A Real Permaculture Garden

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"] [/image_frame] Permaculture is "site specific". Are the important characteristics of "a permaculture garden" circular lines, or things that might be more difficult to express in sound bites? We'll take a participatory look at what are likely to be common characteristics for most permaculture gardens, no matter what the climate or resource base may be. We hope to help participants achieve clarity in how to take their garden to the next level, whether they are already gardening or planning their first. A 20 minute intro: wild gardening defined, including ethnobotany and crop diversity, native allies, staple crops, hand tools, nitrogen and micronutrients, and compost, then ten minutes…

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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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Ecological Restoration, Earth Repair and Permaculture: Setting up a working group

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Ecological-Restoration-Earth-Repair-and-Permaculture-Setting-up-a-working-group.jpg[/image_frame] Permaculture has a lot to offer the ecological restoration movement (and vice versa). What would a permaculture approach look like? How can permaculture contribute to grassroots earth repair movements? Let's set up a working group to work at and after the Convergence. The goal is to build bridges between groups working on ecorestoration. nationally and internationally. In cities, rural, etc. Presented By: Michael Pilarski

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Cannabis Cultivation: Sustainability Practices for the Future

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Adrian_Carroll_PermacultureAndCannabis.png[/image_frame] Cannabis farming has not embraced sustainable practices, but with the evolving regulations, sustainable farming is becoming more common place. In the past, cannabis farmers have not been considered to be sustainable, let alone farmers. Due to legal and enforcement issues, Cannabis farmers have struggled in the past to plan and develop beyond 12 to 18 months. As the State passing new legislation and develops licensing requirements and local jurisdictions do the same, the farming environment for the cannabis cultivator begins to stabilize. Sustainable and regenerative practices are being embraced by the farmer. The investment horizon for the cannabis farmer is beginning to extend to multiple years.…

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What the Designers Manual Didn’t Tell You…

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Don_Tipping_What-the-Designers-Manual-Didnt-Tell-You.jpg[/image_frame] After more than 20 years of focused broad-acre, farm scale applied Permaculture there have been many successes with our design, also some failures and re-corrections. We may be one of the first generations in modern history to be starting farms from scratch, so a steep learning curve is to be expected. Don Tipping will share stories and anecdotal wisdom winnowed from the chaff pile of two decades of permaculture farming at Seven Seeds Farm & Siskiyou Seeds. Presented By: Don Tipping

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Don Hall

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Don_Hall.png[/image_frame] Don Hall is the founder and Executive Director of Transition Sarasota. Previously, he worked for two years as the Education and Outreach Coordinator for Transition Colorado (now, the Local Food Shift Group), the first official Transition Initiative in North America and a statewide hub. Don holds a Master's in Environmental Leadership from Naropa University and is a certified Permaculture Designer and US Transition Trainer. 2016 Convergence Workshop: Effective Collaboration

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Effective Collaboration

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Don_Hall_Effective-Collaboration.png[/image_frame] While working in groups can be fun, it's not always easy. How do we cultivate effective groups without replicating hierarchical structures or spending too much time on group process? Designed for anyone working towards positive social change, this participatory one-hour workshop will provide you with some of the perspective, knowledge, and tools you need to collaborate with others in a more skillful way. This workshop will be a highly-condensed version of a two-day training in Effective Collaboration that was developed by the permaculture-inspired Transition Network to provide local initiative leaders with the skills needed to build resilient communities. Some of its main themes include incorporating diverse…

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David Hage

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/DaveHageHeadshot220x265.jpg[/image_frame] Dave Hage is a Co-Founder of the Weaving Earth Center for Relational Education, and he is a facilitator for the WE Immersion 9-month program. He brings a deep love of the earth, humanity, creativity, and possibility into everything he does. He is a dedicated leader and believes deeply that the work of reconnecting ourselves with our place, with each other, and with ourselves is of the utmost importance at this time. 2016 Convergence Workshop: Bird Language & Permaculture

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Bird Language & Permaculture

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Bird-Language.jpg[/image_frame] One of the most important skills of a trained Permaculture designer is observation. Over the last 11 years, Weaving Earth has been focusing heavily on the practice of Bird Language - listening and watching what the birds are telling us about the eco-system. To truly understand what the birds are telling us requires an acute level of observation, which has ultimately served us well as designers. This experiential workshop will be an introduction to Bird Language basics, and a conversation about how it has served us as Permaculture designers. And possibly most important, Bird Language is also a lot of fun! Presented By: David Hage and…

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Bridget O’Brien

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Bridget_OBrien.jpg[/image_frame] As a caring steward of life Bridget O'Brien strives to explore resilience through many pathways. Her studies and work focus on self-care, social, and land-use design. While utilizing her diverse skills, experiences, and trainings to provide a wholistic approach to culture repair. Bridget shares her passion for playful impactful loving service through her work as a Permaculture educator and designer. She is the Program Director for New Rising Sun (an educational retreat center, farm, and community developing in Ganges, Michigan), and is the creative inspiration of 'Adapt' - A Permaculture Game, in collaboration with PermaculturePrinciples.com. 2016 Convergence Workshop: Adapt – A Permaculture Game "Create a world you want to live in."

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Adapt – A Permaculture Game “Create a world you want to live in.”

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Bridget_OBrien_Adapt3.jpg[/image_frame] Each choice we make is a vote for the kind of world we want to live in. The mission of 'Adapt – A Permaculture Game' is to educate individuals and groups how to design in the ethics and principles of Permaculture to each aspect of our lives. We will play through the creating of a world to thrive in by applying principles, patterns, and collective knowledge pools to cultivate caring choices for our communities and our own self-care needs.  This playshop will provide you with the inside scoop on the evolutionary teaching tool – ‘Adapt’ – while participating in a few rounds of game play. Explore with…

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Bryan Arturo

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Bryan-Arturo.jpg[/image_frame] Bryan Arturo is a permaculture land steward working at East End Eden in Ojai, CA. After studying Business Management & Entrepreneurship in Chicago, he worked at regenerative projects and facilitated socially impactful gatherings throughout Latin America. Bryan supported NuMundo‘s global impact center database since it’s inception and is organizing The Sustainable Living Tour occurring October 2016. 2016 Convergence Workshop: Regenerative Enterprise & the 8 Forms of Capital

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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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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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A Strategy for Growing More Food In Your Zone 1: GROW BIOINTENSIVE Method

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Matt_Drewno_A-Strategy-to-Growing-More-Food-in-Your-Zone-1.jpeg[/image_frame] The GROW BIOINTENSIVE method works to stabilize both current and future food systems by producing a complete diet and growing soil fertility 60x faster than nature with 90% fewer inputs, organic methodology, and appropriate technology. In doing so, we are able to inspire and empower communities to regain their food security; managing a strategy to grow more food in their Zone 1. This workshop will provide participants with the eight principles which guide immediate garden planning and implementation, as well as long-term sustainable food raising techniques. Through the use of our eight principles as presented in both a presentation and a hands-on activity, we hope to…

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Warren Brush

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/warren-brush.jpg[/image_frame] Warren Brush is a mentor, storyteller, a certified Permaculture designer and teacher, as well as a husband, a father and a grandfather. He has worked for over 25 years in inspiring people of all ages to discover, nurture and express their inherent gifts while living in a sustainable manner. He is co-founder and a tender of Quail Springs Permaculture, Regenerative Earth Enterprises, Sustainable Vocations, Wilderness Youth Project, Casitas Valley Farm and Creamery and his Permaculture design company, True Nature Design. Warren works extensively in Permaculture education and sustainable systems design in North America, Africa, Middle East, Europe, and Australia. He has devoted many years to mentoring…

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Pedro Rodriguez

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Pedro-Rodríguez-2.jpg[/image_frame] Guatemalan by birth, Pedro Rodriguez has been exploring the connections between seeds, plants, food, nutrition, health and diet related diseases for more than half of his life. Pedro has been vegetarian for 18 years, owner, manager and passionate chef of the vegetarian-vegan-healthy food restaurant El Infinito and a big fan and promoter of traditional gastronomy as well as the consumers to farmers local networking outreach. He is also promoter and supporter of the slow food festival in his home city Quetzaltenango, and founder of El Infinito Cultura Permanente, an urban sustainability demonstrative house.  With experience in the field of nutrition and indigenous superfoods, Pedro has created…

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Ryan Rising

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/RyanRisingTeaching.jpg[/image_frame] Ryan Rising is a community organizer and permaculture educator based out of the San Francisco Bay Area. After organizing Pushing Through the Pavement: a Permaculture Action Tour with The Polish Ambassador in the Fall of 2014, Ryan co-founded the Permaculture Action Network and has worked with festivals and artists like Lightning in a Bottle and Rising Appalachia to mobilize concert-goers and festival attendees to install permaculture systems and create community spaces that move us further on the transition to a just and regenerative world. Permaculture Action Days have brought out hundreds of people at a time after concerts and before music festivals to plant public food…

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Robin Liepman

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Robin_Liepman_BloomingBiodiversity-2.jpeg[/image_frame] Robin Liepman (Bloom) is a co-founder and co-organizer of the Blooming Biodiversity Permaculture Tour (www.BloomingBiodiversity.org). He is a world traveller, here to re-weave the dream of the modern world into a vibrant balanced existence. Bloom was born from the warm coastal womb of central California in San Luis Obispo, educated by the fairies and tree people at the University of California Santa Cruz with a degree in Psychology and Cognitive Science, (and a special focus on life, the universe and everything,) and initiated into the intergalactic tribe of awakening beings during his six months of travel through Central America, becoming initiated into the modern day mystery…

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Lindsay Dailey
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Lindsay Dailey

Lindsay is passionate about connecting people to nature and brings her broad experience in curriculum development, program management, and ecological restoration to her current position as co-Founder of The Oak Granary, and Director of the Wildlands Program at the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center. As former Executive Director of the Solar Living Institute and co-founder of Villa Sobrante, an urban demonstration site for sustainability and intentional community, she possesses a diverse skill set in the development and management of environmental education programs. As an ecological design consultant, she has also spent over twelve years developing land management and environmental education programs with indigenous communities in California, Mexico, and Australia, as well…

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