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The 2012 Central Coast Bioneers Conference











October 19, 20, & 21 2012 - San Luis Obispo

Headquarters: The Historic Monday Club, San Luis Obispo

The Conference Experience

We stand at the threshold of a singular opportunity in the human experiment: to re-imagine how to live on Earth in ways that last. Central Coast Bioneers is all about building strong, resilient communities, whose members are not afraid to lead us through this revolutionary transformation. Come join the Bioneers community of leadership.


Conference Keynote Lecture

Dr. Richard Joseph Jackson

People can’t be healthy in unhealthy environments:
shaping environments to keep people in shape

Date: Friday, October 19
Monday Club

A healthy place has clean water, air, food; has green spaces, complete streets, safe jobs, and “places of the heart”. A sustainable place adds environmental value to a location the way a forest improves poor soil...


Afternoon Workshops

With Topics of Interest to our Central Coast Communities ranging from Solar Roadways to Empowering Ourselves through Ceremony.

Morning Plenaries

Hear from the great thinkers of our age such as Greg Sarris, Gretchen Daily, Carol Jenkins, Michael Brune, Bill McKibben, Gabor Maté, Marina Silva, Fletcher Harper, Sandra Steingraber, Ai-jen Poo, Ethan Nadelmann and Paul Hawken.

All Plenaries are simulcast live via Satelite from the National Bioneers Conference in San Rafael California.


Field Trips

Pre-Conference Field Trips:
Wind Wolves (Thursday) - SOLD OUT!

Conference Field Trips:
Organic Farm Tour (Friday)
The Environmental Archives of the Robert E. Kennedy Library Special Collections
Green Home Tour (Saturday) - SOLD OUT!

Food and Farming Celebration

To celebrate Central Coast Grown's vision of restoring people’s connection with the land and the food it produces, Central Coast Bioneers invites you to an evening filled with fun, food, wine and music.


Opening Night Celebration at the Steynberg Gallery

Drink - Food - Friends - Music

Connect with the Central Coast Bioneers team, speakers and fellow changemakers: 3rd annual Central Coast Bioneers Conference in San Luis Obispo.

Extreme Green Car Show

Come see the latest vehicle technology for environmentally and performance saavy drivers.

These Are NOT Your Parents’ Golf Carts!




This year we will be featuring musicians who performed in our ‘Love is the Seventh Wave’ video. Jill Knight, Owen Plant, Timo Beckwith, and Inglish and Louise.


2012 Program

Online registration is now closed, but you may still register at the door!

Conference Costs

Conference Schedule (PDF) - Updated!

Conference Speakers

Opening Invocation - coming soon

Featured Films
Truck Farm
Nothing Like Chocolate

Entertainment - coming soon

Youth Activism Panel
Forest People

Conference Information
Silent Auction (New!)
Driving Directions
Conference Food
Conference bookstore
Seed Exchange
Press Room

Free Transportation
Flash your badge and ride free! That's right, RTA and SLO Transit are offering free rides to conference attendees to and from Cal Poly on October 19, 21 and 21. Simply show the driver your conference badge and leave the driving to them. Thank you to RTA and SLO Transit for helping us reduce the carbon footprint for attending the Central Coast Bioneers Conference.

List of Exhibitors
Exhibitors - Download the registration form

The Energy Event

Energy Event - October is Energy Awareness Month and CCBioneers is proud to collaborate with the County of San Luis Obispo on its Energy Expo on Saturday, October 20 at the SLO Vet’s Hall, across the street from events at the Central Coast Bioneers Conference. Please click here for more information. Admission is free for CCBioneers attendees. Be sure to check the box for your complimentary pass when you register for the conference.


"Occasionally a conference can, by the strength of its vision, create a whole new context within which to understand an issue. It can also build a network among people in related but separate fields of activity. The Bioneers Conference achieves all this, and more—being there changes the way one views the landscape of the environmental movement. Bioneers is central to the re-imagination of what it means to be human.” ~ Paul Hawken, author and social entrepreneur