Our Team

Board Members

Ashley Bonn: Founder, Board President, Co-Executive Director – ash@conscious-growth.org

Ashley is an eco-educator, community organizer, and creative designer. She is passionate about closed-loop systems, circular economies, and regenerative cultures. In 2018, Ash graduated from Portland State University with a Masters of Science in Sustainability Education, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management. In addition, she completed a School Garden Teaching Certificate and a Permaculture Design Certificate in Portland, Oregon. Currently, Ash is studying Ecological Restoration and Sustainable Natural Resources at Oregon State University.

Drake Carnahan: Board Vice President & Co-Executive Director – drake@conscious-growth.org

Drake is a wholistic educator, event planner, group facilitator, website designer, soul coach and writer (along with a many other things). Her work focuses on cultivating spaces that encourage self-actualization and self-authorship in the context of building healthy, collaborative and transformative community. Drake holds a B.A. in Social Sciences, with a Minor in Civic Leadership, and is currently pursuing her M.S. in Leadership for Sustainability Education at Portland State University. She is a master reiki practitioner, ordained minister, trained facilitator and holds a permaculture design certificate. She has worked with over a dozen non-profits, and has been an outdoor/experiential educator for youth and adults for over a decade. www.drakenyxvision.com

Russell Bohr: Board Secretary – russell@conscious-growth.org

Russell graduated with a bachelors degree in Anthropology from Oregon State University. He is passionate about social change and works with groups facilitating resource sharing, sustainable lifestyles, community building, and personal growth. He has six years of experience organizing shared co-working environments, event spaces and permaculture projects based around community managed space. He is also involved with Hedron, a makerspace in Portland which often uses upcycled waste material to build art pieces and prototypes for clients and community projects. He has leadership experience organizing transformational festivals, and he pours tea in the Gongfu style at events: providing space for coherent group conversation, presence and strengthening community relationships.

Ben Ruch: Board Treasurer – ben@conscious-growth.org

Ben grew up on the east coast working twelve years for his family business in the agricultural flower industry. Since living in Portland, he integrated himself into the performance flow art community and developed a wire art business. Ben has an intense love for environmental awareness, animal justice, and community building. His heart’s desire is to use the accumulated knowledge of business, agriculture, landscaping, and space-holding to generate restorative communities and resilient culture.

Event Production Team

Ian Harrisian@conscious-growth.org

Ian Harris is the founder of Portland, Oregon-based Onion Music Festival. He has dedicated his life to cultivating a heart-centered community by creating multiple musical projects, producing events, and empowering people to celebrate their expression. He served as Regional Officer for the NW Youth of Unity, Event Booker for Tea Chai Té, and has been hired as a musical guest for multiple spiritual retreats. Ian’s calling is to pursue sustainable living, inspire radical self-expression, and bring the vision of Conscious Growth into fruition through music and sound healing.

Shannon Christie Hardmanshannon@conscious-growth.org

Shannon is a graduate student with Sacred Heart University’s Applied Psychology program, with a concentration in Industrial-Organizational Psych. In her spare time, she creates with just about anything she can get her hands on. Creativity, psychology, science and community are the four main drivers in Shannon’s life, and she makes it her mission to intertwine and uplift them as much as possible. You can find her artwork and other projects at www.shannon-christie.com.

Email: info@conscious-growth.org

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