“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 co-founder and director of the Weaving Earth Center for Relational Education (WE) and a member of the Teaching Team for the WE Immersion. As a guide and consultant, Lauren is dedicated to supporting leaders to think, feel, act and design from a foundation rooted in interrelationship. Lauren works with communities to support the honoring and witnessing of life transitions, and is especially dedicated to the reclamation of a healthy relationship to menstruation.
Lauren currently lives as a white settler on Southern Pomo territory. She is very present to the fact that some of the original colonizers of this place are Russian and Italian, two lineages which run through her body. She gives deep thanks and respect to the original peoples of this place, and is here with the commitment and prayer to be in right relationship with the people, the land and the waters of this place. 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 commitment and prayer while continuing to learn, change and do better along the way.