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Friday, October 17

Eve's Revolution
Introduction by Nina Simons
Eve Ensler, playwright, performer, activist, award-winning author of The Vagina Monologues and founder of V-Day, illuminates her most recent campaign, One Billion Rising for Justice. It’s a global call to women survivors of violence and those who love them to gather safely in community in public places worldwide to end violence against women, break the silence and release their stories through art, dance, marches, ritual, song and words.

Millions of Acres: Young Agrarians Needed
Introduction by Travis Forgues, dairy farmer/board member, Organic Valley
In the next 20 years, farmland ownership will shift on a continental scale—400 million acres, yet 70% of American farmland is owned by people 65 and older. How can we help young, motivated agrarians survive daunting structural obstacles and become successful farmers to whom retiring organic farmers can transmit their wisdom? How can we invest in the democratization of our land base? These questions drive Agrarian Trust, started by by Greenhorns founder Severine v T Fleming, one of the most dynamic leaders in the young farmers’ movement.

City of Joy: Turning Pain to Planting and Power
How can farming and gardening help empower and heal one of the world’s most challenged populations? City of Joy Founder Eve Ensler and permaculturists Brock Dolman and Dave Henson of Occidental Arts and Ecology Center are developing a farm cooperative in City of Joy, the world-renowned haven for women rape survivors in the Congo.

Archetypes in Every Woman
How might our culturally inherited myths and symbols be limiting—or expanding—our stories, options and realities? Explore this dynamic terrain through a multi-cultural lens. Hosted by Anneke Campbell, author, activist, filmmaker. With: Jean Shinoda Bolen, author, Jungian therapist, activist; Luisah Teish, teacher/storyteller/priestess in the Ifa Orisha tradition; Sri Swamini Svatmavidyananda, teacher of Vedanta and Sanskrit, resident Acharya of the Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam.

Indigenous Forum. Brave-Hearted Women: Protectors of Native Women’s Health
Indigenous women examine health threats to women, families and communities, and provide breakthrough case studies and models for protecting and supporting Native women’s health in urban and rural contexts. Hosted by Melissa Nelson (Turtle Mountain Anishinaabe), President, The Cultural Conservancy. With: Erin Konsmo, (Metis/Cree), Media Arts Justice and Projects Coordinator, Native Youth Sexual Health Network; Esther Lucero, MPP (Navajo), California Consortium of Urban Indian Health Centers; April McGill (Pomo/Yuki), Native American Health Center, San Francisco; and Katsi Cook (Akwesasne Mohawk), traditional midwife and health advocate.

Regeneration: Women of Color Healing through Nature, Art, Ritual, and Community
Very diverse women of color and indigenous women in Bay Area urban communities are drawing from their connection to Earth in highly creative ways to move toward personal and community healing and empowerment. Hosted by J. Phoenix Smith, Director, Back to Earth Outdoors, Orisha priestess. With: Catherine Herrera, Ohlone artist, filmmaker; Mira Manickam, environmental educator, multimedia artist, author; Brandi Mack, youth worker, gardener.


Caroline Casey & Climbing Poetree

“Democratic Animism Now!Assuming Cultural Narrative Lead.” In cahoots with flora and fauna, let us cultivate animate, magnetize and spiral forth into the memosphere  the irresistible invitational guiding narrative.

Mytho-poetic politico astrologer trickster Caroline Casey cavorts with fellow wordsmiths/musicians Climbing PoeTree’s Alixa Garcia and Naima Penniman

Saturday, October 18

This Changes Everything: Capitalism v. the Climate
Introduction by Kenny Ausubel
The award-winning Canadian journalist, international activist and best-selling author (The Shock Doctrine, No Logo) depicts climate change as more than an "issue.” It’s a civilizational wake-up call delivered in the language of fires, floods, storms and droughts. It demands that we challenge the dominant economic policies of deregulated capitalism and endless resource extraction. Climate change is also the most powerful weapon in the fight for equality and social justice, and real solutions are emerging from the rubble of our failing systems.

Mishkos Kenomagwen: The Teachings of Grass
Introduction by Melissa Nelson, The Cultural Conservancy
Indigenous peoples worldwide honor plants, not only as our sustainers, but as our oldest teachers who share teachings of generosity, creativity, sustainability and joy. By their living examples, plants spur our imaginations of how we might live. By braiding indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) with modern tools of botanical science, Robin Kimmerer, professor of Environmental Science and Forestry of Potawatomi ancestry, explores the question: “If plants are our teachers, what are their lessons, and how might we become better students?”

CHLOE MAXMIN– Youth Leadership
Lessons from the Grassroots Climate Movement
An activist since age 12, Chloe co-founded Divest Harvard to pressure her college to disinvest from fossil fuel holdings, gaining international recognition for her effective activism.

Council. Honoring the Sacred Feminine and Sacred Masculine: Partnership in Women’s & Men’s Leadership, From the Inside Out
Restoring and honoring the Sacred Feminine and Sacred Masculine in our lives and communities is necessary to restore harmony with ourselves and with everything else in existence, and it begins in each of us. As the elders have said, nothing is created outside until it is created inside first. Leading from the “inside out” asks us to first embody the change we seek in the world, then what we do will become self-evident. Together, fellow Bioneers will explore the emerging paradigm of balancing the masculine and feminine, why it is important to our existence as human beings, and where it can lead us. How do we work together across the genders to restore a healthy balance between the masculine and feminine, the inner and outer dimensions of life? How do we apply this to our everyday leadership? With Ilarion Merculieff, Aleut traditional messenger; Sharon Shay Sloan, council trainer and community steward. Bioneers of all ages strongly invited to attend. (Double session.) (Interactive, experiential)

Cultivating Women’s Leadership (CWL) Alumnae Reunion & Sampler
Experience a taste of the personal deep dive into purposeful engaged action and leadership from the inside out that CWL offers. Connect with great women from past trainings while cross-pollinating and engaging with the field we co-create. With CWL founders and faculty: Nina Simons, Toby Herzlich, Rachel Bagby, Sarah Crowell. (Interactive, experiential)

Woman and Nature: The Shadow and The Promise
Explore with a multicultural circle of women the upsides and downsides of the deep, ancient association of women and “the feminine” with nature, and how a re-integration of the feminine principle into our culture may best serve us today. Hosted by Starhawk, renowned author, educator, activist, Permaculturist. With: Rachel Bagby, singer, author, farmer, facilitator; Pat McCabe (Woman Stands Shining), Diné (Navajo) artist/activist; Sasha Houston Brown (Dakota/Santee Sioux Tribe, Nebraska), Director of Education at Little Earth of United Tribes; Brandi Mack, who uses permaculture and holistic health approaches in her work with African American girls suffering from trauma; Osprey Orielle Lake, co-founder/Executive Director, Women's Earth and Climate Action Network.

Restorative Justice, Healing Justice
A new form of justice seeks to heal and cares more about broken lives than broken laws. It’s capable of pushing back the "New Jim Crow" of mass incarceration and the school-to-prison pipeline. Hosted by J. Miakoda Taylor, founder, Fierce Allies. With: Fania Davis, founder/Executive Director, Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth; Ericka Huggins, professor of Sociology and African-American Studies at Laney and Merritt Colleges.

Duality Is Reciprocal: Integrating the Feminine-Masculine Powers Within
Until we heal the separation between the feminine and masculine, the world will not come into balance. We explore this duality, and ask ourselves if we’ve been asking the wrong questions and holding incorrect images, attitudes and beliefs about the feminine-masculine polarity. With: Pele Rouge Chadima, Lana Holmes and Firehawk Hulin, co-founders, Timeless Earth Wisdom, Inc. (Interactive, experiential)


Climbing Poetree:Alixa Garcia and Naima Penniman

This award-winning boundary breaking spoken word duo ricks the house.

Sunday, October 19

Opening by Rachel Bagby

Scaling Solutions for Social Change
Introduction by Alisa Gravitz, Green America
In this age of unprecedented global challenges—and innovations—the world can’t wait for solutions to emerge piecemeal over time. We need to get better, faster and more innovative in scaling up existing solutions. Economist Kristen Sheeran illuminates groundbreaking collaborative efforts to create new approaches to social innovation, harnessing cutting-edge digital technologies for the rapid sharing, processing and managing of knowledge. She’s VP of Knowledge Systems at Ecotrust, the Pacific Northwest's groundbreaking think tank and green economy incubator.

The courageous Kichwa leader from the Ecuadorian Amazon joins Amazon Watch and Pachamama Alliance with an urgent report from the front lines of protecting the lungs of the planet where women’s leadership is rising.

A Love That Is Wild: Why Wilderness Matters in the 21st Century
Introduction by Nina Simons
What might a different kind of power look and feel like, and can power be redistributed equitably, even beyond our own species? Conservationist, activist, and one of the nation’s most beloved and acclaimed authors, Terry Tempest Williams has been called "a citizen writer" who speaks eloquently for an ethical stance toward life, showing how environmental issues are social issues that become matters of justice. A scholar at the University of Utah and Dartmouth, she has been equally at home camping in the wilderness and being arrested for civil disobedience.


Alixa Garcia of ClimbingPoeTree Performs

Feminomics: Reinventing Economics that Work for All of Life
By integrating a gender lens with nature’s principles, indigenous models, and valuing the wellbeing of people and planet, women (and men) are creating new visions for finance, business, economics and culture to turn the tide toward a life-affirming and equitable economy. Hosted by Alisa Gravitz, Executive Director, Green America. With: Katherine Collins, founder and CEO, Honeybee Capital, author of The Nature of Investing; Donna Morton, Managing Partner, Business Strategies, Principium Investments; Nikki Silvestri, CEO, Green for All; Charles Eisenstein, author of Sacred Economics.

Gender, Sexual Health and Culture Change
How might new and ancient understandings about gender from diverse cultural and generational perspectives inform our cultural reinvention? How is sexual health key to the vitality and resilience of our societies and all people? Hosted by Lana Holmes, co-founder, Timeless Earth Wisdom, Inc. With: Pat McCabe (Woman Stands Shining), Dine (Navajo) artist/activist; Jhos Singer, a transgender Maggid (Jewish preacher) serving Jewish community centers in San Francisco and Half Moon Bay; Erin Konsmo, Media Arts Justice and Projects Coordinator, Native Youth Sexual Health Network; and Sonj Basha, an Oakland-based activist working to ensure the inclusion of gender non-conforming and transgender identities in institutions of higher education.

Indigenous Forum. Indigenous Women on the North-South Frontlines of Earth Protection I: The South
(Double session) This indigenous North-South cultural exchange builds bridges and solidarity among North-South indigenous people and their allies. Courageous indigenous leader Patricia Gualinga (Kichwa) from the Ecuadorian Amazon joins Amazon Watch and Pachamama Alliance with an urgent report from the rainforest front lines where indigenous women are stepping into leadership to defend the rights of Mother Earth (Pachamama) and their peoples, and to protect the Amazon from oil concessions.

Indigenous Forum.  Indigenous Women on the North-South Frontlines of Earth Protection II: The North
Hosted by Tom Goldtooth (Dine’/Dakota) of the Indigenous Environmental Network. With indigenous women from the North: Crystal Lameman (Beaver Lake Cree Nation) of Idle No More, on current threats from Pipelines from the Canadian Tar Sands; Faith Gemmill (Gwich'in), of REDOIL (Resisting Environmental Destruction On Indigenous Lands), on the history of oil and gas development in Alaska and expansion plans for offshore drilling; and witnesses Clayton Thomas-Müller (Mathais Colomb Cree Nation) and Eriel Deranger (Athabaskan Chipewyan First Nation) with Idle No More.

Why People Need to Get Arrested: The Climate Crisis Requires Bold Action.
A leader of the “Take Back Saint Louis” campaign to remove tax incentives to corporations profiting from climate change explores how to defeat the fossil fuel extraction industry.




Thursday, October 16,  9am – 5pm

Three Sisters Farming: Indigenous Women, Plants, and Foodways
Presented by The Cultural Conservancy and Bioneers Indigenous Knowledge Program

In this full-day, hands-on workshop/immersion in Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK), we explore plants as teachers and the science and philosophy of diverse indigenous foodways and ethnobotanical traditions, including: “Three Sisters” Agriculture, Pueblo farming, organic gardening and California Indian land management practices. We will harvest, collect seeds, and eat together from our Three Sisters Garden as an embodiment of botanical and social polyculture.

This historic workshop features a world-class line-up:

Robin Kimmerer (Potawatomie): scientist, award-winning writer (Braiding Sweetgrass; Gathering Moss), Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology at NY’s SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and founding Director of its Center for Native Peoples and the Environment for reconciling indigenous and Western science.

Roxanne Swentzell (Santa Clara Pueblo): co-founder/President of the Flowering Tree Permaculture Institute at New Mexico’s Santa Clara Pueblo and globally renowned Santa Clara Pueblo ceramic sculptor.

Sage LaPena (Wintu): Water Resources Coordinator at California’s Hopland Pomo Tribal EPA, working on watershed management, riparian restoration, botany, habitat restoration, Traditional (Tribal) Ecological Knowledge, and public education.

Wendy Johnson: author of Gardening at the Dragon’s Gate, renowned organic gardening elder-mentor, founder of the famed Organic Farm and Garden program at Green Gulch Zen Center in Marin County.

Lois Ellen Frank (Kiowa)-Menu TBD

Maria, Mayan Elder-tamales

Hosted by Melissa Nelson, President of the Cultural Conservancy, Wendy Johnson, and Cara Romero, Director of the Bioneers’ Indigenous Knowledge Program.

Location: Indian Valley Organic Farm and Garden, College of Marin, Novato, CA 

Price:  $195, includes transportation from Embassy Suites (101 McInnis Parkway San Rafael, CA) and lunch

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Monday, October 19, 9am — 6pm


Groundbreaking women in leadership (and some men) in finance, business, policy, and culture are creating Feminomics: new economic models and visions that take into account the biosphere, health and justice to help shift us toward a life-affirming, just economy and world. These new economic models apply a gender lens, whole systems thinking, nature's models, indigenous traditions and place a value on the wellbeing of people and the planet.

Intended for practitioners, professionals and anyone interested in re-imagining economics, this one-day intensive features leading-edge innovators and practitioners in investment, philanthropy, entrepreneurship, justice, and policy. They will highlight some of the most promising practices, models and visions. After brief presentations from diverse leaders, we will engage in networking sessions and round-table “collaboratories” to work together on principles and models, connecting our disparate communities to accelerate learning, cross-pollination, connection and mutual support.

Hosted by Alisa Gravitz, Annie Lim, founder of WEWorld Network (Women Entrepreneurs World Network) and L.I.F.E. Children Foundation.

With: Katherine Collins, Founder/CEO of Honeybee Capital, author of The Nature of Investing; Neva Morrison, formerly of First Peoples Worldwide; Adam Werbach, founder of Yerdle; Nikki Silvestri, CEO of Green for All; Charles Eisenstein, author of Sacred Economics; Joy Anderson, CEO of Criterion Institute, Morgan Simon, Partner at Pi Investments, founder/Chair of Transform Finance

Price: $195.00 includes lunch, at the Embassy Suites Hotel

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