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Each of us stands in the midst of massive crises: climate change, wildfires, drought, massive social disparities and injustice, disappearing topsoil and biodiversity, a pandemic with no end in sight. At the root of all of these external manifestations of crisis is a deep separation in human relationships to the Earth, each other, and ourselves. Drawing on diverse streams of wisdom, we will explore what it might look like to shift how we relate — from separation to connection, and from competition to collaboration — to co-create a more vibrant and just future for everyone.
About the Contributor: Thea Maria Carlson is an earth steward, farmer, facilitator, community weaver, speaker, writer, and co-creator. Thea collaborates with organizations, individuals, and communities at the intersections of food and agriculture, environmental stewardship, social justice, and economies of care. Thea works with Agrarian Trust as co-facilitator, leader, and developer of the Commons Alliance. Thea is on the leadership circle of Celebrating Women’s Leadership in Food, co-creating and facilitating spaces for leaders to build trust and create community to shift paradigms of power and meaningfully address ecological crises and social inequity. Thea lives and tends land at Monan’s Rill, an intergenerational consensus-based intentional community in the Mayacamas Mountains of Northern California, within the ancestral territory of the indigenous Wappo people. Thea is a member of the Good Fire Alliance, participating in cooperative prescribed burns to support ecological health and wildfire resilience, and is a trustee of Dirt: the Foundation for the Regeneration of Earth.