Jul Bystrova

Jul has been an activist, healing practitioner, teacher and community organizer. She has been active in the Transition movement, especially in regards to "Inner Resilience". She is currently working on her latest book about the "wild mind" and a nonprofit organization called Era of Care. Stalking the Wild Mind

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Katia Sol

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Katia_Sol.jpg[/image_frame] Katia Sol, Ph.D. is passionate about helping individuals cultivate the personal shifts that in turn enable them to transform their lives, their communities, and the world. Katia has spent the last 20 years facilitating educational, international development, and leadership programs in more than 30 countries and with several First Nations around the world. Her primary work is as the Co-Director for Ecology of Leadership programs at the Regenerative Design Institute. She also works with people one-on-one to support their individual transformation and healing, and leads customized retreats. Katia’s primary areas of expertise include transformative learning, group facilitation, Indigenous wisdom practices, experiential education, leadership development, and global…

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Kerry Brady

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Kerry Brady, MA, SEP, supports others in awakening to an embodied recognition of our essential nature and inherent place within the larger unfolding web of life. She is the co-founder and director of Ecology of Awakening, which offers programs focused on collectively Re-Storying ourselves into the living Earth community to support the shift in consciousness needed to create a truly regenerative culture. Kerry has more than 25 years of experience in transformational modalities including non-dual wisdom approaches, psychotherapy, Somatic Experiencing trauma work, permaculture, nature-based retreats and vision quests. Kerry created and teaches Living Resiliency workshops, integrating biologically based trauma work with permaculture principles and practices in…

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Love, Leadership and the Sacred

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Screen-Shot-2016-08-20-at-10.58.45-PM.png[/image_frame] In these turbulent times - with many of our hearts stretched and breaking - what is the most potent inner source for our leadership toward that more beautiful world our hearts know is possible? How do we find, cultivate and lead from that source, while composting the old stories, patterns, and structures that don’t serve life - within us and around us? What kind of leadership arises in deep contact with the living earth and in communion with a village of sacred and trusted allies? And how can we root our efforts and actions - in our own lives and on behalf of all life -…

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Mallika Nair

Mallika Nair is an environmental justice activist and the Founder and Director of Growing Together, an Oakland based fruit tree planting and environmental education organization (growingtogetherproject.org). As a first generation American, born in New York City, Mallika grew up at the intersection of cultures and between urban and natural wild spaces, and has made it her life work to heal that divide and bring people closer to the heart of the living world. Effie Rawlings’ interest in education, Agroecology, and community organizing was catalyzed by her family’s experiences farming seed, her time serving as Cryptologic Linguist in the US Army, and her introduction to processes of decolonization at Sisonke School, South…

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Marna Schwartz

Marna was certified more than 10 years ago in Kripalu Yoga, a gentle hatha yoga practice with a compassionate approach and emphasis on meditation, physical healing and spiritual transformation that overflows from the yoga mat into daily life. She has studied permaculture and is passionate about tools to cultivate authentic and sustainable community. Also certified at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Marna teaches private and corporate yoga in Silicon Valley. She offers myriad opportunities in person & online to help individuals, couples, & groups optimize wellness, communication, & joy. Find out more at pleasureyoga.com and privateyogacoach.com     2017 Workshop: Yoga and Interpersonal Resilience: Sustainability in Connection

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Matthew Nelson

Matthew Nelson is a movement artist, activist, educator, researcher, therapist, and entrepreneur. Particularly in love with the act of dancing, Matthew experiences movement as a way of aligning energy with form. Eternally curious, Matthew makes opportunities out of questions, and encourages others to do the same. He’s collected qualifications, including an MFA in Modern Dance and certifications in Laban Movement Analysis, Massage, and Pilates. Yet, Matthew likes to play between the lines of techniques and traditions, seeking solutions to the timely question of how humans can learn to live with resilience and in diversity, efficiently and easefully collaborating with each other from a base of compassion. He breathes embodiment as ground…

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Maximilian Brotman

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Max Brotman is a radical mycologist and member of Bay Area Applied Mycology, a non-profit that practices mycoforestry with public and private land managers, and operates an open mycology laboratory at the Omni Commons in Oakland, Ca. Max tends the Courtland Creek Garden in east Oakland, Ca. Founded with Claire Brown in 2012, the CCG is a half-acre, hillside-terraced forest-garden with botanical diversity, mushroom installations, rainwater harvesting, beekeeping, neighborhood chicken co-op, and community composting. Max Brotman founded Rhizosphere Soils, which consults with farmers to design and implement large-scale compost systems for waste stream management and building soil organic-matter.   2016 Convergence Workshop: The Mycelial Metaphor  

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Michael Wellman

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Michael is a doctoral student at the California Institute of Integral Studies with an emphasis in radical ecology and ecospirituality. His interests reside at the intersection of permaculture, rewilding, radical activism, and consciousness studies. 2016 Convergence Panel: Feeding the Revolution: Permaculture in a time of Resistence    

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Moon Blood Empowerment

When we live in alignment with these changing seasons within our bodies, we live closer to the earth’s natural flow, and create more ease, strength, adaptability, and empowerment through our attunement to the changing, cycling needs of our bodies and of the world around us. Presented by Abigail Hinds  

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Permeaculture

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] What can yoga teach us at the individual, relationship, and group levels to empower thriving communities and appropriately permeable culture? We'll learn yogic tools to increase awareness and help optimize interpersonal energy ecology. Practices include postures, breath, mindfulness, voice, listening, and connecting deeply with self and other. Like yoga, healthy relationship requires a life affirming balance between structure and flexibility. Presented By: Marna Schwartz  

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Resource or Being, how do we treat our place in the world?

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Is our earth a resource or a being? This workshop will engage the participants in an interactive dialogue to explore the stories of the places we come from and our relationship to them as designers, gardeners and farmers. We will actively seek solutions to the challenges presented by this question using Biodynamic and Permaculture principles. Presented by: Grover Stock Sunday September 18th | 11 – 12 AM | Solar Panel: La Luna

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Sacred Reciprocity : The Art of Peruvian Despacho

Join Madhu & Alex for an interactive Peruvian Despacho ceremony - an offering ritual to the natural world. Join Madhu & Alex for a community ritual from the high Andean traditions of the Paqokuna people. Together we will create a Despacho offering, a ritual feeding for the unseen beings who support the fulfillment of our personal and community lives. This experiential and prayerful workshop will allow participants an opportunity to give thanks by creating a community mandala with natural ingredients to feed the forces who feed us. We are now more than ever realizing the necessity to give back to Pachamama for all that she gives us. The Andean culture teaches…

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Sāmi Brothers : Madhu & Alex

The Sāmi Brothers are a ceremonial and musical duo, trained in the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition of cross-cultural shamanism, regularly holding community ceremonies in the Bay Area. They have multiple CD's out and are full time healing practitioners. Sacred Reciprocity : The Art of Peruvian Despacho  

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Sara Smith-Rubio

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Sara-Smith-Rubio-head-shot.jpg[/image_frame] Sara Smith-Rubio is an urban homesteader and mother in Sacramento. She was blessed to be raised white in the heart of a black community in Berkeley California. Sara holds PDC's from both the Instituto de Permacultura e Ecovilas do Cerrado and the Regenerative Design Institute. She complete a B.S. in Health Education, and a minor in Holistic Health from San Francisco State University. She worked for 6 years at Soil Born Farms Urban Agriculture & Education Project before building community from the home out as a stay-at-home-mom. Mrs. Smith-Rubio would like to see an ecological garden in every home, and is interested in building bridges cross…

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SpiritShield: An Integrated Permaculture & Transition Vision

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Image-SpiritShield-An-Integrated-Permaculture-Transition-Vision.png[/image_frame] Raising consciousness is hard work, like transforming the war shield (hate) into a peaceful place (love); we need resilience-centric tools, bottom-up community processes to achieve new rituals and traditions. We seek a spiritual permaculture. The alchemic sequence: War Shield > SpiritShield > New Myth is an artistic, participatory process; a timeline, story board, psychic protector and archetypical projection in the future. As a two-way conduit between the conscious and sub-conscious, the process of creating a new shield is one strategy to design and test new myths, rituals and traditions. Questions for participants: 1. How do you compare and contrast the two shields? 2. Which of the…

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Stalking the Wild Mind

Finding our wild mind and heart in a colonized world There is a growing conversation about "decolonizing", but in this discussion we will ask what this really means, especially from those still steeped in a 'white', western way of doing things. How do we better learn from our Indigenous relatives and live closer to our connection to the earth and to our own hearts? And how do we do this while yet utilizing the technologies and living in the structures that our colonized world has created. We are in a transitional and precarious time, but also exciting for those ready to build bridges of healing that are crucial for the survival…

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Sunil R Nair

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Sunil Nair is the Founder & CEO of Cogarden - a technology platform that connects People, Plants, and Places. Sunil has been involved in a variety of Food Justice initiatives - Seed Lending Libraries, Community Gardens, Urban Homesteading - along the East Bay, and at the NOFA-NJ Beginner Farmer Incubator program. Previously, Sunil led Line of Business, Business Process Engineering functions within technology companies in India, Middle East, and in the U.S. over a corporate career spanning 22 years, before taking a stay-at-home dad gig on becoming a first time parent in 2012. Sunil's primary focus is on creating a Community to Consumer food supply chain…

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Tayla Ealom

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Tayla-IMG_2292.jpg[/image_frame] Tayla Ealom is a yoga instructor, embodiment warrior, earthling, and celebrator of life. She recently entered her second year in the Somatic Psychotherapy Master's program at CIIS, an innovative, forward-thinking university in the heart of San Francisco. She spends a lot of time thinking about embodiment and what it means to be of this earth as a human Animal Being. In the time around that, she's busy with her hands crafting medicines, playing with herbs, and making up workshops about the things she learns. She strives to get everyone back into their bodies and get those bodies back into the web of life. 2016 Convergence Workshop:…

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The Art of Michael Lott

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Michael Lott is an abstract artist whose work is heavily inspired by his travels, the healing of our relationship with nature, humanity's movement towards spiritual integration, as well as the worlds opened up to him via dreams and the collective unconscious. The unique style that Michael's work takes on is inspired by synesthesia, a "condition" in which Michael's senses overlap and he perceives music and sound visually as a flowing, interwoven dance of colors and abstract patterns. Michael believes that his work holds rich subconscious symbolism, and that it can be seen as a foreign yet universally familiar language. www.michaellottart.com 

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