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ABOUT

BIOGRAPHY

Abrah Dresdale (she/her), MA—often called a force of nature—is a social designer, consultant, and educator. Regenerative frameworks and social justice practices inform Abrah’s culture shift work, namely through the organization she co-founded and directs, Regenerate Change

 

She has been Faculty and developed new courses for the Sustainable Food and Farming program at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst (since 2011) and for Omega Institute’s Center for Sustainable Living (since 2015). She was the Founding Faculty and Coordinator of the nationally acclaimed Farm and Food Systems program at Greenfield Community College. She later established and led the Jail-to-Farm-to-College & Employment program in Massachusetts’ Franklin County Jail. As an anti-racist accomplice and network weaver, Abrah has helped to catalyze numerous networks focused on systemic change, from local food sovereignty projects to bioregional climate justice efforts to a national prison food justice movement. 

 

Abrah’s Jewish heritage is central to her ethical beliefs and ritual practices. Her personal passions include leading classes and developing eco-spiritual programs on the Hebrew calendar and Jewish earth-based traditions all over the country—from Brandeis University to Pearlstone Conference Center to Hazon’s national events. 


Internationally, Abrah has: served as a David Bird Ecological Design Fellow ‘13 to Tamil Nadu, India; is an Encounter Alum ‘15: Transforming Conflict through Face-to-Face Understanding in the West Bank; and served as a Professional Fellow ‘16 to Rwanda in the Africa Conflict Transformation Program.

 

Named a New England Fixer by Grist Magazine, she is also a trained facilitator of: permaculture design; systemic constellations; and peer counseling focused on collective liberation. She is the author of Regenerative Design for Changemakers: A Social Permaculture Guide. Abrah holds a Permaculture Design Certification (2008) and a Master’s Degree in Sustainable Landscape Design (2010) from the Conway School. Abrah lives with her family on a multi-family farm on occupied Mohawk and Lenape land in the Mahicantuck / Hudson River Valley, NY,

SPECIALIZATIONS

» Regenerative Design and Social Permaculture

» Personal Regeneration and Life Design for Changemakers

» Power, Privilege, and Racial Justice

» Innovative Approaches to the Climate Crisis

» Prison Food Justice and Education

MY APPROACH

» Dynamic speaking paired with experiential learning

» Uplifting clients' and students' personal agency

» Participatory and inclusive group facilitation

» Anti-racist, multicultural, and social justice orientation

» Living systems pedagogy with real life projects

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"As a big picture thinker, Abrah manages the multi-faceted components of educational programs and related grants with grace. She works closely with community and higher education partners to ensure all voices are heard, building investment through her thoughtful connections with stakeholders."

- Deb Habib, Ph.D., ED of Seeds of Solidarity

MEDIA

HOW I GOT STARTED

HIGHER EDUCATION PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT

ECO-SOCIAL PERMACULTURE

ECONOMIC & PRISON FOOD JUSTICE

REGENERATIVE FOOD SYSTEMS PLANNING

PUBLICATIONS