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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WORKSHOP TRACKS

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2016 Convergence Workshops


Regenerative Enterprise & the 8 Forms of Capital

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Fig_1_Eight_Forms_of_Captial.png[/image_frame] How can our businesses regenerate multiple sources of capital? Gain a new simple tool to incorporate permaculture into any organization. Work in groups to map out how real world businesses can interlink and cultivate the 8 different forms of capital: Living, Cultural, Experiential, Intellectual, Spiritual, Social, Material and Financial. This topic is important to bring ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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SpiritShield: An Integrated Permaculture & Transition Vision

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Image-SpiritShield-An-Integrated-Permaculture-Transition-Vision.png[/image_frame] Raising consciousness is hard work, like transforming the war shield (hate) into a peaceful place (love); we need resilience-centric tools, bottom-up community processes to achieve new rituals and traditions. We seek a spiritual permaculture. The alchemic sequence: War Shield > SpiritShield > New Myth is an artistic, participatory process; a timeline, story board, psychic protector ...
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Learning from Our Indigenous Friends, Teachers & Allies

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/3.jpg[/image_frame] Let us reconnect with Mother Earth and one another through Love and honour. We can relate to ecosystems as designers (we can create change in a place); we can also relate to Mother Earth with humility (we can be changed by a place through our co-creation). Together, these approaches may strengthen our collective potential for ...
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Environmental Activism in Disempowered Comunities

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]10891649_10102897975430883_7899056150800038056_n[/image_frame] This workshop is based on a pattern language developed by Benjamin Weiss for white permaculturists wishing to work in underprivileged communities. The workshop will introduce the participants to the pattern language, and guide them briefly through 3 tiers of working points useful for developing skills and sensitivities to aid in cross-community initiatives. The conversation will ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Dancing with the Trees : Exploring an Authentic Relationship with the More than Human World

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Tayla-IMG_1858.jpg[/image_frame] Holding the worldview that the earth and all beings on it are alive and connected, this workshop combines the practice of Authentic Movement with Heart Field Perception to help us move with the rhythm of the trees. This process will hold not just other people but the tree and plant world as witness to our ...
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Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons

The concept of sharing cities is getting considerable traction with grassroots groups and city governments around the world. Seoul, Amsterdam, London and Milan are just four examples. While these efforts share commonalities, the sharing city concept is not well defined. This presents important opportunities (and risks) that are being addressed by communities large and small around the world. This presentation ...
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The Evolution of Green Acres Urban Village

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/green-acres.jpg[/image_frame] In 2009, Ann Kreilkamp bought the house next door to hers because it had a large sunny lawn. Over the next two years, the lawn was converted to a permaculture garden via workshops with permaculture teachers and neighborhood involvement. Both houses now hold three people each, two young people in their 20s, and one old ...
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Beyond the Culture of Separation

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/DiverseHands.jpg[/image_frame] Beyond the Culture of Separation uses an innovative approach and interactive learning modalities to expand white-identified participants’ capacities to work toward a racially equitable society. Because shame and isolation are integral aspects of white socialization, our approach is grounded in encouragement and community building. We will explore levels of racism and introduce practical tools for ...
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Catalyzing the Evolution of Collective Consciousness & Culture Through Design

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/collective-consciousness-app1-360x240.jpg[/image_frame] If we believe that permaculture can save the world, then it is social permaculture that can implement this on a grander scale. It is social permaculture that can go beyond the linear process of paradigm transitioning, to truly address the core issues we face, not just addressing them at surface/current manifestations. In culture design we ...
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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 ...
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Design Your Regenerative Enterprise

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Kevin_Bayuk_Workshop-Design-Your-Regenerative-Enterprise.jpg[/image_frame] Direct discussion and learning to take your ethical regenerative enterprise aspirations into reality or further towards your vision. This workshop is for individuals with an idea for a regenerative enterprise, a nascent venture or even just the intention to someday start your own enterprise. We will work directly with examples brought by participants to provide ...
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