Soil & Soul: Urban Ecology & Restorative Justice for Millennials

Event Details

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  • Venue: Canticle Farm

This event is part of our Spiritual Ecology for Millennials Series.

This is the first of a series of visits to sites around the Bay Area where young people are working to positively impact the environment. These visits are hosted by millennials and are for millennials.

Canticle Farm is an urban farm and intentional community inspired by the life of Francis of Assisi and the Work That Reconnects by Joanna Macy. Meet with elder, storyteller and restorative justice activist, Watani Stiner. Learn about urban permaculture from Bernadette Miller, participate in a group service project, and enjoy a meal together.

More about Canticle Farm and our hosts/guides:

Canticle Farm focuses primarily on the poor and marginalized – people who bear the burden of social and planetary degradation. It manifests this commitment by engaging in spiritual practices, integral nonviolence, the Work That Reconnects, the gift economy, restorative justice, urban permaculture, anti-oppression work, reparations and other disciplines necessary for regenerating community in the 21st Century.

As a storyteller, climate activist, and educator, Morgan Curtis works at the intersection of sustainable community-building and political mobilization, where she strives to understand how stories shape human relationships, resilience, and revolutions. After organizing against fracking on her home island in the UK, Morgan led the SustainUS delegation at COP22. 

Bernadette Miller loves sowing seeds, creating crafts and savoring sunsets. She has worked with children experiencing homelessness and other traumatic life events in Mexico and the United States, and with adults in Camphill communities around the globe. Bernadette stewards the urban permaculture garden at Canticle Farm.

Watani Stiner, a Cointelpro Survivor, was a member of the Organization Us during the Black Power Movement of the 1960’s. After 27 years in prison and 20 years in exile, he was finally released in 2015. Watani is a writer, activist, revolutionary, powerful elder and storyteller. He currently guides younger generations towards justice.

Brontë Velez is a black-latinix multimedia artist, educator, and designer. Her praxis (theory + action) lives at the intersections of critical geography, black liberation ecologies and creative placemaking. Her work with Lead to Life creates public rituals that transform guns into shovels, and holds ceremonial tree plantings in Atlanta and Oakland.