Apr 28, 2018 9:00 AM

Arkansas is the “Natural State,” and Petit Jean Mountain makes it easy to see why. From towering pines to open fields to sparkling lakes, Petit Jean offers stunning vistas at every turn. The Art in its Natural State competition is a regional competition for the creation of 10 temporary, outdoor artworks to be displayed among that natural beauty here at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute and Petit Jean State Park. The Kickoff The 10 installations will be installed in late April, with a kickoff event scheduled for Saturday, April 28, that will be a celebration of the arts in Arkansas. During that event, which will begin at 9 a.m., the artists responsible for the 10 pieces will be on hand for scheduled artist talks. Also part of the kickoff event will be demonstrations, performances and interactive opportunities related to art that will be provided by a host of partner organizations, including Arkansas Arts Center; Arkansas Arts Council; Arkansas Public Media; Arkansas State Parks; Arkansas Symphony Orchestra; Arkansas Tourism; Arkansas Shakespeare Theater; Bonnie Montgomery; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art; and the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville School of Art. In addition, there will be food trucks on hand to add to the festival atmosphere. Admission to the daytime event is free and open to the public, though we ask that those planning to attend register in advance through the "Register" link above. The evening of April 28, we will host a special reception in which attendees will have an opportunity to meet the artists, enjoy food and beverages and be entertained by the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra's Rockefeller Quartet. The reception will culminate with a performance by renowned country/folk artist Bonnie Montgomery. Ticket options for the reception are also available through the "Register" link above. Our Partners Arkansas Arts Center Arkansas Arts Council Arkansas Public Media Arkansas State Parks Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Arkansas Tourism Arkansas Shakespeare Theater Bonnie Montgomery Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art University of Arkansas, Fayetteville School of Art The Artists The winning artists for Art in its Natural State competed by submitting a design mock-up, build plan and artist statement created specifically for one of the 14 sites that were considered between the Institute and Petit Jean State Park. All works were considered and judged by a panel of representatives from the Arkansas Arts Center; Arkansas Arts Council; Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art; University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; University of Arkansas at Fort Smith; University of Arkansas at Little Rock; and representatives from the Institute and the Park. Whatever work was conceptualized, we challenged the artists to work in harmony with the chosen sites, either through complementing the natural landscape of the mountain or highlighting the environment’s beauty with aesthetically pleasing contrasts. Both approaches required careful thought and consideration for each of the unique worksites. Proposals from artists across the South were judged in September 2017, and the winning artists were selected and will be awarded $5,000 to cover materials and costs related to transporting and installing their work. The winning artists are: Monica Dixon, Kansas City, Mo. Monica Dixon is a visual artist as well as a yoga, movement and meditation facilitator living and working in Kansas City, Mo. Monica’s studio practice encompasses installation, sculpture, collage, costuming and movement workshops. Pervasive throughout the various forms her work takes is a fascination with exploring the elusive, seemingly intangible elements of personal reality (memory, emotion, beliefs, etc.) through sensual experience. She constructs images, objects, spaces and events meant to embolden people to accept and acknowledge what is present and more fully engage with the physical world. Monica graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute with a Bachelor of Fine Art in painting in 2011. She has exhibited locally as well as internationally. Recently, she was the recipient of the 2017 Art in the Loop Public Art Commission. www.monicajdixon.com Heather Joy Puskarich, Houston, Texas Heather Joy Puskarich is an interdisciplinary artist whose work focuses on the contradictory nature of beauty, time, aging and our consumptive culture. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues such as Glasmuseet Ebeltoft in Denmark, The Kinsey Institute and the State Museum of Pennsylvania, where she received several awards in photography and sculpture. Her work was selected for the Corning Museum’s Publication, New Glass Review 36, and she was named one of the 20 Women of Power in Maniac, Pittsburgh's Fashion Magazine. She is currently the cultural arts director for The Woodlands Arts Council in The Woodlands, Texas, and is a faculty member at Sam Houston State University, where she teaches contemporary art history and graphic design classes. She has a Master of Fine Arts degree from Alfred University in sculpture and dimensional studies and a Bachelor of Arts in film studies. She currently lives in Houston. www.heatherjoyp.com  Lee and Betty Benson, Jackson, Tenn. Benson Sculpture, LLC was created in 2005, successfully combining the talents of Aaron Lee and Betty Jane Benson into a team that had, for 30 years, created sculpture and public works around the globe. Both bring a unique set of talents and skills that have allowed them to build a family business into a formidable sculpture enterprise. They work mainly in mixed media, stone, timber, wood, clay and 24k gold producing large-scale architectural forms as well as figurative, narrative monoliths. They have four earned degrees, including a Master of Fine Art in ceramics/sculpture from the University of Tennessee.  They have four grown children, Aaron Tennessee, Mary Elizabeth, Zachariah Chyanne and Sarah Blessing, three of whom are now professional artists with master degrees in fine arts, and all four regularly help in the family business. Lee and Betty make their home in Jackson, Tenn., where they maintain two studios. They have produced works from the Dakotas to Australia and have had wide public recognition. They have also recently developed a relationship with Habitat for Humanity and Habitat for Humanity International to use materials used in their sculptures to be recycled into homes for low-income families. www.bensonsculpture.com  Phoebe Lickwar (collaborating with Laura Terry), Fayetteville, Ark. Phoebe Lickwar is founding principal of Forge Landscape Architecture, a research and design practice dedicated to creating enduring landscapes of cultural and ecological significance. Her work reveals the power of landscape architecture to forge intimate connections between people and place, synthesizing art and ecology to strengthen local culture and support healthy communities. In 2015, Phoebe was selected as the landscape architect on the winning team for the National World War I Memorial at Pershing Park in Washington, D.C. Phoebe teaches advanced design studios and seminars in urban agriculture and fieldwork methods at the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design, where she holds the rank of associate professor of landscape architecture. In 2016, she was selected as designer-in-residence at the Fuller Center for Productive Landscapes in Waverly, Penn. She holds degrees in visual and environmental studies, education, and landscape architecture from Harvard University, Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Rhode Island School of Design. Her recent scholarship on urban agriculture includes “Toward a Future Agrarian Urbanism” published in Places Journal and a forthcoming book Farmscape: The Design of Productive Landscapes, which examines the integration of agriculture and landscape architecture through history. Her award-winning photographic work has been featured in notable juried exhibitions across the United States, including the 56th Annual Delta Exhibition at the Arkansas Arts Center, the 6th and 8th International Juried Plastic Camera Shows at Rayko Gallery in San Francisco, and Grit: The Urban Landscape at the Copley Society of Art in Boston. www.forgelandscape.com Laura Terry (collaborating with Phoebe Lickwar), Fayetteville, Ark. Laura Terry grew up in Georgia, where she developed a love for the Southern landscape and Southern writers. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental design from Auburn University’s College of Architecture, Design and Construction and earned a Master of Fine Art degree in painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Since 1998 she has been teaching the beginning design studios in the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design at University of Arkansas, where she holds the rank of associate professor of architecture. For the past 20 years, Laura has explored the relationships between the built and natural landscapes in her abstract paintings. In 1998, her paintings were selected for inclusion in the Southern edition of New American Paintings, a juried publication. Her work has been included in notable juried competitions including the ArtFields 2016 in Lake City, SC, the 57th and 54th Annual Delta Exhibitions at the Arkansas Arts Center and the 3rd Annual National Juried Exhibition at the South Arkansas Arts Center. A one-person exhibit of her work “14 WORDS” is planned for January 2018 in the Smith Gallery at the Steven L. Anderson Design Center. Her work has been exhibited nationally in Los Angeles, Denver, Minneapolis, New York, Atlanta and Savannah. www.orangeboxart.com Karina Pais (collaborating with Edwin Penick), Miami, Fla. Karina Pais is a Miami-based multi-disciplinary artist working in painting, drawing, photography, installation, performance and interventions. Her work is often developed through projects that engage with the public as an experience involving some type of interaction or participation. Some of these projects are conducted using ordinary objects and materials to create durational performance pieces, ephemeral art installations and art interventions in public spaces. Recent exhibitions include Gritty in Pink at Bailey Contemporary Arts, Pompano Beach, Fla.; Opposing Futures and THE NERVE 2017: Annual Performance Art Festival at The Projects Contemporary Art Space, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Public art interventions: Miami Dade College, Homestead, Miami, Fla., 2017. DRESDEN PUBLIC ART VIEW / International Billboard Exhibition, Dresden, Germany, 2014; and Billboard Text Art - EMERGING WOR(L)DS, Tina B. – The Prague Contemporary Art Festival, Prague, 2008. www.karinapais.com Edwin A. Penick (collaborating with Karina Pais), Miami, Fla. Edwin Penick has lived and traveled in various parts of the United Sates and several countries. Working in exhibition design and the design/build fields has had a tremendous influence on his work. His work began with traditional painting and montage, focusing on complex relationships in a two-dimensional plane that grew into using nontraditional techniques. He then progressed to architectural and three-dimensional work. Having always worked in a large-scale format, over time it was natural for his work to grow into more three-dimensional physical and spatial concepts. Penick received his Bachelor of Fine Art degree at Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C., and his Master of Fine Art degree at the University Of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received an emerging arts grant in North Carolina after graduation and has shown extensively throughout the southeastern United States with shows at the North Carolina Museum of Art, The Chrysler Museum and the Ashville Art Museum.  Sabine Schmidt, Fayetteville, Ark. Sabine Schmidt is an award-winning photographer, mixed-media artist and writer. She was born in Wiesbaden, Germany, and came to the United States to attend graduate school. She holds a Master of Fine Art degree in literary translation from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Her work has appeared in publications in the United States and Germany, including Whitefish Review, L.A. Times Online, Audi Magazine and Rolling Stone Germany. Schmidt has translated books by Wynton Marsalis and Henry Chancellor and translates articles for the German edition of National Geographic. Her photography has been shown in more than 40 regional and national group exhibitions, including PhotoSpiva, the Delta Exhibition, the Arkansas Arts Council’s Small Works on Paper touring exhibition and the River Valley Invitational at the Fort Smith Regional Art Museum. She received Artist Registry Awards from the Arkansas State Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts for 2015-16 and 2017-18. The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette named her one of Ten Artistic People to Watch in 2016. After living in Hamburg, London, Memphis and New York, she is now based in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Schmidt photographs in color and creates formal compositions of landscapes, city settings and staged scenes that feature residential, public and commercial buildings. Her images are informed by the cultural history of vernacular architecture as well as personal and philosophical ideas of what “house” means. She often works in rural areas, looking for structures built according to simple utilitarian principles, such as farmhouses, churches and schools. They reflect shapes and uses that can be recognized by viewers from many different places. In a three-year collaboration with photographer Don House, Schmidt created a series of images showing the past and present of the Wichita Mountains of southwestern Oklahoma. Some of the last Indian wars were fought there. The first national wildlife refuge was created in the Wichitas to save the bison. They are the home of the Army’s Fort Sill, the location of a gold rush and the final resting place of Native American leaders Geronimo and Quanah Parker. Photos of farmhouses, amusement parks, schools, summer camps and other sites of human interactions with the landscape link human experience across geography and time. Schmidt’s long-term paper house project is a visual exploration of the house as object and symbol. Handmade miniature houses highlight the familiar features of vernacular buildings. The artist places the paper houses in environments that carry historical or emotional meaning. Some of the houses seem protected by their environment, others appear isolated or damaged. Most are photographed using only natural light. Viewers are invited to let the photos remind them of real or imagined places they know and to respond with their own thoughts on place, home and belonging. www.schmidtphotography.org Don Wilkison (m.o.i. aka The Minister of Information), Kansas City, Mo. As much civil servant as artist, Don Wilkison’s work is informed by his scientist background. As m.o.i. aka The Minister of Information, his art work, and the methods used to create that work, evolve from the problems at hand. This is an art practice rooted in active experimentation uncovering how human actions intersect with the world. Recently his practice has been informed by the use of color-field theory as a placeholder for environmental markers, be they representations of contaminants of concern or the relationship of the built environment to water-quality issues. We seek to transform the mundane into the profound and to erect bridges between tangible materials and the deeper, underlying metaphorical implications that support them. The metaphor, rather than the medium, is often the message.  A frequent collaborator, m.o.i. is also one-half of Father-Daughter Confessional, an inter-generational collaborative team with Sarah Star (the daughter) who produce interactive sculptural and civic engagements examining economic, environmental and social justice issues and the sins of middle-class America. www.warriorantpress.com Russell Lemond, Little Rock, Ark. Russell Lemond began creating art in earnest out of a sense of “self-preservation” in 2010 when he found himself without a job at the age of 55. Having always had a creative streak in his character coupled with a strong entrepreneurial desire and an MBA from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, he started making aluminum contemporary “industrial looking” furniture and selling it on his website industriallook.com. Once he discovered the properties of aluminum he realized it afforded him a new world of creative opportunities with what has become his medium of choice. Encouraged by friends, family and a few contacts in the Little Rock art community, he re-directed his efforts to sculpting, which he says “opened up an entire new chapter for me.” His work is always three dimensional in character, and the swirling technique he employs adds a holographic effect when viewed under the right lighting conditions. As he states, “I like to engage the viewer from every possible angle.”  Russell has recently started employing mathematical principles in many of his pieces and is fascinated by how they lend themselves to an outcome that can become very artistic with such a “hard-science” foundation. Equally rewarding to him is the naming of the piece when it’s finished because he rarely starts something new with a particular outcome in mind. “It tells me,” he says. His work has been juried into several regional competitions with “Little Rock Skyline” taking a national first place from Contemporary Art Gallery Online in 2013. Central Arkansas Library System has several of his pieces in their permanent collection and his art can be found in homes and businesses across the nation and in Europe discovered via gallery outlets and private commissions. Looking to the future, Russell has stated he wants to begin creating more work that is larger in scale.  “I want people to not only be able to look at it; I want them to be able to get inside it. It’s almost like allowing them to be able to get inside my head. A place you might find it interesting to be—at least it is for me.” www.industriallook.com Nathan Pierce, Cape Girardeau, Mo. Nathan was brought up in the Midwest, where his father, a third-generation stone mason, taught him the value of craftsmanship. From this experience grew an appreciation for the working man, as well as a passion for building things with his hands. His sculptures reflect not only his personal interest in architectural forms, but also a belief that communication plays a fundamental role in our perceptions of the world we live in. His work has always dealt with the conflicts of confinement and freedom and exploring catalysts between the two: building or destroying communication. “The material I use and the process of my work is directly influenced by experience. I come from a Midwest, blue-collar family that has been in the construction business for four generations, and the idea to create sculpture from those same materials seemed natural and permanent. My decision to utilize the benefits of structural steel in my work also comes from being inspired by the fabrication process. I enjoy the dedication and commitment that is required with this material; it helps build character.” His work has been displayed extensively in juried exhibitions and outdoor sculpture programs across the Midwest, including the Chicago Sculpture Exhibit, Sculpture Walk Sioux Falls, SPACES Sculpture Invitational in Huntsville, Ala., and the recipient of the 2013 Lewis C Weinberg Award at Skokie North Shore Sculpture Park. www.nspsculpture.com Marshall Miller, Hot Springs, Ark. Marshall Miller is an Arkansas native who has spent his adult life working in the construction industry. As a lifelong student and lover of art, Marshall has sought an understanding and an application of knowledge relating to sculpture and graphic art. In retirement, he pursues sculpture full time. Miller is married and resides with his wife, Jeanne, in their home in the Ouachita Mountains.  www.marshalllmiller.com

Jan 24, 2018 9:00 AM

Recruiting Great Agents will help you develop the skills necessary to rock the team leader role. Through role-play – practicing what you're learning with your classmates – and real-play – making live lead generation and recruiting appointments – you will leave this class with the knowledge, skills and mindset you need to excel as a team leader and become a master recruiter. Objectives: In this two-day, action-filled course, you'll learn dynamic ways to grow your market center and change lives for the better. While in Recruiting Great Agents, you can expect to: Generate real leads and real appointments. Get on the path to interview mastery. Learn to speak the game-changing Language of Real Estate. Gain insights on using the 10 recruiting sources. Learn to leverage the 15 value propositions. Do some homework between class days. Champion market center growth with Do The Two! Leave with a detailed action plan to solidify your new level of productivity. Audience: Team Leaders, Assistant Team Leaders, Operating Principals, & PCs. ALC Members & Investors are also welcome. Delivery: Two-day course taught by approved Master Faculty        Mark Brenneman     Mark Brenneman joined Keller Williams Realty in April 2003 as the Team Leader of the first KW office in Cleveland, OH. Although he lacked residential real estate experience, his 20 plus year track record as a former CPA and business leader served him well as that market center grew very quickly to 100+ associates and achieved high levels of profitability.    In 2005, Mark moved to Hilton Head Island, SC and assumed the role of Team Leader of a newly launched market center. After growing that office to 100+ associates and in 2008 replacing himself as the Team Leader he assumed the Operating Principal role. Simultaneously he launched a residential real estate sales business and within three years grew the business to sales of over $15 million and in 2011 was recognized as the #4 individual sales associate in the Carolinas Region. In June of 2013 Mark took on the role of Regional Area Director for the Carolina?s region and in February of 2016 was named a member of the Keller Williams Realty International Master Faculty. Mark recalls a sales associate once telling him, " you influence and inspire people to believe in themselves" which is a driving force behind his passion as a trainer. As a result of his past business experience, he is very committed to teaching business building classes and turning, for what some may feel is intimidating material into fun and understandable tools. He brings numerous real life experiences to the classroom and material while keeping his students engaged, laughing, and learning.    Mark's Specializations include:   Market Center Financials Basic Agent Financials Business Planning Clinic   Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?  Please contact the Regional Office at 704-660-3335 or [email protected]   Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?  You don't need your ticket although it does make check-in quicker. You should be prepared to check in with the name of the person registered.     What is the refund policy?  We will consider refunds up to two weeks prior to the event. After that point, no refunds will be given.    The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay? Yes, but if you are transfering a registration, you must have evidence that the original registrant approves the transfer (a printed copy of an email would suffice).            

Feb 17, 2018 9:00 AM

AAMET EFT Level 1-2, Palm Desert, CA, Feb 17-19 2018http://www.efttappingtraining.com/aamet-eft-level-1-and-2-palm-desert-california-february-17-19-2018/ To obtain the early bird discount, please use the code word EARLYBIRD in your PayPal registration to receive the $50 discount up until 30 days (11:59 PM, January 18, Pacific time, US) prior to the start date of the workshop. Learn the Art and Science of EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques or “The Tapping Technique”) in this EFT workshop and join millions worldwide who are learning this life-changing technique. EFT, commonly referred to as Tapping, has gained rapid popularity because it has been demonstrated to quickly and effectively resolve dysfunctional feelings, thoughts, behaviors and beliefs which can lead to challenges in relationships, health, work and more. Basically, if there are negative emotions and stress involved, EFT may well be able to resolve those aspects that can lead to significant relief and ease in one’s life. Learn to implement this powerful mind-body approach which is supported by peer-reviewed research, drawing from the fields of interpersonal neurobiology, neuroplasticity models and the field of epigenetics. If you are ready to transform your health, your relationships and your vision of who you truly are, then come join us to learn EFT Tapping techniques. If your life is grounded in being of service to others, then EFT will quickly become your tool of choice. Whether you are curious about EFT for self-help or you are in the healing/helping professions, this training will give you confidence in the art of its delivery. From the professional working with clients to the laymen looking for self-application, everyone walks away having the skills to succeed with this extraordinary healing modality. EFT LEVEL 1The preparation for the EFT Level 1 includes approximately 3 hours of advance work, including watching several short online videos and the reading of 2 articles that explore both the history of EFT and the scientific premises for how EFT works. Note that last minute signups will not be allowed without contacting us due to this requirement. EFT Level 1 is a beginner's level one day event and is designed so that individuals looking to learn EFT for their own personal work will come away with a strong foundation and hands-on experience with EFT, while simultaneously providing the basis for those professionals that wish to go on and take Level 2 or go on to obtain certification to use with clients in their practices. The target audience for this training is anyone interested in learning the foundational concepts of EFT with a focus on learning to utilize the technique for self-application or for teaching another person how to apply EFT as a self-help technique. An outline of subject matter covered in this first day include: The Science Behind EFTUnderstanding Shifting AspectsThe Importance of Being SpecificPsychological Reversal & Secondary GainCognitive Belief ShiftsHow Traumatic Events Imprint on the BrainFinding the Right Words to UseAn introduction to both Tell the Story and the Movie Techniques for working with traumatic eventsThe Movie TechniqueWorking with Pain and Physical Symptoms EFT for Addictive Cravings and Aspects of AddictionsParticipants who take this program will be issued a Certificate of Attendance that they have completed EFT Level 1. This is the first step along the path to obtain Certified EFT Practitioner through AAMET, but should not be put forth as a certification in itself. EFT LEVEL 2The two-day EFT Level 2 workshop is an intermediate training designed for those practitioners who have taken the pre-requisite EFT Level 1 and are either in practice or preparing to be and will be able to apply EFT when working with clients. This may include but not be limited to social workers, counselors, therapists, psychologists, health care practitioners, life coaches and those who may be wishing to pursue EFT certification. It reviews and expands upon the basic aspects of the Art and Science of EFT taught in the EFT 1 course. Additional techniques are taught to expand your repertoire and offer skillful and effective ways of working with different client populations and expanding your ability to work with deeper issues. Of course, as in all EFT Tapping Training workshops, new material is presented using a variety of learning styles including partnered teaching methods, demonstrations, paired and small group experiential applications, video examples and more to ensure that no one walks away without fully understanding everything that is taught. Most importantly, this EFT Level 2 workshop will hone your practice skills. Greater attention and time will be spent on personal observation to assist you in mastering the techniques learned. Enhanced instruction on asking key questions for uncovering core issues will be provided. The following subject matter will be taught in Level 2 with an emphasis on personal practice of techniques learned with direct observation and support from the trainers: The Gentle Techniques for Intense Issues including Sneaking Up on the problem, Tearless Trauma and the somato-emotional process of Chasing the Pain (Sensation)Understanding the Nature of and working with Traumatic EventsClearing Limiting BeliefsQuestions for Uncovering Core IssuesCore Issues and Physical SymptomsWorking over the Telephone or InternetEFT in GroupsUsing EFT with ChildrenScope of Practice, Informed Consent and the EFT Ethics Code Participants who take this program will be issued a Certificate of Attendance that they have completed EFT Level 2. This is the second instructional step along the certification path for AAMET Accredited Certified EFT Practitioner, but should not be put forth as a certification in itself. Read about EFT and course descriptions CostFor the combination three day Level 1 and 2 combined training, the tuition is $575 ($525 early bird special if purchased 30 days prior to the workshop start date). Both EFT Levels 1 and 2 are pre-requisites for AAMET EFT certification. LocationEmbassy Suites by Hilton, Palm Desert, 74-700 Highway 111, Palm Desert, CA 92269. There is an arranged hotel discount, limited in number, so when you contact the hotel at Embassy Suites please make sure and tell them that the discount code is EFT. Tel: +1-760-340-6600 HoursBoth EFT Level 1 and 2 training courses begin promptly at 9 am with registration beginning at 8:30 am. A 15 minute break is provided in the morning and afternoon. A 90 minute lunch break is offered beginning at approximately 12:30 pm. The class ends each day at 6 pm. AAMET Certification ProcessAll the requirements for completing certification will be discussed during the workshop and can be found by clicking here or copy and paste http://www.efttappingtraining.com/aamet-eft-mentoring-and-certification/ Alina Frank and Dr Craig Weiner have taught and mentored thousands of individuals and professionals throughout the North America and Europe and are sought after speakers and presenters in the field of EFT instruction and EFT practice development and are AAMET Accredited Master Trainers and AAMET Supervising Mentors. Sponsoring OrganizationThis training and certification is provided through the AAMET (Association for the Advancement of Meridian Energy Techniques). More information can be found at http://www.aamet.org TuitionLevel 1 only Tuition: $150 Early Bird Special up until 30 days prior to the workshop start date. After that date, the regular tuition is $175. If you are interested in ONLY ATTENDING LEVEL 1; a check should be made out to Tap Your Power and mailed to 5405 Wilkinson Rd., Langley, WA 98260 with your name, your email address, your best telephone and mailing address. Combined Level 1 and 2 Tuition: $525 Early Bird Discount until 30 days prior to the workshop start date. After that date, regular tuition is $575. Approved Continuing Education CreditsPsychologists: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for Psychologists. Commonwealth Educational Seminars maintains responsibility for these programs and their content. Marriage and Family Therapists: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) can grant continuing education credit to Marriage & Family Therapists in the following states: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IN, IA, KS, ME, MD, MO, MT, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NC, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI AND WY. CES maintains responsibility for these programs. In addition, CES is an approved CE provider for Florida Marriage & Family Therapists (CE Provider # 50-9633) and an approved Continuing Education Provider for Texas Marriage & Family Therapists (Provider Number 558). Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors, Certified Professional Counselors, Licensed Professional Counselors, Associate Professional Counselors, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) can grant Continuing Education credit for the above listed professions in the following states: AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, ME, MA, MO, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NC, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI and WY. Social Workers: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES), provider #1117 is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approval Continuing Education (ACE) Program. CES maintains responsibility for these programs. ASWB Approval period: 10/5/15-10/5/18. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social Workers-New York State: Commonwealth Educational Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0444. Some states do not require pre-approval. If your state is not on the below list, please check with your state board. Commonwealth Educational Seminars can grant Social Work CEs in the following states: AK, AL, Alberta, AR, AZ, British Columbia, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, New Brunswick, NE, NH, Newfoundland & Labrador, NM, NY, NC, ND, Nova Scotia, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, Saskatchewan, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, Virgin Islands, VI, VT, WA, WI and WY. Please contact your state board if you have concerns about CE credit. All Social Workers attending programs that have been awarded Social Work Continuing Education from CES will receive a Certificate upon completion. Nurses: As an APA approved provider, CES programs are accepted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). These courses can be utilized by nurses to renew their certification and will be accepted by the ANCC. Every state Board of Nursing accepts ANCC approved programs except California and Iowa, however CES is also an approved Continuing Education provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider #CEP15567) which is also accepted by the Iowa Board of Nursing. Cancellation PolicyA complete refund is given, minus $50 administration fee, is given up to 3 weeks (21 days) prior to workshop’s start date. If cancellation occurs for any reason within the 3 weeks prior to the event, the student may apply the tuition paid towards any future AAMET workshop offered by us. Grievance PolicyCommonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) seeks to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Please submit a written grievance to CES, 1020 Osterville West Barnstable Rd, Marstons Mills, MA 02648. Grievances will initially be directed to the training instructor. Grievances would receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems. If you have questions or concerns, contact Commonwealth Educational Seminars at (800) 376-3345. AS THERE IS MATERIAL TO REVIEW PRIOR TO THE FIRST DAY OF TRAINING, REGISTRATION CLOSES 24 HOURS BEFORE THE START OF THE TRAINING SO THAT YOU CAN REVIEW THE MATERIALS IN ADVANCE. IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE THE LINK OF THIS MATERIAL VIA EMAIL WITHIN 24 HOURS OF REGISTERING, PLEASE CONTACT US IMMEDIATELY. Click here to contact us with any questions. AAMET Level 1-2 Training offered by Tap Your Power, LLC.http://www.efttappingtraining.com/aamet-eft-level-1-and-2-palm-desert-california-february-17-19-2018/

Jun 28, 2018 8:00 AM

Dates: June 28, 2018 to June 30, 2018 Location(s): Main Conference Meeting Space Omni Hotel 155 Temple Street New Haven, CT. 06510 Breakout Rooms & Vendor Symposium Gateway Community College 20 Church Street New Haven, CT. 06510 This conferences has been approved for 42 CEUs by the Connecticut Certification Bureau. NASW CT CEUs are pending. If a certificate of attendance is needed, please purchase a request at checkout. Contracted Hotels: Room reservations are not included in registration rate. Please contact the hotels directly in order to reserve a room for your stay. Omni Hotel at Yale University (Pending) Courtyard Marriot New Haven (Pending) The Study at Yale (Confirmed) Please register online at: https://reservations.travelclick.com/15472?groupID=1982480 New Haven Hotel (Confirmed) Please contact the reservations line at 1800-644-6835 to make their reservations and use the group code “HIDDEN” in order to receive the group rate. Invited Speakers: Lisa Kivirist Nakia Navarro  Dr. Carolyn Sachs Dr. Mike Rossman Dr. Lorann Stallones Minda Honey Rowen White Ahna Kruzic Ruby Olisemeka Lise Metzger  Henry Talmage Katie Stagliano Tambra Raye Stevenson (Pending) Patricia E. Kelly (Pending) Eric Holt-Giménez (Pending) Alexandra Ketchum (Pending) Maya Hey (Pending) Conference Information: Working Theme: Women, Intersectionality and Food Systems *This page will be updated periodically as Conference agenda items are confirmed* Day One, June 28, 2018 Sunrise yoga (Omni Hotel, room TBD): 6:30 am to 7:15 am Introduction: Welcome to New Haven: 8:00 am to 8:30 am - Honorable Mayor Toni Harp Plenary Session: 8:45 am to 10:45 am  Soil Sisters:  How Women Intersect & Cultivate Healthy Food Systems w/ Lisa Kivirist What’s the key ingredient to healthy communities?  Women leading food system change.   Women make up one of the fastest growing segments of new farmers today and we come from a long and deep history and tradition of cultivating the soil.   This fresh crop of women farmers today find innovative ways to champion local agriculture and foster greater collaboration and cooperation, all based on an intentional intersectionality:  we are all connected.  Collectively, women “connect the dots” and improve the health of our environment, stimulate the economy, build a greater sense of community, and nurture a more vibrant food system.  What does our future hold? How can we support more women cultivating these connections?  Come celebrate the historic roots and inspiring stories of women farmers today — and in the future. Attendees will gain an understanding of: The intersectionality of the women in ag movement:  how collaboration and cross-pollination support women in launching and succeeding in farm businesses. The complex history in which today’s women farmer movement is rooted, such as a lack of representation and discrimination. A diversity of women farmer success stories throughout the country, identifying business tactics and ideas to use in their own farm ventures. The importance of increasing the number of women farmer in leadership positions and encouraging attendees to take on such roles, including running for office. Break: 10:45 am to 11:15 am Workshop Sessions:. 11:15 am to 12:30 pm Session A:   Breaking Ground: How to Access NEGEF Awards & Sponsorships w/ Nakia Navarro Nakia Navarro, Program Director for  the New England Grassroots Environment Fund will provide insight on how the Grassroots Fund awards grants and provides training/skill building resources to frontline organizers. The New England Grassroots Environment Fund is a collaborative funder with over 20 years experience resourcing the frontline of the New England environmental justice movement. When participants finish the workshop, they will know: How to apply for funding via the Grassroots Fund three grant programs How to attend RootSkills webinars and in-person trainings How to apply for event sponsorships  How to apply to present at a RootSkills training or webinar Session B:  Systems Change through  Story Telling/Making w/ Anha Kruzic Women are shaping our food system for the better - we're leading efforts to create a fair, healthy,and sustainable food system from the ground up. But we're doing so despite significant challenges. Despite the fact that women participate in the production and processing of food at roughly equal rates to men, most undernourished people in the world are women and girls. The food system overall is highly dependent on the labor and skills of women, but this doesn’t necessarily translate to decision-making power. Instead, our labor is unpaid or underpaid, significantly more-so for women of Color, and we are subjected to high rates of gender-based discrimination, sexual harassment, and violence on the job. But we're taking control of our food systems for the better by farming, organizing, and advocating for systems that are better for farmers, workers, their communities, and ultimately -- our planet.  Since women's leadership is key to the transformation of our food system, we must tell our stories, learn from one another's successes and challenges, and grow our movement into the future.  Join us for this workshop as together, we explore the power of the exploration of our histories and story-telling for food and agriculture transformation.  Session C: The Behavioral Health of Women and Minorities Involved in Agriculture w/ Michael R. Rosmann Ph.D. Women currently are the primary operators of 17% of American farms and secondary operators of another third of U.S. farms.  Like males, these women operate large crop and livestock farms in the U.S. as well as smaller andoften organic vegetable and animal production farms.  People of color and females are increasingly pursuing livelihoods in agriculture in America these days.  Can female American farmers improve the well-being of the two fifths of farmers around the world who are women, mostly in third worldnations? This  presentation takes a look at the unique behavioralhealth problems that accompany agricultural occupations, drawing especially on the presenter's research and experiences as a licensed clinical psychologist and farmer for 40 years and as a professor and writer aboutoccupational and environmental health for two decades.  There are significantly higher incidences of anxiety, depression and suicide among the agricultural population in comparison to the nonagricultural U.S. population.  Relationship problems such as family conflict and abuse often are gender-related and are prime indicators of stress within agriculturalfamilies, according to the author's research.  People who are cultural and racial minorities in the U.S. frequentlyexperience special behavioral health adjustment issues, such as difficulties with their status as migrant workers and sometimes as undocumented immigrants, besides problems in daily living such as access to healthcare, schools and lack of family and social supports.  Racial minorities wantingto farm sometimes face resistance from the dominant culture in some locations around the U.S., although progress is being made in some of the main agricultural areas, like the West Coast.  This presentation takes a look at the special issues of women and racial minorities in agriculture andprograms that are already addressing these concerns, as well as further recommended solutions to obstacles facing women in general and those of color in particular. Essentially, this presentation will describe major behavioral healthstressors experienced by women in agriculture and recommend ways women can manage their behavioral health.  Three proposed objectives of thispresentation are the following: Attendees will acquire knowledge about the unique behavioral health issues that are linked to agriculture and how these behavioral health diagnoses compare to those of the nonagricultural population. Participants in this presentation will learn about gender-linked behavioral health issues of people engaged in agriculture that have been identified as specific to women. The attendees will learn about recommended solutions to the particular behavioral health problems experienced by women and minorities in agriculture. Lunch:. 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm, On your own! Workshop Sessions: 1:45 pm to 3:00 pm Session D: Re-focusing the Image of Women Farmers, One Story at a Time w/ Lise Metzger Do you ever feel isolated or unseen as you work hard on your farm? Have you ever thought no one cares about your intense investment in what you do? Hearing the stories of other women can help make you feel connected to other people, or to yourself or to something you’d like in your own life. It can help you know that the work you do matters, and that people are paying attention and care. The Grounded Women Project (http://groundedwomen.com/about-the-project/) tells the why and how story of independent farmers: what led each woman to choose a life in agriculture, for example, and what issues does she face as a woman? Come gather together to hear the creator of Grounded Women tell the stories of women farmers as well as the story behind the stories. Leave with a knowing that one story at a time, one farm at a time, women are changing the face of agriculture.   Session E: TBD Session F: TBD **Dinner and networking at Olives and Oil Restaurant, 124 Temple Street in New Haven from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Registration for this event is separate from admission and required for entry.  Please register separately at checkout.** Day Two, June 29, 2018 Sunrise yoga (Omni Hotel, room TBD): 6:30 am to 7:15 am Introduction: 8:30 am to 9:00 am -Women in Agriculture - Commissioner Reviczky, Connecticut Department of Agriculture  Plenary Session: 9:15 am to 10:45 am - Planting Sacred Seeds in a Modern World; Restoring Indigenous Seed Sovereignty w/ Rowen White All across Turtle Island (North America) we are seeing a great resurgence of indigenous tribes building healthy and resilient food systems as a cornerstone to cultural and ecological renewal programs, as well as a means to reclaim indigenous economies and true economic and political sovereignty. If a community is to be truly sovereign and free from colonizing forces, they must be able to feed and nourish themselves with culturally appropriate foods. Food and seed sovereignty is the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems.  Despite the scorched earth tactics of countless colonial and imperial forces to try and starve Native American communities into submission and cultural amnesia, indigenous people and their seeds survived, and now a rich array of community food and seed sovereignty projects are sprouting, sowing seeds of hope in the hearts of many. Through her work with the Indigenous Seed Keepers Network, Rowen is helping indigenous communities cultivate culturally appropriate solutions to restoring seed stewardship of traditional foods. Using this seed work as a powerful means for reconciliation, she will share powerful and inspiring stories of the rematriation of our traditional seeds back into the reverent care of indigenous women.  In the age of the increasing industrialization of our food and the erosion of biodiversity within cultural contexts, the Indigenous Seed Keeper Network asks the question; Can we envision the Seed Commons, and coordinate collaborative efforts to care and protect for our seeds that is in right relationship to our indigenous cosmology? How can we use the process of reclaiming our traditional seeds and food as a powerful means of cultural restoration? Come learn about the beautiful seed legacy of the indigenous people of this land, and see how you can be a part of the reconciliation between yourself and the seeds of your own ancestry, and revitalize this ancient web of relationships that comes with being an indigenous Seed Keeper. Attendees will gain an understanding of: The dynamic intersection and importance between cultural restoration and the restoration of indigenous food and seed systems. The importance of indigenous women taking a fierce and loving role in the rematriation of our heritage seeds back into our communities from government and university research programs and from the collections of museums and public access seed banks.   A heartfelt and deeply touching array of stories from indigenous communities from North America who are cultivating new seed and food culture as a means to heal historical trauma and reconnect to our ancestral lands. Break: 10:45 am to 11:00 am Workshop Sessions:. 11:15 am to 12:30 pm Session G:  At the Root: An Examination of White Sepremacy and Systemic  Racism in US Food Systems w/ Ahna Kruzic Though many movement participants presume alternative agriculture movement spaces to be economically, socially, and environmentally just, narratives of whiteness and color-blind racism permeate the movement’s collective discourse. I argue that a critique of whiteness and white supremacy is necessary to build sustainable food and agriculture movements that dismantle injustice. In this session, we will identify common manifestations of whiteness in food and agriculture movement spaces, and learn tools to help identify our own narratives of color-blind racism and whiteness which reify white supremacy. This session is based on data analyzing communications from researchers, farmers, advocates, activists, and more across six communities in the United States.  Session H: Grow Together: How to Launch a Local Women Farmer Network with Lisa Kirivist Establishing a local network of women farmers is a powerful way to transfer skills, knowledge and support along with initiating grassroots activism in our community. Attendees will learn about opportunities and challenges in building a local group. This session brings together personal insights in how to organize a local women farmer network, including start-up challenges and the strategies and options to overcome. The focus of this workshop is on tangible advice and support. Session I:  Risking It All:  Current Mental and Physical Health Hazards Facing Women in Agriculture by  Lorann Stallones, PhD In developing countries, women comprise approximately 43% of the total agricultural workforce. In developed countries, despite the perception that there are few women working in agriculture, they comprise approximately 33% of the agricultural workforce. Based on this perception, less work has been done to characterize health hazards among women working in agriculture than among men working in agriculture.  Women working in agriculture in developing countries have less access than men to financial resources, land, education, livestock, farm equipment, extension services, and farm labor.  These circumstances result in lower productivity and inability to transport crops to market.  These factors intersect with the hazards associated with farming to increase the likelihood of injuries and diseases associated with farming. As informal and formal workers on farms, women are exposed to a multitude of biological, chemical, physical, and mechanical hazards.  Genetic and other biological differences may contribute to differing susceptibility to agricultural chemicals between men and women.  Susceptibility may be increased or it may be reduced due to gender.  Therefore, patterns of cancer among women exposed to agricultural chemicals may well differ from patterns observed among men. Emotional and psychological gender differences related to the isolation of rural farm life have not been assessed.  Mental health in rural areas has been a neglected issue in medical care service access.  The absence of services may have a detrimental effect on the health and well-being of farm women. Women who are migrant farm workers are exposed to the same hazards as men who are migrant workers.  However, they are likely to experience greater ergonomic problems than their male counterparts.  In addition, migrant women who work during their pregnancy are likely to experience problems due to bending and lifting.  Exposure to pesticides in the fields has been a persistent problem for all migrant workers and should also be of concern for the children exposed in utero.  Migrant women may also be at risk of sexual assault, as they may be far from their families and viewed by their bosses or co-workers as targets.  Women who work on the farm are often excluded from consideration of agricultural safety and health programs.  Role definition as homemakers or employed workers in settings other than agriculture may influence women’s perception of risk, involvement in safety programs, and identification of diseases related to agricultural exposures.    Attendees will gain an understanding about: The intersection between gender roles, job tasks, and farm work and the risk of injuries.  Agriculturals issuesaffecting the health and well-being of migrant women, women in developed countries, and women in developing countries About the international trade and subsidy policies that impact women working in agriculture with particular focus on exposure to health risks. Lunch:. 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm, On your own! Workshop Sessions:. 1:45 pm to 3:00 pm Session J:.TBD Session K:  Feminism Is Not Enough! Reviving the Yoni Culture - A Celebration of the Feminine, An Awakening of the Goddess Within  w/  Ruby Olisemeka The feminist movement, mid 1800's onwards, has made significant ideological changes and tangible strides in the struggle for equality between men and women.  However the movement has centered historically around empowering, white women, and appears to seek assimilation into a fundamentally flawed societal model, rather than dismantling that model and all the oppressive systems that are woven within it. The feminist movement also appears to not acknowledge the suppressed history off the ancient feminine goddess cultures and reviving them as a critical part of womens liberation. In this interactive workshop we will critically analyze the concept of femininity, look at some feminine archetypes, and the cultures that created and celebrated them. We will discuss the ways we can work to awaken this culture, first within ourselves.  We will practice some rituals and methods (herbal medicine making, land practices, mantras) to strengthen and express the divine feminine within. Session L: Reclaiming Your Voice w/ Minda Honey It is time to tell your story. The story of you and the soil, what it has taken from you – your sacrifices and your sweat as you've labored over the years – and what it has given to you – the crops you've harvested and the revelations you've unearthed. By telling our stories we empower our sisters to dig in beside us and give others the gift of awareness and insights into the challenges we face. Storytelling is a from of self-care and a way to validate your experience. You have a story, it deserves to be told and it deserves to be heard.  In this workshop, Minda Honey will share her experience as a "Woman of Color in Wide Open Spaces," talk about her writing process and take you through a writing exercise. You will leave the workshop with: Craft suggestions for how to write your story in a way that is compelling for the reader Tips for how to get started – because sometimes the blank page can feel intimidating Discussion about the difference between the writing we do for ourselves and the writing we do for others This workshop will be a worthwhile experience for you whether you're interested in strengthening your craft, are looking to break ground on a new project or are ready to return to an old project with fresh eyes. Minda has worked with writers of all ages, at the college level and within the community. *Please join us for smores and story telling with Minda by the fire at astate park  location TBD, 5:00 pm to 7 pm. FREE!* Day Three, June 30, 2018 Sunrise yoga (room TBD): 7:15 am to 8:00 am Community Volunteering Opportunity:. Habitat for Humanity WomenBuild, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm (*****By registration only. Volunteers MUST COMMIT TO THE WHOLE DAY!  Please check for more details on this opportunity by April 2018*****.). OR Community Farm Tour # 1: Common Ground High School, TBD Community Farm Tour # 2:. TBD Community Farm Tour # 3: Slate School, TBD Community Farm Tour # 4: TBD Our Valued Supporters and Sponsors: New England Grassroots Environmental Fund Connecticut Suicide Advisory Board Cabot Cheese of Vermont Food First Moutain Rose Herbs Food Tank Food Solutions New England Natural Nutmeg Magazine The Edible Schoolyard Project Speaker Biographies: Dr. Lorann Stallones/Director, the Colorado School of Public Health at Colorado State University Lorann Stallones, PhD, MPH, is the Director of the Colorado School of Public Health at Colorado State University. She has held this position since 2007. Her interest in public health heath came from three different experiences. As an undergraduate she wanted to go to nursing school and when a former student of her father’s and long -time family friend heard about this she started sending her books about medical sociology and talked about public health. The second fact that influenced her was that her father was an epidemiologist and the founding Dean of the University of Texas School of Public Health at Houston so she had always heard about public health, but never thought of herself as a scientist, so hadn’t given it much thought. In her junior year in college she took seminar in anthropology where she wrote a paper discussing the development of mental illness as a medical diagnosis in African countries after a number of African physicians had been trained in England. Prior to that, most of the symptoms and behaviors related to the mental illnesses diagnosed had simply been ignored or accommodated by the people living in those communities. She became intrigued with the role of culture in our perceptions and definitions about what were considered diseases and what were not. From this interest it became clear how someone interested in culture may have something to contribute to understanding health and disease. Dr. Stallones has had varied research interests over the years. Her first research area was the role of marital status change on risk factors for cardiovascular disease. She then moved to studying respiratory diseases and injuries among farmers and farm residents. She also studied the health benefits of the human-animal bond. She moved to Colorado State University in 1990 to pursue work related to pesticide exposure and mood disorders leading to suicidal behavior. She has conducted community based participatory research on a wide range of injury related topics from migrant farm workers risk of injury and perceptions about injury to community concerns about traumatic brain injury, school playground injuries, bicycle safety, and car safety seat use. Recently she has been working with colleagues to study agricultural injuries in China and with colleagues in China, Costa Rica and South Africa to study mood disorders associated with pesticide poisoning. She is also working with graduate students to build a research program that focuses on the role of mindfulness in promoting health and well-being and reducing adverse responses to stress. Dr. Mike R. Rossman/Farmer, Psycologist Michael R. Rosmann is a psychologist and farmer whose life's work involves improving the behavioral healthcare of the agricultural population. He seeks to advance regional and global food production policy which enhances the behavioral and economic welfare of food producers, maintains stewardship of the land and other resources used in food production and protects the safety of food for consumers. In an era of increasing tension due to bioterrorist threats and shifts in the agribusiness climate, he is a voice for the agricultural population. The New York Times said this about him: a fourth generation farmer as well as a clinical psychologist, he speaks the language of men and women on the verge of losing their place on the land. Rosmann has been instrumental in developing a new specialty: agricultural behavioral health. He has authored the popular book, Excellent Joy: Fishing, Farming, Hunting and Psychology, as well as many book chapters, short stories, scholarly articles and magazine features. He has appeared on ABC, CBS, CNN and National Geographic television network programs and has been a guest on National Public Radio and the Farm Bureau Network numerous times. He writes a weekly syndicated column, Farm and Ranch Life, for numerous newspapers. He has often served as a keynote speaker at state, regional, national and international conferences. With other concerned citizens, Rosmann founded AgriWellness, Inc., a nonprofit seven-state program which promotes accessible behavioral health services for underserved and at-risk populations affected by the farm crisis and by the ongoing transitions in agriculture. He is also adjunct faculty at the University of Iowa. He is an avid fly fisherman and hunter.  Michael R. Rosmann received a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Colorado and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Utah. Following a five year stint as a faculty member in the psychology department of the University of Virginia, Rosmann and his family moved to their farm in rural western Iowa where he developed an organic crop and purebred livestock operation. He also provided mental health services to the farm population, first in private practice and then in community mental health centers. He developed the first mental health response in Iowa to the farm crisis of the 1980's. He initiated Prairie Rose Mental Health Center in Harlan, Iowa and was its director for eight years. Rosmann received the 2002 Victor I. Howery Memorial Award, given yearly by the National Association for Rural Mental Health to an individual who has made significant contributions to the rural mental health field. In 2012 the American Psychological Association made Rosmann its honoree for the State Leadership Award “for his exceptional service to the profession of psychology as a resolute advocate for rural mental health. He has been inducted into the Iowa Agricultural Safety and Health Hall of Fame. The Sowing the Seeds of Hope program, which AgriWellness administers, was selected as a model program for inclusion in Rural Healthy People 2010: A Companion Document to Healthy People 2010. He is a leader of national efforts to fund health care for uninsured and underinsured farm and ranch families and agricultural workers and to establish a National Center for Agricultural Behavioral Health. Lise Metzger Lise Metzger writes and photographs the project Grounded Women: Stories of Women Who Farm. She is an award-winning photographer who for the past 30 years has shot for advertising agencies, magazines and corporations, as well as creating branding imagery for individual clients. She has taught both digital and film photography at universities, high schools and in a men’s prison.  What started many years ago as severe stomach pains led to a deep dive to understand the connection between food and health, which led to a broader investigation of our food system as a whole and the social, political, economic, environmental, and health issues that result. She launched Grounded Women as a way to share the authentic and inspiring stories of women who choose a life in agriculture, and to contribute to changing the narrative around food and the women who grow it.  You can see her work at lisemetzger.com andgroundedwomen.com. Alexdra Ketchum/Doctoral candidate, McGill University Alex Ketchum is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at McGill University focusing on feminist restaurants in the USA and Canada from the 1970s and 1980s. Her work integrates food, environmental, and gender history. For more information on her research, please visit thefeministrestaurantproject.com. In addition to being co-founder and editor of the Historical Cooking Projecthistoricalcookingproject.com, Alex has been actively involved in feminist food studies and food politics. At Wesleyan University where she received her BA in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Alex was the co-manager of Long Lane Organic Farm. Additionally in 2009, she founded Farm House, a living community for fifteen students dedicated to food politics work, which continues today. She enjoys experimenting with cuisine from around the world and throughout different time periods.  Maya Hey/Doctoral candidate, Concordia University Maya Hey is an interdisciplinary researcher, foodmaker, and artist, combining her backgrounds in gastronomy, nutrition, and movement to investigate ways to engage the everyday eater. New to Montreal, Maya is a doctoral student in the Communications Department at Concordia University. Prior, she has conducted various research projects related to food: on a post-Fukushima food system, on Japanese ferments with the Nordic Food Lab, and on antioxidant scavenging power at the University of Notre Dame. She completed her master’s degree in Food Culture and Communication with an emphasis in media, meaning, and representation at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, Italy. Lisa Kivirist/Author, Sustainable Agriculture Advocate A national advocate for women in sustainable agriculture, Lisa Kivirist founded and leads the Rural Women’s Project of the Midwest Organic Sustainable Education Service, an award- winning initiative championing female farmers and food-based entrepreneurs. Lisa is a Senior Fellow, Endowed Chair in Agricultural Systems at the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture at the University of Minnesota, focusing on identifying opportunities to champion leadership development among female farmers and rural women.  She was recognized by In Business Magazine as a “Woman of Industry” for leadership growing the women in sustainable agriculture movement. Together with her husband, John Ivanko, Lisa is co-author ofher husband, John Ivanko, Lisa is co-author of Homemade for Sale,Farmstead Chef, ECOpreneuring and Rural Renaissance. She writes on food, farming and women in agriculture for a range of publications including Hobby Farms, Mother Earth News and Grit. Lisa, John and their son Liam run Inn Serendipity Farm and Bed & Breakfast, a diverse farm operation completely powered by the wind and the sun and considered among the “Top Ten Eco-Destinations” in North America and nestled in the rolling green hills of southern Wisconsin. Ahna Kruzic/Director of Publications and Communications, Food First Ahna Kruzic is a community organizer turned activist-researcher from rural Iowa. Ahna has worked as researcher, community organizer, coalition-builder, and more. As Director of Publications and Communications at Food First, otherwise known as the Institute for Food and Development Policy, Ahna coordinates and contributes to communications, analysis, and research-for-action which seeks to dismantle exploitative racism, capitalism, and oppression in the food system. Minda Honey/Author Minda Honey is the founder of Write Louisville and a full-time writer focused on centering marginalized voices. She has a bi-weekly relationship advice column in the LEO Weekly, a monthly column about living at the intersection of race and gender in the San Diego CityBeat and her work has been featured in Longreads, Teen Vogue, the Guardian, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Review of Books and by many other outlets. She's crisscrossed this country by car several times, most recently after graduating with her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of California, Riverside. Find her online at www.mindahoney.com. Nakia Navarro/Program Director, New England Grassroots Environment Fund Nakia Navarro hails from Hilton Head Island, South Carolina and currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts with her two children, Kayla and Mateo. Her nonprofit experience spans well over fteen years. Nakia most recently was the New England Regional Director at Let’s Get Ready, which provides low-income high school students with support services to both enter and complete college. Nakia received her Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration with a minor in Spanish from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina, a Certi cate in Global Communications from the University of Salamanca in Salamanca, Spain, and she is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University. Rowen White/Director, Sierra Seeds Rowen White is a Seed Keeper from the Mohawk community of Akwesasne and a passionate activist for seed sovereignty. She is the director and founder of the Sierra Seeds, an innovative organic seed stewardship organization focusing on local seed and education, based in Nevada City CA. She teaches creative seed stewardship immersions around the country within tribal and small farming communities . She is the current Project Coordinator and advisor for the Indigenous Seed Keeper Network, which is a part of the Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance. Her Seed Seva Educational program is a wholistic, indigenous permaculture based approach to seed stewardship which honors the many layers of seed culture , from practical hands on skills, cultural context and memory with guiding principles that are rooted in an indigenous ecology of interconnected relations. She weaves stories of seeds, food, culture and sacred Earth stewardship on her blog, Seed Songs. Follow her seed journeys at www.sierraseeds.org. Ruby Olisemaka/Farmer, Food Justice Advicate Ruby Olisemeka is an independent educator/consultant focusing on socially transformative education; food justice and incorporating African and indigenous practices into farming and food & farming education. She began her farming career as an apprentice at Stone Barns (2011) and has since built numerous school and urban gardens in lower Westchester and Harlem. Ruby has over 10 years’ experience educating children and young adults, she has worked as an educator at Edible Schoolyard NYC, Harlem Grown and various public and private schools and institutions. "We who do this liberation work want to bring about a revolution in our lifetime; we have deemed, with sadness, the current national and international power structure not fit to ensure and promote the full expression of life.  I am part of a collective, a movement of people wanting to bring about a more just world. I am a farmer and teacher, a spiritualist and budding herbalist, an afro centrist and naturalist. My path as a farmer began with an apprenticeship at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in 2011.I've kept my hands in the soil ever since, building urban, suburban and periurban gardens in lower Westchester and Harlem.  I teach (in classrooms, gardens, spaces where people can gather) children and adults how to do the work I do on land.  A farmer can rarely escape the intersections of poverty, politics, food access or justice when farming sustainably. I am an activist working to dismantle the food and health related injustices Africans and people of African descent endure."- RO Performance Artist Biographies: Kelvin Young Kelvin Young is the Director of Toivo by Advocacy Unlimited, Holistic Stress Management Instructor, and Sound Alchemist.  As a recognized leader in the addiction recovery movement and throughout the holistic healing community, Kelvin’s powerful healing journey began while he was in prison, where he found inner peace, self-realization, and love through meditation, yoga, and the expressive arts.  Bringing his story of personal transformation into the community, Kelvin has shared his story with thousands of individuals in or seeking recovery.  In 2014 Kelvin became the Director of Toivo by Advocacy Unlimited - a center for holistic healing and stress management in Hartford, Connecticut. Kelvin continues to share his story of healing from within as a passionate public speaker, and he is known for his warm, loving, and down-to-earth way of connecting with people. Questions?  Please feel free to contact Michelle L. Bicking at [email protected] at any time.