METTA EARTH institute

A Center for Contemplative Ecology

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Board of Directors

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors have come together to make conscious decisions regarding the future of Metta Earth.

Karen Ganey

Karen Ganey is the founder of Permaculture Solutions, LLC,a small permaculture design and education firm where she works to develop ecologically diverse and nutrient dense landscapes for humans and habitat. She has designed forest gardens and garden systems for families, schools, hospitals and communities a like. Karen is also the Facilitator for Change the World Kids, a youth-led non-profit that focuses environmental stewardship and social justice based in Woodstock Vermont.

She has co-founded a number of local initiatives to build more resilient culture through re-skilling, planting fruit and nut trees for free and public picking and leading actions that are transformational in conception and implementation. She is also a lay herbalist and Reiki Master and enjoys applying earth and energy based healing to her landscape methods.

When she is not gardening or organizing, Karen enjoys teaching about ecological design and regenerative agriculture, making herbal preparations and swimming in the wild waters of Vermont. 

Karen graduated with a self -designed BA titled Social Engagement in Environmental Awareness and Human Rights from Western WA University and completed the Permaculture Design Course (’08), the Master Composter Course (’15) and The Permaculture Teacher Training (’16).

Nathan Scott

Nathan Scott is the Executive Director of LEARN@EcoVillage in Ithaca, NY, an educational program offering hands-on experiences in growing community based solutions to the climate crisis, while also being a Senior Consultant in Climate & Sustainability with CAPE Consulting.

Nathan has been a leader in the field of global experiential education for the past 15+ years, more recently as the Founding President & Executive Director of Winterline Global Education, a 9-month global skill building Gap Year program based in Cambridge, MA. Addressing the vital need for more competent career-ready globally-skilled youth, Nathan oversaw the building of the Winterline Global Skills Program to challenge mainstream education by teaching real world skills in their real world context.

Prior to his time at Winterline, Nathan served as the Executive Director of the global educational non-profit SAGE Global Education, whose mission was to provide challenging and transformational educational experiences for students outside of their home countries. Nathan is the co-founder with Sharon Seto of the Global Climate Corps, and has served on the Board of Winterline Global Education, the Timberline Foundation, as well as Amigos de las Americas. He holds an MA in International Studies from the University of Washington, Seattle, and a BA from Oberlin College.

Jaime Silverstein

Jaime Silverstein

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.

Emma Radeka

Emma Radeka is an environmentalist, educator, wilderness guide, herbalist, and first responder. Raised in Rhode Island, her academic and career pursuits have taken her to places such as Alaska and Costa Rica, but Vermont is her home. She works as a ski patroller at Jay Peak in the winter, and has spent summers working in sustainable agriculture, environmental education, and community herbalism. 

She recently worked as a Backcountry Guide in Seward, Alaska, leading single and multi-day trips through forests, glaciers, and rivers; and as a Wilderness Safety Guide for a rural indigenous Yup’ik community summer camp. She has also worked as the Garden & Education Intern at Spoonful Herbals, led environmental education at Burlington School District, and served as a Teaching Assistant for the University of Vermont’s Rubenstein School.

Emma has partnered with Metta Earth in varying forms since January 2020: living on-site as an Earth Responder, remotely coordinating the Herbal Skills Immersion program, mentoring UVM students working on the Metta Earth Herbal Handbook, and providing writing support for the Metta Earth website and Herbal Prospectus. She joined the Board of Directors in January 2021.

Emma is a University of Vermont graduate, with a B.S. in Environmental Studies and a certificate in Integrative Healthcare. She is an avid salsa dancer, and enjoys to ski, sail, hike, and mountain bike in her free time.

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