Caleb Gordon

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Caleb Gordon is the garden manager and intern coordinator at the Solar Living Institute. He has been living and working at the institute for three years where he is learning and practicing different techniques in sustainable living. His passions are teaching and learning new and innovative ways to live in harmony with the natural world. He is in charge of maintaining the large CCOF certified organic garden as well as assisting interns in site projects throughout the center. His dreams are to create strong resilient communities that provide abundance for all. 2016 Convergence Workshop: Earth Bench & Garden Tours of SLI gardens  

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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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Matthew Stephens

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Matthew Anthony Stephens was born in Beverly on Chicago’s South Side. While the Windy City has not typically been the first place one would think of with regards to permaculture and urban sustainability, up until now, anyway, Matthew is doing his part to change that. As founder of the Earth Reforestation Project, Permaculture America, and Permaculture Chicago, Matthew has done forums for students at his alma mater, Whitney M. Young Magnet High School, and conducted after school mentoring programs about sustainability, design, and permaculture. Here he has been able to effectively put into practice his seven years of teambuilding, along with his study of urban food…

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Tara Marchant

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Tara Marchant is re-defining herself, like many others, in the emerging Green paradigm. As the Local Director for Emerald Cities Bay Area – Oakland Council, Tara is working across a host of stakeholder organizations (public, labor, community and industry and workforce development) to bring a collective effort to retrofit our urban core. In doing so, create high road job and build our democracy, reduce energy use and direct investments to our local communities. Tara also created and was the program manager of the Green Assets Program at the Greenlining Institute, where alliances, advocates and elected officials contributed to California’s Climate legislation AB 32: an ambitious climate…

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Wes Roe

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Wes Roe is a co-founder of the Santa Barbara Permaculture Network, an educational non-profit founded in 2000 that has sponsored hundreds of workshops and events about permaculture and sustainability to Santa Barbara region. Wes Roe served as board member & President of the Permaculture Credit Union. he has served as a volunteer coordinator for the International Permaculture Convergence Support Group since its inception in 2005, which has evolved into the Friends of the International Permaculture Convergences (FIPC) & the International Permaculture Convergence Council (IPCC). 2016 Convergence Workshop: Why International Permaculture Convergences are Important for PC Global Movement

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Margie Bushman

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame]  Margie Bushman is a co-founder of the Santa Barbara Permaculture Network, an educational non-profit founded in 2000 that has sponsored hundreds of workshops and events about permaculture and sustainability to Santa Barbara region. Until recently, Margie was the Program Coordinator for the Santa Barbara City College Center for Sustainability. She has served as a volunteer coordinator for the International Permaculture Convergence Support Group since its inception in 2005, which has evolved into the Friends of the International Permaculture Convergences (FIPC) & the International Permaculture Convergence Council (IPCC). 2016 Convergence Workshop: Why International Permaculture Convergences are Important for PC Global Movement

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Amikaeyla Gaston

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/amikaeyla.jpg[/image_frame] Amikaeyla Gaston is an award-winning singer, activist, and executive director/founder of the International Cultural Arts & Healing Sciences Institute (ICAHSI). Amikaeyla has done expansive work in the health arena for over the past 20 years and travels the world extensively as a cultural arts ambassador on trips sponsored by a variety of organizations, including but not limited to the US State Department, UNHCR (United Nations High Commission on Refugees), IVAP (Iraqi Voices Amplification Project), FOSA (Friends of Sierra Leone) & Village Link, and of course, her organization ICAHSI. ICAHSI partners with government, NGO, and educational institutions, as well as corporations and individuals to provide innovative programs…

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Toby Hemenway

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Kat-Steele-bio-photo.jpg[/image_frame] Toby Hemenway is the author of Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, which was awarded the Nautilus Gold Medal in 2011, was named by the Washington Post as one of the ten best gardening books of 2010, and is the best-selling permaculture book in the world. His new book on urban permaculture, The Permaculture City, was released in July, 2015. Toby has been an adjunct professor at Portland State University, Scholar-in-Residence at Pacific University, and has taught over sixty 72-hour permaculture design courses. He has presented lectures and workshops at major sustainability conferences such as Bioneers, SolFest, and EcoFarm, and at Duke University, Tufts University, University of Minnesota, University of Delaware…

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Bayo Akomolafe

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/bayo.jpg[/image_frame] One word goes a long way to capture the restlessness of Bayo – subversion. Born in 1983 to Nigerian parents, Bayo’s lifelong quest for absolute ‘truth’ was his most cherished preoccupation as a pioneer undergraduate in the then new Covenant University, Nigeria. His Christian upbringing deeply influenced his imagination, and inspired his decision to study human behaviour and, later, to specialize in Clinical Psychology. He graduated summa cum laude in 2006, and returned to his alma mater to teach and pursue a postgraduate degree in Clinical Psychology. It was during his clinical training (at the Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital in Enugu, eastern Nigeria) that he chanced upon…

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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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Warren Brush

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/warren-brush.jpg[/image_frame] Warren Brush is a mentor, storyteller, a certified Permaculture designer and teacher, as well as a husband, a father and a grandfather. He has worked for over 25 years in inspiring people of all ages to discover, nurture and express their inherent gifts while living in a sustainable manner. He is co-founder and a tender of Quail Springs Permaculture, Regenerative Earth Enterprises, Sustainable Vocations, Wilderness Youth Project, Casitas Valley Farm and Creamery and his Permaculture design company, True Nature Design. Warren works extensively in Permaculture education and sustainable systems design in North America, Africa, Middle East, Europe, and Australia. He has devoted many years to mentoring…

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Brandi Mack

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Brandi-Mack.jpg[/image_frame] Brandi Mack is a mother, holistic health educator, therapeutic massage therapist, and permaculture designer. She holds a bachelor's degree in Human Service Management and a certification from Starhawk's Earth Activist Training. Brandi has worked and trained in the youth development sector for 15 years. Brandi currently is the national director of The Butterfly Movement where we are committed to support healing the wounds of our Soul (through Rebuilding and Re Framing our emotional selves), planting a Seed of hope as we Regenerate and Reconnect our hearts and our hands to the earth, leading ultimately to manifestation in the Soil of our Reactivated lives! Brandi uses permaculture…

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Brock Dolman

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Brock_Dolman.jpg[/image_frame] Brock Dolman is nationally recognized as a leading permaculture educator and innovative design consultant. He is co-­founder and program director of the widely acclaimed Occidental Arts and Ecology Center and a co­founder of the Sowing Circle, LLC, intentional community. He has been working in the fields of horticulture, biology, landscape design, and installation for more than 20 years. He co­-directs the WATER Institute, Permaculture Design Program and Wildlands Program. He has taught Permaculture and consulted on regenerative project design and implementation internationally in Costa Rica, Ecuador, U.S. Virgin Islands, Spain, Brazil, China, Canada, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cuba and widely in the U.S. He…

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Michael Pilarski

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Michael-_Skeeter_-Pilarski.jpg[/image_frame] Michael Pilarski founded Friends of the Trees Society in 1978 to double the world's forest cover. He has been studying, writing, teaching and doing hands-on earth repair activities ever since. He has been active in the permaculture movement since 1982 at the local, regional, national and interational levels. He has been farming and gardening since 1972. 2016 Convergence Workshop: Ecological Restoration, Earth Repair and Permaculture: Setting up a working group

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Robert Kourik

Robert Kourik started his organic maintenance and landscape design company in 1975—long before the word sustainable "existed". Since that time his designs, consulting and books have focused on organic and sustainable gardens, water management, drip irrigation and edible landscaping. Published (Metamorphic Press) eight books. Including: Designing and Maintaining Your Edible Landscape - Naturally, 1986. Authored six other books. Including: The Lavender Garden, (Chronicle Books, 1998).       2017 Workshop: Good Fungi, Happy Plants

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Kat Steele

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/156katsteele.png[/image_frame] Kat Steele is a permaculture activist, designer, educator and founder of the Urban Permaculture Guild in Oakland, CA. She facilitates workshops on ecological design, sustainability, facilitation, permaculture and holistic healing. Kat speaks publicly about eco-social design, city repair, social permaculture and the power of placemaking. She has played a leadership role in developing women's permaculture gatherings and support circles. Trained in Ecovillage Design with the Findhorn Foundation of Scotland, Natural Building with Kleiwerks International, and Permaculture Design with the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, she also holds an MA in Creative Arts from San Francisco State University. She is the former Sustainable Development Manager for the…

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Ana-Marie Jones

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Ana-Marie Jones is the Executive Director of CARD - Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disasters, a nonprofit located in Alameda County, California. Created by local community agencies after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, CARD trains and supports nonprofits and their special needs clients in disaster preparedness, response and recovery activities. In her tenure, she has re-written and redefined CARD’s services and curriculum to be based on community building, economic empowerment and leadership development philosophies. Before joining CARD in April 2000, for three years Ms. Jones worked for the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services Coastal Region on projects supporting community organizations and people with special needs. She…

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Trathen Heckman

Trathen Heckman is the co-founder of Daily Acts Organization, Board President of Transition U.S. and a front yard farmer. Trathen educates and works with engaged citizens and leaders to provide innovative solutions, which harness the power of nature and inspired action to build leadership and local self-reliance. This ranges from installing community food forests to dozens of greywater systems and planting hundreds of gardens in a weekend through the 350 Home and Garden Challenge. He lives in the Petaluma River Watershed where he grows food, medicine and wonder while working to compost apathy and lack. 2015 Convergence Panel: It’s On! Water Challenges and Solutions for 2016 and Beyond 2015 Convergence Panel: Collaborative Action…

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Aaron Lehmer-Chang

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Aaron_Headshot_2015.jpg[/image_frame] Aaron Lehmer-Chang, who comes out of the San Francisco Bay Area's social and environmental justice movement, is a veteran of fair trade fights. He participated in the "Battle of Seattle" in 1999 where union members, environmentalists, and global justice activists shut down the World Trade Organization (WTO) meeting, and organized against the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) agreement with a student, labor, and community alliance. Aaron co-founded a regional eco-justice organization, Rooted in Resilience (formerly Bay Localize), which works to build equitable, resilient communities. He holds a Master's in Globalization and the Environment from Humboldt State University. Aaron's background includes working for Van Jones'…

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Aaron Fernando

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/263934.jpg[/image_frame] Aaron Fernando works with Bay Bucks, a local currency and business community in the Bay Area of California. He is now passionate about money reform and believes that local currencies address a wide range of problems including inequality, environmental degradation, and the erosion of social capital. He formerly worked in the nonprofit sector in Washington DC, spent some time traveling in Southeast Asia, and ultimately moved to the Bay Area specifically to work with Bay Bucks and promote local currencies. Aaron sees the Bay Bucks currency as a well-designed tool to build trust between members and increase community resilience. He is an advocate for new economic…

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