WORKSHOPS | RETREATS | LECTURES

Workshops & Retreats

Vegetable Production, Self-efficacy and Mindfulness in the Garden. (October 2018). A one-day workshop for staff members of a Berlin child care center. Gutsgarten Hellersdorf, Berlin, Germany.

Reflections on Deep Sustainability: A Mindfulness Retreat in the Tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. (November 2017). A four-day residential farm retreat at Lebensgut Retreat Center, Pommritz, Germany (www.lebensgut.de).

Sustainability, Mindfulness and Community Life: An EIAB Happy Farm Retreat. (March 2016). A residential retreat at the European Institute for Applied Buddhism, Waldbröl, Germany.

Organic Farming Techniques for Mindfulness Practitioners (Winter 2015-16). A series of weekly workshops / presentations designed for interns at monastic farm. Plum Village Monastery, Thénac, France.

Sustainability, Mindfulness and Community Living: A Plum Village Happy Farm Retreat. (June 2015). A weeklong residential retreat at Plum Village Buddhist Monastery, Thénac, France. Co-developed, presented and facilitated.

Introduction to Nonviolent Communication. (February 2015). Co-facilitator. Reaching Out from Within callout at Lansing Correctional Facility. Lansing, KS.

Introduction to Meditation and Mindfulness. (September 2014). Co-facilitator. Reaching Out From Within callout at Lansing Correctional Facility. Lansing, KS.

Designing Edible Forest Gardens. (August 2012). Co-instructor of 2-day intensive design workshop offered by Kaw Permaculture Collaborative. Lawrence, KS.

Organic Farming Techniques for Refugees. (2007 – 2012). A series of spring trainings on organic production methods for farmers with limited or no English comprehension. Offered by Cultivate Kansas City. Kansas City, KS.

Designing Edible Forest Gardens. (May 2011). A workshop on sustainable perennial food production systems for farmers and gardeners. Offered by Cultivate Kansas City. Funded by Audubon / Toyota. Kansas City, KS.

Immigrant Farmer Education Day. (December 2007). A farmer education project to build cross-cultural learning networks. Offered by the Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture. Funded by USDA Risk Management Education and Heifer International. Kansas City, KS.

Poly-Tunnel Construction. (October 2005). A hands-on training on poly tunnel design and construction. Offered by the Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture. Kansas City, MO.

Lectures & Panels

Reflections on Ecology, Sustainability and Mindfulness. (October 2014). Presentation to JustMatters: Ecology. Precious Blood Retreat Center. Liberty, MO.

Peace Is Every Step. (April 2014). Presentation to Day of Resilience: Inspire, Educate, Transform. Truman Medical Center Behavioral Health. Kansas City, MO.

There is no Way to Harvest, Harvest is the Way. (August 2013). Presentation to Health Retreat. Plum Village Monastery. Thénac, France.

Experiencing Sustainability Through Urban Food Production. (November 2012). Presentation to AIAS Midwest Quad Conference. Kansas City, MO.

Food Systems Planning and Urban Agriculture. (July 2012). Presentation to Helix Architecture. Kansas City, MO.

Foodscapes: Urban Agriculture, Sustainable Design and Community Health. (March 2012). Panelist. Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics. University of Kansas. Lawrence, KS.

Scheduling Vegetable Plantings. (March 2012). Presentation to Growing Growers. Kansas City, KS.

Designing a Community Greenhouse for the Juniper Gardens Training Farm. (February 2011). Presenter and jury member at AIA-KC Design Week Challenge. American Institute of Architects. Kansas City, MO.

On Agriculture, Cities and Sustainability. (March 2012). Presentation to the Sierra Club. Kansas City, MO.

Food Systems Planning and Urban Agriculture. (October 2011). Presentation to the American Planning Association Bi-State Conference. Kansas City, MO.

The Juniper Gardens Farm Business Training Program – Efforts in Humanitarian and Ecological Restoration. (July 2011). Presentation to Environmental Excellence Business Network. Bridging the Gap. Kansas City, MO.

On Agriculture, Cities and Sustainability. (April 2011). Earth Day presentation to University of Central Missouri. Warrensburg, MO.

Scheduling Vegetable Plantings. (January 2011). Presentation to Great Plains Vegetable Conference. Saint Joseph, MO.

Toward Sustainability Through Urban Agriculture? (August 2010). Presentation to Mid-K Plants, Parks & Parking: or Green Acres in Kansas City, With or Without Backyard Chickens. American Institute of Architects. Kansas City, MO.

Toward a New Dialog for Justice and Sustainability. (November 2010). Presentation to National Environmental Justice Advisory Council Public Meeting and Workshops. Kansas City, MO.

Urban Agriculture and the Green Economy. (July 2010). Presentation to Green Jobs—Finding the Right Path Forward. Annual Dialog on Sustainability. Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS.

Permaculture Principles in Small-Scale Vegetable Production. (January 2010). Presentation to Great Plains Vegetable Growers Conference. Saint Joseph, MO. With Steve Moring.

Building Edible Cities – Urban Agriculture for Planning and Design Professionals. (June 2009). Presentation and panel discussion in conjunction with Kansas City Urban Farms and Gardens Tour. University of Missouri, Kansas City. Department of Architecture, Urban Planning and Design. With Dr. Jacob Wagner.

Urban Agriculture in KC and Beyond – Lessons Learned and New Directions. (February 2009). Presentation to Kansas State University Horticulture Seminar. Manhattan, KS.

Steps Toward Reducing Tillage on a 2-Acre Market Garden. (January 2009). Presentation to Great Plains Vegetable Growers Conference. Saint Joseph, MO. With Becki DeRusseau.

Visions for an Edible City. (October 2008). Presentation to American Planning Association Bi-state Conference. Kansas City, MO.

Productive Urban Greenspace – Options for Urban Agriculture. (October 2008). Presentation to the Johnson County Planning Commission. Overland Park, KS.

Visions for an Edible City. (April 2008). Presentation to American Institute of Architects. Kansas City, MO.

Spiraling Up – Urban Agriculture’s Potential to Drive Environmental Change. (September 2007). Presentation to Environmental Protection Agency, Region 7. Kansas City, KS. With Katherine Kelly.

High-end Marketing Options for Small-Scale Vegetable Farmers. (February 2007). Presentation to Missouri Small Fruit and Vegetable Conference. Springfield, MO.

Producing and Selling Vegetables in Kansas City. (February 2007). Presentation to Missouri Small Fruit and Vegetable Conference. Springfield, MO.

Intensive Vegetable Production on an Urban Farm. (January 2007). Presentation to Great Plains Vegetable Growers Conference. Saint Joseph, MO. With Katherine Kelly.

High Tunnels at the Community Farm: Designs, Uses, Lessons. (January 2007). Presentation to Great Plains Vegetable Growers Conference. Saint Joseph, MO. With Katherine Kelly.

The Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture – Working with Passion for Better Communities in Kansas City. (August 2006). Presentation to mayor’s office, Unified Government of Wyandotte County. With Katherine Kelly.

Producing and Selling Vegetables in Kansas City. (July 2006). Presentation to Kansas State University Olathe Horticulture Research Station. Olathe, KS.

Local Models for Urban Food Production. (January 2006). Presentation to Great Plains Vegetable Growers Conference. Saint Joseph, MO. With Katherine Kelly.

High Tunnel Production at Trailside Farm. (January 2005). Presentation to Great Plains Vegetable Growers Conference. Saint Joseph, MO.

"Daniel has been highly organized and prepared, open to mentoring and guiding students, and a truly innovative and creative thinker. The students have had a very positive response to Daniel and his open-hearted and compassionate approach... Daniel is a patient and forgiving instructor who maintains high standards in the classroom while moving students to do more creative and challenging work."

Dr. Jacob Wagner
Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Design, University of Missouri, Kansas City, USA

"Daniel has been a dear and valued colleague to me, whose intelligence, creativity, sense of humor and big heart I have greatly appreciated.... Daniel is a well-organized manager, inclusive and holistic in style and, where appropriate, also hands-on. He involves people, works hard to build consensus and makes team members feel valued and heard. Daniel goes the extra mile in finding and implementing lasting and comprehensive solutions."

Rachel Pollock
Director of Refugee and Immigration Programs, Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, USA

"Propelled by his curiosity and meticulous approach, Daniel searches thoroughly and leaves no source unchecked. As a producer he has exhibited great talent in planning and supervising complex television productions, even under extreme pressure. Whatever the task at hand, Daniel consistently goes beyond the call of duty."

Alexander von Wechmar
Chief Correspondent, German Television Films, Los Angeles, USA

"Daniel also understands the needs of large organizations, and is skillful in finding out where he can help in a harmonious and insightful way. He has the qualities of a community-builder, which are rare and difficult to find, and those working with him develop a sense of trust and friendship with him easily."

Thay Phap Luu
Senior Dharma Teacher & Bhikshu Monk, Plum Village Meditation Center, France

"Daniel was a definite asset to our assignment desk...it requires highly organized, flexible and intelligent individuals with exceptional communication skills and the ability to handle ever-present deadline pressure."

Richard Ayoub
Executive Producer, KCBS-TV Los Angeles, USA

"Daniel... never hesitated to go the 'extra mile' toward a better product"

Ruth Schwartz
Executive Director, Shelter Partnership, Los Angeles, USA

"Students receive invaluable opportunities for additional learning thanks to engaged farmers and community activists like yourself"

Robert J. Dole
Former U.S. Senator

"Daniel brought great enthusiasm and an infectious joyful energy to our group and the work. This energy gifted our group with motivation and helped us to consistently achieve our goals.

Daniel used his life experience and wisdom to offer mentorship to me and the team members in matters including meditation, relationships and conflict resolution. Personally I grew a lot in Daniels company, and through dialogue with him learned a lot about what's important in life.   

What impressed me most about Daniel is his deep desire to serve. He feels a deep affinity with the earth and the inhabitants of the earth. His work reflects this affinity. He is moved to protect the environment and help those he meets grow, heal and work towards realising their true potential."

Stuart Watson
Co-Founder, Plum Village Happy Farm, Plum Village Monastery, Thénac, France

"Daniel has exceptional skills as an educator, both in formal presentation and in workshop settings. He is a clear and compelling speaker. Through our partnership with Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas and the New Roots for Refugee program at Juniper Gardens, he has developed particular expertise in working across language and nationality/ethnic differences and in working with non-literate refugee and immigrant communities."

Katherine Kelly
Executive Director and Co-Founder, Cultivate Kansas City, Kansas City, USA.