Jun
28
to Jul 1

PROTECTING MOTHER EARTH CONFERENCE

From the Bakken oil fields to Standing Rock, and to the Bayou Bridge, from the Canadian Tar Sands to the Keystone XL and Kinder Morgan pipelines, to the Northwest coastal Salish Sea, Indigenous peoples are standing up to private corporations and governments that want to treat their ceded or UN-ceded territories, waters and lands, as a sacrifice zone for profit. Native Nations have inherent and the legal rights to decide what happens to their land, their waters, air, sacred sites and the climate.

The Protecting Mother Earth (PME) conference 2018 is slated to be held in the Nisqually Nation territory, near Olympia, Washington. The four day outdoor conference will be held at a location known as Franks Landing. The Nisqually are known as the southern Coast Salish people. The conference is a call to action for Indigenous peoples of North America to build narrative and action leading to a response to the protection of Native rights, treaties and the protection of the sacredness of Mother Earth and Father Sky.

The PME conference will be a convergence of US and Canadian Indigenous grassroots, frontline communities and Native Nations –First Nations (Tribal governmental leaders-Chief an Council) to articulate the political moment for building strategic opposition, shifting power, strengthening the popular momentum (from Standing Rock) and confronting the challenges of a new U.S. administration that is weakening protection mechanisms of mining, sacred sites-national monuments and fast-tracking dirty energy development in “Indian Country”. As exemplified by the Dakota Access Pipeline, the Army Corp of Engineers and the U.S. administration rejected the Standing Rock Sioux Tribes’ request to have a full environmental impact study before any final decision is made to drill under the Missouri River. The U.S. administration blatantly disregarded tribal sovereignty.

The PME convergence will also strengthen the Indigenous Rising movement to influence and build power with broader environmental-climate-social justice allies on intersectional issues. Rapid response efforts will be a long term organizing strategy for political, social, cultural and economic power building. From an indigenous organizing perspective, it is generally known that Indigenous peoples in the US do not have sufficient political power for change, thus, justifying a need for multi-sectoral collaborative campaigns and alliance building

The Protecting Mother Earth Gathering will plan for a combination of outdoor and indoor facilities with camp-out facilities, with inside and outside workshops and plenary sessions. The Franks Landing We-Het-Lut K-12 School will provide use of its building. Nearby motel accommodations will be available for elder, handicap and those preferring indoor overnight accommodations. The PME has an indigenous spiritual foundation with the lighting of a sacred Fire that remains lit for four days.

Tickets/ By Donation
Location/ Frank's Landing; Nisqually Territories, near Olympia WA
More Info & Register/ www.eventbrite.com/e/protecting-mother-earth-conference-tickets-44528786800

 

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Jul
20
to Jul 22

RECIPROCITY RETREAT

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This is an intimate Old Growth experience hosted by For The Wild and Spirit Weavers Gathering. While scaling the trunks of remote groves and immersing yourself in this canopy discovery and learning expedition, you are actually paying it forward to plant the grandchildren of these primeval knowledge keepers.
    This trip will be expertly guided by the fabulous tree-people at Expedition Old Growth. Also joining us will be scientists, movement teachers, and herbalists to be fully engaged in the awe-inspiring majesty of the remaining 2% of old growth forests on this planet.

Location / Gifford Pinchot Forest; Carson, Washington

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Jun
14
to Jun 17

ALLIED MEDIA CONFERENCE

How do journalists tell stories that inspire and motivate people? How do journalists tell stories that are intimate without losing track of the bigger picture? How can journalism cut through the incessant clickbait, loneliness and removal of our current media environment? Conventional objectivity asks journalists to pretend that we aren't in relationship with our subjects in order to maintain our integrity.

This roundtable discussion will explore other models for journalistic integrity. We'll bust through the myth of objectivity to explore how storytellers connect with our subjects– and how connection can help us tell stories that matter. The discussion will be moderated by Ayana Young of the For the Wild Podcast, and include Lewis Wallace of Scalawag Magazine, Jade Begay of Indigenous Rising.

Session Title/ Roundtable: Objectivity, Intimacy and Integrity
Location/ Detroit, Michigan
Website/ www.alliedmedia.org

 

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May
31
to Jun 11

SPIRIT WEAVERS GATHERING

Spirit Weavers Gathering is a five day celebration of cultures past,  a remembering and practicing of basic human skills to ensure the survival of the body and the soul. Fermenting foods, weaving, dying fabrics, creating ceremony, sharing meals at night and dreams in the morning, drinking tea, and making plant medicines- singing songs, together as a community- these were the common knowledge ways and part of the simple pleasures of a life lived in balance and harmony with nature. Let us gather together as Women and share our skills in remembrance of the beauty path and an honoring of our Ancestors.

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Apr
29
to May 5

BUCKEYE GATHERING

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Buckeye Gathering was inspired by the longstanding contemporary community that has been rediscovering this legacy and innovating for decades before us. Buckeye exists in service to the wonderful complexity of simple living and the growing commitment to learn from past generations how to thrive sustainably for generations to come. We invite you to join us this coming Spring as we gather again to learn to integrate older ways, to begin to fathom what a village might be like for us today, and to see where inspiration takes us!

Ayana Young will be offering a class at this year's gathering. Details tba....

Location / Lake Concow, CA
Website / www.buckeyegathering.net

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Apr
21
3:00 PM15:00

DEAR EARTH, PICNIC

DEAR EARTH, – Earth Day Picnic with For The Wild / Conscious City Guide

TOGETHER WE CAN DEFEND THE WILD.

Join FOR THE WILD + CONSCIOUS CITY GUIDE to renew our vows to Earth and honor its great living libraries. 

This Earth Day weekend, let's gather together to support reforestation, wildland protection, and biodiversity enhancement amidst our heartbreaking extinction crisis.

Join us for a picnic (bring your own lunch or purchase one), a dialogue with founder of For The Wild, Ayana Young, and special guests and the LA Premiere of 'When Old Growth Ends.'

LOCATION/ Wright Ranch, Malibu, CA; 3:00pm-Sunset
TICKETS/ www.conciouscityguide.com/dearearth

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Mar
17
to Mar 18

GEOGRAPHY OF HOPE
CONFERENCE

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The 2018 Geography of Hope Conference explores the theme of “Finding Resilience in Nature in Perilous Times” on Saturday, March 17, and Sunday, March 18. During these fraught days of political upheaval, social turmoil, and environmental assaults, the conference shows ways to build emotional and spiritual resilience, using nature as a touchstone.
    Since 2008, Geography of Hope conferences have become known for illuminating the relationship between people and the land, and for strengthening that bond through the compelling voices of writers, artists, and activists who offer both inspiration and calls to action.

Location/ Point Reyes Station CA
Website/ www.gohconference.org

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FOR THE WILD: LIVE!
Dec
8
5:30 PM17:30

FOR THE WILD: LIVE!

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Join us for an intimate dialogue on climate change. 

As we stand at the brink of the Anthropocene, we begin to digest the realities of what will continue to unfold in our lifetime: devastating wildfires, floods of epic proportions, droughts and heat waves, destruction and extinction of species and our wild spaces. In this intersection of ecological destruction, we are met with political greed and cultural disillusionment. It is up to us, the ones who feel the Earth’s call, to gather together to forage solutions. We are inviting all solutionaries to gather together to grieve and connect as we rise up rooted like trees. 

Join us for the 1st(!) edition of For The Wild Live, where Ayana Young, curator and host of For The Wild, and brontë velez, educator and artist, will be hosting an intimate dialogue on climate change. 

We invite you to come as you are, with questions and thoughts, to collectively digest the ecological and political madness of our time. Alongside this discussion, we will hear from Ayana on how For The Wild is dedicated to large scale reforestation as a tangible, practical and heart centered solution to mitigating the unfolding effects climate change will continue to present to us.

We are proud to be offering a climate-aware menu featuring local, organic, seasonally grown and ethically produced dishes and treats. Catered by local chefs Tyler Hess, Zion Hahjes, and Daniel Becker, the menu of small bites will be accompanied by gourmet donations from local orchards, artisan creameries, bakeries, distilleries, and cafes. We are committed to maintaining zero waste ethics throughout the event and will only be using reusable or compostable/recyclable serving wear and flat wear. During all phases of the event we will strive to reduce/eliminate food waste by strategizing and planning to the size of the event, maximizing use of byproducts, composting scraps, and donating leftovers. 
 

Location / Mission District, San Francisco

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2017 BIONEERS
Oct
20
to Oct 22

2017 BIONEERS

Ayana will be hosting a panel with Arlie Russell Hochschild and Karla McLaren on

What Value Emotions: Towards Human, Social and Political Healing

What are the emotional underpinnings of the divides we're experiencing in our nation, and how might exploring them help us to heal? How might understanding emotions and empathy help us approach vulnerable people more effectively, as well as improve all our relations? Join Arlie Russell Hochschild, renowned sociologist, author of Strangers in Their Own Land, and Karla McLaren, social scientist, author of The Language of Emotions, to explore the value of this much-maligned human capacity, in a conversation hosted by Ayana Young, founder/host of the For The Wild organization and podcast.

 

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Jun
1
to Jun 12

SPIRIT WEAVERS GATHERING

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Ayana Young of For The Wild will be offering the following skillshares:

FUNGI, FORESTS & FURY

Wild ones who hear the primordial call of the Earth Mother, as kin, we come to this gathering with hearts intertwined in the service of continued Life We will venture into the last ancient forests, diving into the mycelial web to be awed by the intelligence and mystery of millions of years of evolution. We will discuss how fungi have evolved to be Earth stewards, connecting and feeding their ecological communities, remediating oil spills and heavy metal contamination; cleansing and filtering toxic runoff; boosting tree and crop growth and building soil at amazing speeds; strengthening the immunities of bees and other pollinators; producing biofuels; and extracting radioactive particles from soil following nuclear disasters. We will also explore the inner dialogue of the forest, listening deeply and observing how she nurtures thriving communities of Life. Let us give thanks to the oxygen, medicine, food, carbon sequestration, water and much more that the forest offers freely.

Yet the time has come where we can not continue taking the forest’s gifts without reciprocating. This is a time for fury, passion, dedication and commitment. To fall in love with the forests is to awaken to the realties of their present state. Our kind has destroyed 98% of old growth forests through horrific logging practices and yet globally forests still continue to fall even as I write. So in the face of this destruction, WE STAND, we fight and we love the Forest even more fiercely in the face of their collapse.


SISTERS BONDED IN ACTION: Facilitators Training w/ Ayana Young & Sisters

We are all awakening to Gaia’s dilemma with a sob, and we wonder, “What can a person do?” Not be one person! When our identity extends beyond ourselves and aligns with a movement, changing the world is no longer the realm of idealism. Obstacles to empowerment fall away, the fear, uncertainty, self-imposed limitations. Dreaming of a thriving planet and an aligned society is the daily bread of this journey.
Each of us can bring our community’s struggles to the table, seek alliances with sisters interested in similar issues, and look for patterns emerging that tie all our struggles together. We will lay out the gamut of resources, both within and outside the official avenues, to take back the power over our lands and livelihoods. We will make sense of our local and global struggles by seeing how effective resistance movements throughout history have proceeded, and by critiquing and finding a way forward for our current movements. Take part in a radical analysis of this huge juncture in Earth’s history and find out how dislodging patriarchy, capitalism, racism and colonialism with a global women’s empowerment movement is the oft-overlooked prerequisite to a regenerative society.

If you like to start a local chapter of Sisters Bonded in Action in your community, join us in this training!


TENDING THE WILD 

As modern humans living at the crest of ecological destruction, it is easy to forget our legacy as Earth healers. Before the conquest of North America, humans were actually ecosystem engineers, taking deliberate action as stewards that made the land more diverse and abundant. This class is about remembering that our hands evolved in the soil, with rootlets and mycelium under our fingernails.

Regeneration of natural communities–which goes far beyond sustainability–is our call to action.

We will nurture blue oak saplings (Quercus douglasii) at the gathering. This extraordinary native tree has the power to survive severe droughts, with its UV protective bluish leaves which are dropped if necessary to lessen moisture requirements. The blue oak provides medicine, dyes, construction and basketry materials, and highly desirable acorns for food. She is cherished by many Sierra Nevada cultures.

To offset the absence of fire, we will bring biochar, a pure crystalline charcoal made from chipped wood. We will offer this to the soil around the Grandmother Oaks, Madrones, and Pines, which will hold water around the root system and provide some added protection against drought. The biochar will enliven the soil with bacterial and fungal activity, and thereby create fertility for the trees and plants. In these moist beds, we will leave endangered wildflower seeds imbued with our prayers for resilience.

With our tangible efforts on the ground, and with our united voices, we call for a culture of Earth defense. We will leave Lake Concow with seedlings sprouting in our footprints.

 
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