Class: Cascadian Bioregionalism

This is a guerilla course (free class) on bioregionalism, especially in Cascadia. The class will explore what bioregionalism is. In this exploration we will examine civilization and ask is bioregionalism the solution to the negative effects of anthropocentrism and the idea of “power over.”

This class is being held by Alexander Baretich.

Starting April 27th 2015

*NEW LOCATION beginning on May 4th*
6:30 PM Mondays at Portland State University
1721 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201
Cramer Hall, Room 409 (4th floor)

R.S.V.P. to Alexander Baretich at for exactly where and if there is a vacancy in the class. This course is free, but no donations are turned away.

Recording of the fourth class on 6/1/15

Recording of the third class on 5/11/15

Recording of the second class on 5/4/15

Recording of the first class on 4/27/15Contains some explicit language.

3 thoughts on “Class: Cascadian Bioregionalism”

  1. I’ve been an active proponent of bioregionalism as a source of meaningful political identity since well before the first Siskiyou Bioregional Conference which seems like a lifetime ago. I’m put off by what appears to me a resistance to questioning some of the fundamental assumptions of the Cascadia movement. I see as essential any effort to replace a dominant political paradigm, a concerted effort to recognize and dispel fundamental assumptions carried over by our lifetime immersion in the existing paradigm.

    I site for their obviousness, the popular map of the Cascadian bioregion which displays an area many times the size of surrounding bioregions, and the iconic appearance of the Doug Fir on the Cascadian flag. I recognize that role of salmon in the nutrient cycle of Cascadian bioregions could appropriately replace it, but I think this would still be misplaced.

    For me, the reinhabitation of place is the core of bioregionalism. The amalgamation of biologically unique bioregions undermines the process of becoming intimately aware of the place in which we live. Through numerous conversations with other bioregionalists (including Judy Berg who is a long time friend), I’m concerned about a sense of place fostered by modern modes of transportation, and a desire to participate in a political entity that rivals those of the dominant paradigm.

    I so far have seen little acknowledgement of these contradictions in Cascadian literature and am projecting that lack on the classes you’re offering. I do have a great interest in participating in a deep study of bioregional consciousness.

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