Ecosex Symposium


E.A.R.T.H. Lab Presents!

Join us for a multi-disciplinary gathering to explore our relationships with the environment and social justice, engage in human/non-human collaboration, critique ideologies and debate new sexualities. What happens when we posit the Earth as our lover? Let’s examine where our “bodies” end and “nature” begins. 


Everyone is welcome. Symposium is free.

All events take place at the UCSC DARC building. Google map link here. It’s a big campus, be sure to follow our link! There are many food options for purchase on campus, have a look at the cafe link here.  We’ve also got a great link with directions to the DARC building hereYou can find everything else you need below, but if you have any additional questions, shoot us an email at, and we’ll be happy to answer.


WHERE: All events are at UCSC in DARC #108 (Digital Arts Research Center), except where noted. 


Thursday, May 18

At UCSC in DARC #108 (Digital Arts Research Center)

Time  Event
10-10:30 Meet & Greet
Coffee, tea and breakfast nibbles.
10:30-11 Welcome & Introduction 
“Ecosex Art, Theory, Practices, Activism; A Primer.” Annie Sprinkle (Ecosexual artist), and Beth Stephens (artist and UCSC professor)
11-12:30 Keynote: Kim TallBear
“Decolonizing Settler Sexuality.”
 (Professor of Native Studies,University of Alberta, Edmonton, CA)Respondent: Melissa K. Nelson
(Professor, America Indian Studies, San Francisco State University)
12:30-2 Lunch Break
Ambient music and performance. Sarah Fylac: Violin
2-4 Panel & Discussion
Unsettling Our Earthly Pleasures.” Organized by July Cole, with Lehua Taitano, Cleo Woelfle-Erskine, Natalie Taber and Sarick Matzen. Discussant: Kim TallBear
4-4:30 Break
“Larval Rock Stars” 
Ambient Performance with Praba Pilar and Anuj Vaidya
4:30-6:30 Film Screening & Discussion with Donna Haraway and Fabrizio Terranova
“Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival” is a new documentary feature film about Donna Haraway by Fabrizio Terranova. Donna and Fabrizio will present their film then be in conversation with the audience. (Film is 90 minutes.)
6:30-8 Dinner Break

Panel & Discussion

“Tree-huggers Unite!” 

Moderator/Panelist Surprise Guest

Kim Marks (Greenpeace, activist trainer, sexuality shop owner), Keith Wilson (filmmaker) will present his new film “The Tree” (15 mins).  LaTerra Daniels (  Michael Morris (Visiting Professor, Department of Dance, Denison University.)

Friday, May 19

At UCSC in DARC #108 (Digital Arts Research Center)

Time  Event

Breakfast– Coffee, tea and breakfast nibbles.

Recorder music by Tibia Duo: Tish Berlin & Frances Blaker

Sprinkle & Stephens’ Pollination Pod will be on view throughout the day.

11-12:30 Keynote: Chris Cuomo
“Love and Struggle: Grounding Against Environmental Fatalism”
(Professor from University of Georgia) Respondent: T.J. Demos (Professor, History of Art and Visual Studies, UCSC)
12:30-2:30 Lunch Break

Panel & Discussion–“Bees, Bathhouses & Beyond” 

Moderator/Panelist Luke Dixon (Theater Nomad Director and Urban Beekeeper, London, UK)
Loren Kronemyer (Australian Artist, creator of the “Ecosex Bathhouse”),  Joe Dumit (Chair of Performance Studies UCD) “Substances,” Tanya Augsburg (Professor SF State University).

4-4:30 Break
Salmon Says, and Beaver Knows Best, Part 1: Ambient Performance by J Dellecave & Cleo Woelfle-Erskine + Additional Ambient Performances
4:30-5 Performance
Salmon Says, and Beaver Knows Best, Part 2: by J Dellecave & Cleo Woelfle-Erskine
5-6:30 Panel
“Academic Freedom In An Ecosexphobic World.” 
Moderated by Judy Meith. BuddahJack (Professor Santa Monica College), Kim Russo (Painter, Scholar), Beth Stephens (UCSC Professor) and Lisa Rofel (Anthropologist, UCSC Professor). 
6:30-8 Dinner Break
8-9 Community Open Mike
Hosted by Michael Morris (dancer, scholar). Any and all attendees that want to can speak, perform, announce, comment, etc., for five minutes. 


Emceed by the fabulous Qosmos from Los Angeles

“Hermit” by Tessa Wills, performance artist and producer from San Francisco

“Kookaburra Ritual” by Betty Grumble, performance artist from Australia

“Critical Polyamorist 100” readings by Kim Tallbear, scholar from Edmington Canada

“Ecosexy Shakespeare” by Luke Dixon, beekeeper and theater director working in London

“Holly Scene” by Chris Cuomo, eco-feminist scholar from Athens, Georgia

“Water Tassel Burlesque” by Lady Monster, arts producer from San Francisco


Closing and Goodbyes

Pre Conference Event: Wednesday, May 17


Time OFF CAMPUS Pre-Conference Performance Event



Slow Dancing with an Other–Kevin O’Connor, Lori Halliday and horses. A collaboration between horses and humans.  A kind of feeling together in the moment. It was cultivated though practicing two kinds of attentional practices: biodynamic cranial sacral and natural horsemanship. In the intra-acting, the dance emerges.

At: Horse & Heart, 5017 Ironwood Dr. Soquel, Ca.

The Facebook page for the event is here.

Purchase tickets here. Scroll down a bit to see the event ‘Slow Dancing with an Other’.

Students $10, Regular admission $20




Gather: Noon

Readings 1 to 1:30 Hangout until 2

Off Campus Book Launch Event and a Reading

At: Pure Pleasure–111 Cooper Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone: 831.466.9870

Come celebrate an new ecosexy book, “The Explorer’s Guide to Planet Orgasm—For Every Body” with the authors, Annie Sprinkle & Beth Stephens

Book launch with performative readings by the authors and their friends.

There’s a new book in town, and it’s all about orgasm! Learn the fascinating history of orgasm research, the new definition of orgasm, and seven keys to a more mind-blowing blast off. Experiment with breath and energy orgasms, orgasmic states, dreamgasms, nipplegasms, crygasms, minigasms, megagasms and moregasms.

Books will be available for purchase. ($14.) Have yours signed by the authors!


Food available for purchase around campus, or feel free to bring your own.


There is a fee to park in the UCSC parking lot. Our beloved parking enforcement team is extremely vigilant. Please follow the link here to avoid an expensive ticket.  


We want you to be warm, comfortable, and cozy. Here are some places to stay:

Camping: The Redwood Resort has free camping for symposium participants and their close guests. This includes shower and restroom facilities. They’re great friends of Annie and Beth, and are co-sponsoring this event! Please keep in mind that they’re a 40 minute drive from UCSC. The map link is here. If you want to use this option, please contact Beth Stephens

You may also like Henry Cowell State Park. They don’t have a website, but the map link and phone number is here.

Hostels: There are lots of options here.

Hotels: A list of all hotels in Santa Cruz can be found here.

We love staying at The Ocean Pacific Lodge. They’re offering a 10% discount for our symposium, just mention that you’re going to UCSC when you book. We’ve had a great time there in the past, and it’s a nice mid-priced hotel. A google map is here. For a high end experience, we recommend the Dream Inn. Their location is right next to the ocean, with incredible views.

Heartfelt thanks to our collaborators friends and sponsors

Dean’s Fund for Excellence and the UCSC Office of Research

Thank you to the Ocean Pacific Lodge, UCSC catering, and India Joez. Thanks also to the incredible technical team of the Digital Arts Research Center.

Special thanks to our generous, amazing hosts: Donna Haraway, Shelly Errington, Nada Miljkovic, Kyle McKinley & Jennifer Gonzalez.

Our dear friends who gave their time to help us with this event: Scott Brandt, Dean Solt, ARI, Center for Science and Justice, Center for Arts and Science, Redwood Resort, Feminist Studies, Jennifer Gonzalez, Jordan Phillibert, Lindsay Moffat, Rachel Smith, Cowell College–Alex, Kristin Grace Erickson, Julie Rogge, Dr. Gary Greenberg.

Thanks also to the amazing UCSC staff.


Gracias everyone who gave their time and resources to help us with this event:

Dean Solt, Scott Brandt, ARI, Center for Science and Justice, Center for Arts and

Science, Redwood Resort, Feminist Studies, Jordan Phillibert, Lindsay Moffat,

Rachel Smith, Cowell College, Alex, Dr. Gary Greenberg.

Merci amazing UCSC staff.

Thanks UCSC catering, India Joez, and to the farmers at Live Earth farm.

Thanks Redwood Resort’s Dan and Joe, Ocean Pacific Lodge.

Thanks again to Nada Miljkovic’s K2SC and Artists on Art.

Extra special kudos to Julie Rogge for the poster designs.

Thank you all for coming!