Our Common Home Summit: Spiritual Ecology in Education and Action

Joanna Macy, Corrina Gould and Spiritual Ecology Leaders

Event Details

  • Date:
  • Venue: Bishop O'Dowd High School
    9500 Stearns Drive, Oakland, CA, 94605, United States
  • Venue: Bishop O'Dowd High School
  • Cost: $100 for educators and practitioners & $25 for students; scholarships available

Keynote Wisdom Keepers Joanna Macy & Corrina Gould will be joined by presenters from the University of San Francisco, Weaving Earth, SustainUS, Project Wayfinder, Marin Academy, Earth is Ohana, GreenFaith and more! 

~Co-sponsored by Bishop O'Dowd High School~

Our Common Home Summit invites working teams of educators, students, faith leaders, organizers and activists for a full day of inspiration, practical workshops, and community network building. Interactive sessions throughout the day are intended to galvanize participants with tools to integrate spiritual ecology into their curriculum and educational practice.

Morning keynote addresses by visionary deep-ecologist Joanna Macy and local indigenous activist Corrina Gould, will introduce the core tenets and histories of the spiritual ecology field, which emphasizes the interconnectedness and interdependence of all life. With the goal of providing practical, tangible tools, connections, and inspiration to educators in various fields, participants will work with a dozen Northern California-based leaders, demonstrating the ways that spiritual ecology is being integrated into classrooms and other educational settings.  

After a hearty lunch and time to explore Bishop O’Dowd High School’s “Living Lab” outdoor classroom, participants are invited to dive deeper into practical, detailed workshops facilitated by local leaders. Throughout the day, participants can network with allies from Northern California high schools, universities, NGO’s and local faith communities, participate in embodied movement, ceremony, and work the land. Together, we will build necessary relationships and alliances to work through the challenges of implementing spiritual ecology education and action in each of our own unique settings. 


Scholarships available for teachers, practitioners and students.

Breakout Sessions

School as Sanctuary - How can schools build spaces that foster a connection to the natural world? Annie Prutzman, Bishop O'Dowd High School and Wendy Johnson, Edible Schoolyard

Curricula for Transformation - How do we weave Spiritual Ecology values and practices into classroom content? Kailea Frederick, Earth is Ohana and Dashielle Vawter, Project Wayfinder

Eco-Theology- What is the role of religions and other faith traditions today when we talk about environmental stewardship? Vijaya Nagarajan, University of San Francisco and Kyle Lemle, GreenFaith

Listening to the Youth - What types of spaces oriented around Spiritual Ecology values are students currently finding engaging and supportive? Isabel Rodriguez-Vega and student leaders from Bishop O’Dowd High School

Rites of Passage/ Youth Mentorship - Why is rites of passage work important for our youth today? Will Scott, Weaving Earth and Mark Stefanski, Marin Academy

On the Ground Actions - How can we support students in bringing their passion and excitement for the environment to spaces outside of our schools? Morgan Curtis & Orion Camero, California Allegory Youth Fellowship and SustainUS

Spiritual Ecology Network Coordinating Council:

Steve Costa & Ruby Fisher-Smith | Black Mountain Circle

Michael Downs |Bishop O’Dowd High School

Kailea Frederick | ​Earth is Ohana​, ​Spiritual Ecology Fellow

Kyle Lemle | ​Lead to Life​, ​Spiritual Ecology Fellow

Joanna Macy

Joanna Macy is a visionary, activist and scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology. Weaving these threads together, Joanna has created both a groundbreaking theoretical framework for a new paradigm of personal and social change, and a powerful workshop methodology for its application in “The Work That Reconnects.” Her wide-ranging work addresses psychological and spiritual issues of the nuclear age, the cultivation of ecological awareness, and the fruitful resonance between Buddhist thought and contemporary science.

Corrina Gould

Corrina Gould is the spokesperson for the Confederated Villages of Lisjan/Ohlone.  Corrina was born and raised in Oakland, CA, the territory of Huichuin. She is an activist that has worked on preserving and protecting the ancient burial sites of her ancestors in the Bay Area for decades.  She is the co-founder and a Lead Organizer for Indian People Organizing for Change, a small Native run grassroots organization, and co-founder of  the Sogorea Te Land Trust, an urban Indigenous women’s community organization working to return land to Indigenous stewardship in San Francisco’s East Bay.