Our Community Members

Welcome to Atlan

We are building community near Northwestern Park in White Salmon, WA.  Members of Atlan are artisans and ambassadors of a thriving emergent culture who are embodying a healthy expression of Life. We are a group of multi-generational visionaries including artists, healthcare professionals, designers, and builders.

Meet some of Atlan’s  “Kin” members …..

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sittin-at-bobsBill Zimmerman

I am Bill Zimmerman; I retired from a career job as an Electronics/Signal tech with the State of Washington to live in the Columbia Gorge and windsurf in the river, which is one of my passions and joys. The energies of the Gorge are strong; I believe that is a big factor in my attraction to this place on earth. I also sense that has drawn many others here, including many of the Atlan Kin. Sharing my energy with others is becoming more important to me as time goes on. As the vision of Atlan evolves, I hope to share with this noble effort to lend a hand in the stewardship and care of our planet and at the same time help elevate and connect the spirits that inhabit this paradise. 


Derek Greenwoodimage1

Derek is a ER nurse who loves living in the White Salmon area and participating in the Atlan community. He is a peace activist, surfer, sailor, amateur wood worker/jewelry maker, and dancer. Derek brings fun loving realism and the spirit of volunteering to the community.


img_2593Holly Hamilton

I am in deepest gratitude for this Land and for the opportunity to co:create home for my family in a supportive naturescape while living in connection with this creative community. After 13 years in Portland, I feel such joy to call Atlan and this area of the earth my home! For nearly two decades I have been on a healing path; caring for others and myself through the practice of integrative physical medicine and the magic that lies in the natural world.  I see Atlan as a sanctuary for healing in a holistic sense through the relational arts ~ living in right relation with the land and cultivating loving honest relationships. It is my intention to nurture balance in my being by breathing the forest air, working with my hands in the earth, ongoing mentoring (both giving & receiving), dancing, singing and wildcrafting.  www.healingpathway.org


Jeremiah ChavezJeremiah

I am excited to bring my passion for community, renewable energy, gardening, music, constructive arts & fun to the Atlan project. I am a born and raised Oregonian, and am excited to be spending time in the Columbia Gorge. Here at Atlan, I have had the opportunity to utilize my background in solar electric contracting to help power our Grundfos well system, yurt & greenhouse.  Our budding community garden has given me the opportunity to expand my farming background in a rather unique ecosystem as well.


Joanna Toleno Bakken 20160419_151121

Green Monarch consulting

Joanna is a lover of life, adventure and learning new things. She is committed to living authentically and boldly. She is a Master Recycler in both OR and MN and has a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC). She is passionate about how racial justice and environmental justice can intersect to bring healing to people and our Earth home.

She left her previous home in Minnesota in June 2015 with her three children, knowing they wanted to return to the Pacific Northwest. After some travel and organic farm work they settled in the Columbia Gorge area in September 2015.

Joanna and her children are voracious readers and explorers. They love living in this amazing area, and the community they are fostering at Atlan.



photoJonathan Brandt

Portland Earth Care

Honored to be a part of the future of Atlan, Jonathan is ushering co-creative conscious community emergence through regenerative kinship ethics. Through applications of design/build, facilitation, music, and movement, Jonathan is integrating multi-generational and multi-dimensional awareness into everyday transformative healing, from the personal to the cultural. Part reskiller, part change agent, Jonathan is evolving his permaculture garden business to appropriate scales to midwife regenerative living systems for eco-villages and homesteads in the Cascadian bioregion.


20150730_160456-21Kay Alton

Kay lived abroad and communally for her first 14 years and the colorful complexity of that experience has permeated much of what she does. She has since found homes and work in non-profits in Minneapolis, Oakland, the Big Island of Hawaii and Santa Fe before finding her current home at Atlan Center. She has blended her ten plus years of social work with the more somatic, holistic aspects of her extensive yoga trainings to start her own business, Ignite Change Consulting LLC. She currently does mindfulness and yoga work at Haven, a non-profit for survivors of domestic and sexual violence in The Dalles, at the Norther Oregon Correctional Facilities and at The Next Door in Hood River. Kay received her Masters of Education in Youth Developmental Leadership at the University of Minnesota, her Masters of Social Work at California State University and recently completed her 500 hour yoga training in Cambodia through Zuna Yoga. She is so excited to create a home in the gorge and can’t wait to get to know the rivers on her new raft!


Keala Young

Keala is a life-long student of facilitation arts; a regenerative practitioner and whole system designer, with a background as an eco-educator, bodyworker, yoga, dance, movement, and Heart Circle facilitator; his work as an evolutionary guide is an emerging synthesis of healing sessions, embodiment classes, and workshops integrating living systems coherence for individuals and communities.

Since 2005 Keala has been consciously committed to the path of co-creating living & learning communities and has studied far and wide, gathering the seeds and skills to undertake the adventure of forming Atlan as a model for the future now.


Laurrien Gilman  *La*

I am an artist and a visionary. My life’s work has centered around art, healing and building community. I have been an urban dweller and I now experience the longing to live in nature’s wild sanctuary. For these reasons, Atlan is my ultimate dream to be pursuing at this time.

My life’s passion is painting, and writing and I now teach a variety of workshops featuring the transformative power of reality-making through language and art. I can feel my personal practices flourishing as our group’s creativity moves boldly toward designing our eco-village and learning center. My life is teaching me to honor Spirit, to share in Circle, to help others by serving wherever I can….growing consciousness in the process.


Mike Gundlach 


Mike’s passion for nonprofit work began over 25 years ago. He has been an active volunteer, program manager, operations coordinator, and served in a variety of board roles. He was drawn to CultureSeed with its holistic vision of thriving communities and is in deep gratitude for the opportunity to collaborate with wonderful community members and partners every day. Mike was one of the founding board members for CultureSeed until he began serving as CultureSeed’s Executive Director in 2015. Outside of his E.D. responsibilities Mike enjoys co-creating outdoor youth programs. Mike graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a BS Degree in Business Economics. In his spare time you will find him hiking, mountain biking, on the yoga mat, fishing, or wandering through the woods. You can reach him at Mike@CultureSeed.org.



Niema Lightseed

Niema is a poet, Hatha and Restorative Yoga teacher, Reiki energywork practitioner and teacher, ritual facilitator, performance artist, freelance ghostwriter and editor, and new paradigm enthusiast who has been working in the healing arts since 2004. Originally from Chicago, Niema has lived in Portland since 2013, and is delighted to incrementally weave with and co-create the emergent Atlan community. Her writing has been featured in the collection ReInhabiting the Village and the online publication elephant journal, as well as through two self-published poetry collections. She also regularly teaches yoga, organizes events, dances, paints, plays in gardens, and shares chocolate. www.niemalightseed.com & www.hummingbirdcacao.com


Norm Dibble

Norm is an artist, designer, craftsman, and adventurer who is actively creating the Village at Atlan Center. Norm is inspired by his learning experiences at Haystack Mountain School, Pilchuck Glass School, the National Outdoor Leadership School and Evergreen State College to create opportunities for experiential education in the natural environment. Norm is an enthusiast for adventure ~ if he is not welding, building his tiny house or crafting the future at Atlan, you may find him in the backcountry of snowy mountains, paragliding in Nepal or mountain biking in our forest trails.


Roxanne Roberts roxanne_bio-150x150

Roxanne grew up in the mountains overlooking Catalina Island in Malibu California. Her love of nature and art was instilled early and this passion is still a driving force. Roxanne is a Certified Personal Life Coach, NAI Certified Interpreter, Certified SoulCollage(R) Facilitator. She has 20 years of experience in nature and expressive arts education and management and has held Arts and Culture Association Board positions in OR, WA, and CA. Roxanne is currently co-creating curriculum and facilitating a survivorship program called “Create to Heal” with the Women with Wings Foundation for Providence Hospital in Hood River. She maintains her private coaching practice, Creekside Co-Creation.


img_2158Ryan Hamilton

I am a dreamer, manifestor, artist and alchemist. Community, nature, and celebration are my muses. My life’s work is creating environments, artifacts and experiences that support well-being and inspire imagination. With building and design at the foundation of my skill set, I offer my hands, mind, and heart to the creation of our future.

When not building our village, you may find me creating artisan bathhouse environments at events and gatherings with the Oasis : Transportable Community Bathhouse


407066_10150524408768008_1441719341_nScott Cushman

I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, where  I held my breath through the weeks, waiting for the weekend when I could go rambling in the nature.  At eighteen, I began raft guiding on the American River and fell in love with the satisfying work and the footloose lifestyle.  I have since led outdoor and experiential education courses around the world.  Many jobs were studies in temporary, mobile community building, and I have long been awaiting the time when I could immerse myself in a long-term community project.  After years of waiting for the right time and place, I am thrilled to have joined the Atlan community this year!

Building has been a parallel track to outdoor education in my life over the last decade.  Co-operatively creating and using unique, beautiful structures is of great interest to me, and I look forward to playing a part in that aspect of the creation of Atlan.   My building website can be found at www.bubbabuilds.biz.

I’m also into buddhist meditation, philosophizing, folk music and Mexican food.  I have a Wilderness First Responder certification and a degree in Environmental Biology from Dartmouth College.


Steve Roberts steve_bio

Steve was born in the Pacific Northwest and has been living throughout it most of his life. As an educator for nearly 40 years, he has been a teacher, instructional designer and program manager. Steve’s education includes Rogue College, and Oregon State University; with advanced degree work in instructional design. He has always been attracted to the outdoors and wildlife and has been living in White Salmon since 2012. With hundreds of industry certifications, Steve is looking forward to expanding educational programs at Culture Seed. His passions are innovation, history, recycling, nature, and old cars.