Explore the daily schedule for the 2019 Bioneers Conference. We are still adding keynote speakers and afternoon sessions – come back periodically to see what's new!

Thursday, October 17th

Honoring California Indian Woven Knowledge: A Full Day Traditional Ecological Knowledge Workshop, Oct. 17.

The weaving of baskets represents the journey through life. As the weaver interlaces strands, they pray, reflecting on the interconnectedness of all life. This is what gives a basket strength. Join us for a day of celebrating California Indian basket makers and the traditional ecological knowledge for protecting all life that is woven into them. In this day-long workshop, participants will learn how to make their own basket, start to finish. Throughout the day, California Indian knowledge bearers will share the significance of weaving, the baby basket and cradleboard revitalization movement, and traditional child-raising methods. This event takes place outdoors, down by the ocean at McNears Beach Park just 15 minutes from the conference grounds. 

We will provide a light breakfast and fully-catered Indigenous foods lunch.

With invited presenters Leah Mata-Fragua (Northern Chumash), Sage LaPena, Cutcha Risling Baldy, L Frank Manriquez, Edward Willie, and CIMCC Youth.

Location: Site 7, McNears Beach, San Rafael, CA. 
Price: $195, includes lunch & transport.
Shuttle leaves Embassy Suites in San Rafael, CA at 8:15 a.m.

October 17th | 8:15 am to 4:30 pm

Note: A separate $195 fee is required for this event.

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Panelists


Leah Mata-Fragua
Adjunct Professor
Institute of American Indian Arts
Cutcha Risling Baldy
Assistant Professor and Department Chair of Native American Studies
Humboldt State
Edward Willie
Native Ecologist, Artist

Friday, October 18th

We are living through the most dangerous challenge to free government in the U.S. anyone of us alive has encountered. Like a house with crumbling foundations, American democracy is suffering from decades of deferred maintenance. The challenge of repairing and updating our institutions would be difficult enough, but we obviously do not live in “normal times.” The pace of change is faster, threats bigger, risks global, and the time to forestall the worst is very short. David Orr, one of the nation’s most lucid and influential thought leaders, draws from his forthcoming book, Democracy Unchained: Politics as if All People Matter, to consider what we must do to return to the better angels of our collective nature and turn the ship around. What happens next is up to us.  

October 18th | 9:30 am to 10:00 am | Veterans' Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

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Keynote


David Orr
Professor
Oberlin College

Introduction by Nina Simons, Bioneers co-founder and Chief Relationship Strategist

Wind, water, and time are agents of erosion evident in the desert. They have shaped the spectacular physical landscape of our nation from the Great Smokies to the Grand Canyon. But Terry Tempest Williams is also seeing another kind of erosion in America: erosion of democracy; erosion of science, decency, compassion, and trust.  “How do we find the strength to not look away from all that is breaking our hearts?” she asks. “What if our undoing leads us to our becoming? We are eroding and evolving, at once.” Terry Tempest Williams, one of this country’s most beloved authors and defenders of public lands, and social and environmental justice, comes to us from her desert home in Utah.  She writes, ” Beauty is its own resistance. Water can crack stone.”

October 18th | 10:00 am to 10:30 am | Veterans' Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

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Introduced by


Nina Simons
Co-Founder
Bioneers

Keynote


October 18th | 10:45 am to 11:00 am | Veterans' Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

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Introduction by Hector Sanchez-Flores, Executive Director, National Compadres Network

The U.S. and the world are experiencing profound levels of stress and anxiety that many are calling a “New Dark Ages.” It’s a public health crisis that’s triggering in many people unresolved traumas that are manifesting in widespread uneasiness, poor public health, social dysfunction, and alienation, with epidemic levels of violence, suicide, substance abuse and anxiety-related behaviors. Through traditional stories and personal reflections, Jerry Tello will offer the “medicine” necessary to shield ourselves from this toxic energy, and to remind us of the intrinsic teachings that we all possess in our ancestral knowledge. He will suggest how to discover, uncover and recover our sacredness and how we can return to health and wellbeing. Jerry is from a family of Mexican, Texan and Coahuiltecan roots, and was raised in the South Central/Compton areas of Los Angeles. He’s considered an international expert in the areas of transformational healing, men and boys of color, racial justice, and community peace and mobilization. He is co-founder of the Healing Generations Institute, NCN, and is the author of Recovering Your Sacredness, A Father’s Love, and a series of children’s books. He co-edited Family Violence and Men of Color, and has served as a principal consultant for Scholastic Books on International Bilingual Literacy curriculum.

October 18th | 11:00 am to 11:30 am | Veterans' Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

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Keynote


Jerry Tello

Sacred Circles Center

Introduction by Nina Simons, Bioneers co-founder and Chief Relationship Strategist

Topic Coming Soon.

October 18th | 11:30 am to Noon | Veterans' Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

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Introduced by


Nina Simons
Co-Founder
Bioneers

Keynote


Eve Ensler
Founder
V-Day

Title and Topic Coming Soon.

October 18th | Noon to 12:10 pm

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Introduction by Steve Katz, Publisher, Mother Jones

Democracy is in crisis, and one central reason is the transformation of the media landscape resulting from the collapse of the economic model for news. From where will truth-seeking, fact-based, trustworthy journalism come as we rebuild our democracy? How do we overcome the hyper-capitalist algorithm devouring the free press? Monika Bauerlein is the groundbreaking CEO and former Co-Editor of Mother Jones, which since 1976 has stood among the world’s premier progressive investigative journalism news organizations.

October 18th | 12:10 pm to 12:45 pm | Veterans' Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

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Keynote


The Slam Poet Harvester weaves the morning’s highlights into bardic verse.

October 18th | 12:30 pm to 12:45 pm | Veterans' Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

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Climbing PoeTree harnesses creativity as the antidote to destruction through their award-winning spoken word and hip hop-infused world music.  They’ll perform material from their dazzling recent album, Intrinsic. A collaboration with over 33 world-class musicians. 

October 18th | 12:40 pm to 12:50 pm | Veterans' Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

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Educators, who, in our eyes, have the world’s most noble and under-appreciated calling, are probably the most well represented profession among Bioneers attendees. Come share your thoughts about how best to equip tomorrow’s citizens and leaders with the tools they will need to radically re-shape our civilization. Facilitated by Yeshe Salz, Bay Area Climate Adaptation Network (BayCAN).

October 18th | 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

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Panelists


Yeshe Salz
Project Manager
Bay Area Climate Adaptation Network

Calling all permaculturists and permacurious folks! Join us for an interactive session to explore how we can foster deeper connections within and among our bioregions. We’ll have interactive boards to facilitate connections, conversations, and inspirations among the permaculture community and beyond! All are welcome at this networking and bioregional organizing session. Bring your lunch and be ready to meet new people. Hosted by: Melissa Fant, John Valenzuela and David Shaw from Santa Cruz Permaculture.

October 18th | 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

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Panelists


David Shaw
Founder
Santa Cruz Permaculture
Melissa Ott Fant
Founder
Green Gal

Grab your lunch and join us in the Indigenous Forum to view the work and celebrate the accomplishments of talented Native American youth who, in partnership with Google Earth, have created digital stories on a range of themes about the issues that matter most to them.

October 18th | 2:00 pm to 2:30 pm

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Permaculture is a whole-systems design approach that uses principles and methods derived from ecosystems, nature-connected communities, and other time-tested systems to create ethical human settlements and institutions. Co-founded by Right Livelihood Award laureate Bill Mollison in Australia, people around the world now practice permaculture. Join us for a conversation with Mollison’s grandson, Stuart Muir Wilson, about how permaculture can advance ecological justice, renewable energy and ecological literacy to help mitigate climate change, catalyze systems change, and foster resilient communities. With: Stuart Muir Wilson, Program Coordinator for the Ecological Justice Hub at Jesuit Social Services in Australia. Hosted by: David Shaw, Right Livelihood College at UC Santa Cruz; Melissa Fant, Santa Cruz Permaculture.

October 18th | 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm

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Panelists


Stuart Muir Wilson
Environmental Architect
David Shaw
Founder
Santa Cruz Permaculture
Melissa Ott Fant
Founder
Green Gal

In this workshop, Jennifer Browdy shows how to harness the power of purposeful memoir to be a force for positive change in ourselves, our communities, and the world. She’s an award-winning memoirist, literature professor and a leading expert in writing about social and environmental justice, arts activism and women’s leadership. Through readings, writing exercises, guided sharing and facilitated conversations, we’ll work towards an answer to a most potent question for our time: How can each of us be a strong link in the unbroken chain between past and future, using our gifts and dedicating our precious lifetimes to making the world a better place?

October 18th | 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm

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Panelists


Jennifer Browdy
Professor
Bard College

Fake news, junk news, viral headlines, scandals and newsroom layoffs. What’s happening in—and to—the news can make your head hurt. But there is a way to build a better, more just and democratic model for journalism than the corporate media of the past. We’ll hear from the courageous people doing it. Hosted by Mother Jones CEO Monika Bauerlein. Speakers to be announced.

October 18th | 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm

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We all know it’s absolutely critical that we replace our polluting and inefficient infrastructure with truly sustainable alternatives, but while renewable, non-toxic energy sources and materials are critically important to reduce our destructive impacts on the biosphere, we need to be more ambitious. To usher in a genuinely Earth- and life-honoring civilization we need to create a built environment that reconnects human beings to the natural world—one in which buildings, cities and vibrant communities are brimming with plant and animal life; one where hospitals nurture psycho-spiritual as well as physical healing and children love being in their schools. Three of the nation’s leading figures in biophilic design and architecture share their ideas on how to start making this vision a reality. With: Al Tozer, Education and Living Building Challenge Director at the International Living Future Institute; Erin English, Senior Engineer at Biohabitats; Richard V. Piacentini, President and CEO of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

October 18th | 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm

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Al Tozer
Living Building Challenge Director
International Living Future Institute
Erin English
Practice Leader and Ecological Engineer
Biohabitats Inc.
Richard Piacentini
President and CEO
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

How do we tune in to the Earth for guidance on how to partner with nature to live sustainably on our beloved planet? Come explore the medicine under our feet as we practice some simple, everyday ways of tuning in and listening to what the Earth has to teach us.

October 18th | 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm

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Environmental literacy and social justice are inextricably linked, and recent changes in California’s curricula fully encourage pedagogical exploration of this linkage. Three new academic content frameworks (in Science, History-Social Science, and Health) promote challenge-based learning, in which student inquiry leads to student action in local communities. Students are also discovering nature-inspired design, i.e. Biomimicry, as part of this process. In this session, we will meet a school district representative, a teacher, and a student, who will share their perspectives about this intersection of environmental literacy and social justice. We will also experience a hands-on immersion into the Biomimicry design process with a focus on how we could apply these methods in our own schools and communities. With: Juanita Chan, Rialto Unified School District; Kavita Gupta, Freemont Union High School District. Moderated by Emily Schell, Executive Director, California Global Education Project.

October 18th | 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm

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For too long women in general and women of color even more pointedly have been told to suppress their grief and rage in the name of love and forgiveness. No more. How do we reclaim our emotions in the labor of loving others? What might authentic reckoning, apology, and transformation look like, personally and politically, and where would they ultimately lead us? With three of the most extraordinary writers, activists and thought leaders of our era: Terry Tempest Williams, Eve Ensler, and Valarie Kaur.

October 18th | 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm

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Panelists


Eve Ensler
Founder
V-Day
Valarie Kaur
Founder
Revolutionary Love Project

Our body is a walking library, filled with knowledge, memories and insights, but when intense experiences go “undigested,“ our wellness can be imperiled and our focus impaired. Come discover powerful processes that help connect us to our bodies and self-knowing and that provide fertile soil for mutual support, collaborative relationships and sacred visioning. With: Ruby Gibson, Th.D., Executive Director, Freedom Lodge, international trainer, developer of Somatic Archaeology™; Ana Sophia Demetrakopoulos, facilitator/trainer, Gaiacraxia.

October 18th | 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm

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Panelists


Ruby Gibson
Executive Director
Freedom Lodge

Indigenous women hold the knowledge and ability to nurture life, and in many communities they are also the first line responders to environmental and social threats to community wellbeing. This panel will explore: the roles Indigenous women play in supporting and upholding life from birth to death (and beyond); the resurgence of Indigenous midwifery; women’s coming of age ceremonies; and how to make conscious choices to treat food as medicine and our bodies as sacred. With: Cutcha Risling Baldy (Hupa/Yurok/Karuk); Sage LaPena (Wintu); others TBA.

October 18th | 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm

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Panelists


Cutcha Risling Baldy
Assistant Professor and Department Chair of Native American Studies
Humboldt State

As we confront the alarming manifestations of climate disruption and local environmental challenges, we become acutely conscious of both our love for the places and species in our lives and of our sorrow for what’s happening to them. In this workshop, we explore how surviving—and actually thriving—in hard times means holding the balance between these two deep and valid emotions. We’ll offer a simple practice for staying connected with the places we care about during hard times. Participants will also take a short reflective solo walk outside on the grounds of the Marin Center to look for signs of nature’s balance around the lake, the wetland, even in the weeds in the sidewalk cracks. With: Polly Howells, co-leader of Reclaiming Our Lives, Reclaiming Our Earth workshops; Trebbe Johnson, founder/Director of Radical Joy for Hard Times.

October 18th | 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm

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Panelists


Polly Howells

Radical Joy for Hard Times
Trebbe Johnson
Founder and Director
Radical Joy for Hard Times

Current debates about the standing of LGBTQIA+ persons have raised new awareness around gender and sexuality. People whose sexual attractions and gender identities cannot be contained within hetero-normative (and binary/cisgender) culture have always existed, but oppression, discrimination, and violence against them have long been the norm and continue. In the U.S. transgender people have been especially singled out for targeted abuse. We must re-envision a radically inclusive society that gives full permission to individual sexualities and identities. This session will look at the systemic oppression of gender and sexual minorities in the context of intersectionality and explore how to achieve the full inclusion of all genders to help bring humanity to its full potential. With: Erica Anderson, Ph.D., President of USPATH, the newly created affiliate of WPATH, the World Professional Association for Transgender Health; Fresh White; others TBA.

October 18th | 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm

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Panelists


Erica Anderson
President-Elect
USPATH - World Professional Association for Transgender Health

Come discover the history, practices and principles of the Restorative Justice (RJ) Movement. We will explore how this powerfully effective approach that can help connect people, resolve conflicts and heal wounded social relationships is being implemented in schools and communities, as well as how RJ practices and principles are vulnerable to being co-opted when used without the highest integrity. With: Teiahsha Bankhead, MSW, Ph.D., Executive Director of Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY); Randy Compton, President and co-founder of Restorative Solutions, Inc.

October 18th | 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm

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Panelists


Teiahsha Bankhead
Executive Director
Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth
Randy Compton
President
Restorative Solutions

Come participate in an engaging discussion with young climate leaders who will be discussing their various theories of change, organizing practices and personal stories of how they got catalyzed to act! Facilitated by youth from Bay Area Sunrise.

October 18th | 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm

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Artists respond at the edges of birth and death. This multimedia storytelling circle centers the embodied experiences of artists rescuing, making, and stewarding creative pursuits on the frontline edges of catastrophe and celebration—as in hurricane, as in border patrol, as in right to choose, as in ring shout! Join four “culture-doulas” who will share strategies and tactics for survival and regeneration through images, songs and words. With: Ashara Ekundayo, Independent curator, author of the upcoming Artist As First Responder; Tara Trudell, multimedia artist, photographer, poet, organizer; Christa Bell, multimedia artist, co-curator of HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN?; Angela Wellman, trombonist, scholar, educator, founder, Oakland Public Conservatory of Music.

October 18th | 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

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Panelists


Ashara Ekundayo

AECreative Consulting Partners
Tara Trudell
Multimedia Artist
Christa Bell
Multidisciplinary Artist
thewayblackmachine
Angela Wellman
Founder
Oakland Public Conservatory of Music

The renaissance of documentary films is having real impact and influence on social change. How can documentaries best achieve this purpose? How can filmmakers be best equipped to operate in today’s vastly expanded digital space, including navigating difficult issues of “fair” and “transformative” use? Hosted by: Jeremy Kagan, award-winning filmmaker and founder of Change Making Media Lab at the School of Cinematic Arts at USC. With: master filmmaker Louie Psihoyos, (Racing Extinction, The Cove); Jennifer Taylor, multiple award-winning documentarian (Paulina, Home Front, New Muslim Cool); Shaun Spalding, leading intellectual property attorney at New Media Rights; Stephen Most, award-winning writer, filmmaker, playwright and author of Stories Make the World, Reflections on Storytelling and the Art of the Documentary.

October 18th | 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

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Panelists


Jeremy Kagan
Director, Writer and Producer
USC’s School of Cinematic Arts
Louie Psihoyos
Executive Director
Oceanic Preservation Society
Shaun Spalding
Assistant Director
New Media Rights
Stephen Most
Writer/Producer

We’re seeing the emergence of new generations of highly innovative urban farmers. They’re idealistic but savvy, hard working and very ethnically diverse. They often embed social justice and spirituality into a back-to-the-land ethos that includes reconnecting with nature to develop a healthy harmonious way of life. But remarkably they’re doing it in urban and suburban environments where most people now live. Hear from exemplary pathfinders of this extraordinary movement. Hosted by Arty Mangan, Director of Bioneers’ Restorative Food Systems Program. With: Chanowk and Judith Yisrael of Sacramento’s Yisreal Family Farm; Karen Washington of New York City’s Rise and Root Farm; Shawn Harrison of Soil Born Farms in Rancho Cordova, CA.

October 18th | 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

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Panelists


Chanowk Yisrael
Co-founder
Yisrael Family Urban Farm
Judith Yisrael
Director
Yisrael Family Urban Farm
Karen Washington
Co-Owner/Farmer
Rise & Root Farm
Shawn Harrison
Co-Director
Soil Born Farms
Arty Mangan
Restorative Food Systems Director
Bioneers

While women’s movements are foundational in the struggle to create a far more just, equitable and compassionate world, we will never solve the whole problem unless we transform the outmoded but dominant toxic ideas of what a “real man” is. Join leading figures in the quest to forge a new form of Sacred Manhood who have worked in very challenging environments to help at-risk boys and men transition to far healthier and more productive ways of inhabiting their bodies, minds, communities, and the planet. With: Jerry Tello, co-founder of the Healing Generations Institute, NCN; Jewel Love Jr., psychotherapist and CEO of Black Executive Men. Hosted by Will Scott, co-founder of the Weaving Earth Center for Relational Education.

October 18th | 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

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Panelists


Jerry Tello

Sacred Circles Center
Jewel Love
CEO
Black Executive Men
Will Scott
Co-Founder
Weaving Earth Center for Relational Education

This year marks the 40th Anniversary of the Right Livelihood Award (RLA), aka the “Alternative Nobel Prize,” and the 10th Anniversary of the Right Livelihood College (RLC), a partnership between the RLA and universities worldwide. Come celebrate with RLA laureates and faculty and students from RLC Santa Cruz, and give your input to our plan for the next 10 years of action-research for the common good. With: Nicanor Perlas, Right Livelihood Award laureate; Stuart Muir Wilson, permaculture designer and grandson of RLA laureate Bill Mollison; and special guests TBA. Hosted by: Chris Benner, Institute for Social Transformation at UC Santa Cruz; David Shaw, Right Livelihood College at UC Santa Cruz.

October 18th | 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

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Panelists


Chris Benner
Chair
Everett Program
Stuart Muir Wilson
Environmental Architect
David Shaw
Founder
Santa Cruz Permaculture

The Green New Deal is an idea whose time has finally come. But what will it really take to build the enduring structures, institutions and global cooperation that actually reconcile the core contradictions between markets and the public good, between dignified work and robots, between the laws of nature and principles of social and justice and economic democracy? A radical free-range jam among thought leaders and doers. Hosted by Greg Watson, Shumacher Institute for New Economics. With: Paul Hawken, Project Drawdown; Vien Truong, former ED of Green For All; David Orr, State of American Democracy Project.

October 18th | 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

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Panelists


Greg Watson
Director of Policy and Systems Design
Schumacher Center for a New Economics
Paul Hawken
Founder
Project Drawdown
David Orr
Professor
Oberlin College
Vien Truong

Truong & Associates

Modern Western genetics and Traditional Indigenous Knowledge share common ground in their understanding that the traits and tendencies we inherit from our ancestors can affect our health in both positive and negative ways. However, our genes are not our destiny. We can engage in activities that mediate the expression of both troublesome and beneficial genetic variants. In this session we will explore how traditional Indigenous lifestyle practices can improve our genetic plasticity and move us away from victimhood and poor health to wellness. Presenters will share somatic and mindfulness-based techniques based in Indigenous ways of knowing that can help us cure our historical amnesia, deepen our self-awareness, boost our self-reliance, and restore our power to consciously manifest our unique destiny. With: Dr. Michael Yellow Bird (Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara); Dr. Ruby Gibson (Oglala Sioux).

October 18th | 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

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Panelists


Ruby Gibson
Executive Director
Freedom Lodge
Dr. Michael Yellow Bird
Dean of the Faculty of Social Work
University of Manitob

In this deeply interactive workshop with highly experienced facilitator, researcher and social innovator Ana Sophia Demetrakopoulos, we will explore how to use the Resiliency Map/Storytelling Blanket, a powerful process to support embodied communication and mutual visibility in groups that originated in Canada in an intercultural collaboration of community-based activists to help organizations and individuals working to help those with HIV/AIDS provide better peer support and deepen their collaborative capacity.

October 18th | 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

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How can philanthropy and impact investing break free from traditional models that simply replicate existing systems of hierarchy and the vicious circle of concentration of wealth? What’s the emerging potential of genuinely new ways of doing business? With: Joel Solomon, author of The Clean Money Revolution: Reinventing Power, Purpose, and Capitalism, Chairman of Renewal Funds; Taij Kumarie Moteelal, founder of Standing in Our Power, former Executive Director of Resource Generation; others TBA.

October 18th | 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

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Panelists


Joel Solomon
Chairman
Renewal Funds
Taij Kumarie Moteelall
Founder
Standing in Our Power

Come practice your storytelling skills in this creative media laboratory. We’ll discuss ethical journalism dilemmas, enact on-the-ground direct action scenarios, and engage each other in telling our unique stories on and off camera.

October 18th | 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

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Tianna Arredondo
Co-Founder
Frontline’s to Power

Life in the City of Dirty Water offers us an intimate portrait of the remarkable life of Indigenous climate change campaigner, Clayton Thomas-Muller, who went from being an abused child and an addicted and incarcerated street hustler to becoming a Sundancer, father, husband and one of the nation’s most renowned activists (with the Indigenous Environmental Network, Idle No More, and 350.org). Introduced by Clayton Thomas-Muller.

October 18th | 6:40 pm to 7:05 pm

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Panelists


Clayton Thomas-Muller
Stop it at the Source Campaigner
350.org

This inspiring film conveys the deep spiritual connection to the natural world that was once fundamental to the experience of being human but that far too many modern people have lost. Featuring such stellar thought leaders as Bill McKibben, Naomi Klein, Rose Macario (CEO of Patagonia) and many others, it drives home how we must rediscover the awe and compassion that wild nature can awaken in us if we are to make sure we continue to have a habitable planet. Introduced by Suez Jacobson, Wild Hope’s Executive Producer.

October 18th | 7:10 pm to 7:50 pm

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Panelists


Suez Jacobson
Executive Producer and Writer
Wild Hope

This film tells the story of the truly exemplary socially conscious REBBL beverage company, which was born out of a campaign to combat the underlying causes of human trafficking (a global plague), initially in Peru, but now working in 29 countries. It focuses on the company’s efforts to partner with Indigenous Amazonian Brazil nut harvesters in Peru as a case study to highlight the sort of long-term engagement and relationship building required to develop truly ethical and sustainable supply chains. Introduced by Kathleen Tan of REBBL.

October 18th | 7:55 pm to 8:30 pm

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Panelists


Kathleen Tan
Marketing Coordinator
REBBL Beverage Company

This film, just nominated for 2 Emmy Awards, follows the trajectory of the state of Maine’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (the first ever in the U.S.), created to investigate the systematic removal of Native American children from their homes, which continued in many parts of the country into the 1970s. Dawnland documents interviews of many witnesses who suffered devastating consequences from this state-sanctioned child abuse and attempted cultural erasure. It is the most powerful account of Indigenous child removal in the U.S. so far, and it foregrounds the immense challenges that this commission faces as it works toward truth, reconciliation, and the survival of all Indigenous peoples.

October 18th | 8:35 pm to 10:00 pm

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We are being called upon to cultivate a camaraderie of jaunty aplomb in dangerous times. We now have no choice but to out-enthuse the dementors to align all the polarities into liberating spirals. Worn-out structures are collapsing; how do we build new structures of supportive solace dedicated to collective well-being? Let’s mobilize all our irresistible eloquence and metaphoric agility on behalf of what we love to transform hubris into humus out of which will grow a new democratic animism aligned with nature’s guiding genius. Trickster co-operators are standing by!

October 18th | 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm

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Panelists


Caroline Casey
Chief Trickster
Coyote Network News

Saturday, October 19th

Introduction by Kenny Ausubel, Bioneers CEO and founder.

What lessons can we draw from three decades of struggles to address the existential threat of climate disruption? What do our failures reveal about the flaws of our political system and the economic nihilism of the fossil fuel industry? What strategies are most likely to lead to greater success to save our species from itself? Bill McKibben is perhaps our nation’s most influential environmental activist as well as one of our most brilliant thinkers and authors. The co-founder of 350.org, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement, Bill wrote The End of Nature (1989), the first general audience book that warned the country about climate change.

October 19th | 9:45 am to 10:15 am | Veterans' Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

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Introduced by


Kenny Ausubel
CEO and Founder
Bioneers

Keynote


Bill McKibben
Founder
350.org

Introduction by Nina Simons, Bioneers co-founder and Chief Relationship Strategist

“Is this the darkness of the tomb – or the darkness of the womb?” asks Valarie Kaur. Although we’ve mounted a powerful resistance to tyranny, injustice and violence during the Trump era, with 2020 in sight, we need more than resistance. We need to birth a new America. The extraordinarily passionate and effective civil rights attorney, faith leader and activist Valarie Kaur shares why she’s convinced that what our times demand is Revolutionary Love. It’s an orientation to life and our movements that harnesses all of the body’s emotions—grief, rage, and joy—and calls us to our highest bravery. We need to reclaim love as a form of sweet labor—fierce, demanding, and life-giving —and draw from the wisdom of the midwife: when in labor, breathe and push!

October 19th | 10:15 am to 11:10 am | Veterans' Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

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Introduced by


Nina Simons
Co-Founder
Bioneers

Keynote


Valarie Kaur
Founder
Revolutionary Love Project

October 19th | 11:10 am to 11:40 am | Veterans' Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

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Keynote


Destiny Arts
Youth Performance Company

Title and Topic Coming Soon.

October 19th | 11:40 am to 11:55 am | Veterans' Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

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Keynote


Mishka Banuri
Co-Founder
Utah Youth Environmental Solutions

Introduction by Kenny Ausubel, Bioneers CEO and founder

The visionary goal of Project Drawdown, founded by Paul Hawken, is to actually reverse global warming by drawing carbon out of the atmosphere back down to pre-industrial levels. All the practices and technologies documented in Paul’s best-selling Drawdown book are already commonly available, economically viable, and scientifically valid. The true power of Drawdown is its holistic nature. Doing what’s right for the climate means doing the right thing across the board and will also create abundant, meaningful jobs and a vibrant green economy. For over 30 years, Paul has been at the forefront of transformative solutions for people and planet, including his highly influential books The Ecology of Commerce, Natural Capitalism and Blessed Unrest.

October 19th | 11:55 am to 12:30 pm | Veterans' Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

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Introduced by


Kenny Ausubel
CEO and Founder
Bioneers

Keynote


Paul Hawken
Founder
Project Drawdown

The Slam Poet Harvester weaves the morning’s highlights into bardic verse.

October 19th | 12:30 pm to 12:45 pm | Veterans' Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

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Bioneers attracts an amazingly diverse mix of cutting-edge activists working on a broad range of issues around the country and the planet. Come meet fellow agents of change to compare notes and share ideas and visions of the future. Facilitated by Yeshe Salz, Bay Area Climate Adaptation Network (BayCAN).

October 19th | 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

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Yeshe Salz
Project Manager
Bay Area Climate Adaptation Network

Imagine a city where lawns are replaced with fruit and nut trees and other edible crops, where porches and windowsills overflow with culinary and medicinal herbs. Let’s make this a reality in our own yards and porches! Come hear about food forests and permaculture, medicinal herbs that everyone should be familiar with, and herbs that grow well in Bay Area climates. We’ll also have the opportunity to engage with interactive boards throughout the space to share ideas, connect with others, and get inspired. With: John Valenzuela, Cornucopia Food Forest Gardens and Santa Cruz Permaculture; Darren Huckle, Roots of Wellness; Cameron Salomon, Kindred Herbs. Hosted by: Melissa Fant and David Shaw from Santa Cruz Permaculture.

October 19th | 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

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Melissa Ott Fant
Founder
Green Gal
David Shaw
Founder
Santa Cruz Permaculture

From the Civil Rights Movement to South Africa to 1960s folk and rock, music has long been a powerful force for change. In this workshop with accomplished singer-songwriter and music educator Noe Venable, we’ll learn songs from a variety of traditions that can help bring us back into right alignment with: spirit, our own deep selves, the Earth, and each other. Everyone (at any level of musical ability or any age) welcome: Come connect, have a great time, and leave uplifted and renewed, equipped with powerful new songs to help you through life’s struggles.

October 19th | 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

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Noe Venable
Singer-Songwriter
Meadowlark Music Class

The climate justice movement is changing the conversation with many creative new strategies, including Fridays for the Future, the Green New Deal, and constant pressure for our institutions and municipalities to divest from fossil fuels. In July 2019, faculty across the UC system voted in favor of divesting from 200 publicly traded fossil fuel companies. While waiting for the UC Regents’ decision, activists of all ages continue to mobilize for divestment and climate justice. With: Bill McKibben, Right Livelihood Award laureate and co-founder of 350.org; Clair Brown, UC Berkeley Professor of Economics; Laurel Levin, student organizer with #FossilFreeUC; Kristy Drutman, host of Brown Girl Green. Hosted by: Chris Benner, Institute for Social Transformation at UC Santa Cruz; David Shaw, Right Livelihood College at UC Santa Cruz.

October 19th | 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm

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Bill McKibben
Founder
350.org
Clair Brown
Professor of Economics
UC Berkeley
Kristy Drutman
California Digital Campaigner
350.org
Chris Benner
Chair
Everett Program
David Shaw
Founder
Santa Cruz Permaculture

In this thrilling outdoor workshop, passionate chocolate-maker extraordinaire Jonas Ketterle of Firefly Ceremonial Cacao will share his deep knowledge of cacao (gained in part from working with Indigenous Maya farmers). He covers its origins, rituals and myths, regional varieties, processing techniques, cultural/economic/social realities, culinary uses, and health-promoting and mind-expanding properties. He will also lead us in a “hands-on” demonstration of ancestral stone ground chocolate-making, which we’ll get to sample (a once-in-a-lifetime experience!).

October 19th | 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm

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Jonas Ketterle
Founder
Firefly Chocolate

As the massive impacts of climate-change bear down on us, we need to develop and rapidly deploy a wide range of strategies to make our coastal, rural and urban communities as physically, economically, ecologically and psychologically resilient as possible. Leading practitioners explore a diverse array of approaches to building resilience. With: Brett KenCairn, Senior Climate and Sustainability Coordinator, City of Boulder, CO; Eriel Deranger (Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation), Executive Director, Indigenous Climate Action; Felicia Marcus, JD, former Chair of the California State Water Resources Control Board. Moderated by Mark Prain, Executive Director, Edmund Hillary Institute of New Zealand.

October 19th | 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm

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Eriel Deranger
Indigenous Climate Action
Executive Director and Co-Founder
Brett KenCairn
Senior Climate and Sustainability Coordinator
City of Boulder
Mark Prain
Director
Hillary Institute of International Leadership
Felicia Marcus
Former Chair
California State Water Resources Control Board

For millennia, we Earthlings have harnessed the power of pithy words to make changes in order to increase the odds of a future worth living. Come discover that you too have the power to turn your deepest truths and questions about our wobbly times into tiny but mighty 10-syllable wisdom-bits that can help you change your life and the world. Come write and speak your life forward in this interactive session with Rachel Bagby, originator of Dekaaz, co-founder of Women Bridging Worlds, author of Divine Daughters: Liberating the Power and Passion of Women’s Voices and Daughterhood: Sounding / Hidden Truths / Ignite Your Freedom.

October 19th | 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm

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Paul Hawken and guests will lead a collaborative workshop in which we will explore the dynamics of reversing global warming as laid out by the groundbreaking initiative Paul founded, Project Drawdown. We will also discuss the social pathways for implementing these solutions and the math behind the plan. Participants are free to bring their own plans, ideas and experience.

October 19th | 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm

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Paul Hawken
Founder
Project Drawdown

For women to be effective in “stepping into their power” and create a better world, they need the support of other women—they need to build alliances and communities across differences. It is only when women can connect across false divides globally that their struggles to protect and defend ecosystems, slow climate change and increase gender and social justice can succeed. Join some exemplary women activists who have had great success building diverse movements and bridging differences. With: Clare Dubois, founder and CEO of TreeSisters; Osprey Orielle Lake, founder/President of the Women’s Earth and Climate Caucus; Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D., renowned psychiatrist, Jungian analyst, activist and internationally best-selling author; Margaret Zhou, Partnerships Manager for International Rivers. Hosted by Cecile Lipworth, founder of Ripple Catalyst Studio and host of the weekly feminist radio show, Brave Space.

October 19th | 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm

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Cecile Lipworth
Founder
Ripple Catalyst Studio
Clare Dubois
Founder
TreeSisters.org
Osprey Orielle Lake
Executive Director
Women's Earth and Climate Action Network International
Margaret Zhou
Partnerships Manager
International Rivers

What would our society look like if we could marshal whole systems thinking that combined the best cultural and spiritual blueprints of our ancestors with our most radical contemporary creative imaginations? Some of the greatest visionary activists of our time, who happen to be women of color, gather to share stories and lived experiences to inspire us to rebirth ourselves personally, re-imagine our relationships to each other, and collectively manifest new systems, structures, policies and practices. With: Sonali Sangeeta Balajee, founder of The Bodhi Project; Brandi Mack, National Director of The Butterfly Movement; Taij Kumarie Mooteelall, founder and Co-Leader of Standing In Our Power.

October 19th | 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm

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Brandi Mack
National Director
The Butterfly Movement
Sonali Sangeeta Balajee
Founder
The Bodhi Project
Taij Kumarie Moteelall
Founder
Standing in Our Power

The world faces a confluence of crises—climate disruption, resource depletion, loss of biodiversity, food insecurity, seed industry consolidation, dying oceans. Fixing the global food system would make one of the most significant contributions to mitigating many of those calamities. A truly stellar, eclectic group of food systems thought leaders/activists/innovators will share creative responses to transforming the food system so that it genuinely serves people and the planet. With: Gary Nabhan, author, researcher, professor, farmer, genius, one of our era’s greatest agricultural ecologists and ethnobotanists; Bren Smith, co-founder/Executive Director of Greenwave, owner of Thimble Island Ocean Farm, brilliant pioneer of 3-D Restorative Ocean Farming; Karen Washington, co-owner of NYC’s Rise and Root Farm, one of the nation’s legendary pioneers of urban farming; Severine von Tscharner Fleming, Director of Greenhorns, founding Board President of the Agrarian Trust, one of the nation’s leading advocates and activists for young farmers.

October 19th | 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm

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Gary Nabhan
W.K. Kellogg Endowed Chair in Sustainable Food Systems
University of Arizona
Bren Smith
Executive Director
GreenWave
Karen Washington
Co-Owner/Farmer
Rise & Root Farm
Severine von Tscharner Fleming
Executive Director
Greenhorns

Russell and Suki Munsell have forty years’ experience in a wide range of mind-body modalities, movement disciplines, and somatic therapies. Join them in this outdoor workshop as they share their Dynamic Vitality Method, a unique full-body experience for all ages and fitness levels.  You’ll learn Dynamic Walking, a biomechanically based method to create balance between your mind, body and intention. Embody a more vibrant, graceful presence as you move through your life.

October 19th | 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm

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Suki Munsell
co-founder
Dynamic Vitality Method
Russell Munsell
co-founder
Dynamic Vitality Method

How can conscious engagement with plants, with which we’ve co-evolved since the dawn of our species, support healing in the physical, emotional and spiritual realms and help mend our separation from nature? Three brilliant herbalists/botanists, long on the cutting-edge of re-empowering the plant-human bond, share their insights. Hosted by Kathleen Harrison, plant person extraordinaire, President of Botanical Dimensions. With: Pam Montgomery, world-renowned herbalist, educator, spiritual ecologist, founder of the Organization of Nature Evolutionaries (O.N.E.), organizer of the Green Nations Gathering, author of Plant Spirit Healing and Partner Earth; Jolie Elan; founding Director of Go Wild Institute, deep ecologist, ethnobotanist, and global educator; Kami McBride, author of The Herbal Kitchen, with 25 years’ teaching experience, longtime leader of the beloved Earth Connection herb walks at Bioneers.

October 19th | 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm

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Jolie Elan
Director
Go Wild Institute
Pam Montgomery
Founder
Organization of Nature Evolutionaries
Kathleen Harrison
Co-founder and President
Botanical Dimensions

When your dream city is threatened, whom will your super(s)hero work with? How do they organize people? For our activism to be effective, we must be grounded in love for what we are creating, not only in hatred of what currently exists. Join us in this workshop to dream and work together. We’ll share real-world stories and connect over movements for change in our own communities. Led by Neeka Salmasi and West Oakland Legacy Project Youth.

October 19th | 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm

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Neeka Salmasi

Attitudinal Healing Connection

Women are the first responders to the Earth’s pain. As women movement leaders expose and work to dismantle the logic of exploitation that’s destroying the planet, they’re stepping into a brave space to bridge the divides of identity politics. In the process, they are working to give us a deeper understanding of how issues affecting women intersect with the pain of Mother Earth and how we might heal our communities, create regenerative and just solutions, and ultimately save the planet. Hosted by Cecile Lipworth, former Director of the global V-Day campaign. With: Taij Kumarie Moteelal, founder of Standing in Our Power, former Executive Director of Resource Generation; Tianna Arredondo of the Youth Climate Justice Spokesperson Bureau; Vanessa Daniel, founder and Executive Director of Groundswell Fund.

October 19th | 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

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Cecile Lipworth
Founder
Ripple Catalyst Studio
Taij Kumarie Moteelall
Founder
Standing in Our Power
Tianna Arredondo
Co-Founder
Frontline’s to Power
Vanessa Daniel
Executive Director
Groundswell Fund

2019 commemorates the 50-year anniversary of the 19-month Native American student occupation of Alcatraz, which captured the world’s attention and led to real policy changes to improve the lives of Native American peoples through increased self-determination. Since then, generations of activists have followed in those footsteps and vigorously fought racist, sexist, and classist U.S. government policies. In this historic panel we’ll hear from Indigenous activists from three generations who were on the frontlines, respectively, at Alcatraz, Standing Rock, and other struggles, as they compare notes and discuss their visions of the next 50 years of Indigenous activism.  With: Corrina Gould (Ohlone); Julian NoiseCat (Secwepmc); LaNada War Jack (Shoshone).

October 19th | 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

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Corrina Gould
Spokesperson
Confederated Villages of Lisjan/Ohlone
Julian Brave Noisecat
Director of Green Strategy
Data for Progress
LaNada War Jack
Author
Colonization Battlefield

21st century humanity faces an unprecedented challenge: artificial intelligence (AI). If properly aligned with the values of humanity, AI could bring tremendous benefits. Used inappropriately it would pose enormous risks. Automated Decision-Making Systems are already posing serious problems, and ultimately the emergence of Artificial Super Intelligence could lead to the extinction of humanity. Join us for presentations and conversations about the conundrums posed by machine learning, data science and AI. With: Nicanor Perlas, Right Livelihood Award laureate; Lise Getoor, UC Santa Cruz Professor of Computer Science. Hosted by: Chris Benner, Institute for Social Transformation at UC Santa Cruz; David Shaw, Right Livelihood College at UC Santa Cruz.

October 19th | 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

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Lise Getoor
Professor
UC Santa Cruz
Chris Benner
Chair
Everett Program
David Shaw
Founder
Santa Cruz Permaculture

Biodiversity continues to plummet and species extinctions are accelerating, but we know that nature can be astonishingly resilient, given the opportunity. We just have to protect ecosystems enough for them to be able to regenerate. Fortunately, there are a number of impressive efforts afoot across the globe to conserve and protect vast swaths of the planet, connecting and restoring landscapes at large scales. Some frontline activists working in this field share their insights and strategies. With: Carly Vynne, Ph.D, Strategic Partner at RESOLVE, advisor to the Global Deal for Nature; Hosted by Atossa Soltani, founder and Board President of Amazon Watch; others TBA.

October 19th | 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

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Carly Vynne, PhD
Co-Author & Strategic Advisor
The Global Deal for Nature
Atossa Soltani
Strategist
Amazon Sacred Headwaters Initiative

The denial of death, of the feminine and of our climate crisis have a common root—a profound disconnection from our bodies and the natural world. New end-of-life practices are emerging to shift us away from disembodiment and toxicity and towards partnering with nature to reclaim our wholeness and the sacred. We’ll highlight aspects of this work being led by women in hospice, bedside and palliative care, home funerals and green burials—reimagining the place of death in our communities and culture. Hostedby author/activist Anneke Campbell. With: Ladybird Morgan, hospice nurse, social worker and Director of the Humane Prison Hospice Project; Shoshana Ungerleider, MD specialist in Palliative Care, founder of EndWell; Katrina Spade, founder and CEO of Recompose.

October 19th | 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

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Shoshana Ungerleider
Founder
End Well Project
Katrina Spade
Founder
Recompose
Ladybird Morgan
Executive Director
Humane Prison Hospice Project

Nothing less than a fundamental transformation of our civilization and our worldviews will truly address the climate cataclysm: the reinvention of everything. This spontaneous free-range jam will spin the dial to surface the diverse forces that can unite humanity to change the story and world. Hosted by Greg Watson, Schumacher Center for a New Economy. With: Bill McKibben, 350.org; john a. powell, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society; Kim Stanley Robinson, one of the world’s leading visionary science fiction authors; Osprey Orielle Lake, co-founder and Executive Director of the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network.

October 19th | 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

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Greg Watson
Director of Policy and Systems Design
Schumacher Center for a New Economics
john a. powell
Director
Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society
Bill McKibben
Founder
350.org
Osprey Orielle Lake
Executive Director
Women's Earth and Climate Action Network International

There is huge energetic support available to us when we open collectively towards the selves that we have yet to become. We will work in pairs and as one collective “being-ness” to take our collective consciousness through the ages of dominance and awakening in order to touch, feel and access the latent potential of a third paradigmatic reality: the emerging age or restoration. Come join an inspiring visionary leader on an empowering journey and become far more prepared to anchor the coming age of restoration into your life. Led by Clare Dubois, founder/CEO of TreeSisters.

October 19th | 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm

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Clare Dubois
Founder
TreeSisters.org

How can we transform our economic system into one that doesn’t result in massive inequality and catastrophic environmental degradation? Leading figures in developing more humane, sustainable and resilient ownership structures, including cooperatives, value-driven trusts, and hybrid models, will discuss new and old ideas, share their experiences about what’s working and what isn’t, and explore how to accelerate the changes our economies and ecosystems so desperately need. Hosted by Theresa Marquez, former Chief Marketing Executive, Organic Valley Cooperative. With: Hilary Abell, Project Equity; Camille Canon, Purpose; Keith Taylor, UC Davis Cooperative Extension.

October 19th | 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

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Camille Canon
Co-Founder
Purpose US
Hilary Abell
Co-Founder
Project Equity

Although the enormous growth of interest in and research on psychedelic substances’ potential for psychological healing and consciousness expansion is exciting, there are shadow sides of the psychedelic community that require attention. Women’s contributions to the field have too often been downplayed, and the abuse of women in some psychedelic underground circles has been a serious problem. Also, people of color, LGBTQ and other minority communities have been under-represented in psychedelic conclaves. A stellar panel of figures at the cutting-edge of inclusivity advocacy in the psychedelic community will share their perspectives on how to remedy these problems. Hosted by Bia Labate, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Chacruna Institute, on the faculty of The California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), and Public Education and Culture Specialist at the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). With: Emily Sinclair, leader of the Ayahuasca Community Guide for the Awareness of Sexual Abuse initiative; Sarah Scheld, a coordinator of MAPS’ MDMA Therapy Training Program; Monnica T. Williams, Ph.D., Associate Professor of psychology at the University of Connecticut; Sara Reed, MS, MFT, a study therapist in the Psilocybin-assisted Psychotherapy for Major Depression initiative at Yale University.

October 19th | 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

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Panelists


Bia Labate
Executive Director
Chacruna Institute for Psychedelic Plant Medicines
Emily Sinclair
Anthropologist
Chacruna Institute for Psychedelic Medicines
Sarah Scheld
Training and Supervision Associate
Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies
Monnica Williams
Clinical Director
Behavioral Wellness Clinic
Sara Reed
Marriage and Family Therapist
Behavioral Wellness Clinic

Come witness and share in radical, inspiring performances by young poets and creatives at this spoken-word open-mic hosted by Jada Imani of Tatu Vision and Youth Speaks.

October 19th | 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

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Jada Imani
Founder
Tatu Vision Movement

What would a queer ecological future feel like, sound like, taste like? Join us for a prideful celebration as we step into that future together. Through an evening of visionary music, art, performance, and community conversation, we will celebrate the biological exuberance of this queer earth, honor the legacies of survival and resilience of our LGBTQ history, explore the impact of climate change on our communities, and dream-up together how we build that queer ecological future where all beings survive and thrive.  There will be music, art and refreshments. This will be a safer space for LGBTQ+ members of our Bioneers community to meet and celebrate our identities and our diverse and symbiotic work for justice and sustainability. Allies are welcome. Facilitated by Vanessa Raditz, Orion Camero, Kyle Lemle.

October 19th | 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

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Vanessa Raditz
Co-founder
Queer Ecojustice Project
Orion Camero
Visual Storytelling Educator
Kyle Lemle
Founder
Lead to Life

Come mingle with fellow Bioneers participants to share your thoughts, feelings and impressions of what you’ve seen and heard during the weekend so far, and to get to know some of the other remarkable people who attend the conference. Facilitated by Yeshe Salz, Bay Area Climate Adaptation Network (BayCAN).

October 19th | 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

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Yeshe Salz
Project Manager
Bay Area Climate Adaptation Network

October 19th | 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

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This short documentary captures the dynamism and commitment of the young activists of the Sunrise Movement, which catapulted into national attention to demand action on the Green New Deal.

October 19th | 6:40 pm to 7:00 pm

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I do not know of a company that does more per dollar for the earth and its people than Dr. Bronner’s.” Paul Hawken

Journey to Pavitramenthe explores how the exemplary socially and environmentally conscious Dr. Bronner’s soap company partners with more than 1,500 small-scale farmers who use regenerative organic agriculture practices in Bareilly, India.

October 19th | 7:00 pm to 7:10 pm

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We are privileged to be able to be the first to show some excerpts of this yet-to-be-released work-in-progress by filmmaker Klea McKenna, which tracks the story of an unlikely 25-year friendship between American ethnobotanist Kathleen Harrison and an indigenous Mazatec shaman in the mountains of southern Mexico. What began as fieldwork became a deep entanglement of two families during an era of cultural upheaval. Introduced by Klea McKenna and Kathleen Harrison.

October 19th | 7:10 pm to 7:35 pm

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Klea McKenna
Photographer and Videographer
IN THE MAKE
Kathleen Harrison
Co-founder and President
Botanical Dimensions

In 2015, Anne Laudisoit, a Belgian biologist expert in zoonotic diseases and explorer with EcoHealth Alliance who has long worked in the Democratic Republic of Congo, discovered a hitherto unknown-to-science band of chimpanzees, one of the world’s most endangered species, in a remote unstudied forest fragment in a frequently war torn part of the country. She and a team of Congolese researchers returned there in 2017 with a camera crew to document their findings: this extraordinary film is the result. Introduced by Anne Laudisoit.

October 19th | 7:35 pm to 8:35 pm

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Anne Laudisoit
Wildlife Field Biologist

This powerful film offers us an intimate, raw look at the transformational journey of two combat veterans suffering from severe PTSD as they abandon pharmaceuticals to seek relief through unconventional means: the use of the Amazonian psychedelic, ayahuasca, as well as MDMA. It raises fundamental questions about war, the pharmaceutical industry, and our legal system, but it is above all a gripping account of two men and their spouses and families’ struggles to find healing. Introduced by Janine Sagert, one of the film’s producers.

October 19th | 8:40 pm to 10:00 pm

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Janine Sagert
Producer
The Film From Shock to Awe

Sunday, October 20th

Introduction by David Cobb, Cooperation Humboldt

Given the existential threats of climate change, economic inequality and ever escalating political instability, we need concrete, integrated solutions to our shared problems. An inspiring model of what such an integrated approach could look like is Jackson, Mississippi’s Cooperation Jackson, an emerging network of worker cooperatives and solidarity economy institutions working to institute a Just Transition Plan to develop a regenerative economy and participatory democracy in that city. Kali Akuno, co-founder and Executive Director of Cooperation Jackson, shares his experiences helping conceive and build these extraordinarily promising strategies and social structures that reveal that we can put our shoulders to the wheel and build a truly just and sustainable future. 

October 20th | 10:00 am to 10:45 am | Veterans' Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

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David Cobb
Cooperation Humboldt

Keynote


Kali Akuno
Co-Director
Cooperation Jackson

The duet OLOX, which combines Zarina Kopyrina’s ancient, traditional Siberian shamanic music with modern sounds, has performed around the world, from Burning Man to the Kremlin to Iceland to the Arctic. Zarina is passionately engaged with activism and advocacy for the rights and lands of far northern Indigenous peoples.

October 20th | 10:45 am to 11:00 am | Veterans' Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

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Introduction by Cara Romero, Bioneers Indigeneity Program Director

Fossil fuels and the energy system they support threaten the survival of our species. Often Indigenous communities bear the brunt of the impacts from oil, natural gas, coal, and uranium extraction. These same communities often are underserved by the existing energy system and face severe fuel poverty. To transition to a new energy economy that serves people not corporations, our solutions must be varied and scalable. While governments debate carbon caps, communities are taking their future into their own hands and developing new clean ways to power their economies and lives.  Internationally renowned Indigenous thought leader Winona LaDuke will share her vision for a green future.

October 20th | 11:00 am to 11:40 am | Veterans' Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

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Introduced by


Cara Romero
Program Director
Bioneers Indigenous Knowledge Program

Keynote


Winona LaDuke
Executive Director
Honor the Earth

With Isha Clarke. To build a successful global climate movement, we must prioritize the voices of those most impacted by environmental injustice. We must recognize that our current climate crisis is rooted in racism, white supremacy, and greed. We must also resist efforts to tokenize the term “intersectionality” rather than actually implementing it in our movements and daily lives. What would a movement and a society functioning on a genuine understanding of intersectionality look like?

October 20th | 11:40 am to 11:50 am | Veterans' Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

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Keynote


Isha Clarke
Climate Justice Organizer
Youth Vs. Apocalypse

The Slam Poet Harvester weaves this weekend’s highlights into bardic verse.

October 20th | 12:30 pm to 12:45 pm | Veterans' Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

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The Amazon rainforest and its peoples are facing the worst attacks in decades under Brazil’s new far-right government, which is promoting massive deforestation for mining and agribusiness. Indigenous movements in Brazil are resisting, calling for international solidarity to defend their rights and territories. Join us in a lunchtime presentation and call to action to protect rainforests, rights and the climate. With: Leila Salazar-López (Chicana) Executive Director of Amazon Watch; Atossa Soltani, Global Strategist with the Sacred Headwaters Initiative; Maria Xiomára Dorsey, Brasil Solidarity Network and Idle No More SF; Brus Rubio (Muruy/Huitoto, Bora) Indigenous painter from the Peruvian Amazon.

October 20th | 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

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Panelists


Leila Salazar-López
Executive Director
Amazon Watch
Atossa Soltani
Strategist
Amazon Sacred Headwaters Initiative
Maria Xiomára Dorsey
Co-Founder
Brasil Solidarity Network

Universities and their students, staff, faculty, and visitors spend large amounts of money in countless businesses, as do hospitals. Imagine if most of these businesses were in the university or hospital’s community and were cooperatively owned by their workers. This would provide an enormous boost to local prosperity and social justice. Join us to learn more about the concept of “anchor institutions,” as well as a current initiative organized by UC graduate students to launch worker-owned cooperatives around UC campuses. With: Ted Howard, Democracy Collaborative; Letitia Carpenter, UC Community Economies Network. Hosted by: Melissa Fant, John Valenzuela, David Shaw from Santa Cruz Permaculture.

October 20th | 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

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Panelists


Ted Howard
President
The Democracy Collaborative
Melissa Ott Fant
Founder
Green Gal
David Shaw
Founder
Santa Cruz Permaculture

Donald Trump ordered the children of migrants and refugees to be forcefully removed from their parents and placed in concentration camps, resulting in numerous deaths. These atrocities represent a small fraction of an ongoing border crisis fueled by a hyper-capitalist economy historically rooted in genocide and slavery. This panel presents heartbreaking stories about and hopeful solutions to the border crisis from an Indigenous perspective. We will hear first-hand accounts of what it feels like to have a border cut through your ancestral territory, explore ways to reduce the need for migration through traditional economies, and discuss how re-indigenization offers a pathway of hope for migrants after they settle in the U.S.  Hosted by: Cara Romero (Chemehuevi). With: Josue Rivas (Aztec); Nany Zepeda (Maya); Stanley Rodriguez (Kumeyay); others TBD.

October 20th | 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm

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Panelists


Cara Romero
Program Director
Bioneers Indigenous Knowledge Program
Josué Rivas
Founder
Standing Strong Project

What would bridging the many divisions and polarizations that separate us look and feel like? Could smart, heartfelt bridging strategies help us begin to heal the racial, gender, environmental, class and health traumas that roil our society? Join us for a conversation about what shapes and divides us, and what can help propel us towards a world of belonging for all—a roundtable conversation with Bioneers Board members with: john a. powell, Anita Sanchez, Bryan Welch and Eriel Deranger; hosted by Sonali Sangeeta Balajee.

October 20th | 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm

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Panelists


Anita Sanchez
Indigenous and Latina Author
john a. powell
Director
Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society
Bryan Welch
CEO
Mindful Magazine
Eriel Deranger
Indigenous Climate Action
Executive Director and Co-Founder
Sonali Sangeeta Balajee
Founder
The Bodhi Project

A successful transition to a sustainable and just future will require masses of conscious citizens who feel genuinely connected to the Earth and to each other and are ready to act as authentic change-makers. Four of our nation’s most creative system-changers share innovative and effective approaches to education, for all age groups, that lead to cultural transformation. Join them for a lively discussion about creativity, power, and possibility. With: Vanessa LeBourdais, DreamRider Productions, creator of the Planet Protector Academy; Alixa Garcia and Naima Penniman (aka Climbing PoeTree) award-winning multimedia artists, organizers, and educators; Brandi Mack, holistic health educator, Permaculture designer, National Director of The Butterfly Movement.

October 20th | 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm

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Panelists


Brandi Mack
National Director
The Butterfly Movement
Vanessa LeBourdais
Creator
Planet Protector Academy

The convergence of women, nature and justice is where much of the most effective social organizing is happening right now, but an understanding of Eco-feminism (which is the nexus of all three) remains elusive and outside of popular discourse. Join five leading change-makers for a conversation about Ecofeminism, how we might leverage it, and why it’s critically important at this historical moment. With: Starhawk, illustrious author, activist and permaculturist; Osprey Orielle Lake, founder/President of the Women’s Earth and Climate Caucus; Pat McCabe (Woman Stands Shining), Diné (Navajo) activist, artist, writer, ceremonial leader and international speaker; Sarah Drew, poet and visionary author of Gaia Codex. Hosted by Cecile Lipworth, founder of Ripple Catalyst Studio and host of the weekly feminist radio show, Brave Space.

October 20th | 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm

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Panelists


Cecile Lipworth
Founder
Ripple Catalyst Studio
Starhawk
Director
Earth Activist Training
Osprey Orielle Lake
Executive Director
Women's Earth and Climate Action Network International
Woman Stands Shining (Pat McCabe)
Articulator of visions, dreams and symbols and spiritual counselor
Sarah Drew
Author
Gaia Codex

Experience and learn powerful practices that help us deepen and transform our connection to ourselves and to others, tapping into the shared power of interconnection in order to radically boost our capacity for resilience, skillful response and regeneration. With: Deborah Eden Tull, founder of Mindful Living Revolution, experienced meditation teacher and sustainable communities pathfinder, author of Relational Mindfulness: A Handbook for Deepening Our Connection with Ourselves, Each Other, and Our Planet.

October 20th | 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm

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Deborah Eden Tull
Founder
Mindful Living Revolution

What’s the shape of an economy that puts nature, equity, dignified labor, and distributed ownership at its center? How does greater localization build a resilient, regenerative economy from the bottom up? How can AI and robots not lead to mass dis-employment? How do we get from here to somewhere over the rainbow? Hosted by Greg Watson of the Shumacher Center for New Economics. With: Kali Akuno, Cooperation Jackson, MS; Winona LaDuke, Honor the Earth; Ted Howard, the Democracy Collaborative.

October 20th | 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm

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Panelists


Greg Watson
Director of Policy and Systems Design
Schumacher Center for a New Economics
Kali Akuno
Co-Director
Cooperation Jackson
Winona LaDuke
Executive Director
Honor the Earth
Ted Howard
President
The Democracy Collaborative

Holistic watershed management is the critical guiding principle to any ecological design. Come learn the basics of water harvesting on a residential or land project scale through hands-on demonstrations and real-life practicums. Brennan Blazer Bird and Mauricio Rivera will show us how to: calculate rainwater flow and tank size; integrate rainwater systems into our designs; passively collect rainwater in different earthworks systems; best harvest greywater from our bathroom or laundry; and live in better relationship with water.

October 20th | 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm

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Brennan Blazer Bird
Leader
SolutionCraft

The global transition to clean energy has to occur—the only questions are whether we can get there in time to avoid the most catastrophic scenarios and how equitable the new economy will be. It’s essential that those at risk of being left behind can be brought along so they too can prosper in a new clean and green economy. Some key players in this field lay out a practical vision for how the right job training and workforce development programs can achieve that goal. Hosted by: Vien Truong, one of the country’s leading experts on building an equitable green economy. With: Sarah White, Deputy Director of Equity, Climate and Jobs at the California Workforce Development Board; Larry Williams Jr., Labor and Coal Coordinator for the Sierra Club Labor Program; others TBA.

October 20th | 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

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Panelists


Sarah White
Deputy Director of Equity, Jobs & Climate
California Workforce Development Board
Vien Truong

Truong & Associates
Larry Williams Jr.
Labor & Coal Coordinator
Sierra Club Labor Program

Women all over the U.S. are taking action, shaping policy agendas, raising their voices in solidarity, and amplifying one resonant message: Grassroots women’s leadership can help reshape and restore balance in our communities. The Women’s Earth Alliance Environmental Leadership Accelerator Design Team will guide us on an experiential leadership journey, sharing inspiring practices from a wide range of diverse perspectives to help us hone and refine our own visions for engaged activism. Facilitators: Corrina Gould, Pandora Thomas, Niria Alicia, Kendall Dunnigan, Amira Diamond, Melinda Kramer, Sarita Pockell, Arielle Moinester.

October 20th | 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

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Panelists


Corrina Gould
Spokesperson
Confederated Villages of Lisjan/Ohlone
Pandora Thomas
Renowned Teacher
Niria Alicia
Xicana Storyteller
Kendall Dunnigan
Director
Occidental Arts & Ecology Center’s Permaculture Program
Amira Diamond
Co-Director
Women's Earth Alliance’s
Melinda Kramer
Founder and Executive Director
Women’s Earth Alliance
Sarita Pockell
Head of Curriculum & Director of Indonesia Programs
Women’s Earth Alliance

Co-sponsored by Our Secure Future, a program of One Earth Future FoundationWomen are the key to achieving sustainable peace and prosperity globally. To empower them to generate positive transformative change, we need to re-examine dominant assumptions, processes and power structures. Women continue to be marginalized at a time when new inclusive, collaborative, compassionate and humane alternatives are sorely needed. The Women, Peace and Security Agenda, a global gender equality movement driven by women on the frontlines of violence around the world, could change the game. How can we join the effort to create a more peaceful, equitable world order? With: Sahana Dharmapuri, Director of Our Secure Future; Jolynn Shoemaker, JD, a leading expert on gender equity, women’s leadership, peace and security.

October 20th | 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

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Panelists


Sahana Dharmapuri
Our Secure Future
Director
Jolynn Shoemaker
Professor
Cal State Sacramento and UC Davis

Transitioning to Resilience; Much has been said about the need for Resilience. But there’s little clear understanding about the down-to-Earth means for making our transition(s) – from recognizing what’s changing (why, where, when & at what pace); to re-designing our mindsets (individually & collectively); to re-inventing our reality(s) (environmentally, socially and, then, economically). In the wake of the devastating fires of 2017, business, social and government leaders in Sonoma County grappled with just such an issue/opportunity – and came out aligned. They’re now stepping into implementing, as a collaborative network, their transition. Join our panelists as they share with you both their aspirations for an inclusive, equitable, thriving and resilient Sonoma as well as the story of how they’re getting there – exploring with you the emerging “how to” for transitioning your own world(s). Hosted by R. Scott Spann. With: Lisa Carreno, Oscar Chavez, Reno Keoni Franklin, Trathen Heckman.

October 20th | 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

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Lisa Carreno
President/CEO
United Way of the Wine Country
Oscar Chavez
Assistant Director
Sonoma County Human Services Department
Trathen Heckman
Founder/Director
Daily Acts

Indigenous women experience 10 times higher rates of violence, murder and abuse than women of other ethnicities—a direct result of an economic system that privileges extraction over human rights. But Indigenous women are also fighting back: organizing, and raising their voices in solidarity to restore balance. In this session, powerful Native women leaders discuss how to address the Missing Murdered Indigenous Women crisis and share inspiring practices that can help us to shape our own activism. With: Cari Herthel (Esselen); Morning Star Gali (Sacramento); others TBA.

October 20th | 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

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Panelists


Cari Herthel
Vice Chair
Esselen Tribe of Monterey

Soil, one of nature’s most complex ecosystems, is often taken for granted, but vibrant soil ecology, which is under assault all over the globe, is ultimately essential to planetary and human health. With: David Montgomery and Anne Biklé, co-authors of The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health, which explores how the soil microbiome influences the human biome and the analogies between soil and gut ecologies (read an excerpt of The Hidden Half of Nature here); Dale Strickler, leading agronomist, author of the Drought Resilient Farm.

October 20th | 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

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Anne Biklé
Biologist
Dig2Grow
Dale Strickler
Agronomist
Green Cover Seed
David Montgomery
Professor
University of Washington

This will be a space for youth who have participated in the Climate Justice, Art Activism and Youth Media tracks to come together and share reflections from their weekend.  What are you taking with you? How do you envision integrating what you have experienced at Bioneers into your life? How can Bioneers expand and improve its youth programming to support you further on your path? All youth are welcome to attend and engage in the conversation! Facilitated by Maya Carlson, Bioneers Youth Leadership Program Coordinator.

October 20th | 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

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Maya Carlson
Bioneers Youth Leadership Program Coordinator
Bioneers

Monday, October 21st

Strategies to Create Resilience and Avert a Crisis – Full Day Workshop, Oct. 21.

Global agriculture uses about 70 % of the available freshwater on earth. Arid regions represent 41 % of the earth’s terrestrial surface, are home to 2.5 billion people and grow 44 % of the world’s food. These regions are drought prone, experience water scarcity and are being affected by desertification and biodiversity loss. California, the supplier of two thirds of the nation’s fruits and nuts as well as four-hundred other commercial crops, has experienced 8 years of drought out of the last eleven years.

To make up the water shortage from the drought, the California’s agriculture sector has relied heavily on groundwater withdrawals, dangerously drawing down aquifers, which in a number of places in the Central Valley has resulted in land subsidence and saltwater intrusion of the water table in coastal farming regions. A rapidly changing climate will continue to put stress on water supply and will push water availability to agriculture to crisis levels.

At this one-day intensive workshop, hosted at the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, farmers, permaculturists, researchers and policy makers will share the hard realities, innovative approaches and best practices of careful and responsible management of this precious resource to help make farms more drought resilient. World renowned experts will join us to explore new technologies and urgently needed strategies of conservation, groundwater recharge, and increasing the water holding capacity of soils, as well as policies that take a long view of water stewardship.

The program will include two Conservation Hydrology Tours with OAEC WATER Institute Co-Directors Brock Dolman and Kate Lundquist.

Tour 1, taking place in the 10-acre OAEC Core Area, will focus on integrated water conservation, harvesting, and re-use systems and techniques (storm-water, roof-water, black-water (compost toilets), rain gardens, sediment control, etc.) for regenerative human settlements.

Tour 2, taking place in the 70-acre OAEC Wildlands Preserve, will focus on watershed-scale restoration and management techniques for increased in-stream flows, riparian restoration, fish-friendly roads, erosion control, and off-stream water harvesting for ag water supply.

Speakers include Brock Dolman, Kate Lundquist, Dale Strickler, Doniga Markegard, Mike McCullough, Felicia Marcus and David Montgomery.

Location: Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, Occidental, CA

Price: $195 (includes lunch & transport)

Shuttle leaves Embassy Suites in San Rafael, CA at 8:15 a.m.

October 21st | 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

Note: A separate $195 fee is required for this event.

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Panelists


Doniga Markegard
Regenerative Rancher
Markegard Family Grass-Fed LLC
Kate Lundquist
Co-Director
Occidental Arts & Ecology Center’s WATER Institute
Dale Strickler
Agronomist
Green Cover Seed
Mike McCullough
Government Affairs Administrator
Monterey One Water
David Montgomery
Professor
University of Washington
Brock Dolman
Co-Founder
Sowing Circle LLC Intentional Community and the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center