organizers

Caressa Nguyen 

Caressa Nguyen is of the Ione Band of Miwok from California and is completing a Bachelor's degree in Environmental studies with a focus on Food Systems and Economics at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. Caressa is passionate about reclaiming, restoring and protecting her Miwok homelands in California, as well as in the Philippines and Vietnam.


Growing up on her Miwok homelands with more access to her Filipino and Vietnamese ancestral foods has ignited a journey to decolonize diet through indigenous food sovereignty and land reclamation. She has helped to co-found Sacred Lands, Native Hands, whose mission it is to ‘restore ancestral homelands to the hands of original peoples for traditional stewardship, protection, and perpetuation of a regenerative future.’ Caressa has studied the politics of climate change in Vietnam, Morocco, Bolivia and Peru focused on indigenous resistance to natural resource extraction and visions for indigenous liberation in the context of climate justice. 

 

“I strive to live my responsibility of protecting all of my homelands; whatever that entails is what I will do.” 

 

Studying abroad has inspired Caressa to begin building the next economy that is regenerative and distributive by design. She has begun this work through a sustainable fashion line inspired by the designs and philosophies of her cultures. She seeks to continue international work on environmental issues and indigenous empowerment.

Alexandra Carelli 

Alexandra is an activist, artist, and entrepreneur with two feet planted firmly in the earth. She is inspired by her vision of harmonic living for the next seven generations and building resilient, co-creative community cultures.

 

Alexandra has created and supported projects that focus on empowering women, youth, and communities to heal with our environment for over 10 years in the United States and internationally. She is the founder and organizer of the womxn's empowerment organization, Moon Mountain Gathering, the Executive Director of the Yoga Seed Collective, and a volunteer for the California Heritage Indigenous Research Project (CHIRP). 

 

She holds a Bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University and numerous certifications in Permaculture, Ayurveda, and Yoga. She is also a practicing doula and folk herbalist. Alexandra believes in weaving innovative technologies with ancient knowledge for sustainable global solutions. 

"I am dedicated to a path of healing and respect through protection of - and reciprocity with - the land we now call home." 

Learn More about Alexandra and her work:

www.alexandrawilderness.com | @alexandrawilderness

www.moonmountaingathering.com | @wearemoonmountain