Organizing Team

The Convergence is a collaboratively organized event involving multiple individuals who come from and represent different organizations.

The 2017 Permaculture & Building Resilient Communities Convergence is a 501(c)(3) fiscally-sponsored project under Empowerment Works.

The Stellar 2017 Permaculture & Building Resilient Communities Convergence Organizing Team

Jay Markert (“Jay Ma”)

Team Roles :: Co-Producer, Event Manager
Affiliations :: Living Mandala – Executive Director, Director of Programs; Empowerment Works – Director of Sustainability Education & Events; Fiscal Sponsorship Team Co-Chair; Building Resilient Communities Convergence – Co-Founder, Event Manager

Jay Ma BodhgayaJay is a regenerative design consultant, educator, permaculture teacher, community organizer, event producer, and social entrepreneur. Jay works with organizations, businesses and communities designing, organizing, and facilitating projects, trainings, events, and initiatives for personal, ecological and social transformation in the West Coast, the United States, and internationally. He has co-produced or facilitated over 100 educational programs, conferences and community development projects for over 15 years with many different organizations and was co-producer and production manager of The Global Summit IV: Women, Power, Money, & Politics in 2014, is the co-founder and production manager of the Building Resilient Communities Convergence, and has held a lead role on the NorCal Permaculture Convergence Organizing Team for the past 6 years.

Susan Silber

Team Roles :: Program Team, Community Outreach, Scholarship Co-Coordinator
Affiliations :: NorCal Community Resilience Network Founder, Nature’s Voices Project Director.

SusannLunaSusan Silber has been an environmental educator and community organizer for the past 25 years with more than a dozen organizations, including the United States Peace Corps, Hostelling International and Acterra. She is the co-creater of many innovative programs working to build resilience and educate youth and adults about the environment, including the Green Star Schools program with the Green Schools Initiative, Y-Bike program with the YMCA, Transition Berkeley and more. In 2013 Susan founded the NorCal Community Resilience Network, one of the major sponsors of the 2016 Building Resilient Communities Convergence.

Sasha Rock Meretzky

Team Roles:: Outreach, Community Partnerships, and Sponsor Coordinator

Sasha Rock Meretzky is an avid gardener, a gifted healer, a savvy marketer, a poet, and much more. Guided by Spirit and a passion for people and planet, her mission is simple: Help People Feel Good. Coming from a background supporting sustainability non-profits and ethical enterprises, Sasha is thrilled to add her talents to the organizational team of such a joyful and meaningful event as The Convergence.

Joshua Angelo Silva

Team Roles :: Program Coordinator
Affiliations :: Gnome Your Garden –  Ecological Homestead Consultant/Educator, Heart of the Pheonix – Guide and Ceremonialist

joshua copyJoshua Angelo Silva, is a facilitator, permaculture educator, ecological designer, nature guide and ceremonialist. He is actively engaging and reconnecting folks to the themselves and spirit through elemental based healing modalities and nature-spirit ceremonies throughout Sonoma County and the Greater Bay Area. Joshua is passionate in stewarding the human consciousness that reignites, empowers, and activates the inner spirit in conjunction with ecological resonance.


Jasmine Fuego

Team Roles :: Performing Artists Coordinator, Main Stage Manager, Scholarship Coordinator, Program Team
Affiliations :: Permaculture Action Network, Mindful Life Project, THRIVE East Bay

JasmineCo-Founder of the Permaculture Action Network and Bay Area based Performance Artist, Jasmine is an animated mover, shaker and cross pollinator dedicated to bridging entertainment, education and ecology to bring about a just and generative cultural narrative. Jasmine specializes in social permaculture, currently facilitating at the Regenerative Design institute in Bolinas, Ca and also does mindfulness training with elementary students in Richmond, Ca. Her non-profit has hosted more than 55 Permaculture Action Days, hubs and courses nation wide, bringing ecological education and action to thousands of concert and festival goers across the nation. More info on Jasmine can be found at:


Lindsey Morriss

Team Roles :: Social Media Coordinator
Affiliations :: The Global Summit 2014 – Cultural Director, Spirit Path Healing & Dance – Founder

LindseyLindsey Morriss is a regenerative culture event producer, an embodied awakening expert, Dancing Freedom™ facilitator, spiritual counselor, healer, and gardener. She is an exceptional regenerative culture, embodied dance and ritual event producer and facilitator for groups on conscious evolution and connecting with nature. Lindsey was co-producer of HiveMind through The Evolver Network, the Cultural Director for The 2014 Global Summit, and the creator of BirthDance 2012 – a movement, meditation and dance event honoring our birth as a collective humanity.


Molly Hoffman

Team Roles :: Village Commons Coordinator, Decorations Coordinator, Graphic Design Support
Affiliations :: PLACE For Sustainable Living – Events Steward; NorCal Community Resilience Network Steering Council

MollyHoffman_HeadshotMolly Hoffman is an event producer and community organizer with a background in Permaculture Design, Visual Arts and Placemaking. Her work is driven by the understanding that the equity and health of people are not mutually exclusive to the health of our planet. She’s most passionate about events that use the “social glues” of our world—food, art, music—as catalysts for change. She’s currently serving as the Events Steward at PLACE For Sustainable Living in Oakland, and is on the Steering Council for the Northern California Community Resilience Network.


Wanda Stewart

Team Roles :: Program Team, Diversity Coordinator
Affiliations :: Obsidian Farms

WANDAWanda Stewart is an urban farmer and homesteader, educator, mother of twins and comrade to many in the movement to educate and inspire others to grow their own food and communities.  She believes that the skills to grow food and medicine, to maintain a healthy body, mind and spirit, and to live cooperatively and communally, are essential to our collective survival. She is committed especially to working with other African Americans to reframe our shared history, trauma, and greatness through the act of legacy gardening.  Starting with (permaculture) Zone 00, Wanda is creating Obsidian Farm – her land in the flatlands of Berkeley, CA that models a new way of living in an urban environment. Specializing in garden-centered wellness, visionary program development, and the facilitation of courageous conversations about race and our environment, she knows in her heart that we must “grow the power.”

Lisa Berry

Team Roles: Graphic Design, Social Media
Affiliations: Wish Media, Permaculture Magazine North America

LisaLisa Berry has been doing graphic design and marketing for values-aligned businesses for the past 10 years, and opened up Wish Media, a home-based marketing business in Hudson Valley, NY, about two years ago. With a mission of helping raise public awareness of pertinent issues such as Permaculture and related fields that are of great concern to her, she has worked with clients including Permaculture Magazine, North America, Gaia University, Paul Wheaton and, and Oikos Tree Crops, to name a few.  In addition to focusing her professional career on Permaculture and the like, Lisa is also a homesteader with Hugelkultur garden beds and a lot of food preservation experience.  She firmly believes that “Greening the World” can change everything about our planet and how we relate to it, and hopes to inspire others to walk the path of Permaculture in as many ways as is possible for them.

Brandi Mack

Team Roles: Community Outreach
Affiliations: Butterfly Movement, NorCal Community Resilience Network Steering Council

BrandiBrandi Mack is a holistic health educator, therapeutic massage therapist, and permaculture designer. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Service Management, and a certification from Starhawk’s Earth Activist Training. Brandi is motivated to work in community, particularly with young people and is the co-founder of the Butterfly Movement, committed to Reframing, Reconnecting, Regenerating and Reactivating, women and girls as they Rebuild their personal and land ecology all over the planet.

Sage Love

Team Roles :: Registration Coordinator

SageSage Love is a permaculture designer and teacher, earthen builder, gardener, holistic educator, and community organizer impassioned by her love of the Earth. With Nature and Spirit as her teachers, she has devoted her life to stewarding the Earth and the connection of our universal communities.  Sage has co-facilitated Permaculture Design Certification Courses and workshops with Living Mandala and Earth Activist Trainings. She also teaches Naam Yoga in West Sonoma county where she lives in gratitude and joy. Sage has served numerous roles as the Registration Coordinator for the Building Resilient Communities Convergence 2015, Living Mandala courses, and NorCal Aquaponics.

Delia Carroll

Team Roles :: Convergence Advisor
Affiliations :: Women’s Permaculture Leadership Initiative, West Coast Women’s Permaculture Gathering

Deliah2 copyConceived in Pennsylvania, born in California, Delia Carroll is a hardy pioneer species deeply rooted in the humus of Bay Area counterculture. She has a degree in the art of living and diverse skills within the business, artistic and familial realms. She is a devoted plant mistress, a high quality organizer and an agent for regenerative social systems.

A founding member of the 13 Moon CoLab,, she works to awaken people to their own agency in the creation of a world based on the Permaculture Ethics of Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share.



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