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Sunday, October 21 • 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Spiritual Ecology and Sacred Rebellion
he science of the environmental crisis is now obvious and widely known, but sufficient mass collective action to change our civilization’s catastrophic trajectory has not coalesced. What’s preventing it? Could it be a deeper, unspoken spiritual crisis of values? Four intergenerational visionaries will share how they draw from their faiths to work toward transforming worldviews and healing systemic injustices. Hosted by Kyle Lemle, Spiritual Ecology Fellow, U.S. People’s Delegate to the UN Climate Talks.  With: Niria Alicia, Honor the Earth Fellow, Organizer, Run 4 Salmon; Wendy Johnson, Buddhist meditation teacher, master organic gardener; Dekila Chungyalpa, founder WWF Sacred Earth; brontë velez, educator with Planting Justice and Creative Director of Lead to Life; Caleen Sisk, spiritual leader and Tribal Chief of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe. 

Workshop Speakers
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Niria Alicia

Niria Alicia, born in Oregon to a migrant farm-worker family, is a multi-lingual Xicana storyteller, author, educator, poet, and community organizer. With an academic background in environmental and Latin American studies and non-profit administration, Nira has traveled, studied and... Read More →
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Dekila Chungyalpa

Dekila Chungyalpa, Associate Research Scientist at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (and McCluskey Fellowship awardee) is an influential environmental leader and pioneer in bridging the worlds of religion and conservation. Born in Sikkim, Dekila has over 15 years... Read More →
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Wendy Johnson

Wendy Johnson, a Zen Buddhist meditation and organic agriculture practitioner and teacher for 40+ years, co-founded the organic farming program at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center, advised the now renowned Edible Schoolyard Project, and was a founding instructor of the College of Marin's... Read More →
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Kyle Lemle

Kyle Lemle, founder and Co-Director of the Oakland-based musical ensemble, Thrive Choir, is a community forester, musician and Environmental Justice organizer. He also co-founded LeadtoLife.org, which transforms guns into shovels used in ceremonial tree plantings at sites impacted... Read More →
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Caleen Sisk

Caleen Sisk is the spiritual leader and Tribal Chief of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, who practice their traditional culture in their territory along the McCloud River in Northern California. A leading advocate for salmon restoration and healthy, undammed watersheds, Caleen has become... Read More →
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Brontë Velez

brontë velez is a “black-latinx” multimedia artist, currently working as an educator and media designer for Planting Justice, an Oakland-based non-profit committed to food sovereignty, economic justice, and prison abolition. brontë seeks to counteract oppression through acts... Read More →


Sunday October 21, 2018 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Larkspur Room