Orion Freeman

Orion Freeman is a singing, songwriting, guitar-playing seeker from the woods just beyond the mortar and bricks of Philadelphia. His souled-out, sometimes reggae-infused, flamenco-tinged, bluesy folk-rock aspires to move: your shoes; your heart; the cobwebs, so as to allow your soul to shine. Hovering somewhere within the chasm between the worldly and the divine, his music is an intimate glimpse into the spiraling states of freedom and folly, playfulness and prayer. In April of 2017 Orion released Morning Son, his second full length record, and will be spending the rest of the year touring throughout the US, with Thomas Seyoum providing harmonic support. “This second record of mine comes at a…

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Los Nadies

Los Nadies have created one of the freshest sounds to come out of the Bay Area’s Latin music scene in a long time. Filling a vacuum in Northern California that their southern counterparts Ozomatli deliver so well in L.A., Los Nadies bring a keen mix of politics, poetry, street party and musicianship every time they step on to a stage. Their unique blend of rock, nueva trova, South American folklore and Afro-Latin rhythms follows and expands on the tradition of celebration and protest put forth by musicians like Silvio Rodríguez, Manu Chao, and Santana. Front man Juán Cuba’s vocals, along with José Vergelín’s drums, and Francisco Ferrer’s lead guitar, serve as…

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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 This class helps provide participants with a felt sense awareness of self as well as the space to choose their response and increase their freedom, which is of benefit to the progress of any endeavor. Marna will guide an all levels yoga journey and interweave practice connecting with others while staying…

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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 level for finding contours, and measuring tape to find roof catchment potentials. Presented By: Karmendra Rossy

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Karmendra Rossy

  Karmendra Rossy is owner of Nucleus Design, an ecological landscape design/build company, located in West Sonoma County that is committed to creating natural systems for the benefit of all life.             Designing for Water - Tools and Techniques

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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 sort acorns, various methods for leaching, a cooking demo, as well as easy and delicious recipes to take home. Learning to prepare food from acorn is an ancestral skill, universal to anyone with ancestry from the northern hemisphere. Oaks are not only an incredibly abundant native tree that offer a multitude…

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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 non-human world. California's incredibly biodiverse native landscape has relied on human management for thousands of years, and this workshop will help empower participants to restore their place as a beneficial component of the ecosystem. Bringing together the worlds of wildcrafting and ecological restoration, wildtending for food, craft, medicine, in a way…

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Brandy Hall

Brandy founded Shades of Green Permaculture Design, Inc. in 2004 and has become a leading voice for sustainable and regenerative landscape design in the Southeast. Moving from Asheville, NC, to Atlanta in 2011, she began to pollinate the Atlanta area with a whole-systems permaculture perspective, empowering individuals, businesses, and communities with practical tools to address some of the world’s most pressing challenges. She has trained 200+ permaculture design students, who are applying these learnings in the non-profit sector, landscape design firms, the building industry, city government, and many other industries in Georgia and beyond. As a designer, Brandy is intuitive, inspired, and pragmatic. She loves observing a site, and nestling human…

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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 to the world wide permaculture community. Friday Oct 6| 3:30pm| Hops Tipi Presented By: Andrew Langford    

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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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Recognizing Common Causes to Build Inter-Ethnic Collaboration

The diversity of California should be represented in important campaigns, movements and events. Participants will learn from an experienced organizer who has build solid inter-ethnic networks. The presenter will bring a power point to show the different campaigns he has worked, and will explore problems and solutions, then will separate attendees in small groups, those groups will design a campaign or event and will use the tools they have learned to engage folks from different backgrounds. This workshop will help unexperienced organizers, activists or any community members, to understand the complexities of organizing and will provide the tools to grow a diverse and inclusive movement. Saturday Oct 7| 9:30am| Bioregional Hub…

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Miguel Robles

Miguel Robles is the Co-Founder/Project Director of Biosafety Alliance, the core organizer of the Soil Not Oil International conference; previously he organized 4 editions of the “Justice Begins with Seeds Conference”. Artisan, poet, urban farmer and activist, he has founded several organizations in Mexico and the US and launched countless campaigns of great social impact, during his continuous involvement in various social struggles related to globalization, democracy, human/immigrant rights and in recent years focused in environment and food justice.     2017 Workshop: Recognizing Common Causes to Build Inter-Ethnic Collaboration

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Good Fungi, Happy Plants

Learn how to promote the beneficial fungi called mycorrhizae to increase the health, quality, and yields of vegetables, fruits, and nuts. Mycorrhizae can increase yields by as much as 1500%. They are an important part of the soil food web. There are ways to promote the growth of this beneficial fungi without having to buy costly inoculants. A vibrant, healthy soil food web is essential to a productive permaculture garden or farm. There are amazing beneficial fungi that promote the healthiest roots of native and ornamental plants. Nearly all plants, especially trees, need this symbiotic relationship for superior growth. The seminar will explain what the relationship is (called mycorrhizal association), where…

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Building a “Palletable” Cobin

Have you wanted to learn Natural Building? Learn hands-on with Miguel "Sir Cobalot" Elliott during two workshops: 1) Miguel will be sharing the process of building a small hut built out of pallets, insulated with straw, covered in an earthen cob plaster, called a "Palletable Cobin". This structure is very easy to build, affordable, super well insulated, non-toxic, and is a great solution for low cost housing. 2) For anyone who wants to learn cob and adobe building hands-on, Miguel will also be building a cob & adobe bench in the children's play area between the oven and cob play structure. Covered in the Workshop will be building a sturdy foundation,…

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Jon Young

Jon Young is a nature connection mentor, naturalist, wildlife tracker, peacemaker, author, workshop leader, consultant, sought after public speaker and storyteller. As a leader in the field of nature-based community building over 30 years, Jon’s research into the impact and significance of nature on human intelligence and development has influenced tens of thousands of people worldwide. Trained from an early age by renowned animal tracker Tom Brown Jr. , and later by Lakota elder Gilbert Walking Bull and many other indigenous leaders from around the world, Jon has delved deeply into the arts of nature awareness, holistic tracking, bird language and ancestral living skills– fundamental knowledge that shaped the formation of…

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Diane Patterson

Folkgoddess Diane Patterson sings the world awake with strong voice, rocking guitar, sweet ukulele, and revolutionary lyrics. Her sincere spirit and wild heart joyfully plant seeds of love and light in every listener. Diane’s been performing at festivals and venues since 1989, beginning with a season playing electric bass for the excellent Sacramento, California-based Blues Duo; then co-fronting a world beat band in Davis called The Heat from 1989-1991. She started in 1993, with Joe Kojima Gray and Dave Theno, the award-winning Diane Patterson Sextet, with Jan Peters and two percussionists, Warren Jones and Rita Hosking . . . yes, THE Rita Hosking! Following The Sextet have been 20 years of…

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Youssoupha Sidibe

Youssoupha Sidibe is a Grammy-nominated Senegalese West African kora (African harp) player. Over the course of 25 years, he has developed thousands of fans all over the world and has performed and recorded with many exceptional musicians. Grammy-nominated for his collaboration with Matisyahu (Youth), Youssoupha has released albums with Charles Neville (Tree of Life), Midnite (For All), Steve Kimock, a duet with Michael Franti (What I Be), and has collaborated live with India Arie, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Michael Kang of String Cheese Incident, Chris Berry Trio, Shimshai, and many more. Youssoupha has performed at some of the most famous festivals and venues in the world, including The Hammerstein Ballroom…

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Climbing Poetree

Over the last 13 years, Climbing PoeTree has infused our movements for justice with healing and imagination, inspiring thousands through their award-winning multimedia theater, dual-voice spoken word, visual art, sustainable touring, and community organizing. Co-creators Alixa Garcia and Naima Penniman are cultural architects committed to reframing the story through multi-voice spoken word, hip hop, world music, and multimedia theater that translate deep research around the most pressing issues of our time into stunning artistry that catalyzes their audiences to activate the transformation they wish to cultivate within themselves and their communities. Alixa and Naima have independently organized 30 national and international tours, taking their work from South Africa to Cuba, the…

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Maria Christina Owl Gutierrez

  [img_text_aside style="1" image="http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Maria_Gutierrez_Midwifing-the-New-Earth-287x300.jpg" image_alignment="left" headline="" alignment="right"] 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]    Pre-Convergence Workshop: Midwifing the New Earth: Our…

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Midwifing the New Earth: Unplug from Old Paradigm Conditioning and Claim Your True Power to Create Reality

[img_text_aside style="1" image="http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/EagleAndCondor-300x238.jpg" image_alignment="right" headline="" alignment="right"] Maria Owl will be guiding a 4-hour pre-convergence deep dive, using the wisdom of quantum physics and energy medicine to support you in reclaiming your sovereignty and innate capacity to create reality. Through meditation, energy-body recalibration, and community ritual you will align with your deeper purpose and calling which is and always has been embedded in your DNA. This workshop will culminate in an hour-long Birthing Ritual, where we will anchor in the new resonant field of ourselves and our future/now Mother Earth. [/img_text_aside] Thursday Oct 5| 11:30am-4pm|Bioregional Hub Presented by: Maria Christina Owl

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