Cassidy Barnes – The Mathematics of Nature and the Future of Human Systems

Cassidy Barnes presents a compelling model for analyzing how humans have distinguished and amplified isolation within larger natural processes and ecosystems. By expanding this notion to larger processes of oil extraction and energy consumption, Cassidy closes with a potential direction for future study and exploration through methane-harvesting and a re-envisioning of energy-production within this new…

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Diana Seiler – The Origins of Thai Massage and the Future of Healing Touch in the Paradigm of Modern Medicine

Massage therapist and teacher Diana Seiler offers a unique glimpse into the practice, history, and ritual of Thai Yoga Massage. By outlining her studies in Thailand, Diana describes this ancient healing art and its roots in natural patterns and Ayurvedic Medicine. The processes of presence and healing touch are explored, and interactive exercises are employed…

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David Brownstein – Building Character and Strengthening Connections

David Brownstein presents a heart-felt story of his journey from Wall Street trader to vanguard of nature-based education and community-building at Wild Earth in the Hudson Valley. By contrasting different cultural values and practices with his own personal path and perspectives, David offers a compelling re-evaluation of how we build relationships and work together for…

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Artem Repin – The Magic and Music of Emptiness

Native-American Style flute-builder Artem Repin discusses his own personal journey of self-discovery alongside his woodworking and musical crafts. The physics and “cymatics” of sound are explored and demonstrated on stage, while several visual representations of sound are presented. Closing with a time-lapse of furniture-building and sound together, Artem employs his different passions as a metaphor…

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Sarah Urech – Playback Theatre and Building Community Through Stories

Sarah Urech – Playback theatre actress Sarah Urech presents upon her experience working with deep listening and community storytelling. By utilizing Playback Theatre’s unique and improvisatory process, Sarah explores several anecdotal examples of this work in action, and discusses how this process can continue to be used to engage and support communities working through their…

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Stephanie Hertel – Horticulture Therapy & Herbalism in Autism Spectrum Communities

Herbalist and garden-designer Stephanie Hertel explores the defensive and healing properties of plants, and how these processes present a potent educational and connective subject for humans. Through exploring gardening and nature-connection, Stephanie offers her perspectives on the expanding garden-classroom movement, and how this may be further supported and offered in our educational institutions.

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Joel Elder – How Hudson Valley Distillers Will Shape 21st Century Agriculture

Distiller Joel Elder speaks upon the history of distilling as a preservation technique, and the plethora of examples of this process in the world, and the Northeastern U.S. specifically. By exploring the burgeoning movement of farm-distilleries —essentially bringing the preservation and distilling process back to its original farm/orchard context — Joel presents the interesting ways…

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