Dr Eshana Bragg

Dr Eshana Bragg & Rachel Taylor

Dr Eshana Bragg & Rachel Taylor

Ecopsychologist & Activist

Dr Eshana Bragg and Rachel Taylor are the CoCreators and Directors of Joyality, a non-profit enterprise inspiring and empowering changemakers in these challenging times of great potential.

Eshana, Rachel and other members of the Joyality Team will be holding an evening workshop called Diving Deep, and facilitating arrival and integration sessions for the festival. 

Presenter Biographies

Eshana Bragg PhD is an ecopsychologist, workshop facilitator, university lecturer, community organiser, rainforest regenerator, grandmother and lover of life. Born in England, she now lives near Byron Bay. She has 25 years experience in social research focusing on our relationship with nature, and how it affects our behaviour and well-being. In 1996, she was awarded a PhD in environmental psychology for her dissertation Towards Ecological Self when she was a member of the Rainforest Information Centre’s deep ecology roadshow, creating and co-facilitating workshops with John Seed. Since 1998, Eshana has worked with Peter Cuming as a Director of Sustainable Futures Australia, partnering with community, government and business to bring positive change through collaborative strategic planning, interpretive design, and community organising. She teaches university courses on ecopsychology and social change for the School for International Training’s Sustainability and Environmental Action program; and writes articles for Ecopsychology Journal. Eshana is President of Friends of Foresthaven, a non-profit dedicated to rainforest regeneration, nature connection, cross-cultural understanding, creativity and personal development. She is passionate about providing young adults with the skills and psychological support to thrive at this particular point in human history!

Rachel Taylor is a social and environmental activist, traveler, feminist, communicator and student of nature both within and without. Born and raised on Vashon Island in the Puget Sound, USA, Rachel studied at Occidental College in LA, earning a degree in Urban and Environmental Policy. Rachel has worked with Community Coalition, Backbone Campaign, Monteverde Conservation League, Cogan Owens Greene, Fossil Free Oxy and LA EcoVillage doing community and campus organizing, environmental education, media design and communication, creative activism and community-based research. In addition to Joyality, Rachel consults with the Women's Earth & Climate Action Network on social media and communications and assists in WECAN's social media strategy. She is also a researcher, writer, and communications and marketing associate for Intentionalist, a Seattle-based startup driving economic empowerment, conscious consumerism, local economies and inclusive communities. Rachel is a joyful lover of the Earth and holds a deep faith in the capacity of human beings to evolve, to come together and to consciously create a better world. Rachel is particularly passionate about awakening and deepening the human-nature connection, the role of women in facilitating transformation, and nurturing diverse, decolonizing, inclusive and creative solutions to social and environmental problems.