Instructor Bios

Abel Kloster – Cottage Grove, Oregon – Tree felling

abel klosterA fourth generation Oregon native, Abel is well acquainted with the forests,  fields, and people of the Pacific Northwest where he has farmed, tended land, and indulged in the culture for many years.  Abel co-teaches and directs Aprovecho’s Permaculture programs and is the Land Steward for Aprovecho’s land trust. He is on the board of Agriculture and Community Land Trust and co-owner of Resilience Permaculture Design, a whole systems design firm specializing in farm and forestry planning and ecological restoration.

Andy Howell – Eugene, Oregon – Animal Fat Wizardry

andyAndy Howell is a domesticated modern human who spends most of his time exploring alternatives to industrial civilization. His interests in self-sufficiency and laughter have coalesced into a playful quest to rewild and live closer to the land. Through gardening, hunting, and foraging he’s dove head first into food sovereignty. He’s become fascinated with the myriad uses of animal fat, and hosts workshops to inspire others to integrate healthy fat into their life. He also teaches wilderness education to youth, covering subjects such as survival, primitive skills, parkour, and homesteading.

Angelo Seaver – Eugene, Oregon – Friction Fire/ Hand Drill; Knife sharpening; Trapping; Hide smoking

1Angelo 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.

Carly Boyer – Eugene, OR – Soft Fiber Baskets
IMG_0646.jpgCarly Boyer is a gardener, herbalist, florist and Handwriting analyst.  Her self published zine, ‘Urban Herbs,’ is available across the country.  Carly is also known for her skills as an event organizer, notably, hosting ‘Echoes in Time’ at Dicentra Sanctuary.  Born and raised in the Willamette Valley, she now lives in Eugene with her housemates, dog, cats and chickens.

Cheryl Stokes – Roseburg, Oregon – Spinning, book binding, rug weaving

Cheryl with Shibori DyeingCheryl Stokes has been involved in teaching crafts and culinary arts for more than twenty five years. She is currently teaching adult classes at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg as well as the children’s art classes at the Umpqua Valley Art Center. Cheryl earned an AA degree at The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, California. Some of the crafts she enjoys are shibori, pottery, doll making, pastel painting, sewing, making jointed bears, artisan bread baking, candy making, cooking international foods, soap making, wheat straw weaving, quilting and silk painting. She especially loves learning and teaching new art techniques. Since moving to Roseburg thirteen years ago, Cheryl has spent most of her free time playing with fiber arts such as, spinning, weaving, knitting, rug making, dyeing and felting. Cheryl loves spending time with her husband and four adult children. She also loves her job working as a caregiver for developmentally disabled adults. Just recently, Cheryl and her husband have adopted a whole foods, plant based diet and are thrilled with the health benefits that they have experienced.

Dan Nanamkin – Oregon – First Nations elder

DanNamankinDan Nanamkin has been working with the Saskatoon group for two years and now in the process of developing a land cultural revitalization project on his property in Washington state. He and his two Alaskan malimutes travels the nation as a educator and indigenous cultural ambassador. He is currently writting a book on this journey which the primitive life skills people do have a fond place in his heart. He is here to share stories, songs and dances as well a touch of humor and strength. He shares the basic blocks of our human connection. just allow yourself to flow and grow into the process and after dinner he will share something that creates bridges of unity and hope to all nations 

Eric Cinowalt – Oregon – Animal Processing; Primitive Posture

ericEric 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 – Biochar, Terra Preta Sanitation; Acorn Processing

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Tom WArd 10.04.18 PMHazel (a.k.a. Tom Ward) – Little Wolf Gulch, OR – Social Forestry

Hazel aka Tom Ward is a long time resident of the Southern Oregon bioregion first settling here in the early 70’s, and has been advising farms and teaching Permaculture for over thirty years.  He has degrees in Forestry and Botany from Syracuse University and has taught at Laney College in Oakland CA., D-Q University in Davis CA, and at Thlolego Learning Centre in South Africa among many other institutes and communities.  He is presently managing a Social Forestry experimental station in Little Wolf Gulch near Ruch, OR, where he is demonstrating natural building, fuel hazard materials utilization, multiple products woods-crafting, wildlife enhancement and desert forest water management.  

Tom Ward has taught dozens of permaculture courses over the last 30 years, primarily in Southern Oregon and northern California, as well as occasional jaunts farther afield.  These include the PDC, permaculture teachers training, and advanced courses in Optical Surveying, Social Forestry and Design.  He is a frequent guest instructor for Toby Hemenway and other instructors at PDC’s offered in the Northwest.  Tom holds permaculture diplomas from Bill Mollison’s Institute, as well as from the Permaculture Institute of North America as of 2016.  In conjunction with Siskiyou Permaculture, he teaches a weekend PDC once every 1-2 years at various locations in Southern Oregon and advanced permaculture courses at his site in the Little Applegate.  He is the author of Greenward Ho! Herbal Home Remedies: An Ecological Approach to Sustainable Health.  Tom gives talks on all aspects of Permaculture with recent topics being Social Forestry, Ecological Opportunities and Constraints of the Upper Bear Creek Basin, Permaculture for the Masses, Becoming Indigenous to the Siskiyous and Envisioning a Permanent Culture in the Rogue Valley.  Recent storytelling events have centered around a vision of the Siskiyou region in the 22nd century.  

James Huntley – Eugene, Oregon – Natural Movement

JamesJames 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.

Larry Stokes – Roseburg, Oregon

LarryStokes_mbiraLarry 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.

Michelle Plata – Oregon – Nourishing winter skin

MichelleMichelle 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 – Photography

mitchelMitchel Davidovitz is an artist interested in exploring the Sacred and the Absurd. He is stoked about transforming culture through art, community resilience work, and connecting deeply with people and the land in an interdependent way. He has spent the past few years living on land-cooperatives and communes as a part of a documentary photography project.

Tao Orion – Cottage Grove, OR – Reading the Landscape

BioPic.jpgTao Orion is the author of Beyond the War on Invasive Species: A Permaculture Approach to Ecosystem Restoration. She teaches permaculture design at Oregon State University and at Aprovecho, a 40-acre nonprofit sustainable-living educational organization. Tao consults on holistic farm, forest, and restoration planning through Resilience Permaculture Design, LLC. She holds a degree in agroecology and sustainable agriculture from UC Santa Cruz, and grows organic fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, and animals on her southern Willamette Valley homestead, Viriditas Farm.

Tree Bressen – Eugene, Oregon – Designing Liberated Organizations

treeTree Bressen has been blessed with a calling to help groups function well.  Since 1998, she has served a wide variety of (150+) organizations, including more than 70 intentional communities.  She is also the founder of the nonprofit collective that produced the deck Group Works: A Pattern Language for Bringing Life to Meetings and Other Gatherings, currently in use by thousands of people in dozens of countries around the world.