Episode 3: Urban Agriculture and Racial Justice

Join us for a conversation with Kanchan Dawn Hunter about the trajectory of her decades of social justice work, raising children, and specifically the ways mental health, racial justice and urban agriculture are all intertwined. Kanchan talks with us about her work to support black and brown women in farming and herbalism, and her efforts to lift up black boys and men in the face of increased targeting of their lives. We had this conversation a few months ago, while sitting around a table in Kanchan’s beautiful tiny house with a view of the San Francisco Bay, as her puppy was running around our feet.

About Kanchan:

Kanchan Dawn Hunter is a parent, an educator, and the Director of Community Outreach at Spiral Gardens Community Food Security Project. For more than 30 years she has been engaged in work at the intersection of community building and racial and environmental justice. Kanchan has worked with Hand in Hand Parenting, the Berkeley Ecology Center, World Trust, and Spiral Gardens, as well as helping to develop the breakthrough curriculum “Healing the Hurts of Racism” and the film “Making Whiteness Visible.” Her deep commitment to healing her own internalized oppression made it possible for her  to intentionally reach out to black and brown men and boys in her community as a way to actively show support for them in the face of increased targeting of their lives. Since transitioning into environmental justice work, Kanchan co-founded Soil Sistahs with Doria Robinson, a gathering of black and brown women that meets at Spiral Gardens monthly. Through this gathering, women of color are able to meet in a safe space connecting with the soil through meditations, garden projects, and plant study. The purpose of this gathering is to ensure that we have equal access to local soil and growing our food together in it, as a way to deepen our connection to the planet, ourselves….. and each other. Soil Sistahs inspired her to co-create the 1st and 2nd Annual California Women of Color Herbal Symposium, an event that spanned an entire weekend sharing and learning from multiple teachers and each other on the beautiful Navarro River. 

Find Kanchan online:

On the web: http://www.spiralgardens.org/

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kanchandawnhunter

On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mamakanchan/

 

Links to resources that were mentioned:

Spiral Gardens Food Security Project: http://www.spiralgardens.org/

Soil Sistahs: https://www.facebook.com/soilsistahs/

California Women of Color Herbal Symposium: https://www.facebook.com/CWOCHS

 

Links to So Many Wings’ social media and website

On the web: https://somanywings.org

On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/somanywingspodcast

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/somanywingspodcast

On Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/join/somanywingspodcast

Episode 2: Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness

Join us for an epic conversation as Jacks and Sascha interview David Treleaven about his work in the realms of trauma, mindfulness, and social justice. Some of the topics we explore together include:

  • What would allow people to be as safe, powerful, and liberated as possible inside a contemplative practice?
  • Is it irresponsible to ask people to “be with what’s here” if we don’t have an analysis of the social conditions or trauma they may have experienced?
  • How the language of “mental illness” can often end up masking larger social factors
  • The power of mindfulness practice in empowering us to grow our social justice movements.

About David:

David Treleaven is a writer, educator, and trauma professional whose work focuses on the intersection of trauma, mindfulness, and social justice. He is author of the book Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness: Practices for Safe and Transformative Healing which has been incorporated into a number of meditation teacher training programs around the world. 60% of the proceeds from David's book are being donated to three organizations that are challenging systemic conditions that create and perpetuate trauma: generative somatics, the Sogorea Te Land Trust, and Black Lives Matter. 

Find David online:

On the web: https://davidtreleaven.com/

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/trauma.sensitive.mindfulness

On Instagram: https://instagram.com/trauma.sensitive.mindfulness

Podcast: https://davidtreleaven.com/podcast-2/

 

Links to resources that were mentioned:

generative somatics

Sogorea Te Land Trust

Black Lives Matter

 

Links to So Many Wings’ social media and website

On the web: https://somanywings.org

On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/somanywingspodcast

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/somanywingspodcast

On Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/join/somanywingspodcast

Episode 1: Queer Nature

In this episode, Jacks and Sascha interview Pınar and So Sinopoulos-Lloyd from Queer Nature. We discuss everything from mythological remediation, challenging the colonial psychopharmaceutical system, and experiencing parallel realities to mystery as a primary need, ecological ancestral co-regulation, and that true identity can only be found in the collective. It’s a really exciting interview!

Full transcript available here.

About Queer Nature: Queer Nature is an education and social sculpture project that actively dreams into decolonially-informed queer ‘ancestral futurism’ through mentorship in place-based skills with awareness of post-industrial/globalized/ecocidal contexts. Place-based skills include naturalist studies, handcrafts, “survival skills,” and recognition of colonial and indigenous histories of land, and are framed in a container that emphasizes deep listening and relationship building with living and non-living earth systems. Queer Nature designs and facilitates nature-based workshops and multi-day immersions intended to be financially, emotionally, and physically accessible to LGBTQ2+ people and QTBIPOCs. We carry the story and hope that these spaces create resilient narratives of belonging for folks who have often been made to feel by systems of oppression that they biologically, socially, or culturally don’t belong.

Bios of featured interviewees

PINAR (THEY/THEM)

Pınar is an Indigenous futurist, mentor, consultant and eco-philosopher; co-founder of Queer Nature, an “organism” stewarding earth-based queer community through ancestral skills, interspecies solidarity and rites of passage. Enchanted by the liminal, Pınar is a neurodivergent enby with Wanka Quechua, Turkish and Chinese lineages. As a QTIBIPOC outdoor catalyst, their inspiration is envisioning decolonially-informed queer ancestral-futurism through interspecies accountability and the remediation of human exceptionalism in the Chthulucene. Their relationship with queerness, hybridity, neurodivergence, indigeneity and belonging guided their work in developing Queer Ecopsychology with a somatic and depth approach through a decolonial lens. As a survival skills mentor, one of their core missions is to uplift and amplify the brilliant “survival skills” that BIPOC, LGBTQ2SIA+ and other intersectional systemically targeted populations already have in their resilient bodies and stories of survivance. They are a member of Diversify Outdoors coalition. Follow their work on IG via @queerquechua + @queernature

SO (THEY/THEM)

Sophia ("So") Sinopoulos-Lloyd (they/them) is a white queer Greek-American who grew up in the northern hardwood forests of Alnobak territory (central Vermont). So is a nature-based educator, wilderness EMT, and writer. So worked as a seasonal shepherd throughout college and considers their life path(s) to be deeply inspired by the resilience and tenderness of cloven-hooved beings, who inspired them to study the earth more closely. In 2015 they founded Queer Nature with their spouse Pinar which offers nature-based programming for LGBTQ2SIA+ people with a focus on nature-connection, place-based skills, and transformative experience through queer and decolonial prisms. The soul of So’s work is animated by studies of identity, place, notions of the sacred, and interspecies relationship within contexts of colonization, globalization, migration, and climate crisis. So holds an MA in Religious Studies from Claremont Graduate University, and has had their writing published in The Wayfarer and Written River. Their special interests are being a spouse to their beloved, wildlife tracking, practicing survival skills, emergency medicine, dogs, and helping preparing their communities for uncertain futures.

Find Queer Nature online:

Queer Nature’s website: https://www.queernature.org/

On Instagram: https://instagram.com/queernature

On Facebook: www.facebook.com/queernature

On Patreon: www.patreon.com/queernature

 

Links to resources  mentioned:

Loam magazine, where their upcoming essay will be published: https://loamlove.com/