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Greener Way Associates, Inc
is an educational non-profit corporation in the State of California and has
tax exemption from the federal government. All donations and
are tax deductible. GWA is an umbrella corporation which has multiple
based projects headed by various associates. Associates are not
but volunteer from time to time which help GWA grow and fulfill it's
Anyone wishing to become an Associate must volunteer their services.
on need and purpose all volunteers following the Earth Charter Principles
considered for addition to the list of GWA Associates.
"To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the
soil is to forget ourselves."
Getting Down to Earth
- Mohandas K. Gandhi
Suzanne De Benedittis
My love of family and community well being is what brings me to Greener Way Associates.
What I learned early on, perhaps at age 3 or 4, that has stayed with me throughout
my life was a secret to peace of mind and tranquility.
I came from an immigrant,
working class family filled with strife. Inside the house was all too often like
a war zone.
Out in the back was a little patch of earth. This became my secret garden, a place
where I would go smell the fresh earth, delight in its little, crawling creatures
and adore the irises in bloom. I would help plant vegetables and wondered what magic
made little seeds become beautiful flowers and then turn into food like the zucchini
and tomato blossoms did.
I always found after a little time spent working in the garden, that I no longer
felt confused, anxious, or upset as I had when I went into the garden. I often wonder
if some of my siblings who had turned to drugs and alcohol to deal with our
stresses, would have taken a different route if they too had spent some time getting
down to earth.
Fast forward into my adult years. The same magic still occurs each time I get down
to earth in a garden. I became conscious of this therapeutic effect gardening has
on the nervous system about 25 years ago. An older youth who needed some help, but
had no funds tore out my lawn and put in a vegetable garden. He found this getting
down to earth was often more therapeutic than the coaching I offered.
I began to do some research and found the same effect discussed in the literature.
In fact, I recommend your reading about what Catherine Sneed (a former high school
drop out who put herself through law school) has done to transform the lives of
thousands in jail through gardening.
Gardening Conquers All
- How to cut your jail recidivism rates
Dec 18, 2002 ... In 1982,
was lying in a hospital bed, so ill with kidney disease that her San Francisco County
Jail co-workers were coming ...
Although I have a Phd from USC in Social Analysis, Ethics and Social Change, an
MS from CSULA in Counseling Psych, all but four units for another MA from NYU in
Ed Psych, have done post graduate work at six universities, plus every two years
go beyond the 36 units requirement and complete well over 50, and often near 100
hours of Continuing Education to maintain my LMFT license, what brings me to founding
Greener Way Associates a therapeutic transformation that occurs from getting down to
If you are concerned about your well-being, that of one another and of this Earth,
may I invite you to join in and let's all get down to earth together
to transform it for the greater good of all! It will bring you tranquility and peace
of mind! Guaranteed!!
Proprietor of Professional Coaching,Counseling & Consulting Services,
Suzanne De Benedittis has a PhD in Religion, Ethics and
Social Justice from USC and practices as a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist
(LMFT) specializing in couples and executive counseling. Greener Way
Associates Mentor, She is an advocate of
The Earth Charter Initiative
On the GWA Board of Trustees -- and founder of GWA.
Working Together for the Greater Good
I am a man of few words and many talents acquired over
60 something years. Born in Idaho, I was raised by my grandmother in Clarkston,
Washington, from grade five through high school. My upbringing, with summers working
on farms, and high school wood-shop classes, taught me home economics, gardening
and general handyman skills.
As a teen I worked side by side with other youth and adults to build a local church
and parsonage. I often fondly reminisce about the value of youth and adults working
together -- and the pride and fellowship we all shared. I learned how to build a
house, and to this day I continue to use many of those construction skills.
I cannot repay or thank my mentors but I can teach youth hands-on skills. I know
that those skills will become invaluable in life, giving them confidence and improving
the quality of their life. That is why I am committed to the founding of Green Way
Associates and am supporting GWA to help students and interns to find meaning
In addition I share a common need that many retirees experience. After a successful
aerospace career of 27 years, and having too much time on my hands, I discovered
that being a handman has renewed my sense of worth, improved my health, gave me
great satisfaction and many new friends.
Retired Airospace Engineer at Raytheon. -- Webmaster at
GreenerWayAssociates.org -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Retired High School Teacher
Mary is our newest GWA board member.
Retired Teacher -- President of Greener Way Associates, Inc. -- On the GWA
Board of Trustees
John August Swanson - ARTIST
STORIES TO LIFE THROUGH ART
JOHN AUGUST SWANSON
makes his home in Los Angeles, California, where he was born in 1938. He paints
in oil, watercolor, acrylic and mixed media, and is an independent printmaker of
limited edition serigraphs, lithographs and etchings. His art reflects the strong
heritage of storytelling he inherited from his Mexican mother and Swedish father.
John Swanson's narrative is direct and easily understood.
He addresses himself to human values, cultural roots, and his quest for self-discovery
through visual images. These include Bible stories and social celebrations such
as attending the circus, the concert, and the opera. He also tells of everyday existence,
of city and country walks, of visits to the library, the train station or the schoolroom.
All his parables optimistically embrace life and one's spiritual transformation.
John Swanson studied with Corita Kent at Immaculate Heart College. His unique style
is influenced by the imagery of Islamic and medieval miniatures, Russian iconography,
the color of Latin American folk art, and the tradition of Mexican muralists. His
art is in no way "na've." It is detailed, complex, and elaborate. Unlike many
artists, John Swanson works directly on all phases in producing his original prints.
His serigraphs (limited-edition screen prints) have from 40 to 89 colors printed,
using transparent and opaque inks creating rich and detailed imagery.
For each color printed the artist must draw a stencil on Mylar film. This stencil
is transferred to the silk screen for printing the color ink on the serigraph edition.
The resulting serigraph is a matrix of richly overlaid colors visually striking
and technically masterful. Mr. Swanson's art is represented in the permanent
of many museums, including three museums of the Smithsonian Institution: The National
Museum of American History, The National Museum of American Art and The National
Air and Space Museum.
He is also included in the print collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, Harvard
University's Fogg Museum, the Tate Gallery and Victoria and Albert Museum in London,
and the Biblioth'que Nationale in Paris. His painting THE PROCESSION is one of
few works by contemporary artists to be selected for the Vatican Museums' Collection
of Modern Religious Art. In 2008, an extensive collection of John August Swanson's
works were purchased by Emory University's Candler School of Theology to hang on
the walls of their new 76,349 square foot building. He was awarded The Dean's Medal
for his art's transformative effect on the campus. With over 55 works hung, this
is the largest open public display of the artwork of John August Swanson. Life magazine,
December 1994, featured John Swanson's painting ENTRY INTO THE CITY for the article
"Who Was Jesus?". This painting was purchased for the Center of Continuing Education
building at the University of Notre Dame. In 1995 Orbis Books published There Is
A Season which featured Swanson's painting,
ECCLESIASTES. It is a series of meditations in art and words on the famous passage
from Ecclesiastes. Joan Chittister, O.S.B. wrote the text. This book won the Catholic
Press Association's 1996 first-place award in spirituality. John Swanson was awarded
the Doctor of Humane Letters degree honoris causa from California Lutheran University,
Thousand Oaks, California, on May 11, 1996, in recognition of his visionary achievements
as a graphic artist . The University also recognized Ray Bradbury, in literature,
and Norman Corwin, in radio and film. At the invitation of The Polis Institute of
Indianapolis (Indiana University/Purdue University), in November 1998 John Swanson
held an exhibition and lectured at Christian Theological Seminary as part of the
annual Spirit and Place Festival. In conjunction with this event, he led a very
successful three-day retreat based on his art called "Bringing Stories to Life Through
Art: The Journey of the Spirit" at the Fatima Retreat House, Indianapolis.
Theresa Blackwell approaches life with a passion that is apparent in her dancing,
art creations, interaction with people, her many interest and skills and her
careers. This Gemini woman can do just about anything to which she sets her mind. A
keen sense of responsibility, perseverance, informed decision-making and ethics made
her a top producer in real estate.
She was featured in Baron's Who's Who in American Real Estate."
Her most precious awards are her two beautiful, talented daughters: Teresa and
A student of Metaphysics, a seasoned traveler and a lover of
adventure. Blackwell went on a Spiritual Quest
in the Himalayas, praying and meditating with Tibetan Buddhist Monks and Lamas in
their monasteries, including time with Dalai Lama.
thrill of a conquest lured this curious woman to a new avenue: "My Life is Poetry"
gently guided by Steven Reigns. A new door has opened -- words, sentences have new
Theresa is on the GWA Board of Advisors.
While pruning always ask yourself why am I about to cut this branch off?
Pieter Severynen is currently consulting with GWA
to plant a model fruit tree orchard specifically tailored for Culver City soil and
environment. This will be an entirely organic orchard with no chemicals or
fertilizers used in the ground or on the trees.
Consult on trees, assess outdoor environments, and create integrated,
low resource use, emotionally appealing, environmentally sensitive, ecologically
sustainable green space designs that emphasize character-revealing trees and shrubs,
low-maintenance and long-term viability.
Angeles-based Landscape Architect and Consulting Arborist, principal of
serving homeowners, commercial and institutional clients
in the Western United States. Email - email@example.com
On the board of Directors at Depont Circle Village in Washington DC
Lucia was a consultant and educator in the field
of organizational development for over 30 years. She taught group dynamics and interpersonal
effectiveness as an adjunct professor for eighteen years at the American University
Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Urban Studies and Planning
Blessed are the flexible for they shall not be bent out of
Writer of gardening
topics, poet, songwriter, short story writer, essayist, humorist...
of The Learning Garden; Instructor for UCLA Extension; beekeeper... not a slave
to punctuation! Guitar, bass and mandolin in my spare time... emphasize
character-revealing trees and shrubs,
low-maintenance and long-term viability.
Chair and Founder at Seed
Library of Los Angeles American Community Gardening Association, Yo San University,
UCLA - Life Sciences Core Curriculum
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org http://facebook.com/gardenmaster
We live in a world at the brink of a transformation that
will shift into a more sustainable planet to allow life to thrive on this planet.
Oneness Media is dedicated to bring the visions, voices and visuals of those companies
and entrepreneurs that are shaping this new world!
Raised in the serene mountains of New Hampshire,
Emmy-nominated Producer Stephon, has
been traversing the urban landscape of Southern California for the past 11 years.
A graduate of California State University, Los Angeles and humbled to have worked
under an Academy-nominated Director and Emmy-award winning Producer, Stephon has
become proficient as a Producer, Director of Photography and Editor for non-fiction
Some things that are important to him: playing often; being
a body; questioning what is true; making the unconscious, conscious; frisbee tossing;
martial arts; writing; drawing; freedom to feel any and all emotions; and singing
Sloane is a student of authenticity in the context of business. He is a Co-Founder
and the Chief Content Creator at Soulful Brand.
Matt previously worked as a graphic designer with clients such as Warner Brothers,
Este Lauder, Charles Schwab, and Nickelodeon, focused primarily on sales and marketing.
For 3 years of his 11-year career, he specialized in websites' specifically: content
creation, usability, and visual design.
As the former owner of AyurvedaFlow, Matt taught Ayurvedic Practitioners how to
market themselves and once led the Boston chapter of the Graphic Artists Guild,
an advocacy and business support group for visual artist entrepreneurs.
Matt has been practicing the art of genuine online connection, most recently through
his project, Tulie's Garden, a graphic novel about male self-awareness.
'Integral Coach' with New Ventures West - Creative Writing bachelor's
from Skidmore College - Creativity Coaching certification - Essential
with Interaction Associates - Emotional Freedom Techniques Practitioner
- Theta Healing' Practitioner certification
My design philosophy has always
involved the blend of the architectural organization and flow of space with
organic and natural systems. Good design should have structure and form, using
the systems to enhance the design while functioning as efficiently as
I push myself to learn something new everyday. I like challenges and finding
innovative solutions to reducing impact on the environment and consumption of
With 18 years in the field,
I have experience in all
aspects of landscape design and installation, from drawings to finishing touches,
low voltage lighting
permaculture edible landscape concepts
Mykal Blueskyes - Attended Montana State University
- College of Archetecture from 1988 thru 1992, and completed a Permaculture Design
course in 1997. A porfolio of his work can be viewed at -
Lets change the world one garden at a time.
Custom Landscapes and Water Gardens - Design, Consultation, Teaching, Installation
and Specialty Maintenance.
I work hand-in-hand with my clients to help them create their "Dream Yard" while
also making it a more eco-friendly environment. With over 30 years of hands-on organic,
environmentally-based, practical plant experience I have the knowledge to help you
do anything you want in your yard.
Design and choose the right plants; grow your own delicious, organic food (veggies,
fruit, herbs, chickens); enjoy and help out our fellow creatures (butterflies, hummers
and other birds, bees, etc); reduce your water use (drip, soaker, new low volume
sprinklers, etc); grow privacy hedges or create outdoor "rooms" and little secluded
areas; remove your lawn and create wandering paths through beautiful plants; and
If you can imagine it, I can help you create it. For more info or to contact me
by phone please leave a message (310) 712-1248 or email me at email@example.com.
Owner of Custom Landscapes and Water Gardens B.A. 1981 Environmental Studies
and Aquatic Biology, UCSB Certified Master Gardener, UCLA Common Ground Program
Over 30 years of practical, organic, environmental, plant experience.
Karl Jean-Guerly Petion
Artist, musician, photographer with experience
in radio, literature, video, and movies.
Haitian born multi media artist lives and works in Culver City, CA. Mr. Petion grew
up in Port-au-Prince, both his father Jean Mari and his uncle Victor were photographers.
Victor built his own photo lab. His late uncle Kerl Petion whom he considers the
only successful artist of the family had his own commercial graphic studio. Kerl
was a leading and active graphic artist in Haiti circa late
His father Jean Mari who worked as news editor in radio broadcasting always gave
him drawing paper color pens, pencils watercolor paints aquarelle, occasionally
along with books and other educational literature a record of spoken fairy tales
an Asterix or Tintin comic strip etc. At schoolyard competitions, to really draw
Bruce Lee with a pair of Nunchucks or Lucky Luke shooting his shadow to Spiderman
casting his web, Mr. Petion taught himself how to draw.
He was impressed by Maxo and artist Doudou Jean-Phillip Moiseau, two boyhood friends
in Petion-Ville who used to make real flying kites, cars, (tap-taps) and other
wooden metal toys, hunting tools etc... He also remembers a gentleman who used to
paint out side in the yard at Chez Madame Sejour. That particular gentleman actually
sold his work to galleries and tourists in Port-au-Prince. Nicole Dantes a friend
of the family worked at different art Galleries during the period Mr. Petion went
to grammar school in Port-au-Prince.
With his brother Hervay, they visited her at these different locations on numerous
occasions. At these collector houses and art galleries, the paintings, sculptures
and airport art he saw upon visiting Ms. Dantes made a tremendous impression on
him. He received a how to draw in 3-D book from Rene Durocher who became his art
Jedi. Mr. Durocher also a sculptor helped him with his drawing techniques. His art
horizon stopped at pictures of masterpieces like the Sistine Chapel, The Mona Lisa,
or work by Picasso, Dali and other contemporary and modern artists he saw in
books or cinema about culture and art. He never saw Rothko or Jasper Johns at the
museum growing up in his own country.
After immigrating to America in1983, while preparing for his GED he enrolled in
the Saturday Art program at Cooper Union New York City where he took his first life
drawing class. In 1987 Mr. Petion moved to Kansas City to receive a Bachelor of
Fine Arts at the Kansas City Art Institute Kansas City Missouri. In California he
studied at the California Institute of the Arts to earn a MFA in 1993.
Karl Jean-Guerly Petion recently contributed sounds and music for
Inside Darkness a film by Dominic De Lay.
His last project included Le Momo Sonic, an international art and music project
started in Los Angeles in collaboration with Michael Esther.
Click on links to visit project sites.
Bandula - Le Momo Sonic COLIBRI
Exhibitions Nov 17 2007 Fluxco Los Angeles, CA Group Show
April 3 2008 Corridor 2122 Fresno, CA Group Show
MFA 1993 California Institute of the Arts Valencia CA
BFA 1990 Kansas City Art Institute Kansas City MO
I love the outdoors and anything to do with nature.
Born raised in Los Angeles, California. I absolutely love life &
The Beach is at the top
of the list. I love to listen to the waves & walk on the sea shore(sounds
but I like that stuff).
I love to cook actually I'm a Chef & I love to create.
I'm a licensed breeder of German Rottweilers & train them as well .
Opps I forgot to mention I'm also a Certified Massage Therapist to the
..one more thing I used to do Tournament Martial Arts fighting..that's it.
Most important I love to make you smile :)
Owner Rawbyn's Radical Water
Girl Scout Leader and Educational
I have been a Counselor to Girl Scouts since 1994, this
has provided me with many years of experience with teens and the special circumstances
that today's youth find themselves in. Social media, educational expectations,
cell phones, and often lower expectations for their future has made growing up a
scary and often hazardous journey.
Raised and educated in Kentucky, I lived in New Zealand from 2001 through 2005 working
first with gifted students and then touring with a Technology Road Show providing
interactive science and technology to children, finally working with an Out of School
Care and Recreation Program where I had a major administrative role.
In January of 2006 I returned to Fremont, California and worked for Families of
Alameda for Multi-Cultural/Lingual Education. FAME was a public charter school
enabling students to become independent thinkers, life-long learners and responsible
contributing members of society. That fall I began teaching at Pacifica Community
Chart School in Los Angeles.
I was fortunate to be part of this community during the last three years of its
nine-year existence and experienced tremendous growth professionally and
My experience teaching 6th, 7th, and 8th graders at this school and the organization
and administrative experiences I have learned are among the reasons why I am excited
by the creation of Greener Way Associates, Inc. and look forward working together
to making a greener world.
Brandy Adkins - Obtained a BS in Curriculum and Instruction,
Middle Grades Education - Mathematics and Science Emphasis. Administration,
Communication, Technology, Teaching, Coordinator, and Trainer are some of her
taken from her impressive Resume.
Education is something that no one can take from
I am a very private person with a big heart. Knowing
Suzanne De Bennedittis has exposed me to home gardening and I now have a variety
of plants and vegetables growing in a very small space behind my home.
I became aware of Greener Way Associates, Inc. through my friendship with Suzanne
and Warren. When they told me that they had recently incorporated a non profit
corp to help at risk youth; I volunteered to help them with a strategic plan, so
that they could more easily qualify for funding
As it turns
out, I was previously employed by the Center for Non Profit Developement in Los
Angeles and helped the Center set up a Non Profit Reference Library.
Librarian at Los Angeles Southwest College.
-- On Advisorary Board at Greener Way Associates, Inc.
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