Koreen Brennan has been involved in people care, earth care and fair share since she was a teenager through activism, community and event organizing, and education. She has founded two edible plant nurseries, co-estabished several non-profit groups (Create Clearwater, Sustainable Urban Agriculture Coalition, Earthbridge Institute, Oglala-Lakota Cultural and Economic Revitalization Initiative), and founded Grow Permaculture, a permaculture design and education business. She has organized or co-organized public or social justice projects in Haiti, Pine Ridge reservation, Los Angeles and Florida. She is looking forward to experiencing the power of our co-creative, observant, ethical, intelligent and amazing community as we come together before, during and after this historic event.
Affiliation: Grow Permaculture
Mario Yanez has dedicated his life’s work to envisioning and inspiring a transition toward life-sustaining, resilient human communities. He has a professional background in finance, information systems and ecology. Mario has several decades of experience applying systems thinking in nonprofits, developing and funding cutting-edge programming. As an educator, Mario creates provocative and relevant active-learning curriculum supportive of a much-needed cultural evolution. As a Permaculture practitioner, he is applying design at various scales, implementing regenerative productive landscapes, enterprises, and organizational and social systems. Mario is native to the Greater Everglades bioregion and is well versed in tropical/sub-tropical food production.
Affiliation: Earth Learning
Rhonda Baird is a permaculture teacher working actively in the Midwest since 2005. She practices design through Sheltering Hills Design and is senior editor for Permaculture Design magazine. Her nonprofit work includes serving as treasurer for the Great Rivers and Lakes Permaculture Institute (a regional hub for PINA); and serving on the diploma committee for PINA She weaves her permaculture work together with care for a small suburban system replete with a teen and a homeschooled younger son; a passion for Nature Connection practices; and fiber arts. Affiliation: Sheltering Hills Design, LLC
Jay Markert (“Jay Ma”) Jay 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. Team Roles :: Event Coordinator 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, Production Manager
Lindsey 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. Team Roles :: Various Affiliations :: The Global Summit 2014 – Cultural Director, Spirit Path Healing & Dance – Founder
Jasmine Fuego: Co-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: JasmineFuego.com Team Roles :: Performing Artists Coordinator, Scholarship Coordinator, Program Team Affiliations :: Permaculture Action Network, Mindful Life Project, THRIVE East Bay