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

Traditional Ecological Knowledge Workshop

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, Nikki Myers 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 | 7:00 am to 2:00 pm

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

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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 | 9:15 am to 9:45 am | Veterans' Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

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David Orr
Professor
Oberlin College

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

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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 National Compadres Network, 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 | 10:15 am to 10:45 am | Veterans' Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

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Jerry Tello

Sacred Circles Center

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October 18th | 10:45 am to 11:15 am | Veterans' Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

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Eve Ensler
Founder
V-Day

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

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October 18th | 11:45 am to Noon

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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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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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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. Two 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.

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

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Al Tozer
Living Building Challenge Director
International Living Future Institute

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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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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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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Polly Howells

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

The renaissance of documentary films is having real impact and influence on social change. How can docs best achieve this purpose, and 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 atd the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. With: master filmmaker Louie Psihoyos, (Racing Extinction, The Cove); Shaun Spalding of New Media Rights on critical legal issues for filmmakers; others to be announced.

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

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Jeremy Kagan
Director, Writer and Producer
USC’s School of Cinematic Arts
Shaun Spalding
Assistant Director
New Media Rights

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. 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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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 National Compadres Network; 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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Jerry Tello

Sacred Circles Center

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; Varshini Prakash, Sunrise Movement; David Orr, State of American Democracy Project.

October 18th | 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
Paul Hawken
Founder
Project Drawdown
Varshini Prakash
Executive Director
Sunrise Movement
David Orr
Professor
Oberlin College

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: Azita Ardakani, founder, Honeycomb Capital; 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.

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

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Azita Ardakani
Founder
Lovesocial
Joel Solomon
Chairman
Renewal Funds

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

Saturday, October 19th

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 | 9:15 am to 9:45 am | Veterans' Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

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Bill McKibben
Founder
350.org

“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 | 9:45 am to 10:15 am | Veterans' Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

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Valarie Kaur
Founder
Revolutionary Love Project

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 | 10:15 am to 11:00 am | Veterans' Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

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Paul Hawken
Founder
Project Drawdown

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October 19th | 11:15 am to 11:45 am | Veterans' Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

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Mishka Banuri
Co-Founder
Utah Youth Environmental Solutions

October 19th | 12:15 pm to 12:45 pm | Veterans' Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

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Destiny Arts
Youth Performance Company

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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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

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 from around the world 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; others TBA. 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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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 Kat 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

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.

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

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Cecile Lipworth
Founder
Ripple Catalyst Studio
Tianna Arredondo
Co-Founder
Frontline’s to Power

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; Brooke Williams, Field Advocate at the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance; others TBA.

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

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Carly Vynne
Author
The Global Deal for Nature

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
Physician
California Pacific Medical Center
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; Varshini Prakash, Sunrise Movement; 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
Varshini Prakash
Executive Director
Sunrise Movement
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

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

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Sunday, October 20th

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 | 9:15 am to 10:00 am | Veterans' Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

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

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Isha Clarke
Climate Justice Organizer
Youth Vs. Apocalypse

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October 20th | 10:45 am to 11:15 am | Veterans' Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

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

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October 20th | 11:15 am to 11:45 am | Veterans' Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

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Varshini Prakash
Executive Director
Sunrise Movement

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
Eriel Deranger
Indigenous Climate Action
Executive Director and Co-Founder
Sonali Sangeeta Balajee
Founder
The Bodhi Project

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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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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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

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. With: Sarah White, Deputy Director of Equity, Climate and Jobs at the California Workforce Development Board; Mary Anne Hitt, Director of Beyond Coal for the Sierra Club; others TBA.

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

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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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Corrina Gould
Spokesperson
Confederated Villages of Lisjan/Ohlone
Niria Alicia
Xicana Storyteller
Kendall Dunnigan
Director
Occidental Arts & Ecology Center’s Permaculture Program
Amira Diamond
Co-Director
Women's Earth Alliance’s

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

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); 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.

Brock Dolman co-directs The Water Institute, Permaculture Design, and Wildlands programs at the Occidental Arts and Ecology  Center and has taught permaculture and consulted on regenerative design projects internationally.

Gary Paul Nabhan is an ethnobotanist and author of over 30 books including Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land – Lessons from Desert Farmers on Adapting to Climate Uncertainty.

Gary has played a catalytic role in the multicultural, collaborative conservation movement, and has been involved in numerous projects that celebrate and support  ecological and cultural relationships.

Doniga Markegard raises pastured livestock holistically on 10,000 acres incorporating Keyline design to rehydrate the landscape. Markegard Family Grass Fed ranching practices regenerate lands by building soil, sequestering soil, purifying water and restoring health to coastal prairie ecosystems.

Dale Strickler, an agronomist for Green Cover Seed – a leader in the soil health movement,  is a Kansas farmer, cover crop expert and author of a Drought Resilient Farm, a blueprint for farming during weather extremes.

David Montgomery is a geologist from the University of Washington and an award-winning author of numerous books on soil including Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations, and The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health, a collaboration with Anne Biklé. The book addresses the relationship between microbial life, plants, and people.

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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