Off The Clock: Palms and Pineapples

Denver: I will be at the Denver Botanical Gardens as a presenter during the Palms and Pineapple Event on April 7. In the Orangery, I have a table called Easter Island Giants, and will be talking about the magnificent Giant Palms and other plants I uncovered from Rano Kao. Excellent beginnings in Denver……. if you are nearby come to the event

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Ashland Public Library – Lecture: Rapa Nui 8/4/2016

Radio Interview 8/4/2016 with Jefferson Public Radio

New Discoveries on Easter Island

Candace Gossen, Ph.D., is an environmental archaeologist, architect, plant medicine teacher and is in the valley willing to share her research on new discoveries taking place on Easter Island. As she states, this is not a story of collapse but rather one of a strong resilient place called the Navel of the World. Her presentation and a short film on the subject will be shown at the Ashland Branch Library on Thursday, August 4 from 6:30-8:30 p.m., 410 Siskiyou Boulevard.

What happened to the trees on Rapa Nui (Easter Island)? Popular theory says these ancient humans cut down their forests, causing ecocide and collapse and leaving a barren island with thousands of stone Moai lying facedown in testament. Newly uncovered evidence is changing the old story into a new one based on survivability, sacredness, adaptation, and hope.

A French-Indian girl from the bayous of Louisiana who loves to dig in the dirt and climb trees, Dr. Candace Gossen has excavated, explored and taught on 6 continents including the last 13 years on Rapa Nui. She discovered an extreme climate event that caused the disappearance of the giant palm forests in 1456 A.D. Previous and simultaneously, she learned Archaeoastronomy, earth and solar architecture from the ancient builders of the Desert SW, raised her son, and was the Climbing Supervisor at REI. Moving to the PNW in 1996, her teachings continued in the form of design/build experiments in the middle of Portland and taught thousands of students to create sustainable solutions. Her other accomplishments include underwater and garbage archaeology, plant medicine woman, Mazama climber, wilderness first aid responder, artist, classically trained musician, Rock n’ Roll lighting designer, Yoga teacher and soccer player. She is also a lover of wolves and nature that finds passion in teaching.

This presentation is sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library.  For more information, please call 541 774-6996 or visit

Workshop at New Renaissance Bookstore, 7th July 1-4pm

Ancient Medicinal Plants of Easter Island and Their Spiritual Essence

Sunday 7th of July, 2013

New  Renaissance Bookstore

Portland, Oregon

This workshop  will be  a great gift, an experimental workshop searching for the vital essence of plants  that no  longer  live on Easter Island  but were found as fossils in  the lake sediments of the crater lake Rano Kao.

In 2005  and 2008 Candace cored  the lakes  looking for  answers to What  Happened to the Trees?

She uncovered 33  plants that  existed over  the last  15,000 years  from the Last Glacial Maximum  until now including  the giant  palm forests which were  the largest palm on this planet. Unique,  each having their own DNA, breathing as an animal, these  trees were  the lungs of  the South Pacific.

Come hear the  story and participate in a unique healers experience of working with the plants  to  uncover their essence as medicine and the story that wants  to  be  told.

This is a new beginning to a change in the story of this planet to heal, rather than an island that has been used as the model for  human destruction. What we have uncovered most recently is a different story,  please come  share.

See the New  Renaissance Bookstore web  for  registration.