Reforest Our Future: A Panel Discussion

Visionary experts exploring how the

health of our planet is the key to human health.

Planetary health equals human health

In October 2020, we hosted a two-hour extraordinary and life-changing conversation that ranged across diverse topics including: 

  • the spiritual power of consent/dissent
  • what’s needed to dismantle the systems that support the destruction of life
  • the vital importance of elevating indigenous voices and taking the action they call for 
  • the incredible healing power of trees and their crucial role in humanity’s survival
  • how radical listening can transform communities and forests; and
  • the role that conscious business has to play in revolutionising consumption and restoring the web of life

The recording of this ground-breaking panel is now available for you to watch! Sign up and you will be sent the recording directly to your inbox.

Meet Our Speakers


Woman Stands Shining (Pat McCabe)

Pat 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.

Her primary work at the moment is: • The reconciliation between the masculine and feminine, Men's Nation and Women's Nation • Remembering, recreating or creating a new narrative for the Sacred Masculine • Addressing the Archetypal Wounding that occurred in our misunderstanding and abuse of technology in prayer, ceremony and science.

 

 

Diana Beresford-Kroeger, Biochemist and Author

Botanist, medical biochemist and author Diana Beresford-Kroeger possesses a unique combination of western scientific training and an understanding of the knowledge and methods of a wide variety of traditional and alternative sources. She works to bring a better understanding and appreciation of the scientific complexities of nature to the general public. Beresford-Kroeger's concept of bioplanning challenges ordinary people to develop a new relationship with the natural world, to view the environment as a biological system and to perform the ecological task of replanting the global forest.  Beresford-Kroeger was inducted as a Wings Worldquest fellow in 2010, she was elected as a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in 2011, and in 2016 the Society named her one of 25 women explorers of Canada.

 

Dr Kinari Webb, Health in Harmony

Kinari Webb, MD is an award-winning rainforest regeneration advocate, social entrepreneur, and physician. Kinari first developed the vision for a planetary health organization as an undergraduate field researcher, studying orangutans at Gunung Palung National Park in Indonesian Borneo in 1993. Dr. Webb founded Health In Harmony in 2005 to support the combined human and environmental work that she recognized as necessary. Kinari also co-founded Alam Sehat Lestari (ASRI). By listening to communities who live in and around threatened rainforests - and implementing their solutions - these NGOs curb deforestation by addressing some of its root causes: poverty and poor health. She has been featured in Newsweek, Forbes, Fast Company, and O Magazine and has spoken on multiple TEDx stages as well as around the world.

 

 

Jayn Sterland, Managing Director of Weleda (UK and Ireland)

Jayn Sterland is Managing Director of Weleda (UK and Ireland) - the natural beauty and wellness company founded by Rudolf Steiner nearly 100 years ago.

As a lifelong environmentalist, she is a champion of sustainability and a committed campaigner for cleaner beauty and environmental responsibility.

Jayn has once again been voted No 1 in the industry Top 25 ‘Who’s Who in Natural Beauty, a title she has retained for the past 4 years and she is a member of the British Beauty Council.

 

Osprey Orielle Lake, Founder and Executive Director of WeCan

Osprey Orielle Lake is the Founder and Executive Director of the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International, working nationally and internationally with grassroots and frontline women leaders, policy-makers, and diverse coalitions to build women's leadership, climate justice, resilient communities, and a just transition to a decentralized, democratized clean energy future. Osprey is the Co-Director of the Indigenous Women's Divestment Delegations, and actively leads WECAN International's projects — from various trainings and work to shift the narrative on climate justice using a feminist lens, to engagements at United Nations climate conferences — from frontline delegations and direct actions, to campaigns such as the 'Women for Forests' program.

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Hosted by Clare Dubois

Clare Dubois is the Founder of TreeSisters, a global women's movement that has collectively funded the planting of over 12 million trees. TreeSisters is a social change movement and a tropical reforestation organisation working towards normalising cultural reciprocity with Nature. The aim of both Clare and the TreeSisters Team is to make it as normal to give back to Nature as it currently is to take Nature for granted, while supporting humanity in its transition from a consumer species to a restorer species. Before founding TreeSisters, Clare worked internationally for over two decades, coaching business leaders and facilitating group behavior change processes in multiple sectors. Known for her direct, catalytic energy, her inspirational speaking and her holistic approach to collective transformation, Clare is a walking invitation to anyone ready to step up on behalf of the planet.

Watch the panel event

Reforest Our Future

Did you know…

We can heal the Earth and bring balance to its inhabitants through deep listening, honoring the needs and wisdom of Indigenous Peoples, living in reciprocal relationship with Nature, and feminine leadership.

These are some of the key takeaways from the extraordinary women who participated in TreeSister’s panel, Reforest Our Future. 

We invite you to learn from these wise, openhearted women who are guiding us to be led by the Earth:

Woman Stands Shining (Pat McCabe), Diné (Navajo) mother, grandmother, activist, artist, writer, ceremonial leader, and international speaker

Diana Beresford-Kroeger, Biochemist and Author

Dr Kinari Webb, Founder, Health in Harmony

Osprey Orielle Lake, Founder and Executive Director of Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network 

Jayn Sterland, Managing Director of Weleda (UK and Ireland)


Here is what you can expect in this call:

Pat opened the circle with a beautiful blessing, giving space for these experts to share their perspectives.

Listen to Diana’s deep wisdom and scientific knowledge, for instance:

  • Did you know that 64 percent of all medicines come from trees? 
  • Learn about how the fires on the west coast of the U.S. are the cause of ocean famines.
  • How every person planting one native tree over the next six years can store enough carbon to buy us the time we need to decarbonise. And why we need a global seed bank for all trees! Our Safety net for the planet. 

 Kinari shares:

  • How after spending a year in the forests of Borneo, Kinari’s initial animosity towards loggers transformed to compassion and action.
  • What Kinari learned forest communities need most from 400 hours of “Radical Listening.” 
  • How Kinari’s successful organisation, Health In Harmony, is expanding in response to community need.

From Osprey, we learn: 

  • How we are falling apart in all the right ways and we have a chance to rebuild and unpack an old, deep and destructive narrative under a patriarchal mode.
  • Why feminine leadership is central to political change, from protecting the Tongass to the Amazon, and the rights of Nature.
  • How we need to move Mother Nature out of the marketplace and the need for governance systems (legal and economic) that do not treat Nature as property.

While Pat describes:

  • Radical bridging between two paradigms--”power-over” and “collaboration and cooperation”--to help uncover different ways of living.
  • How consent as spiritual law can be reclaimed by women and for the Earth and why expressing our dissent is key. 
  • How there are times when action from a place of Earth is needed.

And Jayn brings in an eco-friendly business aspect:

  • Why and how Weleda is farming for self-care product ingredients biodynamically, in partnership with Nature’s cycles and the soul of Earth. 

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