The Practice of Keeping Bees
Jennifer Berry began the practice of keeping bees in 2003 when she mentored with a seasoned beekeeper on Mt. Tamalpais. It was love at first hive. Her fascination for insects began decades earlier when, as a diapered toddler, she found herself surrounded by a swarm of termites which crawled up her legs by the thousands until they covered her whole body. This left her so terrified that she fainted when mosquitoes landed on her. Her patient mother then had to get over her own fear of insects to show Jennifer that they weren’t harmful, and when mom handed her a huge praying mantis at age five, Jennifer’s heart was forever changed and she became obsessed. Now that Jennifer is an adult, no longer has to pretend she isn’t eating sugar ants anymore. Beekeeping was a natural progression and a place where Jennifer’s obsession seems a little less strange.
René Jenkins and Janet Janay Cipriani
René Jenkins is a Ceremonial Sound Practitioner, Professional Musician, ULCL Minister, and Healing Performance Artist. Since 1993, René performs sound blessings with ancient ancestral instruments from the Americas, Australia and Asia, integrating cross-cultural Shamanistic studies, Breema-Shiatsu, Reiki and more to raise well-being and the vibration of consciousness through intention and sound.
Janet Janay Cipriani has a healing practice in Sonoma, CA called Divine Connections. An amazing clairvoyant and clairsentient, Janay is an intuitive, medium, sound healer and Angelic Reader who uses her gifts to offer guidance, insight, and energy healing.
Through the beautiful ancestral sounds of ancient indigenous instruments played rhythmically and melodically around and upon the body, Ceremonial Sound Practitioners René Jenkins and Janet Janay Cipriani induce introspective, ecstatic or altered-states of awareness to access Inner Wisdom and reveal the Original Medicine.
Sanctuary for All... or Sanctuary for None
Rachael Keast has been working in the field of immigration law for 19 years and as an attorney for 13. Her area of focus is removal defense, with an emphasis on the intersection between criminal and immigration law. She works for the Marin County Public Defender's Office and as a private consultant. She has been an immigration attorney at the Alameda County Public Defender's Office, the Law Office of Michael K. Mehr, the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, and the San Francisco Immigration Court. Along with Michael Mehr, Rachael won four important published decisions in the Ninth Circuit. She graduated cum laude, and Order of the Coif from U.C. Hastings College of the Law, and holds a B.A. from Oberlin College in Latin American Studies and Spanish.
Stacey Lapuk, ASID
It's Not About the Chair:
Discover the science and art behind interior design
Stacey Lapuk, ASID is celebrating her 33rd year with her firm. Named “One of America’s Ten Designers To Watch” by Design Times Magazine, one of the “Top 100 Interior Designer in North America” by Blink Art Resources, and the winner of multiple national design awards.
Her goal is simple: To co-create with her clients the home of their dreams with responsive and comprehensive solutions, and timeless, beautiful results. Her full service firm attracts clients deserving the finest workmanship, materials and custom design.
Facets of work include partnering with architects on new construction, remodels, kitchen design and bath design, color consultation, custom furniture, flooring, area carpets, wall and window treatments, lighting design, art procurement and antique acquisition.
facilitator GRIP* program at San Quentin
Leaving Prison Before You Get Out
*Guiding Rage Into Power
Bob Licht, founded Sea Trek Kayaking in Sausalito in 1982. He retired in 2014. After a couple of years exploring open-ended freedom, Bob committed to a two-year facilitator training based inside Soledad prison to become a facilitator with the GRIP Training Institute. He now co-facilitates a group of 30 men weekly in San Quentin.
Bob will be joined onstage by a GRIP graduate, recently paroled from San Quentin after serving 25 years. He will give an accounting of his criminal mindset when he was on the streets, his journey to finding his authentic self and how he is now giving back to his community.
GRIP (Guiding Rage Into Power) is a year-long transformative program developed by Jacques Verduin from over 23 years working with thousands of prisoners, mostly violent offenders, inside San Quentin. The men learn to stop their violence and become Peacemakers by cultivating mindfulness, developing emotional intelligence, and understanding the impact they have had on their victims, families and community. The program is now in 5 California prisons, serving 500 men a year, with 30 facilitators.
Living in a Green Home
Lucinda Otto is a Realtor with Zephyr Real Estate in Greenbrae. Lucinda holds a Green Designation from the National Association of Realtors and is a certified evaluator to help homeowners achieve the Green Point Rating, the most widely-used green certification in California. Lucinda helps clients buy and sell homes in Marin and San Francisco. Her background is in the arts and education. She holds a Master's in Education from Stanford and a BFA in Theatre from NYU. She loves kayaking, gardening and travel - and the beautiful landscapes of California.
Two Ingredients for building GREAT Relationships!
Andrew Vargas-Delman is a communication coach focused on teaching individuals and businesses honest, effective and emotionally intelligent communication. Andrew helps his clients build self-confidence, communicate effectively and create more meaningful relationships at work and at home. Entrepreneurs, professional teams and creatives have used his techniques to sharpen their interpersonal skills, improve relationships, and increase their productivity.