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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Makin’ It Happen, Cooperatively: Pathways for success in Intentional Communities, Worker Co-ops, and other collective projects and endeavors

We all know that creating a world that works for all people and the planet will take an unprecedented level of cooperation. Easier said than done when the dominant social and economic structures, not to mention our own condition, is geared against this. This workshop will explore the ins and outs of successful group endeavors and enterprises, including intentional communities, worker co-ops, and other collective and community based projects. We'll look at the interwoven set of interpersonal, cultural, and structural issues that need to be addressed, identify common pitfalls, and discuss best practices. Saturday Oct 7| 3:30pm| Zocalo Presented By: Sky-Blue

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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 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 Art" as a Tool for Social Change Sat, 11: Yurt

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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 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 by starting Top Leaf Farms, a licensed contracting company that designs,…

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Empowerment Works Inc.

http://www.empowermentworks.org/ Founded in 2001, Empowerment WORKS (EW) is a global sustainability think-tank in action advancing community-led solutions for a thriving world. Impact In the world's most culturally rich, yet economically challenged communities, access to markets, appropriate technologies and education can empower people to transform critical problems into opportunities for a socially, economically and environmentally sustainable future. Empowerment WORKS brings these vital tools within the grasp of citizens on the front lines of poverty and climate change. Approach Promoting global collaboration in support of local solutions, Empowerment WORKS fosters a diverse, cross-sector network of Partners in Empowerment (PIE) united in action by an ecologically social innovation framework called 7 Stages to Sustainability…

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The Biodynamic Approach to Regenerative Agriculture

The deep principles and innovative practices of biodynamic agriculture can be taken up by any farmer or gardener wanting to enhance the health and vitality of their soil and the food they grow. In this workshop, we will explore the unique and practical ways that you can apply biodynamics to grow the most nutrient-dense and vibrant food possible, build soil organic matter, revitalize landscapes, and protect the climate by bringing more carbon into the living realm. Learn how to apply the deep principles and innovative practices of biodynamic agriculture in your garden or farm. Friday Oct 6| 11am| Yurt Presented By: Thea Carlson  

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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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Anti-Racism 101: Removing Blind Spots, Building Bridges

In this 3-hour workshop, we will lay the foundation to: *Develop clear definitions of race, oppression and privilege. *Interrupt the pervasive and unseen operations of privilege. *Increase capacity to create interactions that build bridges of trust. *Develop a framework to understand cultural appropriation. *See how a "color-blind" approach while well-intentioned both reads as a time-bomb of hurtful, unexamined entitlement and continues to yield unequal results. * Cultivating a culture that is safe, inclusive, and supportive for diversity to thrive * Learn tools, practices, and principals of alliance. Ray and Michael share Common Vision's Anti-Racism 101 training designed to give white folks the basic understanding and tools they need to create a…

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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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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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The Art of Facilitation

In this workshop, we will build a toolbox of skills and practices for intentional and just facilitation of groups. The ways that we hold and move through our meetings can end up replicating on a micro scale the very systems of inequity and scarcity that we are working to change. But, just as powerfully, with intention and practical tools, meetings can serve as inclusive and accessible spaces in which to model and create practices of a just and thriving world. The voices that feel welcome in the room affect the world we will build. Fair share through facilitation is essential- and it's also creative and fun! Participants will leave with activities,…

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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 in the space between her apartment and her neighbors' driveway. 2017…

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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 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 a ripe environment for learning 2017 Workshop:Ecological Vitality

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Ecological Vitality

This workshop will teach participants how to craft the best diet for their being. We will look at constitutions, lifestyles, medical issues, geographical locations, and belief systems to help each individual learn what will support them at this stage of their life. Also covered some of the basic of how to grow and prepare some of the most important foods. This workshop will teach participant how to craft the best diet for their being, and grow and prepare the most important foods. Friday Oct 6| 11am| Mediterranean Garden  Presented By: Adrian Carroll

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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 of talented healers, her physical and subtle layers finally settled into…

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Mantra Sound Healing

Mantras are sonic formulas chanted that allow us to purify the mind, protect from negativity, and generate energy for healing. This workshop will introduce the lay person to simple Tibetan Mantra and give more advanced practitioners a deepening experience into the application of mantra for fulfilling one's highest purpose in this life. Madhu will lead several mantra practices to benefit all sentient beings and use modern looping technology to enhance the mantras by creating live soundscapes. Joining our voices in community by intoning sounds that purify our minds and remove obstacles is essential for building a resilient community. Through the ancient practice of chanting we come together with the common intention…

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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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My Biome and Me: Healing Fermented Foods?

The human gut biome is home to a diverse ecology of viruses, bacteria, yeasts, fungi, etc. If balanced, the mind/body is vital and healthy, with glowing skin, abundant energy and a generally positive outlook on life . When some of the more parasitic species dominate, food cravings, fatigue, depression, insomnia are some of the possible side effects. We will look at the effects of modern food production, pollution, modern medicine and other factors that influence our biome. We will also look at ways to positively impact our guts including debunking some current myths and hypes around fermented foods flooding the market. There will be a demo on making Raw Kefir and…

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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 of the Weston A. Price Foundation for San Francisco.     2017 Workshop:My Biome and Me

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Zone Zero and Sustainable Relating: Permaculture Counseling

Zone Zero is all about relationships. How can we relate across differences that takes the principles of permaculture to heart with the people closest to us? Through interactive engagement, we'll be experimenting with the principles of permaculture to get closer and live our ideals through active compassion and engaged curiosity. Topics include allyship, integrate rather than segregate, presence as an onsite resource, and creative leadership. Let's get creative as we engage with one another and value our diversity in zone zero! Friday Oct 6| 2pm| MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN Presented By: Alexandra Maida

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