2017 Workshops

With 8 Stages, 9 tracks, 70 plus workshops and over 100 presenters… the Workshops at the Convergence are going to be Hands-Down, Amazing!

12182922_941171765953336_687849825466166905_oWith keynotes speakers, workshops, skills shares, & panel discussions from leading resilience thinkers and doers; a model resilient community; live music; camping; child and youth programming; and plenty of opportunities for co-inspiration and cross-pollination… the Building Resilient Communities Permaculture Convergence will bring together leaders, permaculture designers, transition organizers, activists, young people, homesteaders, designers, social entrepreneurs, and others who are passionate  about shifting the paradigm and joining together to cross-pollinate, skill-up, synergize and celebrate!

Check out our workshops themes and topics below, followed by a list of workshop titles and descriptions.

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2017 Convergence Workshops


The Biodynamic Approach to Regenerative Agriculture

The Biodynamic Approach to Regenerative Agriculture

The deep principles and innovative practices of biodynamic agriculture can be taken up by any farmer or gardener wanting to enhance the health and vitality of their soil and the food they grow. In this workshop, we will explore the unique and practical ways that you can apply biodynamics to grow the most nutrient-dense and vibrant food possible, build soil ...
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Anti-Racism 101: Removing Blind Spots, Building Bridges

Anti-Racism 101: Removing Blind Spots, Building Bridges

In this 3-hour workshop, we will lay the foundation to: *Develop clear definitions of race, oppression and privilege. *Interrupt the pervasive and unseen operations of privilege. *Increase capacity to create interactions that build bridges of trust. *Develop a framework to understand cultural appropriation. *See how a "color-blind" approach while well-intentioned both reads as a time-bomb of hurtful, unexamined entitlement and ...
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The Art of Facilitation

The Art of Facilitation

In this workshop, we will build a toolbox of skills and practices for intentional and just facilitation of groups. The ways that we hold and move through our meetings can end up replicating on a micro scale the very systems of inequity and scarcity that we are working to change. But, just as powerfully, with intention and practical tools, meetings ...
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Ecological Vitality

Ecological Vitality

This workshop will teach participants how to craft the best diet for their being. We will look at constitutions, lifestyles, medical issues, geographical locations, and belief systems to help each individual learn what will support them at this stage of their life. Also covered some of the basic of how to grow and prepare some of the most important foods ...
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Mantra Sound Healing

Mantra Sound Healing

Mantras are sonic formulas chanted that allow us to purify the mind, protect from negativity, and generate energy for healing. This workshop will introduce the lay person to simple Tibetan Mantra and give more advanced practitioners a deepening experience into the application of mantra for fulfilling one's highest purpose in this life. Madhu will lead several mantra practices to benefit ...
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My Biome and Me

My Biome and Me

The human gut biome is home to a diverse ecology of viruses, bacteria, yeasts, fungi, etc. If balanced, the mind/body is vital and healthy, with glowing skin, abundant energy and a generally positive outlook on life . When some of the more parasitic species dominate, food cravings, fatigue, depression, insomnia are some of the possible side effects. We will look ...
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Zone Zero and Sustainable Relating: Permaculture Counseling

Zone Zero and Sustainable Relating: Permaculture Counseling

Zone Zero is all about relationships. How can we relate across differences that takes the principles of permaculture to heart with the people closest to us? Through interactive engagement, we'll be experimenting with the principles of permaculture to get closer and live our ideals through active compassion and engaged curiosity. Topics include allyship, integrate rather than segregate, presence as an ...
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Creating an Herbal Apothecary

Creating an Herbal Apothecary

As we get ready for the coming change of seasons, now is the time to focus on some preventative health measures to ensure that we are fortified and ready to face the oncoming autumn and winter months. In this workshop we will prepare handcrafted formulas to stock our medicine chests. Come learn about plants that support the respiratory system, boost ...
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Ocean Farming & Restoration

Ocean Farming & Restoration

Restoring California's majestic giant kelp forests will sequester carbon, increase biodiversity and create blue green jobs. Over 95% of California’s kelp forests have disappeared in the past 150 years. We will explore re-planting our native kelp forests, state coastal regulations, coastal native tribe participation, cutting edge projects including Bren Smith’s GreenWave and Marine Permaculture, potential markets for kelp and sea ...
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Yoga and Interpersonal Resilience: Sustainability in Connection

Yoga and Interpersonal Resilience: Sustainability in Connection

When building any community it's important for the individuals to stay attuned to the truth in themselves as well as cultivate a sensitivity and space to receive the truth of others. “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” -Victor Frankl ...
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Designing for Water - Tools and Techniques

Designing for Water – Tools and Techniques

How much rain can you catch? In this hands on workshop we will work on-site to learn the tools and techniques of rain-water harvesting. We will find water storage potential of structures, discover the contours of the landscape, and identify “key-points” of catchment, storage, and sequestration. This will be a hands on workshop using tools of the trade, bunyips, laser ...
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Cooking with Acorns: From Foraging to Feasting

Cooking with Acorns: From Foraging to Feasting

Acorns are an ancient, pre-agricultural staple food common to indigenous cultures throughout the Northern hemisphere. Join us for a hands-on workshop where participants will engage in the process of preparing food from acorn from start to finish. While we pound and leach acorn we will also discuss land stewardship techniques for managing oaks for acorn production, how to gather and ...
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Wildtending: Permaculture in Zone 4

Wildtending: Permaculture in Zone 4

Restore a regenerative reciprocal relationship with Zone 4 and California's diverse ecology in this interactive talk on wildtending native plants for food, medicine, craft, and biodiversity. California's uniquely biodiverse ecology has developed over thousands of years through humans interactively managing the landscape. We will discuss practical land management techniques that enhance ecological conditions and provide abundance for the human and ...
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Rainwater Harvesting: Infiltration, Catchment, Distribution

Rainwater Harvesting: Infiltration, Catchment, Distribution

Learn site-specific solutions for the practical application of various rainwater harvesting strategies and techniques. From above ground cisterns, gravity-fed distribution, active irrigation systems, and passive earthworks, discern how to integrate multiple strategies into complex (not complicated!) and resilient water systems. Shades of Green Permaculture will discuss specific projects they have designed and installed throughout the Southeast, both rural and urban ...
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Multiracial Human Hands and Earth Planet. North America Continent View.

International Permaculture CoLab – Advances of the Next Big Step

Following the update at NAPC last year on the mutli-year, Permaculture Next Big Step process initated at IPC Cuba in 2013 this workshop presents the design for the Permaculture CoLab. The Colab uses sociocracy, leaderfulness, slicing pie, patrix busting, constellation organizing, open badges and enspiral modelling to create an international, virtual community of practice intent on bringing significant additional coherence ...
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permaculture gardening matt powers

Permaculture Gardening – From Biointensive to Natural Farming

Learn to apply Permaculture principles and ethics to gardening! You'll never know what is possible until you know all your options! Explore the full spectrum of options from biointensive to natural farming, organized and explained from a principle-based perspective to facilitate easier adaptation, observation, and improvisation. Presented By: Matt Powers ...
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