Pandora Thomas is a passionate global citizen who works as a teacher, writer, designer and speaker. Her current projects include the Black Permaculture Network, Pathways to Resilience--a permaculture and social entrepreneur training program for men returning home after incarceration, and the Toyota Green Initiative which engages African Americans around the benefits of adopting a sustainable lifestyle.. Pandora co-founded Earthseed Consulting LLC, a holistic consulting firm whose work expands the opportunities for sustainable living for diverse communities. She has keynoted and lectured on topics ranging from diversity, social justice, youth and women's leadership, social entrepreneurship and sustainability, and was featured as a presenter for TEDx Denver and SF.
Decolonizing Consciousness: Sobey Wing is the cultural advisor for the Bloom Network formerly Evolver Network. He also is involved in the Cross Cultural Protocols committee of Youth Passageways, a youth rites of passage network as well as a board member. He is also on the board of Kathara Pilipino Indigenous Arts Society which is co-organizers to the 3rd International Babaylan Conference in September 2016. He also holds a Permaculture Design Certificate and has served on the board of Eco Cafe Society. Bringing cross-cultural awareness to place making, social permaculture, and centering marginalized/ displaced peoples. An examination of making more inclusive spaces that celebrate diversity while reducing systemic power structures.
Ibrahim Mubarak is a leading activist in the Portland houseless community. He spearheaded the creation of two houseless camps, Right to Dream Too and Dignity Village. He is an organizer with Right to Survive, an organization that seeks to empower the houseless community to secure fairer treatment and rights and to fight against inhumane sweeps and policing. He is widely recognized for his work in the community and his service for the dignity and rights of houseless people.
Over the past 4 years, Ta'Kaiya has been an international environmental and indigenous rights advocate. I’ve been an advocate for providing better qualities of living in Indigenous First Nations territories, and ending the oppression, racism, and corruption we face from our government and within our community. Igniting the youth community in a creative effort to combat the defining generational challenge of climate change. As a singer she transmits a simple message of her story and her truth through the very relatable and human medium of music. She has spoken at UN meeting across the globe, including The TUNZA UN children and youth conference on the environment in Bandung Indonesia and the Rio+20 UN conference on the environment in Rio de Janeiro. In her culture it’s a fact, and an understanding of life, that everything is connected, and we were put on this earth to be stewards and caretakers of the environment. Integrating a central Indigenous wisdom into her ways of perceiving obstacles and participating in community action overcoming environmental threats is what she strives to inspire in others.
Rewild Portland is a non-profit organization based in Portland, Oregon. Their mission comes to life in the form of educational workshops, community-building events, art shows, and ecological restoration. Rewilding means “to return to a more wild or self-willed state.” Rewilding creates resilience because it is about getting the things you need to live from the land you live on in a regenerative manner, not extracted and shipped from thousands of miles away. Rewild Portland's goal as an organization is to provide a full-spectrum model of education and implementation; from students who come to a single introductory course, to partners of a collective using regenerative design land management principles to live off the land together.
Melanie Rios cultivates community in ecovillages, nonprofits, social enterprises, educational programs and other places where people gather on behalf of each other and our planet. She has served as an immersion consultant on conflict resolution, culture shift and governance for intentional communities, as executive director of Lost Valley Education Center, and as a teacher for topics such as sociocracy and permaculture. In addition to co-facilitating this workshop, you can find her at VBC conducting the Singing Villagers choir and leading a soil-building workshop called “Making Terra Preta.”
Pulxaneeks (Pul-ha-neeks) is from the Eagle Clan of the Haisla First Nation. She has been in facilitating in various ways for over 15 years. In her 20's she created a life-coaching modality and is currently working with a team in the development of a youth organization that will train Indigenous youth to be ambassadors for our planet. Her most recent development is based entirely on the unique understanding that has come from being exposed to both Indigenous and well as non-Indigenous cultures.
Amanda Rain founded Speaking the Unspeakable® to inspire the courage to meet our challenges and empower our lives through effective communication. Her unique blend of rhetorical studies, speech communication, debate, activism, political advocacy, shamanic studies, and life experience, weaves together a potent journey of personal growth and essential skill sharing. She inspires the willingness to face our personal and collective pain to free ourselves to walk with integrity and truth, connected as one human family. Her voice offers hope for the spirit and medicine for the soul.
Darlene Solomon-Rogers aka Blacque Butterfly is a spoken word artist, singer, songwriter, entertainer and activist. Her love for the arts has allowed her to explore several layers of her calling. Her art crosses and closes cultural boundaries as she has shared stages with national recording artists from Dead Prez to Peter Yarrow. Her mission is to make good music and to elevate her audience to a higher level of consciousness. Butterfly mentors troubled youth and single mothers and facilitates a youth based theatre troupe, where she allows youth at risk to use the arts as a tool for social justice. She is also a member of Up and Over Tour a mentoring team of artists that share their experiences and performances to youth via the educational system.
Gerri Ravyn Stanfield
Gerri Ravyn Stanfield is a healer of body, mind and spirit; an inventive author and international educator; dedicated to liberating the sacred leadership abilities and super powers within each of us. They practice acupuncture and herbal medicine in Portland, Oregon with a focus on helping people survive cancer, chronic pain and traumatic experiences while fulfilling their commitment to being embodied during these interesting times. They use their background in the realms of social justice, Taoist, Chinese and other traditional medicines, Jungian psychology, environmental activism, earth based spirituality, creative writing and theatre arts to coax more of the extraordinary into the world through the cracks in Western civilization. They facilitate retreats, workshops and intensives all over the globe with their own unique curriculum that blends healing techniques, mythology, expressive arts, social activism, musical improvisation, conflict resolution and intuitive leadership skills.”
Ayomide & Kaleidescope Yoga
Kaleidoscope Community Yoga (Portland, OR) is an organization dedicated to the sharing and culture of mandala-style community yoga practice in the greater Portland area.
Black Lives Matter
“Black Lives Matter is a chapter-based national organization working for the validity of Black life, working to (re)build the Black liberation movement.#BlackLivesMatter was created in 2012 after Trayvon Martin’s murderer, George Zimmerman, was acquitted for his crime, and dead 17-year old Trayvon was post-humously placed on trial for his own murder. Rooted in the experiences of Black people in this country who actively resist our de-humanization, #BlackLivesMatter is a call to action and a response to the virulent anti-Black racism that permeates our society.”
Candi Brings Plenty
Candi Brings Plenty has been a lifelong advocate for justice and has been rooted in her identity as a Two-Spirit Oglala Lakota Sioux. Candi works as a Community Health Advocate at the Native American Youth & Family Center. In addition, she mentors NAYA Early College Academy youth and implemented a Gay Straight Alliance during the 2014-2015 school year at the Early College Academy, along with a Two-Spirit Family Advocacy Project. Having worked with the Portland Two-Spirit Society, Candi is now empowering other two-spirits by forming both a statewide non-profit, Oregon Two-Spirit Society, as well as the first Pacific Northwest Native American PFLAG chapter. Candi is committed to creating an empowered and compassionate community and has been a light and a leader for many within in her community who struggle with the challenges of identifying as Two-Spirit (or LGBTQ). Candi is a true leader of the people and has the strength of fierce advocacy to last generations to come.
Deborah is an RN, presently working at Shriners a Hospital for Children. As a nurse and proponent of wellness- she also teaches Zumba classes throughout Portland. Zumba is a dance fitness program that celebrates international rhythms and encourages movement for everyone!! In All Abilities Dance! we will celebrate the diversity of all our bodies, and all our abilities in gathering together in fun and accesible movement.
Alyssa Pagan is a local, Portland-based activist involved in various campaigns and justice efforts throughout the city. Alyssa works with Don't Shoot Portland, an organization working towards an end to police brutality and racism, as well as 15 Now! and Disarm PSU. Alyssa also organizes around trans and queer issues and is a leading activist and speaker in Portland.
Jon Young is the author of What the Robin Knows–How Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World, The Kamana Naturalist Training Program, Animal Tracking Basics and Coyote’s Guide To Connecting with Nature. Jon’s story begins while hunting snapping turtles in the suburbs of New Jersey as a boy. Following his curiosity where few would dare, he discovered a map to our ancient biology that unlocks deep nature connection. He has, in short, blazed a trail into the heart of what it means to be human. Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods, calls Jon’s work “good medicine for nature-deficit disorder”. Through master storytelling, song and experiential learning, Jon awakens nature’s healing connection within individuals and entire communities.
Tao Orion is the author of Beyond the War on Invasive Species: A Permaculture Approach to Ecosystem Restoration. Tao consults on farm and forest planning with Resilience Permaculture Design, LLC.
Peter is a co-founder of Radical Mycology, a grassroots organization teaching the skills for working with fungi for personal, societal, and ecological resilience.Fungi are the drivers of whole ecological webs. They are everywhere around us, filling all plants and ensuring healthy succession. And yet, fungi remain the most overlooked and misunderstood branch on the Tree of Life. In this presentation Peter will cover all the reasons that fungi should no longer be ignored but embraced for the many gifts they offer. Specific topics include fungal ecology, cultivation, cultural importance, mycopermaculture, and mycoremediation.
Barbara has been an activist, therapist, facilitator, singer, and artist with over thirty years of experience working with individuals and groups, including faith groups, activists, intentional communities, non-profits, and schools. Skilled in working with groups with creativity, empathy, and humor, she often incorporates ritual, music, movement, and other creative activities to deepen the workshop experience. She has worked closely with eco-philosopher Joanna Macy, and offers workshops, classes, and webinars on Active Hope, The Work That Reconnects, Radical Gratitude, and other offerings which explore the convergence of spirit, creativity, and the engaged life.
Warren Hooley is a Half Okanagan Indigenous (Native), Half Caucasian man born and raised in Penticton, British Columbia. Currently living in Vancouver B.C, Warren defines himself as an ‘Inspirational Hip-Hop artist’ and much like the classic roots of hip hop, Warren stays true to keeping his lyrical content based on life experience and social change. Fusing other genres of music with hip-hop and adding his flare of passion and authenticity, Warren creates music that inspires and moves people of all walks of life. “ It’s an incredible feeling to share the depth of my vulnerability and intense passion through the medium of spoken word and be accepted so warmly & excitedly”.
Steve Odel & Rabbit Moon Tea
Rabbit’s Moon Tea Arts is a local, direct source, small batch tea distributor and facilitator of tea as a tool for community building through embodying transpersonal relationships. Tea can be a therapeutic modality for imbibing presence. As a daily practice of taking ‘time out’ of the day, one deepens their relationship with themselves, each other and the world at large. There is a reason it is the second most drank beverage after water worldwide. By bringing into resolution the mind with the heart through awareness of the present moment, it invites an internal revolution of our everyday unconscious conditioning. Tea is the medium for humanity to meet itself. Beyond all concepts of society, culture, gender, race, access, age or ability it draws us into the very basic essence of what it means to be alive and simply share a moment together. By transcending the structures imposed by society at large we return to our original innocence found at birth. For ages, it is the tea rooms and the tea houses across the world that have been the sanctuary for the authenticity of being human to shine through, to challenge and sometimes subvert the harsh borders of what is defined by society in a given time and place throughout history simply by providing a safe space to see and be seen.As a distributor of farm direct, hand-made, whole leaf teas from across China, Steven Odell has held a vision to bring quality tea to this country that not only qualified as tasteful, organic and chemical free but by retaining a greater energetic (qi) vitality in the body found only in hand-made, traditional processing methods sourced directly from the farmers themselves. This full spectrum sourcing method is maintained by carefully selecting tea from leaf to farmer to our hands onto the customers. It is founded on building long-standing, transparent, family-style relationships with the farmers themselves to assure the value of tea quality and authenticity over quantity and showmanship is always first for both farmer and distributor. Many of the teas we source come from sustainably harvested, wild, heritage trees, 6 generation tea farmers using hundreds of years old traditions produced with the utmost care. It is often said the best tea is picked and processed, from leaf to pot, to feel as if it had never left the tree. The processing methods for all our teas are sourced with this level of integrity and mastery. May you enjoy each cup, knowing how much heart has gone into the cultivation of every leaf that has the good fortune to end up in your hands today! May heaven be found on earth in every cup.