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We respond to invitations to participate in conferences, community meetings, trainings, and many other types of events. This is a partial listing for the current and past years.




Current 2019 Calendar

2019 Upcoming Events updated as confirmed


October 2019


Salon Santé Nature

Thursday 24 October at the Marché Couvert in Avallon, Burgundy


APRIL 2019

Out of the Head and into the Heart: Western and Indigenous ways April 10 2019

workshop 2019 Olivia Frazao and Ilarion Merculieff san francisco Out of the Head and into the Heart: Western and Indigenous ways April 10 2019

with Olivia Frazao and Ilarion Merculieff

Date And Time
Wed, April 10, 2019
7:00 PM – 9:30 PM PDT

The Women’s Building
3543 18th St #8
San Francisco, California 94110

Eventbrite for tickets

From Event Description, Olivia Frazao and Ilarion Merculieff:
“What does it actually mean to live from the heart?
In what ways are we stuck in our heads, without even realizing it?
What’s the root cause of the world’s dysfunctions –
and how can we deal with it NOW?
How can Indigenous wisdom help us with our modern-day challenges?
Join an evening with Indigenous Elder Ilarion Merculieff and urban millennial Olivia Frazao for a challenging and lively discussion and experimentation of the above topics. This dynamic duo comes together to share both modern and Indigenous truths around how we can best connect with our greater selves, our intuition, and each other, to build a better world – now. Through dialogue, Q&A, guided meditation, and exercises, we will cover how the patriarchy we see in the world around us is also deeply embedded within the Western view of basic reality itself. We’ll look at how masculine energies have over-powered feminine energies, and how we’ve turned the head-heart dynamic upside-down. And we’ll come together to point to and feel the heart which holds us, guides us, and is us.”



MAY – JUNE 2019

Earth Repair Conference: May 3-5 Port Townsend, WA

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For more information about Earth Repair Conference visit the conference site:   


Israel May 10 thru June 1 2019

In May 2019 Kuuyux Ilarion (Larry) Merculieff is coming to Israel once more. Please visit the blog Hello My Other Self to learn more about Kuuyux will visit Israel in May 2019





Completed 2018 Calendar:

November 1 2018 – November 7, 2018

2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions

Toronto, Ontario

Metro Toronto Convention Centre

October 18 2018 – October 20 2018


Bioneers Conference 2018

Thursday, October 18
Abalone and Seaweed Traditional Ecological Knowledge: Our Original Instructions for Harvesting the Ocean
Vincent Medina • Dean Hoaglin • Jacob White Horse • Leah Mata • Ilarion Merculieff • Hillary Renick • A-dae Romero-Briones

Friday, October 19
Abalone Wars: Indigenous Voices from the Coastal Frontlines | Indigenous Forum
Jacob White Horse • Leah Mata • Ilarion Merculieff • Hillary Renick • A-dae Romero-Briones

Real Books – Book Signing Schedule for Friday at 4:30 pm
Monica Gagliano • Michael Pollan • Anneke Campbell • Ilarion Merculieff • Victoria Sweet

Sunday, October 21
Exploring “Blood Memory” | Indigenous Forum
Jade Begay • Alexis Bunten • Josephine Mandamin • Ilarion Merculieff • Anita Sanchez

At Bioneers 2018

September 23 2017 – September 24, 2017

Infusing Indigenous Wisdom; Pathways to a Deeper Awareness

Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA)
5135 NE Columbia Blvd.ortland, OR, 97218

The program consists of five (5), 1 1/2 hours long workshops, facilitated by Aleut Elder Ilarion (Larry) Merculieff designed to address the question: when we attempt to problem solve are we addressing the consciousness that caused the problemin the first place?  Our approach is to develop understandings based on indigenous perspectives, explore paths for moving forward together. Please see Ilarion’s 3 1/2 minute video, Are we Asking the Right Questions?

More Information and RegistrationInfusing Indigenous Wisdom; Pathways to a Deeper Awareness

March 16 -20, 2017

Ancestors and the Land: What Kind of Ancestor Do you Want to Be?
Pt. Reyes, California


Download the conference flyer: HOPE conference 03-17-2017 to 03-19-2017  (PDF)

June 18 thru 22, 2017

Spirituality Mind Body Institute (SMBI) and Columbia University’s Teachers College, NY

Visit the SMBI Website spirituality mind body institute and teachers college columbia university for more information about their work

September 20 thru 27 2017

Presbyterians for Earth Care National Conference, Blessing the Waters of Life –

Justice and Healing for Our Watershed, Portland, Oregon

Sept. 28 thru 30 2017

Keynote, Sustainability Conference, Canton, New York

~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2016 Past Events ~~~~~~~~~~~~

September 22, 2016
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Cultural Knowledge of Native Elders (ANS/RD 401)
Class: Sept 22, 2016 (and October 27, 2016)
5:10pm to 8pm
Contact info:
Distance Deliver: 1-800-277-8060 (907) 474-7341
Please note this class is also scheduled for October 27, 2016

October 6, 2016
Indigenous Epistemologies distance course
5:00pm to 7:00pm

October 21 – 23, 2016 – Bioneers, San Rafael, California
Sat, Session 1:
Act Now, Before It Is Too Late: Messages from Indigenous EldersAs Traditional Messenger for the Unungan (Aleut) People, Ilarion Merculieff is tasked to share messages from Indigenous elders with the world, and to be a bridge from ancient into modern times. This session will focus on timely messages about what needs to be done now. As Mother Earth’s life support systems are being pushed to the edge, elders all over the world are calling us to act and to act now. This means everything we do is relevant, inner and outer. How do we reconcile this with everyday life? What is relevant action, now? With Ilarion Merculieff & Sharon Shay Sloan, council trainer and community steward. Bioneers of all ages strongly invited to attend. Note: This is not a typical council session. Please see Bioneers Conference Website

October 27, 2016
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Cultural Knowledge of Native Elders (ANS/RD 401)
Class: October 27, 2016
5:10pm to 8pm
Contact info:
Distance Deliver: 1-800-277-8060 (907) 474-7341

October 29, 2016
Earth Matters
Near Boulder Creek, Ca.

November 5-7, 2016
Spirituality, Youth Development and Education Conference
Pocantico Center, NY, NY
Ssponsored by Columbia University
Contact Loren Foley, Program Coordinator


July 19th – Ilarion Merculieff’s book entitled ‘Wisdom Keeper – one man’s journey to honor the untold history of the Unangan People‘ will be available in all major bookstores. It can be ordered online at

Past 2016 Keynotes & Events

July 25 Next Steps for Realizing a Sustainable Future, International Society for Systems Science, Colorado, USA

JulyThe Interplay of Ancient Wisdom and Modern Science, Global Online Speaker Summit

June 20-22 – Visiting scholar at Spirituality and Mind-Body Institute, Columbia University, Teachers College, New York.

June 12 – International Bear Conference, Opening Address, Anchorage

2016 Tribal Green Summit

March 8, 2016 – Keynote speaker at Banquet

March 9, 2016 – Co-facilitating an experiential workshop on the 9th entitled:

From the Mind to the Heart: What we can do now to help Mother Earth with Galina Vladi


Summit information: North West Climate Science Center

Past 2014 Keynotes & Events

6th Annual Behavioral Health Aide (BHA) Forum 

The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, Anchorage, AK

Celebrating the Indigenous Roots of Restorative Justice

Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth, Oakland, CA

Healing of the Sacred Feminine and Sacred Masculine

Weaving EarthPetaluma, CA

Keynote Speech

Wilderness 50 conference, Albuquerque, NM

Keynote Presentation and Community Councils on Sacred Masculine/Sacred Feminine and other topics.

Bioneers, CA

Traditional Wisdom Modern Times

East Bay Media Center

Hosted by Circle of Ancestors, CA

Science Pub

Taproot, Anchorage

the Real Human Being

Alaska Plants as Food and Medicine Symposium, Girdwood


Portland, Oregon


Alaska Native Leadership Gathering, sponsored by the First Alaskans Institute


2 day Youth Camp

Weaving EarthPetaluma, CA

Book Signing

Bookstore, Bioneers, CA

Cross-cultural training

Genesis organization, Anchorage

4 day excursion on climate change

with Presbyterian Church, US

2012   Keynotes

Community Resilience Project


Alaska Native Male Identity

University of Alaska, Anchorage, Alaska

Alaska Health Information Management Association (AKHIMA)

Organizational Excellence from an Indigenous Perspective Anchorage, Alaska

Earth and Spirit Council’s Earthday Conference

Portland State University, Portland, Oregon

Indigenous People, Climate Change, and Environmental Knowledge

University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon

Going to the Heart of Sustainability: An Indigenous Wisdomkeeper’s Perspective

with Ilarion Merculieff David Brower Center, Berkeley, California

International Funders of Indigenous Peoples, Spiritual Perspectives on Global Challenges

San Francisco, California

Going to the Heart of the Matter: Sustainability and the Sacred Feminine

The Ojai Foundation, Ojai, California

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October 18–20, 2013

Bioneers Conference

San Rafael, California

Keynote Presentation and Community Councils on Sacred Masculine/Sacred Feminine and other topics

Bioneers is a non-profit educational organization that highlights breakthrough solutions for restoring people and planet. Since 1990, Bioneers has acted as a fertile hub of social and scientific innovators with nature-inspired approaches for the world’s most pressing environmental and social challenges. We connect people with solutions and each other. Our acclaimed national and local conferences are complemented by extensive media outreach including an award-winning radio series, book series and role in media projects such as Leonardo DiCaprio’s film The 11th Hour.

This event is open to the public.

Council Circles

International Funders of Indigenous Peoples, Spiritual Perspectives on Global Challenges

San Francisco, California

Bioneers Conference,

Councils on the emergent sacred masculine and feminine, intergenerational collaboration

San Rafael, California  


First Alaskans Institute Leadership Gathering of Youth

UAF class on Native Science

AkNOS (Alaska Native Oratory Society) – Judge

Anchorage, Alaska

Ilarion Merculieff and Jules Cashford on the Sacred Feminine

Marin County, California

Opening Ceremony for Tamalpais Trust

Mount Tamalpais, Marin County, California

Living Council Immersion –  Co-Facilitator

Ojai, California

Ancient Wisdom Rising, A gathering of traditional elders and indigenous wisdom keepers

Altanta, Georgia

Alaska Native Tribal Leadership Summit


Indigenous Elder Wisdom for Modern Times: Why It is Needed To Shift Paradigms That Are Pushing Earth’s Life Support Systems to the Edge.

Western Oregon University, Monmouth, Oregon

The True Intelligence of the Real Human Being.

Western Oregon University, Monmouth, Oregon

Bridging Between Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Cartesian Based Western Science: Why Is It Needed and What Can Indigenous Ways Offer to Better Understand Nature.

Chemawa Indian School, Salem, Oregon

Traditional Ways, The Ways of the Real Human Being, Elder Wisdom, and Team Building That Can Change Self and the World. – Teambuilding workshop

“This interactive workshop explored the myriad of ways used by indigenous cultures to unify the “mind” of the group so that everyone’s contribution is valued and used, and how use of connecting and peaceful language of mind, body, and spirit can bring greater results than the use of “majority and minority.” Participants learned how to express seemingly polarized viewpoints without alienating any participant on the team.”  – ARCUS Staff   2009

Alaska Native Peoples and Climate Change: What Are We Observing? – Keynote Presenter

Anchorage Museum of History and Art, Anchorage, Alaska.

Should Alaska Provide Support to Sustain Rural Villages? – Panelist

University of Alaska Difficult Dialogues Anchorage, Alaska.

The Future of Subsistence in Alaska – Presenter

University of Alaska Book of the Year Program Anchorage, Alaska

Partnerships Between Alaska Native Peoples and Government  Agencies – Panelist

Alaska Forum on the Environment Anchorage, Alaska    


Traditional Ways of Knowing and the Real Human Being – Keynote Presenter

Society for the Advancement of Chicano and Native American Students Salt Lake City, Utah

Traditional and Western Medicine, Can They Work Together? – Emcee and Keynote Presenter 

Healing from the Center Conference, University of Alaska, Anchorage

Original Teachings for All Nations – Emcee and Keynote Presenter

North American Convening Of Indigenous Peoples For The Healing of Mother Earth Gathering Palenque,

Chiapas, Mexico

Climate Extremes:  Science, Wisdom, Humility May Help Humanity – Keynote Speaker

2008 EPA Region 10 Tribal Leaders Summit Washington

Native Ways of Knowing, Spirituality, and Healing – Keynote Speaker

Universalist Church, Earthday Celebration, Anchorage

An Alaskan Face to Climate Changes – Keynote Speaker

University of Oregon, Portland, Oregon    


Elder Wisdom and Climate Change – Keynote Speaker

EcoArts Festival Boulder, Colorado

Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Climate Change – Keynote Speaker

University of Colorado, Boulder

Alaska Native Epistemologies:  Mind and Nature – Lecturer

University of Alaska, Anchorage

The Ways of the Real Human Being: Elder Wisdom and Community and Individual Wellness – Keynote Speaker

National Association of Social Workers Alaska Annual Conference on Recovery, Resilience and Resolution: Healing From Trauma Anchorage, Alaska

Traditional Spirituality and Earth Changes – Keynote Speaker

Eagle and Condor Symposium Northern College, Ontario, Canada

Climate Change: Alaska Native  Subsistence, Wildlife and Land Management – Presenter and Panel Moderator

Alaska Forum on the Environment Anchorage, Alaska

Climate Change from the Alaska Native Perspective – Presenter

14th Annual National Tribal Environmental Council Conference Albuquerque, New Mexico

Native Perspectives on Environmental Monitoring – Presenter

Alaska Dept. of Environmental Conservation Alaska Monitoring and Assessment Program Anchorage, Alaska

Adaptive Wisdom of Indigenous Peoples In Times of Environmental Change – Keynote Speaker

Earth Day, Kodiak, Alaska

The Real Human Being: Alaska Native Ways For Health and Wellbeing – Keynote Speaker

Culture Day, First Health National Conference Anchorage, Alaska

Teachings from the Womb for Community Healing – Workshop Facilitator

Oshweken, Ontario, Canada  


Traditional Knowledge and Wisdom and Who Owns Nature  – Keynote Speaker

Who Owns Nature: Bioprospecting, Biotechnology and Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Conference,

La Pena, Seattle University

Wisdom of the Elders for Modern Times – Keynote Speaker

University of Montana Wilderness Lecture series Billings, Montana

Alaska Native Cultures and Healing – Guest Lecturer

for Masters of Public Health students University of Alaska, Anchorage

Strategies for Successful Relationships and Partnerships with Alaska Natives and Their Organizations” – Presenter and workshop facilitator

Bioneers Conference, Anchorage

Elder Wisdom, Subsistence Rights, and the Environment”, – Keynote Speaker

12th Annual Alaska Tribal Conference on Environmental Management Anchorage, Alaska

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Spirituality and Science – Presenter

Wildlife Society 13th Annual Conference Anchorage, Alaska

Traditional Knowledge and Western Science – Presenter

National Tribal Forum on Environmental Science Quinault Indian Reservation, Washington state

Indigenous Environmental Monitoring – Presenter

panel presentation, American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting

Fairbanks, Alaska

An Aleut’s Perspective on Seabirds of the Bering Sea – Keynote Speaker

Katchemak Bay Shorebird Festival, Homer, Alaska

Healing and the Ways of the Real Human Being – Emcee and Presenter

Honoring Our Wisdom Keepers Gathering, Anchorage

The Importance of Fish to Alaska Natives – Presenter

Marine Science in Alaska, 2006 Symposium Anchorage, Alaska

Traditional Ways of Grieving and Healing – Keynote Speaker

2nd Annual Remembering The Light – A Community-Wide Memorial Ceremony, Anchorage, Alaska

Alaska Natives and Western Science – Panel Moderator

Alaska Forum On the Environment Anchorage, Alaska

Alaska Natives Today – Lecturer

Steller High School Culture Day, Anchorage, Alaska

Alaska Native Elder Wisdom and Planning – Presenter

Institute Of Tribal Environmental Professionals, Solid Waste Management Training Anchorage, Alaska

Alaska Natives and Global Warming – Presenter

Maniilaq Annual Regional Conference, Kotzebue, Alaska

Alaska Native Cultures, Spirituality, and Elder Wisdom – Lecturer

University of Alaska, Native Cultures class, Anchorage, Alaska

Alaska Native Health Research Conference – EmCee

Anchorage, Alaska

Arctic Pollutants, the Effects on Alaska Native Communities – Keynote Speaker

2006 Pacific Northwest P2 Roundtable Anchorage, Alaska

Traditional Grieving Song – Performance

UAA School of Nursing, Anchorage, Alaska


The Wisdom of the Elders and The Real Human Being – Keynote Speaker

8th World Wilderness Congress Anchorage, Alaska

Native Perspectives on Western Science and Environmentalism: Strategies for Addressing Alaska’s  Environmental Challenges” – Adjunct Professor, 500 level class

University of Alaska-Anchorage and Juneau/Fairbanks/Bethel campuses

Creating Fisheries Conservation and Economic Justice in the  North Pacific – Presenter

National Network of Grantmakers Conference Semiahmoo Resort, Washington

The Heart of the Halibut: How Fish Are More Than Just Fish  To An Alaska Native – Presenter

American Fisheries Society 135th Annual Meeting Anchorage, Alaska

Climate Change and Arctic Communities – Presenter

Global Ocean Ecosystem Symposium  (GLOBEC) Victoria, BC, Canada

Climate Change is Real To Alaska Natives – Presenter

Global Warming Awareness Rally University of Alaska, Anchorage

Informing Communities About the Nutritional Value of  Subsistence Foods – Presenter

Alaska Health Summit Anchorage, Alaska

Science Working Group – Chair and Presenter

Snowchange International Climate Change Conference, Anchorage, Alaska


Alaska Natives As Stakeholders in Environmental Monitoring – Presenter

NOAA, Enhancing Decision-making  Through Integrated Climate Research

Traditional Ways of Knowing and Western Science – Guest Lecturer

University of Alaska-Fairbanks

Alaska Native Ways of Knowing – Guest Lecturer

University of Alaska-Anchorage

Alaska Native Spirituality and Science – Presenter

American Assoc. for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting, Anchorage, Alaska

Alaska Native Relationships to Water – Keynote Speaker

International Arctic Research Center Fairbanks, Alaska

Mother Earth and Traditional Ways – Workshop Presenter

Bioneers Annual Conference, Anchorage, Alaska

What Alaska Natives Can Tell You About Climate Change – Keynote Speaker

National Weather Service and Weather Forecasters Meeting

Anchorage, Alaska

What Are The Birds Telling Us – Panel Moderator

Alaska Pacific University Environmental Conference sponsored by the Alaska Natural Resource and Outdoor Recreation, and Audubon Society, Anchorage

The Real Human Being and Today’s Youth – Keynote Speaker

Alaska Youth Court Annual Conference Homer, Alaska

Alaska Natives and Climate Change – Guest Presenter

American Indian Living national radio talk show

Alaska Native and Traditional Ways of Knowing and EPA – Presenter

National Tribal Caucus and  Indian Program Policy Council Meeting, Washington, DC.

Climate Change and Alaska Natives – Presenter and Panel Moderator

Alaska Federation of Natives Annual Leadership Forum, Girdwood, Alaska  


Linking Traditional Knowledge and Western Science in  Ethnobiology – Keynote Speaker

The World Conference on Ethnobiology, Athens, Georgia

Alaska Natives and the Bering Sea – Presenter

White House Conference on the Oceans, Monterey, California


Linking Traditional Knowledge and Wisdom to Ecosystem Based Approaches to Research and Management: Supporting A Marginalized Way of Knowing – Keynote Speaker

16th Lowell Wakefield Fisheries Symposium and 1998 Joint Meeting of the American Fisheries Society Western Division, Alaska Chapter and North Pacific International Chapter, Anchorage, Alaska


Traditional Knowledge and Wisdom and Environment – Presenter

Alaska Watersheds Conference Anchorage, Alaska

Traditional Knowledge and Wisdom in the Bering Sea: Issues and Concerns – Presenter

Proceedings of the Alaska Seas Marine Conservation Biology Conference Anchorage, Alaska


The Value of Indigenous World-views and Processes for Community Planning – Keynote Speaker

Alaska Transportation Planning for Livable Communities Conference Anchorage, Alaska


Establishing Rapport Between Indigenous Coastal Cultures and the Western Scientific Community – Keynote Speaker

Fourth International Symposium of The Conference of Asian and Pan-Pacific University Presidents Anchorage, Alaska   1994

Cross-Cultural Communication: The Need for a Two-Way Exchange for the Sake of Survival – Keynote Speaker

International Conference of Hunting and Gathering Societies