Loren Luyendyk

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Loren Luyendyk is a Certified Teacher of Permaculture, with over 15 years of practical experience in Permaculture Design, ecological farming, sustainability, and horticulture. He has a degree in Botany from UC Santa Barbara, and is a Certified Arborist and Master Gardener. He has experience with Keyline Design, Holistic Management, Natural Building, Biodynamic Farming, and The Soil Foodweb. His teaching has taken him across the globe, where he has spent extensive amounts of time sharing and learning with local cultures. Loren has taught permaculture in the USA, Central America, New Zealand, and Australia. He is the owner of Santa Barbara Organics, a permaculture design and land management…

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Love, Leadership and the Sacred

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Screen-Shot-2016-08-20-at-10.58.45-PM.png[/image_frame] In these turbulent times - with many of our hearts stretched and breaking - what is the most potent inner source for our leadership toward that more beautiful world our hearts know is possible? How do we find, cultivate and lead from that source, while composting the old stories, patterns, and structures that don’t serve life - within us and around us? What kind of leadership arises in deep contact with the living earth and in communion with a village of sacred and trusted allies? And how can we root our efforts and actions - in our own lives and on behalf of all life -…

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Max Meyers

Maximillian Meyers is an ecological designer, permaculture teacher, commercial aquaponic system designer/installer, rainwater and greywater system specialist, farmer and the executive director of the Mendocino Ecological Learning Center (MELC) - a nonprofit educational organization and ecological reserve offering green job training and sustainable living skills to the public. In addition to the work at MELC, Max provides Ecological design services through his businesses Osiris Designs and NorCal Aquaponics. He is passionate about all things related to a more just and sustainable world. He has been studying, practicing and teaching permaculture and ecological design for over 15 years. Since graduating from college with a B.A. degree in Culture, Ecology and Sustainable Communities,…

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Maximilian Brotman

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Max Brotman is a radical mycologist and member of Bay Area Applied Mycology, a non-profit that practices mycoforestry with public and private land managers, and operates an open mycology laboratory at the Omni Commons in Oakland, Ca. Max tends the Courtland Creek Garden in east Oakland, Ca. Founded with Claire Brown in 2012, the CCG is a half-acre, hillside-terraced forest-garden with botanical diversity, mushroom installations, rainwater harvesting, beekeeping, neighborhood chicken co-op, and community composting. Max Brotman founded Rhizosphere Soils, which consults with farmers to design and implement large-scale compost systems for waste stream management and building soil organic-matter.   2016 Convergence Workshop: The Mycelial Metaphor  

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Michael Pilarski

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Michael-_Skeeter_-Pilarski.jpg[/image_frame] Michael Pilarski founded Friends of the Trees Society in 1978 to double the world's forest cover. He has been studying, writing, teaching and doing hands-on earth repair activities ever since. He has been active in the permaculture movement since 1982 at the local, regional, national and interational levels. He has been farming and gardening since 1972. 2016 Convergence Workshop: Ecological Restoration, Earth Repair and Permaculture: Setting up a working group

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Miguel “Sir Cobalot” Elliott

Miguel Elliott, knighted as "Sir Cobalot" has been leading cob workshops, teaching in schools, and running his business Living Earth Structures for over 12 years. His vast array of projects include building an organic nightclub and yoga studio in downtown Chicago, building a mushroom shaped hut in Italy, 2 restaurants in Guatemala, an orphanage in Thailand, and at least 200 cob structures along the West Coast. His most meaningful natural building experience was in Patagonia, where he participated in numerous work parties, or "Mingas" and has been working to integrate this tradition locally. Having been dedicated to natural building for so long, Miguel has developed many tricks of the trade to…

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Mike Boss

Mike Boss is a plant ecologist and garden maker. He founded the award-winning company Rock & Rose Landscapes in 1989. His home garden is one of San Francisco's oldest food forest gardens. He took his first PDC in 2014 at The Occidental Arts and Ecology Center and his second with Toby Hemenway and Daily Acts in 2016-7. He recently founded The Edible Nursery Project in San Francisco which makes available to San Francisco and Bay Area residents perennial plants that produce edible roots, fruits, and shoots.       Food Forest Gardens Friday, Oct 6 | 12:30 PM – 1: 30 PM | Zocalo

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Myco-Food-Forestry

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Rye_Flint_Mycofoodforest.jpg[/image_frame] Come explore some of the mysterious realms of symbiotic fungi and how they live with their plant hosts. Stack some functions! Learn how to integrate mushrooms and fungi into your perennial food forest environment. Your host Rye N. Flint, co-owner of the oldest Truffle Farm in America, will walk you through your very own garden of eatin'. Presented By: Rye N. Flint

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Narsanna Koppula

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame]   Narsanna Koppula is a permaculture pioneer in India. Bill Mollison visited him in 1987 and created a village permaculture project. He is cofounder of Aranya Agricultural Alternatives, host to the next International Permaculture Convergence in November 2017. He is a permaculture social activist whose focus for 25 years has been empowering poor rural communities. He educates and assists villagers in transforming their lands that grow GMO monocrops into food self sufficient permaculture farms. He facilitates a large government watershed project that implements rain water harvesting and vegetative plantings on 37 500 acres of land. He has been responsible for planting millions of trees on government…

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Natasha Florentino

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Natasha Florentino is a documentary filmmaker and video producer. She recently completed Abundant Land: Soil, Seeds and Sovereignty, a feature length documentary about a Hawaiian community challenging the biotech industry’s use of their island to test genetically engineered seeds. In 2014 she was selected as a director of photography to participate in the POV Hackathon for the project, RETURN OF THE NATIVE, an immersive, interactive documentary for iPad about native Hawaiian forests on the Island of Hawaii rarely seen or visited. In 2008 she co-directed and filmed REZONING HARLEM, a documentary about the opposition to the NYC rezoning of 125th street. Natasha’s work strives to capture…

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Neil Bertrando

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Based in Reno, NV, Neil Bertrando manages a 1.3 acre homestead with his wife Katie and the help of many in the community. His passion is enriching bioregions by building community and broadening the local genetic resources of practical plants and animals to relocalize resource supply networks. He strives for collaboration in his work and runs RT Permaculture, a Permaculture consulting, design, and education business. In his teaching and design he applies Keyline Design, Permaculture and Holistic Management as interconnected systems approaches to managing the complexities of ecosystems. While he lives in a temperate arid climate, over the past 12 years, he has gained experience working…

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Networking the Transformational Ecosystem

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Networking-the-Transformational-Ecosystem.jpg[/image_frame] Networking the Transformational Ecosystem consists of a number of social enterprises and non-profits (generally 15) giving 3-minute presentations in front of the participants, and then connecting with the participants directly at tables. The organizations present on who they are, what they do, what their needs are, and how you can get involved. Each round of presentations consists of 5 organizations, and rounds are broken up with "tabling/networking" rounds, where each of the presenting organizations tables for 10-15 minutes and receives interested participants who can connect directly with them about engagement opportunities with their organization. NuMundo has presented this interactive networking event at Bioneers (USA), Lucidity Festival…

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Nik Bertulis

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Nik Bertulis is an ecological innovator who is fascinated by humanity's intrinsic regenerative potential. He has a degree in ecological design from Colorado College and has been developing regenerative infrastructure around California, the U.S.A. and Mexico for more than 20 years. He is currently a resident designer at PLACE for Sustainable Living in Oakland CA. 2016 RED Talk Presentation: Peepeeponics    

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Our 200 Year Plan: Designing our Future Together

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] What is our 200 year plan---for our planet? For our permaculture and communities movements? What are our best strategies? How do we achieve these? Liora Adler, co-founder of Gaia U, will facilitate a panel of permaculture and community leaders to inspire group discussion by attendees. What is YOUR 200 year plan? Presented By: Liora Adler Sunday September 18th | 2 – 3 PM | Mediterranean Garden

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Permaculture and the Indigenous Contribution: A Courageous Conversation

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] How can permaculturalists best acknowledge that permaculture was not “invented” by Bill Mollison? That Indigenous People have practiced permaculture principles like Food Forests while observing nature for millenia? This workshop will bring together Indigenous voices to share stories about their cultures and discuss how we can best respect, recognize and honor the legacy of Indigenous cultures. Panelists include: Hank Herrera, Carmen Gonzales, Marcus Littlewolf, Ana Mariel Canizales; moderated by Bonita Ford. Saturday September 17th | 2 PM – 3 PM | Main Stage

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Permaculture Projects with Villagers in a Drought Affected Area of India

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] This workshop will talk about the permaculture work Living Ecology and Aranya Agricultural Alternatives, hosts of the next International Permaculture Convergence are doing in Telangana, India. They work with the state’s poorest farmers to bring a drought resilient alternative to the GMO crops the villagers are growing. The work they do combats farmer suicides, nutritional deficiencies, monoculture systems and severe water insecurity. It will describe how to integrate and work successfully with rural people in another country. Presented By: Raya Cole  Sunday, September 18th | 2:20 - 2:40 PM | Solar Panel: El Sol

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ReInhabiting the Village: Interactive Workshop

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] What is the Culture of the Modern Village and how are we creating a Global Village? As we become increasingly aware of our interconnection on this one shared home called Earth, there is a compelling call to find our common threads and become the stewards for our collective future. By sharing principals that include Thinking Global, Acting Local practices, regional resilience, appropriate technology, cultural literacy, holistic health, living economy and more, the call is to empower engagement and participation in direct action at personal, interpersonal, and local community levels while considering our place in the greater web of life. Whether on a Land Stewardship project, or…

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Resetting the Dinner Table, Rebuilding Our World

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/eclectic-landscape.jpg[/image_frame] Holistic Regenerative Food Shed Design for the Next Century Rebuilding our local food systems means not just connecting local consumers to local farmers, but actually rebuilding our local foodshed into a robust interconnected community. We have begun to recapture the art of applying holistic design principles and strategies to ecologically minded kitchen design, local seasonal menu planning, energy systems, 'waste' streams, nose to tail cookery and butchery, cooking in community on the micro level but also adding up to regenerative food shed design on the macro level. It is a realization that food is at the nexus of our society and culture. Both agriculture and food…

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Resilience in the Face of WildFires – The Lake County Story

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Panel of three people: Nils Paulsen, Brenda Quintero and Fairlight Alghren share three perspectives and highlight community service work we are involved in. Highlights will include building collaborative partnerships, working with forestry and CalFire on land mitigation after forest fires, working with funding agencies and community members, and fundraising efforts being made and finding access to hidden resources once the smoke clears. We will also discuss what has been happening within our government, what is working and what is not working, etc, assistance we've had from outside agencies and what efforts are being made to promote sustainable and fire resilient technologies in rebuilding our communities. Presented…

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Resource or Being, how do we treat our place in the world?

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Is our earth a resource or a being? This workshop will engage the participants in an interactive dialogue to explore the stories of the places we come from and our relationship to them as designers, gardeners and farmers. We will actively seek solutions to the challenges presented by this question using Biodynamic and Permaculture principles. Presented by: Grover Stock Sunday September 18th | 11 – 12 AM | Solar Panel: La Luna

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