Compost & Waste Management

Running a large event with 700+ attendees is not easy, and often times, large events and gatherings unfortunately leave an equally large ecological footprint. As we grow and evolve as an event, so do our efforts to become more sustainable as we work to lessen our waste production every year. This is easier said than done, but with collective help, innovative ideas, and ancient practices we can do what we can to make Spirit Weavers a waste conscious, sustainable event.

An exciting practice we carry as a gathering is always composting 100% of our food scraps. As you can imagine, this is no small task, and we’re grateful to have an amazing team of compost lovers and soil advocates to help. We have a compost system on the land where we process all of the organic waste, so all the energy and nutrients are cycled back to the land each year where we gather.

With this system, we celebrate the cycles of life and give thanks to the soil, nutrients, and food that sustains us.

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Composting the food waste from 700 people for 2 meals a day is a huge task, and the practice of returning these food scraps back to the land is only possible with our incredible compost team.

We’re also eager to create more efficient systems in waste management to lessen our impact as an event, and we are grateful to have knowledgeable and inspired folks on our team to help us implement new systems of sustainability.

OUR COMPOST & WASTE TEAM

Johanna Glaser

Johanna Glaser is a holistic nutritionist, personal chef, urban farmer, and community educator with a passion for local and sustainable food systems. She has been attending Spirit Weavers for the past three years, always in service, and is dedicated to caring for the beautiful land that holds such a powerful gathering. Johanna is excited to be involved with compost and waste diversion at this gathering, helping to lessen the impacts and return nutrients to the soil.

Sibyl Buck

I, Sibyl Buck, am a lover of the Earth. I practice as many ways of nourishing her and going easy on her as I have been able to find balance with in my life. At home, an acre in the Santa Monica mountains, occupied territory of the Chumash and Tongve people in Los Angeles county, I installed 5 grey water lines to reuse all the water (except one  flushing toilet) to water fruit trees and flowers for pollinators. We have a composting toilet, as well as a kitchen scraps compost pile, and a brush compost pile. In the past I’ve also kept worm compost.  I compost because I hate to waste any bit of plant material, and I love to use the rich product to feed plants I have relationships with. But I also compost because I know that by returning all her plant babies back to her in a form she finds easy to digest, I help our planet keep balanced by pulling carbon out of the atmosphere when the topsoil is covered with it and help her regenerate more of the food that we and other animals depend on from her.
It’s my joy to support Spiritweavers in being the most compost-savvy and regenerative gathering there ever was!