Friday, July 17, 2015

Women Empowering Climate Action Network - July 23rd Information Night and Watch "Arise the Movie" - Portland Oregon

We will share information for interested women for the WE-CAN Women Empowering Climate Action Network ( upcoming year-long mentored support certificate program and social incubator for women's community climate action projects. We are currently accepting applications. 

Prospective participants, mentors, and community supporters are invited. We will watch "Arise: The Movie" which features example grassroots projects in ecofeminism action from around the world, including inspiring words from Vandana Shiva and Winona LaDuke. 

We will discuss these inspiring examples, the nature of the upcoming program, how to apply and get involved, opportunities to mentor, and inspire women's projects in community climate action. Open Q & A format too. Meet women committed to innovating projects for climate resilience and earth connection. Herbal tea will be served. All women are welcome.

More information on our Facebook event page:

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Portland Program WECAN - Women Empowering Climate Action Network - Fall 2015 Applications Launched

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WECAN - Women Empowered for Climate Action Network, a project of the Institute for Earth Regenerative Studies, has just made available a briefing sheet and the participant application form for the Fall 2015 program start. Priority will be given to applications that are received by June 22, 2015. 

Information sessions are planned for May and June.

Program Information
The Institute for Earth Regenerative Studies is a local graduate institute and adult learning center based in northeast Portland offering stellar programs at the convergence of creativity, eco-restoration, and the living wisdom traditions. One project of the Institute is WE-CAN, Women Empowering Climate Action Network, which is a year-long mentored learning and action cohort to support women and queer women in incubating community-based climate change, climate action, and climate justice projects. Our circle of 8-12 visionary-activists will meet 1-2 times per month, meet once monthly with a program mentor with relevant experience, and mentors and visionary activists will all also co-learn once a month in a larger circle. Visionary-activists, who may be sparked by background or interests in an arts-based, permaculture/ gardening/ nature-loving, or ecopreneurial approach will cross-pollinate and learn more about climate justice and Gaian resilience while nurturing their visionary projects. Encounters will include a combination of project activation training, collaborative creativity engagements, climate change learning, community organizing, ecopreneurship skill-building, and the development of a plan for launching your project.

We are recruiting women visionary-activists to participate in our maiden cohort!
The cost for participating is a sliding scale from $10 to $270/month, with many partial and full scholarships available. A wide range of proposed projects will be considered, for example projects in food justice community gardening, climate murals, appropriate technology eco-businesses, women’s empowerment projects, rural-urban partnerships for permaculture resilience, etc. Use your creative powers to dream Earth’s next chapters…

Application Form for WE-CAN
Our application process allows you to gather your materials and email us your application. The types of questions include describing your project idea, providing some background information on successful projects or activities in the past, and two letters of support.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with priority given if sent by June 22, 2015
Notifications will be rolling and will start being sent by August 1, 2015
The program runs from September 2015 through May 2016

We look forward to learning more about your ideas!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Climate Change Cohort Kicking Off, Slated for Fall 2015 Launch

The Institute will soon begin accepting applications for the WE-CAN program in Gaian Leadership and Climate Resilience. Please contact the Institute for application materials.

The Institute for Earth Regenerative Studies develops programs 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. 

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.

More information is available at the WE-CAN website. Application materials will be published later in March and will be due by May 15, 2015.