Gaia Festival 2010

Karen Tate

An independent scholar, speaker, radio show host, published author, and sacred tour organizer, Karen’s body of work blends her experiences of women-centered multiculturalism evident in archaeology, anthropology and mythology with her unique academic and literary talents and travel experience throughout the world.

Stephen Gerringer

Stephen Gerringer is a member of the leadership team that steers the Joseph Campbell Foundation (JCF). A longtime political activist and occasional candidate for legislative office, his career trajectory was interrupted when a major health crisis and subsequent brush with death prompted a deep inward turn.

Paul Cronshaw

Paul “The Beeman” Cronshaw has been a beekeeper for 30+ years. He started his first hive with equipment and bees from Sears Farming Catalog.

His Beekeeping experience has moved from a hobby to now a small business: Paul captures swarms and removes bees from structures and trees using the bait hive technique.

Elisa Robles

Worm Girl is a compost worm and bin system sales, as well as educational service business based in Santa Barbara, CA. Worm Girl is owned and operated by Vermicompost Specialist Elisa Robles and based downtown on a small scale urban worm farm.

Worm Girl will provide you with tangible options for becoming a sustainable steward of your own home, and therefore serve the greater community.

Julie James

Julie is an herbal practitioner and educator based in Long Beach. She has worked with the healing plants for over 25 years, and heads the highly regarded Green Wisdom Herbal Studies group in Southern California.


Freya has dedicated herself to freestyle movement and dance for over a decade. Her curiosity about the transformative effects of movement to the body and mind led her to seek guidance and lineage from Priestesses of elemental magic, Trance Dance Masters and Tantric Shamans.

Catherine Svehla

Catherine Svehla is a writer, scholar, and storyteller with a Ph.D. In Mythological Studies and Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Her writing and workshops explore the relationships between mythology, consciousness, and culture, and the potential for a more beautiful, just, and sustainable way of life.

Sara Munro

Sara Munro first experienced “the hoop” in 2002, and has used it as a vehicle to teach somatic awareness, rhythm, joyful movement and fun fitness since 2004.