About Our School

Thank you for visiting!

Meet our Elder & e.i.m. instructor

Olivia Chumacero

Dedicated to your Inner Nature…

…that which comes natural to us all/Listen quietly to what it tells you/Live with it away from everything & everyone/Be patient/Give it time/Nurture it  in you everyday/though it may be the challenge of all challenges/Understand it like a child swallowing every gulp/Eyes gorged in curiosity/Gently let it deflower your life/through pain/through love/Allow these words to exude from your blood memory because anger and fear stunts the spirit/limits the breath of road needed to travel in the way of Nature/Do not stray/Do not live distance from your Inner Nature/the heart congeals runs cold/Cradle your Inner Nature/ Laugh without restrain so one day you may dance into your death song/ Thankful of the dandelion seed floating to nowhere/Thankful of a mother’s breath immersed in childbirthing-pain/

Contemplate in gratitude  while dreaming awake/Because/It takes a lifetime to know Yourself

-O.C.

Connect with Olivia Chumacero’s indigenous philosophy and poetry here, & learn more about her virtual class called everything is medicine, or e.i.m., here.

We are becoming a worker and member-owned cooperative school!

Ecocene Stewards

We are a team of six humyns who are transitioning the school from a sole-proprietor business owned by Sarita Dougherty into a cooperative! We started meeting in August of 2021 and are now in our fundraising phase as of May 2022. We have generated our collective vision, purpose and values and are so excited to begin drafting and filing our by-laws!

communication steward

Este

Este is a queer 2-legged shapeshifter, re-indigenzing cornstalk, “mountain & shoreline” learning to be born. Their creation, listening (psychic medium), and body practices are devoted to “being” alive, play, queer constellations, and the body as a portal of connection. They walk with their blood and chosen family- jalisqueño, campesinx, nahua, spanish, queer, transpecies, and the soon to be remembered ancestors. As a life journey, Este is befriending the Madre Padres; Abueles de la Tierra who they are connecting with as a cosmic frijole rooting in belonging.

programs steward

Johanna

Johanna Iraheta is a multidisciplinary and multicultural educator who is passionate about developing innovative, somatic and creative
experiences that aim to cultivate intergenerational empowerment, healing and community resilience. Johanna is an ingenious artivist who aims to unveil and uphold marginalized communities’ intellect, identity and ancestral knowledge through art, movement, theater and storytelling.
 
The healing arts and equity movements rooted in flora and fauna connections, binds her to experiential and non-conventional pedagogical practice throughout Los Angeles cityscape, incorporating tools such as bike journeys, street pop-up activations, plant and medicine relations, wilderness connections and community skill sharing. Most recently, Johanna’s work has been in community garden stewardship, green space advocacy, and Landtrust initiatives. Johanna holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Southern California and a B.A from California State Northridge. Johanna is also a certified Wilderness and Outdoors Educator from the Diverse Outdoors Leadership Institute, a Sierra Club Wilderness Instructor and is a certified League of American Cyclist Instructor. Co-founder LA Rooted summer youth leadership program.
 
I am a multidimensional artist who co-creates possibilities outside of
the binary and conventionality of social constructs.
I am a spirit filled with unrendering vitality
aimed to create a playful and equitable world.
Uplifting mujeres, children and flora and fauna.
I am a galaxy of wonder and intellect.
A maya warrior
a soil sister
and an ancient butterfly.
A rock and dust

 

community design steward

Ink

I am a Black-pinxy+ polymath: a social entrepreneur, psychological researcher, and practitioner-healer who focuses on the health and wellness of primarily creatives and cultural workers. I am also a practical magician who uses tarot and oracle cards created by healers and human design artists. Mx. Lifestyling is a hybrid, virtual-and-online private practice offering multiple lifestyling services that seek to address grief, and move into intentional living / lifework. I am the Grief Reaper!

co-operations steward

Sarita

Sarita Doe is an Earthworker, artist, mother, student and teacher of Cajun, Irish, and Andean origin. She collaborates with elders, community, ancestor and ecosystem to grow the Ecocene, an imagined and emergent geologic era of sustainable human reciprocity with the planet. She is a co-creator of our School and the DIY PhD.

media steward

Champoy

I identify as a gender non-conforming interdisciplinary Filipinx artist of Bukidnon and Bisayan descent. Exploring the layers of self and queer expression as a bamboo tree in a tropical monsoon. I like what water bears and earthworms can do with their bodies.

design steward

Dongyi

Dongyi has roots in the subtropics of the Pearl River Delta, transplanted and blossoming on Ohlone lands. Their art/life practice is informed by the cyclical nature of all beings, kinship and growing relationship to the earth body/land.

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