Reconnection and Reconcilation - Indigenous Voices in Permaculture Speaker Series

I am so excited to have 2 empowered and connected women sharing their experience and wisdom about their deep connection with land.

Join Hazel Bell-Koski and Lori Snyder as they share inspiring indigenous perspectives on Permaculture and regenerative cultures.

This speaker series includes 3 live and interactive sessions with dynamic and inspiring facilitators.

  • Wild Weeds, Native and Medicinal Plants with Lori Snyder - November 25th, 2021 7pm - 9:30pm PST
  • Radical Interconnection with Hazel Bell-Koski - December 2, 2021 6pm - 8pm PST
  • Building a regenerative culture - Possibilities for the future - December 9th, 2021 7pm - 9pm PST

Can't make the live session? No problem, recordings will be available after each class.  Please note that since some of the sessions are interactive, you are encouraged to attend live when possible!

50% of the proceeds from this event will be donated to organizations of the presenter's choice.

Proceeds will be donated to the following:

- An organization of Hazel's choice: Wet’suweten land defenders-

- Two organizations of Lori's choice:

We would send your contribution to 2 communities on the Amazon in Ecuador. Lori has been collaborating with these communities for a few years now.

One of them is the Wayusa School and Flavio Santi, who are dedicated to re-buying their ancestral lands, stolen from mining and oil companies, the Ecuadorian military, and the government. To know more about them please visit this blog posting in which Jenny shares more about this community.

The second community is a Shuar community, called Shinimp. They just moved deeper into the jungle and they are building new houses and communal spaces. They are also focused on the recovery of ancestral medicines and sharing them through the rivers for the benefit of many indigenous communities in Ecuador and Peru. They also give shelter to animals and plants which have been displaced due to deforestation. Enriqueta visited in 2017 and they are short of $11,000.00 to buy back their ancestral land.

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Wild Weeds, Native and Medicinal Plants with Lori Snyder - November 25, 2021

Image - Dana s. Wilson -

Join herbalist and educator Lori Snyder to learn about wild weeds, native and medicinal plants. 

She will guide us in using our 5 senses to meet the earth and some healing allies and will support us in learning how to reconnect with the cycles of nature.

Understand how to decolonize the mind and the diet and way of life and will touch on how to develop an understanding the physiology of the human body and what it responds to.

Lori will share about how her main teachers have been the land, plants and conversations with creator.

Lori Snyder is an Indigenous herbalist and educator with a deep knowledge of wild, medicinal and edible plants that grow in everyday spaces. Through Lori’s eyes, our immediate surroundings take on a new life and offer a wealth of untapped nutritional and ecological resources.

Through Indigenous ways of knowing and pedagogies, Lori leads people of diverse backgrounds in reconnecting to the Earth’s wisdom.

Lori has collaborated with the Provincial Health Association of BC (PHABC), helping to incorporate Indigenous teachings into the curriculum. Through the Farm2School pilot project, Lori supported the development of nine Indigenous foodscapes on elementary and secondary school grounds in Vancouver.

Lori has also collaborated with the Vancouver Parks Board, Douglas Community College, VanDusen Botanical Garden, Village Vancouver, and many community gardens and centres in and around Vancouver. She connected with the Vancouver TED Talk participants in 2017, and has also shared her expertise with university initiatives such as UBC Farm, SFU Embark Gardens, and the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Bra, Italy.

Today, Lori stewards a medicine wheel garden at the Moberly Arts and Cultural Centre. She is currently working with the David Suzuki Foundation as a Butterfly Ranger and consulting with both the foundation and the YWCA at Evelyn Crabtree on native plants and their importance in our ecological relationship with other living beings. She is the Artist in Residence at Hastings Community Centre for 2020, offering the teachings of plant wisdom through various art mediums.

Lori created Earth Awareness Realized Through Health and Company in 2013, to share First People’s perspectives on wild, edible and medicinal plants. Her practices include plant identification walks, illustration and plant medicine workshops, homemade products for the skin, consulting on garden design, as well as public speaking and team training.

Lori’s vision is to continually co-create insightful dialogues, to remediate and reconcile with our Indigenous plants as we reintroduce them into our urban landscapes. By sharing and growing these practices, communities can access our true local foods and medicines, which support collective resilience and deep ecological healing for all species.

Radical Interconnection with Hazel Bell-Koski - December 2, 2021

From quantum physics and permaculture we know that all life is radically inter-connected. My wellbeing depends on your wellbeing which depends on the soil’s wellbeing and the honey bee’s wellbeing.

In this session Hazel will guide us through an interactive creative process to explore connection self, to land, to spirit, and to community. 

Some of the things we might do in this session are free writing and/or free drawing, story exchange, discussion, and play.

Together we will cultivate and explore connection to ourselves and the world.

supplies you will need: pen and paper

Hazel Bell-Koski is a self-directed multidisciplinary artist and a storyteller. She is a woman of mixed Anishinaabe, Finnish, Irish, and English heritage. Hazel was born and raised on the unceded Coast Salish Territories of the Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Waututh), Xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), & Sḵwx̱wú7meshsi(Squamish) First Nations. She is grateful to have been raised among mountains, ferns, eagles, bears, cedars, slugs, and barnacles.

Her art practice explores the themes of kinship and the radical interconnection between all living things. She expresses herself through colour and form, painting and silk screening, textile and craft, intergenerational collaboration, and community weaving. Her art is colourful and imaginative, heartfelt and moving.

Hazel is a community-weaver extraordinaire, and she works with people from all walks of life throughout North America, using art and story-telling to share community-building techniques, and foster opportunities for new ideas, new possibilities, and new connections between people.

She has extensive experience working with diverse intergenerational communities. She currently workswith an organization called, IndigenEYEZ, they use land based learning and the creative arts to empower indigenous youth and adults through out British Columbia.

Her first language is colour.

Building a regenerative culture - Possibilities for the future - December 9th, 2021

Photo: Richard Lam

Join Lori Snyder in a lively discussion about the opportunities of our current times.  

She touch on relevant and thought provoking topics about ways we can move forward and build a more regenerative culture. 

Some topics she will touch on are:

  • Putting value back where value needs to be
    What is true wealth?
  • Where do we find joy?
  • How can we serve with the time you have?
  • Embracing, accepting and bringing light into the darkness.
  • How do we move forward from cycles that have ended.
  • What can we learn from the past to build a brighter future.
  • Using intuition.
    Taking responsibility.
  • How can we live differently?

 Lori Snyder walks gently and teaches primarily on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples, as well as neighbouring Coast Salish nations. 

Lori inspires learners of all generations and backgrounds to communicate with the natural world. She guides us to recognize the wisdom of ancestral relations who—for many thousands of years—were nourished by this land and cared deeply for its fate. 

Lori asks us to live more consciously on the ancient lands where our cities now stand, and to recognize the beneficial impacts of connecting our human experience of mind and body to nature. By learning from all of our ancestors and caring for the many generations of beings to come, we can now build a future of sovereignty and best practices for healing the Earth and all her living creatures.

Lori sees that we are all Indigenous to the Earth, and as caretakers this is the most sane yet radical response to today’s ecological and humanitarian crises.  In a time when our connection to the lands where we live grows ever more tenuous, Lori offers us an opportunity to reconnect.

Lori is a descendant from the Powhatan, Dakota, T’suu tina, Nakota, Cree, Nipissing, Dene and Anishinaabe peoples, mixed with French and Celtic ancestry. She was born and raised on the lands of the Squamish people, near Vancouver, Canada, overlooking the Salish Sea on the Pacific Northwest Coast of Turtle Island

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I have access to the course?

Forever! Once you've enrolled and paid, you'll have access to the recordings for as long as you need.

What if I decide not to attend?

You are eligible for a full refund if you cancel before the first session. Remember, recordings will be available for viewing at your leisure if you miss a live session.

I still have a question, how can I contact you?

I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have. Send me an email at

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