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Bioneers comes to the North Coast
North Coast Bioneers in Caspar
Preparations are well advanced for the first-ever North Coast Bioneers Conference, Revolution from the Heart of Nature, to be held over the weekend of October 18th-20th at the Caspar Community Center. Linked to the perennially sold out Bioneers Conference held at the same time in San Rafael, this gathering offers Mendocino Coast residents an extraordinary opportunity to redefine how humans interact with each other and their planet.
Green Business guru and author of Natural Capitalism Paul Hawken describes the gathering glowingly: "No conference on Earth celebrates more fully the possibilities of creating a world that is conducive to life. Bioneers is central to the re-imagination of what it means to be human." Paul's address to the Marin Bioneers, and all the rest of the morning plenaries at the Marin Civic Center conference, will be viewed simultaneously by satellite in Caspar and at five university sites across North America.
In addition to the addresses by such diverse luminaries as Fritjof Capra, Larry Dossey, Sylvia Earle, and John Todd, there will be a full schedule of locally relevant workshops discussing topics such as the proper disposition of the Fort Bragg mill site and the political nature of cancer clusters.
Local workshop line-ups and panelists are still being set, but the roster already includes Affordable Housing with Don Lipmanson, Cal Winslow, and Nancy Barth; Future of the Fort Bragg Mill Site with Dan Gjerde, Rich Mack, and Meg Patterson; The Cancer Epidemic with Judy Brady, and Cancer Causes with Marc Lappe. Caspar Community will also be presenting a workshop on Reinventing Community. Other topics to be explored include privatization of water issues, sustainable forestry, and much more.
Marla Greenway, one of Mendocino's own, is the local organizer, and she and Bioneer board member Belvie Rooks are making sure that there will be a full schedule of events just for youth, including Youth and Community with youth organizers Jessica Curl and Josh Morsell; Poetry Performance Workshop with Scott Metzler; TaKeTiNa (rhythm, music and movement) with Marcia Sloane, and New Games with Dale LeFevre.
Like the "mother ship" Bioneers Conference in San Rafael, space is limited and will sell out. Early pre-registration, either through secure on-line application or by calling the Caspar Community Center at 964-4997, is suggested. General admission to the Caspar gathering is $20 a day, or $40 for all three days, with a substantial part of the fee going to the Caspar Community Center to improve its links to the outside world. Seniors and Student admission is $15 a day or $30 for all three days. Plenaries will be received by live satellite downlink from 9am to 1pm daily. Workshops will be held from 2pm to 6pm daily.
Veteran coastal Bioneers are thrilled that Caspar was chosen for the first remote community conference. "There's no gathering like this, where changing technology can mix with changing hearts and minds to the betterment of all," one enthusiast explained. "To come to Bioneers and then to stay in touch with the people I meet afterward -- it's the best natural antidepressant there is."
written by Michael Potts and Marla Greenway for the Mendocino Beacon, 10 October 2002
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