Resilience Outdoor Conference is about building community. It is about learning from individuals who are a reflection of us and who walk the same steps that we walk. Delivering outdoor education in an affinity setting validates, highlights, nurtures, and strengthens our history, culture, experiences, and the land that we do this work on.
Saturday, May 16
8:00 AM - 8:45 AM
Food Pantry for Survival by Afrovivalist
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Knots for Tarps by Craig Orrett
10:45 AM - 12:45 PM
Climbing Outside with Your Friends: Cleaning & Rappelling by Amie Freetly
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Fundamentals of Movement by Marita Martina Gumbs
3:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Firemaking: Field Techniques & Bow Drill Friction Fire by Karro Moss
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Wild Walks - Creating a Contemplative Wilderness Experience by Karin Olsen
Sunday, May 17
8:00 AM - 8:45 AM
Qi Gong to Calm Down & Build Your Immunity in the Outdoors by Naike Swai
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Herbal First-Aid by Lara Pacheco
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Intro to Fly Fishing by Justin Bubenik
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Racism in Outdoor Spaces: How to heal, How to Support by Michelle & Taylor
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
Food Storage for Survival by Afrovivalist
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Foot Health 101: A Return to Our Most Natural State by Dr. Gumbs
(She/Her) Afrovivalist shares her knowledge of urban homesteading, off-grid living and emergency preparedness with those who are interested in surviving a man-made, and natural disasters. She wears many hats in the emergency response field. She is a member of the state Radiological Emergency Response Team, a former member of the Leadership Committee with the PBEMS Portland NET's, an Emergency Response Instructor for Saturday Academy. She will bring a lot of emergency preparedness and response knowledge to the workshop.
Prepare Yourself Part 1: Prepare yourself for the next disaster. Have peace of mind by creating your own Food Pantry. This workshop will show you how to get started at home.
Prepare Yourself Part 2: Prepare yourself for the next disaster. It is very important to properly store preserved and long shelf life food in the right containers and in safe locations so they can be there when you need them most. This workshop will show you how to store your food to last 5 to 10 years.
(She/Her, They/Them) Amie is a lifelong cyclist and transit enthusiast. She works for a company that's currently focused on providing transit ticketing apps to agencies and governments across the country. Amie grew up camping and hiking in the midwest with my family. After school, she moved into Chicago proper, and focused on architecture and the ecologic impact of cities. She spent a decade in Texas, where my interest in the outdoors dulled and changed careers to work in software. Her move to Portland, and the Pacific Northwest rekindled her love of the outdoors. She found queer community through Unlikely Hikers, rhe Venture Out Project and Wild Diversity. Getting into climbing, backpacking, snowshoeing and bike camping has been a welcomed change from the drinking culture of queer communities in Texas.
This workshop will walk you through the basics of an outdoor climbing crag experience; help you identify the gear you'll need; how to build & dismantle sport anchors; and how to set up a rappel.
Want to practice along with Amie? Here is a list of material you can gather at home. Climbing Outside Materials List
(He/Him) Craig is a shelter enthusiast, and a trans white settler Canadian who first got hooked on knots as a kid living on a sailboat in Toronto/Tkaronto. He then got into tarps and water drainage as a carpenter and natural builder before taking these out to the backcountry where they really shone. In a move to leave construction for outdoor facilitation he got a pack of certifications in the Outdoor Adventure Naturalist program at Algonquin College. He has a few passions but mostly food dehydrating, Super 8mm filmmaking, and sharing skills. He currently works with kids at a nature school in Vancouver BC, and teaches carpentry workshops at the Vancouver Tool Library.
In rain, snow, or sun, having a tarp and some cord in your pack can save the day. In this workshop we will get right down to the ABC’s of some handy knots and hitches, mostly from the particular tradition of British sailors, before combining them into systems. We'll use a ridge-line set-up that is quick to put up, adjustable, and quick to take down.
Follow along at home. Materials: a piece of rope or cord- 4' or more is best. If you don't have any rope, an extension cord, scarf or similar will probably work.
Dr. Chris Gumbs, PT is an orthopedic physical therapist with a special interest in running rehab and performance. While attending Santa Clara University he earned a B.S. in Combined Science and a minor in Spanish Studies. His experiences as a student-athlete and a course in anatomy were enough to inspire him to continue his education in physical therapy at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. In 2014 he graduated with honors as a Doctor of Physical Therapy. Since graduation, he has worked primarily in outpatient orthopedic settings and he specializes in the treatment of the feet and spine.
Together, he’d like to work towards your goals so that you may live life to its fullest potential – no matter the starting point. As a former collegiate Cross-Country & Track athlete and Team Captain, he understands what it means to make a goal and set it in motion. Additionally, his experience in a variety of settings from nursing homes to private outpatient clinics has helped him understand how to meet almost anyone where they are in the rehabilitative process.
As a physical therapist, his goal is to give you the treatments and the tools you need in order to enjoy an active lifestyle. In his free time, he enjoys reading, running, biking, practicing yoga and acro yoga, slacklining, hiking, climbing, live music, and trying anything new!
Dr. Chris Gumbs, PT will tell his story about how his shoes and his feet have played a key role in his life as a runner, and in his career as a Physical Therapist. He owns an orthopedic physical therapy practice in Austin, Texas by the name of LatitudePT. Their motto is “strength from the ground up.” Although Chris goes by the moniker "The Barefoot PT," his wish is not to push the barefoot lifestyle on everyone. Being that we've spent a lifetime in restrictive footwear that has weakened our feet, "going barefoot" should be a calculated and personalized decision based upon individual needs and goals. That being said, educating people about the importance of variability in our movement, including the surfaces we walk on, is something that Chris is passionate about. Why? Experiences from early in his career have demonstrated the importance of our foundation -- the feet, our core -- the deepest muscles that stabilize the spine, and the connection between the two. In this workshop, Chris will provide you with the tools and knowledge you need in order to begin to rehabilitate your feet from years of inhibition and faulty alignment.
Materials (optional): A pen and notepad, a strong rubber band (a broccoli band works great), a tennis ball (or something similar, i.e. foam roller), water, and a towel.
(He/Him) Justin Bubenik was born and raised outside of Portland, Oregon to a family with a rich outdoor heritage. Growing up backpacking, fishing and hunting throughout the West, Justin now resides in Denver, Colorado where he’s an attorney and runs a non-profit, The Wild Gathering, focused on uniting the outdoor recreational community around conservation and breaking down barriers to entry for diverse groups. He finds time to get on the water or in the field weekly and is energized by the opportunity to introduce anyone to his outdoor pursuits.
Fly fishing is a pursuit drowned by the straight, while, cis-male narrative, but can provide a release from the civilized world, increase a sense of self-reliance, help deepen your connection to the natural world, and can be just plain fun (and frustrating). Recently, groups have popped up committed to re-writing this narrative to span across communities and make space for those underrepresented individuals. In this workshop, you'll learn the basics of fly fishing, including the "first steps", the basics of gear and rigging, accessible opportunities, cold-water conservation and resources to empower attendees to dip their toes into the waters of a pursuit that blends art, science, relaxation and thrill.
(She/Her) Karin Olsen is a white settler from the unceded Salish Sea area, also known as Olympia WA, home of the Skokomish and Squaxin people and more. She is a healer, a seer and a teacher. She has been a massage therapist for over 25 years. Studying plant medicine for more than 20 years and owning a herb shop for 15 years has given her a great respect for the healing abilities of the plant world. She teaches classes on earth-based spirituality and leads regular Wild Walks (contemplative forest walks) in her area. She uses her intuitive skills to help people build deeper connections to their own spiritual lives. She is currently studying for a Master of Ecopsychology at Naropa University. She lives with her two cats, teenage son and her wife, Andrea of more than 20 years.
In this workshop you will learn how to create a group experience that will help people become more confident and comfortable in a wilderness environment. These Wild Walks can be offered in alignment with the cycles of the moon, reflection of the seasons or based on ancient cycles like the Celtic Calendar. Using our six senses we will connect with the other than human world. This format helps create a regular offering to your community.
(He/Him, They/Them) Karro Moss is an artist, educator, and community organizer, who first found a strong sense of belonging with the plant and animal, the more-than-human, worlds. Inspired by queer-led rites of passage work and ancestral skillshares, Karro has organized healing gatherings for his trans and third-gendered community and also works as an archery and ancestral skills educator for youth. His perspectives have been informed by land/forest defense, indigenous leadership, and food justice movements. As a descendant of Euro-settlers and immigrants on Turtle Island, Karro tracks and tends the place-based-relationships and lifeways that interweave all lineages, and connect us towards greater healing, equity, and resiliency. He also works in outreach for a Portland-based conservation group working to realize an accessible and sustainable future through protecting and restoring Mt. Hood National Forest. Karro cultivates empowered embodiment and connection with nature not only through archery, but also through his art, crafts, gardening, and a dedicated kung fu practice. Through all his offerings, Karro intends to to honor the aliveness, wisdom, adaptability, and wild nature to which he believes we all belong.
Participants are invited to explore a variety of firemaking techniques while using everyday household materials as well as found natural materials. Basic knife carving skills and making char-cloth will be demonstrated. Participants will be shown how to craft their own bow-drill kit at home and guided on how to use it for friction firemaking. No prior experience is necessary, although mindfulness around good self care and safety considerations is key.
Please engage with these skills at whatever level feels comfortable for you! I encourage you to bring as many of these materials as possible, which will give you more options for trying these methods hands-on. No need to have all of these materials- bring whatever you have to work with!
Want to practice along with Karro? Here is a list of material you can gather at home. Firemaking Materials List
(They/Them) Lara Pacheco is a Taíno, Latinx mamita that believes part of our collective liberation is accessed through decolonizing ourselves and weaving into the web of ancestral medicine. Lara directly works through this realm with plants, fungi, music and dance. When not caring for their family, land and creatures, Lara runs Atabey Medicine of Seed and Thistle Apothecary, an educational resource that centers Black and Indigenous voices within herbalism.
We'll discuss a few of the plants on the land we are visiting and how they may be made into medicine for various first-aid needs. I'll demo some medicine making activities with assistance from the group and folks can have some medicine to take home after our activity. We will not take anything from the land, rather I will bring some dried plant material of my own as well as already infused medicinal oils. We will discuss ethics around gathering native plants vs. 'weeds' and have a better understanding around how plants and humans have shared an intimate relationship for a long time. Knowledge and stories from everyone else is welcomed.
(She/Her) In the fitness industry for nearly 10 years, Marita Gumbs is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and an AAHFRP Medical Exercise Specialist. Passionate about health, being outdoors and participating in sports, Marita works to give her clients the strength, stability and mobility needed to enjoy living an active lifestyle.
While she believes moving is the most important thing, she emphasizes the importance of cross-training, managing injuries and tackling muscular imbalances. Her focus is first function and then fitness. When you're building a house, you have to start with a foundation, otherwise you'll end up with a shack! Your body is no different.
Marita is the owner of Fight 2B Fit DC in Washington, DC. To learn more, go fight2bfitdc.com.
The Fundamentals of Movement workshop teaches participants how to get the most out of their workouts by ensuring their body is performing optimally. One can go through the motions of a perfectly designed workout with impeccable form, but still not get the results they want and put themselves at risk for injury.
Broken down into four parts, the Fundamentals of Movement series will tackle topics on muscle activation, flexibility, mobility and stability of the back, gluteus and core. We will also spend time learning about the importance of strength training and cross training in order to maximize our performance and increase our enjoyment of outdoor activities.
You want to build muscle, increase strength, get faster, improve agility, tone and lose weight, but you can't effectively achieve any of these goals without addressing the fundamentals first. If you want to build a house, you need to start with a foundation otherwise you'll end up with a shack! Your body is no different.
This workshop is hands-on, involves discussion and movement. Please be sure to have floor space that you feel comfortable sitting and laying on for different exercises. A mat, carpet or rug will be ideal. Come in workout attire or clothing you can easily move in. Grab a tennis ball or lacrosse ball or similar ball that has "give".
Taylor (She/Her) Hailing from the Midwest, this Chicago-born queer traded in skyscrapers for cedar trees in 2008 and wasted no time exploring all the Pacific Northwest had to offer. Her background in environmental education and wilderness leadership guided her to work for such organizations as the Audubon Society of Portland, National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) in Chile and Alaska, various schools around the Portland and Seattle areas, and is currently the Outdoor Programs Manager for the Mount St. Helens Institute. She holds certifications as a Wilderness First Responder, Leave No Trace Master Educator, and Avalanche AIARE Level 1.
Taylor’s passion for the mountains extends far beyond her work. She has led teams up more than 40 peaks, ranging from Chilean Patagonia to the North Cascades, including seven first ascents in the Canadian Selkirks. When she isn’t climbing, she can be found tearing up the dance floors of blues, swing, and salsa clubs, or gardening at her Portland home.
(She/Her) Michelle is passionate about supporting equitable and inclusive access to the outdoors. She volunteers as a hike leader with Wild Diversity and supports the Mazamas Basic Climbing Education Program LGBTQ+ affinity group. She is an active community member and volunteers with the Mediators of Color Community Mediation Program and is part of the TEDxPortland core organizing team. Michelle has worked professionally in strategy and management consulting, partnering with organizations to navigate transformational change, conduct strategic planning, and build successful partnerships. In her free time, she loves getting outside and enjoys hiking, backpacking, bikepacking, mountaineering, climbing, mushroom foraging, and car camping.
Racism prevents everyone from achieving full independent agency, autonomy and true liberation. This workshop will explore how we can address and heal from systemic racism when enjoying outdoor spaces in order to build more resilient and supportive communities. We will break out into separate white and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) groups allowing: BIPOC folks to share strategies for individual and community care in navigating and healing from racism and white folks to identify and practice how to interrupt racism.
(They/Them, She/Her, He/Him) Naike is a non-binary healing arts practitioner, astrologer, artist and outdoor adventurer of Tanzanian and German heritage. They immigrated to the USA about 15 years ago to take advantage of this country’s educational resources and to escape homophobia and queer invisibility in their home country Tanzania. Naike grew up on a self-sufficient farm on the slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro and spent their childhood mountain climbing, hiking, camping and exploring Tanzania’s many national parks. Nature is where Naike finds strength, inspiration, freedom, resilience and healing. They revel in guiding others into Nature’s playground to connect to their organic, instinctive and wild being. Naike has practiced acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine for the past 10 years, recently integrating astrology into their healing work after completing a year long course of study at the Portland School of Astrology. They are currently outfitting a small school bus for the outdoors, as Naike plans to shift their practice and office into nature. Naike is thrilled to be collaborating with Wild Diversity and LGBTQ and POC communities to realize these goals.
In this short course we will go through a simple guided Qi Gong movement meditation that helps to calm down your nervous system and strengthen your immune system. With our breath we will learn how to root into the earth and cultivate energy from nature. We will ground this energy into our physical bodies and course it through our Lung Channel, which according to Traditional Chinese Medicine is responsible for our immune defenses. This simple movement meditation can be done anywhere, at home, or in nature. Regular practice will help to regulate your nervous system, your breath, anxiety and strengthen your body.