Alé Pullen

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Alegra was born in the Arizona southwest desert and has always had a deep love of nature, art, and passion for learning. Her grandfather was a green thumb and a cherry farmer in Oregon.  She loves to grow and propagate things everywhere she goes, from Native Reforestation to Permaculture food forests, to backyard gardens, CSA's and farmers markets. She has been working in the magical soils from California, Hawaii to Brazil and Mexico. Exploring sustainable ways of living and being that we may be in harmony with the biosphere. She loves helping people discover and nurture the artist in nature and in themselves. She also has…

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Decolonizing “Permaculture”

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Decolonize-Mural.jpg[/image_frame] Principles and practice of permaculture are borrowed heavily from existing and historical Indigenous cultures from their respective bioregions. Yet, the membership of the permaculture community and those uplifted within this world (at least here in the US) mostly look like white settlers to this land. Sometimes these well-meaning folks unconsciously mimic the larger social systems of power and privilege. Through speakers, presentation and group dialog, this workshop aims to explore what it means to decolonize "Permaculture". This topic is in line with current conversations within the permaculture movement (various articles have been written by others) and is a follow-up to the community conversation I hosted last…

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Susan Park

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Susan Juniper Park is an Oakland-based activist and organizer engaged at the cross roads of ecological, economic and social justice efforts. She is also deeply engaged in healing work, urban farming and permaculture. She envisions a world of deep systemic change that will move us all towards living in balanced interconnection with the Earth and each other--a world that is based in justice, deep culture and bioregional resiliency. She has previously ran a grassroots economic development project for a food justice organization, managed a farmers' market, worked at a worker-owned cooperative, did fundraising for a grassroots non-profit and was part of a long-standing land defense direct…

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The Mycelial Metaphor

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] The Mycelial Metaphor shows us patterns of interaction and organization that are shape of resiliency and co-operation. Examination of fungal ecologies and life cycles reveal the narrowness of reductionism, individualism, and of gender binary. This session will examine fungal ecology and the nutrient cycle, revealing the partnerships and feedback loops that sustain life from the microscopic to the megafauna. The inherent intelligence of biology is manifest in the fractal network of fungi that interconnect plants and soil. We will explore how these biological relationships guide our human social dimension; the mycelial metaphor. We look at soil microorganisms as indicators of successional states and nutrient cycling. We…

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Maximilian Brotman

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Max Brotman is a radical mycologist and member of Bay Area Applied Mycology, a non-profit that practices mycoforestry with public and private land managers, and operates an open mycology laboratory at the Omni Commons in Oakland, Ca. Max tends the Courtland Creek Garden in east Oakland, Ca. Founded with Claire Brown in 2012, the CCG is a half-acre, hillside-terraced forest-garden with botanical diversity, mushroom installations, rainwater harvesting, beekeeping, neighborhood chicken co-op, and community composting. Max Brotman founded Rhizosphere Soils, which consults with farmers to design and implement large-scale compost systems for waste stream management and building soil organic-matter.   2016 Convergence Workshop: The Mycelial Metaphor  

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Urban Permaculture: From Toronto to Tel Aviv

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Join international permaculturalist Jillian Hovey on a slide show tour of urban permaculture in Vancouver, Toronto, New York, Cardiff, London, Barcelona, the Hague, Cologne, Hamburg, Bucharest, and Tel Aviv. Presented By: Jillian Hovey  

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Marna Schwartz

Marna was certified more than 10 years ago in Kripalu Yoga, a gentle hatha yoga practice with a compassionate approach and emphasis on meditation, physical healing and spiritual transformation that overflows from the yoga mat into daily life. She has studied permaculture and is passionate about tools to cultivate authentic and sustainable community. Also certified at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Marna teaches private and corporate yoga in Silicon Valley. She offers myriad opportunities in person & online to help individuals, couples, & groups optimize wellness, communication, & joy. Find out more at pleasureyoga.com and privateyogacoach.com     2017 Workshop: Yoga and Interpersonal Resilience: Sustainability in Connection

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Permeaculture

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] What can yoga teach us at the individual, relationship, and group levels to empower thriving communities and appropriately permeable culture? We'll learn yogic tools to increase awareness and help optimize interpersonal energy ecology. Practices include postures, breath, mindfulness, voice, listening, and connecting deeply with self and other. Like yoga, healthy relationship requires a life affirming balance between structure and flexibility. Presented By: Marna Schwartz  

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Matt Powers

Matt Powers is an author, teacher, and family guy with online courses, books, and videos that help families, individuals, students, schools, and school districts live  better lives more in harmony with nature. Translations of his books are already available in Spanish, Polish, and Arabic with French, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Italian coming soon. As an educator with a masters degree in Education, Matt went from teaching high school students to teaching high school teachers and administrators to teaching districts and appearing at universities and conferences all over America and online, teaching permaculture, education, entrepreneurship, and sustainable, regenerative skills and thinking. Matt provides daily inspirational and regenerative content online and is one of the…

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Pennie Opal Plant

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Rick-head-shot-resized.jpg[/image_frame] Pennie Opal Plant, (Yaqui, Mexican, English, Dutch, Choctaw, Cherokee and Algonquin Ancestry), has been an activist for over 30 years, working on anti-nuclear, environmental, and indigenous rights campaigns. Pennie is a founding member of Idle No More Bay Area California, working ceaselessly to address climate change, fossil fuel extraction, and environmental injustice in and around her community. She has been central to organizing education and resistance efforts related to the Chevron refinery in Richmond, California, and is part of the team arranging and leading Refinery Corridor Healing Walks to expose toxic sites in the area and promote healing and unity amongst affected communities. Pennie is a…

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Interoceptive Yoga

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] So often in our everyday, we are asked to discount our own experiences, to dismiss our intuition, to invalidate our judgment. Interoceptive yoga invites you to re-establish this broken connection between what's happening outside your body and what's happening within it. Together, we will make space for each of us to show up and get curious about just how wise our bodies really are. Hannah will incorporate trauma-informed yoga techniques to guide the class safely into play. Presented By: Hannah Shadrick  

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Hannah Shadrick

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Hannah Shadrick, a recent transplant to SF from Chattanooga, TN, is a 200-hour trained Vinyasa yoga teacher. She recently completed 40 hours in Trauma Sensitive Yoga training through the Trauma Center at JRI. Appropriate for her Kapha-Pitta nature, Hannah's yoga teaching has been described as "grounding, yet invigorating" and "unapologetically gentle". 2016 Convergence Workshop: Interoceptive Yoga  

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Blackhorse Shasta

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Blackhorse Shasta is the founder and executive director of Circle of Children. He has been directing a diverse array of experiential programs for the past 8 years. His work includes community building, volunteer coordinating, program design and development, networking, fundraising and the onsite management of the 60 acres of land on Triangle Lake where Circle of Children has its home. The experiential programs he creates for Circle of Children inspire teens, young adults, parents and teachers to rethink the current paradigms of education. 2016 Convergence Workshop: Gift Economy: Nature’s Economy 2016 Convergence Workshop: Wildflower Seed Balls & Art Mural   And don't miss Blackhorse Shasta's and…

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Organizing Indian Women in Permaculture Food Self Sufficiency Systems

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Padma Koppula of Aranya Agricultural Alternatives, host of the next International Permaculture Convergence, will speak about her work organizing thousands of poor village women in food self sufficiency. Women in India are the heart of equitable distribution of all resources for families and agricultural needs. Padma will share about how she supports underprivileged women’s motivation, strength and capacities. She leads women in organizing cooperative fodder forests for animals, food forests for people, community herbal gardens, and cooperative food preservation systems. Padma is an incredible permaculture and women’s activist with 25 years of experience in grassroots organizing to share with participants. Presented By: Padma Koppula

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Padma Koppula

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Padma Koppula is the cofounder of Aranya Agricultural Alternatives, a 17 year old permaculture nonprofit organization in India. Aranya is the host of the next International Permaculture Convergence in November 2017. India has a large government watershed program, in which Aranya has been responsible for facilitating the implementation of rain water harvesting and vegetative plantings on 37 500 acres of land. She works with small farmers in her state who grow GMO cotton monocrops, teaching them the benefits of diversified cropping systems, and supports them in changing over to these permaculture practices. She works with tribal communities who are displaced from the forest,and,helps them to develop…

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Combining the Sciences of Permaculture & Aquaponics

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/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. Presented By: Max Meyers

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Max Meyers

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 (MELC) - 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 over 15 years. Since graduating from college with a B.A. degree in Culture, Ecology and Sustainable Communities,…

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Regenerative Seed to Table Cooking with The Permaculture Student

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Learn how to apply permaculture to your diet with seed to table cooking! Using holistic management and permaculture design concepts, Matt Powers will take you through an exploration of seed to table planning and cooking, and regenerative preservation and preparation habits. Includes guided group exercises: seasonal food guild planning & reverse engineering our diet! Fun for the entire family! Permaculture bridging the gap between the garden & the plate! Food is core to building community as well as resiliency - understanding how to cook and preserve the food we grow is a critical skill few are teaching and needs to be a focus. It builds a…

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Christian Stalberg

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Christian-Stalberg.jpg[/image_frame] Christian Stalberg currently manages Enersim, Ltd., a building energy performance simulation and training company. His interest in sustainability, i.e. ecovillages, comes from having grown up off the grid and a 10+ year career in disaster recovery and hazard mitigation where he worked with both the private and public sectors in recovering from anthropocentric and natural disasters. Before energy modeling and disaster work, Christian had another career in telecomputing beginning in the early 1980s working with personal computers and what eventually became known as the internet. An 'early adopter', Christian was a member of California Certified Organic Farmers and subscribed to Communities magazine in the 1970s. Having…

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How to Start an Ecovillage

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/How-to-start-an-ecovillage.jpg[/image_frame] Today ecovillages represent some of the best solutions we have for correcting human habitation living at cross purposes with the natural world, addressing sectors such as housing, energy, transportation, food, water and human behavior. Come learn about the requirements necessary for a successful ecovillage from someone who has started one. Participants will learn best practices for the process of creating an ecovillage.Ecovillages are a convergence of the various strategies and techniques for living in harmony with the natural world including, but not limited to, energy, food, water, waste, community, democracy, and trust and support systems. I will present a 15-20 minute powerpoint then open it up…

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