Ellen Bauer

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Ellen-Bauer.png[/image_frame] Ellen Bauer is the Public Health Division Director for the Sonoma County Department of Health Services.  Prior to this assignment, she was the founding manager of Health Action, a coalition of diverse community leaders convened by the Health Department to identify priority health issues in Sonoma County and to offer leadership to implement initiatives and policies to create a healthier community.  Before coming to Sonoma County, Dr. Bauer had over 20 years of experience designing and implementing national and community-level health program evaluations.  She has led research and evaluation on a wide range of health issues, including implementation and outcomes (quality, utilization and cost) of managed…

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Oscar Chavez

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/AAEAAQAAAAAAAAbsAAAAJDVkZTk1ODljLTYyNDgtNGE5My04NmJhLTE0MmY4ZTY1OTMyZA.jpg[/image_frame] Oscar works for the Sonoma County Department of Human Services. Prior to joining the County, Oscar served as the Executive Director of the Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County, one of the largest community benefit organizations in Northern California. Oscar has dedicated himself to establishing strong and positive ties between the county's low wealth neighborhoods, public entities and the business community in order to raise awareness about the growing education, health and income disparities that exist in our communities. He is equally committed to finding solutions that get at the root cause of poverty. Friday Oct 6| 7:30pm| Main Stage Cultivating Unity in a Divided World…

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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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Cob for Kids!

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/cob-for-kids-2.jpg[/image_frame] Come play with clay! Get your hands dirty and learn one of the coolest ways to build with natural material.  For children of all ages, come explore the messy and enchanting world of cob. Less see what we can build! Presented by: Nico Morris Check in at the Cob Building Station. Events will happen spontaneously throughout the event.

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Jesse Sachs

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/1.png[/image_frame] Jesse's objective is to build and contribute to the development of innovative projects in the arts. To combine his skills of leadership, project management and creative direction with his experience and education in music and the music industry. Use his natural and acquired faculties to materialize ideas and possibilities arising from creative collaboration. For five years, Jesse has worked in the Special Projects Department at SXSW where he interfaced with multiple entities across music, media, tech, art, and entertainment regarding their interests in participating with SXSW. He co-founded an alternative Art and Music micro-festival in Oakland, CA called Feels. The event has become "One of the…

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Marley Benshalom

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Marley.jpg[/image_frame] Marley Benshalom is originally from Israel and was brought to the U.S. at a very young age. Her early years were spent in an environment filled with emotional abuse and drug addiction that ultimately resulted in the loss of her brother and hospitalization of her mother. She returned to Israel at age nineteen to cultivate compassion, gratitude, and love despite her past. She is dedicated to a life of service and believes all beings should have access to food, shelter, and love. Marley Bensahlom is passionate about community healing and environmental restoration. Currently she is pursuing a degree in Natural Conservation & Research at UCB. She…

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Region Lewis

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Region is the co-founder and co director of Full Harvest Farms, a half acre permaculture farm in East Oakland. The farm has animal husbandry, community workshops focused on the impact of our changing climate, permaculture education, and rein-visioning our dependency on traditional systems. He also works as the Peer Mentor and permaculture instructor to formerly incarcerated men and women as part of Pathways to Resilience, a program which he apprenticed and graduated from in Summer 2014. He most recently was awarded a most coveted Farmers Fellowship as part of Ecofarm 2015. Before he started farming he was an organizer, who worked on campaigns in New Orleans…

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Dragon Dreaming the Future

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/ivan-dragon-dreaming.jpeg[/image_frame] Dragon Dreaming is a methodology based upon the principles of personal and group empowerment. Drawing upon the insights and experience of Living Systems Theory, Deep Ecology, Transpersonal Psychology, group dynamics, and organizational development, and from indigenous Third and Fourth World cultures and applying them to community enterprises, local or personal projects, activists and for non-profit organizations. Presented By: Ivan Sawyer Sunday, September 18th | 3:50 PM - 4:10 PM | Solar Panel: El Sol

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Eli Marienthal

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Brennan-solar_cooking_and_drying_0.jpg[/image_frame] Marienthal's career started in Bay Area stage theater work, performing in Missing Persons, The Cryptogram, Hecuba, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Every 17 Minutes the Crowd Goes Crazy, and The Life of Galileo. Marienthal is known for the role of Robin (Tim Drake) in the Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman animated film, and in an episode of Static Shock. He replaced the previous voice actor, Mathew Valencia, because in these appearances, Robin was supposed to sound older than he had on the animated series. He played the title role of "Tucker Pierce" in the Tucker television series. He is also the voice of Hogarth Hughes in the…

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Aaron Ableman

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Brennan-solar_cooking_and_drying_0.jpg[/image_frame] An award­-winning artist, author and educator, Aaron Ableman has dedicated his life to serving children, youth and families. Named “Top 100 Creatives” by Origin Magazine, Ableman has worked, studied or performed with the likes of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama, Rev. Michael Bernard Beckwith, Vandana Shiva, Q’Orianka Kilcher, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Joan Baez, Raffi, and is a sought­after entertainer around the globe. His life and work have been heralded in publications & events such as the UNESCO, United Nations COP 21, HBO, CNN, MTV, New York Times, LA Times, and the SF Examiner. Aaron is a CoFounder of BALANCE Edutainment and the originator behind 12…

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Jasmine Fuego & Live Band

Co-Founder of the Permaculture Action Network and Bay Area based Performance Artist, Jasmine is an animated mover, shaker and cross pollinator dedicated to bridging entertainment, education and ecology to bring about a new just and generative cultural narrative. Jasmine's  eclectic music project has been called soul-pop and is deeply influenced by the blues, hip hop and jazz. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JazFuego/?pnref=lhc Website: http://www.jasminefuego.com/ 2017 Convergence Panel: Artists in Action  Saturday, Oct 7 | 2:00 – 3:00 PM | Main Stage   2017 Convergence Performance: Saturday, Oct 7 | 10:15 – 11:00 PM | Main Stage Save

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Tatu Vision

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Brennan-solar_cooking_and_drying_0.jpg[/image_frame] Jada Imani and Maleik Dion, a brother/sister team, are young artists and visionaries, who host and perform at community empowerment events every month. 2016 Convergence Performance: Saturday September 17th | 12:30 – 1:00 PM | Main Stage

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Wild Man

Wild Man is a geographer, dancer, and dj. He works across all parts of his craft to realize more harmonious relations between sound, bodies, and space in an urban setting.  One of his favorite media is dance music--from hip-hop and r&b to funk and house--and is grateful to the sonic elders and innovators of soul, past and present.  He lives and works in Oakland, CA. 2017 Convergence Performance: Saturday, Oct 7, | 11:45 PM – 12:30 AM | Main Stage Save

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YaNi

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Brennan-solar_cooking_and_drying_0.jpg[/image_frame] Maybe it’s her wild hair and funky clothes. Maybe it’s because she stands an unassuming 5 feet and sports those hazel eyes as if they were the mold. Perhaps it’s her message of love and peace through fascinating sounds and beguiling hooks. It could be her ability to do what a lot of hip-hop isn’t doing much of anymore:  real stories about real experiences from real people. Whatever it is, music lovers and freedom-seekers around the world have been changed by experiencing the resonating tunes and spoken word of YaNi. And that’s peace! Iyana Ife Jendeyea Davis, also known as YaNi, is a graduate of Spelman…

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There is No Away: Make Your Very Own Bottle Brick

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Brennan-solar_cooking_and_drying_0.jpg[/image_frame] Just throw it Away! Where is this mythical place “Away”? This workshop is a breakdown of the American waste stream and it's impact on the environment and people. Anna Purna encourages you to throw it a better way – into a Bottle Brick that can be used for building. Tired of the thin plastic layer that ubiquitously covers everything you buy and cannot be recycled? Learn about how it can be used in Bottle Bricks and about how Bottle Bricks can be used to build benches, garden beds, walls and entire buildings. See examples from across the world. Make your very own Bottle Brick. Presented By:…

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Anna Purna

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Rick-head-shot-resized.jpg[/image_frame] Anna Purna has lived in giant redwood trees to prevent them from being cut down, planted trees with children at their schools, converted diesel buses and trucks to run on vegetable oil and started a garden program at her daughters school. 2016 Convergence Workshop: There is No Away: Make Your Very Own Bottle Brick 2016 Convergence Workshop: Earth Bench: Build a Peace Cob Bench for the Solar Living Institute

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Pennie Opal Plant

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Rick-head-shot-resized.jpg[/image_frame] Pennie Opal Plant, (Yaqui, Mexican, English, Dutch, Choctaw, Cherokee and Algonquin Ancestry), has been an activist for over 30 years, working on anti-nuclear, environmental, and indigenous rights campaigns. Pennie is a founding member of Idle No More Bay Area California, working ceaselessly to address climate change, fossil fuel extraction, and environmental injustice in and around her community. She has been central to organizing education and resistance efforts related to the Chevron refinery in Richmond, California, and is part of the team arranging and leading Refinery Corridor Healing Walks to expose toxic sites in the area and promote healing and unity amongst affected communities. Pennie is a…

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Cannabis Cultivation: Sustainability Practices for the Future

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Adrian_Carroll_PermacultureAndCannabis.png[/image_frame] Cannabis farming has not embraced sustainable practices, but with the evolving regulations, sustainable farming is becoming more common place. In the past, cannabis farmers have not been considered to be sustainable, let alone farmers. Due to legal and enforcement issues, Cannabis farmers have struggled in the past to plan and develop beyond 12 to 18 months. As the State passing new legislation and develops licensing requirements and local jurisdictions do the same, the farming environment for the cannabis cultivator begins to stabilize. Sustainable and regenerative practices are being embraced by the farmer. The investment horizon for the cannabis farmer is beginning to extend to multiple years.…

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Grey Water-ReUse

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Ozzi-Kleen-Residential-Grey-Water-Treatment-Diagram.jpg[/image_frame] In this time of drought it is more important than ever to appreciate our access to clean water and to consider using it twice when it is safe and legal to do so. You will get an overview of how easy it is to create a home grey water system. We'll start with an introduction to grey water and what it is, including information on safety, health, legality and grey water approved detergents for your washing machine. We will discuss site assessment, grey water sources, rain water integration, tools and parts needed, layout and set up, and how to create mulch basins to catch grey water…

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Yasir Cross

Yasir is co-owner and Beekeeping instructor at Soul Flower Farm where he practices the Warre style of beekeeping, constructs hives and teaches others to do the same. A Beekeeper of 14 years Yasir also builds, teaches permaculture design, rain and greywater catchment and bio-dynamic farming. More info: soulflowerfarm.com Friday Oct 6| 11am| Hops Tipi  "Natural" Beekeeping a Holistic Approach Friday Oct 6| 7:30pm| Main Stage Cultivating Unity in a Divided World

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