limina gathering

our 2018 facilitators
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allistair dell

Allistair was born and raised on a grain farm in SE Saskatchewan. He practices and plays with traditional skills with a primary focus on woodcraft. As a kid he grew up playing amongst the scrub brush pockets of maple, poplar, willow and caraganas of the farms backyard. It was there that he built his first shelter (fort), bow (green branch and twine), traps (holes covered in sticks and leaves).

Allistair spent last year under the mentorship of Skeet Sutherland at Sticks and Stones Wilderness School in Ontario. At Sticks and Stones he practiced the skills of shelter building, friction fire, containers, bow building, arrow making, cordage, tracking, traditional hunting and trapping methods and hide tanning.

amber naali aelfgifu

I’m a  neurodivergent queer witch and healer, body/energyworker, nature mentor, visual artist and dancer,  with a focus on trauma and neurodiversity. I am also a parent and have multiple disabilities. I live in Awaswas Ohlone territory known as Santa Cruz, Ca

As a neurodivergent person, I’m just beginning to unwrap the amazing gifts that I was always taught to fear and reject, and my life’s work is to support others in doing so. One of my areas of study is the art, skills and lifeways of the Ice Age, especially the lesser known scientific findings that are obscured because they challenge prevailing colonial narratives.

I study nature-based skills, especially wild foods and hide tanning, as spiritual and wellness-oriented practice,s taking my guidance from natural systems in my activism and healing work. I believe that the practice of ancient nature based ways is incredibly beneficial in trauma healing, somatically connecting us with our deep ancestral memories. I’m continuously learning and seeking ways to apply nature awareness and ancient skills toward healing from the traumatic effects of colonization, ableism and patriarchy.

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audie murray

Audie a Metis artist and creator, who is joining Limina Gathering to speak to the art, culture, history, and healing power of Traditional Indigenous Tattooing.  She is a tattoo artist who has channeled unique traditional beaded designs in her work, and will be setting up shop at the skills camp tent all weekend.

brian bromley

Brian is fascinated by the connective tissue bonding past and present. His life’s work is to learn the acknowledged and unacknowledged stories that define our lives, and to seek the unique word-magic that can bring dangling narrative threads to resolution.

Brian has been a student of philosophy and history, a monastic yogi, a journalist, a traveler, a troublemaker. He’ll soon return to school to study conflict resolution and restorative justice.

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emma holmes

Emma is a soil scientist, organic farmer, and agrologist who has been passionate about soil since she started farming in 2008. She has a strong sense of commitment to land and believes that to grow good food and feed communities we must first take great care of the soil. She is blessed to be the Soil and Compost Instructor for the Tsawwassen Farm School Program and to teach soil workshops at UBC Farm. She is also an organic extension agent and enjoys working with organic farmers all over B.C.

jean madrone

Jean Madrone, RH (AHG) practices herbalism, Somatic Experiencing™, and healing touch in Olympia, WA. She offers family practice herbal care for children, adults, and elders with a focus on mental health and on physical syndromes related to trauma. She practices in the Southern Folk Medicine constitutional system, and her background includes magic, nutrition, Reiki, and harm reduction. She teaches at the Hawthorn School of Plant Medicine.

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kat norris

Kat Norris is Coast Salish from the Lyackson First Nation. Her traditional name, Zucomul’wat, is from her Musqueam great great great grandmother. Kat is a survivor-thriver of the Kuper Island Residential School, and is on her healing journey. Her formative years were spent in Los Angeles, California. After moving back at age 19, Kat joined the American Indian Movement, where she learned of the depth of genocide her people experienced. Eventually she formed the Indigenous Action Movement, and has organized against media bias, police brutality, and ambulance neglect.  Now, Kat is a cultural educator, doing contract work in Lower Mainland schools and universities. She is a grandmother and finds that taking care of and sharing knowledge with the next generation is a form of activism, still learning the importance of her role in this capacity.

lara pacheco

Lara Pacheco is a Taíno, Latinx mamita that believes that our collective liberation is accessed through decolonizing ourselves by weaving into the web of ancestral medicine.  lara directly works through this realm with plants, fungi, music and dance. When not caring for her family, land, and all creatures, lara runs Seed and Thistle Apothecary, an educational resource, and co-runs the Seasonal Wellness Clinic that works to provide access to herbal medicine and massage for marginalized communities, and Brown Girl Rise, a youth empowerment program for young femmes of color.

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larkin schmiedl

Larkin is a queer & trans settler living on Salt Spring Island, “BC.” He’s a herbalist, medicine-maker and plant lover who lives with chronic pain, and is passionate about landbased living and the intersections of land & social justice.

mara cur

Mara Cur is a rural islander, a hide tanner, wildcrafter, and community herbalist.  She is deeply excited to take part in promoting a folk culture steeped in knowledge of and respect for land-based living.  She is the curator of Crow’s Nest Wildcraft, a rural skills project that offers workshops and immersive adventures in wild settings.

Through her work as an educator, Mara has seen that grief, trauma, and the impacts of injustice come to the fore when people begin participating with the natural world as peers.  Her approach is informed by a commitment to decolonizing her relationships to people, culture, and place. As a settler, living on Klahoose, Tla-amin, and Homalco territory, she strives after the intersection of individual and cultural regeneration.

 

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pınar ateş sinopoulos-lloyd

Pınar has always been allured by how the natural world mirrors one’s internal landscape. Enchanted by the liminal, Pınar is a nonbinary QTPOC (Queer & Trans Person of Color) with Huanca, Turkish and Chinese lineages. They along with their spouse, So, co-founded Queer Nature, a project bringing earth-based queer community through ancestral skills, nature-connection and vision fast guiding. In addition to offering LGBTQ2+ specific programming, Pınar is a consultant, presenter and speaker at universities and conferences, program designer and facilitator in collaboration with non-profits and a canoe guide. As an indigenous queer outdoor leader, their inspiration is envisioning decolonially-informed queer futurism through interspecies accountability and remediating the myth of human exceptionalism. As a survival skills instructor, one of their core missions is to uplift and amplify the brilliant “survival skills” that BIPOC, LGBTQ2+ and other intersectional oppressed populations already have in their resilient bodies and stories of survivance. Their relationship with queerness, neurodivergence, indigeneity and belonging guided their work in developing Queer Ecopsychology through studies at Prescott College, Wilderness Awareness School, School of Lost Borders, Animas Valley Institute, Naropa University and Esalen Institute. Their undergraduate work was in applied ecopsychology with a somatic and depth approach through a decolonial and queer lens. Currently enrolled at the University of Vermont, they are working on their degree in Master of Science in Natural Resources with a Concentration in Leadership for Sustainability.

quin acacia molyneux

Quin is a homesteading, magic making, non-binary fat femme with chronic pain. She is a white settler living on unceded territory surrounded by the incredible Salish Sea.

She is passionate about communal support systems, communication, gardening, food preservation & fermentation, consent, indigenous land & water rights, plants in all the ways, trauma healing, kink, dismantling dominance within skills/labour sharing & her sweet, silly dog-child, Gnarlene.

Living within various communities over the past 18 years she has been involved with a multitude of accountability processes. She has found her work in the world through counselling, consent education & trauma mediation & is currently pursuing a counselling degree. Quin has studied with Rain Crowe both in a personal mentorship perspective & is currently undertaking her TACT & The Burning Times Never Ended courses. She has studied astrology under the guidance of Chani Nicholas for 3 years and is ever-hungry for the kinds of tools that help dismantle systems of trauma & oppression to bring people together.

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raven hiebert

Raven is a queer, Metis, 2spirit trans man originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Treaty 1 territory. He currently lives on the traditional territories of the Songhees, Esquimalt, and Wsanec peoples. He is a social work student, beader, support worker, member of an Indigenous mens circle, and hide tanner. Raven comes to this work from his own lived experience of poverty, violence, addiction, and trauma, and over the years has sought out healing through many different avenues. He has found that in his own life, it has been connection to ceremony and land based practices that have created the most meaningful change. Raven is interested in working in community to share our collective knowledges and practises of trauma work and is particularly committed to working with other men to decolonize masculinity and connect to our roles and responsibilities as a path to healing and accountability.

sabrina bonfonti

As a queer, settler-Canadian woman with Irish & Italian roots, Sab walks with the question of How to live in a good way as a settler born onto stolen land? A facilitator and process designer, she engages with projects that aim to connect people both critically & collaboratively around issues of social-ecological justice and collective healing / co-liberation. As a survivor of abuse, and a recovering self-injurer, Sab is especially inspired by change-making based on presencing, sacred re-connection, and listening. After traveling and working for many years from coast to coast to subarctic, Sab recently returned home to Vancouver Island, where she lives on unceded T’Sou-ke Nation (Coast Salish) territory. Sab is a national facilitator trainer for the KAIROS Blanket Exercise (KBE) and took a lead in developing the KBE Edu-Kit.

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neal tyagi

Neal is a nature mentor and educator in Austin, Texas. He brings youth and adults into awareness of their own concentric rings and those rings of culture which have affected and conditioned them. Being serious about play while exploring the senses and integrating hunter gatherer technologies with different ways of perceiving the landscape make him smile, he dabbles in wildcrafting and brain tanning and jiu jitsu as inner compass tools.

serena oliveira

Serena is a doula, advocate and educator for the full spectrum of choice and womb care. She lives in Cumberland BC, where she teaches at an outdoor preschool, and shares her skills and knowledge in the community of the Comox Valley, on traditional Pentlach and K’omoks territories. She loves to travel, connect and to share, and has been attending births as a doula since 2007, while raising her wild willed kids. She is the founder of Birthing Freedom, a rad collective of local care providers and educators who support and cheer folks on in their broad range of reproductive choice and outcomes. While trying to re-hone her tree climbing skills and figuring out what it means to be a badass mom, Serena has also been busy weaving into her practice a community based approach to mental health care, called Holistic Peer Counselling. She is pumped to be teaching an intro to this d.i.y. curriculum, along with a class about holistic approaches to childbirth and womb health, called Wild Womb. Her passion is in nurturing healing, trust and love as a part of the process of reclaiming and knowing ourselves, while on our life cycle adventures in their various phases.

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so sinopoulos-lloyd

Sophia (“So”) Sinopoulos-Lloyd is a queer Greek-American who grew up in the northern hardwood forests of central Vermont. So’s initiation to the transformative power of the natural world came when they went on a summer backpacking intensive at age 16, and later continued when they worked as a seasonal shepherd and cheese-making assistant throughout college and sheep began to teach them new things about belonging, awareness, and community. Inspired by the resilience and hardiness of these beings, So went on to do immersive studies in ancestral earth-based skills and natural science, and also completed an MA that focused on relationships between religion and ecology in the Eastern Mediterranean. Much of So’s work is animated by a study of how personhood and a sense of belonging are interwoven with geography and can be further informed by intimate knowledge of place through naturalist study. Along with their spouse Pinar, So develops and runs LGBTQ+ nature-based programming for Women’s Wilderness in Colorado. Pinar and So’s organization, Queer Nature, is devoted to creating empowering and accessible spaces where LGBTQ+, non-binary, and two-spirit people can learn various ancestral earth-based skills. Some things that So is most passionate about teaching and learning are survival skills, wildlife tracking, and wilderness emergency medicine. So still hopes to one day be as cool and skilled as sheep are.

tada hozumi

Amongst many things I’m a POC (Japanese), body-centred therapist (certified as an Expressive Arts Therapist), big thinker, and radical entrepreneur.

My passion is helping social justice communities cultivate allyships founded in the principles of healthy relating: mutual nourishment, emotional self-responsibility, and wholehearted consent.

 

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