Jen Myzel is an Oakland, CA based singer-songwriter, elementary school music teacher, activist, and facilitator of Joanna Macy’s Work that Reconnects. Jen has two full-length albums, Family Tree and Silence Speak, that address topics including grief, love, climate change, social justice, activism and spirituality. Jen has performed at the Bioneers Conference, March Against Monsanto, and PLACE for Sustainable Living, and has collaborated with numerous musicians including ANML, Nimo (Empty Hands Music), Bolo, Octopretzel, and Ayla Nereo. Jen began training with Joanna Macy in 2013 and has been a close student of hers ever since, attending workshops and receiving one-on-one mentorship. Jen is also the vocal music teacher at Crocker Highlands Elementary School in Oakland, CA for grades K-5.
Jen began working with children ten years ago by mentoring boys at The Children’s Village in Dobbs Ferry, New York. In 2008, Jen co-founded Camp Kumquat, an urban farming camp for inner-city youth in St. Louis, MO. This camp still exists today on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis, where Jen graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies.
Jen is currently working on a children's song book called "Yellow Lotus Flower: How One Lonesome Flower Rose Up From the Muck", with illustrations by Hillary Mendoza. Her deepest commitment is to help shine light on the beauty and brokenness of our world, and help people to remember and respect our Earth, our ancestors, all of humanity, and all living beings.