Pandora Thomas is a passionate global citizen who works as a caregiver for her mother and globally as a teacher, writer, designer, and speaker with over 25 years of experience. Pandora's work emphasizes the benefits of applying ecological principles to social design. A Climate Innovation Fellow for Movement Strategy Center, she is the child of African-American and Native American farmers and a graduate of Columbia University and Tufts University’s Urban and Environmental Policy program. She is a leader in environmental resilience and permaculture, and has worked and served as a Fellow at permaculture farms and environmental education centers nationally and internationally. She has designed programs for groups from Ghana to Tennessee to Marin City, for organizations as diverse as Toyota and the Prospect Park Audubon Center. For all who know her, a hallmark of Pandora is her deep relationships with a wide range of people, as evidenced by the widespread support she has garnered as Founder and Lead Land Steward at EARTHseed Farm, an Afro-Indigenous farm and learning center in Sonoma County, CA.
Tell us, what excites you about your work right now?
Being with black folks and our more than human kin.
Who do you dedicate your work to?
My ancestors, trees, human, insects, spirits.
What something you didn’t know, that now you understand differently with wellness?
How important sleep is.
What is your own wellness practice? How do you find balance?
Lots of sleeping, eat healthy, talk to animals, spirits, more than human kin as much as I talk to humans (if not more) .
How can people reading this support the work you are doing?
Check on the people who feed you, care for your children and family and serve and support you. Also visit our website and support as you can.
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