Topic: Ecological Medicine

Thursday, March 28th

Bioneers brings together a very diverse, discerning, engaged and reflective community, and the curated conversations around crucial topics we have been hosting recently (“Conversation Cafes”) have proven highly popular and stimulating. Each session begins with a very brief presentation by one of the conference presenters as a “conversation starter” to frame the topic, followed by structured group discussion. At the end of each session, a “harvester” who has carefully witnessed and “absorbed” what has transpired, offers us a poetic synopsis/recapitulation of the highlights of our time together.

Our conversation starter, Zuleikha, a renowned dance performer and movement awareness teacher, will discuss the practice of “Body Listening,” a technique that permits us to access our inner wisdom through a subtle attunement to what our body is communicating to us. She will share methods we can use to reclaim our embodied wholeness and revivify and heal our body/mind/spirit. The conversations will be facilitated by: Amy Lenzo, weDialogue and the World Café Community Foundation; David Shaw, Santa Cruz Permaculture and UCSC Right Livelihood College. “Harvester:” TBA.

March 28th | 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm

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Panelists


Zuleikha
Executive Director and CEO
The Storydancer Project
Amy Lenzo
Host
World Cafe
David Shaw
Founder
Santa Cruz Permaculture and the UCSC Right Livelihood College

Join dynamic, transformative thought leaders in healthcare and planetary health as they offer us a story of the future and some systemic, on-the-ground antidotes to the devastating impacts of the Anthropocene, the age of human-centric systems and structures we are living in. They will offer vital, impactful innovations grounded in the power of spiritual and social transformation, reframing healthcare for people, planet, and all relations. With: Odessa Flores-Vasquez, Senior Associate, Devoted Health; Susan Prescott, Director, Nova Network; Heidi Honegger Rogers, FNP, advanced practice holistic nurse; and Sonali Sangeeta Balajee, founder, Spiritual Social Medicinal Apothecary (SSoMA).

March 28th | 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm

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Panelists


Sonali Sangeeta Balajee
Founder
Our Bodhi Project
Odessa Flores-Vasquez
Senior Associate
Devoted Health
Susan Prescott
Professor of Pediatrics and Planetary Health
University of Western Australia
Heidi Honegger Rogers
Associate Professor
University of New Mexico College of Nursing

This intimate room will provide Bioneers attendees with a gently curated healing space for connection, contemplation and experiencing the transformative power of communal grieving. All the sessions held here will be facilitated by death midwives /community gatherers/educators Anneke CampbellBirgitta Kastenbaum and Amber Deylon

The room will be open from 2 to 3 pm, before the day’s two sessions begin at 3pm, for those who want to come and sit quietly and/or write messages for the altar, but the room will be closed once each session begins to assure privacy. The communal altar invites you to honor loved ones by bringing offerings including photos and/or responsibly foraged gifts from nature. 

Cultures worldwide practice rituals deeply intertwined with the natural world to mark transitions and losses of life. Come join us in a circle to explore how resilience and thriving in these difficult times require expanding our ability to be present with grief and getting to know it for its gift potential of regeneration and transformation. Through intimate sharing and group conversation, anchored in breath, embodied practices and offerings to our communal altar, we will connect with the strength and healing available when we honor our grief in community.

March 28th | 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm

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Panelists


Amber Deylon
Creator
Grieve and Breathe
Anneke Campbell
Writer and Community Activist
Birgitta Kastenbaum
Co-Founder
Bridging Transitions

This session will build off of conversations held at last year’s Bioneers Conference about the relationships between the Environmental Justice and Reproductive Justice movements. The war on Mother Earth is rooted in the war on the bodies of women and gender-non binary people’s bodily autonomy, which is accelerating as the dying patriarchal cultural system feels threatened and lashes out ever more desperately. But, as people rise up to defend abortion access, reproductive rights and justice, the deepening collaboration between the environmental justice and reproductive and birth justice communities is helping us unite to defend the rights to bodily autonomy and self-determination. Come hear from reproductive health justice leaders working to defend access to abortion and reproductive healthcare and to push back the overall attack on democracy we are facing. Hosted by: Taj James. Facilitated by Eveline Shen, former director of Forward Together and founder/President of Leading Courageously. With: Tenesha Duncan, Orchid Capital; Elisa Batista, Campaign Director, UltraViolet.

March 28th | 4:45 pm to 6:00 pm

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Panelists


Elisa Batista
Campaign Director
UltraViolet
Tenesha Duncan
Co-Founder and Managing Director
Orchid Capital Collective
Taj James
Full Spectrum Labs
Co-Founder and Curator
Eveline Shen
Leading Courageously
Founder and President

Friday, March 29th

This intimate room will provide Bioneers attendees with a gently curated healing space for connection, contemplation and experiencing the transformative power of communal grieving. All the sessions held here will be facilitated by death midwives /community gatherers/educators Anneke CampbellBirgitta Kastenbaum and Amber Deylon

The room will be open from 2 to 3 pm, before the day’s two sessions begin at 3pm, for those who want to come and sit quietly and/or write messages for the altar, but the room will be closed once each session begins to assure privacy. The communal altar invites you to honor loved ones by bringing offerings including photos and/or responsibly foraged gifts from nature. 

Cultures worldwide practice rituals deeply intertwined with the natural world to mark transitions and losses of life. Come join us in a circle to explore how resilience and thriving in these difficult times require expanding our ability to be present with grief and getting to know it for its gift potential of regeneration and transformation. Through intimate sharing and group conversation, anchored in breath, embodied practices and offerings to our communal altar, we will connect with the strength and healing available when we honor our grief in community.

March 29th | 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm

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Panelists


Anneke Campbell
Writer and Community Activist
Birgitta Kastenbaum
Co-Founder
Bridging Transitions
Amber Deylon
Creator
Grieve and Breathe

International performer/wellness pioneer Zuleikha will guide us through free movement and pauses within a weaving of world music, all designed to stabilize our body’s dynamic ecosystem, bring us to a state of deep embodied awareness, and build up our reserves for rejuvenation. Zuleikha will also be sharing easy-to-learn but powerful practices that help us melt knots of physical and psychic tension, allowing our bodies to restore their natural balance and become energetically revitalized. You will leave this session equipped with a simple, enjoyable toolkit you can access anytime, anywhere to cultivate sustainable balance and inner resilience.

March 29th | 4:45 pm to 6:00 pm

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Panelists


Zuleikha
Executive Director and CEO
The Storydancer Project

Saturday, March 30th

This intimate room will provide Bioneers attendees with a gently curated healing space for connection, contemplation and experiencing the transformative power of communal grieving. All the sessions held here will be facilitated by death midwives /community gatherers/educators Anneke CampbellBirgitta Kastenbaum and Amber Deylon

The room will be open from 2 to 3 pm, before the day’s two sessions begin at 3pm, for those who want to come and sit quietly and/or write messages for the altar, but the room will be closed once each session begins to assure privacy. The communal altar invites you to honor loved ones by bringing offerings including photos and/or responsibly foraged gifts from nature. 

Cultures worldwide practice rituals deeply intertwined with the natural world to mark transitions and losses of life. Come join us in a circle to explore how resilience and thriving in these difficult times require expanding our ability to be present with grief and getting to know it for its gift potential of regeneration and transformation. Through intimate sharing and group conversation, anchored in breath, embodied practices and offerings to our communal altar, we will connect with the strength and healing available when we honor our grief in community.

March 30th | 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm

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Panelists


Birgitta Kastenbaum
Co-Founder
Bridging Transitions
Amber Deylon
Creator
Grieve and Breathe
Anneke Campbell
Writer and Community Activist