Abel Kloster – Cottage Grove, Oregon – Tree felling
Andy Howell – Eugene, Oregon – Animal Fat Wizardry
Angelo Seaver – Eugene, Oregon – Friction Fire/ Hand Drill; Knife sharpening
Angelo grew up farming in the Santa Cruz mountains, he was often roaming the redwood forests with a pocket full of field guides and taught himself to stalk, track and hunt, identify plants and mushrooms. Eventually how to be comfortable sleeping outside with out camping gear by building shelters and making fires to stay warm. With many thanks also to the help of other skilled instructors along the way, he shares his passion for ancestral living skills.
Cheryl Stokes – Roseburg, Oregon – Needle felting; Spinning
Conrad Simas – Dexter, Oregon – Pottery; Cordage
Dan Nanamkin – Oregon – First Nations elder
Dan Nanamkin from the Wallowa Chief Joseph Band of Nez Perce and Colville tribe would like to join you this year to learn but to also share! He is offering Song, dance, stories, prayer and friendship. Hands on learning and sharing his adventures as a water and land protector.
Eric Cinowalt – Oregon – Animal Processing; Primitive Posture
Eric Cinowalt oversees the day-to-day operations of his family’s homestead, Dolittle Pastures. Several years ago, he made a commitment to healthful eating. That, plus a love of the outdoors, led to raising grass-fed lamb, pastured poultry and pork. While the meat feeds his family and community, his real motivation is to use the presence of domesticated animals to restore lands for future generations. He teaches humane and reverent animal processing to adults and children, and is delighted to return to Kindle Cascadia again this year.
FinnPo – Eugene, Oregon – Terra Preta Sanitation; Acorn Processing
Self described “Indigeneer, occupier and futurary”. Presently working on the “eco-keystone household 2050”. FinnPo has inspired numerous people in the sustainability movement over the last few decades and has taught at several Kindle Cascadia events.
James Huntley – Eugene, Oregon – Natural Movement
James grew up in southern Oregon where he was free to run wild on the banks of the Rogue River. Since childhood, he has sought to understand the nature of humanity and how to increase his own capacity to effect positive change in the world. It was trail running where he recognized the possibility of movement in nature as a holistic practice. This drew him towards the study of nutrition, human movement and the primal relationships humans have held with nature. Inspired to interact with the world in a more complete way and challenge himself to rise to his fullest potential, James continues to pursue trainings and certifications in several modalities. He is a certified Level 2 MovNat instructor and a certified personal trainer. He is in the process of creating a local training program that will enable students to move with the abilities of our indigenous ancestors while caring for themselves and the environments that they move through.
Julian Dominic – Portland, Oregon – Milpa Agroforestry
Larry Stokes – Roseburg, Oregon
Larry Stokes is in love with music of all kinds. He is an orchestrator, collector of unusual musical instruments, proficient at playing dozens of instruments, and a song writer. He is a student of the healing arts including: Daoist Inner Alchemy, EFT, Quantum Touch, Autogenic Therapy, Reiki, ThetaHealing. Larry is interested in homesteading and survival techniques of all kinds, as well as arts and crafts. Some of the leadership positions he is currently holding are: leader of the Roseburg Healing Group, Music Director for Unity of Roseburg and the Church of Light. Larry is the Junior Warden at McKenzie River Masonic Lodge in Eugene, accompanist for Anderson’s Crystal Bowl Event, and a UCC Adult Education instructor. Larry has been a teacher in various capacities for a number of decades. Teaching provides the opportunity to brighten someone’s day, helping others improve their life in some way – adding a new perspective to their world view, helping them learn a new skills, or just finding new ways to be a nicer person. Lastly, Larry is a mystic, walking his own unique path.
Max Wilbur – Eugene, Oregon – Thinking like Warriors: Hardskills for Earth Activists
I was born to a father who fought against the Vietnam War and a mother who grew up in the Civil Rights movement of 1960’s Seattle. I’m truly blessed to have grown up in a supportive and loving family that nurtured creative thinking and revolutionary spirit in me from a young age. My activist work began with anti-racist and anti-war organizing in Seattle. Since then, I have focused on solidarity with indigenous communities fighting extraction projects, as well as on movement-building. While living in Salt Lake City, I founded Deep Green Resistance Great Basin, and I now organize with Deep Green Resistance Eugene. My primary allegiance is to the stones, the rivers, the wind, the forest, and all good-hearted beings we share this world with.
Michelle Plata – Oregon – Reimagining Menarche
Michelle Plata works as a health promotion specialist to build communities that nourish women and children. As an instructor at Shakti Rising, she has led women to rediscover the wisdom of their own bodies and ancient ways of wellness through an exploration of seasonal foods, herbalism and healing practices.
Mitchel Davidovitz – Eugene, Oregon – Bookbinding
Ridhi D’Cruz – Portland, Oregon
Ridhi D’Cruz is one of the co-Executive Directors of City Repair. As an intercontinental cross-pollinator, sociocultural anthropologist, and permaculture educator who has been living in Portland since 2010, Ridhi participates, facilitates, and supports various initiatives in the areas of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Placemaking, Capacity Building, Houseless Advocacy, Native American Allyship, Cultural Sustainability, and Social Permaculture. She is also a passionate herbalist, urban wildcrafter, natural building and participatory technology enthusiast, animal lover, and urban permaculture homesteader. You can reach her at email@example.com and cityrepair.org.\
Teri Lysak – Hood River, Oregon
Teri has been teaching for Cascadia Wild and various primitive skills gatherings for over 5 years. She holds a MS in Forest Science, and previous to joining Cascadia Wild worked for the Washington Dept of Natural Resources providing forestry assistance to small private landowners and as a field forester, and seasonally for the Forest Service doing forest surveying, firefighting, and as a wildlife technician. Her teaching experience comes from 2 years of teaching high school science with the Peace Corps in Fiji. Teri loves wandering through the woods looking at trees, living as simply as possible in her small cabin in the woods, and bringing together the various people in the environmental community. http://www.cascadiawild.org
Tree Bressen – Eugene, Oregon – Designing Liberated Organizations
Moon’s Nest Winter Solstice Teaching Team & Offerings
Flow WithWater ~ Portland, Oregon – Lead Guide to kiddos 5 & younger
Flow is founder, lead teacher, and head hearth witch of The Moon’s Nest Playschool. She is also a seasoned parent to three humans ranging in age from 4-18. After almost two decades of hard knock trial and error, she’s found resonance and guidance in attachment parenting, mindful parenting, and other such theories as The Continuum Concept.
She graduated from Portland State University as a highly distinguished McNair Scholar whose research focused on the transmission of epigenetic trauma, early childhood neurobiology, and the biopsychosocial impact of institutionalized systems of oppression. Her current research is in trauma mitigation and best practices for cultivating resilience to trauma in early childhood development.
She’s been a practicing witch in the Reclaiming Tradition with a focus in the hearth arts and practical magic for over a decade. She has been a committed student of Insight Meditation and Qigong these last two years, expanding her toolbox and gaining skills for mitigating trauma held in the body. She wakes each day with an intention to find holiness in the mundane and reverence for the sacred simplicity of bird song.
Sarah Fox ~ Lead Guide for kiddos ages 6+
CJ ~ Assistant guide for kiddos ages 6+
Lover of the forest, pebbles under water, the edges of things, rewilding, herbal medicine making, primitive skills and creating something from nothing. Ally to youth, awe, wonder and magic.
Shae Le Fae: Assistant guide to kiddos 5 & younger/Waldorf Teacher/ Magical Herbalist
Ever wonder where St. John’s Wort gets it’s name? Or what plants the druids believed could unlock any door or even make you invisible? Shae le Fae, Ethnobotonist, Herbalist and Storyteller has been teaching and performing worldwide since 2007. She believes that the healing power of plants is magnified once you have a relationship with that plant. Le Fae says “Learning about the spirit and mythology of the plant not only aligns oneself with that plant but could it even make its healing powers more potent. Connecting with nature heals dis-ease. For generations upon generations our ancestors have been using plants to heal themselves.” Trained in performance storytelling Le Fae brings the mythical world of the ancient Celts to life in her workshops on Celtic Mythology and Herblore. She is a follower of the ancient green way and leads Celtic rituals in celebration of the seasons.
Shae Le Fae has a Masters in Waldorf Education from The Freie Hochschule in Stuttgart, Germany. While in Germany she worked in Waldorf and Forest Kindergartens and as a traveling street musician. She has been back in the states since 2015 and has been developing The Faery Apothecary. The Faery Apothecary is an Herbal Apothecary, Mobile Storytelling Theater and Museum of Magic created to revitalize long forgotten traditions of folk medicine, artisan craft and storytelling. The gypsy wagon mobile shoppe, which is still in the building process, will dispense medicine for body and soul, magic to inspire creativity, music and theatrical storytelling performance art as well as offers workshops to adults and children.