Kat Steele

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/156katsteele.png[/image_frame] Kat Steele is a permaculture activist, designer, educator and founder of the Urban Permaculture Guild in Oakland, CA. She facilitates workshops on ecological design, sustainability, facilitation, permaculture and holistic healing. Kat speaks publicly about eco-social design, city repair, social permaculture and the power of placemaking. She has played a leadership role in developing women's permaculture gatherings and support circles. Trained in Ecovillage Design with the Findhorn Foundation of Scotland, Natural Building with Kleiwerks International, and Permaculture Design with the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, she also holds an MA in Creative Arts from San Francisco State University. She is the former Sustainable Development Manager for the…

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Rana Lehmer-Chang

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Rana_in_Nature-e1440206083286.jpg[/image_frame] Rana Chang started House Kombucha in 2009 as an on-the-ground, community-based startup. Kombucha brewing is an ancient Asian tradition of fermenting tea into a living, probiotic beverage. Rana learned to make kombucha as a child by watching her mother grow the weird "mushroom tea" in her kitchen cupboard and drink it for its medicinal properties.  She started House Kombucha in her South of Market (SOMA) neighborhood by renting a small kitchen space in the basement of an old kebab restaurant and selling it at a farmer’s market in the Metreon.  Now, based in the East Bay, House Kombucha is blessed to be employing a full brew team to bring delicious,…

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Aaron Lehmer-Chang

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Unknown.jpeg[/image_frame] Aaron is the Chief Operations Officer (COO) of House Kombucha, a community-based startup. He also co-founded Bay Localize, a local ecological justice group that works to build equitable, resilient communities in the Bay Area and beyond. He also serves on Earth Island Institute’s Program Committee and as a core organizer with the Living the New Economy Oakland collaborative. He has an M.A. in Globalization and the Environment from Humboldt State University and a triple B.A. in Anthropology, Philosophy, and Environmental Studies from Iowa State University. He has worked for Van Jones’ Ella Baker Center for Human Rights/Green-Collar Jobs Campaign, Julia Butterfly Hill’s Circle of Life Foundation,…

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Kevin Bayuk

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Kevin_Bayuk.jpg[/image_frame] Kevin Bayuk works at the intersection of ecology and economy where permaculture design meets cooperative organizations intent on meeting human needs while enhancing the conditions conducive to all life. He is a partner with LIFT Economy where he provides strategy and technical support for social enterprises helping them grow. Kevin also works with impact investors identifying organizations creating the highest leverage beneficial impact for all life. He has developed internal and external beneficial impact strategies for market leaders in regenerative agriculture, compostable goods, energy efficiency and socially beneficent technology service providers. Kevin also serves as the Senior Financial Fellow at Project Drawdown developing the business case…

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Maria Christina Owl

[img_text_aside style="1" image="http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Maria_Gutierrez_Midwifing-the-New-Earth-979x1024.jpg" image_alignment="left" headline="" alignment="left"] Maria Christina Owl is an international speaker, spiritual mentor and ceremonial leader. She has offered workshops and rituals in Israel, New Zealand, Canada and the US. She is a clairvoyant medium and author of the forthcoming book "The Great Mother Transmissions: Midwifing the New Earth". Maria founded Sacred Future School in 2012 as a safe and grounded training ground for healers and leaders ready to align with their innate gifts and calling. Maria holds a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology and is a Master of Intuitive Medicine and scholar of Indigenous Science and Healing. www.sacredfuture.org [/img_text_aside] 2017 Convergence Workshop: Midwifing the New Earth: Unplug from…

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Don Tipping

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Don-Corn.jpg[/image_frame] Don Tipping has been offering hands on, practical workshops at Seven Seeds Farm since 1997. We are a small, organic family farm in the Siskiyou Mountains of SW Oregon, situated at 2,000 feet elevation on a 7,000 tall forested mountain with rushing spring fed creeks flowing through the land and nestled among old growth forests. Here we produce fruits, vegetables, seeds, herbs, wool, eggs, and lamb. The farm has been designed to function as a self-contained, life regenerating organism with waste products being recycled and feeding other elements of the system. Lauded as one of the best examples of a small productive Biodynamic and Permaculture farms in…

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Nikki Silvestri

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Nikki-.jpg[/image_frame] Over the last ten years, Nikki has been a thought leader in creating social equity for underrepresented populations in food systems, social services, public health, climate solutions, and economic development. She had the honor of being named one of The Root's 100 Most Influential African Americans in 2014. Nikki has driven change both locally and nationally. During her time as Executive Director at Green for All, Nikki led initiatives that placed vulnerable communities at the center of the climate fight. As the former Executive Director of People’s Grocery in Oakland, Nikki increased the organization's profile as a national thought leader on food systems development for vulnerable…

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Max Meyers

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Maxpic.jpg[/image_frame] Maximillian Meyers is an Ecological Designer, Permaculture Teacher, Commercial Aquaponic System Designer/Installer, Rainwater and Greywater System specialist, Farmer and the Executive Director of the Mendocino Ecological Learning Center - a nonprofit educational organization and ecological reserve offering green job training and sustainable living skills to the public. In addition to the work at MELC, Max provides Ecological design services through his businesses Osiris Designs and NorCal Aquaponics. He is passionate about all things related to a more just and sustainable world. He has been studying, practicing and teaching Permaculture and Ecological Design for 14 years. Since graduating from College with a B.A. degree in Culture, Ecology…

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Joel Salatin

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/joelmain-650x398.jpg[/image_frame] Joel Salatin, 57, is a full-time farmer in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. A third generation alternative farmer, he returned to the farm full-time in 1982 and continued refining and adding to his parents’ ideas. The farm services more than 5,000 families, 10 retail outlets, and 50 restaurants through on-farm sales and metropolitan buying clubs with salad bar beef, pastured poultry, eggmobile eggs, pigaerator pork, forage-based rabbits, pastured turkey and forestry products using relationship marketing. He holds a BA degree in English and writes extensively in magazines such as STOCKMAN GRASS FARMER, ACRES USA, and FOODSHED. The family’s farm, Polyface Inc. (“The Farm of Many Faces”) has been featured in…

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Design Your Regenerative Enterprise

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Kevin_Bayuk_Workshop-Design-Your-Regenerative-Enterprise.jpg[/image_frame] Direct discussion and learning to take your ethical regenerative enterprise aspirations into reality or further towards your vision. This workshop is for individuals with an idea for a regenerative enterprise, a nascent venture or even just the intention to someday start your own enterprise. We will work directly with examples brought by participants to provide technical support on how to move forward to grow your enterprise to a self-sustaining vocational pathway providing right-livelihood for you and your community. We’ll use regenerative enterprise pattern literacy to build off of the specific examples to general principles (such as cooperative ownership and decision-making structures, community financing methods, self-managing teams,…

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Whole Systems Seed – Breeding and Adaptation for Resiliency

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/100_1235.jpg[/image_frame] Thoughtful selection, breeding and adaptation of our vegetable cultivars can enable plants to adapt to climate, disease, drought, pests and other environmental stresses. Commercially available varieties are often grown in overly controlled, input subsidized scenarios. Designing whole systems seed systems begins with fostering good resilient genetics through traditional plant breeding and then ripples outward through education, mentoring, distribution and activism resulting in genuine seed stewardship. Learn More About Don Tipping

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Closed-Loop Aquaponics: Combining the Sciences of Permaculture & Aquaponics

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/unnamed.jpg[/image_frame] Wether you are a beginner, a backyard hobbyist, a homesteader, or a skilled professional wanting to grow more food sustainably and for less work, Aquaponics has something to offer. Aquaponics is one of the most sustainable and productive farming systems in the world. It combines Aquaculture and Hydroponics to create a truly self-sufficient closed loop system that uses only a fraction of the water, labor, energy, etc. that other methods use, while producing up to 10 times as much food!! Combining Permaculture Design with Aquaponics creates an even more sustainable, dynamic, productive & regenerative system. This approach ensures that truly sustainable closed loop systems are created, as…

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Bryant Terry

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/doria-robinson-e1438666511224.jpg[/image_frame] Bryant Terry is a 2015 James Beard Foundation Leadership Award-winning chef, educator, and author renowned for his activism to create a healthy, just, and sustainable food system.  He is currently the inaugural Chef-in-Residence at the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) in San Francisco.  In regard to his work, Bryant’s mentor Alice Waters says, “Bryant Terry knows that good food should be an everyday right and not a privilege.” Bryant’s fourth book, Afro Vegan (named one of the best cookbooks of 2014 in June 2014 by Amazon.com) was published April 2014.  He is the author of the critically acclaimed Vegan Soul Kitchen: Fresh, Healthy, and Creative…

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Indigenous Mind: Re-awakening Our Connection to Nature & Cosmos

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/EagleAndCondor.jpg[/image_frame] Maria Owl Gutierrez will be speaking on the relevance of nature-based ritual, ceremony and rites of passage for creating resiliency and harmony in our modern culture. Through interactive processes participants will be invited to look at simple yet effective ways to integrate ritual and/or rites of passage into the work they already do or into their own lives and communities. Maria especially invites women and men who feel a deep inner-calling to hold ritual space for groups to attend. There will be opportunities to look at what stops you from stepping up into this much needed role, and begin to say yes to your calling. Maria…

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Doria Robinson

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/doria-robinson-e1438666511224.jpg[/image_frame] Doria Robinson is 3rd generation resident of Richmond, California and the Executive Director of Urban Tilth, a community based organization rooted in Richmond dedicated to cultivating a more sustainable, healthy, and just food system. Urban Tilth hires and trains residents to develop the capacity to produce 5% of our own food supply. Doria is a Certified Permaculture Designer, Bay Friendly Gardener, Nutrition Educator and Yoga Instructor. She is the founder of Sanctuary Yoga, the "A Girl and Her Bike" BLOG; co-founder of the Richmond Food Policy Council and a collaborator in Rich City Rides and the realRICH - cycling, and civic pride organizations in Richmond, California.…

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Brandi Mack

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Brandi-Mack.jpg[/image_frame] Brandi Mack is a mother, holistic health educator, therapeutic massage therapist, and permaculture designer. She holds a bachelor's degree in Human Service Management and a certification from Starhawk's Earth Activist Training. Brandi has worked and trained in the youth development sector for 15 years. Brandi currently is the national director of The Butterfly Movement where we are committed to support healing the wounds of our Soul (through Rebuilding and Re Framing our emotional selves), planting a Seed of hope as we Regenerate and Reconnect our hearts and our hands to the earth, leading ultimately to manifestation in the Soil of our Reactivated lives! Brandi uses permaculture…

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