The 2018 Geography of Hope Conference explores the theme of “Finding Resilience in Nature in Perilous Times” on Saturday, March 17, and Sunday, March 18. During these fraught days of political upheaval, social turmoil, and environmental assaults, the conference shows ways to build emotional and spiritual resilience, using nature as a touchstone.
Since 2008, Geography of Hope conferences have become known for illuminating the relationship between people and the land, and for strengthening that bond through the compelling voices of writers, artists, and activists who offer both inspiration and calls to action.
Headlining the 2018 conference are: Peter Forbes, educator, writer, and cross-cultural facilitator in the fields of leadership development, conservation, and social justice. He is a former vice-president at the Trust for Public Land and founder of the Center for Whole Communities; Rue Mapp, founder of Outdoor Afro, the nation’s leading, cutting-edge network that celebrates and inspires African-American connections and leadership in nature; and Caleen Sisk, the Spiritual Leader and Tribal Chief of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, who practice their traditional culture and ceremonies in their territory along the McCloud River watershed in Northern California.
On Saturday, March 17, the presenters will share their experience and perspectives on ways to find hope, healing, and strength in a troubled world. Attendees will have opportunities to exchange ideas, write, and reflect.
On Saturday evening, David Worm, a founding member of Bobby McFerrin’s Voicestra and a regular performer with McFerrin, leads conference goers in a post-dinner round of exuberant vocal improvisation.
On Sunday morning, March 18, participants take part in land-based restoration and an environmental service project. They will be joined by Peter Wohlleben, bestselling author of The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate—Discoveries from a Secret World.
Beginning March 3, The Atlas of Decivilization—a Toby’s Feed Barn Gallery show inspired by the Geography of Hope Conference—will feature the works of more than 20 contemporary artists. Additional installations will be sited throughout Point Reyes Station.