Emily Coralyne Bishop has been a water protector since her early days as an activist, organizing on major campaigns to ban fracking in New York State and California. She graduated from SUNY Purchase College in 2012 having studied Sociology, Community Development and Social Change with a focus on the politics and poetics of water. Descending from European settlers, she was born and raised in what is now known as Central New York, the original territory of the Onondaga Haudenosaunee People.
In 2012, she joined New Yorkers Against Fracking as a regional organizer in her hometown of Syracuse, NY organizing Central New Yorkers to become politically involved to protect the state from fracking. She joined Neighbors of Onondaga Nation as an Assistant Project Manager for the Two Row Wampum Campaign. She helped organize 500 people, native and allies, to travel down the Hudson River in canoes & kayaks to honor and renew the first treaty between settlers and the indigenous peoples of Turtle Island. The Two Row Wampum represents these two peoples living side by side in peace and friendship, in perpetuity, and a promise that the settlers would protect the land they share.
After these campaigns, Emily became interested in a different kind of activism. She began exploring life in intentional communities and found the Work That Reconnects, from root teacher Joanna Macy. In 2016, she attended her first intensive with Joanna and also traveled to Portugal to visit Tamera Healing Biotope where she has since studied extensively and immersed herself in the vision for new culture and the possibilities of a healed human relationship with all beings, land, and water.
Since then, she is on a strong path as a Work That Reconnects facilitator, as a guide for people looking to deepen their relationship with the earth, their purpose, and their personal mythologies, and is in a deep exploration around responding to the poly-crises we find ourselves in as humanity.
She is part of the collective, Women of the Water, and is keen to walk the watersheds of the lands she comes to know and is in ongoing ceremony with this precious element.
She currently resides in Marin County, California and works at Spirit Rock Meditation Center as a Retreat Coordinator. Emily lives between Western Europe (Portugal), California and New York and is open to supporting people and projects in these regions that are contributing to the great turning through her mentorship, facilitation, and program management skills.
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