Session details, 2013


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Plenary sessions:

  • All plenaries are held in Brattleboro’s historic Greco-Deco Latchis Theatre at the foot of Main Street; you’ll find out registration/information desk there as well, staffed during most Summit hours.
  • All plenaries will be emceed by Lori Hanau of Global Round Table Leadership, Keene NH. Lori will also lead the final plenary on Friday afternoon — an important group discussion on what we’ve learned about Slow Living and where we’re going: “What are the next questions?”
  • All plenaries will begin with brief “tone setting moments” led by various Summitteers, some with music, designed to help you be fully receptive and in the moment.
  • We ask your cooperation in taking your seat timely, so all sessions can start promptly as scheduled!



2:00-5:00 p.m. — Gathering

  • Registration, exhibits open, networking cafe – Latchis Lobby

5:00-6:15 p.m. — Networking reception

  • Reception with hors d’oevres and cocktails provided by our sponsors Crop Organic Vodka and Farmer’s Organic Gin — Latchis Main Theatre

6:30-8:30 p.m. — Opening plenary

  • Welcoming remarks by Orly Munzing, founder and executive director, Strolling of the Heifers and Slow Living Summit, and Summit emcee Lori Hanau, Global Round Table Leadership
  • Summit dedication to Helen Daly and Keith Maillard by Jerelyn Wilson, and John Daly
  • Speaker introductions by Ellen McCulloch-Lovell, president of Marlboro College.
  • The Quest for Sustainability: What Do We Do Now? —  Jonathan Lash, president of Hampshire College, and Robert Repetto, senior fellow at the United Nations Foundation, worked together for years at the World Resources Institute where they created dozens of projects addressing global climate change, sustainable markets, ecosystem protection, and environmentally responsible governance. We’ll hear and discuss their current perspectives on these issues, including their insights into the local and personal transformations that are necessary for a Slow Living Earth.

8:30 p.m. — Evening activities

  • “And the Beat Goes . . . the Sacred Heart Beat!” — a Native American drumming meditation and movement workshop with a focus on healing, expression, dance with drum, rattle and voice. Native American social dances will also be shared, round dance, two step and snake dance. Please feel free to bring your personal drum and rattle as community/group percussion circles will also be included in workshop. Led by Fidel Moreno.
  • Networking at local cafés, informal open-space sessions, dinner options at local restaurants



7:45 – 8:30 a.m. — Gathering

  • Registration, exhibits open, networking cafe – Latchis Lobby

8:30 -10:00 a.m. — Plenary 2

  • AGRICULTURE, FOOD & FOOD SYSTEMS: Reconnecting Farmers, Eaters and Healthy Communities —  With Frances Moore Lappé  — author of Diet for a Small Planet and EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think, to Create the World We Want; founder of the Small Planet Institute; and Judy Wicks — author of Good Morning, Beautiful Business: The Unexpected Journey of an Activist Entrepreneur and Local-Economy Pioneer; founder of the White Dog Café, Philadelphia; co-founder of Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), as well as founder of the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia and Fair Food. In the Slow Economy, business is about relationships, and money is simply a tool. Businesses in the Slow Economy build authentic positive relationships with everyone they buy from, sell to, and work with, as well as relationships with their community and with the Earth. This session will explore the issue of continual material growth and how the Slow Economy is reinventing growth and building greater security and happiness for their communities. Tone-setting moment by Erica Wheeler, The Soulful Landscape.— Latchis Main Theatre

10:00 – 10:30 a.m. — Break

  • Refreshments in the Latchis Theatre Lobby

10:30 a.m. – noon — Breakout sessions

  • Slow Democracy, Slow Government: Creating more resilient communities — Do you wonder why our democratic decision making can’t be more like slow food – locally grown, and full of the vibrant creative spirit of home? Susan Clark, author of Slow Democracy and George Putnam, president and CEO, Yankee Farm Credit and proponent of Slow Government, share their diverse views about how the philosophy of “slow” can improve community spirit and resiliency. Enjoy inspiring success stories, thought-provoking discussion, and a chance to put your ideas to work. 
  • New models for cooperatives — with Roger Allbee, former Vermont Secretary of Agriculture, moderator, Regina Beidler, Organic Valley Cooperatives; Brent Raymond, International Trade Manager for the State of Vermont and EB5 Director; Erbin Crowell, Neighboring Food Coops Association. This panel with explore ways that cooperatives can survive and prosper economically in todays very competitive business environment.  New tools are being used to include new cooperative laws that allow for outside member equity without members given up control.  Others are investigating foreign investment options through the EB5 Program. The panel will discuss what non-traditional sources of capital might help rejuvenate our region’s cooperatives?
  • Creating and Retaining Wealth: New Ways of Approaching Economic Development in Rural and Small Metro Communities — with Melissa Levy, Senior Associate, Yellow Wood Associates. The Wealth Creation approach aims to improve livelihoods with a systems approach to development that creates multiple forms of wealth owned and controlled locally. This session will introduce the wealth creation approach and the tools integral to this approach (value chains and wealth matrix). Participants will be engaged in exercises to think about their strengths in terms of creating different forms of wealth and to learn from others about how they create different forms of wealth.
  • What are the next steps in your Slow Living plan?  (2 hour session ending 12:30) — This workshop will provide participants with the space to slow down and take inventory of their current lifestyle, clarify their goals, and create a personal action plan. What is working in your life? What are you looking to change? What will support you and your community in your slow living goals? Where do you find abundance in your life? What supports your personal resilience? In order to assist participants in taking specific and practical steps forward towards their slow living goals, the presenters will offer a “Project Design” coaching tool for creating a personal action plan. Participants will leave the session with an individualized workbook containing the picture of their personal compass and the basic outline of their action plan, with further activities to do on their own as their life’s design evolves. With Thara Fuller, principal and founder, TFCoaching Enterprises; Kirsten Jeppesen, Life Coach, Jeppeson Coaching.
  • SLOW MONEY: So you want to invest locally? — While growing businesses today seem to have more choices in financing their growth, it can be like putting together a puzzle. What is the best match of capital to fit their growth plans and goals? What  kind of money (and what kind of funder/ investor) will make the deal work? And as investor who wants to support their local economy, how do you navigate all the different financing instruments that you can use (loan, equity, royalty financing, convertible debt)? And how do you know when that instrument is appropriate for a particular business, as well as meeting your own investment goals? Join Janice St. Onge, President, VSJF Flexible Capital Fund, L3C, and Cathy Berry, Baldwin Investment Group, for an investment primer on understanding the capital continuum. We’ll talk about the various types of financing instruments (and mechanisms) that can be used to invest locally, the importance of due diligence, getting good legal advice, and why it’s not just about the money, but what comes with the money — like building collaboration, relationships and technical assistance — that counts.
  • Story of Place — with Kate Stephenson, Yestermorrow Design/Build School;Bill Reed, Regenesis Group. This session introduces the importance of developing a deep understanding of place as a process for developing resilient and regenerative communities. We will discuss how you can use the Story of Place model to understand the unique dynamics and potential of your community in relationship to its place, and how your work can help grow the story of that place into a future of vitality, viability and hope for all its inhabitants. This process develops a “pattern understanding” of how a place as a whole works in order to identify and make explicit new possibilities for sustainable engagement with natural systems. It moves past the model of mitigating the “damage” caused by human development into creating a built environment that actually contributes to the health and viability of its place. We will look at examples of how communities and organizations around the country, including the Yestermorrow Design/Build School, have used this process to guide their planning and development.
  • Introduction to Transition Movement — With Tina Clarke, Certified Transition Trainer, Transition Massachusetts, Montague MA; Paul LeVasseur, Transition Putney, Putney VT. How do we increase our own resilience and strengthen our communities as energy costs rise, and economic and environmental problems deepen? Transition is a global movement in 34 countries, inspiring community projects on local food, buildings, energy, economy and culture that bring people together for positive, creative action and fun. How does the process work? How does it support existing local groups and leaders and help everyone collaborate? We’ll share experiences and successful models, and explore how communities can come together to thrive in changing times. Learn about the origins and key principles of this model for cultivating resilient communities through grass-roots, neighbor-to-neighbor initiatives. Information will be offered on regional and national resources to support starting up a new Transition Town.
  • Slow Living Leadership: Exploring Options to Bring Slow Living Principles to Your Community and Beyond — With Cary Gaunt, sustainability and watershed consultant, and Lori Hanau, Global Round Table Leadership. This session is for anyone interested in Slow Living leadership. Please join a group of your peers to discuss your needs and aspirations as Slow Living leaders, to discuss how to bring Slow Living to your communities, and to help the Slow Living Summit develop new programs to support you.  This focus group will model a Slow Living approach to cultivating group wisdom and making decisions. We will engage in story sharing, circle work, generative dialogues, and other practices to help each of us deepen into our authentic knowing. From our collective wisdom we will explore questions about Slow Living leadership, identify what is needed to support and cultivate Slow Living leaders, and assess what future offerings the Slow Living Summit could provide to meet those needs.

Noon – 1:45 p.m. — Networking Lunch at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden

  • Farm-fresh local food — Sponsor exhibit tables open — Book table open
  • LUNCHTIME SESSION 12:30-1:30: The Pursuit of Happiness Walk, presented by Paula Francis, Inspired Consultation, and Linda Wheatley, Gross National Happiness USA. Pick up your lunch at the River Garden, take it to the KeyBank conference room, two doors north on Main Street, where this session will take place!  “The Walk and the Talk”.  What does happiness mean to you? What really matters in life? Hear the story of two women who walked 600 miles from Vermont to Washington DC asking these questions and listening to what people had to say.  They will discuss what they learned about happiness and why it matters to public policy.  Their efforts inform the work of Gross National Happiness USA?s mission to measure what matters. More information about The Walk is at

1:45-3:15 p.m. — Plenary 3

  • Slow Design: The impact of mindful design on the quality of public spaces and their communities — How can public spaces be designed not only to facilitate gathering, transportation and recreation, but to foster democracy and to build more socially integrated communities? Can we go beyond “green” and resilient design, and create a built environment that lifts spirits and transforms the ways we work and live? Can even mundane elements of urban infrastructure be re-imagined and recreated to become points of inspirational focus rather than generic designs or eyesores to be hidden or disguised? Three urban visionaries, each engaged in designing and developing vibrant community spaces, discuss how communities can apply new thinking and find creative, transformative and regenerative solutions in their public spaces and public as well as private buildings. With: Jonathan Fogelson*, designer, Michael Singer Studio, Wilmington VT; Rosanne Haggerty, President, Community Solutions, New York; Rasmia Kirmani-Frye, Director, Brownsville Partnership, Community Solutions, NY. Introductions: Ellen McCulloch-Lovell, president, Marlboro College, Marlboro VT. Moderator: Susan McMahon, Windham Regional Commission.  Tone setting moment by Cathy Berry. *NOTE: Michael Singer, previously scheduled to appear at this plenary, is unfortunately not able to attend.

3:15 – 3:45 p.m. — Break

  • Refreshments in the Latchis Theatre Lobby

3:45 – 5:15 p.m. — Breakout sessions

  • Measuring Vermont’s Well-Being — with Tom Barefoot, co-coordinator, Gross National Happiness USA; and Kate Jellema, Benchmarks for a Better Vermont at Marlboro College Graduate School. We will look at recent progress in changing what we measure from GDP to well-being indicators here in Vermont, and see how we are doing at learning to use these new measures to change the conversation on development and progress. We will update participants on several important initiatives in Vermont including: the Genuine Progress Indicator implemented by the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics; Results Based Accountability implemented by Benchmarks for a Better Vermont, the Agency of Human Services and many other agencies; Gross National Happiness Wellbeing Survey of Vermont by GNHUSA; the Early Childhood Data Reporting System by Building Brighter Futures; and the Governor’s Dashboard. We will briefly demonstrate the potential of each of these data systems, and discuss how measuring what matters can help Vermonters turn the curve towards sustainable well-being in their communities.
  • Recycling Human “Waste”: the Science and Culture of Closing the Food Nutrient Cycle By recapturing the nutrients in human “waste” and returning them to the soil we can move away from the extractive industrial model of fertilizer production, and bypass the expensive and energy-intensive process of removing human waste from sewage. Brattleboro is the site of the United States’ first community-scale Urine Nutrient Reclamation Project. The founders of the Rich Earth Institute will describe their organization’s groundbreaking work, and engage participants in an examination of the benefits and challenges inherent in this paradigm shift.  Kim Nace of Rich Earth Institute; Abe Noe-Hays of Sustainable Harvest International
  • Fostering a sense of place to enrich your life and your community —  With Erica Wheeler, The Soulful Landscape. In this session we will explore the role of the arts in stewardship and community planning as well as personal life enrichment; gain tools and skills to express how your work connects with the nature, history and culture of your region; and foster a new or renewed sense of place and belonging in your life and in the lives of others. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools and skills needed to discover and articulate your ‘sense of place.’ You will learn Erica’s three part process to connect your inner and outer landscapes. This will help you generate fresh ideas and connections, as well as writings to develop further. Come experience a sense of meaning, depth and connection that will nourish your spirit and recharge your passion for stewardship and connecting people and place.
  • Slow Design using N-Light Table — An N-Light Table workshop with Julie Lineberger and Joseph Cincotta, LineSync Architects, and members of the LineSync Architecture team. The N-Light Table is a process LineSync Architecture developed to empower clients in the design of residential, municipal and corporate structures.  The LineSync Architecture team will describe the process, then lead a N-Light Table session with a focus on for Land Use Planning for Island Park, including a community center.  After the initial description, participants will gather in working groups of 5 – 7 people, each group led by a LineSync Architecture team member.
  • Leading with Humanity: Practicing Authenticity, Equality and Wholeness, with Lori Hanau and Elli Caldwell, Global Round Table Leadership. Amidst our everyday lives of overpacked agendas, the demands of instant technology and a rapidly changing, dynamic global landscape, how can we lead our lives with integrity and conduct ourselves consciously? This interactive session will explore the art of slowing down to build the muscles of leading from within. Drawing on the concepts of wholeness and collective wisdom, we will focus on balancing the practical with the spiritual to support our reawakening to our innate human potential.
  • Slowing Down to the Speed of Nature — with Ivan McBeth, shamanic and druidic teacher. Druids perceive the world in terms of speed. Each range of speed corresponds to a specific state of consciousness. Ivan will discuss different possible speeds humans can choose to live their lives by, the consequences, and how we can change our speed if we wish to.
  • Adaptive re-use: the West Townshend Community Store project — Friends and neighbors in West Townshend, Vermont established the West River Community Project. A diverse group of people from all walks of life, they are farmers, artists, business owners, homemakers, local students and interns from across the country with a kaleidoscope of perspectives, a rich palette of experiences and crackling with energy. From the founders of the project, hear how the renovation of this store and the creation of a non-profit community center is promoting cooperation among neighbors, creating involvement in local development, and providing awareness of relevant issues, such as environmental conservation, local agriculture, and public health. With Leigh Merinoff, Robert DuGrenier and Clare Adams.
  • TRANSITION: Community Transition Initiatives across the race and economic divides — With Carlos Espinoza, Jamaica Plain (Mass.) New Economy Transition, and Orion Kriegman, New England New Economy Transition. Many transition initiatives are formed by people with a deep environmental concern about peak oil and climate change. But to build broadly participatory initiatives, we need to speak to local concerns about inequality, jobs, the cost of energy, youth opportunity, violence, food security and more. Come hear stories about community resilience building efforts that bridge class and race divides in our communities.
  • COOPS: Cooperatives are Slow — with Maggie Cohn, Cooperative Fund of New England, facilitator;  Alex Gyori, Brattleboro Food Coop; Regina Beidler, Organic Valley; Margaret Atkinson, Green Mountain Spinnery.  We will discuss how the cooperative model embodies the values of the Slow Economy movement.  Cooperatives offer a resilient, proven way of doing business that is focused on member or owner needs. The business exists to serve and improve its community and its members, rather than to serve the interests of outside investors. We’ll look at the breadth of coops that exist, a critical and unrecognized sector of our economy. We’ll hear stories from coops from different fields (coop representative panelists to be selected). An open discussion with participants will focus on the benefits and difficulties of cooperative ownership. What works well, how are challenges overcome? What can the model teach us?

5:30 – 7:00 p.m. — Networking reception at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden

7:00 p.m. — Evening activities

  • Ecstatic Dance — led by Ivan McBeth and Fearn Lickfield, shamanic and druidic teachers.Ecstasy means to dance your personal dance, expressing your soul in freedom and joy. Ivan and Fearn lead Ecstatic Dances throughout Vermont, creating awesome music mixes designed to inspire bodies to move, while holding a safe and sacred space for people who wish to move their bodies and experience ecstasy.
  • TRANSITION: Intentional Conversation for Transition Organizers — with Simon Dennis, Susal Stebbins and Tina Clarke. A chance to connect as a transition community, share what is most alive for us right now in our work as organizers for transition, and reflect on what we hope to gain by being at the summit together. At the Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main Street. 
  • Farm Art Exhibit — Opening reception at the Works Bakery Café, Main Street
  • Networking at local cafés, informal open-space sessions, dinner options at local restaurants



7:45-8:30 a.m.

  • NETWORKING: Registration & continental breakfast – Latchis Lobby

8:30-10 a.m. — Plenary 4 — The Transition Plenary

  • Transitioning to community resilience — With Gus Speth, Vermont Law School; Tina Clarke, Certified Transition Trainer, Transition Massachusetts; Chuck Collins, Senior Scholar, Institute for Policy Studies.  Tone-setting moment by Judy Davidson, retired psychologist and mindfulness teacher; music by the SingAbout Singers, an outreach arm of the Brattleboro Women’s Chorus, led by Becky Graber. (A Question of Tempo, by Joanne Hammill; Take Time in Life, a folksong from Liberia, and Woyaya, by the South African band, Osibisa) We are in a transition to a more ecologically and socially sustainable economy. If the mantra of the old economy was unlimited economic growth, what are the characteristics of this new economy? Where does this new economy already exist and what is missing?  What are local communities and regions doing to build community resilience and the institutions of the new economy?  What national rule changes would aide this transition?

10-10:30 a.m. — Break

  • Refreshments in the Latchis Theatre Lobby

10:30 – Noon — Breakout sessions

  • Biochar: Burying carbon for good  — With Kathleen Draper, Finger Lakes Biochar. Biochar is a carbon negative soil amendment made from waste biomass.  This session will provide an overview of a model for small scale, closed -loop biochar production which maximizes the carbon negative aspect of Biochar.  Potential benefits & uses for farmers will be discussed including: improved crop yield, reduced fertilizer needs, better water management, reduction of nutrient leaching, animal feed additive, odor control and carbon sequestration.
  • Innovative models for farm and food enterprises — with Roger Allbee, former Vermont Secretary of Agriculture, moderator, Jesse LaFlamme and David Rachlin, Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs; Chris Bailey, Vermont Smoke and Cure; Jeff Roberts, author of The Atlas of American Artisan Cheese, Sara Newmark of New Chapter, and Martin Ping of Hawthorne Valley Farm. This panel will explore and discuss the many new models for farm and food enterprises that are “cropping” up in Vermont and the region.  It will explore how they operate and how they contribute to the sustainability of agriculture and food systems in the region and state.
  • Achieving Resilience in Brattleboro: The Brooks House and Brattleboro Food Co-opAlex Wilson, the president of the Resilient Design Institute, and Bob Stevens, P.E, president of Stevens & Associates, will explore issues of resilient and sustainable design in a typical New England town. The Brattleboro Food Co-op, located on the Whetstone Brook, which flooded during Tropical Storm Irene, and the Brooks House, which is being rebuilt following a fire and extensive water damage, both exemplify key aspects of resilient design. They are mixed-use buildings with commercial space below and upper-level apartments that will maintain livable conditions even in the event of an extended power outages, loss of heating fuel, or other disruptions. This session will include a walking tour of the Co-op and (possibly) Brooks House.
  • Seeing the Solidarity Economy through Suma Qamana with Tamara Stenn, Keene State College. The Andean way of being, Suma Qamana (living well), is an indigenous form of sustainable living focused on the earth, individuals and community.   It encompasses principles of self-determination, sustainable agriculture, food security, and solidarity economy ensuring that all are heard, cared for and able to affect positive change in times of global challenge.  This interactive workshop enables participants to apply these principles to envision new ways of working and living together.
  • The ABCs of sustainable time management — with Pamela Kristan, Managing Time & Stuff. Too much to do? Too little time? Learn the ABCs of sustainable time management to focus your Attention, establish good Boundaries, and make wise Choices. Rather than being overwhelmed with tips that feel like just more items on your To-Do List, you’ll dig down to the issues that lie at the core of the trouble. New insights and skills from this hands-on time management lab help you deal with distractions, priorities, and procrastination. Get the sense of satisfaction, sovereignty, and service that comes from managing your time sustainably.
  • Slow Gardening: Designing a Garden for Your Own Well-Being — with Cheryl Wilfong, author of The Meditative Gardener. Cheryl will facilitate a discussion on cultivating well-being in your very own garden. How can you design a garden that works for you, instead of you working for your garden? What are the inner tools and resources that help you to live slowly and wisely in your garden?
  • TRANSITION: The Transition visioning game — Steve Chase, Antioch New England and the Transition Keene Task Force; Katy Locke, Transition Keene Task Force; Sarah Harpster, Transition Keene Task Force. Join this engaging activity to plan in small groups around six key content areas. Participants will then creatively report back to the whole break-out session.
  • Slow Transportation: Building blocks for a Transportation CSA — with Rebecca Jones, MD,; David Cohen, ecopsychologist. As long as change in our transportation system is driven from above, by federal and state programs, the pace of change will be glacial. But if we take a cue from the local food movement, perhaps there are ways to build change at the local, grass roots level. Think of it as a Transportation CSA. What would it look like? Options include more robust ride-sharing systems, electric-assist bicycles, local walkability programs, and more flexible routing for buses. This is a charette-style session — bring your ideas and let’s start mapping out the Transportation CSA.

Noon – 1:45 p.m. — Networking Lunch at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden

  • Farm-fresh local food — Sponsor exhibit tables open — Book table open

 1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. — Breakout sessions

  • Redefining ownership: Community ownership means never having to sell out your values —The dominant corporate model encourages profit-maximizing above all other human, ecological, and social values, with investors demanding fast windfall payouts at any cost. This session will demonstrate that not only are there other models that emphasize the opposite values, but that they are thriving. With Daniel Fireside, Equal Exchange; Tom Willits, Lydia B. Stokes Foundation, David Hallquist, Vermont Electric Cooperative, and Connie Snow, Windham & Windsor Housing Trust.
  • Welcome home! Community that works: Applying lessons learned from 20 years of developing EcoVillage at Ithaca to mainstream development — How can whole neighborhoods cut energy use by up to 90 percent, grow much of their own food, and develop a caring community while enjoying an exceptionally high quality of life? A team of organizers, planners, architects, and builders in upstate New York have been learning through direct experience by actually creating such neighborhoods. Eco-Village at Ithaca is a world renowned co-housing community that has pioneered sustainable living at its three residential neighborhoods, two CSA farms, and permanently protected natural areas.  With Liz Walker, Ecovillage Ithaca, and Robert Morache, New Earth Strategies
  • Let’s design a Slow Economy — What does a fully realized Slow Economy look like? How does it work? Using cards that describe economic design principles in simple terms, participants will explore this emerging economic model. By talking together, we will discover the key principles of a Slow Economy and how to use our lives and work as a lever to affect change locally and in the broader economy. We will create new cards and new ideas as we go. With Jennifer Atlee, independent researcher, and co-facilitators from the community of Summit speakers and attendees.
  • Slow Living and sustainable aging — After all you are doing to revive Slow Living, what will the final days and hours of your life look like? Unless you’ve carefully mapped out your wishes, those days are not likely to be in the “Slow Lane.” Learn why detailed advance care planning and a proxy are essential,  learn about community initiatives to increase satisfactory end-of-life experiences, and leave with a personal action plan and tools for engaging in this vital discussion. With Joanna Rueter founder, Sustainable Aging
  • Local medicine is Slow Medicine: Experiential Ramble to Meet the Plants — With Larken Bunce, founding co-director, Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism. In this ambulatory session you will explore nearby landscape to ground and re-tune your vision to the green and breathing world. How can we begin, today, to build intimate relationship with the land? Learning about specific herbs for our ailments is one path to deeper kinship with the plant kingdom and all of Nature. Reclaim your right and responsibility to self-care. Experience the plants directly and gain immediately useful knowledge. Exercise your curiosity and wonder-muscles, slowing into plant-time until you gently arrive at Belonging.
  • Soil and Transformation — A look at how soil serves as a hub for solutions to so many of the challenges we face (environmental, economic and social) and a roll-up-our-sleeves discussion of how to build a movement using soil as an organizing principle. By turning our attention to restoring soil to its living, biologically-rich, water-holding state, we can address such problems as excess CO2, climate change, biodiversity loss, drought, floods and wildfires, obesity/malnutrition, and poverty in a holistic way as opposed to mere stop-gap or outright counterproductive measures. And this is where the transformative part comes in: taking a “soil’s-eye view” of our various predicaments allows us to see such problems as signs that crucial cycles are out of balance—and that we have the means to restore them. It’s time we start doing so.  With Judith D. Schwartz, Author of Cows Save the Planet: And Other Improbable Ways of Restoring Soil to Heal the Earth; Abe Collins, a Vermont-based cattle grazier and the president of Collins Grazing, LLC; and Dan Kittredge, Founder and Director of the Bionutrient Food Association and a life-long farmer based in Central Massachusetts.
  • TRANSITION: Emergency preparedness and regional thinking for Transition organizing — Conrad Willeman, Transition Newburyport (Mass.); Chuck Collins, Institute for Policy Studies; Sarah Byrnes, Institute for Policy Studies. Food, energy and transit are part of regional systems. Similarly, when disaster strikes, we depend on regional response systems. Can emergency preparedness and regional planning be a way to engage people in organizing for community resilience and transition?

3:00 – 3:25 p.m. — Break

  • Regather at the Latchis Theatre

3:25 – 5:30 p.m. — Closing plenary

  • What are the next questions? A group summing up of what we’ve learned about Slow Living, and where we are going — A full-group closing conversation to tap into the collective wisdom of the whole to discover what the key insights of the Summit have been.  With Carl Honoré (by video from London UK), author of In Praise of Slowness and The Slow Fix; Lori Hanau, Global Leadership Roundtable, moderator. “Synthesizer” insights presented by Paul DiLeo, Judith Schwartz, Orion Kriegman and Thara Fuller. Music by Erica Wheeler, The Soulful Landscape; Amelia Struthers and Mike Mwrowicki, Vermont Timbre.

5:30 p.m. — 8:30 p.m. — Evening activities

  • Gallery Walk and Strolling of the Heifers Street Festival, Downtown Brattleboro



10 a.m.

  • Strolling of the Heifers Parade, Main Street

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

  • Slow Living Expo, Brattleboro Common and Brattleboro Retreat Grounds

NOON – 2:30 p.m.

  • TRANSITION: Meeting of the New England Resilience and Transition HUB — Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main Street. Come share stories, lessons, and strategies with other Transitioners from around New England! We will consider the state of the New England network, create a better understanding of existing regional connections, and envision our next steps as a regional community. Other topics include Inner Transition, future gatherings, and training needs.  For more information, visit


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