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Trauma & The Land

An Online Conversation
With Gary Reiss, Emmanuel Karisa Baya, Pat McCabe, Sandra Salazar D’Eca &
Mark O’Connell
Hosted by Rachel Fleming


Displacement and disconnection from the land have caused wounding and trauma across the world and throughout time. We explore the possibility for healing and transformation informed by nature herself, for people, communities and places.
Animate Earth in partnership with ORFC, Schumacher College & The Apricot Centre


Gary Reiss

Dr Gary ReissGary Reiss is a Process Oriented Psychologist and author of many books that explore life’s most challenging areas. He facilitates conflict work and trauma healing across the world, integrating shamanism, Taoism, Kabbalah and other spiritual traditions into his approach.

Within his community, Gary has been active for many years in the Middle-East peace group, as well as other community and parent associations.

Gary’s lifelong deep love for Nature has often led him to the wilderness for inspiration and renewal. He makes his home on a farm in rural Oregon, where he houses a small herd of horses. He also goes on retreat to the wild Oregon coast, where he does much of his writing.

Emmanuel Karisa Baya

Emmanuel Karisa BayaEmmanuel Karisa Baya was an orphan in rural Kenya by the time he was nine years old. His mother had taught him to farm, and after going into another profession, he was called to return to the land. He found himself helping other orphans and poor children, and founding the Magarini Children Centre and Organic Demonstration Farm, where he practices and teaches organic and regenerative food production as well as conflict resolution.

Sandra Salazar D’Eca

Sandra Salazar D’EcaSandra Salazar D’Eca, Soil Sister or Miss Dandelion as the school children call her, is based in London and is a horticulturalist and farmer with a focus on community growing. She works with collectives, schools, market gardens and community groups, teaching practical food growing skills, land and food sovereignty. Her mission is to “create a thoughtful and productive community of women, youths and adults from diverse indigenous backgrounds, in particular from African and Caribbean heritage, to work together to create change and rebuild sustainable farming systems for today and future generations to come.”

Pat McCabe

Pat McCabePat McCabe (Weyakpa Najin Win, Woman Stands Shining) is a Diné (Navajo) mother, grandmother, activist, artist, writer, ceremonial leader, and international speaker. She is a voice for global peace, and her paintings are created as tools for individual, earth and global healing. She draws upon the Indigenous sciences of Thriving Life to reframe questions about sustainability and balance, and she is devoted to supporting the next generations, Women’s Nation and Men’s Nation, in being functional members of the “Hoop of Life” and upholding the honor of being human

Mark O’Connell

Mark O’ConnellMark O’Connell is a process oriented psychologist & service manager for the Apricot Centre (CIC) Well-being Service. Mark is developing a wide range of approaches to wellbeing which use nature connection, play, dreaming, creativity, movement and community resilience.




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  • Trauma & The Land
     June 13, 2024
     7:00 pm - 9:00 pm