Aryeh Shell

Aryeh Shell is the Lead Training Partner with UCI Community Resilience Projects. During 2018-19, Aryeh co-designed and facilitated the statewide trainers’ training for UC and CSU faculty and staff for Level I of the Student Leadership Institute for Climate Resilience. During 2019-20, Aryeh co-designed the curriculum for CooperAccion: an Introductory Course on Worker Co-operatives and is currently designing and leading the 10-week Earth Reps course on Student Leadership for Community Resilience: Facing COVID. During 2020-21, Aryeh will lead the curriculum development teams for a new curriculum for allies on reciprocity-based community-driven academic partnership and Level III of the Student Leadership Institute for Climate Resilience.  

She is a professional facilitator, instructional designer and coach with more than 18 years of experience in experiential education, team-building and transformative facilitation. Aryeh has designed and implemented dozens of dynamic training programs and several bodies of curriculum in creativity, leadership, collaboration, anti-oppression, collective liberation, systems thinking, food sovereignty and climate justice. For five years, she served as the Education and Training Director of the Creative Action Institute (CAI),  where she worked with over 300 organizations across 15 countries to design, lead and support hundreds of trainings that have impacted the lives of people globally around issues of gender equity, food sovereignty, civic engagement, climate change and trauma resiliency. She also worked as the Cultural Activism Director of Somos Mayfair, an immigrant rights organization in east San Jose, CA and co-directed an award winning theater troupe with immigrant women. She was a Fellow with Movement Generation and Amazon Watch and a community organizer with Art and Revolution, a collective of political street artists in San Francisco. She brings two decades of somatic practice, cultural activism and mindfulness training, incorporating a variety of holistic and creative methods into her work as a facilitator. She also speaks fluent Spanish and holds two Masters Degrees in Education and International Relations. To find out more about her experience and current offerings, her website is