2017 Speakers

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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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| …
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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 …
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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, …
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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 …
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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 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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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| …
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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, …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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