Diana Leafe Christian
Diana Leafe Christian
Diana Leafe Christian is author of Creating a Life Together: Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages and Intentional Communities, about forming successful communities and ecovillages. It has been translated into six languages, most recently Korean and German. She formerly published Ecovillages newsletter and formerly edited Communities magazine in the US for 14 years.

Diana speaks at conferences, offers consultations, and leads workshops internationally. Her topics include the tools and processes to create successful new intentional communities, what helps existing communities thrive, and governance & decision-making methods, especially Sociocracy. She has taught Sociocracy for ecovillages and other kinds of intentional communities in North America, Latin America, and Europe.

She has been a keynote speaker for the annual conferences in 2013 of both the Swedish Ecovillage Network and UK Cohousing Network, and for the Japanese Ecovillage Conference in 2007. She was one of many presenters at GEN’s 20th Anniversary Conference at Findhorn Community this year. (GEN is the Global Ecovillage Network.)

An Ecovillage Design Education (EDE) trainer, Diana contributed chapters to the Gaia Education books Beyond You and Me and Gaian Economics, and to GEN’s 20th Anniversary book, Ecovillage: 2000 Ways to Heal the Planet. She is one of two representatives for the eastern US in GEN-US, and lives at Earthaven Ecovillage in the U.S. Her website is www.dianaleafechristian.org.

A lively, interactive workshop illustrating three essential things ecovillages and other kinds of intentional communities must have in order to be healthy and thriving. Includes the crucial role of community governance and decision-making, what works well in governance (and what doesn’t!), and eight antidotes to “structural conflict” and interpersonal conflict in existing and forming communities. The workshop is for people who would like to join or start their own ecovillage or other kind of intentional community. Handouts will be provided.
Jordan Foltz
Jordan Foltz
Jordan Foltz is a father, justice seeker, traveller, propaganda-killer, advocate for beauty and the unseen, and dedicated, but mid-performing (2.0 GPA) student of forgiveness. He studied religion at Lewis & Clark College, and is a regular contributor at local independent newspaper Mountain Xpress where his articles often explore the esoteric aspects which inspire people to take action in the physical world. He was the Marketing and Partnership Coordinator for the 2014 and 2015 Get It! Guide—Mountain Xpress’ annual guide to sustainable living, and is a regular contributor to one of Asheville’s newest media outlets XOAVL. Since 2014, he’s been living in Woodfin, NC where he, his daughter and his partner spend most free days rehabilitating their old house and building chicken coops, gardens, hoop houses, bramble patches, and the like.
Postmodern society finds itself at unique place in history: On the one hand, it has learned to acknowledge the specific multiverses of experience and perspective that each individual harbors, but on the other, it hasn’t learned to honor these diverse contributions by weaving them into a meaningful, solutions-based story that we all have a stake in. In the new millennium how can we rebuild our collective story amidst a mainstream media and public discourse that tends to digress into either materialism or nihilism? In this workshop, we’ll explore how we can and must become curators of a new common narrative not only through our everyday conversations, but by becoming active participants in the public media outlets available in order  bear testimony to what we’re living for.
Cristina Orbé
Cristina Orbé
Cristina Orbé is a fierce advocate for creativity, justice and imagination. She co-founded FEEST, a nationally recognized youth leadership and food justice organization, in 2008. She has been a touring musician and artist for the past 13 years. Her most recent album Invisible KIngdoms received critical acclaim and she is working on the next one. She recently returned from Italy where she formed a small artist collective called Wild Boar. www.orbe-orbe.com
Biodiversity is essential for life to thrive, the same is true for the movements, collaborations and communities we build. This workshop will explore methods for collaborating and building joyful community across difference.
Aaron Maret
Aaron Maret
Aaron is an independent truth-seeker and student of cosmology and the unified field. He brings an integral approach to the task of exploring the timeless questions: “Where do we come from? What is our purpose? Where are we going? How do we relate to the Great Unknown, the Mystery?”

 

Passionate about learning, growing, understanding, and joining with the All-Self, Aaron embodies a healthy mix of scholarly intellect and kind-hearted humility to the collective effort to evolve, awaken, and enter consciously into the next phase of Earth/Gaia’s journey through the Galaxy.

This workshop will give participants a brief introduction to The Law of One (a universal philosophy & cosmology presented in a relatively little-known book – published in five volumes, and containing the record of one of the most significant interviews recorded in modern times).

 

In the early 1980s, a small group of paranormal researchers successfully established telepathic contact with an entity called Ra – a highly evolved being in service to the One Infinite Creator who is invested in the evolution of Earth humanity. Over the course of 106 sessions together, they compiled a body of information that holds profound importance for any sincere seeker of truth who is attempting to establish a deeper understanding of their experience on this planet at this time.

 

I will offer a succinct overview of this work, contextualize it within the framework of contemporary events, and provide resources for further study or investigation for those interested in learning more.

Zachary Towne-smith
Zachary Towne-smith
Zachary Towne-Smith is a Harvard graduate with 16 years of experience living and facilitating educational and social transformation processes in Guatemala. His creative experience ranges from photography, to capoeira, to music, to his passion for developing tools and processes to help awaken people’s creativity. He participates in numerous international creativity conferences and gatherings, such as www.mindcamp.org.
Discovering, awakening, and applying your creativity –  like everything else – requires disciplined practice. This workshop uses games and activities to introduce some of the essential elements of creativity and suggest ways to develop them individually and in groups.
Jason Martini
Jason Martini
Jason “JahSun” Martini is a truth-seeker, activator, connector, and visionary leader, who is committed to awakening the masculine and all of humanity into an Empowered Way of Being, as we co-create this New Earth together.  He has been studying masculine initiation, the human potential movement, and expansion of consciousness for the past 20 years.  His life journey has included a decade as an Air Force Officer, extensive ceremonial and shamanic initiations throughout the U.S. and world, and in 2013 choosing to answer the call to move from the West Coast to these Sacred Mountains with his Beloved Lizzy to give birth to their daughter, Sophia.  Upon Becoming a Proud Father, he was inspired to create a Fatherhood Initiation Training (FIT) for Dads to Be the best they can Be.  He is currently a N.C. Real Estate Broker committed to supporting people in finding their ideal homes, inspiring commUnity, and co-creating the village!
Living in CommUnity has so many benefits, and many of us embrace this vision in our hearts, minds, and souls!  Now is the time to anchor these eco-villages for the next 7 Generations!

The purchasing power gained by aligning with the right group of people is a very important one.

Jason will demonstrate many of the co-creative ways around the fears and challenges of community property buying and stewardship.  As well as making it easier for those with a shared vision to find each other and work together in manifesting their collective vision.

Jason Martini is a N.C. Real Estate Broker, with Keller-Williams Professionals and founder of “New Earth Realty.”

Wesley Thoricatha
Wesley Thoricatha
Wesley Thoricatha is a writer, visionary artist, permaculture designer, and committed advocate for a more meaningful and harmonious world.  Currently Wesley is the staff writer for PsychedelicTimes.com, an online journal that covers the therapeutic applications of psychedelic plant and synthetic medicines, and the latest scientific research for their medical uses.  Wesley’s goal as an advocate for psychedelics is to help build our cultural aptitude surrounding these powerful medicines in the same way that indigenous cultures around the world understand and use them for healing, rites of passage, and therapeutic release.  He believes that responsible and appropriate psychedelic use is a key leverage point in changing the consciousness of the western world from a paradigm of materialism, distraction, and separation to an interconnected, meaningful, and collaborative one.
Psychedelics are making big waves in popular culture once again as new research unveils the myriad benefits that psychedelics can have for enhancing psychotherapy, ending harmful drug addiction, curing PTSD,  and catalyzing lifelong positive changes in people’s lives.  Come learn about the latest advances in psychedelic research and therapy and how different substances are gaining scientific credibility as powerful agents of healing and personal growth.  Our conversation will end with a discussion about harm reduction and how to best advocate for psychedelics in a responsible and effective way.
Jonathan Bowen
Jonathan Bowen
5 years ago, Jonathan went on a hitchhiking adventure across the country with his dog. If he could describe what he learned on his trip in one word, it would be sustainability. Currently residing in Cleveland, Ohio, Jonathan is attending college in pursuits of a degree in solar power technologies. Jonathan is also active in encouraging environmental activism in his local community.
This workshop will discuss the health and environmental implications of the the process Hydraulic Fracturing, also known as Fracking. Protecting our communities is of the utmost importance, and the best way to do so is by declaring rights for these communities. Diving deep into a bill known as The Community Bill of Rights, individuals will learn how to begin the process of legally banning fracking, and other fracking-related activities, in their local jurisdictions.