2022 Presenters & Panels

Asia Dorsey & Regenerate Change

Asia Dorsey embraces the earth. She uses her gift of pattern recognition as a bioregional and very petty herbalist @bonesbugsandbotany. She is a permaculture educator with the  Regenerative Education Collective of Denver   and a developer of vibrant organizations that perpetuate cultures of reciprocity as an organizational ecologist with Regenerate Change.  Asia’s unique approach to facilitation, conflict resolution and developing vibrant organizational cultures bridges deficiencies in imagination with practical, ancestral tools for acculturating social equity and radical self discovery through collective creativity and play. Listen to her latest cultural production Healing Black Futures. Join in and support her creations on Patreon and be in inquiry with Asia and her team at www.regeneratechange.com

Natural Building Panel

Sponsored by The Off Grid Guru

Youtube personality Eric Ficinus a.k.a. “The Off Grid Guru” is an eco-architectural visionary that has been traveling the world seeking solutions to humanity’s biggest problems for over a decade. On his channel The Off Grid Guru, he shares his knowledge, presenting high quality, inspirational and informative content covering the alternative building movement. He even has a playlist called “Crestone Colorado”, which tells the story of local owner builders, while taking a behind the scenes look at their mind blowing homes.
• Ignacio Acuña of DomeGaia
• Kirsten Jacobsen of EcoBuild Lab
• Eamonn McNaughton of Rocky Mountain Hemp Build
• Ron Sciarrillo
Instagram: @theoffgridguru

Local Food Panel

Sponsored by The SLV Seed Exchange

Jae Sanders, executive director of the SLV Seed Exchange, will be moderating this panel of regional food producers and aggregators to discuss what assets and needs we have in the Northern Rio Grande / San Luis Valley Foodshed.

Micah Roseberry – Micah Roseberry has been an organic farmer and educator for over 25 years. She founded the Farmhouse Café and Bakery in Taos, NM, the Taos Farm to School Lunch Program, and the Rios Del Norte Farmer & Rancher Coop, which supports local ranchers and gets their beef and lamb directly to local families; and Taos Community Farms CSA which serves over 50 families and aggregates food from over a dozen area farmers.

Pharmer Bob – founder of Beyond Organic, farmer and food sovereignty advocate.

Dr. Devon Peña – Dr. Peña is a biodynamic farmer, seed saver, plant breeder, and philanthropist. He is Founder and President of The Acequia Institute (TAI), a Colorado-based non-profit foundation dedicated to supporting the environmental and food justice movements. He manages the Institute’s 181-acre acequia farm in Viejo San Acacio under a conservation easement with Colorado Open Lands. Since 2006, TAI has provided more than $180,000 in direct-to-producer grants, scholarships, fellowships, and support for acequia and other traditional and Indigenous farmers and their children. In December 2021, TAI was awarded a $1.5 million grant from The Colorado Health Foundation for ia two-year “San Luis Food Sovereignty Initiative” which includes the restoration of the historic R&R Market (est. 1857), now the San Luis People’s Market, and its conversion into a community food cooperative, mutual aid center, and food sovereignty incubator.

Liza Marron – Liza Marron is one of the founders of the San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition. The Coalition works to foster an equitable local food system with an incubator farm on the Rio Grande and an aggregation and distribution food hub serving regional producers and families. Liza is a community organizer inspired by her belief that solutions to societal problems will be created and activated at the grassroots level. She helped form Saguache County Sustainable Environment (ScSEED) and serves as its chair. She lives in a newly empty nest in Saguache with her two horses, two dogs, a cat, her chickens and her bike.

Amanda Laban – Amanda Laban has served as the Colorado Land Link Director since 2021. Under her leadership, Land Link has expanded its programming outreach and increased its landowner and land seeker engagement across the state. The Colorado Land Link program serves as a model to other institutions and organizations across the southwest region. With a background in many parts of the food system, including restaurant management, food hub distribution, vegetable farming, and value-added product marketing, Amanda has both the experience and awareness of seeing both the big picture and the nitty gritty of improving local food systems. She is honored to join the panel of local food system luminaries at the 2022 Crestone Energy Fair.

Water & Sanitation Panel 

Sponsored by  Mindful Land Use Solutions 

  • Shawn King – Moderator 
  • Donovan Spitzman – DIY compost toilet system with pasteurization and fecal solids mitigation stages. 
  • Nick Chambers – biodigesters 
  • Jeffrey DeMers – regulations and basic science of aerobic/anaerobic processes 
  • Tylor Berreth – mushroom and plant bioremediation of waste. 
  • Matt Evers – grey water systems for household water re-use, especially in an earthship context. 


Wellness Panel

with Dr. Kim Engard

  • Matthew Duffy of SPORE
  • Annie Pace of Shakti Sharanam Yoga Shala
  • Laura Enzer of Mountain Laurel Apothecary
  • Elzabieta Kosmicki of Enshin Crestone
  • Brad Kahland of Way of Nature


SPORE : Society for Psychedelic Outreach Reform & Education

First, the SPORE team will discuss The Mycoalition, a coalition that SPORE launched in 2021 to coalesce community around upholding community values, ethics, and vision for psychedelic policy reform and medicine stewardship in Colorado. Then we’ll open up the discussion to explore how we can expand our mycelial network throughout Colorado and beyond.


Matthew Duffy is an ecofuturist organizer, myco-poet, and a Tauresian teamplayer. Leaning on his background in ecological design and community organizing, he teamed with Decriminalize Denver as a sporeganizer for the Denver Psilocybin Initiative in November, 2018. After the success of that historic campaign, Duffy went on to co-found SPORE and enroll in the Resilient Leadership MA at Naropa University to receive the education he needed to best serve the emerging psychedelic ecosystem. He completed his master’s degree in May 2021. He believes solidarity is where sovereignty and interdependence meet and dreams of a psychedelic movement committed to restoring relations, collective healing, and beloved community.
Sovereign Oshumare serves as catalyst, curator, educator, and alchemist of systemic change. As the Founder and Co-Creator of ALKEMI Consulting and Development, Sovereign collaborates with individuals, organizations and movements, through the transmutation of cultural, interpersonal, contextual, and ecological design, specializing in the psychedelic space. Sovereign is also the founder of XRYSALIS and co-founder of Shelterwood Collective. XRYSALIS is a retreat created to activate, empower, and heal LGBTQ People of Global Majority through the cultivation of community infrastructure. Shelterwood Collective is a 900 acre ecovillage and retreat center led by LGBTQ Black and Indigenous people for the building, healing, and restoration of land and people.

Food Security Solution’s: Self-Village-Nature

I will discuss the importance of changing your mindset with the current times. The discussion will include taking points on self realization (need to garden), Village (creating a food network), Nature (learning how to wild harvest).

David Mauriello, otherwise known as Diamond, grew up in Southampton, Pennsylvania, just outside of Philadelphia. He attended Temple University where he received his B.S. in Geology and stayed on to teach and get his masters degree in Stratigraphy and Paleontology. Diamond’s recent work on social and environmental justice initiatives, including urban vacant lot farming, GMO awareness, corrupt government policies and other green endeavors find even greater expression in the Oppenheimer Ranch Project and Magnetic Reversal News, his two prolific YouTube Channels. He has an extensive background in landscape, residential, and commercial construction, and is also a master dry-set mason, framer, finish carpenter as well as, geothermal greenhouse designer, permaculturalist, farmer and homesteader.

Edible and Medicinal Herbs of Colorado

Brigitte Mars is an herbalist and nutritional consultant of Natural Health with almost fifty years of experience. She teaches Herbal Medicine at Naropa University, and School of Health Mastery in Iceland. She has taught at Omega Institute, Esalen, Kripalu, Sivananda Yoga Ashram, Envision, Tribal Visions, Unify, Sister Winds, Arise Festivals, and even The Mayo Clinic. She is a founding and professional member of the American Herbalist Guild.
Brigitte is the author of many books and DVDs, including The Natural First Aid Handbook, Natural remedies for Mental and Emotional Health, The Country Almanac of Home Remedies, The Desktop Guide to Herbal Medicine, Beauty by Nature, Addiction Free Naturally, The Sexual Herbal, Healing Herbal Teas, Rawsome! and co-author of The HempNut Cookbook. Her latest project is a phone app called IPlant. Brigitte is also a psychedelic sitter and end-of-life doula.


Neurosculpting: Brain Based Meditation

Please join Mohan Ramprasad, CNSF, as he explains why meditation is essential for us in this particular time in history. Whether or not you have any experience with meditation, you’ll benefit from this presentation of Neurosculpting®, a five-step process for practicing self-directed neuroplasticity.
To illustrate why meditation is so important for us in our current times, he will mostly focus on the health benefits of meditation, but will also touch on how meditation can enhance our creativity, psychic sensitivity, and our progress on our spiritual path. Then he’ll will describe the five-step Neurosculpting® process created by Lisa Wimberger, founder of the Neurosculpting Institute in Denver. The end of the talk will conclude with a 5 to 10 minute guided meditation.Participants would need a place to sit or lie down.


Building Emotional Resilience for the Long Haul

It’s not enough to “don’t worry, be happy” when depression, anxiety, and addiction are reaching epidemic levels. Learn how the DIY neurological repatterning tool of Tapping can help you “build back better” when the madness of the world threatens to steal your soul. We’ll have an open discussion where people can share their emotional struggles, and Marcella will lead the group through rounds of Tapping.


Tai Chi

This will be a Tai chi class with some chi gong involved. We will be learning how to relax on the inside, and release inner tensions that we are not usually aware of. Brian has been practicing Tai chi for 20 or so years and has lived in Crestone for 15 of those years. He loves tai chi and encourage everyone to at least look into it.

Integrating with the Landscape

A 30 Year Reflection on Sustainable Living in the Crestone area My talk will go over my perspective of how we can more sustainably live in the Crestone area. One of the key components will be integrating with Nature instead of fighting with Nature. This includes returning certain keystone species to the area, namely the beaver.

Peter May grew up in Michigan, received a BS in Architecture, and has lived in the Crestone area since 1993, when he began building solar straw bale houses and greenhouses. His other endeavors include landscape design, forest and fire management, botanical alchemies, music, mountain guiding, meditation instruction, and Nordic ski racing, among others. He has been living off of the grid for over 25 years.


Aerial Class with Malana

Aerial Silks Training, incorporating strength, mobility and dance, trainer Malana Ramadei long time crestone resident, has been offering aerial silks to the community for 3 almost 4 years with the after school circus program, and personal lessons. Continuing to offer the youth more activities.


BodyTalk Your Brain

Learn a simple energetic technique to reset your entire nervous system and sustainably empower your health. This talk will cover the brief science and philosophy of energy medicine from a consciousness perspective. I will teach a simple BodyTalk technique to the participants to support nervous system balance, stress response and mental energy. This will be a 20 min experiential talk blending audience participation and technical learning.


Therapeutic Yoga Release

A yoga class where we experience feel-good stretches, mindful and intentional breathing, spiritual awareness and therapeutic release, all-the-while being serenaded by live music. We will talk about the principles of pranayama and yoga and integrate them into mental health therapy. Students will flow through a yoga sequence while I continue to share relevant information on how to release pent up emotions from various parts of the body.

Lila was born and raised in New York City but has spent the last 14 years living all over the world. She has been teaching yoga and other mindfulness techniques for over ten years and practicing for more than 12. She is an embodied wellness practitioner that focuses on the mind-body connection, using techniques like yoga, massage, dance and mindfulness. For the past 9 years, she has been traveling and leading retreats, classes, and workshops all around the globe; including places like New York, California, Colorado, the UK, Europe, India, as well as South and Central America. Her passion for teaching and leading healing experiences comes from a deep strive for facilitating true self-acceptance. As of this year, Lila is pursuing a master’s degree in holistic mental health therapy and hopes to combine yoga, dance, meditation, plant medicine, diet, and lifestyle to contribute to people’s mental and physical well-being.

Instagram @holistictherapist_

Design Your Own Life

Discussion on generation Strategies and principles for value creation and designing one’s own life.

Energy Medicine and the Vagal Nerve

In this thoroughly experiential workshop, you will discover of how to self-regulate the vagal nerve, soothe the body, calm the heart and quiet the mind, on the spot, from the inside out and enter a noiseless subtle energetic flow-state of original knowing and original playfulness. This can be explored sitting in a chair, standing or lying down.

Gentle Vinyasa

This Morning Flow will embody how to try softer in order to discern where our energy and attention belong. 50 minute class on Sunday Morning.

Hi! I’m Sierra Zuppan, mother of two wild, beautiful souls, Juniper and Lucy and Owner of Soulshine Wellness Collective. As an Integrative Health Counselor, I believe that food as medicine, subtle shifts in lifestyle, and a strong desire to learn are powerful tools for people to align with their highest, most purposeful lives. Through educational workshops, herbal medicine, daily mindfulness practices, and 1:1 counseling, I empower clients to take ownership of their health by partnering in an authentic commitment to change! 


Creating Community Through Belly Dance

Belly Dance in the United States crisscrosses cultural and international boundaries. Creating community through the art of belly dance enhances our understanding of the world at a global and personal level. The Novel Nomads dance troupe is based in Alamosa, Colorado. We encourage continuing adult dance education with international instructors and participate in online classes offered by international instructors as often as possible. Our mission is to create community through the art of dance, by offering performance and participation opportunities for our San Luis Valley residents.


Returning to the State of Grace
in Emergent Autonomic Social Engagement

Through extremely simple exercises for self-regulation of the extra ocular muscles of the eyes, which can be explored sitting in a chair, standing or lying down, we can release hidden residual birth trauma and, also, reset the assemblage point of first person experience to flowing wholeness-in neurophenomenological perception. The Vagal Brake is the core primordial somatic function of the autonomic nervous system. Discovering how to cultivate self-regulation of the vagal brake through the extra ocular muscles of the eyes, is the golden key which opens the gates to the magical kingdom of nature. Awakening the phylogenetic patterns of reorganization, there is an effortless dissipation of the dominance of neural-sensory consciousness and its outward-directed insistence on a dualistic perception, a subjugation through Splendor. One naturally goes with the flow. Since neurophenomenological perception is our phylogenetic inheritance, it is already a part of our being and need not be learned. Its flow-state is directly accessible to first person experience.

There are five major phases of subtle energetic communication happening simultaneously in the living biological history of the Possible Somatic Human. They are prenatal, primordial, neural, quantum and radiant. The prenatal, primordial, quantum and radiant phases all have their being in an emergent ontological play of Vertical Causation, the causation of flowing wholeness, which is original knowing. This is the indigenous consciousness of nature, the state of grace, experienced as pure pleasure beyond measure. It is self-regulated by the vagal brake. Even the social relations are perceived and felt within this play of autonomic Self-Organization. The primary mode of the Possible Somatic Human is this flowing wholeness in autonomic Self-organization. Our neural everyday sensory consciousness has its being in horizontal causation, which involves effort, analysis and ‘self’ consciousness and is felt as a state of separation. The Vagal Brake Mudras are what human somas have been waiting for since the fall from grace.