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Resilient Communities: Restoring People and Planet

Women's Earth and Climate Caucus

Resilient Communities: Restoring People and Planet

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Women and Water –
From Watersheds to Grey-Water Systems

To attend only part of the weekend, contact Wyolah Garden for details and costs at 415-722-2083.

NOTE NEW LOCATION                                                                                                         PLEASE PROVIDE YOUR PHONE NUMBER WHEN YOU REGISTER

Friday, November 2, 7:00pm - 9:30pm                                                                                    Location: 433 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941

Saturday, November 3, 10 am - 5:30 pm                                                                                      Location: Meet at 10:00am 433 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941, then journey to the Mt. Tamalpais Watershed.                                                                                                                  Day ends at 5:30pm. Pack a lunch, snacks and water and dress in layers.

Sunday, November 4, 9 am - 4:30 pm                                                                                      Location: Meet at 9 am 433 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941, to carpool to Regenerative Design Institute in Bolinas for water.                                                                                                                  Day ends at 4:30pm. Pack a lunch, snacks and water and dress in layers.

Seminar/training fee: $145.00 (Partial scholarships available)

For more information or Partial Scholarship request, contact Wyolah Garden 415-722-2083 or 

Explore the beauty and lessons of watersheds as metaphor and model in this seminar and training in the water basin of Marin County. From walking along the edge, mapping and learning the story of the Mt.Tamalpais watershed to learning how to be good water stewards with practical skills in learning how to build gray-water systems and harvest rainwater, we will delve into watersheds as a focal point for community building and community resilience. The urgent problem of global water shortage will be examined; including how respecting the very nature of water itself can be a part of the integrated solution. Participants not local to the Marin County area are welcome and can gain valuable watershed knowledge and skills to provide protection for their own water resources by applying the seminar/training to their own local bioregion.

In addition to practical skills, participants will learn about the longtime connections between women and water worldwide from cultural to ecological perspectives. The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) points out: ‘There is a very clear gender division of roles and resources in all areas of water resources management’. In rural developing areas in many countries, women are traditionally the main managers of domestic water resources at the local level. Women alone decide where and how to collect domestic water, what amount and how to use it. Their knowledge about the reliability, location and seasonal variation of local water sources is a precious resource gained through personal experience and through interpersonal and intergenerational contacts with other women.

This course will include:

Journey to Mt. Tamalpais watershed for a time of deep connection with the local watershed of Marin County. What does it mean to connect with our bioregion?

On site visit to the Regenerative Design Institute in Bolinas

How to build a grey water system in your home for landscaping and garden use

Demonstration of an inexpensive and easy rainwater harvesting system

Learn about women around the world and their long-standing cultural, traditional and practical relationship with water

What is happening with the world’s water locally and globally and action plans

Suggested reading:
Create an Oasis With Greywater, Art Ludwig
Blue Gold, Maude Barlow, Tony Clarke
Uprisings for the Earth: Reconnecting Culture with Nature, Osprey Orielle Lake

Penny Livingston-Stark is internationally recognized as a prominent permaculture teacher, designer and speaker. She has been teaching internationally and working professionally in the land management, regenerative design and permaculture development field for 25 years and has extensive experience in all phases of ecologically sound design and construction as well as the use of natural non-toxic building materials. She specializes in site planning and the design of resource-rich landscapes integrating, rainwater collection, edible and medicinal planting, spring development, pond and water systems, habitat development and watershed restoration for homes, co-housing communities, businesses and diverse yield perennial farms.

Osprey Orielle Lake is the Founder/Director of the Women’s Earth and Climate Caucus where she is working nationally and internationally with grassroots leaders, policy-makers, business people, and scientists to reduce carbon emissions and foster a post-carbon energy future, while also addressing societal transformation. She is an International Advocate for the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature and an advisor to International Eco-Cities Framework and Standards Initiative. Her book, Uprisings for the Earth: Reconnecting Culture with Nature (White Cloud Press) is a 2011 Nautilus Book Award winner.

More courses to come!… food justice, local foods, supporting local farmers.
 From the Hearth Fire to Solar Power --
Examining our Relationship to Consumption,
Sun, Energy and Local Solar Power

July 20 - 22, 2012

Location: Strawberry Creek Design Center, 1250 Addison Street in Berkeley. The Center overlooks a park and sits alongside Strawberry Creek, which was unearthed from culverts and restored to its natural state. 

Seminar/training fee: $145.00 (Partial scholarships available) Limited to 30 people
For more information or Partial Scholarship request, contact Wyolah Garden 415-722-2083 or
July 20, 2012: 7:00 pm - 9:30 
July 21, 2012: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm    Bring lunch or buy lunch at onsite cafe.
July 22, 2012: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This training invites you to explore:
·      Shifting our relationship with consumption habits. What is truly valuable? What is wealth?
·      What is our carbon footprint and how can we reduce it?
·      Mapping out how we can bring solar power to our homes and communities
·      Renewing our relationships to nature/ the sun
·      Creative writing 
This training is designed to catalyze and connect a growing momentum to create measurable carbon reductions, lifestyle changes and market impacts in our daily lives. Drawing from the essential connection we have to our children, families, each other, and the earth, we intend to inspire actions that have a real and measurable effect on carbon emission levels, while also shifting away from the underlying patterns of consumption, conflicting values, and environmental degradation that have led to many of the crises we now face.

Through deep inquiry and creative writing exercises, we will share in a soul-fueled exploration of solar energy. Wrote the poet Rimbaud, “The Sun… pours burning love on the delighted earth.” The sun is the magnificent fire that warms our atmosphere and fuels life on this planet. But today, our addiction to ancient sunlight in the form of fossil fuels drives our consumer society and threatens our future. We can change our detrimental relationship to consumption and energy.

This course includes learning about the important work of local solar power companies and organizations that bring the benefits of solar technology to low-income communities. This will be an opportunity to learn about solar power and how you can start planning to install panels on your home or office space and support solar power in your community. 


Osprey Orielle Lake is the Founder/President of the Women’s Earth and Climate Caucus where she is working nationally and internationally with grassroots leaders, policy-makers, business people, and scientists to reduce carbon emissions and foster a post-carbon energy future, while also addressing societal transformation. Osprey is an International Advocate for the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature. Her book, Uprisings for the Earth: Reconnecting Culture with Nature (White Cloud Press) is a 2011 Nautilus Book Award winner.

Mary Reynolds Thompson is an award-winning writer and certified poetry and journal therapy facilitator. Founder of Reclaiming the Wild Soul, Mary conducts nature-writing workshops throughout the United States. To her ecological understanding, Mary adds years of experience in marketing and branding. She provides first-hand insights into how corporations and the media manipulate our innate desires and turn us from citizens into consumers. She is author of Embrace Your Inner Wild: 52 Reflections for an Eco-Centric World. (White Cloud Press)

With special presentations by:

Cathleen Monahan serves as the SASH Program Officer for GRID Alternatives, a non-profit organization that brings the benefits of solar technology to low-income communities.  She helps manage GRID's Sub-Contractor Partnership Program and Single-family Affordable Solar Homes (SASH) Program as part of the California Solar Initiative. Cathleen has a background in sustainable development and completed a Masters in Environmental Science and Policy at Columbia University in 2008.

Megan Kerins is a SASH Program Assistant for GRID Alternatives, a non-profit organization that installs residential solar energy systems for families who need the financial savings. She manages GRID's subcontractor program in three regional offices.  She has a Masters in Civil Engineering from Stanford University with a concentration in Renewable Energy and Climate Change Science.

Tamra Peters is the Resilient Neighborhoods Director. She has worked for environmental organizations for over thirty-five years, including The Nature Conservancy, Natural Resources Defense Council, Rainforest Action Network, Peninsula Open Space Trust and San Francisco Friends of the Urban Forest. She has served on the boards of EarthShare, both California and National, and the Strong Foundation for Environmental Values where she was president for five years. She is currently on the Board of Sustainable Marin. She has extensive experience in most areas of non-profit management. Tamra holds an undergraduate degree from Antioch University in Business Management and Psychology and a MA in Organizational Development from the California Institute of Integral Studies. She has been a resident of Marin for 23 years.

Lisa Curtis is the Community Builder for Solar Mosaic and is a frequent blogger for Forbes and The Huffington Post.  Lisa creates the language and facilitates the dialogue to ignite the Mosaic movement. Previously, Lisa wrote political briefings for President Obama in The White House, served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Niger and managed communications for an impact investment firm in India.




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