March 19, 2016
A DAY-LONG GATHERING
Inspired by Environmental Visionary Diana Beresford-Kroeger
CALL OF THE FOREST: WATER, CLIMATE & SPIRIT
Point Reyes Books and Black Mountain Circle will present “Call of the Forest: Water, Climate & Spirit” on March 19, 2016, in Point Reyes Station. The day-long gathering is inspired by the botanist and environmental visionary Diana Beresford-Kroeger. The author of several books on the ecological and spiritual importance of trees and a self-described “renegade scientist,” Beresford-Kroeger melds ethnobotany, spirituality, alternative medicine, and ancient storytelling traditions to show a path toward better stewardship of the natural world.
Talks at the 2015 Paris climate conference emphasized the invaluable role forests play in slowing climate change. And according to Beresford-Kroeger, “Forests hold a green passport into the future to stop climate change.”
Noted authors and climate activists will join Beresford-Kroeger for a series of moderated panel conversations that explore the imperative of reforestation and watershed restoration along with profound personal stories of spiritual interconnections with the natural world. The day includes a special preview screening of a film about Beresford-Kroeger’s work entitled Call of the Forest: The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees, directed by Jeff McKay and co-produced by Edgeland Films and Merit Motion Pictures.
The conference is presented by Point Reyes Books and Black Mountain Circle and co-sponsored by the Center for Humans and Nature and the U.S. Forest Service with additional support from the Entrekin Family Foundation.
Media Contact: Elisabeth Ptak, email@example.com for further information and/or to arrange interviews with Program Presenters, including authors and climate change activists.
* Please note the location of the conference has changed to the Dance Palace Community Center located at 503 B Street, Point Reyes Station.
Saturday March 19
8:00 am: Doors Open
9:00 am: Welcome
9:10 am: Blessing by Joanne Campbell
9:20 am: Film Introduction by Diana Beresford-Kroeger
9:25 am Screening of Call of the Forest: The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees
10:30 am: Break
11:00 am: Water Panel
Betsy Damon, Brock Dolman, Linda Sheehan and Brooke Hecht (moderator)
12:15 pm: Lunch Break
1:45 pm: Climate Panel
Linda Sheehan, Osprey Orielle Lake, Rick Bass and Mia Monroe (moderator)
3:00 pm: Break
3:20 pm: Spirit Panel
Diana Beresford-Kroeger, Osprey Orielle Lake and Wendy Johnson (moderator)
5:00 pm: Reception
7:00 pm: Evening Program Readings, Stories & Music
Sunday March 20: Forest Walk (optional)
10:00 am to noon: Guided walk to an ancient Redwood grove in nearby Samuel P. Taylor Park with Mia Monroe and Diana Beresford-Kroeger..
Noon: Planting with 10,000 Redwoods Project at Turtle Island Restoration Network.
- Rick Bass
- Diana Beresford-Kroeger
- Joanne Campbell
- Betsy Damon
- Brock Dolman
- Brooke Hecht
- Wendy Johnson
- Mia Monroe
- Osprey Orielle Lake
- Linda Sheehan
- Mary Evelyn Tucker
Tickets: $120 (9 AM to 9 PM) Price includes daytime sessions and box lunch PLUS a reception with appetizers and evening program of readings and music. Optional
Sunday morning walk (10 AM to 12 PM) to an ancient Redwood grove.
Seating is limited, and advance tickets are required. They can be purchased here.
Limited scholarships and sliding scale tickets are available. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Submit applications by noon, February 29, 2016, to be considered.
Please note the location of the conference has changed to the Dance Palace Community Center located at 503 B Street, Point Reyes Station.
Event Refund Policy
Cancellations made prior to March 1, 2016, will be charged a $50.00 fee per ticket. No refunds will be given on cancellations made after March 1, 2016.
For questions regarding the Call of the Forest event, please phone (415) 663-1003 or email email@example.com.
Sponsors help make "Call of the Forest: Water, Climate, and Spirit" possible. A wide variety of sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Steve Costa by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for details about how you can join the Center for Humans and Nature, the US Forest Service, the Entrekin Family Foundation, and others in supporting the 2016 gathering.
Please consider joining our volunteer team to create and staff this event. Many opportunities are available, including advance planning tasks, setting up on Friday, March 18, and staffing on event day, Saturday, March 19. Volunteers will be welcome to attend the daytime sessions of the gathering. Contact Suzanne d’Coney, Event Coordinator: email@example.com
About Black Mountain Circle
Black Mountain Circle (BMC) is a nonprofit in Point Reyes Station, CA, that explores the relationship between spirit, story, and place. BMC programs include author events, retreats, book groups, and writing workshops for youths and adults as well as the biennial Geography of Hope Conference and the literary journal, West Marin Review.
About Point Reyes Books
Founded in 2002, Point Reyes Books has become well known for presenting exceptional literary gatherings that inspire and deepen an understanding of the relationships between people and place. A spirited, independent bookstore on the coast of Marin County, Point Reyes Books caters to the literary passions of both townsfolk and visitors. It offers lively events that attract authors, poets, scholars, storytellers, and audiences from near and far. It publishes the award-winning West Marin Review literary journal and is the founder and host of the Geography of Hope Conference. More than simply a business, Point Reyes Books is a center of conversation, creativity, and community.
About the Center for Humans and Nature
The Center for Humans and Nature is a group of engaged and curious thinkers who understand that ideas matter. It partners with some of the brightest minds to explore humans and nature relationships. It brings together philosophers, ecologists, artists, political scientists, anthropologists, poets, and economists, among others, to think creatively about how people can make better decisions—in relationship with each other and the whole community of life.
About the U.S. Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region
The Pacific Southwest Region of the U.S. Forest Service manages 20 million acres of National Forest land in California and assists the State and Private forest landowners in California, Hawaii, and the US-affiliated Pacific Islands. Eighteen national forests are located in this region, in the north Coast, Cascade, and Sierra Nevada ranges and from Big Sur to the Mexican border in the south Coast range. The Region’s State & Private Forestry (S&PF) program provides financial and technical assistance to state and local governments, Indian tribes, private organizations, urban communities, and others to help protect forest resources and assist landowners in practicing good stewardship and quality land management.
About the Entrekin Family Foundation
The purpose of the Entrekin Family Foundation grants is to provide funding for nonprofit arts organizations, children's services, research, and a wide range of environmental issues.