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North American Permaculture & Building Resilient Communities Convergence

September 14-18, 2016

Solar Living Institute, Hopland CA

Building Bridges: A Permaculture Convergence featuring Community-Based, Nature-Inspired, People-Powered Approaches to Climate Change, Resource Depletion and Economic Instability

With humanity at a crossroads and facing unprecedented ecological and social challenges, now more than ever leaders and citizens from all sectors – from citizen activists to government officials – are joining together to collaborate to build more resilient, regenerative and flourishing communities.

The North American Permaculture & Building Resilient Communities Convergence is such a gathering. The 5-day conference, taking place September 14-18, 2016 at the Solar Living Institute in Hopland California, will bring together an international framework of shared responsibility (Whole Community) permaculture designers, technology leaders, sustainability enthusiasts, community social and environmental justice activists, teachers, students, and earth steward organizations from Canada, Cuba, Haiti, Mexico, the United States, and countries from Central America and beyond for an inspirational conference with a common goal: to design, build, and strengthen regenerative communities and habitats, in accordance with nature, for humans, plants, animals, the greater bioregion, and the Earth at large.

2016 Theme – Building Bridges

This year’s theme, “Building Bridges,” is intended to guide and inspire the Convergence conversations, workshops, and outcomes towards creating more strength, interconnection, and resiliency within our Bioregional communities, systems, and relationships while focusing on the bridges which exist between permaculture and other regenerative agriculture movements; local and global movements; ancient and Indigenous practices with modern technologies; youth and elders; rural and urban regions; racial and ethnic inclusion; and social justice and environmental movements. We aim to build a bridge between talk and action!

The goals of the Convergence is also to generate physical outcomes, strategies, and implementation plans to contribute to this theme of “Building Bridges”. By gathering together in this way, the goal is to renew and enliven the collective strategies and build greater bioregional resiliency throughout the permaculture network, bioregion, and communities.

Program Highlights

Confirmed speakers include Penny Livingston-Stark (Regenerative Design Institute), Starhawk, Warren Brush (Quail Springs Permaculture), Toby Hemenway, Max Meyers (Nor Cal Aquaponics), Wanda Stewart (Obsidian Farm); Jasmine Fuego (Permaculture Action Network), Andrew Langford (Gaia University), Alejandra Liora Adler (Gaia University), Khafre James (Hip Hop for Change), Trathen Heckman (Daily Acts) and Brandi Mack (Butterfly Movement). We will be adding speakers and presenters as we lead up to the Convergence.

Workshop Information

The Convergence will include 100+ presenters, 8 stages, 10 tracks, 60+ workshops, panel discussions and breakout sessions. Attendees from across a wide spectrum of skill-sets will have the opportunity to exchange ideas through concurrent workshops and discussions ranging from organic agriculture and wildcrafting to natural building and appropriate technologies; environmental remediation and disaster preparedness to community organizing and global justice.

In addition to a plethora of workshops and amazing speakers on a diversity of topics, there will also dedicated areas for skill sharing, collaborative discussions, children’s activities, educational displays, and specialist vendors. Participants will have opportunities to socialize, network, and connect with others in this field through meals and the activities listed above.

North American Permaculture Convergence

The North American Permaculture Convergence was created to facilitate the growth of the permaculture profession and movement, and coordination of activities on a Continental level. These goals are accomplished through continuing education opportunities, working groups, and both guided and informal networking sessions.

Building Resilient Communities Convergence

The Building Resilient Communities Convergence (formerly known as the Northern California Permaculture Convergence and the Bay Area Regional Permaculture Convergence) changed their name in 2015 in order to communicate to a broader base of constituents. Their 2015 Convergence included 100 speakers, 500 participants, dozens of sponsors and community partners, well-know musicians and lots of great networking. Their mission is to bring together the permaculture community and community resilience movement with sustainability enthusiasts, community social and environmental justice groups, and earth steward organizations from Northern California to discuss best practices for sustainable habitats, in accordance with nature.

Venue – Solar Living Institute

The Convergence will be hosted at the Solar Living Institute in Hopland CA (located approximately two hours north of San Francisco), a beautiful 12-acre renewable energy and sustainable living demonstration site that is visited by 200,000 people annually. The site includes organic gardens, ponds, natural buildings, biodiesel fueling station, Real Goods Store, and the Solar 2000 – one of northern California’s largest solar arrays providing 160,000 kWh of clean renewable energy annually.

Organizers, Sponsors & Community Partners

This year’s organizers are Building Resilient Communities, North American Permaculture Convergence, A PLACE for Sustainable Living, Grow Permaculture, Living Mandala, Off Playa Productions and the West Coast Women’s Permaculture.

We are grateful to our Sponsors: Bija Foundation, Frey Vineyards, Guayaki Organic Yerba Mate, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Onchenda Open Food Global Cooperative, and our media sponsors: Debra Recommends/Harmony Connections and Permaculture Magazine, North America.

And to our Community Partners: Bay Bucks, Biodynamic Association, Blooming Biodiversity, Breath of Creation, Daily Acts, Empowerment Works, Evolver Network, Finn Plumbing Inc., Laytonville EcoVillage, Lift Economy, Nature’s Voice, NuMundo, Permaculture Action Network, Permaculture Eastern Ontario and Living EARTH, SF Permaculture Guild, The Butterfly Movement, Transition Humboldt, and We Bee Gardeners.

More Information

WhatNorth American Permaculture & Building Resilient Communities Convergence

WhereSolar Living Institute, 13771 Highway 101, Hopland, CA 95449

WhenSeptember 14-18, 2016

Who: The North American Permaculture & Building Resilient Communities Convergence will bring together the permaculture community to share best practices, tools, and technologies to strengthen goals and the movement at large and to “Build Bridges” with a variety of communities.

TicketsTickets packages are available at

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Building Resilient Communities
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