We’re out here at the horn of plenty field with nutter, the great pyrenees and a bunch of chicks. Broiler chicks. And some wranglers. So that these chicks are protected from the hawks. They obviously have a mind of their own and it’s a little chaotic. But we’re getting…..
Jonathan: Pretend like you’re a fence. All right. If all the kids kind of stand over here and like so they don’t go past this way. Yeah and then andy’s creating a funnel. So i’m just standing like a big line or actually all these people just stand in a big line so as the chickens come they’ll be scared to go in.
NikiAnne: Come on chicks. The point is to protect you. There you go here you go here you go. Well done team.
NikiAnne (she/her) was born and raised on a horse and cattle ranch on the ancestral lands of the Salinan people in the Central Coast of California. She currently lives at Earthaven Ecovillage on unceded lands of the Catawba and Cherokee (Tsalagi) people. Her ancestors come from Eastern and Western Europe — France, Germany, and English Isles as well as Belarus, Lithuania, and Russia, from Ashkenazi Jewish heritage.
Throughout the last two decades, NikiAnne has been immersed in community and in service to a wide range of educational endeavors focused on nature connection, personal empowerment, and community resilience. NikiAnne considers herself the grease and glue – that which helps things run smoothly or holds things together. Before co-founding SOIL in 2012, she worked and traveled through much of Asia, the Americas, and Europe, which made her formal education at George Washington University in International Affairs come alive in ways that can only happen through personal experience and relationships. Collectively, these experiences have undeniably shaped her cooperative cultural values and commitment to supporting leaders to think, feel, act and design from a foundation rooted in interrelationship. No matter what she’s teaching, NikiAnne is always on the same mission: to raise awareness of our whole selves – gifts, passions, blind spots, shadows – and help those whole selves find and fill niches in their communities. This is how the web of life is woven, and the fabric of culture repaired. She’s especially eager to support those in transition – between vocations, stages of life, and stories of world and self. Within this context, she is particularly passionate about community grief tending and death care midwifery.
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