Symbiosis Workshops: Four Women Not to Miss
We’re in for a treat this year at Symbiosis with a line-up of speakers and workshops that embodies what it means to live symbiotically. What’s even cooler? A lot of these people are women who have dedicated their lives to raising awareness about social and environmental injustices, and spend their time fighting against them. Workshops are a great way to venture into new territory at a festival and Symbiosis knows that, providing a chance to learn, interact, and inspire festival goers with new ways to be a part of a bigger picture; that being a global community, a warrior for the Earth.
The whole 2016 workshop line-up, in general, is filled with eye opening and integrative learning opportunities. Here’s our list of four women you don’t want to miss in the speakshop series at this year’s Symbiosis.
Dr. Vandana Shiva is a scholar, an author, an environmentalist, and an ecofeminist. She will be leading a workshop on Earth Democracy, which will be looking at the interconnected web of issues such as, the ecological destruction of the planet, conflict, and a growing population. She aims to move away from a fossil fueled system of agriculture and into more sustainable methods that will promote justice, peace, and food sovereignty while also cooling the planet. Dr. Vandana Shiva encourages us to join together to create change within ourselves, suggesting a start with what we eat. If you’re interested in catching up on some reading before Symbiosis, might we suggest: Soil Not Oil – a book connecting fossil fuel industry to climate change, and how to defeat that paradigm.
LaDuke is the executive director of Honor the Earth, an organization that supports and creates funding for native frontline communities. She is an activist, a mother of three, an Anishinaabekwe (Ojibwe) member, and a true inspiration to all of us. Her session is called ‘Creating a MultiCultural Democracy: Religion, Culture, and Identity in America’. LaDuke has been a nominee of Time Magazine’s fifty most promising leaders under 40, among being the recipient of many other awards and titles. As a Harvard and Antioch graduate, we’re in for a real treat to learn from such a powerful and inspirational women who works tirelessly to protect front-line communities and our mother Earth.
Leah Song & Jasmine Fuego
What a duo! Leah Song of Rising Appalachia and Jasmine Fuego of the Permaculture Action Network are teaming up to start a dialogue with Symbiosis goers about the role that music and art can play in creating a shift in cultural narratives and a push towards social change. Fuego is no stranger to the festival scene, and works tirelessly to bring action days where the audience can participate with their favorite artists (Polish Ambassador, Rising Appalachia) to create a garden or practice the permaculture principles. She also teaches mindfulness to elementary school children and is very active with providing ecological education to just about everyone. Leah Song, a weaver of words and music, who also works tirelessly to promote sustainability, cultural awareness, and a push for social justice through her songs and work as an activist will be along side with Fuego giving us insight and facilitating the building of bridges from arts to activism.
Along with these four powerhouses, there are many other workshops and panels that you DO NOT want to miss. Symbiosis provides its attendees with the opportunity to couple fun and musical transcendence with the ability to learn from great leaders in the movement in an intimate setting. Make sure to schedule in time for these workshop series and take home the tools for growth, for change!