With 9 Stages, 9 tracks, 70 plus workshops and over 100 presenters… the Workshops at the Convergence are going to be Hands-Down, Amazing!

12182922_941171765953336_687849825466166905_oWith keynotes speakers, workshops, skills shares, & panel discussions from leading resilience thinkers and doers; a model resilient community; live music; camping; child and youth programming; and plenty of opportunities for co-inspiration and cross-pollination… the North American Permaculture & Building Resilient Communities Convergence will bring together leaders, permaculture designers, transition organizers, activists, young people, homesteaders, designers, social entrepreneurs, and others who are passionate  about shifting the paradigm and joining together to cross-pollinate, skill-up, synergize and celebrate!

Check out our workshops themes and topics below, followed by a list of workshop titles and descriptions.


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2016 Convergence Workshops

Herbal Intelligence

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Is it possible that herbs are not only conscious but also intelligent? Singing Bear will share some stories about herbs that may astound you. An awareness probably awoke in you the moment that you first encountered an exotic flower or the first time you had a strong tea. From the most powerful medicinal herbs 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 | ...
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Cogarden: The NeighborFood Network

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] The Cogarden platform enables a 'Do It Together' food gardening experience. Connecting food growers that share fence, or are miles from each other. Cogardeners help in creating a Community to Consumer food supply chain, that makes neighborhoods resilient, and culturally diverse. Sunil, Founder, Cogarden will introduce the Cogardening framework, its socio-cultural impact, and eco-commerce potential ...
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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 ...
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Film Screening: Abundant Land: Soil, Seeds and Sovereignty – Followed by Q&A with Director

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] ABUNDANT LAND is a documentary about a Hawaiian community on Moloka’i challenging the biotech industry’s use of the island to test genetically engineered seeds. Biotech corporations including Monsanto and Mycogen are depleting Moloka’i’s topsoil and fresh water while contributing to dust storms that spread pesticides into the surrounding communities and ocean. ABUNDANT LAND also offers ...
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Food Justice at Work: Madison and Detroit

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] In this learn-shop, participants will learn about two major projects funded directly and indirectly by the USDA to explore the notion of undoing racism in the Detroit food system and empowering youth in Madison and Milwaukee to take an active role in their communities in food policy work. This topic is particularly relevant as much ...
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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 ...
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Community Food Forestry Initiative

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Mario will introduce the Community Food Forestry Initiative (CFFI), a national initiative funded by USDA Forest Service Community & Urban Forestry grant. The initiative takes a unique and innovative approach to address the challenge of urban and community tree canopy loss due to re/development by providing planners, developers, policy-makers, designers and practitioners a comprehensive set ...
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Wildflower Seed Balls & Art Mural

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Wildflower Seed Balls: Creating wildflower seed balls with Circle of Children is a fun, interactive, and educational experience for children of all ages! Children will be invited to come together in a circle and get their hands in the earth as they roll up marble-sized seed balls made of wildflower seeds, compost, clay and water ...
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Taking Permaculture to The Mainstream – Allies and Assets

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Allies and Assets is about making use of existing social, community and built infrastructure for taking permaculture further to the mainstream. The presentation will describe a variety of city programs, community entities, built infrastructure found in almost any town or city, that can be used to advance the ideals of permaculture. The presenter will explain ...
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How To Intergrate Permaculture Into Every Day Life

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Permaculture Magazine, North America publisher Hannah Apricot will share ideas about how to take permaculture from the field and integrate it into everyday life. Insight will be given about how to apply the principles into home, school, work, relationships, and other aspects of daily living. A gift for you: 50% off digital subscriptions to the new ...
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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 ...
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There is No Away: Make Your Very Own Bottle Brick

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Brennan-solar_cooking_and_drying_0.jpg[/image_frame] Just throw it Away! Where is this mythical place “Away”? This workshop is a breakdown of the American waste stream and it's impact on the environment and people. Anna Purna encourages you to throw it a better way – into a Bottle Brick that can be used for building. Tired of the thin plastic layer ...
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Dancing Freedom: Regenerate Zone Zero- Vision, Movement, Action

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Through dance and movement meditation we can celebrate and cultivate our diverse culture within, seed our vision with breath and intention, and activate a new reality of a vibrant zone zero with our body as home. Come apply permie principles to stewarding relationship with self and other, strengthening our interconnectedness and extending it into our ...
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Decolonizing “Permaculture”

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Decolonize-Mural.jpg[/image_frame] Principles and practice of permaculture are borrowed heavily from existing and historical Indigenous cultures from their respective bioregions. Yet, the membership of the permaculture community and those uplifted within this world (at least here in the US) mostly look like white settlers to this land. Sometimes these well-meaning folks unconsciously mimic the larger social systems ...
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The Mycelial Metaphor

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] The Mycelial Metaphor shows us patterns of interaction and organization that are shape of resiliency and co-operation. Examination of fungal ecologies and life cycles reveal the narrowness of reductionism, individualism, and of gender binary. This session will examine fungal ecology and the nutrient cycle, revealing the partnerships and feedback loops that sustain life from the ...
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