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Eco- Restoration: Regenerative Communities on the Ground
October 6, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm PDT
Across the country, “eco-restoration camps” have emerged as places for people to come together, to learn and implement ways to bring healing and restoration to a damaged environment. These environments are sites of wildfires, extraction of natural resources, degraded soil, floods, and more. In this panel, hear from those who are doing this work in California and what kinds of specific projects are involved that help the earth regenerate through natural methods. Also learn about the focus on centering Indigenous practices, stewardship and cultural repair in how we live and care for the land.
This event is being offered as part of the 2021 Regenerative Communities Summit. Please click here to learn more and register using our pay-what-you-can donation-based system to participate.
Host: Jul Bystrova
Kanyon “Coyote Woman” Sayers-Roods: “I am a creative artist ever inspired by nature and the natural world. I make a difference in the lives of others by sharing my life experiences and knowledge about California Native Americans. I have the gift of communication, starting conversations around decolonization and indigenization, and challenge myself to utilize this gift to deliver powerfully effective messages for others. My personal mission, which I intend to carry-out in my career, is to contribute toward the goal of global education with emphasis on promoting understanding of the relationship between humanity and the natural world.”
Erin Beasley As the US director for Ecosystem Restoration Camps, Erin brings fifteen years of nonprofit experience in more than ten countries in the Americas, Africa and Asia including proposal development, grants management and reporting, project design, international policy advocacy and participatory community development. Prior to her current position, Erin worked with Conservation International to ensure the inclusion of nature in climate action under the Paris Agreement. She has worked extensively in Cochabamba, Bolivia developing trainings with women farmers on climate adaptation and agroecology. Erin studied at the Yale School of the Environment and speaks Spanish, Portuguese, elementary French and Quechua. You can find her gardening and rock climbing when she is not advocating for ERC’s amazing restoration partners.
John Allen Directing, shooting and editing films and documentaries since the 1980’s came to a close after a series of two hundred World Music artist portraits and an introduction to permaculture. In 1993, in the wake of the Rodney King riots, he developed a garden training program for youth incarcerated with LA Probation. Through that program hundreds of third time offenders of serious crimes earned the title of Green Thumb by demonstrating the parallels of nurturing plants and nurturing themselves and others. In the process they overcame rival gang affiliations to work side by side with their enemies. As a community organizer, reconnecting people and place is still a theme at the BirdHouse, an urban hub and garden that provides workshops for folks to share know-how in regenerative practices, through art and ecology. The BirdHouse has become the first urban Ecosystem Restoration Camp, a global network of land restoration projects. It is John Allen’s intention to attract agents of change to address the question what will it take to live a life that the planet earth now demands? …and to have fun doing it.
Jonathan Kabat The steward of Hotlum Eco-Regeneration Camp on the slopes of Mount Shasta, CA., 120 acres dedicated to ‘Participate in the restoration and healing of humanity’s relationship with the Biosphere.’ (the 2nd Ecosystem Restoration Camp in North America) Jonathan’s decades of experience working in social work and psychotherapy, supporting people from all walks of life, from the billionaire class, to the indigent & homeless, seeking healing from trauma, addiction, violence, anxiety, chronic illness, and ultimately despair he has found that nothing happens in isolation, including healing. A systems therapist with a focus on trauma, ecopsychology, transpersonal psychology, liberation psychology, and collapsology, Jonathan has dedicated his life to practices which revitalize our relationships, with ourselves, our kin, our communities, and the diversity and vitality of the ecosystems we participate within.
Following two years of listening, learning, and hosting workshops on fire resilient practices, Hotlum burned in the fire storm of the Lava Fire June 29th, 2021.
Janeva Sorenson was born and raised in Mechoopda Maidu territory, known as Paradise and Chico, CA. She comes from a big, loud, playful, Mormon family. Her passions are around healing our relationships with ourselves, each other, and the planet. She has a BS in Health Promotion and Education with an emphasis on Community Health and a minor in Sociology from the University of Utah. Some of her work includes working in wilderness therapy with at-risk adolescents, chronic disease prevention within rural California Tribal communities, and serving two years in Ethiopia as a health volunteer in the Peace Corps. She moved to Paradise post Camp Fire, and is grateful to be back and honored to support the regeneration of her community. Currently, she serves as the Project Director for the Camp Fire Restoration Project, among other things. She loves being outside, getting dirty, and staying feral. She is mom to her cat Jasper, 2 horses, and her garden plant babies.
Leo Lauchere is Co founder of EcoCamp Coyote and Good News Wood Salvation
With partner Ero Gorski, Leo has built an evolving reclaimed wood business, Ecosystem Restoration Camp and lifestyle rooted in permaculture ethics and regenerative right livelihood. Relinquishing dependence on fossil fuels and other outdated systems, in a mobile, off-grid, inter-sufficient and purpose-centered life’s work, Leo stands for a future we need, born from choices we make now.