Building a Foundation for Diversity

Resilience Outdoor Conference is about building community. It is about learning from individuals who are a representation of us and who walk the same steps that we walk. Delivering outdoor education in an affinity setting brings forth all those elements that truly represent who we are. Elements which validate, highlight and strengthen our history, culture, experiences and the land that we do this work on.

Lead a Workshop

The workshop proposal form is open for Resilience 2020! We are looking for Leaders of Color and/or LGBTQ leaders to bring their skills to Resilience. Do you have a workshop that will support our communities' confidence and competence in the outdoors? We would love to hear from you!

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2019 Schedule & Leaders

2020 Schedule & Leader List 

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2019 Schedule


Wednesday, May 1st

8:00AM - 5:00PM

Wilderness First Aid

Thursday, May 2nd

8:00AM - 5:00PM

Wilderness First Aid

10:00AM - 3:00PM

Cleaning & Set Up at Warm Springs

6:00PM - 8:00PM

Happy Hour Meet & Greet at Oregon Public House: 700 NE Dekum St, Portland, OR 97211

Friday, May 3rd

9:00AM - 1:00PM

Wilderness First Aid

1:30PM - 3:30PM

Shuttle from Leaven to Warm Springs

Arrive at Warm Springs

6:00PM - 7:00PM


7:30PM - 9:00PM

Welcome Gathering - Intros & Jermayne's Presentation

Saturday, May 4th

8:00AM - 9:00AM


9:00AM - 10:30AM

Calming Down When You're Freaking Out with Naike

How to Navigate by Map with Courtney Rae

10:45AM - 12:15PM

Risky Business with Mercy

Untangling Knots and Tarps - with Craig

12:30PM - 1:30PM


1:30PM - 3:00PM

Stealthcraft Archery with Karro Moss

Just the Basics with Mercy

3:15PM - 4:45PM

Clothing Basics for Adventures in the Outdoors with Jocelyn Rice

Prepare for the Unknown with Afrovivalist

5:30AM - 6:30PM



Evening Gathering

Sunday, May 5th

8:00AM - 9:00AM


9:00AM - 11:00AM

Journaling Naturaleza with Miché

Intro to Birding with Gregory Smith

11:00AM - 12:30PM

Stealthcraft Archery with Karro Moss

Plant Walk with Lara Pacheco

12:30PM - 1:30PM


1:45PM - 3:45PM

See and Be Unnoticed with Mahma Oya Jaguar

Five-Minute Fires with Taylor Feldman

4:30PM - 6:30/7:00PM

Shuttle from Warm Springs to Leaven

5:30AM - 6:30PM



Evening Gathering

Monday, May 6th

9:00AM - 10:00AM


10:00AM - 11:30AM

Tear Down & Clean Up

Jermayne Tuckta, “Sanuuk”


About Jermayne

Jermayne grew up on the Warm Springs reservation and learned the

tribal traditional ways and continues to carry on today. During his

breaks, he works in the Archives department for the Museum at Warm

Springs. Has spent three years in the Warm Springs Culture & Heritage department working on one of three of the Indigenous Languages and

culture education. Currently enrolled senior year at PSU pursuing a BA

in History while minoring in Anthropology and Indigenous Nations

Studies. After graduating from Portland State University, he plans to

attend University of Oregon to pursue a Masters in linguistics. Outside

of studies, Jermayne teaches his heritage language, Ichishkin, to

community classes. He started teaching at the High school level in

Madras OR and has moved to teaching community classes at Portland

State. After college, future endeavors include continuing work in the

Warm Springs tribal language program in preserving the tribal

language, history, and culture.

Presentation: Warm Springs History



About Afrovivalist

Afrovivalist (she/her) is an African American woman and urban survivalist who is preparing to homestead on a 20 acre property in rural Washington State. Her passion is to prepare myself to live the homestead lifestyle. To fulfill this passion, she encourages and educate communities the importance in preparing for a natural or man-made disaster when at home, work or play. 

Afrovivalist is a member of 3 emergency response teams; State of Oregon Radiological Emergency Response, Portland Bureau of Emergency Management -Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) and the University of Portland Campus-Community Emergency Response team.  Being on these response teams allows her to learn the ins and outs of emergency situations on all levels of Federal, State, and City governments.  

For more information on Afrovivalist, please go to the website at  If you are interested in preparing your home or business, please feel free to contact me at 971-343-1101.  I will be happy to assist you.

Workshop: Prepare for the Unknown

The workshop will be focused around the importance of being prepared for an emergency. You will learn what to do if you have to Shelter In Place, or evacuate your home. In addition, you will learn know how to create a pantry, and various emergency kits.  When the workshop is over, you will have the knowledge and the confidence to prepare for yourself and your family.  Don't wait until the disaster is here to prepare, because it will be too late.  Prepare Now!

Courtney Rae


About Courtney

Courtney Rae (she/her, they/them) is a community organizer, facilitator, philosopher, critical black woman, social justice activist and environmental ethicist working to save the world, in Portland, OR. She is dedicated to empowering black people and people of color to thrive and to seeing the rise of social and environmental 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 contributor to the Eyes on Conservation podcast is Board Chair at 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. 

Workshop: How to Navigate by Map and Compass

In this workshop participants will learn how to identifying the basic parts of a compass and how to set declination. They will use the compass to orient the map, develope an understanding about bearings and how to use them and also how to read a topo map.

Craig Orrett


About Craig

Craig (he/him) is a shelter enthusiast, and a trans white settler Canadian from Toronto/Tkaronto, who first got hooked on knots as a kid living on a sailboat. He 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 teaches building workshops at the Vancouver Tool Library and has spoken about trans inclusion to outdoor educators in Ontario.

Untangling Knots and Tarps

In rain, snow or sun, having a tarp in your pack and a few knots integrated into your muscle memory can save the day. In this workshop we will learn and practice some knot-tying and tarp-raising techniques to turn out fast and effective temporary cover.

Gregory Smith


About Gregory

Gregory (They/Them, He/Him) 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. 

Workshop: Intro to Birding

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. 

Jocelyn Rice


About Jocelyn

Jocelyn (They/Them, She/Her) has been designing conceptually rich apparel for the Outdoor Sports and Lifestyle industry for over 9 years. Her designs have been featured in OK Magazine, Vogue, Jackson Hole Magazine and won multiple awards; including Ski Magazines Gear of the Year award and Outside Magazines Best Jacket of the year. Deeply committed to creating a more equitable and inclusive industry, Jocelyn is spearheading diversity efforts in her current role as a Lead Designer. When not designing you will find her pushing her thinking through speaking and hosting events to mixed teams of creative and business professionals to have open, creative conversations regarding diversity in design, and what can be done to bring more voices to the table. Jocelyn is also a member of The Women's League of Designers, and on Design Museum Portland's Content Creation Committee advisory board, an organization devoted to increasing the numbers of women and people of color in design fields. 

Clothing Basics for Adventures in the Outdoors

Hiking and trekking in natural surroundings and wilderness areas is more enjoyable with the right outdoor clothing and footwear. The starting point for choosing the right clothing comes with keywords like: items have to qualify on waterproof and windproof, the fabrics should be highly breathable and quick-drying. This workshop will focus on clothing basics for hikers, trail runners, climbers, and others who play hard outside, fall, winter, spring and high summer, and how to dress for success in the outdoors. The wilderness challenges our ability to dress comfortably. You’re hot one minute, cold the next. The right protection for our bodies is critical for enjoyment and safety. 

Karro Moss


About Karro

Karro Moss (he/him, they/them) 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.

Workshop: Stealthcraft Archery

Participants will become familiar with 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 ancestral 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.

Lara Pacheco


About Lara

Lara Pacheco (she/her) is a Taíno, Latinx mamita that believes that our collective  liberation is accessed through decolonizing ourselves by weaving into the web of ancestral medicine. Lara directly works through this realm with plants, fungi, music and dance. When not caring for her family, land and creatures, Lara runs Seed and Thistle Apothecary, an educational resource and co runs the Seasonal Wellness Clinic that works to provide access to herbal medicine.

Workshop: Plant Walk

We'll have a meditation of connecting to land, place, and then follow with a walk to connect potentially with surrounding medicine or food.  Walk is meant for some education but also a practice of connecting to land and plant realms.

Mahma Oya Jaguar


About Mahma

Vida JíbarⒶ (she/her) is an outdoor education 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.

Workshop: See & Be Unnoticed

In this workshop participants will acquire tools for developing situational awareness and stealth craft.

Mercy M'fon


About Mercy

Mercy (she/her) is the Founder of Wild Diversity. Her drive to form Wild Diversity came from the  desire to support a robust community of POC & Queer outdoorists and be an architect of much needed change for diversity in the outdoor industry. She wanted a welcoming as safe place for her underrepresented  communities to thrive.

Mercy has over 15 years in community leadership as an educator and  facilitator directly serving community. She has also traveled to over a  dozen countries training and leading workshops as a roller derby coach to empowering women to realize their potential. She brings that passion to the Wild Diversity community and is proud to be a part of community growth for People of Color and LGBTQs. 

Workshop: Getting to Know the River

This workshop will help participants get to know the river. We will talk river hydrology and touch on how those features help support the near by ecology.

Workshop: Risky Business

The big part about staying safe in the outdoors is about knowing the risks associated with specific outdoor activities. This workshop will help participant prepare for those and also understanding and mitigating risks that are unique to People of Color and the queer community.



About Miché

Miché (They/them/their) is a transgender, first-generation Mexican immigrant who is all about computers, comunidad, and conservation. As a transmasculine, genderqueer person, Miché uses they/them pronouns but doesn’t mind being called he/him or ese vato/güey. A self-proclaimed “desert rat”, they grew up in Arizona (AZ) and fell in love with public lands while exploring AZ’s diverse bio regions. They found solace in the majestic Sonoran Desert and learned valuable insights from rock climbing and exploring the mysterious canyon lands of northern AZ. Their passion for the outdoors developed from a childhood fascination with animals and exploring the Colorado River’s riparian habitats in the Yuma desert. They earned a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Resource Management from Northern Arizona University (NAU) in Flagstaff, AZ. Miché dreams of becoming a savvy computer geek while working remotely and traveling in their van. In 2016, they began living their life as a minimalist and fully transitioned into living the not-so-glamorous #Vanlife. They traveled in their van (with their dog Solo) seeking opportunities to learn about the different career opportunities in the field of STEM and conservation. Photography and film are artistic outlets for documenting their travel and adventures, you can find their photos on Instagram: @viva_la_van_  

Miché aims to create positive outdoor experiences that will help uplift disenfranchised communities and inspire people to save the environment. They work with local organizations and government agencies to resolve equity issues. 

Workshop: Journaling Naturaleza

Observation-based journaling workshop. 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. 

Naike Swai


About Naike

Naike (They/Them, She/Her, He/Him) 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.

Calming Down When You're Freaking Out

Whether we're freaking out in the city and running to nature to gather our depleted or scattered energies or simply freaking out due to an unexpected scenario in nature; there are times when we need to calm down and ground. This workshop will teach participants how to feel their bodies, ground their bodies and release emotions into nature through some simple Qi Gong exercises. These simple movements will also teach participants how to absorb the strength and resilience of nature into their bodies and how to fuse their internal and external landscapes.  

Taylor Feldman


About Taylor

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. Pronouns (she/her)

Five-Minute Fires

Fire has been a companion of the human race for thousands of years. It has been used for warmth, food preparation, safety, illumination, land management, as a hunting practice, and simply for company. By learning about fire building, we can tap into this valuable resource to become more self-sufficient, and learn how to treat this skill with respect and avoid uncontrolled wildfire damage. This workshop will explore the parts of a fire, and various natural materials that can be used, and will break out into small groups to build tiny fires. As a whole group, we will visit each site and each group will get a single match to try and light their fire. Time permitting, we will break out a second time to hone our skills and rebuild fires with new materials. Participants will leave with a greater understanding of how to properly organize your fire building materials, what materials of the Oregon High Desert will light, and how to respect this valuable tool.