Jolie Egret Elan M.S. – Founder and Director
Jolie Elan, M.S. is the Founder and Director of Go Wild Institute which weaves science, myth and Spirit to awaken our Nature and foster balance within the great web of life. She is a deep ecologist, ethnobotanist 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 a Certified Forester, and permaculture designer. She is also a seasoned environmental advocate with 25 years of experience building diverse networks with Indigenous groups. Jolie received her B.A. from the Evergreen State College in Environmental Studies and her Master’s degree in Natural Resources from Humboldt State University. She is adjunct faculty at College of Marin and regularly teaches at Point Reyes Field Institute, the San Francisco State University’s Sierra Nevada Field Campus, as well as other nature centers, ecoliteracy programs and herbal medicine schools in California. 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 Birthday: June 19, 1969 9:15 AM, Brooklyn, New York.
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Constance Washburn – Facilitator of the Work That Reconnects
Constance is a facilitator of the “ Work that Reconnects” and has been training with Joanna Macy since 1994. She has 35 years of experience designing and leading educational programs which reconnect people with the earth, their communities, and themselves. She brings her nature connection, mindfulness training, theater and educational backgrounds together to create opportunities for people to awaken to their interconnectedness and find inspiration to work for the Great Turning.
For 18 years as Education Director at the Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT) and then at Marin Organic she designed and ran popular events and educational programs, which connected over 5,000 people each year to the land that produces our food. She is co-founder and Chair of the Marin Agriculture and Education Alliance and is a Certified Permaculture Designer.
Constance has been a Buddhist practitioner since 1968 and is Community Dharma Leader through Sukhassidhi Foundation. She has co-facilitated a woman’s ritual circle for over 20 years and has designed and led workshops and trainings for educators, conservationists, and activists. Prior to life in California Constance was the director of educational theater companies on the East Coast producing and directing plays as well as teaching acting, improvisation and public speaking to adults and children. She has a MA from NYU and a BA from Hampshire College. To learn more about Constance go to her website
Matthew Wood – Registered Herbalist, Teacher and Author
Matthew Wood has been a practicing herbalist since 1982. He has helped tens of thousands of clients over the years, with many difficult health problems. While Matthew believes in the virtue of many other healing modalities, he has always been inspired to learn, preserve, and practice the tradition of herbal medicine descending to us from our European, Anglo-American, and Native American heritage. He is a member of the American Herbalists Guild (registered herbalist) and has earned his Masters of Science degree from the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine (accredited by the University of Wales).
Matthew has lectured in all parts of the United States and has taught in Canada, Scotland, England, France, and Australia. He is known throughout the world as an excellent teacher of herbal medicine. He is also the author of six acclaimed books on herbal medicine, published by North Atlantic Books, in Berkeley, CA:
Seven Herbs, Plants as Teachers (1987)
Vitalism, The History of Herbalism, Homeopathy, and Flower Essences, originally entitled The Magical Staff (1993)
The Book of Herbal Wisdom (1998)
The Practice of Traditional Western Herbalism (2004)
The Earthwise Herbal, A Complete Guide to Old World Medicinal Plants (2008)
The Earthwise Herbal, A Complete Guide to New World Medicinal Plants (2009)
For more information on Matthew Wood see his website
Deborah Fleischer – Communications and Alliance Associate
Deborah Fleischer, founder and President of Green Impact, is passionate about sparking actions aligned with protecting the earth. She brings creativity, an understanding of how to shift systems, stellar writing skills and an contacts within the Bay Area open space community to the team. Deborah has worked in a variety of sectors, including land trusts, open space districts, NGOs, universities, local governments and the private sector and thrives on promoting innovative and new approaches to reconnecting to the land. Her background includes a Master in Environmental Studies from Yale University and a Master in Public Administration from Harvard. Deborah’s two recent video projects won 2013 Telly awards in the employee communications and environmental categories. In her free time, you will find her mountain biking or hiking the hills of Marin, practicing yoga, or creating multi-media paintings.. You can learn more about Deborah at her website
Julie Wolk – Organizational Strategist
Julie Wolk is a business coach and consultant focused on fundraising, marketing and organization development for Go Wild Institute. Committed to building community and deepening our connection to nature, she is the Co-Founder and former Co-Director of Wilderness Torah, a thriving organization dedicated to reconnecting people to nature and understanding who they are. Previous to that, she worked for ten years in environmental and social justice advocacy at the Rainforest Action Network, Fenton Communications, and U.S. PIRG. She holds a degree from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment and soon a coaching certificate as a Co-Active Coach. She coaches leaders, change-makers, and entrepreneurs, and consults for start-up organizations that are working to make a difference in the world. Julie also spends a lot of time doing yoga and wandering through the East Bay Hills. You can learn more about Julie at her website
Tom Gaman – Consulting Forester
Tom is President of East West Forestry and one of the nation’s leading experts on carbon sequestration in California Oaks. Tom is a California Registered Forester #1776 and holds BS (UC Berkeley, 1972) and MF (Yale University, 1981) degrees in forestry. Tom has worked on a wide variety of projects on public, industry and private lands. Tom’s focus areas are forest carbon projects, forest planning and management, inventory, GIS, natural resource assessment, and data analysis. He has been active internationally with a number of non-profit forestry organizations and educational exchange programs.
David Egert Ph.D
David Egert has over 20 years experience teaching biological science and developing engaging educational curriculum. David received his Ph.D. in 1993 in Neurobiology from the U.C. Berkeley/U.C. San Francisco Joint Program in Bioengineering. David teaches biological science at College of Marin. David has a deep and broad understanding of the functioning of natural world and human body. He has experience teaching in inner cities, elementary, high school and college levels. In addition to designing curriculum for Go Wild Consulting, David manages the technology at Go Wild Consulting.