Presenting: Funding an EcoSexual Community
Walt Patrick is a founder of the Windward Community, and a pioneer in the field of using sexuality to conserve land and build self-reliant community. A UT-Chattanooga chemistry grad, Walt started out working in the carpet mills of northwestern Georgia. His experiences as an industrial chemist led to a life-long commitment to developing sustainable technologies for intentional communities.
Presenting: How to Protect What You Love
Kim Marks is owner of eco-friendly sex toy shop, As You Like It, a cancer survivor, and a grassroots organizer with seventeen years of experience working on environmental and climate justice issues, alongside groups such as Earth First!, the longshoreman, Cascadia Forest Alliance, the steelworkers union, and more. She has or does sit on the board of directors for the Civil Liberties Defense Center, Rising Tide North American Collective, Impact Personal Safety, ASJE, NFPA, Femina Potens, League of Wilderness Defenders and Bark. With a history of work on dozens of direct action campaigns across North America, Kim offers crucial tools to fellow activists through trainings such as Know Your Rights, Strategic Campaigning, Non-Violent Direct Action, False Solutions to Climate Change, Direct Action 101, and more. Organizations such as Greenpeace, Forest Ethics, and Rainforest Action Network have brought Kim in to work on campaigns and/or lead trainings for their groups.
Presenting: Tribal Belly Dance
Jadzia DeForest has been involved in dance for nearly a decade. She was inspired to pursue belly dance after seeing Gypsy Caravan dance at the Shewsbury Renaissance Faire. Egyptian Cabaret was the first style of dance classes that she found. Jadzia has also studied American Tribal Style, Tribal Fusion, American Cabaret, and Fusion Dance.
She has performed at several restaurant shows in Portland including Bella Notte, Offbeat Belly Dance, Second Friday Belly Dance at Marino’s, and Rising Star, as well as Saqra’s Belly Dance Showcase, and produced her own show called Melange.
Jadzia teaches Fusion style belly dance classes in SE Portland homes. She’s a natural teacher and enjoys working with true beginners and more advanced students. Finding many styles of belly dance inspirational, she teaches and performs Fusion belly dance which combines aspects of the more traditional dance forms.
Jadzia also teaches classes in Tarot and is a professional Tarot reader in Portland. She lives with her husband Jay DeForest and together they own Living Magick Publishing, an independent publishing company for items relating to personal growth and development, and www.TheGuidingTree.com, their online store for Body, Mind & Spirit items.
Jay DeForest has been a Metaphysical practitioner for nearly 30 years, and has been a
spiritual explorer since his early teens. He is cross initiated in both Faerie and Gardnerian
Traditions of Wicca, and has developed a very practical and “natural” style of Craft.
As an ordained clergy member, Jay facilitates services such as weddings/handfastings,
funeral/memorials, and other spiritual related ceremonies. He also offers spiritual and life
counseling, as well as Rune readings.
The instructional courses that he offers stress “practical” skills and spiritual work because
his belief is that if something isn’t practical and can’t fit into one’s daily life, it will not
be of much benefit. Therefore, what he offers is geared toward developing practices that
integrate into one’s real life and can actually be put to use on a regular basis.
Jay is the former owner of The Goddess Gallery in Portland, OR and has taught various
aspects of Metaphysics in Portland, Santa Cruz, and San Francisco. He’s been a presenter
numerous times at Pantheacon, the Ancient Ways Festival and several colleges &
universities. He lives with his wife Jadzia DeForest in Portland and together they own
Living Magick Publishing, an independent publishing company for items relating to
personal growth and development, and www.TheGuidingTree.com, their online store for
Body, Mind & Spirit items.
Presenting: Nurture Me
Celia Waddell currently lives in Seattle where she is an integral volunteer and blog writer for the Center for Sex Positive Culture. She is proud to host group masturbation events and a variety of kink parties and workshops. She is also part of the New Culture Northwest organizing team and event manager for Kink LINCS. She and her family travelled the US in a straight vegetable oil RV from 2003-2006. She was the coordinator of the Ozarks Area Community Congress, a long standing bio-regional work group in 2001.
Presenting: Ultimate Non-Monogamy: a Permaculture Life as a Gift to Gaia
Laura Sweany is a Puget Sound native having enjoyed this distinctive maritime bioregion for over 45 years. She is a 5th generation Washingtonian; farming and gardening are in her blood. Practicing permaculture for the past 15 years has completely changed both her ideas of gardening, as well as her connection to the planet. Now her passion is using the whole systems design principals of permaculture to create sustainable designs for living that include Intentional Community, Sex-Positive culture, Urban Agriculture, Site Design, Sustainability and Right Livelihood.
Presenting- Taoist Sexual Alchemy: Cultivating Vitality and Intimacy with the Earth and Each Other
Joe Royce has been a practicing Taoist and a martial arts expert for 15 years, specializing in Taijiquan, Qigong, Sexual Alchemy and the Complete Reality Tradition of Taoist Philosophy. His years of studying obscure Taoist texts and practical experience allow him the ability to transmit the millennia old teachings of Taoism’s nature based beliefs and strategies to a modern audience.
Presenting: Capitalism & the Body (w/ Maralena Murphy)
Kate Yikes! is committed to the intersection of earth-centered spirituality and anti-capitalist social movements. Kate lives in Portland and belongs to a vibrant magical culture that centers anti-oppression, queerness, and deep ecology. She learned social movements and feminist theory while studying at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Made of smokesongs, woven webs, stardust and other things she doesn’t yet fully understand but nevertheless is fascinated by, Maralena offers a firm handshake, decent eye contact and a nuanced decolonization analysis which she struggles and strives to implement in everyday lived practices.