Kristal Parks, M.A., author, biologist, environmentalist and more

Re-Enchanting the World: Love in Action for the Earth & Her Critters
A Multimedia Presentation by Kristal Parks, M.A.

Thursday, September 20
6:30 to 8:30 pm
Calaway Room, Third Street Center,
520 S Third Street, Carbondale

Kristal Parks, M.A., speaker, sacred activist, nature mystic, author, biologist, environmentalist, elephant conservationist and visionary, will share anecdotes, amazing stories and profound lessons gleaned from decades of activism in various justice movements. For example: how majestic elephants are highly evolved and have a sense of humor and deep tenderness; or when incarcerated for peace actions, Kristal learned that racial reconciliation can happen when we take on the suffering of those oppressed; and how being awed by a blade of grass inspired her to do nonviolent direct actions on Earth’s behalf.

Kristal asserts that effective work for justice, peace, the earth and all beings comes from a felt experience of the wonder and sacredness of life. Further, she suggests that the current challenges we face are a momentous opportunity to participate with the ever-evolving bio-spiritual Universe in the creation of a new paradigm; which takes its cues from, and works in collaboration with, Indigenous people, science, other movements for justice and non-human nations. Yes, trees do talk, rocks grow and wolves howl delight at the moon! This new paradigm is defined by celebration, awe, joy and justice; capable of seeing splendor reflected even in the tiniest ant.

Admission is donation based: $15 to $35 sliding scale.

BIO: For two years Kristal lived as a hermit in the intimate embrace of a forest and what she learned there guides her vision. Also, she was a human shield for disappearing Mayans during Guatemala’s civil war; volunteered in refugee camps in South East Asia; helped end apartheid in South Africa; was imprisoned for non-violent peace actions (including 4 1/2 months in solitary confinement); worked undercover to expose housing discrimination; participated with Ecuadorian tribes to protect the Amazon rain forest; is an advocate for the disabled and is passionately involved in helping re-unite separated immigrant families in detention.

In 2005, Kristal founded Pachyderm Power! Love in Action for Elephants which worked to stop elephant genocide in Kenya for 10 years. Her pivotal efforts there successfully created an army of over 1,000 young people impassioned to save the elephant nation. Also, her actions helped end the use of elephants by the Ringling Bros. circus (including a 12 day water only hunger strike), which finally closed in 2017.

Kristal has practiced Zen Meditation, a la Thich Nhat Hahn, and Centering Prayer, a la Thomas Keating, for 35 years, and holds a B.Sc. in Biology and an M.A. in Justice, Peace and Social Transformation from the Iliff School of Theology.

What Others Are Saying…

Kristal’s presentation was exquisite, because of who she is and the stories she has to share. Therefore, her teaching, witness and wisdom are so utterly real. There was a deep connection she made [with the students] and all were moved and inspired to do more in their own way.Dr. Rev. Matthew Fox, theologian, professor, writer, visionary and founder of Creation Spirituality

Kristal is truly an amazing, gifted, heartfelt and powerful speaker. It is rare to have the opportunity to listen to someone who can speak so deeply and eloquently as Kristal. She is a bright light and brilliant example, showing others what is possible. I could listen for hours. Joseph Medicine Robe, Native American activist and musician

The fabulous and outrageous Kristal Parks walks her talk like no one I know! She is a terrific speaker that you will want if you are a teacher or have an organization. She’s the best! Dr. Tahdi Blackstone, director IONS-LA (Institute of Noetic Sciences in Los Angeles)