Theme: Participatory/Interactive

Saturday, December 5th

With some of our leading elected officials endorsing white supremacy, the immense awakening surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement this past summer, and the intense public controversy over the removal of the Washington football team’s racist name and other racist mascots throughout the world of sports, more people than ever are asking: “How can I be an ally?” In this introductory session, the directors of the Bioneers Indigeneity Program, Cara Romero and Alexis Bunten, will join Bioneers co-founder Nina Simons to discuss such questions as: “What is an ally?” and “How do we create brave spaces where genuine collaboration is possible?” They will also provide step-by-step practical guidelines for building authentically respectful and meaningful allyship relationships with Indigenous Peoples.

December 5th | 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

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Panelists


Nina Simons
Co-Founder
Bioneers
Cara Romero
Program Director of the Bioneers Indigenous Knowledge Program
Bioneers
Alexis Bunten
Program Manager for Bioneers’ Indigeneity Program
Bioneers

In this 90-minute experiential session, Ginny McGinn, Executive Director of the Center for Whole Communities, and Sonali Sangeeta Balajee, founder of the Our Bodhi Project, will lead us on an exploration of a variety of restorative and critical thinking tools we can use to help cultivate our capacity for embodied racial justice learning. Drawing from an array of art-, awareness-, and inquiry-based practices, Sonali and Ginny will invite us to go beyond more traditional forms of racial justice learning to work with practices designed to help us plant the seeds within ourselves for genuine liberation, wholeness and connection to the Earth. NOTE: This session is intended for change-makers with some working knowledge of anti-racist frameworks; and there will be space for Black, Indigenous and other Peoples of Color and white folks to participate. 

December 5th | 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

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Panelists


Ginny McGinn
Executive Director, Organizational Development and Strategy
Center for Whole Communities
Sonali Sangeeta Balajee
Founder
The Bodhi Project

Full session descriptions are available here: https://conference.bioneers.org/council-session/

Sessions and Facilitators:

Indigenous: Jeannette Armstrong, Marlowe Sam, Paloma Flores

BIPOC and Mixed Race: Brendan Clarke, Jerry Tello, Ladybird Morgan

LGBTQ+ and Gender Non-Binary: Kristin Rothballer, Shlomo Pesach

Women and Female-Identified: Anita Sanchez, Pat McCabe, Samara Gaev

Men and Male-Identified: Luis Rodriguez, Will Scott

White and White-Passing: Dave Hage, Libby Roderick

All Identities Welcome: Ilarion Merculieff, Sharon Shay Sloan 

All Identities Welcome, with Intergenerational emphasis on Youth & Elders: Gigi Coyle, Orland Bishop

December 5th | 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

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Panelists


Jeannette Armstrong
Associate Professor
UBC Okanagan
Gigi Coyle
Co-Founder
Walking Water
Brendan Clarke
Co-Director
The Ojai Foundation
Paloma Flores

San Francisco Unified School District’s Indian Education Program
Dave Hage
Co-Founder
Weaving Earth Center for Relational Education
Ilarion Merculieff

Alaska Indigenous Council on Marine Mammals
Will Scott
Co-Founder and Facilitator
Weaving Earth Center for Relational Education
Sharon Shay Sloan
Co-Director
Ojai Foundation
Jerry Tello
Director of Training and Technical Assistance
National Compadres Network

Conventional industrial agriculture is systemically flawed, generating enormous collateral environmental, human and economic damage. To face the challenges of erratic climate, natural resource destruction, increased population, and the hardship economics of farming, we need skilled regenerative farmers and a more localized food system. This session will feature three leading figures working on different aspects of the movement to radically transform agriculture. We will begin with an introductory discussion with the whole group, followed by three separate, simultaneous breakouts: 

1. Regenerative Agriculture: Bringing life back to soils depleted by agrochemicals and destructive practices is the key to ensuring the land’s capacity to produce sufficient amounts of healthy food. With: regenerative agriculture consultant Jonathan Lundgren, owner of Blue Dasher Farm, where he combines cutting-edge science with hands-on experience to remove the barriers to adopting regenerative agriculture.

2. New Farmers: The average age of American farmers is close to 60 years old. Activist-farmer Severine von Tscharner Fleming is the founder and Director of Greenhorns,  a national organization promoting, recruiting and supporting new farmers. She will explore the challenges and triumphs of becoming a farmer, what you need to know if you are contemplating becoming a farmer, and what agricultural reforms are needed to increase new farmers’ chances for success. 

3. Local Food: Michael Ableman is a pathfinder in the organic farming and urban agriculture movements, and co-founder/Director of Sole Food Street Farms (one of North America’s largest urban agriculture social enterprises). He will share his experience operating an urban farm in the poorest neighborhood in Vancouver, British Columbia, and explain how he has developed relationships with top chefs and how localized food systems can play a bigger role in food security.   

December 5th | 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

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Panelists


Jonathan Lundgren
CEO
Blue Dasher Farm
Michael Ableman
Co-Founder/Director
Sole Food Street Farms

Although we want to be one united generation across the cycle of life-affirming action together on behalf of what we believe in, what are the pitfalls and possibilities, personally and for our movements, when we seek to partner across generations? Join us for a series of participant-driven World Café conversations about how we can collaborate to shape the future by synergizing the unique gifts of all generations. The World Cafe provides a hospitable space for integration and reflection on what is emerging at the conference and for building partnerships of personal and professional value. Let’s create tomorrow, together! With: Amy Lenzo, weDialogue and the World Cafe Community Foundation; Tim Merry, spoken word maestro/poet extraordinaire; David Shaw, Santa Cruz Permaculture & UCSC Right Livelihood College; and May Boeve, Executive Director of 350.org.

December 5th | 2:00 pm to 3:45 pm

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Panelists


Amy Lenzo

World Cafes
David Shaw
Founder
Santa Cruz Permaculture
Tim Merry
Spoken Word Improviser/Poet.
May Boeve
Executive Director
350.org

Sunday, December 6th

This session will be a deep dive into a letting-go of the familiar shape of who and what we think we are. When we make space for something greater to fill and inform us, we make way for inner paradigm shifts to occur and a far fuller version of ourselves to emerge. This will be an intimate, soulful journey of release and becoming rooted in connection with the natural world. Through a combination of movement, meditation, journaling, reflection and sharing, we will move through the veils and allow what is uniquely “us” to shine through. Come prepared to journey: What we are ready for is ready for us.

December 6th | 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

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Panelists


Clare Dubois
Founder
TreeSisters.org

In this age of global uncertainty, we are more likely to thrive if we can ground ourselves in presence, and to embrace, rather than fear or resist, the unknown. Learning to meet uncertainty with an open heart can contribute to compassionate action, clear seeing, and social harmony. Drawing from the wisdom of Buddhism and that of the natural world, Deborah Eden Tull offers us an experiential teaching on how to live with uncertainty. While it’s true that we cannot rely on our familiar compass to navigate darkness, we can remember that darkness is a sacred expression of the mystery itself… from which everything arises and to which everything returns.

December 6th | 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

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Panelists


Deborah Eden Tull
Author
Relational Mindfulness

Full session descriptions are available here: https://conference.bioneers.org/council-session/

Sessions and Facilitators:

Indigenous: Jeannette Armstrong, Marlowe Sam, Paloma Flores

BIPOC and Mixed Race: Brendan Clarke, Jerry Tello, Ladybird Morgan

LGBTQ+ and Gender Non-Binary: Kristin Rothballer, Shlomo Pesach

Women and Female-Identified: Anita Sanchez, Pat McCabe, Samara Gaev

Men and Male-Identified: Luis Rodriguez, Will Scott

White and White-Passing: Dave Hage, Libby Roderick

All Identities Welcome: Ilarion Merculieff, Sharon Shay Sloan 

All Identities Welcome, with Intergenerational emphasis on Youth & Elders: Gigi Coyle, Orland Bishop

December 6th | 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

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Panelists


Jeannette Armstrong
Associate Professor
UBC Okanagan
Brendan Clarke
Co-Director
The Ojai Foundation
Gigi Coyle
Co-Founder
Walking Water
Paloma Flores

San Francisco Unified School District’s Indian Education Program
Dave Hage
Co-Founder
Weaving Earth Center for Relational Education
Ilarion Merculieff

Alaska Indigenous Council on Marine Mammals
Will Scott
Co-Founder and Facilitator
Weaving Earth Center for Relational Education
Sharon Shay Sloan
Co-Director
Ojai Foundation
Jerry Tello
Director of Training and Technical Assistance
National Compadres Network

With Karla McLaren, M.Ed. and Sheila Diggs, MSOD

Confronting or enduring racism and inequality can bring up powerful emotions—shame, rage, panic, hatred, grief, and despair. It’s not surprising that this emotional cascade can overwhelm us, but these emotions are not our enemy; instead, they’re a vital part of everything we are and the raw material we need to work with. When we know how to work with our emotions, we can face and heal the most pressing problems in our troubled world and build a more just, loving, and inclusive community. Topics covered will include: individual and cultural emotional responses to racism and antiracism; the unequal emotional work we expect from people in non-dominant groups; the unexpected (and crucial) emotional work that people in the dominant group are now having to learn; and specific healing practices that can help us access the genius in our deepest emotions. Join us as we seek to challenge oppression and injustice with a focus on how our emotions can be a catalyst to transform our world.

December 6th | 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

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Panelists


Karla McLaren
Founder and CEO
Emotion Dynamics LLC
Sheila Diggs
ICF executive coach

These past two days we’ve seen what’s possible from the Bioneers, We’ve learned from each other’s ideas and meaningful work, and now we’re ready to take it home. Seeds have been planted throughout the weekend, but we need each other to see that they take root to ensure our shared success. How can we play together year-round? How might we be anchors for each other and our projects as we serve the future we believe in? In this session, we’ll explore how we can nourish partnerships and relationships that we can draw upon in the coming months as we ground these possibilities into realities and meet up again next year to share what we’re learning! Join us for a participant-driven World Café conversation about how we can collaborate to shape the future by synergizing the unique gifts of all generations. The Café provides a hospitable space for integration and reflection on what is emerging at the conference, building partnerships of personal and professional value, and seeing our collective intelligence become visible before our eyes through graphic recording. Let’s create tomorrow, together! With: Amy Lenzo, weDialogue and the World Cafe Community Foundation; David Shaw, Santa Cruz Permaculture & UCSC Right Livelihood College; and special guests TBA.

December 6th | 2:00 pm to 3:45 pm

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Panelists


Amy Lenzo

World Cafes
David Shaw
Founder
Santa Cruz Permaculture

Saturday, December 12th

As leaders driven by the urgency of the need to constantly do more to address the dire challenges our communities face, how do we avoid burnout? How do we learn to actually embody our purpose and values and personally model the cultural shifts needed for wider societal transformation? In this workshop we will discover tools designed to strengthen our “personal ecology” and our leadership compass. It includes a framework that can be applied at the scales of self, organizations, and coalitions in ways that unleash the power of community. In this interactive session, we will draw from highly effective practices developed by the grassroots non-profit Daily Acts (dailyacts.org) to increase our collective leadership resilience during times of unrest and crisis by holding reverence in our hearts, reclaiming our power, and nurturing our relations. Facilitated by Nichole Warwick, Kerry Fugett and Trathen Heckman

December 12th | 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

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Panelists


Trathen Heckman
Founder and Director
Daily Acts Organization
Nichole Warwick
Environmental Health Programs Manager
Daily Acts

In this time of crisis, we are being called to act on behalf of what we love and a future we desire, but the legacy of patriarchy has left us all, whatever our gender, with deep unconscious biases about leadership and action that make genuine, un-hierarchical cooperation difficult. But we can overcome those inherited biases and embrace attunement, relational awareness, intuition and deep listening to forge new, far healthier forms of leadership. In this experiential journey into regenerative, heart-centered leadership for people of all genders, ages, colors and backgrounds at all phases of life’s journey, we will open the door to rebalancing the feminine and masculine beyond any gender-binary perceptions and discover radical new paths to wholeness. With: Deborah Eden Tull, of Mindful Living Revolution; and Nina Simons, Bioneers co-founder.

December 12th | 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

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Panelists


Deborah Eden Tull
Author
Relational Mindfulness
Nina Simons
Co-Founder
Bioneers

Full session descriptions are available here: https://conference.bioneers.org/council-session/

Sessions and Facilitators:

Indigenous: Jeannette Armstrong, Marlowe Sam, Paloma Flores

BIPOC and Mixed Race: Brendan Clarke, Jerry Tello, Ladybird Morgan

LGBTQ+ and Gender Non-Binary: Kristin Rothballer, Shlomo Pesach

Women and Female-Identified: Anita Sanchez, Pat McCabe, Samara Gaev

Men and Male-Identified: Luis Rodriguez, Will Scott

White and White-Passing: Dave Hage, Libby Roderick

All Identities Welcome: Ilarion Merculieff, Sharon Shay Sloan 

All Identities Welcome, with Intergenerational emphasis on Youth & Elders: Gigi Coyle, Orland Bishop

December 12th | 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

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Panelists


Jeannette Armstrong
Associate Professor
UBC Okanagan
Brendan Clarke
Co-Director
The Ojai Foundation
Gigi Coyle
Co-Founder
Walking Water
Paloma Flores

San Francisco Unified School District’s Indian Education Program
Dave Hage
Co-Founder
Weaving Earth Center for Relational Education
Ilarion Merculieff

Alaska Indigenous Council on Marine Mammals
Will Scott
Co-Founder and Facilitator
Weaving Earth Center for Relational Education
Sharon Shay Sloan
Co-Director
Ojai Foundation
Jerry Tello
Director of Training and Technical Assistance
National Compadres Network

NOTE: This is a 120-minute session in which we will break up into 5 cohorts of 6-8 people, so register early because it is limited to 35 participants.

This session will be an interactive intergenerational futurist role-playing game in which people of all ages will collaborate to create a new future based on resilience and justice, centering the vision and leadership of younger generations. Participants will be placed into separate groups of 6-8 people who will then embark on an immersive journey through an eco-futurist, post-apocalypse world. Upon registration, you will receive a packet that explains the game, and each of us will select a specific character to embody in the scenario. 

A game master will facilitate each separate cohort. The intention is to be in the play and practice of collective decision-making for resilience and justice, honoring the wisdom and visions that different generations and identities hold. Youth participants will make up the majority in every cohort, ensuring that youth voices are centered in self-determining the world of the future.     

At the end of the game, the whole larger group will come back together and each team will share the choices they made and how those decisions shaped their outcomes. Inevitably, each group will have made different choices based on who was in the room and whose voices were most valued. This game is also designed to help demonstrate the multiplicity of imagined futures that we could step into at any given moment. By exploring themes of apocalypse and resilience through play, we open up space for radically imagining what is possible together from a place of curiosity and possibility.

If you are a youth (age 13 – 22) that would like to register for this session on scholarship, please email maya@bioneers.org.

December 12th | 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

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Panelists


Our fundamental systems of governance and economics are changing, and the seeds of the next systems are emerging. But what does that look like in our communities, our work, and our lives? How are we nourishing those seeds of possibility, and growing this movement for a just transition – regionally, nationally and globally? Come one, come all for an engaging World Café conversation about what we have learned at Bioneers thus far, what unique contributions we are making, and how we can support one another in taking the next steps towards right livelihoods, new economies, and a system that benefits all life. With: Amy Lenzo, weDialogue and the World Cafe Community Foundation; David Shaw, Santa Cruz Permaculture & UCSC Right Livelihood College; and special guests TBA.

December 12th | 2:00 pm to 3:45 pm

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Panelists


Amy Lenzo

World Cafes
David Shaw
Founder
Santa Cruz Permaculture

Sunday, December 13th

It is long past time for us to work effectively on critical climate, justice and economic issues, but agreement that something is an urgent need does not necessarily lead to effective action, as our handling of COVID-19, healthcare, racial justice and the economic crisis sadly illustrate. Although we need to develop the capacity to effectively address complex challenges, how can we do so when we are so intensely polarized on so many issues? Somehow, we have to come together and share ideas with a belief in each other’s good will and intelligence, even if we have disagreements. Facilitated by Joan Blades, co-founder of MomsRising.org, MoveOn.org, and LivingRoomConversations.org, this session will be an open-source effort to build respectful connections across ideological, cultural and party lines. We will gain skills for engaging in peace-building with friends, family and in our community. Because our ability to live with and care for people who hold different views has diminished over the last many year, come discover how meaningful, structured conversations across differences, in person or by video, can help us overcome our current system’s socio-political paralysis.

December 13th | 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

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Panelists


Joan Blades
Co-Founder
LivingRoomConversations.org

Interactive/Participatory Workshop (limited to 50 registrants)

Changing the way that the legal system works to protect nature requires creating a new system—one based not on regulating the rate at which we destroy nature, but on which giving nature-protectors the necessary tools to advocate for the rights of ecosystems to exist, flourish, regenerate, and be restored. Two of the most prominent leaders in the field of Rights of Nature, who assisted the Ecuadorian Constituent Assembly to recognize the rights of nature in their constitution, will explore how to draft and advance rights of nature laws in your own community, as well as the challenges and obstacles faced in doing so, and the nitty-gritty of how to overcome those challenges and obstacles. With: Mari Margil and Thomas Linzey of the Center for Democratic and Environmental Rights.

December 13th | 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

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Panelists


Mari Margil
Executive Director
Center for Democratic and Environmental Rights
Thomas Linzey
Senior Legal Counsel
Center for Democratic and Environmental Rights

It has never been more urgent to rise up for the planet and her people, and for all of us to show up to expose the violence and injustice in our country.  Yet to be effective, we need to be strategic in choosing our approaches and tools. Leading activists with long experience in frontline struggles will share their expertise, exploring such topics as how to determine which tactic is right at a given moment, how best to prepare for an action, and how to engage to obtain real results. With: Jodie Evans, co-founder, CODEPINK; Nancy Mancias, Divest from War campaigner, CODEPINK; Scott Parkin, Organizing Director, Rainforest Action Network, others TBA.

December 13th | 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

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Panelists


Jodie Evans
Co-Founder
CODEPINK
Nancy Mancias
Campaign Organizer
CODEPINK
Scott Parkin
Organizing Director
Rainforest Action Network

Full session descriptions are available here: https://conference.bioneers.org/council-session/

Sessions and Facilitators:

Indigenous: Jeannette Armstrong, Marlowe Sam, Paloma Flores

BIPOC and Mixed Race: Brendan Clarke, Jerry Tello, Ladybird Morgan

LGBTQ+ and Gender Non-Binary: Kristin Rothballer, Shlomo Pesach

Women and Female-Identified: Anita Sanchez, Pat McCabe, Samara Gaev

Men and Male-Identified: Luis Rodriguez, Will Scott

White and White-Passing: Dave Hage, Libby Roderick

All Identities Welcome: Ilarion Merculieff, Sharon Shay Sloan 

All Identities Welcome, with Intergenerational emphasis on Youth & Elders: Gigi Coyle, Orland Bishop

December 13th | 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

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Panelists


Jeannette Armstrong
Associate Professor
UBC Okanagan
Brendan Clarke
Co-Director
The Ojai Foundation
Gigi Coyle
Co-Founder
Walking Water
Paloma Flores

San Francisco Unified School District’s Indian Education Program
Dave Hage
Co-Founder
Weaving Earth Center for Relational Education
Ilarion Merculieff

Alaska Indigenous Council on Marine Mammals
Will Scott
Co-Founder and Facilitator
Weaving Earth Center for Relational Education
Sharon Shay Sloan
Co-Director
Ojai Foundation
Jerry Tello
Director of Training and Technical Assistance
National Compadres Network

How can we work inter-generationally to usher in “The Great Turning” toward a life-sustaining society? Come join conversations about how we can be “wiser together” and collaborate across the cycle of life to shape our shared future.  With: Joanna Macy, world renowned thinker, activist, Bioneers elder, author, and seed teacher of “The Work That Reconnects;” Amy Lenzo, weDialogue and the World Cafe Community Foundation; David Shaw, Santa Cruz Permaculture & UCSC Right Livelihood College; and MaMuse (Sarah Nutting and Karisha Longaker), a beloved roots music duet, will serve as “harvesters” for the session, i.e. summing up the proceedings in improvised poetry and music.

December 13th | 2:00 pm to 3:45 pm

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Panelists


Amy Lenzo

World Cafes
David Shaw
Founder
Santa Cruz Permaculture
Joanna Macy
Creator/Root Teacher
The Work That Reconnects