“My Hebrew name is Leba, named after my grandmother, which means heart. I feel that I am alive at this time dedicated to all matters of the heart. My blood ancestors are from Russia, Sicily and Scotland and I was born a white settler on Lenni-Lenape territory in what is now called New Jersey. I fell in love with the wild places there—the magnificence of the oak trees; the earthworms emerging after the rains; the deer moving through the leaves; the salty ocean air on my face and the bird calls that signaled the setting sun. These wild moments and my family’s love of life guided me as a child to love and care for the earth and the people.”
Lauren (she/her) is Executive Director and co-founder of the Weaving Earth Center for Relational Education, an educational nonprofit that encourages the study and practice of Earth Intimacy, Co-Liberation, Embodiment and Prayerful Action as key approaches for addressing the social and ecological crises of our times. (www.weavingearth.org)
Lauren comes from Ashkenazi Jewish (Odessa), Sicilian, and Scottish ancestry. As an educator, consultant, ecological designer, and creative, Lauren is dedicated to supporting people to pursue their passions and shape their actions from a foundation rooted in interrelationship. Attention to magic and mystery is at the heart of her praxis. Lauren is also deeply committed to honoring the cycles of menstruation as a prayer for healing. Her work and play are an expression of her prayer for eco-social co-liberation. She has been working outdoors with youth, teens and adults for 20 years. She holds a degree in Earth Sciences and Geography, with a focus on the human-nature relationship and holds certifications in Ecological Agriculture, Regenerative Design & Nature Awareness, Permaculture, Embodied Social Justice, & Integrated Trauma Therapy. She is also a part of Beyond Boundaries and the Fierce Allies practice community.
Lauren currently lives as a white settler on occupied Southern Pomo territory, a place whose original colonizers included Russian and Italian — two lineages which run through her body. She gives deep thanks and respect to the original peoples of this place, and carries the commitment to be in right relationship with the people, the land and the waters therein. And while this commitment isn’t enough to address the historic and present-day harm done on this continent — and globally by supremacy culture — she nevertheless believes it is her response-ability to walk humbly with this prayer while continuing to learn, change and do better along the way.\