Sue Bennett and Simon Mont

 Sue’s insures the organization's office space and internal operations contribute to the wellbeing of staff, and the effectiveness of Sustainable Economies Law Center’s programs . Sue has spent 25 years working in the nonprofit sector in a variety of program and administrative roles and feels it’s her professional destiny to advance The Law Center’s mission. This feeling is fostered by her personal/political value alignment with The Law Center’s structure and this opportunity to develop and share the lessons learned by the Law Center's practice of worker self direction and deep democracy . Sue’s community activism is rooted in understanding and minimizing the impact of class and classism and is based on…

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John Valenzuela

John Valenzuela is a gardener, consultant and educator specializing in fruit tree care and productive perennial polycultures, by way of Cornucopia Food Forest Gardens. He is active with the California Rare Fruit Growers, volunteering as Orchard and Fruit Tree Nursery Manager at the Indian Valley Organic Farm and Garden College of Marin, and serves on the board of the Felix Gillette Institute which preserves heritage fruit tree varieties of the Sierra. Friday Oct 6| 3:30pm| Solar Panel: Red Talks Healthy Community Connections: How Plants Communicate

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Dr. Kevin Danaher

Dr. Kevin Danaher is a Co-Founder of Global Exchange, FairTradeUSA, the Green Festivals, the Environmental Service Learning Initiative, and the Green Guardians. He has played a major role in Global Exchange’s 28-year record of merging social enterprise with human rights activism. His 1983 PhD in sociology from the University of California at Santa Cruz was based on his dissertation, The Political Economy of U.S. Policy Toward South Africa, which allowed him to synergize his academic work and his international activism in the anti-apartheid movement. He has travelled widely in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, China, Europe and all 50 U.S. states. He is the author or editor of 12…

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Michael Sean Brown

Michael Sean Brown is Co-Founder of Delphi Southern Nevada and Delphi Village's Chief Executive Officer. Sean is the visionary and social architect behind Delphi Village. He has thirty-years experience in aviation, real estate, and start-up ventures. He was the Chief Operations Officer for an aviation training company that lead to a key management role during the 1994 start-up of Frontier Airlines. Sean received training and experience through Occidental Arts & Ecology Center (Starting and Sustaining Intentional Communities) and Living Mandala (Transition Town Training). TBA Delphi Village

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Leah Grant

Leah Grant is Co-Founder of Delphi Southern Nevada and Delphi Village's Chief Marketing Officer. She owned a marketing consulting firm in San Francisco and an event production company in Los Angeles. She owns and runs an international consulting, coaching and training firm that focuses on business growth, innovation, collaborative teaming and process development. TBA Delphi Village

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Margie Bushman & Wes Roe

Margie Bushman & Wes Roe are co-founders 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. Margie was also the Program Coordinator for the Santa Barbara City College Center for Sustainability. Wes Roe served as board member & President of the Permaculture Credit Union. Both have served as a volunteer coordinators for the International Permaculture Convergence Support Group since its inception in 2005, that later evolved into the Friends of the International Permaculture Convergences (FIPC) & the International Permaculture Convergence Council (IPCC). Saturday Oct 7| 9:30am| Willow Grove Diversity of Participants, Ideas,…

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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| 5pm| Yurt Permaculture 101

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Jessica Bates

Jessica Bates Is a transplant from Washington D.C. who has been establishing her roots here in the Bay Area for the last 15 years. Jessica has been gardening for over 20 years, run multiple gardening education programs, co-founded the Berkeley Ashby community garden, worked with multiple Bay Area landscapers, and is a certified permaculture teacher and designer who cares about decolonizing our food system. A Master Composter and Master Gardener, she owns and operates a Food Forest Farm West - a permaculture business in which she designs, teaches and installs local gardens. Her specialty is in perennial vegetable and annual food production and propagation, as well as CA native and "Bay friendly" plants. Jessica aims to constantly deepen her understanding…

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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 teas and facilitates conversations at gatherings up and down the west coast. Sunday Oct 8| 9:30am| Hops Tipi Applied Permaculture - Forest Garden Design Charrette

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Jeff Clearwater

Jeff has been a leader in whole systems regenerative design for over 40 years with a special passion for intentional community, ecovillage design and applied new paradigm economics. Jeff has played a major role in the sustainable and regenerative communities movement – having co-founded the Ecovillage Network of the Americas (ENA) and Living Routes Ecovillage Study Abroad in 1997 and as Ecovillage Director at Sirius Community until 2001. Jeff has provided integrated systems and renewable energy design, consulting and installation in rural villages, businesses, governments and sustainability projects all over the world since the 1980s. Jeff’s prime passion is to illuminate a new paradigm in economics. Grounded in a long cultivated…

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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 is a co-founder of Atlan Living and Learning Center near the Columbia River Gorge in Central Cascadia, is a co-author and contributing editor of ReInhabiting the Village and is Co-Director of VillageLab's RegenSolutions Initiative.     Pre-Convergence Workshop: 1 Day Village Design Intensive Thurs, Oct 5| 10:00am - 4:30 pm| Solar Panel

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Susan Juniper Park

Susan Juniper Park is an activist working at the cross-section of ecological, economic and social justice. She is also involved in urban farming, healing work, education and permaculture. She was a co-founding member of the Economic Development Without Displacement Coalition (Oakland-based anti-gentrification project), ran a food justice economic project at Phat Beets Produce (Oakland-based grassroots food justice organization), worked as a fundraiser for the Ruckus Society (a direct action training organization empowering frontline communities), and was an organizer with Occupy the Farm (Bay Area based land defense effort). These days you can find her subsitute teaching in Oakland K-12 schools, doing gardening gigs, and cultivating a healing justice practice.  She is…

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Katie Stone

Katie Stone has been a passionate cannabis and drug policy reform activist since her youth, and is currently a board member of Students for Sensible Drug Policy. She is a PhD candidate at the California Institute of Integral Studies, and the Publisher of Sensi Magazine, San Francisco. Katie focused her Masters Thesis on advancing the dialogue around sustainable and ethical cannabis, and held internship positions at The Arcview Group, The Drug Policy Alliance, The California Governors Office of Planning and Research, and others. She is an experienced grassroots organizer and community developer, and envisions a regenerative cannabis economy that supports resilient, vibrant, communities. She spends her free time touring the country in her van, building…

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EvOak Owl

I've been involved in the healing arts and my own path of awakening for over 10 years. Honing my gifts as a highly attuned empath, counselor, energy healer, conscious communicator, ritual facilitator and tantric priestess. I facilitate self care rituals and medicine journeys as well as offer guidance to men and women about sexuality, embodiment and empowerment. I am a skilled and ever growing practitioner of the tantric arts. Gaining my practice through touching and tasting my life fully ~ pain included. My training has included counseling work, shamanic explorations, working with plant medicine, priestess embodiment, tantra studies, nutrition, energy healing, bodywork, intuitive healing, dance and yoga. Moon Temple Speaking Your…

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Keith Tucker

Keith Tucker - Founder of Hip Hop is Green Health Activist, Film Maker, Radio Host, Journalist and Speaker Keith Tucker has been a committed community activist and businessman for over 20 years. He has worked hundreds of businesses, youth groups and community organizations throughout the years. He has worked with many icons in the entertainment business as a promoter, activist and culture builder. He spearheaded protests against the stereotyping of Hip Hop artists and mentored many youth over the years. He received the Martin Luther King County Executives Award for Community service, the African American Achievement Award, the Keep it Fresh award and the 2015 Jefferson Award and is responsible for the…

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Max Meyers

Max Meyers is an experienced Ecological Designer, Permaculture Teacher, Consultant, Registered Aquaculturist, Aquaponic System Designer/Installer, Rainwater and Greywater System specialist, Farmer, and the Executive Director of the Mendocino Ecological Learning Center a nonprofit educational organization and ecological reserve offering green job training and sustainable living skills to the public. Through his work as an instructor of Permaculture and Ecological Design he has successfully trained over a thousand students from more than 40 countries world wide. In addition to the work at MELC, Mr. Meyers provides Ecological design services to the public, organizations, and schools through Osiris Designs and Nor Cal Aquaponics. He is passionate about all things related to a more…

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Syntha Lorenz

Syntha Lorenz is a wild feminine spirit who blends Jungian psychology, Feminism and Shamanism in her work with people. She is passionate about life. She grew up in the Appalachian Mountains with her farmer dad. That part of her always been wild about dance, nature and animals.  She roamed and started living a Bohemian lifestyle for most of her 20s before moving to Northern California where she has lived for the past 24 years, always keeping a connection to Spirit and nature.  Before the fire, She was working with people 3 days a week in SF, living in a harmonious manner in the forest 4 days walking with her beloved dog, planting food, dancing…

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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 belonging to place.  Cassandra serves on the board of the Fellowship for Intentional Communities and CommonSpace Community Land Trust.     Tales from the Trenches: The realities of life in intentional communities 

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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 intentional communities 

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Marissa Ashkar

Marissa Ashkar is from The People of Color Sustainable Housing Network (POCSHN) is a resource network for people of color interested in building intentional, healthy, and affordable housing communities in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Since starting in February 2015, it has grown to become an intergenerational network hosting quarterly potlucks, tours, study groups, and educational workshops. The network was established in response to extreme increases in housing costs, rapid gentrification, and the lack of socio-economic diversity among the intentional community movement across the United States. Beyond Diversity to Liberation: Intentional Communities as platforms for social justice Tales from the Trenches: The realities of life in intentional communities

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