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Pre- & Post-Conference One-Day Intensive Workshops


Reclaiming Indigenous Worldviews: Implementing the Rights of Nature in the Bay Area and Beyond.

Join Indigenous culture bearers to explore ways that First Peoples’ traditional worldviews can be adopted into law to protect natural systems for all peoples. Co-hosted by California Indian TEK experts, this day-long workshop offers a rare opportunity to learn about how Indigenous worldviews connect people to place through intimate discussion, cultural arts and hands-on activities. Indigenous guests will share how they have adopted the “Rights of Nature” approach in a variety of contexts, empowering participants with the know-how to organize for the “Rights of Nature” in their communities.

Thursday, October 19th, 2017 from 9:00 a.m.- 4:15 p.m. PT.

Cost: $195, discounts for students and educators.

Location: McNears Beach Park, San Rafael, California.

Included: Light breakfast and traditional Native harvest lunch by Chef Crystal Wahpepah, CEO Wapehpah Kitchens.

Shuttle leaves Embassy Suites @ 8:15-8:30 a.m.



Carbon Farming Breakthroughs—Building Soil to Radically Mitigate Climate Disruption

Co-sponsored with the Marin Carbon Project

 “Climate change, quite simply, cannot be halted without fixing agriculture.”

Michael Pollan

Capturing and storing carbon in the soil—carbon sequestration—is among the most practical and promising ways to mitigate climate disruption on a large scale. Carbon farming also has multiple agricultural benefits: protecting against drought and flooding, enhancing fertility, and boosting production.

The Marin Carbon Project, led by John Wick and Calla Rose Ostrander, is one of the nation’s most cutting-edge research efforts in this domain, performing field trials, gathering rigorous data, and advancing state and federal policies to create carbon farming plans and incentives for farmers.

We’ll spend the day at the beautiful Stemple Creek Ranch in West Marin, a thousand acres protected in perpetuity in an agricultural land trust, which raises grass-fed beef and lamb using strict animal welfare practices, and which has protected three miles of riparian area and planted 1,000 trees to help control erosion, provide shade, and create habitat for wildlife.

We’ll discover firsthand how carbon farming practices work and their enormous potential. Our guides will be: Loren Poncia, rancher/owner of Stemple Creek (which has been in his family for a century); John Wick, rancher, carbon farmer, and sustainable land management advocate, co-founder of the Marin Carbon Project and co-owner of the Nicasio Native Grass Ranch in Marin; and Calla Rose Ostrander, a strategic advisor to individuals and organizations committed to stabilizing Earth’s climate who worked for 10 years in municipal climate policy for the cities of Aspen and San Francisco and also worked at Earth Economics and the Rocky Mountain Institute; other presenters TBA.

Monday, October 23rd, 2017 from 10am-5pm PST

Location: Stemple Creek Ranch, Tomales, CA

Price: $195 (includes lunch)

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