METTA EARTH institute

A Center for Contemplative Ecology

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Board of Directors


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Board of Directors

Karen Ganey

Karen Ganey is the co-founder of Transition 5 Villages, the Upper Valley Apple Corps and the Upper Valley Transformational Action Affinity Group (UVTAAG), local groups working to build a resilient culture by way of supporting renewable food and energy systems, re-skilling, planting fruit and nut trees for free and public picking and leading actions that are transformational in conception and implementation. She has recently founded Permaculture Solutions, LLC 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 also teaches gardening, nutrition and creative arts at Creative Lives After School Program, located at White River School in Hartford VT. There she weaves together connections between inner wellbeing, creativity, restorative ecology, place based community connections, social and environmental justice.

Karen graduated with a self -designed BA titled Social Engagement in Environmental Awareness and Human Rights from Western WA University and is currently working on her Masters in Consciousness Studies and Transpersonal Psychology at Goddard College (Plainfield, VT) and Alef University (UK). Karen completed the Permaculture Design Course (’08), the Master Composter Course (’15) and The Permaculture Teacher Training (’16). She is also a lay herbalist and Reiki Master and enjoys applying earth and energy based healing to her landscape methods.

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 a senior at the University of Vermont, pursuing a B.S. in Environmental Studies and a certificate in Integrative Healthcare. Her areas of academic study reflect her passion for healing the earth, ourselves, and our communities, with a focus on plant medicine, sustainable agriculture, place-based education, and community organizing for environmental and social justice.

Emma’s passion for education includes teaching dance classes, ski lessons, plant medicine workshops, and being a Teaching Assistant five times during her college career. Notable academic experiences have included completing a capstone report focused on accessibility in place-based education, organizing a meeting with Gov. Phil Scott to discuss the importance of gun control in Vermont, and developing plant medicine offerings for students via the UVM Herbalism Club. She also participated in an immersive 4-month study abroad program in the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica that focused on sustainable development, tropical ecology, and community organizing.

After serving as a Garden & Education Intern for Spoonful Herbals in 2019, Emma joined Metta Earth as the Plant Medicine Activism Coordinator in the spring of 2020. She is currently working remotely from Rhode Island, where she is also converting a cargo trailer into a tiny mobile home.

Emma is the Artistic Director of the UVM Salsa Dancing Society, and enjoys to ski, sail, and mountain bike in her free time. She is passionate about volunteering with Migrant Justice and the BioSur Foundation of Costa Rica.