Speakers in 2018
Keynote – Jesse Hernreich

Keynote – Jesse Hernreich

Jesse Hernreich graduated from Prescott College with a degree in Environmental Studies emphasizing Ecological Design. She has earned a Masters from the New School in NYC, where she received an MS in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management. In 2016, Jesse earned a Master Certificate in Water Resource Management and Climate Science from Columbia University in New York. She began teaching Permaculture at both Prescott College and The Ecosa Institute in 2009, after receiving her Permaculture Teacher Training Certificate from CRMPI (Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute) in Basalt, CO, 2008. A recipient of the Ecological Design Certificate from Ecosa in 2007, Jesse continued to work, teach and sit on the board of Ecosa prior to her taking over the leadership position as Executive Director in 2017. Jesse’s Professional profile includes founder, owner and operator at Oakhaven Permaculture 501c3 in Durango Colorado, research hydrologist for the EPA as an intern for Columbia University’s Water Center, hydrologist and regulatory consultant for Re-current hydroelectric development company in Vermont, student coordinator and administrator at the Ecosa Institute, owner and landscape designer at Oakhaven Landscaping LLC. Additionally, Jesse sits on the board for Performance Space 122 (PS122) located in NYC. As a natural scientist, she has acquired a diverse skill set including Climate science, hydrologic physics, herbalism, animal husbandry, farming, alternative construction and aboriginal living skills. Her passion for natural resource management is at the core of all her professional undertakings.

Keynote – Cassandra Ferrera

Keynote – Cassandra Ferrera

Cassandra is devoted to the transformation of private property into cooperative stewardship, and has pioneered the field of cooperative real estate. With a deep dedication to the land, Cassandra serves as catalyst consultant for groups as they form and find their place. A board member of the Fellowship for Intentional Community and a cofounder of CommonSpace Community Land Trust, Cassandra is a rising voice for a socially just, ecologically sane, and emotionally mature human presence on Earth.

Keynote – Robert Gilman

Keynote – Robert Gilman

Astrophysicist, co-founder of the Global Ecovillage Network, founder of Context Institute and In Context, a Quarterly of Humane, Sustainable Culture, local elected official, sustainable architecture movement cataylst and cultural-change thought leader – Dr. Robert Gilman is currently the organizer of the worldwide Bright Future Network.

Keynote – Kristin Payestewa

Keynote – Kristin Payestewa

My name is Kristin Jeanne Payestewa and I am half Hopi and Navajo. I am majoring inCommunity Health, where I am able to apply my knowledge to Native communities through healthcare coordination and clarifying policies to create a stronger understanding environment. I understand that our Native people have high statistics with poor health conditions and healthcare comprehension. This concern has inspired my awareness to verify and include that our people are not forgotten in the modern age of medicine. I hope to one day integrate modern medicine with traditional ways. As I progress into my academic path and succeed my goals, I am also gaining wisdom and strength through each life experience. I am becoming familiarized with my culture every year and the more I learn about my ancestry the more I am able to contribute to Native Health.

Keynote – Aleta Alston Toure’

Keynote – Aleta Alston Toure’

Aleta is a mother, strategist and coop member bearing witness as a vessel for social change helping mothers, healers and community. She created the “I am Troy Davis” movement, has six documentary films including the Emmy award winning, Eyes On The Prize Documentary Film and was a MIT Ford Fellow.

In her social justice work, Aleta has also pioneered the Free Marissa Now Movement, raising over $100,000 and organizing a campaign that freed Marissa Alexander from imprisonment. Taught through Universidad Sin Fronteras, languages, dance and song – she now works in the movement for women-led cooperative development.

MC – Kate Bemesderfer

MC – Kate Bemesderfer

Kate joined Arcoop in 2017 during the first Convergence festival, and 5 years to the day after taking her Arcosanti workshop. A nonprofit development professional, her experience spans 20 years and 5 states, and ranges from expanding audiences for a progressive community theater, to establishing a school for young adults with autism, to managing public relations and events for Cosanti Foundation (including the first 3 years of FORM). She is currently the Director of Membership for 1000 Friends of Oregon, a land-use nonprofit focused on the need for balanced use of urban, rural, and wild places, as well as on the intersecting issues of social and environmental justice. She holds a BA in Psychology and Religious Studies from New York University, has advanced training in Applied Behavior Analysis, loves speculative fiction, and dabbles in the fiber arts.

MC – Cynthia Tina

MC – Cynthia Tina

Cynthia Tina is a founder of GENNA Alliance, a collaborative platform for individuals and organizations serving the regenerative communities movement within North America. She has visited over one hundred intentional communities and ecovillages across four continents. Since 2015, she has served on the Boards of the Global Ecovillage Network and the Fellowship for Intentional Community. She is a co-founder of NextGENNA, a non-profit producing learning experiences for young changemakers. Cynthia is a freelance marketing consultant, group facilitator, and educator. She is dedicated to growing networks of people, projects, and communities working in collaboration to regenerate our planet. Connect with Cynthia at www.cynthiatina.com

Michael Garfield

Michael Garfield

Poet-philosopher, transmedia artist, and “Paleontologist-Futurist” Michael Garfield’s work helps “Rewild the Singularity” – restoring soul to futurism, and midwifing new myths that can cultivate the curiosity and play we’ll need to thrive in our accelerating age. Host of the Future Fossils Podcast, author of the forthcoming book How to Live in the Future, and touring artist-musician with hundreds of live paintings and dozens of albums to his name, Michael is devoted to a planetary renaissance that integrates art, science, and religion to suit our age of transformation.

Clottee Hammons

Clottee Hammons

Clottee Hammons is the founder of Emancipation Arts. She is a visual Artist, Curator, Writer, Poet, Activist, Educator and Prevention Specialist. Emancipation Arts is a resident organization at Phoenix Center for the Arts.

Ms. Hammons provides interactive engagements and information to groups and individuals about prevention and harm reduction approaches to HIV/AIDS, STIs, substance dependency, hunger and homelessness; in addition to cultural competency in Public Arts Processes.

Chase Bowman

Chase Bowman

Chase is a musician, augmented reality designer, and cinematographer. As a drummer, he’s been in touring and recording bands since he was a teenager. As a cinematographer he’s shot twenty feature films and worked with directors such as Joss Whedon and musical acts such as The Roots, Common, and Taylor Swift. Chase is a pioneer in bringing augmented reality controllers to stage performance and cinematography.

Yana Ludwig

Yana Ludwig

Yana Ludwig is a cooperative culture pioneer, intentional communities advocate and anti-oppression activist. She serves on the board of the Fellowship for Intentional Community and as a chapter coach for SURJ. Her book, Together Resilient: Building Community in the Age of Climate Disruption, was awarded the Communal Studies Association 2017 Book of the Year Award. She is the climate and community podcast host on Solidarity House, and a founding member of the Solidarity Collective.

Jacob Devaney

Jacob Devaney

Jacob is Co-Founder of Unify with 1.6 million fans (www.facebook.com/unify), a blogger for Upliftconnect.com and Huffington Post, as well as Director ofCulturecollective.org. He specializes in synthesizing art, science, and spirituality into informational blogs that give fresh perspectives to politics and personal growth. He also develops social media campaigns and transmedia content for social change. His work with elders from multiple native tribes including Hopi, Lakota, and Cherokee, along with his own Creole background give him a unique vantage-point on modern events through a lens of ancient prophecies and indigenous understanding. Jacob is a lover of nature and community, believing that we are all interconnected with our own special gift to offer the world. For fun he plays piano, makes giant puppets (www.livingfolklore.com), stiltwalks, and writes children’s fantasy stories.

At Convergence Jacob will tell stories about his work and give advice for those who are wanting to learn ways to utilize social media for community organizing, compassionate action, and transformation. He will open up the discussion for input, welcoming collaborative expression from the audience and will be available throughout the weekend for networking with other cultural creatives.
Wren LaFeet

Wren LaFeet

Wren is a somatic permissionary teaching partner dance internationally as a practice for mindful, authentic living, enlivening communities with his signature modality, Cocréa. Wren guides people into right relationship through movement, listening and responding in service to the highest good for all life. He is a celebrated TEDx speaker, featured author in “ReInhabiting the Village” and ardent proponent of pioneering a new renaissance through authentic connection and consensual touch.

Kevin Keleher

Kevin Keleher

Kevin is passionate about improving our communities through healing the relationships we have with the earth and with each other. He has two degrees from ASU, a B.S. in the Economics of Human Sustainability and B.S. in Supply Chain Management, with distinction from the Barrett Honors College at ASU. He turned his thesis project into the nonprofit GreenLight Solutions Foundation of which he is now Executive Director and co-founder. In 2013 Kevin was chosen as Student Entrepreneur of the Year at ASU (out of 70,000+ students) for his work co-creating GreenLight.

Julia Maryanska

Julia Maryanska

Julia is a filmmaker & community builder based in Sonoma County, CA. She is a co-founder of Re/Culture Media and partners with organizations such as The Shift Network, Uplift Connect, GEN, and Bioneers. She is a co-director of Healing of Love, a feature film about the evolutionary work of the Tamera Peace Research Village in Portugal and has participated in their Global Love School since 2015. She has spent 10 years living in community and has training in multiple social technologies.

Megan Ingber

Megan Ingber

Guided by a sense of justice, integrity, and beauty, Megan has been co-creating community spaces for the past several years all across the globe. As a nomadic creator, she lives with an undeniable thirst and enthusiasm for life that she deeply enjoys sharing with all who cross paths with her – especially on the dancefloor. This year she is co-creating Our Community Qwitchen: A Queer Witch Kitchen at this year’s Arcosanti Convergence. It is our community kitchen space, weaving together food as medicine, holistic herbalism, and queer magic. It is where we explore the ways in which we relate with food – through our bodies, our relationships, our communities, the land, and our ancestors. What does it mean to decolonize our bodies? How are my identity and what I eat related? These questions and more will be explored in this space! Plus, we’ll be cooking a number of delicious community meals together. Check the board that will be posted in front of the space to see our daily gatherings and offerings!

May we continue to weave this sacred story that celebrates ecological resilience, elevates the voices of marginalized communities, and the natural exuberance and joy of all beings. In respect and reverence, each breath in prayer.

We remember what abundance feels like when we come together, share, and make offerings. We are enough and we have enough! Do you have an abundance of fruits on your tree? Veggies growing in your garden? A recipe you’d like to share? Our Community Qwitchen is officially welcoming any and all collaborations as well as donations of food, spices, pantry items, seeds, and more!

Harlan Emil Gruber

Harlan Emil Gruber

Harlan Emil Gruber, inspired by the work of Buckminster Fuller and Paolo Soleri, received a degree in Environmental Design from Parsons School of Design in 1985. He produces a wide variety of art and design projects, culminating in the large-scale interactive Portal installations featured at Burning Man since 2004. Through the use of sacred geometry, colors and sound vibrations, the Portals are intended to facilitate an evolution of consciousness. These installations have traveled to many other events in the US and around the world. He is now focused on “Conceiving Future Environments” that explores the sacred re-inhabitation of Gaia by building with the earth and all life in a conscious, sustainable way.

Olivia Peterson

Olivia Peterson

Olivia Peterson is passionate about igniting the creative potential within all beings. She comes from a background of performing arts, obtaining her BFA in Performing Arts from AMDA in Los Angeles CA. Singing, acting, dancing, & baton all have been pivotal outlets for her creativity to pour through. She also has her 200 hour Yoga/Ayurvedic counselor training from Hale Pule on Kauai, HI. Guiding others to find the fusion between spirituality & creative expression is her gift to extend to others.

Julie Quinn

Julie Quinn

My name is Julie Quinn. I am a Reiki master, natural intuitive and internationally certified yoga instructor. At a young age, I was pulled into the healing arts. I found Reiki at the same time I discovered Arcosanti which lead me to practice yoga. Reiki gave me incredibly focus. Yoga is a moving meditation. Both allow me to connect on a universal level while holding my own space. Nature is my number one teacher. She flavors my practices. I take people on a journey to find the joy in riding the waves of the universal flow of consciousness, connecting to their inner dreamscapes, while finding their feet still firmly planted on the ground.

Rob Jackson

Rob Jackson

Rob Jackson is the current Workshop Coordinator for the Cosanti Foundation. In his role, he helps conduct the 5-Week workshop program, and also establishes joint educational opportunities at Arcosanti with institutions from around the globe. Prior to joining the Cosanti Foundation in March of this year, Rob worked as a business and project manager, as well as teacher and coach for over 10 years.

Rob Jameson

Rob Jameson

Rob Jameson is an inventor and entrepreneur with 15+ years in key creative and executive roles. He has overseen development and adoption of planet focused technologies, cooperatives, and open source projects. Rob is co-founder and CEO of AnyShare Society, a toolset that solves group sharing issues. He’s also the Technology Manager of the urban research center of Arcosanti. Recently, Rob co-launched a new model for a 100% inclusive business in the USA called the “complete cooperative.”

Rebecca Powers

Rebecca Powers

Rebecca Powers is an activist and eco-blogger based in Central Texas. She currently serves as the President of the Center for Natural Living and operates PERMApowers, a blog about well-being and sustainable living.

Cynthia Fishman AIA

Cynthia Fishman AIA

Cynthia Fishman, AIA is the founder and Director of The Biomimicry Collaborative, a research and architecture consulting group consisting of designers and scientists from the Denver Colorado area. She received her Bachelor of Architecture from Rice University in Houston, TX and was part of the first matriculating class at Arizona State University to earn a Master of Science in Biomimicry, which is the only accredited program in the world. Cynthia has also earned the title of Biomimicry Specialist (BSpec) by attending additional workshops on top of her Masters studies.

Cynthia has taken every opportunity to educate the public about biomimicry’s possibilities in the human design world. In 2017, she was a speaker at the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) Rocky Mountain Green Conference in Denver, CO, at the Rocky Mountain Natural Building Conference in Golden, CO, and as the keynote speaker at the USGBC Arizona State Conference in Tempe, AZ. And in 2018 she spoke about biomimicry at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market’s Trend + Design Center. Also in 2017, she was interviewed for the Art of Construction podcast to discuss biomimicry and her work with the interdisciplinary networking group that she co-founded and is President of, Denver Does Design. Continuing her love of teaching, Cynthia is an Adjunct Professor lecturing about biomimicry at the University of Colorado Denver’s Architecture and Planning School as well at the Ecosa Institute in Prescott, AZ. She was the recipient of the AIA Colorado Leadership Award in 2015 and was a winner of the Engineering News Record (ENR) Mountain States Top Young Professionals competition in 2018.

David Casey

David Casey

David has spent much of the past five years in Central America organizing cultural events, retreats, and ecovillage design courses. He also spent considerable time managing volunteers at a farm and worked with an indigenous artisan cooperative in Guatemala. His experience and BA in Political Economy of Industrial Societies and Global Poverty & Practice from UC Berkeley are a pivotal foundation to the inspiration of NuMundo.

Adam Shimoni

Adam Shimoni

A Flagstaff resident since 2005, Adam Shimoni has been active in Flagstaff politics for several years. He founded and facilitated Flagstaff Speak Up!, a civic engagement program under Friends of Flagstaff’s Future, and was a board member of Friends of Flagstaff’s Future from May of 2013 to February of 2016. He has organized countless rallies and informational sessions to educate citizens about local issues and encourage citizens to be involved in local decision-making. In 2014, he received 2 Sustainable Leadership awards from NAU for his work at Speak UP & Friends of Flagstaff’s Future.

Major areas of focus for Shimoni’s campaign for City Councilor include increasing affordable housing, facilitating growth and wellbeing of local businesses, cultural respect and sensitivity, maintaining our Dark Skies, enhancing alternative transportation, water conservation, and preservation of surrounding natural habitats and open space.

Jeffrey L. Zucker, LEED AIA

Jeffrey L. Zucker, LEED AIA

Jeffrey L. Zucker brings over 40 years of experience in environmentally sensitive and community-based design to his profession. He worked for five years as Project Architect and Construction Supervisor under the direction of Paolo Soleri at Arcosanti. He has been active in the field of sustainability and energy efficient design since the early 70’s. His experience includes a focus on socially responsible design issues, Co-housing communities, and energy efficient architecture. His company, Zucker Architecture, was declared the 2017 Firm of the Year by the American Institute of Architects, Grand Canyon Chapter. and he was awarded the 2015 Project of the Year for the design of the Los Alamos County Nature Center by ENR Southwest Magazine. He is the founder of the Manzanita Village Cohousing Community in Prescott, Arizona, where he makes his home with his wife, Jean Wilcox.

Porangui

Porangui

As a live musician, world soul artist and one-man orchestra Poranguí weaves ancestral songs and indigenous rhythms from around the globe. Creating his performances from scratch using looping technology, Poranguí’s live grooves range from meditative to dance party, moving the body, lifting the spirit, and transcending the divide between performer and audience. An evening with Poranguí might take you on a journey from deep, earthy didgeridoo grooves to high-vibe ecstatic Brazilian beats to blissful African kalimba lullabies. Serenades and storytelling to beat boxing and booty shaking: Together, these make an unforgettable experience.

Chloe Bee

Chloe Bee

Plant Walk - Communicating with Botanical Friends

Salutations, my moniker is Chloe Bee. I hold frogs as a medicine animal guide for the love of encouraging humans to be a prismatic rainbow, to be adaptable, be there own medicine, and be grounded in harmony with Mother Earth. With positive influence from my desert-minded passion to build a healthy body, mind, and spirit & and a human right to a stable climate, I intentionally act as a catalyst for social change.

I am the generator of a heart-centered community hub for the alliance of ethnobotany, artistic expression, cultural diversity, festival culture, psychedelic art, Earth-first thinking, and HERBALISM via transformative workshop facilitation presently thriving on community-expressed needs for the cultivation of plant wisdom, ecstatic dance, and meaningful ritual. Rainbow Bliss Botanicals and Happy Healthy High Horny Herbs are two of my current projects that strive to integrate consciousness, ceremony, botanical medicine, and dance through honoring the divine intelligence between people and plants. I’ve been holding down an organic apothecary sandwiched between a nightclub and a corporate bank for over 5 years so that I can serve the City of Tempe with herbalism “IN-YOUR-FACE!” This project to have a botanical presence on the busiest foot-trafficked location in the state of Arizona is a service to the community; a place where lovers meet, where dancers come to nourish, where addicts come for solutions, where local craftspeople come to sell, and where OUR CULTURE has a independently owned and operated place of MEDICINE and UNCONDITIONAL LOVE & ACCEPTANCE.

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