Morning Meditation
Karmendra Rossy

Morning Meditation

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/meditation-1024x628.jpg[/image_frame] One hour of collective silence to encourage and support introspection, contemplation, and mental regeneration. A simple sit each morning at a central location, with no guidance. Will begin and end with a simple sound or subtle gesture. Held by Karmendra Rossy

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The Latest on Vegetable and Fruit Tree Roots – for Greater Yields

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/unnamed-5-1024x726.jpg[/image_frame] See more new root drawing of vegetables and fruit trees than ever shown before. The discussion will focus on: where do roots get most of their nutrition. How do roots compete for water and fertility? How to use root drawings to increase yields. Learn about extensive research on cardboard mulches.

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Building Networks to Catalyze Regenerative Action: A Permaculture Action Tour Report

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/RyanRisingConsultingPermacultureDesign-2-300x200.jpg[/image_frame] Hear a report back from the Permaculture Action Tour - a tour that partnered with a well known music producer to host 32 Action Days in cities across the country following shows in major urban venues. These Permaculture Action Days brought out up to 400 people at a time to get their hands in the dirt, grab tools, plant food forests, build greenhouses, and create a diversity of permaculture projects and community spaces. Learn how we organized it, what we accomplished, and the strength of connecting with cultural movements and opening the entry points for people to step into regenerative work and community action. We'll then…

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Juliana Birnbaum

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/juliana-beach-headshot1.jpg[/image_frame] Trained as a cultural anthropologist and skilled in four languages, Juliana has published about social and environmental justice in a variety of media. She is a mother, a midwife assistant, and most recently a founder of The Western Gate, a non-profit community teahouse, classroom and library in West Marin that is an outreach project of the international Permaculture Research Institute. More info: www.CultureOfPermaculture.org

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Regenerative Funding: Raising Resources for the Movement

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Unilever-highlights-good-business-sense-of-sustainability_strict_xxl.png[/image_frame] How do we use the permaculture ethics and practices in resource development that is regenerative? What funding opportunities exist to support our work? What impacts our ability to access, steward and regenerate these resources? How is fundraising an opportunity to connect around what we hold sacred, an opportunity to change the dominant narrative, to tell new stories about the world that's possible, that we envision and are co-creating? In this interactive workshop, we will delve into these general questions and answer some specific ones as well. We'll share case studies about the world of fundraising, from strategic planning and movement building work to grants, contract funding…

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Cameron Meeks

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/CCICameron-3.jpg[/image_frame] Cameron Meeks is the founder of Myriad Mycology LLC and director of current operations. Cameron presently manages 2 fungal sterile tissue laboratories and Myriad's mushroom research and development grow rooms. His diverse experience in the field of Mycology has included working for Paul Stamets at his farm in Olympia WA, assisting in the management of a 4000 square foot Oyster mushroom production facility, promoting a variety of medicinal mushroom products, and building 4 fungal laboratory systems. Cameron has nutured his entrepeneurial passion for Mycology over the last 12 years and remains a vocal advocate for the field of Applied Mycology and its exceptional capacities. Please join…

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Corrine L. Van Hook

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/36f45de.jpg[/image_frame] Corrine is the Co-Director for Bay Localize co-leading organizational management and development. She also manages communications and outreach. As a former IDEAL Scholar, she witnessed and continues to witness the compelling impact of investing in youth and disenfranchised communities so that leadership can reflect the real diversity it seeks to serve. She has developed her talents working with the Rockwood Leadership Institute, Greater New Beginnings Youth Services, and through contracting with various organizations. Corrine holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. She hopes to learn, educate, and urge communities to be more proactive in functioning within their environment so we can…

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Colin Miller

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/35f707c.jpg[/image_frame] Colin is the Co-Director for Bay Localize co-leading organizational management and development, and managing programs of the Local Clean Energy Alliance. In 2013, he coordinated the Alliance’s fourth annual Clean Power, Healthy Communities Conference. Colin graduated from Stanford University in 2007 with a BA in Urban Studies and a self-designed concentration in Environmental Justice: Race, Poverty and the Environment. After graduating, Colin taught for several years multiple-subject English Language Development at Coliseum College Prep Academy in East Oakland. After teaching, Colin worked with the Greenlining Institute, Urban Habitat, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and the Oakland Climate Action Coalition to advance racial, environmental, economic, and…

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Rye N Flint

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/rynflint1.jpg[/image_frame] Rye N Flint resides in a balck oak Savannah in Northern California. He surthrives in an off-grid tiny home, and runs a edible plant nursery and mycoremediation business. He has a B.S. degree in Soil Science, and a permaculture design certification. He gives talks and workshops on rewilding and food forestry, and leads walks through the natural areas in Northern California. 2015 Convergence Workshop: Rewilding: Trophic Cascades

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Antonio Roman-Alcalá

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/close-up-ANTONIO.jpg[/image_frame] Antonio is a dedicated student and teacher of urban sustainability, working primarily in agriculture, food systems, and social justice-driven community organizing.  His knowledge bridges the practical and theoretical, stemming from his hands-on experience designing and managing multiple urban farms and advocacy organizations, and earning degrees with highest honors in urban and agricultural sustainability from University of California, Berkeley (BA, 2012) and the International Institute of Social Studies (MA, 2014). He is a Permaculture-certified designer and educator, and has designed and taught environmental education programming for youth and adults in various contexts. Antonio has managed many types of projects, including publications, documentary films, urban farms, public space design processes, and community organizing campaigns. He co-founded Alemany Farm and…

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Marisha Auerbach

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Marisha-2.jpg[/image_frame] Marisha Auerbach is a permaculture teacher and consultant based in Portland, OR.  She has been actively practicing, studying, and teaching Permaculture in the Pacific Northwest for over a decade, specializing in food production, seedsaving, ecology, and useful plants. Her practical experience has been gained while living in both rural and urban locations.  Currently, Marisha teaches at Portland Community College, Bastyr University, Pacific University, and offers an online permaculture program through Oregon State University.  She also works with a number of non-profit organizations including The City Repair Project, Aprovecho Education Center, Lost Valley Education Center, Fertile Ground Community Center, and Planet Repair. Marisha is committed to sharing…

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Ayako Nagano

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Ayako-Nagano-5.png[/image_frame] Ayako Nagano is an attorney, entrepreneur and a community organizer. Ayako is a frequent volunteer at Transition Berkeley and the Northern California Resilience Network. She presently serves on the Board of ZenPlay, a charitable organization that crowd-sources funds to help under-served children both locally and globally. Ayako has utilized her non-profit and legal experience to support diverse causes including the Japanese-speaking persons living in the United States; tenant rights in Oakland; the HIV Law Project in New York City; the Union of Needletrade, Industrial, and Textile Employees; women’s rights, and human rights. 2016 Convergence Workshop: Resilient Homes 2016 Convergence Panel: Mobilize & Organize! NorCal Community Resilience…

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Nashelley Kaplan-Dailey

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/photo-2.jpg[/image_frame] Nashelley graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2013 where she focused on California Water Law. While attending USD, Nashelley worked for the San Diego Mayor’s Office under Jerry Sanders as an Environmental Policy Intern and was an active member of the Environmental Law Clinic, among other activities.  Nashelley relocated to the Bay Area following the Bar Exam with the intention of pursuing a career in water, and has since been an integral part of the WaterNow team. Nashelley is taking part in the prestigious and competitive year-long Water Education Foundation Water Leaders Program, where she is one of twenty up-and-coming young…

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Magenta

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/874564.jpg[/image_frame] Magenta is an artist, healer, and systems engineer. She is the Executive Director of the Evolver Network, an open-source community platform for sustainable planetary culture. She designed the HiveMind festival as a community forum to coalition build among organizations and leaders devoted to healthy ecology, spiritual realization, and right use of technology. Magenta has served as editor and curator for Aorta Magazine, a magazine for female and trans-identified radical political artists. She advocates for the legalization of entheogens and awareness of the history of global indigenous medicine practices. She is also an illustrator and collective marketing strategist. To bring all this under one “job”, she calls…

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Ego-System Re-Story-ation: Ecology of Awakening

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/kerry-brady-wksp.jpg[/image_frame] In order to create truly just and resilient communities, it is essential we Re-Story ourselves out of the predominant narrative of people and planet as commodity into the reality of being an inherent part of the ever-evolving web of Life. By placing ourselves into the 4.5 billion year unfolding Earth community, we more easily recognize the depth of the transition we’re in. With this context we can truly accept the invitation to become eco-literate, attuned, relational members of our collective landscape. Come explore in this workshop, lead by Kerry Brady, as we dive into what it is to become more permeable to the whole and, as…

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Kerry Brady

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/kerry-08.jpg[/image_frame] Kerry Brady, MA, SEP, supports others in awakening to an embodied recognition of our essential nature and inherent place within the larger unfolding web of life. She has over 25 years of experience in transformational modalities including psychotherapy, Somatic Experiencing trauma work, permaculture, nature-based retreats and vision quests. Through the Regenerative Design Institute, she directs and co-teaches the Ecology of Awakening, a yearlong program focused on Re-Storying ourselves into the living Earth community to support the shift in consciousness needed to create a truly regenerative culture. Kerry created and teaches Living Resiliency workshops, integrating biologically based trauma work with permaculture principles and practices in order to…

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Al Weinrub

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Al_Weinrub.jpg[/image_frame] Al Weinrub is Coordinator of the Local Clean Energy Alliance (LCEA), the Bay Area's largest clean energy coalition. The LCEA, which hosts an annual Clean Power, Healthy Communities conference, sees the development of local energy resources as key to growing sustainable business, advancing social equity, and promoting community resilience. Al authored the highly-acclaimed report Community Power: Decentralized Renewable Energy in California and has conducted energy policy briefings for many organizations and national conferences. Al also serves on the Steering Committee of the Oakland Climate Action Coalition and is a member of the Sierra Club California Energy-Climate Committee. He is a former national officer and member the…

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Community Choice Energy: A Pathway to Resilient, Energy-Secure Communities

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Al_Weinrub_Workshop.jpg[/image_frame] As the social, economic, and environmental impacts of climate change become more pronounced, Community Choice energy can be a powerful vehicle for democratizing energy, spurring local sustainable economic development, and building more resilient communities. This workshop will explore the relationship between local renewable energy and community empowerment. This workshop will consist of a 20 minute slide presentation followed by group discussion. People will learn about Community Choice energy and the role it can play toward a just transition to a new economy. It is meant to grow the movement for community-based renewable energy development. Learn more about: Al Weinrub

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Amber Bieg

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/photo1.jpg[/image_frame] Amber is a philosopher-inventor-ecogeek with a passion for ethical finance and a mission to create a thriving future for everyone. She has nearly 15 years of experience in sustainability marketing, systems design and sustainable development. As the principal of Green-Ideas, Amber has worked with clients such as the City of San Francisco, Autodesk and ChicoBag on strategic sustainability marketing and sustainable behavior change campaigns. Amber has co-authored two feasibility studies focusing on local economic development: 1) A regional textile mill with Fibershed and 2) A localized farm to retail supply chain for the Food Commons. She has an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School…

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Alison Wood

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/unnamed2.jpg[/image_frame] Alison Wood is a mother, student, community herbalist and devoteé of the wild. She is passionate about sustainable, off-the-grid community healthcare where we are empowered to tend our (and our children's!) health through effective Earth-based remedies that don't rely on the pharmaceutical industry. Alison created and runs Newmoonshine Herbal Arts, a poetic and educational venue for sharing her tonic and wild herbal medicines. She advocates a shift towards relating to plant medicines as a wise allies and fellow beings, rather than objects with physiological/symptomatic function. She has a background in Western herbalism, plant spirit medicine and Shadow yoga as well as a B.S. in Earth Science,…

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