This event was held during a live Virtual Solstice Bonfire on June 17th as part of a joint birthday celebration and fundraiser. All proceeds from the live event will go to support Earth Activist Training’s Diversity Scholarships and front line justice groups.
We were able to raise over $4,000!! Proceeds will go to benefit our partners doing the important work of change such as student teacher Sunshine Rose Claymore’s Seeding Sovereignty Project on Standing Rock or Bay Area partners Sankofa Gardens.
Thank you to all who contributed to this special Birthday ritual event. Enjoy learning more about this powerful group of artists, community leaders and Earth Activists!
Closed Captioning provided by Tamara Shaenif | Live Production by Alli Galixsee & Marty D.
Starhawk is an author, activist, permaculture designer and teacher, and a prominent voice in modern earth-based spirituality and ecofeminism. She is the author or co-author of thirteen books, including The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess and the ecotopian novel The Fifth Sacred Thing, and its sequel City of Refuge.
Her most recent non-fiction book is The Empowerment Manual: A Guide for Collaborative Groups, on group dynamics, power, conflict and communications.
Starhawk founded Earth Activist Training, teaching permaculture design grounded in spirituality and with a focus on activism. She travels internationally, lecturing and teaching on earth-based spirituality, the tools of ritual, and the skills of activism.
Wanda Stewart, Executive Director, Common Vision; Urban Farmer of plants and people
Wanda Stewart is an African American urban farmer, educator and comrade to many in the movement to teach and inspire others to grow themselves, their food and their communities. She believes that cultivating food and medicine, maintaining a healthy being, and living cooperatively are essential skills for our collective survival. To support that learning, growth and healing, she grows gardens while revisiting our shared history and trauma, reframing and reclaiming cultural knowledge and heritage in community.
Wanda’s Obsidian Farm in Berkeley, CA features an edible landscaping with perennials, fruit trees, chickens, and annual crops. It is a community hub and prototype for what’s possible in an urban environment. Her resume follows an arc that bridges cultures – ethnic, academic, economic, and environmental. From public school administration to elite private school admissions, community engagement to program development, classroom to garden, Wanda knows how school communities work and gardens grow. She is the current Executive Director (ED) of Common Vision – a non-profit organizing school orchards and gardens as places of scholarship, health and equity. As the last ED of People’s Grocery, she learned lessons about harnessing the ability of food to ignite social change and justice. However, Wanda is most proud of her work installing the Hoover Hawks’ Victory Garden with elementary school students in West Oakland. It lives as a stellar example of the potential for nature to inspire individual, cultural and environmental transformation through earth stewardship. As an EAT-certified permaculture designer, community master gardener, and garden/life educator, what she specializes in and values most is garden-centered wellness and courageous conversations about race and our environment.
Today, Wanda aspires to be a model catalyst in the new world blooming. She knows in her heart – most especially now – that we must all “grow the power,” together.
Denise Rushing Author, Activist, Community Leade
Denise is passionate about human-scale solutions to global challenges. Her book–Tending the Soul’s Garden: Permaculture as a Way Forward in Difficult Times– was a best-seller on Amazon and has been used in programs helping veterans returning from conflict.
She spearheaded the startup of New Paradigm College in Lake County, CA and is serving as its Director in its founding year.
Samir Patel [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Yoga of Joy, Wonder & Delight
I teach the ancient Indian Tantric lineage of Kashmir Shaivism, specially Vijñāna Bhairava Tantra and Pratyabhijna (spontaneous recognition). Also, I run an effort called ‘Healers Beyond Borders’ in Tijuana, Mexico that empowers Central American refugees to be self-sufficient in all their nutrition needs using regenerative principles of organic farming. Feel free to make a tax deductible donation for the refugee project here.
Jasmine Fuego is a southern raised,Oakland based coach, event producer, and musical artist. Jasmine is the Founder of the Healin’ Myself online intensive which supports women in crushing their impostor syndrome, finding their inner confidence, and creating a plan to live their #bestlives now.
You can find Jasmine performing or speaking at festivals and conferences across the country, producing unique events, or blowing up your Instagram feed with her iconic #MorningMeditations. She created her LLC in 2014 which has worked with brands such as AFROPUNK, She the People, and the Black Joy Parade. In addition to her online work, Jasmine is currently producing a pilot for a children’s television show about mindfulness & confidence.
Leila Darwish is a community organizer, bioremediation educator, author, and disaster response and recovery worker with a deep commitment to providing accessible and transformative tools for communities dealing with the toxic contamination of their lands and waters, and responding to natural and environmental disasters. Her work is rooted in environmental and social justice, inspired by the power of community action, mutual aid, and regenerative earth repair. Leila published her first book “Earth Repair: A Grassroots Guide to Healing Toxic and Damaged Landscapes” in 2013, and has taught numerous bioremediation and oil spill response courses in communities across North America. She currently works in the field of emergency management, disaster resilience and recovery, supporting communities on the frontlines of climate chaos. www.earthrepair.ca
Lisa Fithian, is a long-time anti-racist direct action organizer, trainer and author of Shut It Down, Stories from a Fierce Loving Resistance. For decades, Lisa Fithian’s work as an advocate for civil disobedience and nonviolent direct action has put her on the frontlines of change. Described by Mother Jones as “the nation’s best-known protest consultant,” Fithian has supported countless movements including the Battle of Seattle in 1999, rebuilding and defending communities following Hurricane Katrina, Occupy Wall Street, and the uprisings at Standing Rock and in Ferguson. For anyone who wants to become more active in resistance or is just feeling overwhelmed or hopeless, Shut It Down offers strategies and actions you can take right now to promote justice and incite change in your own community.
“Malik has dedicated their life to finding places where care for the earth, people, and sharing resources is embraced and illuminated.”
Sunshine Rose Claymore
Sunshine is a mother from Standing Rock Reservation. A graduate from Sitting Bull College with a Bachelor’s in Environmental Science, there has been a drive to better understand natural processes on our planet. As an Earth Activist she most recently is following the path to better understanding Regenerative Land Management. Environmental Education has also been a long time passion while stepping into a permaculture design focus. She is a current board member of the Mni Wiconi Integrated Health Clinic which is set to open Fall 2021. Sunshine wants our impact to be one that encourages growth and abundance for future lives to have healthy, loving and harmonizing relationships as we work toward the restoration of our Earth, and ourselves.
Brandi Mack is a mother of three beautiful daughters, a Holistic Health Educator, Therapeutic Massage Therapist, Trauma-Informed Youth developer, Powerful Presenter, and Permaculture Designer. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Service Management, and a certification from Star Hawk’s Earth Activist Training. Brandi has worked and trained in holistic health and ecological sustainability with youth and adults for over 15 years.
Brandi is currently the National Director of The Butterfly Movement which is committed to healing the wounds of our Soul (through Rebuilding and Re-Framing our emotional selves), planting a Seed of faith as we Regenerate and Reconnect our hearts and our hands to the earth, leading ultimately to manifestation in the Soil of our Reactivated lives!
Brandi serves on the following boards: The North America Permaculture
Magazine, Northern California Resilience Network and the Northern
California Women in Permaculture.
Amie Miller, San Francisco CA
I am an artist and activist, teacher of movement for personal growth and performance. I’m a surfer and gardener. I grew up with the Reclaiming community beginning in 1981 and have had Starhawk as my wicked stepmother since 1993. I have danced invocations as the maiden goddess and embodiments of the elements in many Spiral Dances. I have been a priestess and am always a learner. I have worked as a dance teacher for underprivileged kids in Oakland and worked to preserve surfing coastlines and coastal ecosystems around the world. I live by the ocean in San Francisco. I lived for a year on the Saudi Arabian peninsula in the United Arab Emirates. I move through the world with an open heart and open mind, with the hope to bring a grounded spirit and alert presence to everything in my life.
I met Starhawk in 1984 when I started to investigate Women and Spirituality and three hour series on the movement in the ‘80s. My Birthday Card to Starhawk was made possible by many photos from different sources and music from Abbi Spinner McBride, much gratitude from me.
I am a filmmaker from the National Film Board of Canada and I am now retired, working happily on projects I love.
These are some but not all bios for participants in this special event.
Ocean (Virginia L. Beach)
Deaf Pagan, Deaf Activist
Ocean is a Deaf writer, teacher, and activist. Born deaf into an all-hearing family, she was raised oral and attended hearing schools. Ocean began learning sign language at the ripe old age of 16, and after meeting a Deaf man began her own journey through Deafhood. She graduated from Gallaudet College (now University), and has held positions both within & outside of the field of Deaf Services.
Ocean has been a practicing Pagan for nearly 40 years, and is an ordained High Priestess of the Wiccan tradition. She considers herself “an eclectic witch,” with a primary focus on Celtic Spirituality, but an interest in many different areas. A skilled tarot reader, she once donated her services to help raise funds for a Domestic Violence agency. She has also done workshops on aromatherapy, herbalism, & Paganism for the Deaf Community.
Currently Ocean is offering presentations where she discusses the merger of her spirituality as a Pagan with her identity as a Deaf woman, and also teaches workshops on Signs for Pagan Spirituality. Please contact her if you would be interested in sponsoring such a presentation or workshop.
As a passionate advocate, Ocean often speaks out on the need for greater access for Deaf people (Pagan or otherwise) – interpreters, captioned videos, CART, etc…and works to build bridges between the Deaf & Hearing communities.
She lives on the banks of the Ohio River with a grumpy feline wizard named Gandalf, and is currently working on a book discussing the merger of her identity as a Deaf person with her spirituality as a Pagan.
Kanyon “Coyote Woman” (Hahashkani) Sayers-Roods is a Mutsun-Ohlone and Chumash Two Spirit Indigenous relative. She is proud of her heritage and her native name and is an active leader in the Native Community.
Kanyon is the Co-founder & CEO of Kanyon Konsulting LLC, where she strives to bridge the gap between indigenous and contemporary value systems. Her goal is to make a difference in the lives of others by sharing her life experiences and knowledge about California Native Americans focusing on global education with emphasis on promoting understanding of the relationship between humanity and the natural world.
Born and raised in Indian Canyon (the only federally recognized
‘Indian Country” along Central Coastal California) by her mother Ann Marie Sayers, Kanyon continues to be an Ancestor in training by honoring the past to shape the future.
As the opening speaker at events such as the Global Climate Action Summit and Americans for the Arts Annual Conference in San Francisco in 2018, Kanyon reminds her audiences of the importance of acknowledging the spaces and places that we are on.
Kanyon thrives as an artist, poet, author, activist, student, and teacher. Her art has been featured at the De Young Museum, The Somarts Gallery, Gathering Tribes, Snag Magazine, and numerous Powwows and Indigenous Gatherings. She is a recent graduate of the Art Institute of California, Sunnyvale, obtaining her Associate and Bachelor of Science degrees in Web Design and Interactive Media.
Rosa De Anda, Bio
I consider art the most important documentation of our human experience. As a child, I worked in the Californian fields, and as a young adult, I worked as a member of the International Longshoremen and Warehousemen’s Union for seven years.
Words such as tolerance, the other, minority, and people of color are outdated and inappropriate, and substandard in describing the majority of the world’s population with proven talent, intellectual brilliance, and theological dominance, creative inventiveness in the arts and sciences, and athletic prowess. As cultural activists and linguistic architects, we can change our culture and language to foster supportive human relations and sustainable environments.
I am the founder of the Day of the Dead Altar Installations in San Francisco.
Evelie Delfino Såles Posch is a culture bearer; sacred song singer/writer; multi-instrumentalist; Pranic Healer | Certified Sound Therapist; Babaylan & Reclaiming magical activist & ritualist; music & spiritual teacher. New website being created. Join her email list & FB page: Evelie511@gmail.com, http://groups.google.com/group/heartistic-music; http://www.facebook.com/evelie.posch.
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Diane Finkle Perazzo is a writer, poet and eco-witch from Ottawa Canada who writes poems, meditations and stories. Diane has been closed captioning Starhawk’s rituals since Winter Solstice 2017 and also edits resources to enhance wellness and improve health equity. You can read more of her poems, stories and meditations here: www.dianeperazzo.com
Diane’s work is accompanied by three drawings by amara hollow bones, a queer mixed media textile artist and tatoo artist. Amara’s amazing work can be found here: https://www.amarahollowbones.com/
I have spent the past 20 years working with Starhawk, Teaching permaculture with EAT, doing Magic with Reclaiming, and marching for Justice. I am excited to join you all to celebrate the solstice and Starhawk. To find out more about me and what I am up to check out these links
“The Earth Is My Employer.”
Pandora Thomas is a passionate global citizen who works as a caregiver, teacher, writer, designer and speaker. Her work emphasizes the benefits of applying earth’s lessons and principles to social design.
As a presenter both domestically and internationally, she has given keynotes and lectures on topics ranging from designing mutually beneficially diversity strategies, collaborative design, social justice, youth and women’s leadership, social entrepreneurship, permaculture and sustainability. She has designed curriculum for and taught groups all over the world as diverse as Iraqi and Indonesian youth to men serving in San Quentin and men and women returning home from incarceration.
Pandora’s most recent passions include being a carepartner for her mother who was diagnosed with alzheimers, co-founding the Black Permaculture Network, working for 6 years with Toyota to design and serving as a coalition member of the Toyota Green Initiative, which supported African Americans in understanding the benefits of adopting sustainable lifestyles; co-designing, teaching with and directing Pathways to Resilience-a permaculture and social entrepreneur training program that worked with men and women returning home after incarceration.
She is currently a worker-owner of the Urban Permaculture Institute and through that firm is working in Marin City supporting a People’s Planning Process., which supports community members to assess and design strategies for their own resilience.
She is also a fellow with the Movement Strategy Centers National Association of Climate Resiliency Planners.
Thomas has studied four languages and lived and worked in over twelve countries and her other achievements include being featured in the films The Future of Energy and Inhabit, presenting at Tedx Denver and SF, and being awarded internships and fellowships to the Center for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University, Green For All, the Bronx Zoo and the Applied Research Center.
Her writing includes a children’s book, various curricula and a manual entitled “Shades of Green” for individuals wanting to teach green building to youth. Pandora studied at Columbia and Tufts University and with several permaculture and ecological design programs.
When she is not working you can find her spending time with her beloved mother and cats or in the redwoods.
Cayenne – Dr. Diane J. Johnson, Ph.D.
CEO & Founder, Mmapeu Management Consulting
Cayenne is absolutely delighted to be participating in this virtual Solstice/ Starhawk Birthday event. Cayenne considers her friendship and work with Starhawk a beautiful example of evolving connections across spiritual traditions and activism.. For the last several years, Cayenne has participated in the Spiral Dance ritual, is a member of numerous Fire Family and earth-based traditions communities.. Cayenne has worked in the field of international development, Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI), community transformation, leadership building, collaboration and social change. Deeply committed to the power of spiritual activism and social justice, Cayenne and her national consulting firm, Mmapeu Management Consulting, has worked with over 11,000 leaders and organizations including the Unitarian Universalist Association (national offices), Habitat for Humanity International, Oxfam America, the Kresge Foundation, San Francisco Foundation, Pacific School of Religion. She travels extensively working at the intersection of spirituality and social change, presenting at Parliament of the Worlds’ Religions, SXSW, TEDx Washington Square, and Social Venture Circle Next Economy Live series. Cayenne received her doctorate from Tufts, her M.Div. from Pacific School of Religion at the Graduate Theological Union and a Masters from The New School, NYC. Culturally Jewish, a practicing Buddhist, a pagan and an ordained progressive UCC minister, Cayenne profoundly believes in divinity across myriad spiritual traditions.
Maggid Jonathan Furst
JeWitch Collective & Derech HaAretz – Way of the Earth Outdoor Yeshiva
Earth Activist Training changed my life! EAT showed me a path which led to living in the forest, herding sheep, co-creating JeWitch Camp, and now founding Derech HaAretz — where we teach nature connection, wilderness survival and Earth-based Judaism.
Thanks to Starhawk, Penny, Charles, Osprey and the other amazing EAT teachers who opened doors for me that I knew existed but might never have found on my own.
Delight Stone :www.currystonefoundation.org
Feminist. Historical Archaeologist. Activist. Wife. Mother. Daughter. Friend. Witch.
Loves: digging in the dirt, dogs, cooking, piano, art, dancing, reading, and desert
Monica Mody is a poet, writer, and borderlands scholar whose practice is grounded in earth-ecstatic spirituality, interexistence, whole-person embodiment, and postpatriarchal values. She lives in Yelamu – Ramaytush Ohlone Territory; her birthplace is the Chotanagpur Plateau. She practices as a diviner in the Dagara tradition
Patty Love is a perpetually curious Earth Activist Certified Permaculture Teacher and Designer and suburban homesteader in occupied Haudenosaunee territory in the Genesee River Valley (now known as Rochester, NY). She studies and practices regenerative design, permaculture, edible forest gardening, and social permaculture. She is the founder of Barefoot Edible Landscape & Permaculture, Rochester Permaculture Center, and the Lots of Food Program. She also applies Regenerative Design to create thriving businesses at Barefoot Business Consulting & Systems Design.
www.barefootpermaculture.com and www.barefootbusinessdesign.com