Program Summary

The 2016 Convergence will host a variety of speakers, workshops, skill shares, exhibits, interactive discussions and much more. Don’t forget to read about our working groups, Open Space sessions, bioregional breakout sessions and Passion Show; info can be found at the bottom of this page.

9 Stages, 70+ Workshops

9 Tracks, 100+ Presenters

Live Music, Delicious Food

Camping, Green Vendors & Much More!


Convergence Theme: Building Bridges

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The theme of this year’s Convergence is “Building Bridges”. How can we build bridges between local and global movements, between specific movements and the general public, between diverse groups of all forms, between ancient indigenous practices and digital technology, between our inner psyches and the greater world?

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Workshop Tracks


Skill Share

Skill Shares

 

Hands-On and experiential demonstrations, such as fermenting, medicine making, composting, homesteading skills, etc.

Ecological Stewardship & Regenerative Design

Ecological Stewardship & Regenerative Design

 

Water, soil, fire, air, broadacre permaculture, ecosystems restoration, climate change challenges & solutions

Resilient Homes & Neighborhoods

Resilient Homes & Neighborhoods

 

Urban permaculture, urban/suburban neighborhood redesign, placemaking, natural building, community farms, ecovillages, intentional communities, land use ownership and policies
, solutions to gentrification and displacement, disaster preparedness


Leadership & Organizational Development

Leadership & Organizational Development

 

Personal leadership skills, capacity building for organizations, fundraising, marketing, partnerships, collaboration, dynamic self-governance, holacracy, social permaculture, Transition initiatives, movement building initiatives

Regenerative Business & New Economy

Regenerative Business & New Economy

 

Right livelihood, social entrepreneurship, business skills, new economies, alternative currencies, financial permaculture

Food

Food

 

Food sheds, food production, food forests, food justice, slow food, growing food, seed saving, food preparation… anything to do with food and how we feed ourselves.


Spiritual Health & Inner Resilience

Spiritual Health & Inner Resilience

 

Tending the inner landscapes, healing work, grief work, esoteric traditions, yoga, dance, and other movement or embodiment practices

Women Centered Solutions

Women Centered Solutions

 

Workshops lead by women, women’s issues, feminine leadership, success stories & challenges from women’s leadership

Next Generation (Youth)

Next Generation (Youth)

 

Workshops from, for and about youth; from school-based programs to youth leadership to youth presenters.

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Convergence Schedule


NAPC : Wednesday – Friday, Sept 14-16

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Primary sessions for the North American Permaculture Convergence (NAPC) will be Wednesday – Friday, building on the working groups and efforts from the 1st NAPC as well as the last International Permaculture Convergence held in the United Kingdom. In addition to the working groups, there will be a number of workshops, and open space geared towards sharing advanced permaculture skills and expanding efforts in the permaculture movement at large. Working groups for the NAPC, as well as workshop content, will also continue throughout the entire weekend.


BRCC : Friday – Sunday, Sept 16-18

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As we move into the weekend, the scope of the event will broaden to include a larger set of workshops, speakers, topics, and activities geared towards the public at large. There will be large group plenary sessions, open space, networking activities, live music, performing artists… climaxing in the “Ultimate Permaculture Passion Show!” on Sunday evening.

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More Program Details can be found here: 

NAPC Working Groups: Working Groups are intended to bring people together who have similar interests, and are meeting at various times Wednesday through Friday. Topics include decolonizing permaculture, permaculture and art, and bioregional collaborations.                                                                  

Open Space (Friday 9:30 am – 12:15 pm): Your chance to present your own workshop! We would love to focus this year on hands-on demos and permaculture skill shares  (make your own compost! Design your own food forest!) but you are free to talk about whatever you want to!

Bioregional Sessions (Working Group starting on Wed 2:45 – 4 pm with on-going opportunities throughout the event; and Friday 2 – 4 pm): This is an excellent chance to meet like-minded folks in your local region and find out how to connect with them after the Convergence. Don’t miss it! Please bring brochures, post cards and other materials from your own projects, programs and regions to share!

 

Passion Show (Sunday 7:00pm): We are hosting an Open Mic at the Convergence and are looking for aspiring singers, dancers, comedians, poets, instrumentalists, etc. to perform for our community and show your talents! You can sign up on-site before the show on Sunday.