2015 Workshops

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2015 WORKSHOPS THEMES

  • Water, Land & Nature Stewardship
  • Leadership Development & Organizational Capacity Building
  • Home & Neighborhood Resiliency
  • Regenerative Business & Equitable Economy
  • Skills Shares & Appropriate Technology
  • Social Justice, Education, & Culture
  • Inner Resilience and Social Permaculture
  • Governance, Policy & Movement Building
  • Public & Private Partnerships
  • And Much More!

SKILL SHARES:

  • DIY Skills in Permaculture
  • Natural Building
  • Seed Saving
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Alternative Economies Economy
  • Clean Energy
  • Food production
  • Herbal Medicine

 

2015 WORKSHOPS :: TITLES & DESCRIPTIONS


Peepeeponics

Peepeeponics

http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/peepeeponics-1.jpg In biology there is no free lunch. Since the beginnings of plant and animal life the gift of urine has been a cornerstone of abundance synergy. Come and learn how the eco-san movement is reviving this ancient relationship. We will look at home-scale, humanitarian relief, city-scale and animal husbandry applications. Peepeeponics: How restoring ancient nutrient cycling relationships with modern ...
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Collaborative Economy

Collaborative Economy

What are the ways in which we can cooperate and collaborate to make a stronger, more resilient economy? How can we ensure that we are integrating economics within the greater context of life and what is important? Koreen is a businesswoman and farm owner who has collaborated with investors, activists, seekers, suburbanites and many others to create cooperative economics that ...
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Gaia U: 10 Years of Supporting EcoSocial Designers. What's Next?

Gaia U: 10 Years of Supporting EcoSocial Designers. What’s Next?

In 2006 Gaia U opened its (virtual) doors to 40 intrepid actionists--ready to self-design and direct their learning and unlearning pathways through documented hands-on local projects while creating regenerative livelihoods. A "revolution disguised as a university" was how one of our pioneers put it. Liora Adler, co-founder of Gaia U with other Gaia U team members have created an informative, ...
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Transforming Money to Benefit Society

Transforming Money to Benefit Society

http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/lampa.png Money itself has hidden characteristics that many people are completely unaware of. Yet these characteristics shape people's behavior in relation to one another, affect social norms, and ultimately influence the culture of communities and society. As a group, participants in this workshop will play a trading game using two types of "currencies". Afterward, participants will discuss the contrasting social ...
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A Toolkit for Creating The Permaculture City

A Toolkit for Creating The Permaculture City

http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/greenwalls.jpg Based on Toby’s latest book, The Permaculture City, this presentation shows that urban permaculture is about much more than gardening in the city. Growing food is only a small part of the challenges we face in solving our essential and increasingly urgent problem of coexisting with a finite planet and with each other. The new edge for permaculture—where many ...
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Jobs vs. Environment: A False Choice

Jobs vs. Environment: A False Choice

http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/green-business-stock-photo-e1444093634275.jpg The reality is that we deal with this everyday. We can probably even think about moments of our own experience (or others) where corporations have pitted workers against communities working to protect their health and environment. In this workshop, we’re removing the choice all together to realize what we know is possible: the ability to build resilient communities within a ...
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Collaboration: The Permaculture of Relationship Building for a Green and Equitable Future

Collaboration: The Permaculture of Relationship Building for a Green and Equitable Future

http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/1782644411.jpg Join Green For All's Julian Mocine McQueen and Emerald Cities Collaborative's Tara Marchant for an interactive dialogue looking at deep alliance building with unlikely stakeholders that create effective, authentic partnerships that transform our communities, cities and societies. What practices and strategies are involved in building juicy relationships across sectors and demographics that truly move the needle on issues that matter.  How ...
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Herbs in the Food Forest

Herbs in the Food Forest

http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/marisha.jpeg Learn how to incorporate culinary and medicinal herbs in the food forest.  In this interactive workshop, Marisha Auerbach will highlight the medicinal uses, ecological functions, and niche of some of her favorite herbs for the understory in the food forest.  Afterwards, participants will get to play the Edible Forest Garden card game, which Marisha has been developing over the ...
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Unlearning the Patrix (Patriarchal Matrix)

Unlearning the Patrix (Patriarchal Matrix)

http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/stockfresh_3323464_modern-cyber-woman-with-matrix-eye-math.jpg The Patrix, that unwanted but prevalent patriarchal matrix that includes (amongst other memes) racism, sexism and classism, sure needs unlearning and chasing away. Increasingly folks in permaculture are on to it and this workshop looks at strategies in use by Gaia U for accelerated patrix unlearning. Together, we will imagine a world without these memes. We’ll keep this light ...
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Confronting Climate Change, Challenging Capitalism: Local Community Resilience Heroes Converge  

Confronting Climate Change, Challenging Capitalism: Local Community Resilience Heroes Converge  

http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/climate-change-city.jpg It has become clear we face two distinct possible futures:  Economic Transition or Ecological Collapse.  If we stay the current course of a globalized industrial model, collapse is inevitable. The dominant economy asserts that young black men are completely expendable,  mountaintops and the peoples in Appalachia are expendable, that  indigenous knowledge that cultivates our global food & medicine cabinet ...
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Rekindling a Seed Culture

Rekindling a Seed Culture

http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/images.jpeg The first link of a resilient food system is seed- learn about the innovative ways that  people have brought seed back into the commons by creating local exchanges, seed libraries, regional seed companies and farmer breeding projects.  More than just preserving heritage it is about putting breeding work and selection as a core element of developing resiliency. Beyond resistance ...
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Women in Permaculture: Celebrating Our Successes, Honoring Our Challenges

Women in Permaculture: Celebrating Our Successes, Honoring Our Challenges

http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/BrandiMack.jpg Women have been leading and practicing Permaculture for decades though not always on stage many have made their presence and voices clearly heard as teachers, designers, practitioners  organizers and activists. We'll hear from 7 women of diverse backgrounds, ages and experiences in the permaculture movement. As they share their work, thoughts and experiences on being a leader in the ...
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Resilient, Local Economic Development Without Displacement

Resilient, Local Economic Development Without Displacement

http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/hr6.gif Gentrification and displacement is a painful reality for many families and communities. Longtime residents of Oakland, particularly its vibrant Black and Latino communities, are being increasingly been pushed out as rents have skyrocketed. Come explore creative, equitable strategies and policies for treating land as our common heritage. Please join Tara Marchant, Emerald Cities Oakland Director leading Anchors for Resilient Communities - ...
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ReInhabiting the Village: Co-Creating our Future

ReInhabiting the Village: Co-Creating our Future

http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/reinhabitingthevillagecolorlogo.jpg Jamaica Stevens ~ Author of ReInhabiting the Village: Co-Creating our Future What is the Culture of the Modern Village and how are we creating a Global Village? As we become increasingly aware of our interconnection on this one shared home called Earth, there is a compelling call to find our common threads and become the stewards for our collective ...
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Designing in Resistance: Beyond Solutionary Permaculture

Designing in Resistance: Beyond Solutionary Permaculture

http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/occupy-the-farm-still.jpg Permaculture is about solutions. This, we know. Describing how they see their own theories of change, many permies, transitioners, and other 'solutionaries' sometimes reference Buckminster Fuller's quote "you never change things by fighting the existing reality. Instead, you build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete". Permaculture, they argue, is that 'new model'. Yet, if Permaculture is ...
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Relating Yoga

Relating Yoga

http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/relating-yoga.jpg How can yogic practices help cultivate and empower awareness, congruence, intuition and communication? Relating Yoga is a nourishing synthesis of self care, self expression, and embodied listening. Facilitated sharing with other people interwoven with yogic practices. This is not a standard yoga class! Enliven your body, mind, and spirit - in community! ...
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