Steven Knopp

Steven Knopp is a renowned Wilderness survival skills educator , a preparedness , and permaculture consultant and long term self sufficient off-grid homesteader, and a maker of educational videos on these and other related topics, and musician and craftsman, and posses an extraordinary wealth of knowledge and experience, and is tremedous presenter on these topics. Wilderness Survival Skills Combined with Permaculture for True Sustainability

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Matthew Nelson

Matthew Nelson is a movement artist, activist, educator, researcher, therapist, and entrepreneur. Particularly in love with the act of dancing, Matthew experiences movement as a way of aligning energy with form. Eternally curious, Matthew makes opportunities out of questions, and encourages others to do the same. He’s collected qualifications, including an MFA in Modern Dance and certifications in Laban Movement Analysis, Massage, and Pilates. Yet, Matthew likes to play between the lines of techniques and traditions, seeking solutions to the timely question of how humans can learn to live with resilience and in diversity, efficiently and easefully collaborating with each other from a base of compassion. He breathes embodiment as ground…

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Matt Bibeau

Matt Bibeau, MSEd, is the Educational Events Director and 13-year contributor to the City Repair Project as a core organizer of the Village Building Convergence (June 1-10, 2018) and a lead instructor of CR’s Urban Permaculture Design Course. Matt also directs the Institute of Permaculture Education for Children and is the land steward and program manager of its educational facility, Jean’s Urban Forest Farm.  Thursday, Oct 5| 7pm - 8pm| Main Stage Permaculture, Placemaking & Community Building: A Journey into the Possible  

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Permaculture, Placemaking & Community Building: A Journey into the Possible

Born from collective desperation for finding ways to employ our human ingenuity and satisfy our deep-seeded yearnings for connection, The City Repair Project has effectively re-written the rules of what is possible in building community, creating a local identity and transforming the urban landscape to improve human interaction and ecological function. Matt will invoke the spirit of the village that lives in all of us and speak to the imperative of investing where we live, giving creative insight into the essential components of a successful community building project that has proven most effective over City Repair’s 20-year history supporting the transformation of neglected spaces into thriving places. Thurs, Oct 5| 7pm…

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Karmendra Rossy

  Karmendra Rossy is owner of Nucleus Design, an ecological landscape design/build company, located in West Sonoma County that is committed to creating natural systems for the benefit of all life.             Designing for Water - Tools and Techniques

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Cooking with Acorns: From Foraging to Feasting

Acorns are an ancient, pre-agricultural staple food common to indigenous cultures throughout the Northern hemisphere. Join us for a hands-on workshop where participants will engage in the process of preparing food from acorn from start to finish. While we pound and leach acorn we will also discuss land stewardship techniques for managing oaks for acorn production, how to gather and sort acorns, various methods for leaching, a cooking demo, as well as easy and delicious recipes to take home. Learning to prepare food from acorn is an ancestral skill, universal to anyone with ancestry from the northern hemisphere. Oaks are not only an incredibly abundant native tree that offer a multitude…

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Wildtending: Permaculture in Zone 4

Restore a regenerative reciprocal relationship with Zone 4 and California's diverse ecology in this interactive talk on wildtending native plants for food, medicine, craft, and biodiversity. California's uniquely biodiverse ecology has developed over thousands of years through humans interactively managing the landscape. We will discuss practical land management techniques that enhance ecological conditions and provide abundance for the human and non-human world. California's incredibly biodiverse native landscape has relied on human management for thousands of years, and this workshop will help empower participants to restore their place as a beneficial component of the ecosystem. Bringing together the worlds of wildcrafting and ecological restoration, wildtending for food, craft, medicine, in a way…

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Brandy Hall

Brandy founded Shades of Green Permaculture Design, Inc. in 2004 and has become a leading voice for sustainable and regenerative landscape design in the Southeast. Moving from Asheville, NC, to Atlanta in 2011, she began to pollinate the Atlanta area with a whole-systems permaculture perspective, empowering individuals, businesses, and communities with practical tools to address some of the world’s most pressing challenges. She has trained 200+ permaculture design students, who are applying these learnings in the non-profit sector, landscape design firms, the building industry, city government, and many other industries in Georgia and beyond. As a designer, Brandy is intuitive, inspired, and pragmatic. She loves observing a site, and nestling human…

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International Permaculture CoLab – Advances of the Next Big Step

Following the update at NAPC last year on the mutli-year, Permaculture Next Big Step process initated at IPC Cuba in 2013 this workshop presents the design for the Permaculture CoLab. The Colab uses sociocracy, leaderfulness, slicing pie, patrix busting, constellation organizing, open badges and enspiral modelling to create an international, virtual community of practice intent on bringing significant additional coherence to the world wide permaculture community. Friday Oct 6| 3:30pm| Hops Tipi Presented By: Andrew Langford    

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Permaculture Gardening – From Biointensive to Natural Farming

  Learn to apply Permaculture principles and ethics to gardening! You'll never know what is possible until you know all your options! Explore the full spectrum of options from biointensive to natural farming, organized and explained from a principle-based perspective to facilitate easier adaptation, observation, and improvisation.       Presented By: Matt Powers

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Caleb Gordon

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Caleb Gordon is the garden manager and intern coordinator at the Solar Living Institute. He has been living and working at the institute for three years where he is learning and practicing different techniques in sustainable living. His passions are teaching and learning new and innovative ways to live in harmony with the natural world. He is in charge of maintaining the large CCOF certified organic garden as well as assisting interns in site projects throughout the center. His dreams are to create strong resilient communities that provide abundance for all. 2016 Convergence Workshop: Earth Bench & Garden Tours of SLI gardens  

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Tara Marchant

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Tara Marchant is re-defining herself, like many others, in the emerging Green paradigm. As the Local Director for Emerald Cities Bay Area – Oakland Council, Tara is working across a host of stakeholder organizations (public, labor, community and industry and workforce development) to bring a collective effort to retrofit our urban core. In doing so, create high road job and build our democracy, reduce energy use and direct investments to our local communities. Tara also created and was the program manager of the Green Assets Program at the Greenlining Institute, where alliances, advocates and elected officials contributed to California’s Climate legislation AB 32: an ambitious climate…

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Why International Permaculture Convergences are Important for PC Global Movement

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] For the permaculture community, the International Permaculture Convergences (IPC) are hugely important. Why is there a global permaculture movement? What makes it continue to influence and inspire people, not only in theory, but in hard practical examples of living solutions around the globe? Projects, actual working design strategies, practical skills, and experiences are shared at these Convergences (held bi-annually) on a personal level, it's an amazing experience for all. This is the "culture" in permaculture, our chance to learn about our friends around the world. The next IPC will be in India in 2017, followed by a Convergence in Argentina in 2020. This workshop will be…

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Wes Roe

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Wes Roe is a co-founder of the Santa Barbara Permaculture Network, an educational non-profit founded in 2000 that has sponsored hundreds of workshops and events about permaculture and sustainability to Santa Barbara region. Wes Roe served as board member & President of the Permaculture Credit Union. he has served as a volunteer coordinator for the International Permaculture Convergence Support Group since its inception in 2005, which has evolved into the Friends of the International Permaculture Convergences (FIPC) & the International Permaculture Convergence Council (IPCC). 2016 Convergence Workshop: Why International Permaculture Convergences are Important for PC Global Movement

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Margie Bushman

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame]  Margie Bushman is a co-founder of the Santa Barbara Permaculture Network, an educational non-profit founded in 2000 that has sponsored hundreds of workshops and events about permaculture and sustainability to Santa Barbara region. Until recently, Margie was the Program Coordinator for the Santa Barbara City College Center for Sustainability. She has served as a volunteer coordinator for the International Permaculture Convergence Support Group since its inception in 2005, which has evolved into the Friends of the International Permaculture Convergences (FIPC) & the International Permaculture Convergence Council (IPCC). 2016 Convergence Workshop: Why International Permaculture Convergences are Important for PC Global Movement

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Water Panel

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Presented by: Brock Dohlman, Dr. Elizabeth Dougherty, Christina Bertea, Trethan Heckman Thursday September 15th | 10 AM – 11 AM | Main Stage

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Kerry Brady

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Kerry Brady, MA, SEP, supports others in awakening to an embodied recognition of our essential nature and inherent place within the larger unfolding web of life. She is the co-founder and director of Ecology of Awakening, which offers programs focused on collectively Re-Storying ourselves into the living Earth community to support the shift in consciousness needed to create a truly regenerative culture. Kerry has more than 25 years of experience in transformational modalities including non-dual wisdom approaches, psychotherapy, Somatic Experiencing trauma work, permaculture, nature-based retreats and vision quests. Kerry created and teaches Living Resiliency workshops, integrating biologically based trauma work with permaculture principles and practices in…

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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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Brenda Quintero

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame]   Brenda brings a strong history in nonprofit management to the Permaculture world. Past work history includes Director of Finance & Operations, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability (previously known as International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives) and Director of Finance & Administration, The Climate Group. She has eight years experience as a private Consultant in the Nonprofit Arena with focus on fiscal management, compliance of federal awards exceeding 1million and full-agency development. Brenda’s Permaculture-based accomplishments over the last six years include: Founder, Golden Rocks Permaculture Farm (Middletown, CA); Founder, Middletown Community Farmer’s Market; Co-Founder, Valley Fire Phoenix Rising; and Founder, TREES as a Community Resource.…

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Stephanie Maldonado

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Stephanie graduated with her Bachelors in Liberal Studies from San Francisco State University where she studied Holistic Health, Urban Development, and Environmental Problems and Solutions. She is a radical activist for the environment, a guerrilla gardner, free-lance herbalist, permaculturalist, and social enterprise entrepreneur. She lives in West Oakland and is an active member of her community. 2016 Convergence Workshop: Liberation Permaculture

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