• PO Box 1555 Hood River, Oregon 97031 Pacific Cascadia
  • wecan@earthregenerative.org
  • (+1) 503-771-0711
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    Catalyzing Gaian Thriving
    In the Heart of Cascadia
    Climate Resilience
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    Catalyzing Gaian Thriving
    Innovative Programs
    From the Heart of Cascadia

Welcome to WE-CAN: Women Empowered in Climate Action Network

We are in the startup phase designing a one-year certificate program in Climate Justice and Gaian Thriving kicking off Fall 2015 in Portland, Oregon. Recruiting a first cohort of 9-12 women and queer women activists interested in arts-based, ecopreneurial, and/or regenerative design/permaculture approaches to community-based climate resilience - Participant applications are now available as well as a one-page program overviews. We are hosting late summer events in Portland to provide program introductions, spark new ideas, and connect. Connecting with project sponsors, internships, and mentors. Generating a nexus of support for our experiential, project-based programs for Cascadian Climate Resilience.


Optimizing Strengths

Providing tools, processes, and strategies to unleash the talent and creativity of the next generation of climate change leadership. Bootstrapping appropriate technology and social networks while cultivating skills to connect and inspire.


Collaborative Action

Participants become designers and facilitators of group genius. Genius not only with humans, but also with the earth's systems and biocultural and social capital within the systems that sustain us.


Culturally Responsive

Experiential, project-based learning supported by a circle of mentors catapult learning deeper. Rainbow pedagogy and Women's Ways of Knowing empower learners to thrive.

About Us

Innovating vibrant practices and research-inspired educational methods to support the next generation of women leaders for regenerative Earth action.

A crack team of women and womyn leaders including educators, permaculture designers, natural builders, healers, deep green enterprise mavericks, facilitators, artists, and leaders mentor a cross-pollinating cohort of brilliant visionaries. We span the gamut from traditional and unconventional backgrounds, priming the collaborative cycle of culture and earth regeneration.

About the Institute

Earth Regenerative Studies is an Institute at the convergence of creativity, cultural and ecological restoration, and the living wisdom traditions. We are dedicated to nurturing women as leaders, facilitators, and healers through embodied, integrated action. WE-CAN is a project of the Institute for Earth Regenerative Studies. Supported by a training fellowship from the EE Capacity, Civic Ecology Lab, the North American Association of Environmental Education, and the EPA, we are designing and unfolding the first year-long program in community climate resilience.

The WE-CAN Program year offers a dynamic, interactive learning and action context for community-based climate change resilience projects. Whether you are interested in increasing community-based organic gardening or food forests, want to bootstrap a public-benefit enterprise in transition skills, or want to increase community involvement through large puppetry or murals, We nurture Gaian thriving, in learners' growing vision, along multi-disciplinary dimensions. Our mentor match program is excellent.

Who we are
Marna, "Doctor Earth"
  • Doctorate in Sustainability Education
  • Permaculture, Regenerative Designer, Natural Builder, Ecopreneur
  • Contemplative Leader and Facilitator

Program instigator and empowerment inspirer, Marna leverages her research interests in wisdom learning, group genius, biomimicry, climate justice, earth regeneration, and Gaian methods along with her thirty-plus years of award-winning consulting, collaborating, and technical and strategic leadership to initiate this community-based program.

Circles of Mentors and Acceleration
  • Meet regularly with the cohort with guest presenters and demonstrations
  • Meet monthly with your project mentor
  • Meet monthly with the entire circle of action learners and mentors
  • Custom design your project inside a circle of support
  • Field trips and site visits as well as intensives for immersive learning

Mentoring one-on-one and the Mentor learning circle bridges generations of successive waves of contribution, talent, and creativity. All this with the intention of creating planetary thrivability.

Network of Suppport

Like a mycelial network extending the reach of tree roots and creating a dynamic system of communication and nurture, our growing network of earth-dedicated, womyn-affiliated lands, success stories, endeavors, and internships creates contexts for modeling participant and earth thrivability.

Our Programs

Our first-year cohort slated with a Fall 2015 start will bring together community climate justice activists in dynamic programs of learning and action. Participant applications are now available with a rolling acceptance process, priority given to applications received by June 22, 2015. Notifications sent for these by August 1, 2015. An overview document on the application process is also available.



Our programs help build literacies in project delivery utilizing decentralized and appropriate technology.

Quick Launch

Learn what you need to launch your climate resilience project catalyzed by a deeper understanding of how you can collaborate to make a difference.

Deep insights

Alternatives to industrial growth culture include, according to Joanna Macy, a mixture of the hands, the head, and the heart (resistance, embodied alternatives, inner work). The body becomes a source of clarity and strength.

Unearth the gifts

Leaders shift from crisis thinking and learn to catalyze gifts during times of intense transition. Critical place-based experiential learning encourages decolonization and reinhabitation.


Agile & Writing

A balance of writing, art, and action, within a flipped curriculum supports whole-mind intelligence. Learn agile project management to prototype, iterate, and organize.


Practical Magic

Harness the power of the circle to help bring your visions to life. Group genius and earthflow practices infuse enthusiastic support from the living Earth.


Strengthening Community

Climate justice includes actions of solidarity, intersectionality, and resourcery. We learn to look at our own privilege as well as heal the wounds of oppression and internalized oppression to catalyze projects that liberate.


Webs of Learning

Creating space to empower the potentially underutilized potentials of the current and next generation. Bridge across cultural divides to mentor, inspire, and connect.


Investing in Women

The UN confirms that women are the best investment for ensuring survival through climate change. From the circle song, "Women's voices, raised up the silence can be heard a long way": "We believe in the power of women to turn this world around."

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Contact Us

We are thrilled to learn more about your interests to study and learn, sponsor, host interns, invest in one of the twelve spots as we begin designing this program for our community in climate change action, justice, and resilience.

Info details

Land and culture are living classrooms, and we also flourish on a three-quarter acre permaculture demonstration site in NE Portland near the Columbia River. We also have land and educational partners for site visits, site actions, internships, and to support learner-activists exploring possibilities, gaining strengths, and building an extended matrix of support. Our community in collaboration with the living Earth inspires action and sharing to delight.

Wherever you are in your journey of discovery with the living systems of planetary thriving, we look forward to welcoming you home, to the heart of Cascadia.

PO Box 1555 Hood River, Oregon 97031
+ (503) 771-0711

We appreciate your support. This program is only possible through the generosity of the communities we serve. May the gift of life and thrivability return to you nine-fold.

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