Drought-Proofing California…not in the news
3-tiered swale system

Drought-Proofing California…not in the news

By Warren Brush of Quail Springs Permaculture and Casitas Valley Farm Digging our well-surveyed swales I woke up this morning, put on my gum-boots and went out for a walk around our family farm in the rain. This in itself might not seem to be anything special to many folks, yet this was a 2”/5cm rainfall after several intense years of drought here in Southern California. I cannot express how exciting this morning has been for me as I was thinking of our entire thirsty state getting an average 2-6 inches/5-15cm of rain during the past 48 hours. I was also exuberant this morning as today marked our fifth-day after completing…

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Raging Wildfires in California: Destruction Through Mismanagement

by Erik Ohlsen, originally published by Resilience | SEP 14, 2015 As I write this, wildfires continue to rage in Northern California just 40 miles from where I sit. I feel the collective grief in the community right now. I feel the grief for the animal community that is being decimated by these fires. I feel the grief of pastoral systems and mixed woodlands that are being completely incinerated in this moment. I feel the grief for the human communities who've lost so much, their homes, their schools, their businesses, their belongings and their animal friends. What's really the cause of these great disasters? Is it climate change? Is it the…

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Lesley Moore

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/lesley_moore-headshot-2013.jpg[/image_frame] Lesley Moore (MBA, MSW, PDC) is a strategic planner, writer, consultant, educator and facilitator with 15+ years experience as a fund development professional with grantwriting and regenerative resource expertise working with social entrepreneurs, grassroots groups, and community- and ecosystem-wide movements and partnerships to achieve social change and social justice through capacity and movement building; and systems, policy and infrastructure change. She is a board member of the Cob Research Institute and part of Starhawk's yearlong Advanced Facilitators Course for collaborative groups. She lives in the Derby Watershed in the SF Bay Area-East Bay.

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Ryan Rising

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/RyanRisingTeaching.jpg[/image_frame] Ryan Rising is a community organizer and permaculture educator based out of the San Francisco Bay Area. After organizing Pushing Through the Pavement: a Permaculture Action Tour with The Polish Ambassador in the Fall of 2014, Ryan co-founded the Permaculture Action Network and has worked with festivals and artists like Lightning in a Bottle and Rising Appalachia to mobilize concert-goers and festival attendees to install permaculture systems and create community spaces that move us further on the transition to a just and regenerative world. Permaculture Action Days have brought out hundreds of people at a time after concerts and before music festivals to plant public food…

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Thea Maria Carlson

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Thea_Carlson-2.jpg[/image_frame] ​Thea Maria Carlson is Co-Director of the Biodynamic Association. She is a facilitator, farmer, educator, and artist, with roots in California and the Midwest. Her diverse experience includes biodynamic and organic farming; teaching gardening, nutrition, and beekeeping; designing, building and managing urban community and educational gardens; and organizing strategic communications trainings for nonprofit leaders. Thea earned a B.S. in Earth Systems from Stanford University, a permaculture design certificate from Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, and is trained in the Art of Hosting and consensus facilitation. 2015 Convergence Workshop: Biodynamic Agriculture and Biodynamic Community

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Sarah Mackota

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Sarah-Mackota.jpg[/image_frame] Sarah Mackota is a soul activist whose medicine is dance, ritual and mindful integration on the personal and societal level. Completing her Dancing Freedom training in 2010, she has facilitated dance journeys in Berkeley, San Francisco, Hawaii, Black Rock City, India and Santa Cruz. Certified Yoga Instructor, Reiki with Shamanism practitioner and Death Doula, she has an in depth knowledge of the physical and energetic bodies. She effectively guides others to explore the inherent wisdom that lives within each of one of us. She is dedicated to wholeness, healing and the deeper connection of all of consciousness.

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Sara McCamant

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Sara-McCamant.jpg[/image_frame] Sara McCamant is a long term local food activist, garden educator and seed saver. She helped co-found the West County Community Seed Exchange in Sebastopol, CA, one of the earliest seed libraries and seed gardens in the country. She worked with Seed Matters, an initiative of the Clif Bar Family Foundation, coordinating their Community Seed Toolkit program. She is the Garden Manager at Ceres Community Project.

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Ryan Johnston

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Ryan-J-headshot-wide-11.4.14-e1443726177534-1024x919.jpg[/image_frame] Ryan is the Program Director at the Permaculture Skills Center in Sebastopol, CA, a 5-acre demonstration site and vocational training center. PSC’s programs support individuals in aligning purpose, passion and prosperity into careers in regenerative land stewardship, through agriculture with Farm School or land management with the Ecological Landscaper Immersion. Ryan is a Board Member of the Redwood Empire Chapter of the US Green Building Council and was previously the Homegrown Program Coordinator at Daily Acts. He is passionate about reimagining our relationship to the planet, our communities, and ourselves into one of stewardship, starting with home-scale systems of self-reliance. Ryan is a tireless dreamer on the go, inspired by those elegantly bridging the gap between vision and reality through exploration.…

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Robin Liepman

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Robin_Liepman_BloomingBiodiversity-2.jpeg[/image_frame] Robin Liepman (Bloom) is a co-founder and co-organizer of the Blooming Biodiversity Permaculture Tour (www.BloomingBiodiversity.org). He is a world traveller, here to re-weave the dream of the modern world into a vibrant balanced existence. Bloom was born from the warm coastal womb of central California in San Luis Obispo, educated by the fairies and tree people at the University of California Santa Cruz with a degree in Psychology and Cognitive Science, (and a special focus on life, the universe and everything,) and initiated into the intergalactic tribe of awakening beings during his six months of travel through Central America, becoming initiated into the modern day mystery…

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Rebecca Newburn

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/RebeccaNewburnHeadshot3x4-783x1024.jpg[/image_frame] Rebecca Newburn is the Co-Founder of Richmond Grows Seed Lending Library, a free seed lending library located in the Richmond Public Library in Richmond, California. She did her first Permaculture Design Certificate with Christopher Shein, one of the founders of BASIL, the first seed library and inspiration for Richmond Grows. She studied seed saving at Seed School with Bill McDorman of the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance. Rebecca developed a “create a library” model that has helped hundreds of seed libraries open around the world. The sister seed library list and shared resources from seed libraries around the world are at seedlibraries.net, which is a site she developed and maintains.…

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Robert Kourik

Robert Kourik started his organic maintenance and landscape design company in 1975—long before the word sustainable "existed". Since that time his designs, consulting and books have focused on organic and sustainable gardens, water management, drip irrigation and edible landscaping. Published (Metamorphic Press) eight books. Including: Designing and Maintaining Your Edible Landscape - Naturally, 1986. Authored six other books. Including: The Lavender Garden, (Chronicle Books, 1998).       2017 Workshop: Good Fungi, Happy Plants

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Marissa Mommaerts

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Marissa-M.png[/image_frame] Marissa Mommaerts is Director of Programs and REconomy Project lead for Transition US, part of the international Transition Network. Marissa is the co-author of two recent reports on the new economy movement, “Weaving the Community Resilience and New Economy Movement,” based on a series of interviews with new economy leaders across the US and published by Post Carbon Institute; and “25 Enterprises that Build Community Resilience.” Her vision is to empower people and communities with the tools and information we need to take back our economic and political power.

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Lindsay Dailey
LIndsay Dailey

Lindsay Dailey

Lindsay is passionate about connecting people to nature and brings her broad experience in curriculum development, program management, and ecological restoration to her current position as co-Founder of The Oak Granary, and Director of the Wildlands Program at the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center. As former Executive Director of the Solar Living Institute and co-founder of Villa Sobrante, an urban demonstration site for sustainability and intentional community, she possesses a diverse skill set in the development and management of environmental education programs. As an ecological design consultant, she has also spent over twelve years developing land management and environmental education programs with indigenous communities in California, Mexico, and Australia, as well…

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LeeAnn Mallorie

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/LeeAnn-Mallorie.jpg[/image_frame] LeeAnn Mallorie, CEO of Leading in Motion, is a dynamic facilitator of movement, conversation and culture change. Her passion is teaching personal sustainability and body-based mindfulness to mission-driven leaders and teams. LeeAnn believes that lasting change starts in a leader’s physical body, and has ripple effects in the communities and organizations they serve. As a speaker, LeeAnn draws on over 10 years of leadership training and executive coaching experience, a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology, and a lifetime of study in body-based mindfulness. Organizations impacted by her work include NASA, Capital One, M&T Bank, Mattel, The New York Bankers Association, The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, and…

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Ken Foster

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Ken-and-Darryl-e1443725711233.jpg[/image_frame] Ken Foster was born in the sixties and raised by Quaker parents. Ken is a native of Santa Cruz, California. In 1985 Ken was an apprentice at the U.C. Santa Cruz Farm and Garden and has a certificate in Ecological Horticulture from there. Ken also has an A.S. degree in horticulture from Cabrillo College. Ken is a landscape contractor, a certified permaculture designer and the owner of Terra Nova Ecological Landscaping since 1988. He served on the Board of Directors of the Ecological Farming Association for ten years and currently serves on the planning committee for the Ecological Farming Conference. Ken has been teaching Permaculture for…

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Katrina Zavalney

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Katrina_Zavalney.jpeg[/image_frame] Katrina consults with non-profits, businesses and governments to become more efficient and effective in upholding their mission. She has a Masters in Organization Development, with 15 years of experience, she is skilled in community development, facilitation, strategic planning and sustainable event management. Katrina lives in the Mississippi Delta as the Coordinator for Clarksdale’s Revitalization, supporting economic development and quality of life. She also consults by developing the strategic plan for both the Alabama and Mississippi Sustainable Agriculture Network. Katrina teaches theater to at-risk youth with the Griot Arts after school program and is helping develop their job training program through gardening skills. www.AranyaSolutions.com

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Karmendra Rossy

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/karmendra-rossy.jpg[/image_frame] Karmendra Rossy is owner of Nucleus Permaculture, an Ecological Landscape Design Build Company, located in West Sonoma County and is a certified Permaculture Designer and Teacher since 2005 and holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Integrative Eco-Social Design with Gaia University. He is a practicing meditator, and from 2001-2005 he was a full-time social service volunteer with the organization Ananda Marga; here he traveled the world and gained a philosophical foundation in the practical spiritual science of Tantra Yoga. He lives with his wife, and one year old daughter in the Russian River Watershed where he enjoys observing nature, playing drums, and community building.

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John Valenzuela

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Unknown.jpeg[/image_frame] John Valenzuela is a horticulturist, consultant and educator specializing in productive perennial polycultures, with an emphasis on fruit and nut bearing trees shrubs and vines. He has experience growing in tropical and mediterranean climates, and is active with the California Rare Fruit Growers. He maintains a nursery that is getting out of control.

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Betsy Morris

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/betsy-morris.jpg[/image_frame] Betsy Morris, PhD, is founder/CEO of Planning for Sustainable Communities. She has been a regional and community economic development planner, researcher, and consultant for 25 years. She and her husband Raines Cohen, produce a variety of workshops and conferences on intentional community development covering both the real estate and the shared leadership side of development. Writings include "Adversaries, Advocates, and Agenda-Setters: the role of citizen participation in urban redevelopment." "Community in Theory and Practice: a framework for intellectual renewal," "Economic Development in Cohousing" and "Making Cohousing Affordable." ow active with the Fellowship for Intentional Community, Cohousing Researcher Network, Partners for Affordable Cohousing and the Participatory Budgeting…

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Relating Yoga
marna schwartz

Relating Yoga

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/relating-yoga.jpg[/image_frame] 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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