Category Archive for: ‘2015 Speakers’

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    Annahata Combi

    Annahata Combi is an artist, yoga teacher, herbalist, filmmaker, permaculturalist and aspiring musician who grew up in in a international meditation community and in the Redwood forests on the Pacific Ocean in the Bay Area. She designed her own B.A. interdisciplinary degree in Cross-Cultural Social …

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  • Effie Rawlings

    Effie Rawlings was born in California and moved to her family’s seed corn farm in Illinois as a child, just in time to witness her aunts, father, and grandmother’s final struggle to keep their business alive in a rising tide of corporate domination of the …

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    Julian Mocine-McQueen

    Julian serves as Director of Education and Outreach for Green For All. His career is fueled by a strong belief in authentic movements that are powered by people. To this end, he’s engaged thousands of young people in the climate movement, by going on tour …

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    José Corona


    José is the Director of Equity and Strategic Partnerships under Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. In this role, José serves as senior advisor to the Mayor, with the responsibility of creating, coordinating, and facilitating public/private/ philanthropic partnerships that foster equitable opportunities and benefits for the people of Oakland. …

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    Jingtian Yu

    JT has lived in four different intentional communities for the past 11 years – Santa Barbara Student Housing Co-op (Biko, Manley), Berkeley Student Coop (Lothlorien), and Cooperative Roots (Fort Awesome). He is excited to start a new permaculture community in the Portland area in the …

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    Lindsey Morriss

    Lindsey Uluwehimailani Morriss is on a mission to ignite embodied awakening and effective group collaboration focused on evolving our selves and our world for greater purpose, harmony and connection. Lindsey has co-produced multiple embodied dance events, worldwide conscious flash mobs, and rituals and has lead …

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    Bonnie Borucki

    Bonnie Borucki has been a member of Transition Berkeley since 2011 and active in helping to organize crop swaps, movie nights, and panel discussions on urban agriculture, alternative economies, and moving beyond cars. She is currently the chair of the Berkeley Climate Action Coalition Land …

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    Susan Juniper Park

    Susan Juniper Park is an Oakland-based activist and community organizer engaged at the cross roads of food, ecological and economic justice efforts.  She is a proponent/practitioner of appropriate ecological technologies, regenerative farming/gardening, honoring ancestral knowledge and permaculture design (although she sometimes finds this last label …

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    Alejandra Liora Adler

    Liora (Alejandra Liora Adler) has been active in the field of social permaculture, with a focus on community and event organization since her studies in Psychology and Education in the 1960’s.  Her hands-on experience led her to participate in a traveling theatre community (The Illuminated …

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    Pedro Rodriguez

    Guatemalan by birth, Pedro Rodriguez has been exploring the connections between seeds, plants, food, nutrition, health and diet related diseases for more than half of his life. Pedro has been vegetarian for 18 years, owner, manager and passionate chef of the vegetarian-vegan-healthy food restaurant El …

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    Lesley Moore

    Lesley Moore (MBA, MSW, PDC) is a strategic planner, writer, consultant, educator and facilitator with 15+ years experience as a fund development professional with grantwriting and regenerative resource expertise working with social entrepreneurs, grassroots groups, and community- and ecosystem-wide movements and partnerships to achieve social …

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    Ryan Rising

    Ryan Rising is a community organizer and permaculture educator based out of the San Francisco Bay Area. After organizing Pushing Through the Pavement: a Permaculture Action Tour with The Polish Ambassador in the Fall of 2014, Ryan co-founded the Permaculture Action Network and has worked …

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    Thea Maria Carlson


    ​Thea Maria Carlson is Co-Director of the Biodynamic Association. She is a facilitator, farmer, educator, and artist, with roots in California and the Midwest. Her diverse experience includes biodynamic and organic farming; teaching gardening, nutrition, and beekeeping; designing, building and managing urban community and educational …

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  • Sarah Mackota

    Sarah Mackota

    Sarah Mackota is a soul activist whose medicine is dance, ritual and mindful integration on the personal and societal level. Completing her Dancing Freedom training in 2010, she has facilitated dance journeys in Berkeley, San Francisco, Hawaii, Black Rock City, India and Santa Cruz. Certified …

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  • Sara McCamant

    Sara McCamant

    Sara McCamant is a long term local food activist, garden educator and seed saver. She helped co-found the West County Community Seed Exchange in Sebastopol, CA, one of the earliest seed libraries and seed gardens in the country. She worked with Seed Matters, an initiative …

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    Ryan Johnston

    Ryan is the Program Director at the Permaculture Skills Center in Sebastopol, CA, a 5-acre demonstration site and vocational training center. PSC’s programs support individuals in aligning purpose, passion and prosperity into careers in regenerative land stewardship, through agriculture with Farm School or land management with the Ecological Landscaper Immersion. Ryan is a …

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  • Robin Liepman

    Robin Liepman

    Robin Liepman (Bloom) is a co-founder and co-organizer of the Blooming Biodiversity Permaculture Tour ( He is a world traveller, here to re-weave the dream of the modern world into a vibrant balanced existence. Bloom was born from the warm coastal womb of central California …

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    Rebecca Newburn

    Rebecca Newburn is the Co-Founder of Richmond Grows Seed Lending Library, a free seed lending library located in the Richmond Public Library in Richmond, California. She did her first Permaculture Design Certificate with Christopher Shein, one of the founders of BASIL, the first seed library and inspiration …

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    Robert Kourik

    Robert Kourik started his organic maintenance and landscape design company in 1975—long before the word sustainable “existed”. Since that time his designs, consulting and books have focused on organic and sustainable gardens, water management, drip irrigation and edible landscaping. Published (Metamorphic Press) eight books. Including: …

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    Marissa Mommaerts

    Marissa Mommaerts is Director of Programs and REconomy Project lead for Transition US, part of the international Transition Network. Marissa is the co-author of two recent reports on the new economy movement, “Weaving the Community Resilience and New Economy Movement,” based on a series of …

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