San Francisco Permaculture Vision Sessions

April 13, 2011




Juana Alicia       

Aire–Air–Sculptural mural by Juana Alicia

Artistic Director, True Colors Mural Program

Juana Alicia is the founder and director of the True Colors Mural Program, and has been painting murals and teaching for thirty years. Her sculptural and painted public works can be seen in Nicaragua, Mexico, Pennsylvania and in many parts of California, most notably in San Francisco. Her work is associated with the greatest artistic and political achievements of the Chicano movement. She has a large body of public work in San Francisco, and has also painted in Mexico, Cuba and Central America.

Juana Alicia, photo by Dana Davis

Juana Alicia has taught at Stanford University, U.C.    Santa Cruz, U.C. Davis and San Francisco State University, and is currently full time faculty at Berkeley City College, where she founded and directs a public art program entitled True Colors. Dedicated to the development of young artists, she co-founded and co-directed the San Francisco Early Childhood School for the Creative Arts and the East Bay Center for Urban Arts. Through her teaching, she has helped to foster several generations of young muralists and activist artists.

She works in many media, including traditional acrylic murals, true fresco, mosaic tile and ceramic relief sculptural murals. Her recent public commissions SANARTE at U.C.S.F. Medical Center, SANTUARIO (with Emmanuel Montoya) at the San Francisco International Airport, LA LLORONA’S SACRED WATERS at 24th and York Streets in the Mission of San Francisco, and GEMELOS (with Araiza) at the Metropolitan Technical University in Mérida, Mexico. This was one of two murals created during her Fulbright Fellowship in Mexico. Her newest completed work, a bas relief mural entitled, HUEHUETLATOLI: WISDOM OF THE ELDERS, is currently slated for installation at University and Sacramento in Berkeley, California. She is recognized for the power of her style and content. She is currently designing a new mural for Stanford University’s Centro Chicano.

Tierra: Earth–Sculptural mural by Juana Alicia

Kevin Bayuk

Kevin Bayuk, foreground, with Fifth Sacred Thing co-conspirators Charles Dabo and Louis Fox.

Kevin’s roots are in entrepreneurship, having spent nearly a decade starting and growing technology companies, and then activating projects and organizations that regenerate healthy ecosystems and socially just and joyful environments. After immersing himself in all aspects of starting and growing companies, Kevin focused his attention on learning about and teaching eco-systemic design.  Now Kevin is merging his experience in business with his experience in permaculture to help businesses care for people while enhancing the earth. He is a co-founder and partner of Lift Business Coaching ( <> ), leading local business and ventures into the next economy and the Urban Permaculture Institute ( <> ). He serves on the Board of Directors for the  San Francisco Permaculture Guild ( <> ) and the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council.  Kevin  facilitates permaculture trainings and teaches food systems design with Earth Activist Training, and UC Berkeley Extension.  He has helped his students and colleagues start and operate urban permaculture sites such as 18th and Rhode Island  ( <> )and Hayes Valley Farm ( <> ).  Kevin loves researching inspiring solutions, integrating new ideas and spreadsheets…oh, and figs.

Chris Carlsson

Chris is an activist, organizer, San Francisco historian and author of the ecotopian After the Deluge and Nowtopia: How Pirate Programmers, Outlaw Bicyclists and Vacant-Lot Gardeners are Inventing the Future Today.  Rigorously anti-religious, Chris provides that grounded, atheistic perspective as a dynamic balance to the spirituality and magic in the story.

Michelle Collier

Michelle is the administrator for Earth Activist Training.  An artist and permaculturalist, she also works with Hayes Valley Farm and other urban agriculture projects in San Francisco.

Elizabeth Dougherty

Elizabeth is director of Wholly H2O, which works on water policy issues in California and serves as a resource for water conservation information and training.  Wholly H2o’s mission is to facilitate local and sustainable integrated water management in California.

Navina Khanna

Navina Khanna is a community organizer committed to transforming the food system into one that is ecologically and socially just. She has spent over ten years working toward food systems reform as an educator, organizer, and advocate, and has trained dozens of parents, teachers, and teenagers to organize their own communities for food justice. Her work has included implementing programs to increase low-income families’ access to affordable, fresh, healthy foods, working and teaching on traditional and organic farms in India and the US, teaching youth about ecology and ecological restoration, and most recently, organizing community residents to develop a plan for citywide food systems reform with the HOPE Collaborative (Health for Oakland’s People and Environment). Navina has an MS in International Agricultural Development from UC Davis, where she developed curriculum for the first undergraduate major in sustainable agriculture and food systems at a Land-Grant University. She is also a certified Vinyasa yoga teacher and permaculturalist, and loves to play outside. Navina is currently building a movement with young people across the US to shape a radically different food system through policy and practice.Working with communities on visioning what they want to see.

 Ladiamond Laurent

Ladiamond earned a Permaculture Design Certificate in Starhawk’s urban permaculture course in Bayview Hunters Point in the winter of 2011.  She supervises the Adam Rogers garden and also works in administration and workforce development for Hunters Point Family.

Penny Livingston-Stark

Penny Livingston-Stark is internationally recognized as a prominent permaculture teacher, designer and speaker.

Penny has been teaching internationally and working professionally in the land management, regenerative design and permaculture development field for 25 years and has extensive experience in all phases of ecologically sound design and construction as well as the use of natural non-toxic building materials.  She specializes in site planning and the design of resource-rich landscapes integrating, rainwater collection, edible and medicinal planting, spring development, pond and water systems, habitat development and watershed restoration for homes, co-housing communities, businesses and diverse yield perennial farms.

With her husband James Stark, and in collaboration with Commonweal – a cancer health research and retreat center – Penny co-manages a 17-acre organic and certified salmon-safe farm in Bolinas, California, called the Commonweal Garden. In addition, Penny and James are stewarding and working to restore 200 acres of land in Trinity County, California.

Penny co-created the Ecological Design Program and its curriculum at the San Francisco Institute of Architecture, and she co-founded the West Marin Grower’s Group, the West Marin Farmer’s Market and the Community Land Trust Association of Marin. Penny has also worked with the Marin County Community Development Agency and Planning Department to develop recommendations on sustainability for updating the Community Plan.

Penny is a founding member of the Natural Building Colloquium, a national consortium of professional natural builders, creating innovations in straw bale, cob, timberframe, light clay, natural non-toxic interior finishes and other methods using natural and bio-regionally appropriate materials for construction.

 Aurora Mahassine

Eco-Artist and Inventor, Aurora is currently working to bring Habitile™, her modular living wall system to market along social benefits entrepreneurial lines. Creative Development Director and Regional Sales & Marketing Manager for Rana Creek Habitat Restoration 2003-8. She worked to establish Living Architecture as a domain and division within Rana Creek and was lead designer on 10 story living wall for PCP/Hines development; five years in design and eco-prototyping for the Living Roof on California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. Design & fabrication experience in mosaic, glass, masonry, fibre optics and living architectural systems design. Fluent in Spanish and French    •    <http://.com/watch?v=WWJThSy6lxc <>    • <goog_734899762> .com/watch?v=WWJThSy6lxc <http://.com/watch?v=WWJThSy6lxc>

Gerardo O. Marin

is a Food Justice healer, cultural activist, facilitator, musician, and inner-resilience educator. Gera coordinates cultural empowerment and food justice programs that empower youth and families to increase community vitality, create equitable food systems, and energize our shift back to harmonious living. He is Co-director of, a network of young leaders from communities of color and low-income rural areas united to amplify the creative power of youth for transforming culture and advancing food justice nationally. He facilitates workshops in inner-resilience through movement, meditation, and healing ritual. He is driven to inspire the inherent wisdom in our resilient communities, to nourish creative compassion, stimulate joy, and support the creative love rising in all. Gera is a practitioner of traditional mexican healing, chinese acupressure, and weaves his offerings into his sacred activism and creative mentoring, for boosting our movements of peace, healing, power and justice. Gera offers Consulting and (W)holistic Coaching services Creative Mentoring Theater-based Education Facilitation Movement Meditation Inner Resilience Personal Ecology

 Carin McKay

Carin McKay’s passion is assisting people to strengthen their own health, both inner and outer. Carin teaches that good health is the basis of transformational healing for individuals and our environment. Carin was on the faculty of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York from 2002-2006. Along with her training at the Institute of Educational Therapy in Cotati, Carin brings with her 13 years of re-evaluation counseling experience. Carin is a certified Shiatsu practitioner. In addition she has training in Bodynamics (body-based therapy) and Macrobiotics. Carin has led classes and workshops in the area of health, relationship, sexuality, gender, money and counseling since 1998. She currently runs her own home-style catering business called Culinary Magic. Carin regularly cooks for Earth Activist Trainings and Regenerative Design Institute courses, and integrates permaculture values into her teaching style.  She catered our delicious lunch!

 Lena Miller

Lena Miller is Executive Director of Development for Hunters Point Family, which runs programs for youth and young adults in Bayview Hunters Point, San Francisco’s poorest neighborhood.  Peacekeepers, Bayview Safe Haven and Girls 2000 address the needs of at-risk youth and help to combat violence.  Hunters Point Family maintains urban agriculture farms and programs in which Starhawk often volunteers and teaches permaculture and gardening.

 Erik Ohlsen

Erik Ohlsen and the backyard waterfall he designed with Permaculture Artisans.

Erik is a permaculture designer and teacher who often works with Starhawk to teach Earth Activist Trainings. He runs his own design firm, Permaculture Artisans

which has done many large-scale designs.  Two of his projects can be seen in Starhawk’s video: Permaculture Principles at Work.  Erik lives and works in Sebastopol, California.

 Ellyn Parker

Elllyn works in the Office of Economic Development for the City of San Francisco.  Her special focus is the Civic Center Green Corridor and Market Street green development, and she will liaison with city departments.

 Carla Perez

Carla is a dedicated mother and community organizer of Latin American/Native heritage residing in Oakland, California. She has worked on issues of environmental justice and sustainable agriculture with community groups from Yucatán, Mexico to Bay Area environmental justice communities such as Richmond and Bay View Hunters Point in San Francisco.
 She spent 8 years as staff at Communities for a Better Environment (CBE) in Oakland and is now part of the Movement Generation Justice & Ecology Project based in Oakland and Berkeley. Carla is a certified Popular Education Trainer, a climate justice organizer and a certified Indigenous Permaculture Design Consultant. Carla’s hard work is done in dedication to her children and to the Spirit of Creation.

Jay Rosenberg

Jay Rosenberg at Hayes Valley Farm

Jay Rosenberg – Co-founder of Hayes Valley Farm and 49 Farms, Jay has been working on sustainable agriculture projects in rural and urban settings since the beginning of the century.  Jay currently serves as the Volunteer Coordinator for the San Francisco Permaculture Guild and is actively building education and research programs focused on gardens, food and community throughout San Francisco.  Jay is now project director for The Fifth Sacred Thing Green Projects.



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