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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Access The Abundance of Edible Plant Diversity: From Backyard to Global Resources

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] John will explain how to choose from thousands of possible plant selections for use in our regenerative landscapes, and where to find them. Learn how to source from back yard plant swaps to commercial nurseries and international germplasm repositories, including legalities, precautions, ethics, and building local community resilience. Presented By: John Valenzuela Friday, September 16th | 10:00 - 11:00 AM | Zocalo

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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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Brennan Blazer Bird

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Brennan.jpg[/image_frame] Brennan Blazer Bird is an ecological educator, natural builder, and solutioncrafter who has led a diverse array of artistic and ecological projects around the world. For the past 5 years Brennan has taught youth and community members to transform plastic waste into an artistic community-gathering place (www.earthbench.org). Brennan is also starting a fossil-fuel-free ecological kitchen classroom called SolutionCraft (www.solutioncraft.org). Currently Brennan lives at an ecological collective in Oakland, CA and is a full-time Garden and Sustainability Educator at Alta Vista School in San Francisco. 2016 Convergence Workshop: Appropriate Cooking Technology - The Fossil-Fuel-Free Meal!

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Building a “Palletable” Cobin

Have you wanted to learn Natural Building? Learn hands-on with Miguel "Sir Cobalot" Elliott during two workshops: 1) Miguel will be sharing the process of building a small hut built out of pallets, insulated with straw, covered in an earthen cob plaster, called a "Palletable Cobin". This structure is very easy to build, affordable, super well insulated, non-toxic, and is a great solution for low cost housing. 2) For anyone who wants to learn cob and adobe building hands-on, Miguel will also be building a cob & adobe bench in the children's play area between the oven and cob play structure. Covered in the Workshop will be building a sturdy foundation,…

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Building Resilient Neighborhoods with Transition Streets
Transition streets Marissa Mommaerts

Building Resilient Neighborhoods with Transition Streets

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/transition-streets.jpg[/image_frame] Transition Streets is a neighbor-led project to reduce household energy and water use, build resilient local food systems, and build community resilience and increase social cohesion on your street. It takes the systemic thinking of Transition & Permaculture and breaks it down into a simple curriculum with actionable steps that add up to real change. If you’ve been looking for ways to engage your neighbors and launch resilience-building on your street, you will want to take in this workshop! Transition Streets is a relatively new and very successful project of Transition US which has been used in dozens of communities across the country. It combines a…

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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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Cara Saunders

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Cara Saunders became an herbalist after a degree in Forestry and Environmental Science and many years as a community organizer working for human rights and environmental justice. Her passion is help people connect with nature and empower people to take care of their own health naturally. Cara grows many herbs and sustainably wild harvests plants to create handmade herbal products for Bear Wallow Herbs. She sells online at www.bearwallowherbs.com and in Mt. Shasta at the local tea shop Sereni-tea. 2016 Convergence Workshop: How to Use Local Plants for First Aid and Home Remedies

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Carolyne Stayton

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Carolyne-Stayton-photo.jpg[/image_frame] Carolyne Stayton is the Executive Director of Transition US (the national hub of the international Transition Towns Movement). She has an advanced degree in nonprofit management and her background includes serving as Director of New College’s North Bay Campus of Culture, Ecology and Sustainable Community, an innovative educational institution that promoted advanced studies in leadership and community-building. Carolyne resides in Graton, California where she participates with others in building a future to live into. 2016 Convergence Workshop: Building Resilient Neighborhoods with Transition Streets

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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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Designing for Water – Tools and Techniques

How much rain can you catch? In this hands on workshop we will work on-site to learn the tools and techniques of rain-water harvesting. We will find water storage potential of structures, discover the contours of the landscape, and identify “key-points” of catchment, storage, and sequestration. This will be a hands on workshop using tools of the trade, bunyips, laser level for finding contours, and measuring tape to find roof catchment potentials. Presented By: Karmendra Rossy

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Food As Medicine

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Maya_Blow_FoodasMedicine.jpg.jpg[/image_frame] Many of our most common garden weeds contain highly valuable medicinal properties. These wayside weeds living all around us possess special nutritional and healing powers that often surpass cultivated plants. Traditionally these medicines were eaten as foods in cultures across the globe. In this workshop we will discuss medicinal plants that can easily be incorporated into our everyday diets for maximum health benefits as well as learn some simple recipes and methods of preparation. We will also discuss the nutritional benefits of home grown animal products and how to raise process and preserve a complete diet on a homestead. Food as Medicine is relevant to building…

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Good Fungi, Happy Plants

Learn how to promote the beneficial fungi called mycorrhizae to increase the health, quality, and yields of vegetables, fruits, and nuts. Mycorrhizae can increase yields by as much as 1500%. They are an important part of the soil food web. There are ways to promote the growth of this beneficial fungi without having to buy costly inoculants. A vibrant, healthy soil food web is essential to a productive permaculture garden or farm. There are amazing beneficial fungi that promote the healthiest roots of native and ornamental plants. Nearly all plants, especially trees, need this symbiotic relationship for superior growth. The seminar will explain what the relationship is (called mycorrhizal association), where…

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Grey Water-ReUse

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Ozzi-Kleen-Residential-Grey-Water-Treatment-Diagram.jpg[/image_frame] In this time of drought it is more important than ever to appreciate our access to clean water and to consider using it twice when it is safe and legal to do so. You will get an overview of how easy it is to create a home grey water system. We'll start with an introduction to grey water and what it is, including information on safety, health, legality and grey water approved detergents for your washing machine. We will discuss site assessment, grey water sources, rain water integration, tools and parts needed, layout and set up, and how to create mulch basins to catch grey water…

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How to Use Local Plants for First Aid and Home Remedies

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Join herbalist Cara Saunders, founder of Bear Wallow Herbs, to explore native plants and abundant weeds in Northern California that can be used as first aid remedies to heal cuts, bruises, sprains, burns, stings, colds, flu, infections, headaches, insomnia, and many more common illnesses and injuries. Learn how to identify seven plants that can be used in first aid situations, either prepared as organic tinctures and salves or fresh from your garden or in the wild. Herbal medicine first aid is essential for communities that want to live a sustainable lifestyle and be prepared to take care of each other naturally. This workshop will help participants…

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Ivan Sawyer

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Event producer, Environmental and social entrepreneur. Ivan is also facilitator of Art of Hosting and collective intelligence work; Dragon Dreaming (collaborative project design) and Nonviolent Communication. He is certified as Sustainable Human Settlements Designer by Gaia Education. Among other things Ivan has been participating in the development of different cultural exchange and indigenous knowledge preservation initiatives in different parts of North and South America for almost a decade. He currently serves as an independent consultant for various organizations such as the Innovation Factory Mexico, Four Worlds International Institute, NuMundo.org and the Council of Sustainable Settlements Latin American or C.A.S.A. He is founder and director of Dragon…

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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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Lee Klinger

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Dr. Lee Klinger is an independent scientist living in Big Sur, California. Since 2005 he has served as director of Sudden Oak Life, a movement aimed at using ecologically-based techniques to address the problem of oak mortality in California and elsewhere. Dr. Klinger has over 30 years of academic experience in the environmental sciences and has held scholarly appointments at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, the University of Colorado, the University of Oxford, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Dr. Klinger also serves Chairman of the Board of Teleosis Institute, a non-profit organization devoted to developing effective, sustainable health care provided by professionals who serve…

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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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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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