A. Keala Young

Keala is a whole system designer​,​ regenerative practitioner ​and permaculture teacher ​with a background in the healing arts. His rich study of permaculture and ecovillage design includes certificate programs from Findhorn Foundation to Esalen Institute and is complimented by experiential learning in co-production of multiple design courses and intensives. Keala is a co-founder of Atlan Living and Learning Center near the Columbia River Gorge in Central Cascadia, is a co-author and contributing editor of ReInhabiting the Village and is Co-Director of VillageLab's RegenSolutions Initiative.     Pre-Convergence Workshop: 1 Day Village Design Intensive Thurs, Oct 5| 10:00am - 4:30 pm| Solar Panel

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Catherine Nkolo Lebongo

Catherine Nkolo Lebongo is a teacher, creative, and activist who is fascinated by how design and social enterprise have the power to elevate everything—from products, to systems, to spaces. As an international, multicultural, woman who studied system nuances and societal constructs, Nkolo teaches the principles of Design Thinking, and how to apply the human-centered design process with an equity mindset, to build the regenerative communities we hope to see in our lifetimes. Her personal mission is to live an abundant life saturated in bliss, gratitude, and learning while artfully weaving spiritual growth and conscious bionomics into the collective reality. Design Thinking for Equitable Communities

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Mallika Nair

Mallika Nair is an environmental justice activist and the Founder and Director of Growing Together, an Oakland based fruit tree planting and environmental education organization (growingtogetherproject.org). As a first generation American, born in New York City, Mallika grew up at the intersection of cultures and between urban and natural wild spaces, and has made it her life work to heal that divide and bring people closer to the heart of the living world. Effie Rawlings’ interest in education, Agroecology, and community organizing was catalyzed by her family’s experiences farming seed, her time serving as Cryptologic Linguist in the US Army, and her introduction to processes of decolonization at Sisonke School, South…

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Food Forest Gardens

Grow your own! It doesn’t get more local or fresh than your own yard. Want to create a personal Garden of Eden for you, your clients, or your community? Want to eat fresh, local, organic produce while reducing your environmental footprint? This workshop will focus on the how-to’s of creating a beautiful, functional and food-generating garden, no matter how much space you have. There will be an emphasis on incorporating ecological principles, such as soil building, using perennial edibles, and planting for habitat enhancement. The more food we grow at home and in our neighborhoods, the more food resilient we become, relying less on remote agribusiness and for-profit supermarkets. We reduce…

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Marcus Littlewolf

Marcus Littlewolf is a traditional, ceremonial Oglala Lakota, focusing his efforts in expanding permaculture to those who need it. He has several permaculture certificates, ones centered on teaching and design. His background is in natural building and is currently focusing his efforts in teaching permaculture.

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Jeremiah Kidd

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Jeremiah is a certified Permaculture Designer and is an accredited and certified Rainwater Catchment Professional through ARCSA (American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association). He has taught and consulted on several projects in the USA, Africa, Central America and Asia. Prior to establishing San Isidro Permaculture, Jeremiah was a partner at Living Structures, Inc., a permaculture-based design/installation green building firm in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Established in 2000, San Isidro Permaculture is a design and installation company focused on water catchment, grey water systems, native and edible plant landscapes, erosion control, and land restoration. San Isidro Permaculture has served Santa Fe and the surrounding area working for the…

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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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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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Water Budgeting at Home

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] This workshop will provide participants with the skills they need to determine how much water they produce or falls on their property, how to match that with water needs in the home, creating a balance of local water inputs and local water needs. Participants will learn how to calculate the water available on their property and how best to use it. Presented By: Dr. Elizabeth Dougherty

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Ecological Restoration, Earth Repair and Permaculture: Setting up a working group

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Ecological-Restoration-Earth-Repair-and-Permaculture-Setting-up-a-working-group.jpg[/image_frame] Permaculture has a lot to offer the ecological restoration movement (and vice versa). What would a permaculture approach look like? How can permaculture contribute to grassroots earth repair movements? Let's set up a working group to work at and after the Convergence. The goal is to build bridges between groups working on ecorestoration. nationally and internationally. In cities, rural, etc. Presented By: Michael Pilarski

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Cultivating Self Love for Productivity and Connection

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Health-family-gardening-vegetables-healthy-diet.jpg[/image_frame] Self love is like Caring for your garden. If done well, it can be a blossoming contribution to the amount of roses and ripe fruits you see expressed in its beauty. Through poetry and passion Déva Presence will share his personal practice of self love cultivated over the last few decades traveling and learning from gurus around the world. Our love for ourself and how we take care of our health and wellbeing is a direct reflection on the quality and depth of connection with our permaculture projects and relationships to others. Come tap into the heart, mind and soul in this workshop and set a…

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Maria Christina Owl

[img_text_aside style="1" image="http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Maria_Gutierrez_Midwifing-the-New-Earth-979x1024.jpg" image_alignment="left" headline="" alignment="left"] 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] 2017 Convergence Workshop: Midwifing the New Earth: Unplug from…

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