2016 Workshops

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


Music of the Movement - Singing our Community into Life (Circle Songs Around the Fire)

Music of the Movement – Singing our Community into Life (Circle Songs Around the Fire)

Come gather around the fire, and let the richness of the day's events and learning integrate and resonate in song!  Music builds community, and is essential to carrying a movement forward!  What are the songs for our time, and how can we use music to catalyze our communities, create unity, uplift hearts and build our movements?  Composer and singer Ysaye ...
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Why International Permaculture Convergences are Important for PC Global Movement

Why International Permaculture Convergences are Important for PC Global Movement

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 ...
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Community Drought Solutions - Building Resilience and Abundance Through a Wholistic Design Approach

Community Drought Solutions – Building Resilience and Abundance Through a Wholistic Design Approach

With many years experience in water harvesting and permaculture design, Loren, Neil and Jeremiah will share case studies of water harvesting designs and installations from small residential active system to broad/farm scale techniques. Join us in exploring proven techniques to achieve water and food security through holistic water, soil and perennial plant design. Presented by: Jeremiah Kidd, Loren Luyendyk, Neil Bertrando ...
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Permaculture and Art

Permaculture and Art

How can "art" be used to communicate permaculture and ecological principles? How can "art" incite curiosity and delight that opens people to new ideas and optional new behaviors? This will be a quick survey of artworks that either demonstrate and embody permaculture solutions or point to issues and suggest possible approaches. Artworks will include those of the presenter and of ...
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Water Panel

Water Panel

Presented by: Brock Dohlman, Dr. Elizabeth Dougherty, Christina Bertea, Trethan Heckman Thursday September 15th | 10 AM – 11 AM | Main Stage ...
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Courageous Conversations: A Dojo for Embodying Resilience

Courageous Conversations: A Dojo for Embodying Resilience

This three hour workshop has been designed as an opportunity to dive deep and face off with our own need and longing for alliance with one another across the lines of privilege and power. Join us for the brave work of deconstructing the social obstacles that block our ability to work with one another, and re-creating a world where we ...
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Building Bridges: Creating Connections, Increasing Resilience

Building Bridges: Creating Connections, Increasing Resilience

Permaculture addresses some of the most effective solutions to some of the world’s most urgent problems. Yet the movement has not gone mainstream yet. This panel looks at some innovative approaches to building bridges with other sectors and audiences, from governments to the LBGT community to emergency preparedness. Presented By: Penny Livingston,  Bayo Akomolafe, Ana-Marie Jones, Brandi Mack, Vanessa Raditz, ...
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Sharing Our Stories

Sharing Our Stories

From sitting around the campfire to going to a blockbuster movie, stories are all around us and critical to building our movement. This panel will feature a diverse intergenerational panel sharing their inspirational stories about variety of ways permaculture programs and projects have affected themselves, their communities and the planet. Workshop participants will then have a turn to tell their ...
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Gift Economy: Nature’s Economy

Gift Economy: Nature’s Economy

This talk is an invitation to take a deeper look at nature’s economy, also known as the gift economy. We will be using the tree as an analogy for understanding how humanity can embody a more natural way of life, one in where we are all here to give of our gifts in service to one another. By combining vision ...
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Kerry Brady

Kerry Brady

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 ...
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Permaculture Projects with Villagers in a Drought Affected Area of India

Permaculture Projects with Villagers in a Drought Affected Area of India

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 ...
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Resilience in the Face of WildFires - The Lake County Story

Resilience in the Face of WildFires – The Lake County Story

Panel of three people: Nils Paulsen, Brenda Quintero and Fairlight Alghren share three perspectives and highlight community service work we are involved in. Highlights will include building collaborative partnerships, working with forestry and CalFire on land mitigation after forest fires, working with funding agencies and community members, and fundraising efforts being made and finding access to hidden resources once the ...
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Natural Building Made Easy

Natural Building Made Easy

In this workshop we will discuss some of the many techniques and advantages of building with Earth. Lead by Miguel Elliott aka "Sir Cobalot" of Living Earth Structures you will have the opportunity to get your hands dirty as we build a basic earthen cob structure. Covered in the workshop will be how to build a proper foundation for what ...
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Permaculture and the Indigenous Contribution: A Courageous Conversation

Permaculture and the Indigenous Contribution: A Courageous Conversation

How can permaculturalists best acknowledge that permaculture was not “invented” by Bill Mollison? That Indigenous People have practiced permaculture principles like Food Forests while observing nature for millenia? This workshop will bring together Indigenous voices to share stories about their cultures and discuss how we can best respect, recognize and honor the legacy of Indigenous cultures. Panelists include: Hank Herrera, Carmen ...
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Widening the Circle - Eco-Conscious Leadership in Practice

Widening the Circle – Eco-Conscious Leadership in Practice

http://permaculturevillage.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/1460583757241.jpg How do we embody a holistic approach that Includes, shares and integrates masculine, feminine and the whole spectrum of gender perspectives and approaches in our Permaculture practices and leadership? Join Kat Steele and Benjamin Fahrer as they share from their experience co-teaching Permaculture for many years as well as some of their own recent experiences in leadership positions. Based ...
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Bring Us with You: Engaging Community in Transforming the Food System

Bring Us with You: Engaging Community in Transforming the Food System

Food insecurity is a reality faced by many low-income urban families, however the food access movement goes beyond developing local gardens, farmers markets, grocery stores, etc. This workshop is for those who are seeking methods on how to engage community members in altering the food system. Come join this interactive hour long workshop and learn about resident- led projects, in ...
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