Shasta Bioregional Gathering II (Mount Shasta)

“Building a Bioregional Culture”
(“A celebration of unity in diversity!”)

September 10-13, 1992 (Thursday thru Sunday)


Siskiyou County.  Near Mount Shasta.  Methodist Church Camp (about a mile from Castle Lake, amidst old growth forest, native wildflower meadows, bubbling streams and spectacular views of Mount Shasta).

Bringing bioregional culture to new levels of application, deepening understanding and commitment, better filling the system’s leadership vacuums, and building sustainable communities that live in place.  As before, emphasis is placed on getting to know one’s bioregional neighbors.

Questions to be asked include: what will it look like when bioregionalism becomes a reality?, how will we get from here to there?, what are the goals, bridges and transitions?

Focus– It is in four parts: community building, food for all, biodiversity, and Mount Shasta’s cultural diversity.

Presenters (Partial list in order of appearance):

  • Peter Berg (Director, Planet Drum Foundation),
  • Caroline Estes (consensus facilitator, Alpha Farm),
  • Tom Ward (herbalist and permaculture instructor),
  • Chris Burns (founder of Chrysalis Farms),
  • Felice Pace (Coordinator of Klamath Forest Alliance),
  • Tim McKay (Coordinator of Northcoast Environmental Center),
  • Richard Harris (UC Berkeley Department of Forestry, Council on Biodiversity),
  • Jim Depree (Northwest Coordinator, Audubon Society),
  • Peter Brucker (Watershed Council for Salmon River),
  • Nat Bingham (Fisheries Specialist),
  • Dave Webb (Shasta River Restoration),
  • Betty Hall (Historian, Shasta Tribe),
  • Charles M. Miller (attorney specializing in environmental and cultural preservation),
  • Michelle Berditschevsky (Coordinator, Save Mount Shasta). and
  • Native Americans from the Pit River, Wintu, Karuk and Modoc Tribes.


Tuesday – Wednesday, September 8-9, 1992 (Pre-gathering)
For those that wish to enjoy and explore the Mount Shasta area, or rest and relax, and informally share information before the gathering. 

(An extra day after the gathering, on the 14th was reserved in the camp for the same purpose.)

Thursday – Sunday, September 10-13 1992

  • Opening Address
    The Vision of Bioregionalism, Peter Berg, Planet Drum
  • Morning Circles
    Native American invocation, announcements, talking circles
  • Keynote addresses, workshops, and panels in four main themes:
  1. Community Building
    ‘Combining diversities into new unities’ in three modes: bioregional, local, and life style issues.  Workshops and panels on the consensus processes, voluntary simplicity, bonding with natural communities, community mediation work, and urban community building.
  2. Food for Everyone
    Applying bioregional concepts and sustainable `practices to the northern part of the Shasta Bioregion.  Workshops and panels on Native American plant use, sustainable agriculture, organic gardening and soils, cooperative food production.
  3. Biodiversity
    Studying, documenting, and demonstrating sounder environmental decision-making that affects ecosystems, forest and watersheds.  Workshops and panels on biodiversity, ancient forest legislation, water issues, State Memorandum on Biodiversity, and new forestry practices and products.
  4. Mount Shasta and Cultural Diversity
    The Native American relationship to Mount Shasta and the meeting of cultures.  Workshops and panels on Native American concerns, relationships between Native Americans and environmental groups, and the cultural management and protection strategy for Mount Shasta.
  • Ongoing Bioregional Planning
    The creative outcome of our coming together. Discussions will be in various areas: “Bioregionalism: Institutional and Cultural”, “Next Steps in Biodiversity”, “Building Community Bridges”, “Bringing Bioregionalism into the Schools”.


Watershed Reports, herb and geology walks, entertainment, Native American dances and drumming, music and poetry, theater and puppets, swimming in Castle Lake.

Daycare and children’s program provided.

‘Kitchen Workshops’- One or two required of all SBG participants.  Receive valuable experience in locally grown organic food preparation and service.

Registration Fee:

  • $40.  As a not-for-profit event the donation-fees are tax-deductible.
  • Early Registration: (before August 15) $20.
  • Single-day registration by request only.
  • Children under 6 are free.


  • $45 Dormitory (accommodating 4-10 people in a rustic bunk-bed style with shared bathroom facilities).
  • $24 Camping (hot showers included).
  • [$12 per day camping fee for early arrivals of SBG on September 8-9.]

Food (vegetarian meals served):

  • $45. [No food service provided September 8-9.]

Participants Attending:

  • Limited to 100 people.


  • Mount Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center.
  • Planet Drum Foundation.
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