, the obvious truth that food is only as healthy as the soil in which …

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Corrine Van Hook-Turner

Corrine Van Hook-Turner Corrine is the Co-Director for Bay Localize co-leading organizational management, strategy and development. She also manages communications …

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Crystal Huang

Crystal employs strategy and implements operations for organizations working on building regenerative systems. She has worked in variety of sectors, …

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David Casey

David Casey is a graduate of UC Berkeley in Political Economy of Industrial Societies, with concentrations in Global Poverty & …

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Daisy Ozim

Daisy Ozim, is the Director of Resilient Wellness, a holistic health education and services program. In addition she is a …

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David Grefrath

David Grefrath

David Grefrath has been learning from and helping communities in the Lower 9th Ward, New Orleans, Pine Ridge Sioux Indian …

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David Hage

Dave Hage is a Co-Founder of the Weaving Earth Center for Relational Education, and he is a facilitator for the …

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Delia Carroll

Conceived in Pennsylvania, born in California, Delia Carroll is a hardy pioneer species deeply rooted in the soil of Bay …

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Déva Presence

Unbound by definition is a man who seeks the freedom to BE. Past achievements and future endeavors forgo the present …

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Don Hall

Don Hall

Don Hall is the founder and Executive Director of Transition Sarasota. Previously, he worked for two years as the Education …

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Don Tipping

Don Tipping has been offering hands on, practical workshops at Seven Seeds Farm since 1997. We are a small, organic …

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Effie Rawlings

Effie Rawlings was raised in California and in Illinois, where her family grew seed corn. Her interest in agroecology, co-operative …

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Elizabeth Dougherty

Dr. Elizabeth Dougherty

Elizabeth Dougherty has steeped herself in sustainable technologies and practices of green building, organic agriculture, fair trade, and permaculture in Latin …

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Gail Williamson

Gail Williamson has worked with numerous community-based organizations of low-income workers in an educational and training capacity over the course …

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Grover Stock

Grover Stock

Grover is a long time organic food forest farmer, educator, and consultant. He was recently transplanted in Calistoga, CA to …

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Hank Herrera

Hank Herrera

Hank Herrera is President & CEO of the Center for Popular Research, Education & Policy (C-PREP), a non-profit community based …

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Hannah Apricot Eckberg

Hannah grew up on a rural, coastal ranch in Southern California where she developed a deep connection to nature and …

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Hannah Shadrick

Hannah Shadrick

Hannah Shadrick, a recent transplant to SF from Chattanooga, TN, is a 200-hour trained Vinyasa yoga teacher. She recently completed …

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Harrison Quigley

Harrison Quigley

Harrison is a Founder of Onchenda Open Global Food Co-op, a start-up Utah Benefit Corporation social enterprise. An educator, management …

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Ivan Sawyer

Event producer, Environmental and social entrepreneur. Ivan is also facilitator of Art of Hosting and collective intelligence work; Dragon Dreaming …

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Jaclyn Saorsail

Jacki Saorsail is the Membership Coordinator and Building Manager at The Integral Center, a 14,000 square foot transformational community center …

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Jada Imani

Jada Imani

A soul living a human experience. Getting lifted off the new wave of frequencies. Life’s gifts are endless, constantly evolving. …

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Jamaica Stevens

Jamaica Stevens is the Author and Project Manager for “ReInhabiting the Village: CoCreating our Future” in partnership with Keyframe Entertainment. …

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James Gore

Supervisor James Gore

James Gore is a Sonoma County native who was born in Healdsburg and raised in the 4th District. The Gore …

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Jan Spencer

Jan Spencer lives in Eugene, Oregon and has been a strong advocate for creating a green and resilient economy and …

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Jasmine Fuego

Jasmine Fuego is a Bay Area based performance artist and social permaculture community organizer. In 2014, Fuego co-founded the Permaculture …

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Jasmine Vassar

Jasmine Vassar, California native, is wellness educator, and facilitator driven by her mission for spiritual activism and deep social transformation. …

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Jesse Sachs

Jesse’s objective is to build and contribute to the development of innovative projects in the arts. To combine his skills …

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Jason Bayless

Jason Bayless, US Community Development Specialist for Pachamama Alliance Jason handles a broad range of functions, ranging from communicating with …

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Jay Markert (“Jay Ma”)

Jay is a regenerative design consultant, educator, permaculture teacher, community organizer, event producer, and social entrepreneur. Jay works with organizations, …

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Jeremiah Kidd

Jeremiah is a certified Permaculture Designer and is an accredited and certified Rainwater Catchment Professional through ARCSA (American Rainwater Catchment …

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Jessica Bates

Jessica Bates (El Sobrante) Is a transplant to the bay area from Washington D.C. She has been establishing her roots …

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Jillian Hovey

Jillian is an experienced practitioner of regenerative systems living, who works creatively and collaboratively with others, applying whole systems design …

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Jim Collins

Jim Collins, Ph.D., known as “Redtail,” is a wisdom-keeper in the lineages of both the Lakota Sun Dance tradition and …

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Jingtian Yu

JT grew up in China and has spent as many years in the US as in China. He has been …

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John Valenzuela

John Valenzuela is a horticulturist, consultant, and permaculture educator. He has been a lead permaculture design course teacher at the …

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Josefina Dueñas

Josefina was born and raised in Puebla, Mexico during the 60’s. She became deaf during her first year of age, …

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Katia Sol

Katia Sol

Katia Sol, Ph.D. is passionate about helping individuals cultivate the personal shifts that in turn enable them to transform their …

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Kevin Bayuk

Kevin Bayuk

Kevin Bayuk works at the intersection of ecology and economy where permaculture design meets cooperative organizations intent on meeting human …

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Khafre Jay

Khafre Jay might be the hardest working man in Bay Area Hip Hop.  He’s rocked with legends in 38 states …

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Koreen Brennan

Korean Brennan has been involved in people care, earth care and fair share since she was a teenager through activism, …

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Larry Goldberg

Larry Goldberg is a founder of Transition Humboldt and the executive director of Humboldt Plan it Green, an environmental education …

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Larry Schaeffer

First moved to Sonoma County in 1988 working in transportation logistics. At the end of 1991, he began developing computer software …

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Lauren Tucker

Lauren Tucker is a community organizer and the Executive Director of Kiss the Ground. Kiss the Ground is a nonprofit …

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Lesley Moore

Lesley Moore is a writer, educator, organizer, and artist with fund and organizational development expertise who seeks to apply permaculture …

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Lindsey Morriss

Lindsey Uluwehimailani Morriss is on a mission to ignite embodied awakening and effective group collaboration focused on evolving our selves …

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Lee Klinger

Dr. Lee Klinger is an independent scientist living in Big Sur, California. Since 2005 he has served as director of …

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Liora Adler

Liora (Alejandra Liora Adler) has been active in developing community since her studies in Psychology and Education in the 1960’s. …

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Loren Luyendyk

Loren Luyendyk is a Certified Teacher of Permaculture, with over 15 years of practical experience in Permaculture Design, ecological farming, …

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Mario Yanez

Mario Yanez

Mario Yanez has dedicated his life’s work to envisioning and inspiring a transition toward life-sustaining, resilient human communities. He has …

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Marley Benshalom

Marley Benshalom is originally from Israel and was brought to the U.S. at a very young age. Her early years …

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Marissa Mommaerts

Marissa Mommaerts is Director of Programs and REconomy Project lead for Transition US, part of the international Transition Network. Marissa …

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Marna Schwartz

Marna was certified more than 10 years ago in Kripalu Yoga, a gentle hatha yoga practice with a compassionate approach …

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Matt Drewno

Matt Drewno, Green Belt Mini-Farm Manager: Matt is certified in permaculture, restoration of oak-savanna ecologies and biointensive food production. After …

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Matt Powers

Matt Powers is an experienced teacher, family guy, author, consultant, farmer, seed saver, plant breeder, musician, blogger, & permaculturist. Matt …

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Maximilian Brotman

Max Brotman is a radical mycologist and member of Bay Area Applied Mycology, a non-profit that practices mycoforestry with public …

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Max Meyers

Maximillian Meyers is an ecological designer, permaculture teacher, commercial aquaponic system designer/installer, rainwater and greywater system specialist, farmer and the …

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Maya Blow

Maya Blow is an herbalist and classical homeopath practicing in the San Francisco Bay Area. She studied herbal medicine at …

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Megan ONeil

Megan O’Neil

Megan O’Neil is the Community Choice Outreach Coordinator at the Local Clean Energy Alliance, where she has helped build a …

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Michael Wellman

Michael Wellman

Michael is a doctoral student at the California Institute of Integral Studies with an emphasis in radical ecology and ecospirituality. …

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Miguel “Cobalot” Elliott

Miguel Elliott, knighted as “Sir Cobalot” has been leading cob workshops, teaching in schools, and running his business Living Earth …

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Senator Mike McGuire

Senator Mike McGuire is a third generation Northern Californian, whose family farmed prunes and grapes in the Alexander Valley for …

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Mike Lomuto

Mike Lomuto

Mike Lomuto is dedicated to strengthening the local small business community in the Bay Area.  He grew up in San …

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Mud Hut

Mud Hut has been a worker-owner at Three Stone Hearth, a cooperatively owned Community Supported Kitchen, since 2014, and has …

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Narsanna Koppula

  Narsanna Koppula is a permaculture pioneer in India. Bill Mollison visited him in 1987 and created a village permaculture …

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Natasha Florentino

Natasha Florentino is a documentary filmmaker and video producer. She recently completed Abundant Land: Soil, Seeds and Sovereignty, a feature …

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Neil Bertrando

Based in Reno, NV, Neil Bertrando manages a 1.3 acre homestead with his wife Katie and the help of many …

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Nicodemus Ford

Nicodemus has lived a life of service and has an unwavering commitment to youth and communities. Nicodemus is a co-founder …

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Nik Bertulis

Nik Bertulis

Nik Bertulis is an ecological innovator who is fascinated by humanity’s intrinsic regenerative potential. He has a degree in ecological …

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Nils Palsson

Nils Palsson is Communications and Special Projects Coordinator at Transition US, and a founding member of Transition Lake County. He …

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Naaman Hagman

He was raised in a very wet climate in Washington state called the Pudget Sound.  After many years of rain …

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Padma Koppula

Padma Koppula is the cofounder of Aranya Agricultural Alternatives, a 17 year old permaculture nonprofit organization in India. Aranya is …

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Rachel Kaplan

Rachel Kaplan is a permacuture educator, somatic healer, political agitator, and mother. She works in the lineages of generative somatics, …

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Raya Cole

Raya has been involved with organic agriculture, permaculture, and sustainable systems since 1996. She is an herbalist with a medicinal …

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Region Lewis

Region is the co-founder and co director of Full Harvest Farms, a half acre permaculture farm in East Oakland. The …

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Rick Valley

Rick has always gardened and foraged, and has had a long interest in edible plants, snails and bugs. He has …

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Rob Bennaton

Rob joined UC Cooperative Extension in 2013 as the Bay Area Urban Agriculture Advisor. Rob has over 20 years of …

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Robin Liepman

Robin Liepman

Robin Liepman (Bloom) is a co-founder and co-organizer of the Blooming Biodiversity Permaculture Tour (www.BloomingBiodiversity.org). He is a world traveller, …

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Ruthie King

Ruthie King

Ruthie King grew up in Southern California before heading east to attend Columbia University, where she studied planning and design …

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Rogér Knoren

Roger Knoren, Outreach and US Engagement for Pachamama Allicane Roger focuses on expanding the reach and impact of the Pachamama …

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Ryan Rising

Ryan Rising is a community organizer and permaculture educator based out of the San Francisco Bay Area. After organizing Pushing …

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Rye N. Flint

Rye N. Flint resides in an blue oak, gray pine Savannah in Northern California. He surthrives in an self built …

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Sara Smith-Rubio

Sara Smith-Rubio is an urban homesteader and mother in Sacramento. She was blessed to be raised white in the heart …

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Sasha Shankar

Sasha Shankar it the president of Town and City Permaculture. 2016 Convergence Workshop: FairShare Permaculture

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Seth D Peterson

Seth Peterson is a second generation urban farmer, who grew up among chickens and mulch piles, and then going on …

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Singing Bear

  Anthony Singing Bear is a stylistic singer-songwriter weaving wise words and personal stories into jazzy swing, world beat, reggae, …

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Sky Blue

Over the last 18 years, Sky Blue has been a member of Twin Oaks Community, a housing collective, a student …

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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, …

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Stephen Cataldo

Stephen Cataldo is the author of Cognitive Politics. He leads workshops and is beginning to develop web applications that break …

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STEVEN SAINT THOMAS earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Northwestern University and has been writing articles for newspapers and …

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Susan Park

Susan Juniper Park is an Oakland-based activist and organizer engaged at the cross roads of ecological, economic and social justice …

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Sunil R Nair

Sunil Nair is the Founder & CEO of Cogarden – a technology platform that connects People, Plants, and Places. Sunil …

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Susan Silber

Susan is co-producer of the Building Resilience Communities Convergence. She has worked as both a community organizer and environmental educator …

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Tayla Ealom

Tayla Ealom is a yoga instructor, embodiment warrior, earthling, and celebrator of life. She recently entered her second year in …

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Tina Clarke

I have been living simply and environmentally, and working for fundamental social change as a consultant, leader, staffmember, board member …

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Tom Llewellyn

Tom Llewellyn is the Organizing Director at Shareable.net, and a lifelong sharer, commoner and story teller. He coordinates the global …

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Troy Horton

Troy Horton of Town and City Permaculture. Is a grass-roots permaculture practitioner based in Oakland, CA. He has a strong …

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Wanda Stewart

Today, Wanda Stewart is an urban farmer and homesteader, educator, mother of twins and comrade to many in the movement …

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Willi Paul

Willi Paul has been active in the sustainability, permaculture, transition, sacred Nature, new alchemy and mythology space since the launch …

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Will Wiltschko

Will Wiltschko is a graduate of UCLA with a B.A. and an M.A. in Political Science. At UCLA, Will worked …

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YaNi

Maybe it’s her wild hair and funky clothes. Maybe it’s because she stands an unassuming 5 feet and sports those …

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Yasir Cross

Yasir Cross has been studying and keeping bees successfully for several years.  He follows the natural beekeeping methods of Abbe …

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