Friday, October 18th
Introduction by Nina Simons, Bioneers co-founder and Chief Relationship Strategist
Eve Ensler, the brilliant playwright (author of among other award-winning plays, the world changing The Vagina Monologues) and tireless activist for women’s rights globally, founder of V-Day and One Billion Rising, was like so many other women, sexually abused, in her case by her father. In her new bestselling book, The Apology, Eve has attempted to transform, with unflinching truthfulness and compassion, the horrific betrayal she suffered into an expansive vision for the future. She will share her story and explore how other survivors of abuse might be able to mobilize their imagination and inner strength to move from humiliation to revelation to find healing and inner freedom. She has written her own apology which she will offer on this occasion.
October 18th | 11:30 am to Noon | Veterans' Memorial Auditorium (VMA)
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 | Veterans' Memorial Auditorium (VMA)
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); Danielle Hill (Mashpee Wampanoag).
October 18th | 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm | Indigenous Forum
Saturday, October 19th
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 and Executive Director of the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN); 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 | Larkspur Room
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 | Women's Tent
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 | Showcase Theater
Hosted by The Chacruna Institute for Psychedelic Plant Medicines
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 | Larkspur Room
Sunday, October 20th
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 | Larkspur Room
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 and Executive Director of the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN); 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 | Women's Tent
We are facing ever more dire threats to the diversity of life in the biosphere. We are in the midst of the 6th great extinction of life forms in Earth’s history (the only one caused by human beings). Young people in such movements as Extinction Rebellion are rising up to demand action, and some of the most courageous engaged scientists of our era, many of them women, are working on the frontlines to analyze and explain what is happening on the ground and what needs to be done to reverse our species’ catastrophic trajectory. With: Anne Laudisoit, PH.D, eco-epidemiologist and wildlife biologist, with extensive experience in Africa, Senior Scientist with the EcoHealth Alliance; Madhavi Colton, Program Director of the Coral Reef Alliance; Carly Vynne, Ph.D, Strategic Partner at RESOLVE, advisor to the Global Deal for Nature.
October 20th | 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm | Sausalito Room
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 | Interactive & Experiential Tent
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 | Manzanita Room
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: Casey Camp-Horinek (Ponca); Morning Star Gali (Ajuwami Band of Pit River); Ozawa Bineshi Albert (Yuchi and Annishinaabe); Simone Senogles of the Indigenous Environmental Network.
October 20th | 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm | Showcase Theater
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