Intentional Communities: Workshop Series

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/10487371_633955656711363_6155588328357200126_n.jpg[/image_frame] Workshop 1) How Intentional Communities Can Change the World Intentional communities have been acting as laboratories and social experiments for cooperation, sustainability, and social justice since the 1930's. The current movement encompasses a broad array of models and organizations that bridge historic communities with new innovations responding to global issues. This workshop will provide an overview of the different kinds of intentional communities, the organizations at play, a bit of the history, the current state of affairs, and the role of the communities movement in the larger movement towards cooperation, sustainability, and social justice. Presented By: Sky Blue, Jingtian Yu Sunday, September 18th | 2:00 PM…

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Invisible Structures: A Cooperative Model for Local Food Production & Distribution
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Invisible Structures: A Cooperative Model for Local Food Production & Distribution

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"] [/image_frame] Harrison Quigley, Founder of Onchenda Open Global Food Cooperative, will present the Onchenda cooperative social enterprise business model, and how it is intended to regenerate healthy local communities, economies and ecosystems once launched. He will be seeking participation from workshop attendees on perfecting the model in a manner that would motivate them to collaborate with Onchenda long-term in their respective areas of expertise. Presented By: Harrison Quigley and Colleen Dick Friday, September 16th | 11:50 AM - 12:10 PM | Solar Panel: El Sol

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Jessica Bates

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Jessica Bates (El Sobrante) Is a transplant to the bay area from Washington D.C. She has been establishing her roots in the bay area for the last 13 years. Jessica has been gardening for over 15 years, run multiple gardening education programs (adult, high school, and elementary), she co-founded the Ashby community garden in Berkeley, she has worked with multiple bay area landscapers, and is a certified permaculture teacher and designer who cares about decolonizing permaculture as a movement. She is also an Alameda County “Master Composter,” and is venturing into the art of humanure. She owns and operates a Permaculture business, Food Forest Farm West.…

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Jim Collins

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Jim Collins, Ph.D., known as "Redtail," is a wisdom-keeper in the lineages of both the Lakota Sun Dance tradition and the Laika shamans of Peru. He is also an ecopsychologist, self-mastery coach, master gardener, sustainability activist and former psychotherapist whose extensive experience spans nearly four decades. Redtail has led numerous workshops and retreats for more than 25 years encompassing a variety of topics, including sustainable organic gardening, permaculture, seed saving, wilderness survival, epigenetic medicine, ecospirituality, self-mastery and nature awareness. In addition to his coaching practice, he is co-founder and former garden manager of the Community Teaching Garden at Shasta College in Redding, California; serves as a…

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John Valenzuela

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] John Valenzuela is a horticulturist, consultant, and permaculture educator. He has been a lead permaculture design course teacher at the Bullock Family Homestead in Orcas Island, Washington, for 10 years, also having taught in Costa Rica and throughout urban and rural California. His special interests are home gardens, plant propagation, rare fruit, food forests, agroforestry, ethnobotany, and native ecosystems. After living in Hawai'i for 15 years, he is now based in his original home state of California, where he maintains ornamental and edible landscapes and a small nursery, while sharing his passion for plants. John has served as the chairperson for the Golden Gate Chapter of…

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Leadership and Innovation Embodiment

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Crystal_Huang_Leadership_and_Innovation_Embodiment.jpeg[/image_frame] In partnership with the NorCal Community Resilience Network: Are you leading a grassroots organization or just new to the scene? FUTURE-READY NOW! is the Leadership Training for Powerful Co-Creators of the Planet. In this workshop, you will practice new ways to be more creative, generative, and collaborative in all that you do. You will have the opportunity to embody the capacities needed to build teams that stay creative in a rapidly changing environment. You will discover clear tools to align your purpose with your action and, when things get tough, turn the feeling of powerlessness into motivation. Join the professional guild for people working across domain…

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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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Matt Powers

Matt Powers is an author, teacher, and family guy with online courses, books, and videos that help families, individuals, students, schools, and school districts live  better lives more in harmony with nature. Translations of his books are already available in Spanish, Polish, and Arabic with French, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Italian coming soon. As an educator with a masters degree in Education, Matt went from teaching high school students to teaching high school teachers and administrators to teaching districts and appearing at universities and conferences all over America and online, teaching permaculture, education, entrepreneurship, and sustainable, regenerative skills and thinking. Matt provides daily inspirational and regenerative content online and is one of the…

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Maya Blow

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/maya2.jpg[/image_frame] Maya Blow is an herbalist and classical homeopath practicing in the San Francisco Bay Area. She studied herbal medicine at the California School of Herbal Studies in Northern California and also completed four years of homeopathic medical school at the Institute of Classical Homoeopathy in San Francisco. After graduating Maya went on to teach materia medica at the ICH. She is also currently on the faculty of the Institute of Urban Homesteading based out of Oakland California. Maya has been studying, practicing and making herbal medicine for over fifteen years and brings to her practice an innate sensitivity, empathy and powerful intuition towards her clients. Besides…

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Michael Wellman

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Michael is a doctoral student at the California Institute of Integral Studies with an emphasis in radical ecology and ecospirituality. His interests reside at the intersection of permaculture, rewilding, radical activism, and consciousness studies. 2016 Convergence Panel: Feeding the Revolution: Permaculture in a time of Resistence    

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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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Nicodemus Ford

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Nicodemus has lived a life of service and has an unwavering commitment to youth and communities. Nicodemus is a co-founder of University Prep High School in Detroit, Michigan. He was hired by the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Community Regional Food Systems to explore and identify solutions for food justice in Detroit, Michigan. His work will be published in an upcoming chapter titled, "Undoing Racism in the Detroit Food System," later this year. Currently, Nicodemus is a garden manager at Oak Park Sol Community Gardens in Sacramento, California and a curriculum consultant with the Michael Fields Agriculture Institute located in Wisconsin. He is also a member…

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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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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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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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Rick Valley

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Rick-head-shot-resized.jpg[/image_frame] Rick has always gardened and foraged, and has had a long interest in edible plants, snails and bugs. He has gardened in climates and soils of many sorts, from the glacial soils of the northwoods to the Sonoran Desert and Coastal Ecuador. He's lived longest and currently in the Pacific Northwest and has been team teaching permaculture since '87. (including the first PDC's in Oregon, Belize, Alaska and Canada.) He currently resides on a 1/2 acre suburban farm in Eugene and is a partner in a design/build LLC, Earthkeeper Landscaping, working all around W. Oregon. He relaxes working with beavers in Nelson Cr. at his love's…

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Rob Bennaton

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Rob joined UC Cooperative Extension in 2013 as the Bay Area Urban Agriculture Advisor. Rob has over 20 years of experience in horticulture/community development, habitat restoration and youth programming. 2016 Convergence Workshop: Cogarden: The NeighborFood Network together with Sunil R Nair     

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Ruthie King

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Ruthie-King.jpg[/image_frame] Ruthie King grew up in Southern California before heading east to attend Columbia University, where she studied planning and design with a focus on ways to integrate sustainability into the built environment. After graduating with a degree in Architecture and Sustainable Development, she moved to Washington State to live and work on farms practicing alternative construction and natural building techniques. This included cob and earth structures, converted shipping containers, living roof structures and more. After working on sustainable building and barn restoration at several farms in the area, she landed at a beautiful historic dairy barn with a family hoping to bring dairy cows back to…

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Seed preservation using Clay and Manure Sealed Baskets

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] This is a hands on workshop teaching the traditional seed preservation techniques of India. Seeds are preserved using ash and antimicrobial and insecticidal leaves in baskets sealed with clay and manure. This method preserves seeds without the use of modern products and is important for the post oil world. Presented By: Narsanna Koppula Saturday, September 17th | 2:00 - 3:00 PM |Mediterranean Garden

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Seth D Peterson

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/11203556_1409853892669581_7548573740690271100_o-1.jpg[/image_frame] Seth Peterson is a second generation urban farmer, who grew up among chickens and mulch piles, and then going on to gain his wealth of knowledge and culinary experience living, working and cooking in the U.S., Mexico & Brazil over the last 25 years. Upon returning home to Berkeley to take over his mother's urban organic garden, he came across permaculture, holistic management and regenerative ag, which gave him a framework to bring his many seemingly disparate beliefs into a coherent system and more wisely apply them to regenerate our neighborhoods, our society and our culture, and to do so at the dinner table. To do…

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