Shannon Welles

Shannon Welles is a thoughtful arts professional who has worked with deep passion for 25 years in the live music sector. She is a visual artist with a love for study and writing. Her work weaves art and ecology together, always rooted in place and community. Shannon has studied systems thinking, warm data, permaculture, earthen building, herbalism, Pacific Northwest native plants and ethnobotany, and ecological design.

Shannon has 20+ years of experience in community organizing, advocacy, and service in Seattle. She founded Hypha, a collaborative free plant nursery project to grow community networks of plant sharing, and Friends of The Showbox, a community coalition to save Seattle’s iconic music venue. She currently serves as a Mayoral appointee on the Seattle Music Commission.

Shannon holds an MFA in Arts Leadership from Seattle University, with a focus on the intersections of art, artistic citizenship, and ecology. She recently completed a Masters in Ecological Design Thinking at Schumacher College in the UK. Her research inquiries explore the role of artmaking in the Anthropocene and an ecological approach to collective imagination through collaborative making practices.

Frank Sanborn

Tech Nerd to Disaster Nerd to Regenerative Responder. Site Steward in training, host of fossil fuel free group camping infrastructure classes.

Bridget Smith

Professional background in building codes and design. Involvement with permaculture groups and sustainable Ballard.

K Forrayi

I am a teacher and student, lifelong Cascadia resident and mother of two.

Mary Bush

I’m here mostly to listen, learn, and be adjacent to this community. My family moved here, from Louisiana, when I was a baby; I’ve grown up and made a home here ever since. Because of the slight cultural dissonance between the South and the PNW, and my affinity for this area, I’ve always been searching for more rootedness here.

I have a practical interest in affordable and climate friendly building methods, an intellectual interest in permaculture, and much concern for the overall welfare of the bioregion.

Zaylan Jacobsen

I am a Cascadian who loves the mountains of Cascadia and works in technology in Seattle

Jodi Meadows

Dreamseed is an arts collective and retreat center offering natural spaces to host healers, artists, yoga instructors, ceremony guides and teachers to share their gifts with eager participants. Dreamseed Arts Collective members also present their works at festivals and community dance events around the Cascadia region.