Call of the Forrest: Water, Climate, Spirit; Point Reyes Station; March 19, 2016

March 19, 2016

A DAY-LONG GATHERING

Inspired by Environmental Visionary Diana Beresford-Kroeger

CALL OF THE FOREST: WATER, CLIMATE & SPIRIT

Past Event

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, eptak@horizoncable.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.

Program

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.

Co-Sponsors

Point Reyes Books logoBlack Mountain Circle logoCHN logo

Supporter

Media Sponsors

 

KWMR 90.5 Point Reyes Station / 89.9 Bolinas / 92.3 San Geronimo ValleyPoint Reyes Light
 

Friends

Bay Area Open Space Council
California Urban Forests Council
/ Bay Area Urban Forest Ecosystem Council
Mesa Refuge
Point Reyes National Seashore Association

Presenters

  • 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 blackmountaincircle@gmail.com. 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.

Questions?

For questions regarding the Call of the Forest event, please phone (415) 663-1003 or email blackmountaincircle@gmail.com.

Sponsorship

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 stevegcosta@gmail.com 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.

Volunteering

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: suzannedconey@gmail.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.

March 19, 2016

PANELS

Call of the Forest: Water, Climate & Spirit

What is the forest calling us to do? 

The day-long gathering is inspired by the botanist and environmental visionary Diana Beresford-Kroeger. She melds ethnobotany, spirituality, alternative medicine, and ancient storytelling traditions to show a path toward better stewardship of the natural world. Noted authors and climate activists will join Beresford-Kroeger for a series of three moderated panel conversations that explore the imperative of reforestation and watershed restoration along with profound personal stories of spiritual connections with the natural world. The day also includes a special preview screening of a film about Beresford-Kroeger’s work around the world entitled Call of the Forest: The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees, directed by Jeff McKay and co-produced by Edgeland Films and Merit Motion Pictures.

Panel #1: Water

• The Forest is asking us to acknowledge and promote the interdependence of water, trees, humans, and all of life.

• The Forest is asking us to re-imagine how we relate to water in an age of drought and other weather extremes.

• The Forest is asking us to reconsider the utilitarian/economic language we often use when we talk about water.

Panel #2: Climate 

• The Forest is asking us what was discussed in Paris about the proven positive impact of trees on climate change and deforestation around the world.

• The Forest is asking us what models exist in public policies or public agencies that best demonstrate how trees are impacting national, state, city, and neighborhood climate change.

• The Forest is asking how individuals, families, and community-based organizations can take action using trees as a response to climate change.

Panel #3: Spirit

• The Forest is calling to remind us of the integral relationship that indigenous peoples have with trees and all of nature.

• The Forest is asking for stories and examples of how spirit works to strengthen the relationship between trees and people.

• The Forest is asking how our individual spirits can be healed and nourished by cultivating a closer relationship with the healing power of nature.

For the press: If you are a journalist interested in interviewing any of the presenters, please contact Elisabeth Ptak at eptak@horizoncable.com to arrange a date and time.

Rick Bass

rick bassAuthor and activist Rick Bass has long worked to protect Montana’s remote Yaak Valley—a vital link in a chain of wild landscapes continuing into Canada. Rick serves on the board of both the Yaak Valley Forest Council and Round River Conservation Studies. He writes, gives readings, and teaches around the country and the world. He has received numerous awards for his fiction, creative nonfiction, and journalism. His memoir, Why I Came West, was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award. He lives in Missoula, Montana.

Diana Beresford-Kroeger

beresford kroegerA precise and poetic writer steeped in Gaelic storytelling traditions gathered from her childhood in Ireland, her latest book is The Sweetness of a Simple Life. Previous books include The Global Forest, Arboretum Borealis: A Lifeline of the Planet, Arboretum America: A Philosophy of the Forest, A Garden for Life and a collection of stories, Time Will Tell. In 2010, Diana was inducted as a Wings Worldquest Fellow. The Utne Reader named her one of their Visionaries for 2011. She lives in Ontario, Canada, with her husband, Christian H. Kroeger, surrounded by her research garden filled with rare and endangered species.

Joanne Campbell

joanne campbellJoanne Campbell is descended from Sonoma County families of the Pomo and Coast Miwok tribes and serves on the Graton Rancheria Tribal
Council. She works with the Tribe to revitalize the Coast Miwok language and perpetuate the fine art of basketry. She also worked as a public health nurse in San Francisco for more than 30 years before retiring in 1992. She will offer the opening and closing blessing.

Brock Dolman

brock dolmanBrock Dolman is the co-founder of the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center in Sonoma County, CA, where he co-directs the WATER Institute, the Permaculture Design Program, and the Wildlands Program. He has taught Permaculture and consulted on regenerative project design and implementation in the United States and internationally. He was featured in the award-winning films The 11th Hour by Leonardo DiCaprio; The Call of Life by Species Alliance; Permaculture: A Quiet Revolution by Vanessa Shultz; and Russian River: All Rivers—The Value of an American Watershed. He also serves as an appointed commissioner on the Sonoma County Fish & Wildlife Commission.

Betsy Damon

betsy damonBetsy Damon has created a unique way to combine work with the environment, science, and art by creating community-based models of water stewardship through Keepers of the Waters, an organization she founded in 1991. Her work includes sculpture, teaching, lectures, and workshops. In China, she created the nation's first public art event for the environment, and most notably “The Living Water Garden,” a world-renowned public park and natural water filtration model. In the US, she works with communities and grassroots groups, and creates commissioned art and projects. Her inspiration comes from extensive research of sacred water sites and her curiosity for biology, earth sciences, and living systems.

Brooke Hecht

brooke hechtBrooke Hecht is the president of the Center for Humans and Nature, a nonprofit organization that brings together people from across academic disciplines and life experiences to think creatively about what it means to be human and how we ought to care for one another and the whole community of life. Brooke was "called by the forest" during her PhD work at Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, as well as during her Masters work at Melbourne University where her work brought her deep into the towering eucalyptus forests of Australia and up to the arctic tree line in Iceland. Brooke's interests are as broad ranging as that of the Center for Humans and Nature--from ecology to psychology, from theology to philosophy, from ethics to economics, and more.

Wendy Johnson

wendy johnsonWendy Johnson leads meditation retreats nationwide as an ordained lay dharma teacher in the traditions of Vietnamese teacher Thich Nhat Hanh and the San Francisco Zen Center. She co-founded the Organic Farm and Garden Program at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center in Marin County, which inspired her book, Gardening at the Dragon's Gate. Since 2009 she has served as a founding instructor and mentor at College of Marin's Indian Valley Educational Organic Farm and Garden.

Mia Monroe

Mia Monroe has worked as a national park ranger to observe, share and steward the parklands of Marin, especially Muir Woods. Today she's the National Park Service Marin Community liaison to actively foster and expand stakeholder engagement in issues facing Marin parklands. Another assignment is to maximize effectiveness and efficiency of conservation efforts such as OneTam. She volunteers with The Xerces Society to monitor the populations of monarch butterflies in North America through citizen efforts to conserve and learn more. She lives and walks in Marin.

Osprey Orielle Lake

osprey orielleOsprey Orielle Lake is the founder and executive director of Women’s Earth & Climate Action Network, International (WECAN). She works nationally and internationally with grassroots and indigenous leaders, policy-makers, and scientists to promote climate justice, resilient communities, and a just transition to a clean energy future. Osprey is co-chair of International Advocacy for the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature and the visionary behind the International Women's Earth and Climate Summit, which brought together 100 women leaders from around the world to draft and implement a Women's Climate Action Agenda. She is the author of the award-winning book, Uprisings for the Earth: Reconnecting Culture with Nature.

Linda Sheehan

linda sheehanLinda Sheehan combines 20 years of environmental law and policy experience in her work as executive director of Earth Law Center (ELC) to advance the rights of nature globally. Prior to ELC, Linda was executive director of the California Coastkeeper Alliance, and the Pacific Region office director for the Ocean Conservancy. She has successfully advanced federal and state laws and policies to: increase enforcement of clean water laws; provide water quality data to the public; curtail sewage spills; boost water monitoring; designate marine parks and wilderness areas; improve oil spill prevention and response; control invasive species; reduce polluted runoff discharges; and create new funding for healthy waters.

Mary Evelyn Tucker

Mary Evelyn Tucker is co-director of the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale where she teaches in an M.A. program between the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and the Divinity School. She served on the International Earth Charter Drafting Committee and was a member of the Earth Charter International Council.

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.

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. A limited number of scholarships and sliding scale tickets are available. For information, email blackmountaincircle@gmail.com. Submit applications by noon, February 29, 2016.

* 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.

Registration for the conference is now full, but you can add your name to the waiting list below. You will be notified if more tickets become available.