World Reach Team
Social Change Organizer, Environmental Educator, and Kripalu Yoga Teacher, has dedicated her life to bringing forth a more sustainable, just, and contemplative world. She fosters a deep passion for inspiring positive social change through organizing, empowering youth and young adults, and reconnecting people with nature. This passion spurred Kristen to earn her B.S.in Environmental Studies at the University of Vermont.
Over the past number of years, Kristen has taken on pivotal leadership roles. In 2009 Kristen was a leading organizer for the largest student group in the country to attend Powershift – one of the largest youth conferences on climate change in history. In 2010 she assisted Generation Waking Up, a youth social change organization, in building the Wake Up Campaign and developing the Wake Up Experience.
Also in 2010, Kristen worked with the UVM GreenHouse Residential Learning Community to strengthen their environmental program, build community, and empower residents to take leadership roles. Using education as a means to inspire social change, she assistant taught the Introduction to Environmental Studies course at UVM in 2009 and 2010, educated UVM students about sustainability as an Eco-Rep in 2008, led youth backpacking trips for the Colorado Outward Bound School in 2012, and taught Environmental Education at the Keystone Science School to students in grades K-12 in 2013 and 2014.
Most recently, she has worked with NextGen Climate Colorado, a political climate change campaign, to bring climate change to the forefront of politics. Inspired by the hope and generative change possible through public education and activism, Kristen is excited to continue discovering ways in which she can play a role in bringing about a more sustainable, just, contemplative world.
Jaime Silverstein is yogi, environmentalist, and local food enthusiast. Living in Somerville, she currently heads Crop Research and Development at an urban agriculture start-up, Freight Farms. Jaime also teaches yoga in the Somerville and Cambridge area.
Jaime lived as a resident of Metta Earth for the 2014 growing season. Since leaving Metta Earth, she continues to stay involved, working on development and financial reports for the farm, institute, and community. Jaime also helps with updating website content and integrating organizational processes.
Jaime graduated from Kripalu’s 200 hour yoga teacher training in June 2011. She also has completed a prenatal training with Bec Conant through Om Births and a Yin Yoga training with Joe Barnett. She is a continuing student of Metta Earth Yoga and is studying herbalism to bring into her practice. Jaime’s teaching merges these interests to inspire more conscious, grounded, and holistic habits both on and off the mat.
Before living at Metta Earth, Jaime worked as an Analyst for Croatan Institute, a nonprofit institute for advanced social and environmental research and engagement. She assisted various reports on sustainable finance and investing, as well as helped with bookkeeping and tracking budgets. Jaime also held a joint position between the Sustainable Endowments Institute as a Senior Research Fellow and Tellus Institute as a Research Assistant where she led the research for “College Endowment Investment Trends & Best Practices” and collaborated on various sponsored research projects, including “Institutional Pathways to Fossil-Free Investing.”
As a student at Boston University, she founded the undergraduate chapter of Net Impact at the business school and worked closely with the sustainability office as a liaison to various campus environmental groups. Jaime graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and International Management and a minor in Environmental Analysis & Policy.
To learn more about Jaime, visit her website jaimesilversteinyoga.com.
Emily Howard serendipitously found Metta Earth when she did an internet search for the phrase “contemplative ecology.” A look at MEI’s website convinced her to pack her bags for Vermont to attend the Wilderness and Ecopsychology Leadership Intensive in the summer of 2015. While there, she connected deeply to the land and animals and has remained connected to Metta Earth, even from her home in Michigan.
Emily holds a Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Michigan. As a scholar, Emily specializes in 18th and 19th century British environmental writing, including everything from nature poetry to novels to agricultural reports to treatises on landscape gardening. Her research focuses on the relationship between nature and the human mind, particularly in how writers convey knowledge about nature to their readers.
While attending graduate school, Emily became interested in labor activism through her union, the Graduate Employees’ Organization. After two years of giving her time and experience to the union, she stepped up to become an officer and spent the next two years directing GEO’s communications. Since then, she has become interested in the world of nonprofit marketing, including blogging, social media, press relations, and online advocacy. In early 2016, she put her communications experience in service of MEI and joined the World Reach team as the blog keeper, and helped launch the MEI blog.
In the Fall of 2015, Emily founded the Environmentalist Group at the Zen Buddhist Temple in Ann Arbor, which focuses on the relationship between spiritual practice, environmentalism, and activism. She organized a two-day Dharma and Direct Action Workshop held at the temple in the Fall of 2016, facilitated by the radical Buddhist activist organization Buddhist Peace Fellowship. She also volunteers as the website coordinator for the Bird Center of Washtenaw County, which specializes in rehabilitating orphaned and injured songbirds.
In the spring of 2016, Emily attended a 10-day Work That Reconnects intensive with Joanna Macy, during which she drew upon her time with Metta Earth and deepened what she learned there. She continues to be inspired by the teachings she learned at Metta Earth, which started her down the path of using her gifts and finding new ones to contribute to the healing of our world. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with her partner and two cats.
Laura’s teaching is a union of traditional yogic philosophy and a modern perspective on practice.
In her work, physically challenging asana kindles the fire of transformation and focuses strong attention into meditation. Storytelling, metaphorical language, and precisely directed options for alignment teach the tale of our becoming more human.
Laura loves teaching others to be discerning practitioners who synthesize information for themselves. In that spirit, she co-created The New School of Yogic Arts, a teacher training school for those who want to learn to teach the practice of yoga as a living system that breathes differently in each body.
Her current work is a melding of all the different truths of moving and living in yoga that I have had the privilege of learning. Her teaching is an approach to practice and is not style focused. Her classes and other offerings prioritize attention to breath and commitment to the inner work necessary for personal evolution. Laura’s greatest commitment is to living the practice of yoga in the world, and to teach others to do the same.
Her 500 hour training with my teacher Sarah Joy Marsh concentrated on yoga therapeutic concepts at the intersection of tradition and science, emphasizing neuroscience, interpersonal neurobiology, adaptive yoga, and yoga psychology. She also hold a 200 hour certification in Hatha Vinyasa, 200-hour and advanced certifications in Forrest Yoga taught by Ana Forrest, and completed a year-long mentorship under the guidance of Dr. Heidi Sormaz. She holds a BFA from The University of the Arts, where she honed my own use of story and song, which, since ancient times, have served as instruments of connection and community. Her teachers have paved my path, and she is forever grateful to them and to the teachers of the teachers.