- About Us
Calling The Circle
We call this circle to activate the guilds, teachers, organizers, and earth stewards throughout California and beyond. In response for the need for peace and lightning fast restoration of Planet Earth, we gather our energy with respect for our Ancestors and Future Beings. “E Pluribus Unum.” We call this circle to mend “The Sacred Hoop”. In the name of all those who have cared for the Earth and wish for Peace, Sovereignty, Liberation, and Equality we gather for ReGeneration. This Convergence is called in the spirit of Each One, Teach One. We are all students and teachers, and as a Net+Work we build our creative commons. With openness, integrity, respect, and livelihood we summon the potential in our relationships and communities. Together and a part. For The Earth.
About the Convergence
The Northern California Permaculture Convergence (formerly the Bay Area Regional Permaculture Convergence) is an annual event which brings together permaculture designers, sustainability enthusiasts, and communities in Northern California, the West Coast, and beyond for a weekend of intensive focus on a common goal: to design sustainable habitats, in accordance with nature, for humans, plants, animals, our greater bioregion, and the Earth at large. Practitioners across a wide-spectrum of skill-sets exchange ideas through concurrent workshops and discussions ranging from organic agriculture and wildcrafting to natural building and appropriate technologies; from environmental remediation and disaster preparedness to community dynamics and global justice. In addition to a plethora of workshops and amazing speakers on a diversity of topics, there will also dedicated areas for skill sharing, collaborative discussions, children’s activities, educational displays, and specialist vendors. Participants will have opportunities to socialize, network, and connect with others in this field through meals and the activities listed above.
Post-Convergence Advanced Permaculture Course
-With Geoff Lawton
Earthworks, Watershed Design, & Food Forests
Join us following the Convergence for a course with special guest Geoff Lawton. In 4 days, you will learn the basic theory and practice of Permaculture Earthworks, Watershed Design, Food Forest & Agroforestry including site design, survey, and analysis; directing earthmoving machines to establish dams, swales, terraces, ponds etc; watershed design and restoration techniques; and designing and implementing reforestation, agroforestry, and food forest projects accordingly. This course will blend theory with hands-on practical application in the context of a real life project and landscape of GreenFriends Farm. Many of the existing broad acre permaculture projects and strategies being implemented on-site were influenced and initiated by Geoff Lawton 3 years ago during his last visit to the U.S. and have since taken flight to become one of the best borad acre permaculture demonstration projects in Bay Area. This course will be a wonderful opportunity to learn from Geoff as we survey and assess this real life project, the conditions, goals, and success of these initiatives, and determine the best strategies moving forward from here.
Individual Day Descriptions
- Day 1 (Tues, Oct 16): Broad-acre Earthworks & Watershed Design
- Day 2 (Wed, Oct 17): Earthworks Design & Implementation
- Day 3 (Thurs, Oct 18): Watershed Restoration – Upstream Strategies
- Day 4: (Fri. Oct 19): Food Forests & Agro-Forestry