2015 Conference



10th Annual Traditional Agriculture & Sustainable Living Conference
October 23-24, 2015
The Pueblo of Tesuque – The Intergenerational Center (IGC)

The conference will feature panel discussions, workshops and community forums, as well as performances from Pueblo buffalo dancers, information booths of various organization, vendors and hands-on activities. Download conference flyer >

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TENTATIVE SCHEDULE (subject to change)  Program Schedule 2015

Keynote Speaker – Angaangaq Angakkorsuaq
Melting the Ice in the Heart of Man – www.icewisdom.com

“The easiest ice to be melted is the Ice on the ground, the hardest ice to be melted is the one in the Heart of Man. Only by Melting the Ice in the Heart of Man does Man have a chance to change and begin using his knowledge wisely.” Angaangaq Angakkorsuaq, is an Elder, Healer, and Shaman. His name means “The Man Who Looks Like His Uncle”, he is frequently called Uncle. Angaangaq was raised in a remote village in Greenland. His grandmother Aanakasaa, herself a Healer, recognized him to be the one to carry on the tradition of Healer in the family and trained him to become the next shaman. In 2004, after years of being the runner for his Elders, bringing the message of the Melting of the Ice to the world, he went to the Sacred Mountain. When he came down from the mountain he accepted the immense responsibility of being a Shaman.

His work, Melting the Ice in the Heart of Man, has taken him to five continents and over 66 countries around the world. He has been a keynote speaker at international conferences on Climate Change, Environmental and Indigenous Issues. He has represented the Arctic peoples in the United Nations General Assembly, and frequently speaks before governments, at universities, forums and summits. He has been featured in many documentary films. His teachings are from the Eskimo-Kalaallit people, a peaceful culture thousands of years old that has never known war. The teachings are rooted in the oral tradition of his people and summon us to bridge the distance from our minds to our hearts through strength and gentleness; through compassion and love; through courage and grace, bringing about personal transformation and global healing for the times to come. He leads Healing Circles, Intensives and traditional Sweat Lodges. His work throughout the world has taken him to native villages, to schools, senior homes, to prisons and businesses.

Angaangaq was called by his people to bring home the Sacred Fire to Greenland. In July 2009 Elders and Spiritual Leaders from Zimbabwe, New Zealand, Siberia, from the Amazonia, Bolivia, Peru from Nepal, Japan, Africa, North America and Europe made their way to an ancient sacred site on the Top of the World, fulfilling a prophecy so old that no one knows the time.

The melting ice cap is dramatic evidence of our accelerating global climate change. Our world is changing, and those changes will alter our way of life. The time has come to unite our voices and our hearts, to walk our spiritual paths with practical feet, to restore the balance that’s been missing on the earth. We cannot wait.

 “The greatest distance in the existence of Man is not from here to there nor from there to here. Nay, the greatest distance in the existence of Man is from his mind to his heart. Unless he conquers that distance he can never learn to soar like an eagle and realize the immensity within. “

Presenter – Daniel Gagnon

Daniel, owner of Herbs, Etc. has been a practicing herbalist since 1976. Born in French Canada, he relocated to Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1979. There he furthered his studies in medical herbalism, pharmacognosy and related subjects at the Santa Fe College of Natural Medicine, the College of Santa Fe and the College of Pharmacy at the University of New Mexico. He obtained his bachelor of science in herbal medicine at the North American College of Botanical Medicine. His passion for helping others was born out of his own childhood health problems.

His experience with conventional medical treatment of eczema, asthma and allergies motivated him to seek gentler, more soothing healing modalities, which ultimately put him on the path to becoming an herbalist. His goal is to educate both the public and the medical profession about the practical, healing applications of herbal medicine.

Health care professionals such as medical doctors, naturopaths, chiropractors and acupuncturists frequently call upon Daniel as an herbal consultant. He is the co-author of Breathe Free, a nutritional and herbal care book for the respiratory system; and the author of Healing Herbs for the Nervous System and Liquid Herbal Drops in Everyday Use.

As a teacher, Daniel shines due to his charisma and ability to relate the information in a “story telling” and engaging manner. He regularly teaches seminars and classes on herbal therapeutics, both nationally and internationally. He was senior professor of Materia Medica at the North American College of Botanical Medicine.

Keynote Speaker – Mark Nelson

Mark Nelson Dr. Mark Nelson was a founding director of the Institute of Ecotechnics and has worked for several decades in closed ecological system research, ecological engineering, the restoration of damaged ecosystems, desert agriculture and orchardry and wastewater recycling. He served as Director of Space and Environmental Applications for Space Biospheres Ventures, which created and operated Biosphere 2, the 3.15 acre materially closed facility near Tucson, Arizona, the world’s first laboratory for global ecology. Dr. Nelson was a member of the eight person “biospherian” crew for the first two year closure experiment, 1991-1993. His research inside included fodder production in the sustainable high-production agricultural system, and the constructed wetland sewage treatment system. He is Chairman and CEO of the Institute of Ecotechnics , a U.K. non-profit organization, which consults to several demonstration projects working in challenging biomes around the world; Vice Chairman of Global Ecotechnics Corp. and consults on wastewater reuse and recycling using Wastewater Gardens, subsurface flow constructed wetlands. Beginning in the 1970s, Mark worked in the high desert grassland south of Santa Fe, New Mexico where he made hundreds of tons of compost, planted over a thousand fruit and windbreak trees, creating an oasis in previously overgrazed and eroding country at Synergia Ranch in the foothills of the Cerrillos Hills. Since 1978 Mark has worked in the semi-arid tropical savannah of West Australia where he helped start Savannah Systems, a project centered on the pasture regeneration and enrichment of a 5,000-acre property in the Kimberley region. His books include “The Wastewater Gardener: Preserving the Planet One Flush at a Time” and “Life Under Glass: the Inside Story of Biosphere 2”