We invite you to join us in The Roots Tent, a community space created to foster connection with the stated Earth Ethic and Pledge to the forest we will gather in. We invite you to visit us as we swap seeds, learn about the soil web of life, discuss habitat restoration projects, meet plants on our daily herb walks, and discuss our role in becoming empowered stewards of our home.
This is a place to get our hands and feet in the soil, to connect with the plants, to experience and celebrate the influence of the elements in our lives, to learn ways of right living in accordance with the earth, and to find support as we become aware of our ecological realities.
At The Roots Tent, you will find a sanctuary resource library full of literature to inspire you in all things earth. We will also offer roundtable discussion at lunchtime, daily morning plant walks, and more. Visit us to see our schedule and to collaborate, we are excited to meet you!
Teacher, gardener, advocate for the wild, and professional belly laugher, Vicky Salcido-Cobbe feels most at home with the plants. After years of chronic illness and self-destructive habits, Vicky’s life changed in an instant when a clinician offered her a bottle of herbal extract as medicine many years ago. Since then, she has been amazed time and again by the effectiveness and power of nature’s medicine.
Motivated by the ever-quickening loss of our intricate web of life, Vicky is a passionate voice for local and regenerative herbalism in the name of earth renewal.
She is the Folk Herbalist behind Grandmother’s Medicine – a small scale herbal apothecary that uses herbs grown or wild-harvested by her hands or by small farmers local to her. She is honored to carry on the work of her mentor, teacher, and friend, Donna d’Terra of Motherland Botanical Sanctuary and Herb School.
As a farmer and Artist, Nature is my number one. My Muse, my mediums, my meals, and my Mother– My life is vegetable matter. I live as close to the land as my human cells can remember how. Lately I place my focus on furthering my connection to the trails of Vermont, teaching basketry workshops in the community, helping out at the local food CoOp, dodging petty plastic at all costs, growing gardens and hemp to feed, clothe, and heal the masses, wandering in woods with my dog, and creating wearable pieces for my modest hustle, Pipe Dream Garments.
The weight of complicity in modernity’s capitalism-machine can be staggering, but the Earth invites us, in everything that is beautiful, to be resilient. Beauty can be an act of protest, and I am honored- in every scratch of dirt in hand- to be a container of environmental regeneration, to hold a more beautiful place to be.
Ayana Young is a lover and protector of wild nature, an ecological restorationist, and a radio host. She was studying Ecology at Columbia University when the Occupy Wall Street movement began. Amid the triumphant madness of Zuccotti Park, she created the Environmental working group to help orient the movement to the realities of a suffering planet. From there she moved West to her beloved Cascadian bioregion, starting an organic farm and wild foods cartel on an Oregon mountaintop. In Portland, she had the fortune of learning from the great herbalist Cascade Anderson Geller before her passing. Ayana is currently studying Restoration of Natural Systems in Victoria, BC, while building an arts and ecology center in northern Mendocino county.
Her current passion project is a weekly radio show called Unlearn & Rewild, which you can hear at unlearnandrewild.org. This weekly program is a forum for powerful conversations with the philosophers, scientists, activists, healers, artists and others who are leading the movements to restore our beleaguered planet to its natural balance. The show begins with the premise that humanity’s primary challenges are to unlearn our destructive conditioning and repair and reintegrate into the wild web of life.
Devotee of the divine. Apprentice of nature. Co-conspirator of creation. Deep inquiry and meaningful connections have guided Hannah down a marvelous and ever unfolding road of enchantment, healing, wonder, and purpose. A blend of contemporary studies and non-traditional experiences have created a dynamic combination :: a bachelors degree in human development and ongoing graduate studies in eco-psychology combine with a number of rich explorations in folk herbalism, nature based soul connection work, shamanic astrology, activism, grief work, rites of passage, ritual and ceremony, and storytelling to create a multi-faceted woman who’s life is both her practice and her playground.
She is utterly fascinated by what it means to be human, and knows without a doubt that each and every being is born imbued with a particular genius and soul purpose. Her work is aimed at the awakening of that in each individual, and she draws inspiration from the multi-hued tapestry of her life’s studies in service to the golden thread running through the center of it all.
Rachel is a passionate artist, farmer, and steward of the land. She is currently working as a farmer for John Jeavons at Ecology Action, an international research and education non-profit focusing on sustainable agriculture.
Her main area of interest is in natural fibers and plant dyes as well as herbalism. After studying traditional printmaking and textiles in college, she felt the need to return to the land, to the garden, and left her urban life behind to move to Mendocino County to pursue a life of homesteading. Her life is dedicated to helping others, creating peaceful ways to work through and help solve the current challenges we face as a species, and to honor and protect Our Mother.
Rachel is excited to share her knowledge and experience of gardening and the healing processes that are created through reconnecting to the soil.
Daughter of a refugee and blessed to spend a wild childhood talking with the forest fairies in the native New Zealand bush… Lover of all things seed, soil and herbal… Advocate for peace, biodiversity and connectivity… and ever-grateful to all the Elements and Mother Earth’s nurturing and healing.
Keitha Young is also known as the Founder/Coordinator of ‘Seed Freedom Food Festival’ in Adelaide (Australia), which has thrived for 3 years now. This festival – which celebrates, informs and inspires on all things organic, local, homegrown and seed saving – germinated after studying ‘Organic Farming and Agroecology’ with environmental activist Vandana Shiva at Bija Vidjapeeth/Earth University. These pivotal times reminded Keitha of each individual’s gifts and their ability to sow seeds (literal and metaphorical) of hope & change within their lives & their worlds.
Keitha also works on a biodiverse organic farm in South Australia and as the Garden Specialist in a Kitchen Garden Program teaching elementary school children about the magic wonder of the garden along with the importance & many joys of growing your own food (+ seed saving, composting, pollination…). True seed to plate revolutions happening each day within these young minds & hearts! When spare time appears Keitha can usually be found pottering in her garden, studying/creating in her apothecary, communing with Spirit & Nature, gathering plants, sorting through seed collections, painting in her sunroom, weaving in her lap or dreaming ways back to a revered planet and unified humanity.