Environmental Education through Earth-based Arts, Traditions, and Technologies.
Peter Michael Bauer, Executive Director. Peter is the Executive Director and an instructor for various programs. A fourth generation Portlander, his first merit badge in the Boy Scouts was basketry. From there he went on to receive his Eagle Scout rank. It was during his years camping during the scouts that he began to yearn for a deeper connection to place. At sixteen he traveled across the United States to attend Tom Brown Jr.’s Tracker School and Wilderness Awareness School in Washington state, where he attended several Art of Mentoring workshops. He has worked as an environmental educator for nearly every environmental education organization in Portland, including Cascadia Wild, Friends of Tryon Creek, Audubon, and Echoes in Time. He loves basketry, playing the banjo and is a fluent speaker of Chinuk Wawa (Chinook Jargon), the Native trade language of the Pacific Northwest and heritage language of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. He is the founder of www.rewild.com and the author of Rewild or Die (under the moniker “Urban Scout“). During the summer of 2012 he attended Lynx Vilden’s Stone Age immersion program. —>Contact Peter
Laura Goldstone, Youth Program Instructor. Laura was raised in Selma, California, a small farming community in the central San Joaquin Valley. Her father worked for the National Park service before raising a family, so she and her two siblings spent much of their childhood camping and exploring Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and the surrounding foothills. Laura earned a BA in Fine Arts from Fresno State with plans to follow in her mother’s footsteps and become a teacher. She soon found herself thrust into the non-profit education world, teaching art and science for the Fresno Metropolitan Museum, studying at the Institute of Inquiry with the Exploratorium in San Francisco, developing and teaching programs at the San Diego Museum of Natural History, The Rueben H. Fleet Science Center, and many after-school programs in between. She left San Diego to return to her home territories and was honored to work as the Preschool-Programs Coordinator for the San Joaquin Parkway and Conservation Trust. Teaching 4 and 5 year olds along the San Joaquin River is one of her cherished educator experiences. Flowing along from one great river to another, Laura moved to Portland, Oregon. She worked for Trackers in 2013 as their lead coordinator for 4-5 year old camps, which helped spark a desire to learn not just survival, but ancestral skills. In her pursuit of knowledge and practice she stumbled across Rewild Portland, “ I saw that table full of bone tools and the most wondrous hand-made items and just knew I would get a lot out of my time with them, I couldn’t sign up to volunteer fast enough. I am so thrilled to have found not only an organization with a philosophy that resonates with my own life, but a real community of learners, educators, makers, artists and real visionaries. My life really hasn’t been the same.”
Kara Daniel was born and raised in Michigan where she spent much of her childhood exploring wooded trails and rock-hunting on beaches of the Great Lakes with her family. In her late teens she began thinking critically about Western culture as she became involved in social justice and environmental activism. She changed college majors several times as her two passions (art and science) pulled her in different directions. Her connection with plants and love of the outdoors finally led her to pursue a B.S. in Natural Resource Management. After college, she began teaching at outdoor education camps and loved the energy and enthusiasm that working with kids involved. She taught and explored with children as young as four years old as well as teenagers and young adults at camps and nature centers in North Carolina, New York, California, and Wisconsin before landing in Oregon where she discovered that the diverse ecosystems and the amazing rewilding community were exactly what she had been searching for. Kara has since found a way to combine her interests of art and nature by crafting from natural materials and being inspired by the natural world. She loves fiber crafts of all sorts: felting, dying, spinning and knitting, and has more recently begun to explore basket weaving. She continues to learn about plants and the natural world while studying permaculture design and herbal medicine.
Sarah Hill, Naturalist, Youth Program Instructor Sarah is a teacher, naturalist, indiscriminate animal lover, and pun master. Her desire to connect young people with the outdoors brought her to Rewild Portland. Raised in Ridgefield, WA, Sarah spent her childhood fishing with her father, gardening with her mother and wandering her families forested property. This passion for the natural world has followed her throughout her life. In high school, she was a councilor for her local outdoor school program, and later became a science education intern at OMSI. She holds a degree in Life Science from the University of Portland, has developed educational materials and served as an outdoor educator for the Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center in Orange, TX, the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, and is currently in charge of the cultural education programs of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge and the Cathlapotle Plankhouse. Sarah uses her unbridled curiosity, passion for learning, and life-long connection to the wild lands of the Northwest to aid youth in developing their own sense of place.
Board of Directors
Heather Harlow, Board Member, Director, Producer, and Plant Nerd. Harlow holds a BA in Fine and Applied Arts from the University of Oregon, and a double Master’s degree in Botanical Sciences (Ethnobotany) and Conservation Biology from the University of Hawaii. Briefly, her past research includes, identifying and collecting invasive Hawaiian plant species on the island of Oahu for anti-cancer bioassay screening, working with the United Plant Savers performing ecological research studies on threatened and endangered native American medicinal plant species; and working in collaboration with the International Trust for Traditional Medicine (ITTM), located in Northern Himalayan India, where she documented and recorded the cultural significance and specific use of local Tibetan medicinal plant resources. Heather also co-founded and co-directed the Portland-based non-profit, Northwest Documentary Arts & Media. Here, she spent two years teaching documentary filmmaking and collaborating on award-winning documentary projects. Currently, Heather works in the Film and Video industry as both an award-winning producer and an independent film director. Her most recent awards include ‘Rising Star Award’ from Oregon Media Producer’s Association and ‘Best Documentary’ at HollyShorts Film Festival for her last film Nous Deux Encore, which has won a total of 13 awards to date. She is honored to bring her skills to the board of Rewild Portland and hopes to learn more about the concept of rewilding and it’s importance to the health of the earth, ourselves and our future generations.
Calen Kennett, Board Member, Filmmaker, and our resident Post-Apocalyptic MacGuyver. Calen was born on the southern Oregon coast and raised in the creative, nurturing community of Portland, Oregon, where he currently resides. Calen has an extensive background in sound design for concerts, stage plays, and film, for which he has been complimented by Variety Magazine. He can siphon gas from a car with duct tape while rewiring a solar panel to recharge AA batteries while making a video about it. Okay not really, but kinda. He works as a professional sound and video technician for Owlink Media.
Monica Sears, Board Member, artist, and outdoor educator. Monica was born in New Zealand, where she was introduced to flax weaving and other indigenous skills in elementary school. Surrounded by the temperate forests, grasslands, and coastline of the South Island’s Otago region, she developed a deep appreciation of nature and the environment. Monica also has a strong art background, earning a Bachelor of Fine Art degree while crafting paper mache masks for theater and dance groups in the Midwest, before moving to Portland where she ran a maskmaking studio for 15 years. Monica is a graduate of Oregon Metro’s Nature University program, and has volunteered as a naturalist and assistant educator for Metro Parks and Natural Areas, the Columbia Slough Watershed Council, and the SUN community school program. She has been enthusiastically involved with rewilding and ancestral skills since 2011, even being interviewed by American Frontiersman Magazine in 2013.
Deirdre Spahr, Board Member and Teacher Deirdre has a BA in Environmental Studies from the City University of New York. She is currently working towards a Masters in Waldorf Education, through Antioch University, and is an elementary grades teacher at Shining Star Waldorf School in Portland, Oregon. Deirdre’s love for the outdoors began as a child in Pennsylvania where, from a young age, she and her little sister had free range of the farm fields, woods and creeks surrounding their home. Her parents are both active environmentalists and outdoor enthusiasts who have long supported her interests in sustainable development. Before becoming a Waldorf school teacher and moving to Portland, Deirdre worked with non-profit groups in New York to develop educational programming for children and adults, on environmental and humanitarian issues. In an age when environmental concerns are quite frightening, it is Deirdre’s hope to reawaken conscious connection with nature and community through fun . . . and a fair amount of goading people into putting away their cell phones to engage directly with mud, bugs, skipping stones, stinging nettle, the pouring rain, climbing trees and more, as much as possible.
Kelila Eichstadt, Director of Communications. Growing up next to the Molalla River, Kelila learned to value the earth from a young age. In high school, she was very involved with environmental advocacy and co-founded the high school’s “Green Team”. She became the communications officer and was a driving force behind the club’s Earth Day event, Greenstock. Over two years, she worked with the club and the community and furthered the success of the event. Leaving the legacy behind her, Kelila now attends Portland State University where she is studying French and globalization. She aspires to learn all she can and master many new skills through her experience with Rewild Portland.
Aside from our core staff, Rewild Portland works with a large group of educators. Here is a list of people who are working with us and have worked with us in the past.
Kymberly Kline, Instructor. Kymberly is passionate about nature, creativity, community and storytelling. After receiving her Masters of Science in Geology and Environmental Science, she did some serious un-schooling. She completed the 9-month Regenerative Design and Nature Awareness program with the 8-Shields Institute & the Regenerative Design Institute (RDI) studying mentoring, nature connection, culture creation and wilderness skills. She also completed Ecology of Leadership trainings through RDI. Kymberly has worked with children of many ages, socio-economic, and cultural backgrounds in alternative education settings. For eight years she worked in summer camps, after school programs, homeschooling programs, in-school mentoring programs, and as a garden teacher. Kymberly considers herself deeply blessed to have grown up in a rural area with plenty of forest and stream to explore adjacent to her childhood home. As a child, Kymberly had a close connection to her grandparents and her great grandmother who lived close by. She has never been at a loss for curiosity about the natural world, and is passionate about sharing her love & gratitude for natural processes and community supported learning.
Willem Larsen, Founder, Advisor, Instructor, Blower of Minds. Willem was born at the mouth of the Rogue River in Oregon. He grew up on the Chetco, Winchuck, Coos, and Willamette Rivers, and is now working and living in Portland, OR. He travels the world teaching the language revitalization method called Language Hunting focused on turning around the global endangered language crisis. He also teaches communities how to become self-sufficient and resilient, and keeps a popular blog about rewilding, www.mythic-cartography.org. His recent fatherhood has only underscored his commitment to family, village, and land.
Tony Deland, Bowyer, ancestral skills instructor and practitioner. Tony has a Masters in Art Education and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer (Kenya, 2005-2007). While in Kenya he began to learn many of the ancestral skills in real world practice, and was part of building a mud brick and cob home as well as learning the traditional way of making ceramic cooking pots. Through that experience he has been extremely passionate about traditional and ancestral skills ever since. He has been an instructor at the Buckeye Gathering in California and at The Sharpening Stone in southern Oregon. He has also taught at Trackers Northwest as their lead instructor for adult and teen programs. His experience as an Art teacher helps him to simplify these skills and make them accessible to people who may not have any experience with them. Check out his personal webpage here: http://www.primitiveartsandcrafts.com
Lisa Wells, Lisa Wells, Advisor, Founder, Instructor. Lisa is a long time rewilder and student of Tom Brown jr., Jon Young, and Martin Pretchtel. She has worked as an outdoor educator, theater teacher, and creative writing instructor. She teaches the Spolin Method of improvisation and does group work facilitation using Systemic Constellation. She is the author of a book of essays, Yeah. No. Totally. and a chapbook, BEAST. With Bobby Abrahamson she made The West Behind Us, a documentary collaboration on struggling small towns in the west. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Believer, Best New Poets, Denver Quarterly, Third Coast, The Iowa Review and others. She holds an MFA in Poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and currently teaches poetry at Yale-NUS in Singapore.
Tony Kimbro, Advisor, Founder, Instructor, Musician, Bouncer and provides comic relief. Tony has lived as an avid outdoorsman, naturalist and rewilder for 14 years. He has studied wilderness living skills, tracking and nature observation, traveling to New Jersey at a young age to attend Tom Brown’s Tracker School and has worked as a guide in the remote wilderness of Idaho and Alaska. A love of family, friends and place inspire Tony, and influence his drive to rewild the hearts and minds of Cascadia.
Jesse Ambrose, Director of Media Production. Jesse entered the Ambrose family, pigeon-toed and white-haired, at the crest of his parents’ child birthing years, number four of six. After receiving a homeschool diploma from his home state of Pennsylvania, he moved to Portland, Oregon, to study Digital Film and Video at the Art Institute. In 2010 he met the folks at Rewild Portland, and was invited on board as media intern. Working with Rewild introduced Jesse to the world of outdoor education and wilderness-survival skills. In the summer of 2012, he worked for Trackers NW. Also in 2012, Jesse started working for Village Video, a local media production company. Continuing to seek out the cultural intersections of sociology, ecology, and art, Jesse spends his time juggling various projects in the media arts and naturalist pursuits. You can visit Jesse’s website at jesseambrose.wordpress.com.