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Regenerative, Sustainable Living (RSL) Monthly Meeting

Dec 10 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PST

December topic: The Intelligence of Nature
Jolie Egert Elan
Facilitator: Jim Burke


Indigenous wisdom holds that the Earth is sentient and intelligent – now cutting-edge science is coming to the same conclusion. For example, when pine trees get over-heated, they release aerosols that create clouds to deflect solar radiation. Tobacco plants overrun by pests chemically enlist helper bugs to eat the pests. The field of Plant Intelligence (aka Plant Neurobiology) shows that plants smell, taste, make clear choices, exhibit learned behavior, and share resources with the sick and needy. When viewed through a Gaian lens even the coronavirus, which many believe is “not alive,” is highly intelligent, and just might have the capacity change the genetic code of every human on Earth.

The intelligence of nature extends far past individual and multiplies through the diverse community members (fungi, bacteria, viruses, animals) who team up in highly intelligent ecosystems. That’s pretty smart. Join Ethnobotanist and Deep Ecologist Jolie Elan as we explore some mind-blowing discoveries in the fields of Deep Ecology and Plant Intelligence.

Discover the radical intelligence of our Nature.

Bio – Jolie Egert Elan, M.S.

Jolie Elan, M.S. is the Founding Director of Go Wild Institute. She is a deep ecologist, ethnobotanist, consulting botanist, and educator. She has inspired thousands of people to deepen their relationship with nature. Jolie has worked with ethnobotanical projects on four continents including restoring sacred forest groves in India and developing the herbal medicine sector in war torn Kosovo. Jolie is also a certified permaculture designer and a seasoned environmental advocate with twenty years of experience building diverse networks, especially with Indigenous groups focused on protecting sacred sites. Combining her love for the earth and spirit, Jolie completed her training as a spiritual director and acts as a spiritual companion for those who wish to increase their intimacy with the divine, especially through the natural world.

Jolie is the lead educator at Go Wild Institute. She also teaches at a wide range of herbal medicine schools, and environmental and spiritual organizations throughout the West. She works with Jewish organizations, like Hazon, Wilderness Torah, Temple Emek Shalom and the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco to offer eco-Jewish classes that ground Jewish practices and teachings in the Earth. Jolie received her B.A. from the Evergreen State College in Environmental Studies, her Master’s degree in Natural Resources from Humboldt State University, and her certification in Spiritual Direction from the Chaplaincy Institute. She has served as the President of the Marin Chapter of the California Native Plant Society. Jolie can often be found foraging wild foods and medicines and hanging out with oak trees.

The Regenerative, Sustainable Living (RSL) group meets on the second Thursday of every month for our online meeting. Each monthly presentation will provide us more depth about the given topic so that we can make smart decisions about what subsequent actions to take.

How to join the meeting


After registering for the meeting using the REGISTER button above, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

We will be using Zoom video conferencing technology, which is straightforward to join by computer. Simply click on the link that was provided to you in the registration confirmation email from Zoom. (If this is your first time using Zoom, please arrive 15 minutes early in case any help is needed.)

For all other participants, to make sure we can start on time, please join the call at least 5 minutes early.


Dec 10
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PST
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Zoom video conferencing
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