Building a Foundation for Diversity
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.
(He/Him) Jermayne Tuckta is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs of Central Oregon. He grew up on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, where he experienced the culture and language of the Warm Springs Tribe (Tygh and Wyam bands). Jermayne obtained his Bachelor of Science in History with a double minor in Anthropology and Indigenous Nations Studies at Portland State University. Currently, he is enrolled at University of Oregon and working on his Language Teaching Studies Masters in the Linguistic department. Since his arrival to University of Oregon, he has been mentoring a small group of students from the Columbia Plateau Tribes (Warm Springs, Yakama, and Umatilla) on the ceremonial protocols of the Columbia Plateau Culture, songs, legends, and about the “Tananawit” (Peoples way of life) in general. In Spring 2020, he will start teaching the Warm Spring Ichishkin dialect at U of O (where currently, the Yakama Ichishkiin dialect is being taught) as his practicum for his masters. Today, in the Warm Springs Ichishkin dialect, there are less than five fluent speakers, all over the age of 70. Jermayne wishes to contribute to the revitalization of the Warm Springs Ichishkin dialect, by returning back to the Warm Springs Indian reservation to implement his Masters Project (a course design in Warm Springs Ichishkin) within the High School and Community College in hopes to begin the long journey of revitalization within the community.
“Taaminwa iwa atau namiyau chau laak na tananawitki, snwitki, ku nami antanamami sapsikwatki, awała paish nami tananma nawata la’akta” (It is always important for us to not forget our way of life, language, and our ancestors’ teachings, or maybe our people will fade away) Sanuuk
(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.
The workshop is based on how to prepare and survive a natural or man-made disaster. In addition, you will learn how to create a pantry, and various emergency kits. When the workshop is over, you will have the knowledge on how to safely evacuate the city. Don't wait until the disaster is here to prepare, because it will be too late. Prepare Now!
(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.
(She/Her) Courtney Rae is an aspiring environmental ethicist, educator, and zero-waste practitioner based in Portland, OR. She anticipates and is committed to the rise of global social and environmental cultural praxis grounded in the Indigenous world view. She supports professional and community organizations working to uplift black people and people of color such as the Portland African American Leadership Forum, Social Justice Fund NW, and OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon. She is a Racial Justice adviser and podcast contributor at Wild Lens and the Eyes on Conservation podcast. Courtney is the Board President of Signal Fire Arts, a non-profit organization which works to build the cultural value of the natural world by connecting artists to our remaining wild places, and a Board member at Crag Law Center - providing legal aid for the environment. She is the Associate Director at Bark, a Portland-based conservation group working to defend and restore Mt. Hood National Forest.
This is a basic workshop that covers the parts of and proper use of a compass, the components of and proper use of a map, and how to use these tools together to navigate. Participants will learn how to use a map and compass to orient themselves on the landscape and how to set a course and stay on it!
(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.
(She/Her) Ebony led a hike with 5 black high school teenagers, in SW Colorado, while working for the Forest Service. Every single person that they walked past pretended to step aside to pee, text on their cell phone, and/or avoided eye contact. After that she couldn't unsee the lack of diversity in government positions, on the trail, extension work, and other traditionally shut out opportunities that have no outreach to employ our community.
Her purpose for stepping out of upper level careers is to position more people of color and marginalized disability communities into positions of change within our Outdoor Resource job markets. She has been the 1st Person of Color in many Natural Resource organizations to ever work in many places. People of Color are the reason why many of these places exist, and she believes that she is in the position to gear more people to influence change within them to make those spaces more accessible to those of us who have been told that we have no place in them.
Ebony went to Langston University for a BS in Urban Agriculture in Natural Resource Management at the furthest west Historically Black College/University in Oklahoma. She lives in a mixed body that experiences a multicultural heritage lens that recognizes that her Black, Indigenous, and Latinx ancestry and community has been shut out of progressive job opportunities in Environmental Science, Agriculture, and Health/Nutrition related fields. Ebony is working toward a MS in Education focused on Instructional Learning for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.
Job Opportunities within Outdoor Education, Finding your Niche, Basic Activity Outlining, and Salary Negotiation for BIPOC Educators. Bring: A willingness to share multiculturally experiences in pay wages, white management oversight, and openness to compassion in how to meet challenges with both kind firmness.
(They/Them, He/Him) Gregory has been a field biologist studying seabirds for the past ten years. Their work has taken them from the Florida Everglades to offshore islands on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. Gregory is passionate about connecting people with nature, in particular communities historically underrepresented in the natural sciences.
An introduction to the wonderful and sometimes frustrating world of birding. I will go over what you need to get started, how to identify birds, and some basic natural history of some of the species found around Oregon.
(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.
Learn the basics of fly fishing, entomology, river hydraulics, fish physiology and species, and the cold-water conservation.
(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 will become familiar with the basics of archery form, equipment, technique, and range safety. Participants will be invited to practice a variety of stances and shooting styles, inspired by stealthcraft and bowhunting techniques. Beginners and experienced archers alike encouraged. No previous archery experience necessary to participate, although we encourage those who have not had access to learn archery before, or those that are new to archery that would like to deepen their practice to attend. Co-facilitated with Mahma Oya Jaguar
(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) Mahma runs Vida JíbarⒶ which is an outdoor education and nature connection program that focuses on ancestral and urban survival skills while serving POC and all queer, trans, and nonbinary people from low to no income demographics. Vida JíbarⒶ was started in October 2017 in response to the lack of people of color in the outdoor industry as leaders or role models. There still are even less trans and non binary people of color in outdoor education. Vida means life in spanish and Jíbara is a Taino word with many meanings. Generally it means hillbilly or hill people, sometimes it’s a term of pride and sometimes it is a term of shame. It is contested territory. It sometimes means that which is inaccessible to white european colonizers. The circle “A” is meant to keep the word gender neutral if not used in the feminine form since in spanish (a colonizer language) masculine is always the default. It is not meant to be anti masculine , but challenging the binary and the gender norms imposed on people by white colonizers. The circle “A” is also to remind us that our goal is to be an organization without hierarchy.
Participants will learn principles of improvised tool crafting from environment and basic knife carving skills.
(She/Her) Malak is an Arab-American who grew up in Kalamazoo, MI, and went camping for the first time in college. Currently working as the Community Engagement Associate at Grand Teton National Park, sponsored via Greening Youth Foundation.
In this workshop we will identify sustainable and holistic approaches in our personal lives, outdoor experiences and through our basic ecological knowledge. This workshop will explore interactions between humans and nature and how we can support one another through mutual stewardship.
(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. Come in workout attire.
(They/Them) Michè is a naturalist and community organizer for the Latinx community. They specialize in environmental and sustainability issues: organizing events and community gatherings on topics that impact and serve the Latinx community. Michè is interested in a variety of natural-sciences including geology, ornithology, and ethnobotany. They are currently working on developing software that serves wildlife and nature conservation efforts.
This observation-based journaling workshop allows you to use journaling as a tool for cultivating mindfulness and environmental awareness. You don't have to be a great artist or a writer, just show up and practice being present in the moment. Learn to look at nature in a completely new way. Follow your curiosity and get excited about your discoveries, share with friends.
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.