has been described by a New York Times columnist as
“a metaphysical vaudevillian for the new millennium.” Wise
has invented a compelling form of physical autobiographical theater called
Motion Theater. Her unique performances thoroughly integrate movement
and narrative in a seamless unfolding that brings one to tears, laughter
and deep sighs of recognition about the human condition. Audience members
and critics alike comment that they have not seen anything quite like
Wise’s work before and are driven to blended comparisons—Martha
Graham mixed with Robinson Jeffers, Lily Tomlin mixed with Jules Feiffer—and
use words like “fresh,” “moving,” and “deeply
human.” Ms Wise is the recipient of three fellowships from the National
Endowment for the Arts, three fellowships from the Marin Arts Council,
and her performance works have been honored with seven Bay Area Theater
Critics’ Circle Awards. Her book, A Big New Free Happy Unusual Life,
was published by Broadway Books in 2002 and her stories and articles have
been published in numerous anthologies and journals.
is the founder of the Rainforest Action Network and
the ED of the International Forum on Globalization. Known as one of the
country’s leading activists, he has helped shape environmental policies
for the cities of San Francisco and Oakland, as well as been a key player
in helping to reform the policies of corporations from Mitsubishi to Citibank
to Home Depot to be more eco-responsible.
is president of Commonweal, the recipient of a MacArthur
Prize Fellowship and co-founder of Commonweal Cancer Help Program, which
was featured in Bill Moyer's award-winning PBS series "Healing and
the Mind." He is the author of Choices in Healing: Integrating the
Best of Conventional and Complementary Approaches to Cancer. Lerner has
been exploring the interface of mind-body health and environmental health—of
personal healing and healing the earth—for thirty years. Widely
considered a dynamic speaker with a human touch, Lerner addresses a broad
range of issues about health, healing, the environment and spirituality.
is executive director of the Science and Environmental
Health Network, www.sehn.org, which is known for its work on the Precautionary
Principle. As an environmental lawyer she specializes in the fundamental
changes in law and policy necessary for the protection and restoration
of public health and the environment. Carolyn is co-editor of Precautionary
Tools for Reshaping Environmental Policy and Protecting Public Health
and the Environment: Implementing the Precautionary Principle. She coined
the term “ecological medicine” to encompass the broad notions
that both health and healing are entwined with the natural world. Carolyn
has been featured in Gourmet magazine, the Utne Reader, Yes! Magazine,
the Sun, Whole Earth, and Scientific American. Along with leading workshops
and giving frequent lectures on the Precautionary Principle, Carolyn is
at the forefront of developing new models for government that depend on
these larger ideas of precaution and ecological integrity. The new models
include guardianship for future generations, a vision for the courts of
the 21st century and the public trust doctrine.
Charlotte Brody, R.N.
is the executive director of Commonweal, a nonprofit
health and environmental research institute in Bolinas, California. Founded
in 1976, Commonweal conducts programs that contribute to human and ecosystem
health—to a safer world for people and for all life. Before serving
as Commonweal's Executive Director, Brody was the Executive Director of
Health Care Without Harm: The Campaign for Environmentally Responsible
Health Care. She is an inspiring and deeply moving speaker.
is one of the world’s most innovative biologists.
He is best known for his theory of morphic fields and morphic resonance,
which leads to a vision of a living, developing universe with its own
inherent memory. He first worked in developmental biology at Cambridge
University, and is currently Director of the Perrott-Warrick project.
He has appeared in many TV programs in Britain and overseas, and was one
of the participants (along with Stephen Jay Gould, Daniel Dennett, Oliver
Sacks, Freeman Dyson and Stephen Toulmin) in a TV series called A Glorious
Accident, shown on PBS channels throughout the US.
is the author of Building A Win-Win World, Paradigms
in Progress, Creating Alternative Futures, The Politics of The Solar Age,
and Redefining Wealth & Progress. She is a world-wide syndicated columnist
and consultant on sustainable development. Henderson rejects the inevitability
of global competition. Moreover, she proposes that our future will be
far better if cooperative approaches to dealing with human needs were
to replace the destructive aspects of competition. She finds particular
hope in the trend toward a "grassroots globalism" being created
by countless social movements around the world that deal with poverty,
social inequities, pollution, resource-depletion, violence and more. She
believes these movements are leading us toward the creation of a win-win
world in which the rewards will go to the ethical and caring.
is owner and founder of Philadelphia’s 24-year-old
White Dog Cafe, and is a national leader in the local, living economies
movement. She is co-founder and co-chair of the national Business Alliance
for Local Living Economies (BALLE), and founder of the Sustainable Business
Network of Greater Philadelphia (SBN). She is also president of the White
Dog Community Enterprises (formerly White Dog Cafe Foundation), a non-profit
501c3 dedicated to building a local living economy in the Philadelphia
region. Judy has won numerous awards, including the prestigious Business
Enterprise Trust award, founded by Norman Lear, for creative leadership
in combining sound business management with social vision. More recently,
she received Business Ethics Magazine’s first “Living Economy
Award,” and the James Beard Foundation’s Humanitarian of the
Year, 2005. Other accolades include American Benefactor’s “America’s
25 Most Generous Companies,” Oprah Magazine’s “5 Amazingly
Gifted and Giving Food Professionals,” and Inc. Magazine's 25 favorite
entrepreneurs in the country. Judy co-authored The White Dog Cafe Cookbook:
Multicultural Recipes and Tales of Adventure from Philadelphia’s
Revolutionary Restaurant, and is currently working on a book about her
business and the local living economy movement to be published by Chelsea
is an award-winning poet. She was born in New York
City and received her bachelor's degree from Princeton University in the
school's first graduating class to include women. Her books of poetry
include After, Given Sugar, Given Salt (which was a finalist for the National
Book Critics Circle Award), The Lives of the Heart, The October Palace,
Of Gravity & Angels, and Alaya. She is the author of Nine Gates: Entering
the Mind of Poetry. About her work, the poet Rosanna Warren has said:
"Hirshfield has elaborated a sensuously philosophical art that imposes
a pause in our fast-forward habits of mind.” Her honors include
The Poetry Center Book Award, fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller
Foundations, Columbia University's Translation Center Award, the Commonwealth
Club of California Poetry Medal, and the Bay Area Book Reviewers Award.
In 2004, Hirshfield was awarded the 70th Academy Fellowship for distinguished
poetic achievement by The Academy of American Poets. She is currently
on the faculty of the Bennington MFA Writing Seminars. Her work has appeared
in The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, The Nation, the Los Angeles Times,
and multiple volumes of The Best American Poetry and Pushcart Prize anthologies.
is a poet, essayist, playwright and screenwriter. She
was born in Los Angeles California in 1943, in the midst of the Second
World War and the holocaust, and these events had a lasting effect on
her thinking. The time she spent as a child in the High Sierras and along
the coast of the Pacific Ocean also shaped her awareness. Her work moves
beyond the boundaries of form and perception, as she draws connections
between the destruction of nature, the diminishment of women and racism,
and traces the causes of war to denial in both private and public life.
She is known for her innovative style. Her groundbreaking book Woman and
Nature is an extended prose-poem. A Chorus of Stones, the Private Life
of War, blends history and memoir as does Wrestling with Angel of democracy,
the Autobiography of an American Citizen, a work in progress (to be published
by Trumpeter books in the Spring of 2008) that explores the state of mind
that engenders and sustains democracy.
is a lay Dharma teacher ordained by Thich Nhat Hanh.
Wendy has lived and practiced at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center in northern
California since 1975. Practicing engaged Buddhism, Wendy combines her
30-year training in organic agriculture with a commitment to teaching
meditation engaged with the life of the world. Her Buddhist philosophy
is the inspirational force behind her work leading walks, practicing organic
gardening and teaching. She has been involved for many years in establishing
gardening programs in Bay Area schools. She is completing a book on Zen
practice and gardening to be published by Bantam Press.
is a Buddhist teacher, Zen priest, anthropologist,
and author. She is Founder, Abbot, and Head Teacher of Upaya Zen Center,
a Buddhist monastery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has worked in the area
of death and dying for over thirty years and is Director of the Project
on Being with Dying. For the past twenty-five years, she has been active
in environmental work. A Founding Teacher of the Zen Peacemaker Order,
her work and practice for more than three decades has focused on engaged
Buddhism. In May, 2005 she became a Spiritual Director, in Training with
Roshis Bernie Glassman and Pat Enkyo O'Hara, of the Zen Peacemakers. She
is Founder and Director of the Upaya Prison Project that develops programs
on meditation for prisoners. She is founder of the Ojai Foundation, was
an Honorary Research Fellow at Harvard University, and has taught in many
universities, monasteries, and medical centers around the world.
an author and teacher of creative writing. She is the
author of Writing Down The Bones: Freeing The Writer Within, which broke
open the world of creativity and started a revolution in the way we practice
writing in this country. The book has sold over one million copies and
been translated into fourteen languages. Since then she has written nine
other books, including the novel Banana Rose. Living Color: A Writer Paints
Her World, is about painting as a second art form. Her lively watercolors
are exhibited at Ernesto Mayans Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Natalie has been teaching seminars in writing as a practice
for the last thirty years. People from around the world attend her life-changing
workshops and she has a reputation as a great teacher. The Oprah Winfrey
Show sent a film crew to spend the day with Natalie for a segment on Spirituality
that covered her writing, teaching, painting, and walking meditation.
She currently lives in Northern New Mexico.